Well. We’re about two and a half weeks in now and the trip has been interesting so far. I’m the first to admit that I am super guilty of trying to recreate the perfect moment and so I approach our adventures with caution ensuring that I am not seeking out an unattainable experience. With that said I don’t think I’ve done a very good job of that as of late, because the last couple of weeks just seem a little off, moreover, not like last year. I think this is due in part to this stupid sickness that continues to make the rounds. We always expect to get a little travel cold but this is getting to be a bit ridiculous. Also this heat is kind of unbelievable. Wow. It’s times like this I am soooooo glad we don’t live in San Diego anymore. The heat is unbearable. Of course all of this seems a lot petty but per usual it’s all relative. We have a lot of family meetings. I’m not sure most families do this but we’re, admittedly, a little weird. Even as I blab on about what I call our “first world problems” it’s important to me to take a step back and look at the big picture. This morning we had yet another family meeting and talked about the last couple of weeks and the weeks to come. It always makes me feel better to listen to the kids perspectives. They always seem to say the right things and they are so supportive of the family. Just when I think all hope is lost they really surprise me with their wisdom. We explain to them all the time how fortunate our family is and we try and show them how grateful we are. We all know actions speak louder than words but sometimes it’s hard to lead by example. We left our old life five years ago, and it does very much seem like an old life. Who knows what our lives would be like today if we had stuck around but I’m so thankful we took the leap. Now that’s not to say there’s not a set of challenges that come with taking the leap and shaking it up but for us it had been so worth the ride and far from mundane. But it gets hard to give your kids the best life and also show them perspective. There’s only so many times you can explain to your kids just how good they have it, but I keep trying. Then there’s a whole grass is greener thing too. Because humans, especially kids, are so adaptable what you grow up with is just the norm. So it’s nearly impossible to compare “normal”. In any case this little family is on to yet another adventure and I’m always excited to see what we can learn, how many great stories we can rack up, and most importantly maximize our our time together.