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!
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.
Next Stop… CHICAGO!
Followed by the 2nd leg of our train journey.