I find it downright remarkable that I have been on a plane four times already this year, and am about to get on yet another flight, which will make it a record-breaking FIVE times this year. It even beats the year I flew to Europe twice and Hawaii once. That was a fun year; although, now that I think about it, it was also a really difficult year, so evidently the travel didn't exactly make my life easier (only a lot more fun). But this year? Wow. There was the trip to Kauai in June, the trip to Pennsylvania in October, the trip to Maine in December, the trip to Pasadena in May, and now on Saturday we're flying off to the East Coast.
Now, if you travel all the time then five times doesn't seem like such a big deal. But for little ole' me, that's a lot of flying. Good thing I enjoy it...even if I had to fly with a baby on my lap for two of those trips.
So, this trip? Well, let's see. We fly through Saturday night to arrive in Boston on Sunday. Do the duck tour, walk, walk, walk, and walk some more and then finally meet up with Jason's brother and SIL. Monday and Tuesday we're in NYC for all the touring stuff and to see Hairspray. Wednesday we're in Philadelphia, and hopefully meet up at some point with Suzanne. Thursday at Six Flags (ROLLER COASTERS!!!). Friday through Sunday in DC doing all the DC-stuff, and *fingers crossed* meet up with Jess one of the days.
To top it all off, the trip--flight, hotel, meals, shows tickets and touring stuff--is all paid for. Sound fabulous? Ah, yes, but there is a teeny-tiny catch:
We're chaperoning 40 eighth graders. And a dozen parents.
Oh yeah. Bring it on.
I know that a trip like this would be a nightmare for some people, but I just love educational travel with students. Back in my high school teaching days, I was fortunate enough to take two groups of students on tours of London and Paris, and it was amazing. Sure, there are difficult parts of traveling with a group, but I don't seem to mind those difficulties too much.
For this trip, the hardest thing is going to be leaving the girls with the grandparents for eight days. We don't have to worry about the house since we have people living with us for the summer, but leaving my girls...my heart aches a little bit already. I know Sydney will be fine, but this will be harder for Jules.
A whole week.
I almost backed out of going on this trip because I wasn't sure if I could leave Jules for a week, but I'm going to trust that she'll be okay. Plus, Inklingis a chaperon on the trip as well, so we can bolster each other up when we start to feel homesick for our kiddos. Cell phones are also a huge blessing for the worried parent. *whew*
It'll be fun, it'll be exhausting, it'll be crazy. Wish me luck.
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