I think by now I have mentioned often enough how much William likes trains. So before Christmas James researched whether there was any train ride we could do. We live only about three miles from the Amtrak Staples Mill Station. He found that there was one going to Williamsburg leaving 10:11am and it would take 1 hour and 10 minutes. After discussion with Helen he bought tickets for William, Helen and himself. Since the return train would give 5 1/2 hours there but we had no idea how the weather might be, the plan was to drop them off at the station and then take the car to meet them at the other end. And Ben came too. It worked out perfectly.
Some of the following pictures are from me and some from Helen.
Helen said he was glued to the window.
The waiting room seemed from a different era. I was looking for a board to tell me whether the train was on time. The gentleman at the ticket window told me that HE was the board. And he gave me a coloring book and crayons for William.
It's coming. I took a video!
But I didn't know where William would exit ... and a lady took sooooo long.
So I had to take another one. William loves watching the videos!
And then Ben and William found an ice cream.
We walked around some. William kicked a sweet gum ball along the street and we took turns to help. The sun was shining so nicely.
On the way to the car. Children played with some toys from the colonial era which, of course, I found very interesting.
Oh William had fun. But he was asleep as soon as we were in the car for the drive home.
No, Omi is not good at selfies.
Helen and Ben were packing to leave after lunch on the long drive but with a night halfway. So far once we skipped church. Grandpa and Omi "had to" play with William. This puzzle came just in time yesterday to play with.
Gifts from friends Betty and A.P.
Sarah and Co came for lunch. Ben had prepared a casserole the evening before. All around the table and then finally the wished for (by me) "photo of eight"! Sarah had brought her camera and tripod.
Can't decide which one of the next three I like best ??? Any opinion?
And then they were all gone.
The house was so quiet. James and I went on a fast walk around the neighborhood and that felt good. More exercises must be on my New Year's resolution because I feel always so good afterwards.
James and I are so happy that our girls and their families like spending time with us. It doesn't have to be Thanksgiving or Christmas or Birthdays ... as long as we have quality time together during the year, we are happy. We are so blessed!