Thanks for the line, Melissa. Yes, now that I have gotten a good GMAT score, I have to fill out the applications, line up recommendations, order transcripts, and visit campuses. For now, my wife and I plan to take a road trip in the fall to visit most of them in the fall, and I am trying to get contacts in each place so I can make the most of the time I have. Still, all of what I am doing now is easier than actually going to school with a family, but I know I will have lots of help.
I have a good idea of what areas I want to research, and therefore what I want to study. I just need to determine what lines up with my interests among those schools where I am applying. The best thing I can do, from the advice of various professors, is to identify who I want to work with based on their interests and do my best to go to the school where they teach. I have a few leads in that direction, but I want to know more.
Knowledge is power, so I am arming myself. I have enjoyed this search so far, but I have only just started. Hopefully I will be more able to really get my mind around all these elements fairly soon since I will begin applying in another month or so.