I have found quickly that balance is crucial with my insane schedule.
Thankfully, I only work 4 days a week, but those days are 10-12 hrs long, and I am constantly in motion, running my shop.
It brings other obligations with it, too. Being that I am a Pro Staff shooter for 4 companies, I have an obligation to them to rep their wares at area competitions by competing. That takes an obnoxious amount of time for practice, as I have to drive 20 minutes to get to the big range where I can practice out to 100 yards. Often, at the Pro level, there are targets out to 110, with bullseyes the size of a silver dollar. Try hitting THAT with a 15mph crosswind!
Thankfully, my girl is also a horse fanatic, so I am able to blend my horse time in with hers, making it a joint adventure.
The pups are awesome, and very patient with us. They're content to get a half hour of individual play time a day, sleep in the bed under the covers to stay warm at night, but we're working on the "dad, we gotta pee" dancing on my face at 3am. Meh, at least they tell me when they hafta potty, right?
We're shopping for a house that will enable us to have our whole entourage in one place, good access to the BLM/State/Fed forests that are all over the place, so we can take time each evening to run the horses in the round pen, and NOT burn $30 in diesel to go do it.
So, yes, balance is critical, as is good communication between my girl and I.
We keep the home fires burning, preserving a strong relationship, to facilitate all the other things we want to do in life. Thankfully, we have many areas where they overlap - dogs, horses, and archery.
And, I'm taking her on her first pig hunt next weekend! Baptism by fire for bowhunting!
I can't wait to make up some more summer sausage from her first piggy!
Mmmmmmmmm......now i'm hungry!
I RIDE, THEREFORE I AM
COWBOY UP OR GO CRY IN THE TRUCK