After attempting to distract him, I finally gave in and took him to see the water. In reality it was more of me attempting to distract him and him finally getting sick of it and heading toward the water on his own, leaving me no other option but to follow him.
When we reached the river Preston could barely contain his excitement. He wanted to touch it, play in it, throw his rock in it. He was allowed to do just one of those things, which seemed to suit him just fine as long as we stayed within sight of the water. How on Earth he became such a water child, I have no idea.
I also recently realized that our mall has a train ride in the basement. You know what that meant for my little train lover. We had to make a visit downstairs on a recent shopping trip. I say had to becuase I bribed Preston with a train ride for almost an hours worth of shopping time with him sitting quietly in the stroller. Until he started to believe that there might not actually be a train ride since I wasn't showing him the goods. Of course I had to prove that my future bribes would in fact be worthwhile.
I'm not entirely sure how much he enjoyed it. While he didn't run kicking and screaming from it, he also wasn't kicking and screaming to stay on it. Although this does give me enough of a go ahead to make plans to attend a theme park this summer!