About 12 hours left now before the road trip commences! DH, DS #s 5 & 6, and I are taking DS #4 to NMMI to see him off as he begins his 1 year as a USNA Foundation sponsored prep. Cincinnati to Roswell, NM here we come! No matter how many times we parents have made an I-Day (USNA in 2005), Freshman Move-In Day (U of Illinois 2002 and OSU 2010), Matriculation Day (NMMI 2012) journey (whatever “New Phase” the respective kid is launching into is called), the hours before the launch still brings a truckload of emotions right to the surface. As the Mom, the emotions are mostly accompanied by tears of joy, pride, impending loss, recognition that everything will be changed forever. Again! And now we’re really spread all over the place – New Mexico; Quantico, VA (PLC Increment 2); Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (soon to be Hawaii for 3 years); Chicago; and here, Cincinnati. It’s a crazy, great life and now I’m going to go wipe my face off and pack!