Cross Country On A Train With Two Little Boys

So, we’re in UTAH!  The boys and I traveled cross country on a train, about 3000 miles to see my sisters.  I was a little worried about being confined to such a small space (our sleeper car) for 2 and a half days, with a 5 yr old and a 2 yr old, but for some crazy reason, I thought it would be better than flying.  And it was!

A little back story.
My 5 yr old was supposed to be the ring bearer in my niece’s wedding this past June, but that was arranged prior to my breast cancer diagnosis.  My mastectomy was June 4th, and the wedding was on the 15th.  With a great deal of sadness, I told my niece we wouldn’t be able to make it.  We’re pretty close, I still tear up when I think about missing that beautiful day.

My amazing sister came out for my surgery.. just 2 weeks before her youngest daughter’s wedding!  She stayed as long as she could before rushing back to Utah to finish wedding prep.  It was so helpful having her there.  She took care of the boys while my husband took care of me.  She made food to keep in the freezer and cleaned our whole house.  I’d been so depressed since the diagnosis a lot of housework wasn’t getting done, and the dust bunnies were becoming aggressive… so it was AWESOME having her there.  Sad she had to leave.. but, well.. WEDDING!  While she was there we decided that as soon as I was able to travel I’d pack up the boys and head west =)  What a great plan!  It gave me something to recover for, something to look forward to.  And the boys were so excited every time we talked about going to see Aunt Debi in Utah!

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Driving through traffic over the Bay Bridge to get to Union Station in DC to catch the train.

So, after weighing the positives and negatives of flying vs train, I booked a reservation for one 5 year old, one 2 year old and one  still recovering from a recent mastectomy Mama, still slightly uncomfortable with the new lopsided body.   Our sleeper compartment was cramped, the boys didn’t really understand that they couldn’t run up and down the aisles or wander into other rooms, and they kept forgetting the “use your inside voice” rule, but otherwise it was AWESOME!   I must have taken over 200 photos of the boys and the views.

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The Long Long Walk To The Train
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Waiting To Board
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All Settled In And Ready To GOOOOO!
Cross Country On A Train With Two Little Boys
Trying To Get A Shot Of Me And The Boys.. They Were Too Wiggly!
Watching Maryland Go By
Watching Maryland Go By
Scenery
After Dinner Scenery
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The 5 Year Old Sleeping On A Train! (the next morning)
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The 2 Year Old Fast Asleep On The Train (the start of day 2 on a train)
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Keeping busy with stickers
Keeping Busy With Stickers
Making His Picture Book. A Favorite Train Activity.
Walking Through The Dining Car To Get Back To Our Room/Compartment
Walking Through The Dining Car To Get Back To Our Room/Compartment
The Long Tight Squeeze Back To Our Room.. Almost Time For Our Chicago Layover!
The Long Tight Squeeze Back To Our Room.. Almost Time For Our Chicago Layover!
Had To Pause To Watch Another Train Go By
Had To Pause To Watch Another Train Go By

 

Next Stop… CHICAGO!

Followed by the 2nd leg of our train journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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