Railroads, lightening bugs, and cousins

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Last weekend, we spent some time with my brother and his family.  They were in from Colorado, so we headed  to my parents’ home in WV to visit.  On Friday, we met up with them at Cass Scenic Railroad.  I had been there several times as a child, but my husband and kids had never been before.  It had been such a long time since I had been there that I didn’t remember much about it.  Will and Harper loved the train ride! We took the ride part way up on a steam driven locomotive to Whittaker Station, where we stopped for lunch before heading back down the mountain.  They offer a ride the whole way up to Bald Knob, but we opted for the 1 1/2 hour ride instead of the 4 1/2 hour trip since we had four kiddos five and under:)  IMG_8926IMG_8969

A group pic of all of us (minus my brother-he took the pic), including my aunt, parents, sister in law, and niece and nephew.  IMG_9051

We headed back home later that afternoon but met back up with my family the next evening.  My brother and sister-in-law from North Carolina came in, so we got to hang out with them.  The kids spent the day playing in the pool, the sandbox, riding grandaddy’s tractor, and catching lighting bugs with Auntie M.  She’s such a cool aunt! Speaking of cool aunts, both of my sisters-in law are the best knitters.  I got this picture below of them both knitting.  I’m a little jealous…I wish I could knit like them.  Maybe I will try to learn how to knit this fall…

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When trying to get a group picture of kids, have food involved!  My mom gave the kids a piece of pumpkin bread, which enabled me to snap this picture of the cousins:) So cute!  All with matching crocs!

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On Monday, we took a short trip to Beartown State Park.  Beartown is a cool (and free) little state park with a nice boardwalk.  The kids enjoyed running ahead and looking for bears, ha!

IMG_9635We all had a wonderful time together:)

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