Robin and I took the kids of a stroll last night, which ended up at a nearby playground. As we sat at a picnic table near while the kids played, we talked about what a busy summer this has been. We have been on five family trips since April:
- Miami, Key West, Cozumel (cruise) – 6 nights
- Midway, Utah in May – 1 night
- Oregon Coast in June – 6 nights
- East Canyon in July – 2 nights
- Bear Lake in July – 2 nights
Seven of those nights were spent in condos provided by my sweet mom, two were in the Hall Family cabin and one in a hotel on the Oregon/Idaho border.
I’ve also been camping quite a bit this summer with my church calling:
- Campout with the deacons behind the church in April – 1 night
- Campout in Lehi for the father’s and son’s outing in May – 1 night
- Young men’s retreat in a hunting lodge in Altamont, Utah in June – 1 night
- Summer camp with the deacons at Bear Lake in July – 4 nights
- Youth conference near Potter’s Ponds (close to Huntington) – 2 nights
If you add in five nights away for business travel during that time, I’ve spent 31 nights away from home over the past five months — and I’m not done yet! I have another business trip coming up — this time to Florida — from this Sunday to Wednesday (three nights), plus a ward campout next weekend and a family camp with the Lambert clan at the Heber Valley Camp over Labor Day Weekend. That will bring me to 36 nights in five months — 19 nights with family, 9 nights for church, 8 nights for work — an appropriate proportion, I think.
That’s about 20% of my time on the road. Of course, I can’t complain too much. Most of those nights away were for fun. Some of my colleagues at work who do sales are on the road about half of the time, and they’re working most of the time, not playing.
Anyway, even though we’ve had a lot of fun travel, I’m ready to relax and take a brake from it all. September is our month to stay at home (no school, no business trips, no camping, etc.) and prepare for baby #4 (whose name I believe we’ve finally decided on… stay tuned.)