After another visit, too short as always, we dropped the kids back off with their mom.  It is always such an emotionally draining day.  Everyone tries to be cheery and make the best of our time together, but it becomes impossible.  It will be three months before we see them again.

We all have a cry and talk about all the fun things that happened on this visit.  Grace rode a bike with no training wheels for the first time.  We did another hike at the sandhills.  Both kids got into the paint while playing in their clubhouse and while cleaning made the bathroom look like a paint bomb went off.

And we won $25 000 in family travel!! 

Talk about a rollercoaster of a week!

We had only a few days to get the kid’s opinion on where we should go.  They both want Egypt.  That makes me smile more than you can imagine.  John and I have dreamt of Egypt forever!  If it was just the two of us, I would take a chance at the unrest, but with the kids, I think we better wait for that trip.

My favorite quote from Grace was, ” I want to live in Mother Nature forever.”  She wants to see wildlife and be in nature on our trip.

Keegan has a passion for WWII jets and history.  He wants Germany.  He wants to see castles.

Peru was on top for a while.  Then we thought about Iceland.  Wow.  Of all the life problems, this is a great one to have!  Deciding where to use free travel money.

The timing is very bad for our family, as we have some pretty major things happening in August.  Hurdles still need to be crossed before we are sure our family will have this experience of a lifetime this July.

Through it all, I focus on the amazing fact that Karma is finally siding with us.  This is what I have dreamt of before I ever knew that I would actually have a family to share travel with.

I can’t wait to see my family’s eyes as they discover the world.  I can’t wait to have them by my side as I discover the new “family traveler” within myself.

Where would you take a 7 and 9 year old, if you were given this chance?

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