Our goodbye party was well attended and what a great time we had with friends. We had the people who came for visiting, the food part and karaoke which lasted many hours and then we had the party crowd who stayed long after the others left. The party crowd stayed for poker and we all sat around the table playing cards until the wee hours of the morning.
I woke Saturday morning with lots to prepare so I started in with the desert. Then I moved along to cleaning vegetables for the vegetable tray. When I wrapped up with my food preparation, I carried on getting the house ready. By the time company came, I was all relaxed and felt like a guest as my work was all done. I had one of my counters set up with drinks and another big counter set up with all the food. By 5:00 PM, all I had to do was pull trays from the refrigerator and bingo my job was done.
Bobby started the grill and the guests kept on a coming, the guys filtered out on the porch with Bob while the gals stayed inside and carried on with important conversation.
After dinner, Bobby got our karaoke set all lined out where many of us enjoyed singing and letting it all hang out. One of the guest’s favoritesongs was singing the YMCA and standing to their feet and really getting into it.Cute little Nicholas (Al and Monika’s little man)adding his vocals with the other mike while others were singing. Everyone was laughing at this little man while his little voice carried through the speakers. It was so fun and everyone from the youngest to the oldest had a blast.
Monika and Baby Nicholas enjoy the music.
By the time some of our friends started leaving, it really didn’t feel like goodbye. Rather it felt like, goodnight, see ya soon. Goodbye, I really truly was not prepared to say goodbye and I don’t know if we’ll ever see some of our dear friends again. But I know these friends will always remain close to our hearts and we’ll treasure the friendships we’ve made along the way.
Lori and Ken, Sue and Mike & us – Long time friends
Robert & Brenda
John & Theresa
One of the things that I keep kicking myself for is not getting pictures of everybody. But, I keep telling myself that it’s ok as I was enjoying every single min. visiting with my buddies and having fun. If I were running around getting all the pictures I wanted, I would have missed out. But I still wish I would have taken more pictures… One thing that can’t be taken away is the memories of our wonderful evening with friends.
My dear friend Monika, I’m having a rough patch here saying goodbye. She and Al and Al’s son Alex and their little man Nicholas stayed until the very end. Little Nicholas was the best baby and then later he fell fast asleep in the other room and they were able to stay and party with us until the very end.
It was Bobby’s first time to really spend time with Monika’s husband Al and they really hit it off. Al is an engineer too so maybe their minds think alike. All I know is, we had a wonderful visit. I’m going over to Monika’s this afternoon for yet another visit with her as we neither one felt like we truly said goodbye. Will it ever feel like goodbye? We definitely have already made plans to get together with them when we return for our final move. So even though I’m having another little visit today, I know I’ll see her again. That last visit sounds so final. (gulp, tear)
Beautiful Painting By Monika – This is a very special gift that Monika gave and I feel honored having this beautiful piece to remember my dear friend. (Big Smiles)
Mike and Sue gave us this wonderful hand towel. It’s really funny as Bob and Mike are both from St Louis. Mike just didn’t want us to forget Texas.
We know that there are a host of friends waiting for us in NY and we’re thankful our friendships will not end here.