Now let's review:
We flew between Misawa Japan and Seattle Washington. That's 13,035 miles or 11,327 nautical miles--2x. (26,070 total) 8 hours there, 10.5 hours back.
We drove through 3 states. (And about a million cities)
In 1 week we drove from Seattle to Albany to Fairfield to Salinas to San Luis Obispo to Carlsbad where we stayed for 5 days.
We saw many friends, 3 grandpas, 3 grandmas, 4 aunts, 2 uncles, and 8 cousins.
Then drove from Carlsbad to Fairfield to Albany to Seattle where we flew back to Misawa on October 31st.
We were gone for 2 weeks and drove somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,299 miles 2x.
With 4 kids... 3 rowdy boys and 1 tiny baby!
Doug visited/ate lunch with/interviewed with/met with/chatted up 10 dentists/dental practices.
Emily bought 4 sweaters, 4 shirts, 2 skirts, 1 dress, 3 pairs of shoes, (returned 2 pairs of jeans) and 1 super cute purse. (You can't blame me. At 5 feet 9.75 inches, I'm WAY too amazonian to shop here.)
We came home with 2 more duffle bags than we brought, 4 spoiled kids, 16 new nervous ticks and some excellent job possibilities and prospects to pursue.
All in all, we have 1 happy, if slightly crazier, family.
I suppose that means it was worth it!