Preparing for this trip has also meant saying a lot of goodbyes. This week has been especially emotional, saying goodbye to friends, delivering the pets to their new homes, and packing items away. Boating on Lake Union, watching our friend play drums at a pub, sleepovers for the kids, friends having us over for dinner because our cupboards are bare – all of these occasions have made leaving a bit harder, but have certainly made these last few days in Seattle memorable.
Since my last post, many of you have been asking if we found a home for our cat. Thanks to a wonderful school family, the Van Hollebekes, Raider was moved to his new home just this morning. He seemed to settle in nicely, and when I left he was being petted by four teenage girls all at once. I think he’ll get enough attention this year.
With just two more days in Seattle we have pretty much packed up the house, and set aside what we plan to take with us to Spain. We have limited everyone to one travel backpack and one suitcase each. Gabi had a pretty tough time deciding which three of her stuffed animals she was going to take with her, but even that is settled at this point. Robbie’s video camera is charged and ready to begin recording our adventure (whether Robbie is ready is a different story!). Matthew’s favorite item, our Xbox One, is unfortunately staying in the States, so he’s had to satisfy himself by appropriating Jason’s old iPad, and downloading all the Harry Potter books.
These last few weeks have been a great reminder of the wonderful friends we have made here over the five years we have been in Seattle, and while we are a little sad to leave, we are happy knowing that we have so many wonderful people to return to. Hoping to get a few of you visiting us in Spain too!