Twenty days, folks! We're down to 20 days before we fly off to that little island in the middle of the Pacific. I know it's 20, and the kids know it's 20, and everyone who comes to our house knows it's 20 because "Faithful Jude" has kept the chalkboard regularly updated with an illustrated countdown.
|On our MD bucket list--one last visit to the Atlantic Ocean!|
|I'm convinced they get braver every year!|
But 20 actually makes it sound too good. Really, it's 8 days until the kids say their final farewell to this house. And 10 days until the packers come. And 13 days until our house is emptied. So you'd think I'd be running around like mad preparing for this grand adventure. Instead, I'm huddled in the far corner of my house curled over the laptop typing about all the things I need to get done.
|No one wanted to sit next to us!|
|One final walk to our favorite tree!|
|Transition is exhausting!|
|I heard from the other room: "Our dolls hairs are in their's eyes. Let's cut their's hairs" and thought, aww they're playing so nice together ... wait, WHAT?!?|
|"Mom, is this the best creation you've ever seen?"|
|20 days, babies. 20 days until we can upgrade you to some real swimming!|
|Julia's Preschool Mother's Day Tea|
|She's a little teapot.|
|We got a whirlwind 24 hours in Connecticut to celebrate a fellow Coastie's wedding!|
|Taking his lifetime's worth of change to the bank!|
|We're enjoying all the green!|
|A little pre-flight training.|
|We're working on our Hawaii style. I think I'm going to call mine "Bohloha" and she's just going to wear a swimsuit every day.|
|Julia has to pass a test to potentially start preschool in Hawaii. So Miss Joci is quizzing her on colors and shapes.|
|Our Advanced Shipment (stuff that we send ahead so that it arrives ahead of our regular household goods.)|
|My little pioneer.|
|Our final days in Maryland included two follow-up doctor's visits. I love when you have to wait 45 minutes for the doctor to spend 2 minutes looking in an ear. -_-|
|I love this little corner of the house. And I've loved spending a few quiet minutes here each morning before the kids get up, enjoying the cool breeze and birdsong.|
|Bringing dinner to our neighbors who just had the sweetest of newborns!|
|It's been crazy windy here lately. The kids have benefited greatly as their dad has started paying them $.01 per stick they pick up.|
|This was the word we chose for the Vocabulary Parade.|
|Look, my little firestarter!!|
|Jude's entire Kindergarten class did the word "arboreal" and wore their handprinted Earth Day shirts.|
It was poetry day in Kindergarten! Jude's not usually one to stand up and speak in front of people--I was so impressed with his mad presentation skills!
Which makes the practice of living in the present that much more challenging. It's taking all of my mental energy to keep up with these end-of-year poetry readings, pizza parties, teacher gifts, and vocabulary parades. If I seem a little distant--I am. Because I'm straddling life in two different states that are about 4000 miles apart. And my official stock-answer for the hundred times someone asks me if I'm exciting about moving to Hawaii? "Yes, absolutely I'm excited to LIVE IN Hawaii. But the whole getting there (with 4 kids) is the challenging part." I'm excited to get that part over with!