“Ladies and gentlemen, I have some good news and some bad news.   The bad news is that both engines have failed and we will be here for some time.  The good news is that you decided to take the train and not fly” ~random jokeBlog uploads1

 Grace, Max and I took the Amtrak train to Kansas City last Friday.  We enjoyed the train ride much more than driving down I-70.   It is so civilized and relaxing.

We had a great trip — My parents kept the kids on Friday night and I went to dinner with two of my long time friends, Kelly and Shanda.  Dan joined us in KC on Saturday morning.  The big event was going out to Kaufman stadium to find the commemorative brick we got for my Dad for Father’s Day last year.  We all really enjoyed the Royals game  — the food, the baseball and especially the company of our dear family.  And I felt like god answered my ongoing prayer to see more of my friends…my good friend Laurie was sitting two rows in front of us and we got to play with her beautiful family for a bit.  Dan made a big pancake and egg breakfast for all of us on Sunday morning before we headed home.

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I feel very lucky for my kids to stay at the house I grew up in, to know my parents and siblings, and to visit places we went as kids.  They are lucky little chitlins.