Kailyn, my baby, left for France this afternoon. She will be in an immersion program at Universite' de Caen, in Normandy. She's very excited, as she should be. We plan to join her as a family in June 2012, as soon as school is out. That part is pretty exciting. But, it's going to be a long nine months for this momma! We had a wonderful long weekend with the four of us, something that happens rarely around here. Today, within the hour after we left Kailyn at the airport, Jessica also left. We won't see her until Thanksgiving. It's just David, Nikki (the dog) and I, once again.
Kailyn has been in the air for almost two hours now, due to arrive about the middle of the night, our time. There were a few tears at the airport, but they've been flowing with regularity from my eyes for days. When we got home, Jessica brought from Kailyn's bedroom an envelope for each of us. Kailyn had written us letters sometime before she left, and told Jess where to find them. As we each silently read our own, all three of us were wiping our eyes. I wish I had thought to write a letter to Kailyn and tuck it in her suitcase, but I didn't. I texted her to tell her thanks and that I loved her one more time before her plane left.
We started saying "good-bye" to Grandpa on Saturday morning. Friday night, the four of us drove to Newport to visit him one last time before the girls left for their perspective colleges and Grandpa left for Arizona.
|Jessica & Grandpa|
|Kailyn & Grandpa|
|Kailyn snoozing on Jessica's shoulder!|
|The girls in the car, after stopping for ice cream!|
We had a "Au Revoir & Hasta Luego" party for Kailyn Monday afternoon. We had a ton of food, and a steady stream of friends and family came to hang out and send her off with good wishes. We laughed a lot, and her boyfriend's French dad helped her with determining the correct adapter for her "plug ins" and the right train to take from the airport to the university. Our neighbor loaned her a money belt type thing to keep her passport, visa and money in safely. Her uncle brought over some euro's he had left over from a previous trip. She was all set to go!
|Kailyn's best friend, Becca, and boyfriend, Nick, sharing a laugh!|
|The Three Amigos|