My heart is full.
Kathleen and the girls just left. They are currently on a plane to LA, the first of four flights they will embark in the next 40 hours. That's love....when a friend will go through all that by herself with three children just to come visit you.
The five weeks here with them was amazing. We both cried when we said goodbye, just so sad to end this time, and because it was beautiful, and because I will miss her companionship, and because, wow....just how blessed we are to have each other....to know one another since we were six and to love one another and love each other's families.
I love that she knows our life here...truly understands it. She can picture everything now. I love that she knows my girls and Warren better than ever before and actually can see my daily joys and frustrations. I love that I know her girls. I know that Stella is a gorgeous, empathetic, sweet, poised young lady and Siena is fierce, happy, fun, and strong-willed. I love that Vivi is the hilarious, dance to the beat of her own drum, loving, endearing three year old of the crew. I love that I love their smiles and can see the light in their eyes and their little souls. I love that I got to witness Kathleen in her full mothering mode - the challenges and the rewards. I love that we are on that journey together. I am amazed how despite our very different lives and sometimes different views, Kathleen and I still have so much in common. The core of who we are and who we are together remains strong. In short, my heart is full.
So much has happened over the past few weeks that my blog entry would be a book if I tried to detail it all. The pictures tell the stories best. The first pictures are the pictures I got from Kathleen's camera so some are repeats of what was already posted (but new pictures). After that you will see pictures of Andie's birthday (letter coming soon), the half marathon we ran together (Kathleen got third place overall!!!), a few resorts, beach days, the Hornik girls at the Passin girls' school, performances galore (at home every night), and some dolphin sightings. Enjoy!
|This was our first trip to Leleuvia. Still Siena and Vivi's favorite place we visited
Visiting Mere's school
|Snuggles at the Holiday Inn
|Rako Pasifica Day camp
|Market tour with Chad and Kathleen
|Picking citrus at farm
|saying goodbye to Chad- tears all arond
|Eco cafe swing
|selfie after three hours at Eco-Cafe
|henna at Warwick
|loved snuggling this sweet one
|Amazing Warren making breakfast for girls while we ran half marathon!
|One of the many nightly performances
|Kathleen took girls to park while I worked
|This was halfway down the road of their five mile walk!
|Warren and Vivi. Magic trick of removing the thumb. Vivi loved Warren. It was mutual.
|First day back at work....greeted by a rainbow
|Happy 9th birthday Andie. Thank you to BeBe, PapPap, Amma, Aunt Kate and crew for all of the awesome gifts!!!
|very happy with her gifts
|Out to Daikoku for Andie's special day
|Followed by Snowy House
|Andie loved her dessert!
|Visiting Warren at the office
Peace Corps Fiji - pit stop on day in town
|shared smoothie. Look at those eyes!
|Andie modeling all of her new clothes!
|Zoё too! Thanks Bebe!
|Hornik girls at ISS assembly
This is hilarious:
|Check out Stella right in the mix
Beach Day at Pac Harbour
|Lol - she was! So relaxed!
Post half marathon- yummy bu after run
|I think I drank three!
|spa post marathon
|Kathleen being awarded third!
|It's a hard knock life!
|snake on the beach
|another beach day
|loving this book!
|lots of fun
|Horniks come to school!
|Horniks wore uniforms
|Vivi in my office
|Kathleen did not enjoy this picture at all. ;)
|Girls loved the snow
Andie's birthday party- A huge success
|Maybe Zoё didn't get enough on hers??
|my sweet, sweet 9 year old!!!
|This ice cube is a HUGE hit. Kids cannot stop swimming in the freezing cold just because it's so fun!
|Scavenger Hunt rules. Scavenger Hunt was AWESOME! Below are some of the pics the kids had to take!
|Had to take a pic with an emoji
|Had to get pic in the ice cube
|and a pic with HOlly
|extra points for a picture of a snail
|needed a pic with a handstand against a tree
|and a funny face with a stuffed animal
|hugging a tree
|cute Vivi snuck in there
|Brownie cake that looks like it says 6, but it's actually 9. Too bad I didn't bake the brownies long enough and they all were mush. Kids didn't mind!
|saying goodbye was hard for them
|Love that Kathleen got to meet most of my nearest and dearest here in Suva!
|Saying goodbye. Very sad girls
|Farewells are always tough
After everyone said goodbye, I drove the girls and Kathleen up to Tambua Sands for the night for one final beach day. We stopped by Eco-Cafe again on way there.
Tambua Sands beach - lovely
|The final goodbye. Sota Tale!!!! See you at Christmas!
And then, I come home to this girl who aged overnight! The lipstick and dressing up doesn't help! Oh how I love being home with my girls and focusing on them. They grow up so quickly. Sigh. Thankful for all we have - good friends, family, and friends that are family. Again, heart is full.