It always happens in three

We are in the middle of three big family trips, all within weeks of each other. I don’t know if I’m coming or going anymore! We spent President’s Day weekend meeting old friends at Big Sky Resort in Montana, we’re heading to New Orleans for a wedding of a friend met in Rome this weekend and will end with a return to the castle in Belgium for Easter and then to the south of France. I hope to post stories and experiences from all of these soon. I did finally add our Rome trip from October here.

To get up to speed:

Big Sky Resort was amazing, made even more amazing by spending it with friends from middle school and their families, and… the cherry on top, getting free lift tickets thanks to our season passes at Brighton!

New Orleans will be a first for all of us. It will be quick, we get in late on Friday and leave Sunday evening, but we are ready with many recommendations for those well versed in NOLA and a guide book.

We have our trains and lodging reserved for France. We will do a night in Paris (Adrian wants to see the Eiffel tower) and then we booked a condo through airbnb.com in Nice for our headquarters.

I love having everything paid for in advance. I even have the credit card these things were booked on paid for. It makes money management easier for me and I don’t like coming home, tired and bummed work looming over me with a mountain of bills. For me, I like the excitement of planning and the thrill of anticipation, and by paying for what I can at that time, it’s an easier pill to swallow.

I like to control what I can, but always keep in mind the wise words of John Steinbeck:

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

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