These were taken during our last Sunday dinner with Grandpa Waters and the Gaineys before the big move. My awesome cousin Whitney was so amused by my kids and their crazy eyebrows. I sure do miss them.
We had a fun night with more cousins, celebrating birthdays and our move.
I have been so blessed to have so many amazing friends and I'm so grateful for them and the chance I had to visit, laugh, and eat dinner with a few of them. Thanks girls for all of your friendships.
My last day at the pool. Gotta love the goggle eyes. I have yet to find a pool to swim at up here and it's rough not being in the water as often as I used to be.
My mom gave me this picture of my boys from when we lived in Utah almost 10 years ago. Stryder isn't even 2 yet in this picture.
Our last day at Dooley was incredibly difficult. It hurt so bad to say good bye to such wonderful people who have made us feel so special. My kids have some great friends and had some fantastic teachers and I was all sorts of ugly crying as we said our good byes and gave out our little notes. For the teachers I gave them little notes that read "So much of me is made of what I learned from you. You'll be with me like a handprint on my heart". And each of the kids gave their friends little notes with the quote "And now whatever way our story ends, I know you have rewritten mine by being my friend". Both quotes are from the song 'For Good' from the Broadway musical Wicked. The song really spoke to me and best expressed how we felt about these amazing people in our lives, "because I knew you I have been changed for good". I've set up an email for my kids to write back and forth with their friends and put that on the note too. So far not many have written but if you would like to write them the email is SBrownkids3@aol.com. Dooley will forever hold a very special place in our hearts, no matter where we end up.
From moving day! We were completely loaded and just about to get in the cars to start the next chapter in our fast paced adventure story. Check back in for more new tales from up north.