Monday, March 24, 2008

Today Was A Sad Day!

After living with us for almost 10 months, the kids left for NYC today. They were going to try and leave at 6 am but there was just too much to do. They finally drove off around 1:30 this afternoon. Here are Grant and Cole saying goodbye to Hobbes through the fence. This is typical Cole with his thumb in his mouth.I love this picture of the two of them kneeling down.

Here they are right after we jumped the car again and again. It took too long to pack up and the battery went dead. Don't worry. We sent our jumper cables with them. With all the driving they are doing, I'm sure the battery will charge up. The Stringhams can't do anything without a little drama. Aren't they a cute family though?

Another picture just for good measure. Notice the back seat strapped to the roof rack. They needed all the room they could get in the car.

Here is Cole all buckled up and ready to go. See why they needed to take the seat out? I hope no one stops fast. Every nook and cranny is full.

Here is a close up of Cole. These guys are just so cute. Thank goodness there were no pictures of me. I'm not sure I even combed my hair today. I probably looked pretty funny picking up lunch for everyone in my slippers. And yes, I did have to walk into the resturant to pick it up. I'm not sure what I was thinking. I guess I was only thinking about helping them out and getting them on the road. I mean...they had to have one last salad from Cafe Rio. It's so good.

Here are Grant and Cole. Grant ran down the street chasing after Papa (Grandpa) as he drove off to work this morning. He was crying hard when they drove away. Of course, so was I. OK...just typing this is making me cry. I'm not the only one though, my husband has had a hard time today too.

And then, when I needed little cheering up, look what came in the mail. A blogging friend surprise from Thanks Meleen Dupre. You made my day so much better. Some vintage music and great color copies of vintage cards, plus some vintage ribbons/goodies.

I spent the rest of the day washing sheets, blankets, and towels, remaking beds, cleaning out, trying to do something with all the garbage and empty boxes, bagging up clothes and other things they didn't want, etc. It is amazing how much you can accumulate so quickly in life. Candice left me some scrapbooking things that I can use for give aways on my blog. I have four small boxes of stuff she left for me. There just wasn't enough room to take everything and even if they could, they only have a small apartment in NY. They did do some mailing on Saturday too. So, I'm not sure how soon I'll get to the give away, but stay in contact.


Heather said...

Change is always hard. I know Candice and the boys will miss you guys so much. But at least Steph will be coming in a few short months!

Thimbleanna said...

Awww, I know you ARE going to miss those adorable little boys. Boy are they packed in, but what fun! I love driving across country -- I hope they enjoy the trip. I always chuckle when I see their last name -- my g-g (can't remember how many greats) grandmother was a Stringham. (I'll never forget, one day I was sitting in church in Oklahoma and they announced a members name: Shand Stringham. I thought -- what the heck! Stringham on my dad's side and Shand on my mother's -- too coincidental. Turns out we were related on both sides and his mother was my grandpa's cousin!) Before you know it, it will be time to dash off to NYC and visit your babies!

Kelli Radmall said...

Oh I am sad too. I should have come and said goodbye. They are a wonderful little family. I remember Cole telling his little interrupting cow joke over and over-and the time I was holding Grant as a baby and let his feet slip on the table and he hit his head and I wasn't allowed to hold him anymore. Grant tried to tell me to go home and that I needed to get married but Cole called me Auntie Kelli once and my heart melted. Those boys are too smart and too cute for their own good. They were such cute swimming students too! Love you Stringhams!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

I can see why it was a sad day...those sweet little faces would be hard to give up. :(
And NYC is not just around the corner.

Clearing out for spring is a good distraction. I hope you can easily transition to you "empty nest".

I'll keep an eye out for the giveaway. :)
I have a one year blog-iversary coming up, so I'll be doing another giveaway too.

Kimberly :)