When we go to the beach, my wife and I like to drink coffee on our balcony and watch the sun rise. Seeing all those sails dotting the horizon makes me rotten with envy.
Wait until you're drinking your coffee sitting in your own cockpit watching the sun rise. Heaven.
It's hard to articulate, but there's just something about it...I want to sail!
Seemed pretty darn articulate to me.
One word of caution about your kids: Don't be upset if they don't share your dream.
When we bought a boat large enough to haul more than the two of us I was excited about getting my niece and nephew involved (we have no kids), imagined trips with their friends, etc. They both took a boating safety course and did well. My niece was all into charting and navigation. Then their teenaged lives interfered with my plans. In theory they love the idea of sailing and the few times they sailed with us, they had fun. They simply have other activities going on that interest them more.
A neighbor of ours spent years with his family (wife and four or five kids) sailing all over the Chesapeake in a 27 foot boat. When he was able to he moved up to a 36-footer to give his family more room and expand their cruising beyond the Bay. Once the kids reached aged 18, one by one they refused to step foot on another sailboat. Now he hopes that his grand kids are more open to sailing but in the meantime, he and his wife sail up and down the East coast.
You mentioned "your" sailing future. I like the plan, but if your wife shares and encourages your dream (and some don't), I hope that she participates in the sailing classes as well and learns how to operate the boat equally. If something should happen to either of you, the other should know how to get the boat back to a safe harbor (dock, anchorage, etc). And really, it can be fun to learn as a couple and interesting figuring out each others strengths. You each might surprise the other, no matter how long you've been together. It can also make the division of labor aboard the boat more natural.
Also, when you choose your boats, don't forget to consider her input if she will also spend time on them. Nothing worse than one partner blindly and enthusiastically making all the decisions and finding out the other is miserable.
Actually, I would encourage your wife to join the forum herself.
Good luck and welcome to sailing!