8iRWeiXjcKj9kUz5Tebo4_k_FtY Life with Two Special Needs Children: Vacation Part 2 - Train Ride

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Vacation Part 2 - Train Ride

I really didn't mean to go over two weeks without posting another part of our vacation story, but that's life sometimes, especially with two children that keep me on the go. Over the last couple of weeks we have had psychosocial group, a psychiatrist appointment, summer play day at church and ROCKO, which I enjoyed immensley.

ROCKO is a respite organization that we have been utilizing for over a year. They are staffed with special education teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, music therapists, et cetera, that take care of the kids while the parents/caregivers get a much needed break. This last event was six hours! I dropped the kids off and was able to meet Tony for lunch. Then I really didn't know what to do with myself. (How pathetic is that????!!!!????) But I got some shopping done and some reading! The kids have a blast and they are very well taken care of!!! The organization is an absolute God-send!!!!!!

Well, back to our vacation story. We went to Branson Landings on Sunday morning and walked around before the stores opened. It's absolutely beautiful down there. We saw the train station and thought about riding the train. We walked over there, but they were closed. We told the kids we would go the next day. However, when we got up Monday morning it was raining. The kids didn't mention it and we just kind of hung out at the resort Monday and relaxed. We decided to go on Tuesday instead.

Tuesday morning we got up and headed to the train station for the first departure of the day. Here is the train that we rode on. It wasn't the prettiest day, but it was still nice.

The kids were so excited to ride the train. This is a picture of Margaret and the kids while we were waiting for the train to depart. I can't remember why Cassidy had such a sour face, but we probably didn't allow her to do something that she wanted to do.

Here's Tony and the kids sitting on the train while we went through a tunnel.

The train ride was very peaceful and relaxing until Cassidy decided to throw a fit and I had to take her to the bathroom for timeout. One of the staff came back to check on us and told her if she would stop crying he'd let her wear his hat. Didn't work with our stubborn little one! Shortly after the trip started in an open field I saw two deer running through the field. It was such a beautiful sight at God's creation!

Here is Margaret and Caleb on the train. We're very glad Margaret was able to spend the trip with us. We all enjoyed having her with us. She's a great young lady and we are very proud of all that she has accomplished. She loves the kids so much and they absolutely adore her.

Tony's camera allows him to take videos. So I'll try loading this video and see if it'll work. I hope so!

We'll, that's it about the train. I'll post more pictures of more of our vacation and a video of kids driving go-carts.

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