Because visits with the grandkids are cherished and rare due to our distance, it takes a big event for the grandparents to willingly cut a visit to their homes short. However, when Amma and Papa learned Thomas was going to be in Baltimore, they were more than willing to head back to the DC area early (and I'm pretty sure they would have never heard the end of it from Uncle Matt had they skipped it!) We are super blessed that the grandparents get along well and the Watsons invited our whole brood for dinner. Matthew was pensive at first (okay, not really but I love whatever this expression is that I caught!):
was similar to the engine we took in West Virginia last year. (Interestingly a volunteer shared that this engine was originally at Cass and the train we took last year was originally at B&O but since the museum train actually worked they switched.)
Someone was super jazzed!
There were at least 5 families on our flight (all with at least 2 kids) so we were in good company for taking a 10pm flight with kids. Eventually all the kiddos slept after minimal fussing so I'll count it as a win.
*Thanks to Papa and Pas for most of these pictures!