The past 9 days of our journey have been incredibly busy, full of history and learning and experiences and tons of fun.
They have also been full of extremes.
We saw buggies in Amish country, and rode the subway in New York.
We ate lobster on a beach in Maine, and pretzels off of a food cart in Central Park.
We saw Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium.
We looked at Babe Ruth’s bat and paintings by Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso.
We drove through the woods of Pennsylvania and across the Brooklyn Bridge.
We visited Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts and Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue.
And we took in the stunning views of Vermont and the lights of Times Square.
Through it all we walked and talked and saw friends and family.
And we truly enjoyed being together.
One of the highlights of the trip for me occurred at about 1:00 AM after our final day in New York City.
We had just come back from a taxi ride that none of us will ever forget. (I will spare you the details, but heed this warning: If your kids are prone to getting carsick, DO NOT take them in a taxi. Trust me.)
We had finally gotten back to our tent, everyone was gathered around our bed, and the kids began to talk. They shared their favorite things they saw, asked questions, and laughed at funny memories.
As I listened to them, I realized that those are my favorite moments of this trip. When I get to see my kids learning and growing, right in front of me. I see their minds working, see them processing things, and see them teaching and learning from each other.
And it is truly incredible.
In just a little over two weeks our trip will be over. Davey will start teaching, and we will get to know our new community. The kids will start school and sports, and we will settle into our new routine.
Until then, though, we will continue to enjoy our journey. We will be seeing more friends and family, visiting historic sites, and eventually ending up in my favorite place in the entire world: Ocean Beach, California.
The best part, though, is that I know the kidlets will continue to talk, and laugh, and learn, and grow.
And I also know that it won’t stop once we’re done traveling.
And I love that.
See you soon!