Wow. You guys, we are coming off the best vacation. It was… glorious. I just, I cannot tell you how much we needed this and how much fun it was and how I have spent the day “working” and researching future vacations because I want to do more of this again and again and again (hopefully not jinxing myself there).
I’m breaking this week’s family update into 2 posts because I have a LOT of photos, and it’s just too much for one day. I hope you don’t tire of the kid, and I’m sorry if you do, but I’ll be back with non-kid stuff next week, I promise!
Before heading up north last weekend, we met up with several friends in Osceola, WI to take the “Pizza Train.” This is a refurbished train from the early 1900s that has dining cars set up where families can eat pizza and brownies while riding along the St. Croix River (that’s the river that separates Minnesota from Wisconsin, for all you out-of-towners). It’s a lovely route and the train itself is so interesting and fun, and we had a blast. Photos from the trip are below — please enjoy. And please take your kids on this ride, it was so much fun!
This is after lunch, before we really began exploring the train.
This was shot from the bridge that goes over the river.
At one point the train stops, and the engine detaches and then zooms by to the other end of the train to re-attach (to pull us back where we came from). Ezra and I were standing by the open car door (it had railings) waiting for the engine to pass. It was getting close — and loud — and Ezra was, shall we say, a little nervous. This is him asking me to pick him up. Don’t worry — I did.
Here we are with Eero watching the scenery go by.
And our friend Jaime and her family joined us as well! I love how happy mom and daughter are in this photo.
Eero had this amazing train whistle that he brought and that Ezra coveted. We bought him one at the gift shop after, and that thing has already gotten a TON of use.
One of the cars was the old post office car where passengers could mail post cards and letters. It was so cool to see how that all worked!
Another photo of the Chizbachers.
And the ever-adorable Petersens!
And after we got off the train, Eero and Ezra (and Eric) climbed up into this stationary caboose. I love the boys so happy up top!
I’ll be back tomorrow with images from the North Shore!
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+ 15 minute Lo Mein for dinner!? Yes! Let’s do it!