This past weekend saw us have a combined house warming (for our 'new' home) and a farewell for K.
I was planning on having the house warming once we had done what we wanted around the house and garden and then I realised that it's probably inappropriate to have a house warming 10 years after you have actually moved into the house so, with that in mind, once the roof was on the deck (luckily we had it after the roof went on because it did rain during the night and we all stayed lovely and dry given the size of the roof) we tidied up around the house and garden and invited everyone over.
We saw friends we haven't seen in forever and neighbours we haven't seen since we left Wewak Ave. It was great. We saw photos of what has been done to our old home - good for them for making it their home. They aren't changes I would have made but hey, it's not my house any longer.
We chatted and laughed. We drank and ate. And ate some more. There was so much food I landed up sending some home with people as they were leaving. We had cake. There was so much cake, some of that went home with people as well. And we still have left overs at home. Thankfully lasagna freezes so well although there is a limit to how much lasagna two people can eat !!!!
There were tears. Tears from my baby as she said goodbye to friends - realising that she wouldn't be seeing them for a while - unless they Skype her, in which case she will see them quite regularly. But I don't think that part of her brain was engaged. There was sobbing about not seeing the old people and requests for them to go and visit her - I'd like to say that will happen but my folks aren't getting any younger and I'm not sure that they are up to a trip to the USA to see their grand-daughter for a few weeks but we will wait and see what happens.
I know that this is going to be a great experience for her - she will grow up and she will mature and she will come home a different person - and hopefully a better person - although given she is going to be an au pair to one child, the family she is going to be living with obviously has money - I hope she doesn't come home expecting us to keep her in the way to which she would have become accustomed !!!!! Like white Christmases and 10 day cruises on the Caribbean - those we will not be providing on her return home. What we will give her is lots of hugs and kisses and job applications to find a job so that she isn't financially dependent on us and wanting to lounge around watching day time TV when she could be out in the real world earning a living !!!
Photos were taken and will be downloaded and uploaded onto here for you to see at a later time. Right now, we have to get our bedroom and WIR cleared and the bathroom gutted because I saw an e-mail yesterday morning that said "Sorry we can't make it on 28th at 7am - we'll be there on 30th at 7am" - apparently A forgot to mention that they had given him a start date for the renovations !!!!!! So, now that it is the 30th I hope we managed to get it all done in time (given I am writing this on 29th !!!)
And, Thursday and Friday that we had taken to spend some time with K before she leaves, may actually be spent with K adding her 2c to our choice of tiles / basins / toilets / shower screens etc !!!
Have the best week !
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