Are you familiar with that clustered feeling of excitement, anxiety, nervousness, and exhaustion?
Yeah, that’s where we are right now.
Since last year we knew we had a “big trip” coming up. Papa ‘Skiy is a software engineer and periodically goes in the field for week-long installation assignments. Most of the time the whole family goes with him, and that’s taken us as far west as New Mexico, as far north as Pennsylvania and New York, and off the mainland to Puerto Rico.
The opportunity for another of these assignments was presented to him last year. The only difference was that this was a big one: it was a field assignment, and it would take months to complete.
We’d always said that, if he had the chance to do it then he should take it, especially if he felt we could accomplish it RV-style. So when it came up he didn’t hesitate accepting it.
Then the time frame for the assignment kept changing. At first it looked like it was starting in June, which would put a damper on birthday party plans for the boys and a possible summer camp at the Kennedy Space Center for our oldest son. That went back and forth for awhile, so we cancelled the camp plans altogether and decided on the easy route for the birthday party by holding it at a small local amusement park.
As summertime approached, the assignment got pushed back further and further. Finally, a schedule was established and we could start planning: at the end of August, we’d be on the road.
We made spreadsheets with lists of things to pack, things to do, things to prepare. After all, what do you do when you still have a lawn to take care of, mail that will still arrive, and bills that will still come in, even while you’re not there?
Yes, it would just be easier for Papa ‘Skiy to go on his own. It would also be more lucrative. But that doesn’t play into our family lifestyle. We’re close, we love traveling, and we homeschool. All of these sound ripe for a family roadtrip!
Now it’s a month away. One month! And although that sounds like a long time, there’s still so much to do.
Remember that whole excited-anxious-nervous-exhausted feeling? Yup. We’re there.