So this was it, our last day as residents of New York. We said a lot of goodbyes - starting with some of the neighbors before the kids got on the school bus. Most of the day was spent running errands (a car-load to the "transfer station" i.e. town dump), a form to fill in at the Middle School, a box to drop off at the post office; and cleaning the house. Look how lovely (and empty) we left it:
At the end of the day, we met Exile #3
from her bus and went down to the elementary school to meet Exile #4
and get on the road. More goodbyes, including for Exile #3
who went off down the hallways to find her 3rd and 5th grade teachers.
And with that, this chapter closes...and another begins.
Many of our worldly goods are now in here:
(just look at the size of it!) including some it would be useful to still have in circulation, but so it goes!
The house is rather empty and echoey, but we have beds still, so one last night in this house awaits.
...in the midst of the moving chaos.
It's E5N1's birthday!
Sadly, I'm a few hundred miles away, but here is a picture from Exile #2 of the birthday boy in his dinosaur shirt (and new pants).
He was quite excited when I spoke to him briefly on Skype and seemed to be taking the partially dismantled household in his stride.
I don't have the energy for a look-back collage today, so here are previous birthday posts if you want to do your own "Throwback Tuesday E5N1
(look who arrived for Easter!)Day 1.088
(first birthday & cake!)Day 2.088
(two UK birthday celebrations and cute brother/sister hand-holding!)Day 3.088
(on the road in Virginia and Maryland)Day 4.088
(destroying the Death Star)Day 5.089
(another Easter birthday - the leap year caused the numeric discrepancy)Day 6.088
(TARDIS, sonic screwdriver and a bonus look-back)
...and we're up-to-date!
Happy Birthday E5N1
- I'll see you in a couple of days - and each day after that for a while I hope!
A few days ago, I started the countdown to our move with a last "Rug City" creation. The post is here, but I'll repost the photos to save you flicking back-and-forth:
There were some proposed solutions in the comments
, but the local commenters knew the truth, now revealed thanks to Google Earth
It is Albany, New York - the Empire State Plaza to be more specific - including the Egg, the State Museum, the Corning Tower and with a guest appearance by the Capitol Building.
Tomorrow, the packers arrive to start dismantling our home and on Thursday we will wake up for the last time as residents of New York.