Once we made it to Union Station, it was smooth sailing. I had purposely got us tickets on a train with a dining car, so that we could have lunch on the train. I don't know what I was imagining, but -- the dining car was really just a concession stand with ramen noodles, frozen pizzas (that they would heat up), beer, coffee, and pre-made salads. It was pretty low-brow. Kailey loved it and spent time selecting her lunch -- settling on a pizza (and then trading Eric for his ramen noodles when she realized how much frozen pizza tastes like cardboard). Kai slept a good deal of the train ride, which was good given the hours she had been keeping in DC.
The next morning, Kai woke up sobbing. I asked her what was wrong and she wouldn't answer. After several minutes of cuddling her while she wept, she finally explained, "my friends really miss me." I asked her if she meant that she missed her friends and she said, "No, Thomas and Bianca really miss me. They are so sad that I am not at school." And then she burst into tears... while I chuckled to myself. Nothing like a healthy ego! After talking about it a bit more, it became clear that she had a dream about school and she wasn't there and her friends were looking for her and really missed her. And, of course, she missed them too!
That day, we headed to the Museum of Natural History. Kai had been talking about seeing the dinosaur bones for quite a long time. It was pretty fun to see them up close. After the museum, we headed to a ramen place and had great noodles (Kai's favorite... it really doesn't matter the type of noodle).
It was a short trip to NYC... but we had a blast. Wednesday morning we got some bagels before heading to the Metro for the beginning of our looonnnngggg (oh so long) journey to St. John....