Sweet baby, Lofty. I hope Mama gets over the hump quickly! And we'd probably have something similar if we played Life (which I can't stand, along with Monopoly, admittedly).
And you are right about "in ten years." The thing that is a drag about seeing people is this: I told them. I warned repeatedly about how much time we have left, and told people I cannot/will not plan. Have us over; we live in a little dump with 3 forks. About 5 people got the message (needless to say, I got the message, too). The rest are going to be pi$$ed that I didn't set aside time for them. Even though I never got an invite. So the F word is bubbling up into my psyche, which I don't like.
As for school, we will probably get to be about 2 weeks ahead of schedule before we go, so when we arrive we will only be one week behind, which is easy to recoup. All the teachers are informed of the travel schedule and I can set up the schedule to show vacation days, so there are no truancy concerns. We are enrolled, and I frankly need the enrollment for a variety of reasons, which include legitimacy (i.e., dh taking our schedule seriously), comprehensive curriculum (I would just as soon skip certain subjects if left to my own devices, and they would end up being my kids' strengths), and ease of transitioning back into PS if needed (because we have no long-term plan). Anyway, we only really need a couple of good days to get ahead, and since everyone else is in school anyway, it works out OK for us to focus on lessons daily (esp French--ack!). I will pack a few things to read on our trip, and the kids both write in journals.
I'm checking things off the to-do lists, and will see a few special people this weekend.
RR: I am going for a run this morning and leaving kids to do their work without me for a while. And yes, the half is just a long walk with Reb.