As I write this, I am about to board the plane to Germany. We plan to stay for 2-3 years. We spent the last 5 days packing up the house, working from sunrise to sunset most days. It was grueling, and at times, I didn’t think we would make it, but we did. We finished the house at 11:53 p.m. last night. This morning we slept in a bit, had waffles for breakfast, and finished packing up our suitcases. We even had a little time to relax. Spencer, Dave, and I went to Skate City for an hour or so while Meg, Clare, and Ellen packed a bit more and relaxed. Then we went out to Tequilenos for our last meal in Colorado for quite some time.
Thanks to all the people who have helped us prepare for this epic journey, especially Clare’s parents Dave and Ellen and Clare’s friends Sarah and Liz. I don’t know if we could have done it otherwise.
We each brought 1 big suitcase, 1 sportman’s trunk, a carry-on suitcase, and a backpack. We filled up a 10×10 shed at Dave and Ellen’s, and a 9×11 climate controlled storage unit. Talk about downsizing.
This is the first field day we have had since we have lived in Colorado which had nice weather on the scheduled day, and didn’t have to be rescheduled. It was a beautiful day. I was only able to come for a little bit because I was busy at work and Clare was hosting an event at Boulder startup week. The kids had a good time. I think one of the favorite new events this year was the oreo challenge, in which you try to get an oreo from your forehead into your mouth without using your hands.
Spencer has been playing alto saxophone for 19 weeks now. Yesterday he performed at an open Mic night at our church. He played ain’t misbehavin and fly me to the moon. He sounded great. Take a listen for yourself.
We celebrated Meg’s birthday this year with a surprise party / sleepover. She requested a surprise party this year. Every once in awhile we would ask her what kind of cake she wanted or something, and she would reply “I’m not having a party this year, unless someone throws me a surprise party ;).” The surprise mostly worked, although some of her friends spilled the beans during school. Clare led the girls in making bath bombs. Sarah did the girls nails. We had pizza and got out the chocolate fountatin. They all had a great time.
For her actual birthday Dave and Ellen came over and we had ravioli and lemon cake with chocolate frosting.
Spencer turned 9 yesterday! On Monday we had a party at Boondocks fun center with his friends. Yesterday we celebrated at home. He wanted to make grilled cheese and an ice cream cake, so that is what we did. He is getting pretty good at making grilled cheese.
We had a bit of a fight about going to sax lessons on his birthday, but eventually he acquiesced, and his teacher taught him happy birthday, which he picked up quite quickly