Our entire family is in a strange adjustment period. Cade and Lucy aren’t sure what we mean when we talk about home. Sammy cried on our first night back because he wanted to sleep in the bus. Only Abra seems to bounce around the house as if nothing new is going on.

While there are many fun and adventurous things about living in a big blue bus, here are seven that I don’t miss:

1) Emptying the waste tank every few days. I’m not going to go into detail on this one, but let me say this: it’s rather amazing how much waste a family of six produces.

2) Going to the bathroom anywhere but in the bus. Due to #1, we tried to use other restrooms as much as possible. Restaurants, Walmarts, the bathrooms in the campground that were half a mile away. It’s amazing how far you will walk to use a restroom when you’re the one responsible for emptying the stuff.

3) Worrying about the bus. After getting stuck in a ditch, I felt like I had an ulcer. After losing the brakes, I thought I was having heart palpitations for weeks. It was all I could do not to break out into song the moment I handed the bus keys back to my uncle.

4) Showering in the tiny shower. Get wet. Turn off the water. Lather up. Turn on the water. Rinse. Turn off the water. And all of that done in a rather tiny space. Yeah, I’m enjoying normal showers quite a bit.

5) The occasional feeling of isolation. We went on a long stretch from Pasadena to Mount Rushmore without seeing anyone we knew, and even I, the ultimate introvert, started to crave the sight of another familiar face.

6) The smell of a dirty diaper in such a confined space. Enough said.

7) One on one time with my wife – you can take that however you’d like (the kids were ALWAYS around!).

If you went on a trip, what do you think you would enjoy the most? What would you miss the most about normal life?