This trip has been wonderful in so many ways. The new experiences, the family and friends we’ve seen along the way. The mountains and other gorgeous natural sites. But being gone almost a month now, there are some things we are missing. So let’s take a minute to make a note of them.
- Our family at home
- Our friends at home – the kids are especially missing their friends – you know who you are. ;)
- Grocery shopping for more than 2-3 days at a time. And cooking – I miss the leisure of having a stocked kitchen and the ability to plan meals a week in advance and cook them in my own kitchen.
- Our bed, our pillows. We’ve had some comfortable places and some not so comfortable. But there’s nothing like your own bed.
- Mostly, our sleep. Sleeping in one room with 6 people is tricky. Sleeping in one room with 6 people with 1 of them being under 2 is really really difficult. I won’t get into the exacts details, but I will say that in the 27 nights since we left, Jake and I have not had 1 solid night of sleep. And we’ve only had a handful of okay nights (being woken up less than 3x, and staying awake less than an hour). We’ve also had a handful of atrocious overnights, where one or both of us gets about 3 hours of sleep, then needs to function all the next day. It’s not been easy.
I’m not complaining. This is a amazing and uncommon experience. I appreciate it. I’m glad we did it and I’m glad it’s not over yet. But we also appreciate our home, and all that it affords: the people and the comforts.
For now, I’ll soak in the morning view from Parker, Colorado.