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It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye…

2013 March 11
by Becky

I’ve had the Boyz II Men song on a constant loop in my head for two days. It pretty much sums up my mood. It is SO hard to say goodbye.

“Lasts” were the theme of the weekend. Last suppers with friends, last drives through DC, last playdates, last farmers market, and last times walking the streets of Old Town. At least the weather shaped up this weekend to make everything extra enjoyable.




I don’t care how many times I see them, the monuments never cease to take my breath away.





Our last walks to the dog park through the Wilkes Street tunnel.




Our last Ikea trip (within 5 hours driving distance—closest one to St. Louis is Chicago) included the purchase of TWO cribs + mattresses for our friends Kate & Erik who are expecting twins in June. We also got some chairs, bistro set for a special little balcony space, and more fun stuff.




And on Saturday was our going away party hosted by my dear friends Lara, Kristan, and Shannon. I still can’t believe the trouble they went to—we were just blown away at the thought much less the execution. We arrived to a room full of our sweet friends and some awesome Virginia themed decorations.


“Until Tomorrow”.

I couldn’t even look at this banner without getting choked up. I literally spent three hours looking anywhere but above the food table so I wouldn’t break down and inevitably send all the husbands running for the door. I knew once the tears started, there would be no stopping them.

Ethan had an amazing time with his buddies. They had the place trashed in about 15 minutes.





The girls even brought in my favorite DC treat…Georgetown Cupcakes. They are seriously the best cupcakes ever and offered me a chance to say goodbye…the icing was the hardest to let go! Lara informed me they can be shipped all over the country but since I’m not sure how you ship a cupcake, I was sure to enjoy more than one at the party.






I miraculously kept my composure and enjoyed every minute of my friends. I especially loved bringing everyone together in one room so they could all meet each other. My favorite thing has always been introducing people to one another to create new friendships—I think my mission was accomplished at this gathering.




I swear, the men were there too. They were taking the pictures. :)



Thanks to technology I have no doubt I’ll be staying in touch with each and every one of these women. I’ll get to see their kiddos grow up through pictures on Facebook and Instagram. Through Skype and emails.

And there WILL be some DC trips for Ethan and I in the near future. Try and hold me back.

All the kids (well, not the three bitty babies) were well aware of what we were “celebrating”. Quinn called it “Ethan’s Bye Bye Party” and Claire explained the whole situation to her older brother Jack, telling him “Ethan’s dad got a new job”. If you ask Ethan where where we’re going, he says “New House” or “St. Louis”.

Even as toddlers, they get it.

Luckily they will also get OVER it. They are so good at rolling with the punches, unlike their parents. We’re the wimps.

It was the most amazing send off and provided some closure to our adventure here in Old Town. Stu left with Ethan a little earlier then me so I took my time walking home on my favorite streets. I gazed at beautiful old houses, tred on an ancient cobblestone street, and passed a tour group that was led by a Colonial-garb clad gentleman holding a lantern.

It made me realize I not only can’t believe we’re leaving this place, I still can’t believe we lived here.

So even if it was only a short time, it was time enough. Enough to make friends and see incredible sights. Enough to experience the lifestyle. Enough to keep us coming back.

To my friends, I love you all. Thank you for making this part of our lives so enjoyable. We will miss you.

Until tomorrow…


7 Responses
  1. Shannon permalink
    March 11, 2013

    Oh man..this made me tear up! I’m so thankful to have you as a friend, and you’ll truly be missed around here. So glad to have had so many great times with you. And I’m totally going to start hanging out with your friends that I met at the party ;)

  2. March 12, 2013

    That did it! You know the pain of tears welling up around the edges of your eyes?! Got it! I will also miss the your friends , the monuments and the cozy familiar feeling of being at your house in Alexandria. I live it there. I will also miss my good friend Judy. We were just getting our friendship up and running again. Guess I’ll just have to “Meet You in St. Louis.”

  3. March 12, 2013

    Amazing how you can draw us all in. I’m feeling bad for you and all teary eyed. When are you going to write a book?

  4. Kristan permalink
    March 12, 2013

    I love you guys!! Its basically impossible for me to read this post and not choke up. you have been such a big part of our fun lives here in Alexandria. We’ll miss you tons but I’m sure we’ll meet again soon!! Much love and lots of hugs.

  5. March 13, 2013

    Safe travels!
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