As a follow-up to a post from last week, I convinced my wife to hop into the club 172 with our two girls for a short trip to K81 for a $100 pancake. It was a CAVU but somewhat gusty day, winds 290 15/G20. I warned them there may be some bumps especially since the flight was only 15nm and we wouldn't get much above 2000ft AGL. Wife sat in the back with our 2 y/o to make sure her headset stayed on. She had to wedge between the bulkhead and the carseat so she was rather cramped. My 5 y/o was co-pilot and I asked her to be my traffic helper and she spotted a Mooney 1/2 mile to my 11 o'clock 500ft above me which I didn't see because it was behind my sunshade. Nicely done kiddo! Despite the bumps and a couple tricky crosswind landings (my landing in K81 was not pretty...) it was an excellent flight. The wife was impressed (aw shucks) with how much more there is to being a pilot than simply flying an airplane. She did however complain about lack of room/comfort and that it would be an issue for a true X/C flight. I told her the front seat is not so bad but she would want to stay in the back until our 2 y/o becomes a more reliable passenger. So when we got home, my wife was actually pretty excited about the flight and the idea of GA flying for family vacations and even just for fun. She got even more excited when I showed her the interior layout of a Piper Lance that's on the field to rent at $175 per hour. It seems comfort trumps expense when it comes to wifely input... Anyway, thanks for the advice folks!