Apr 24, 2008

Benjamin's Last Day

I guess progress is being made, packing-wise. Benjamin's closet is pretty empty at this point, and this morning he only had a couple of jeans and three or four shirts to last him until we leave on Tuesday. The rest had been packed in suitcases ready to go.

So don't ask me why I picked up more clothes for him today on my shopping quest.

The shorts were just too darn cute to pass up. And of course he needed a matching shirt to go with them. And a hat. And belt.

Of course he did.

Or maybe I'm just a glutton for punishment, and I don't feel like I've really packed until I'm jumping up and down on the suitcases to get them to close.

Yeah, that must be it.

Tomorrow is B boy's last day in the Norwegian school. His teacher has cancelled all lessons tomorrow, and they are having a party day in his honour. Today they decorated the classroom with posters and balloons in preparation for tomorrow.

It's touching to see how much effort they're putting into making his last day a good one. We are bringing in pizzas, fruit and drinks, and my sister has baked her famous chocolate cake for the big party.

It'll be difficult to say goodbye to the class, as Benjamin's had such a good time there. We always knew he'd only be there for a little while, but still...

Moving sucks.

38 comments:

shay said...

His teacher sounds amazing! What a sad/exciting/crazy time you're having this week.

It's so hard to pack everything up and say goodbye...Bless you guys as you make this change!

Kellan said...

WOW that is so nice they are cancelling the day to have a party for your son - how cool is that!!! Moving does suck! Take care - Kellan

Karen MEG said...

Aw, that is so sweet that they're having a party for B-boy. They will really miss him, he's such a special guy. I'm sure he's made some very special friends in the few short months you've been there.

And did you say you went shopping? No, you didn't ;)!! You gotta fill up every inch... but make sure you leave room for your time in the UK!

Chantal said...

Awe I am all teary for you guys. Leaving is hard!

Steph said...

That is so sweet that his teacher is having a special celebration in his honor. I'm sure that makes his feel special. Moving totally does suck.

LoriD said...

How is he handling it? That's so nice of the teacher/class to give him a nice send-off.

Rima said...

You need to take home as many cute European outfits as you can!

I can't believe it's almost over. Sniff. I trust you will still blog back in Canada???

jenontheedge said...

What a sweet thing for the teacher to do. Take lots of photos!

Dawn said...

That does sound so sad. I can't imagine how hard it must be to pack up and leave after such a great year. What a nice teacher Benjamin has.

Amy said...

I hope he has a wonderful last day!

Lisa @ Take90West said...

It sounds like this will be a rough weekend for you and the boys. I feel bad for the sadness you will all feel now, but in a few months, you will be home and settled and you will have such happy memories of your time in Norway. All that sadness will be replaced with smiles soon.
Hang in there, I'm thinking about you. Really!

Christie said...

Moving does suck. Moving across the WORLD must be a nightmare. Can't even imagine. Hang in there. Good luck with all the goodbye's.

MamaGeek said...

Oh I can't imagine - the poor little guy. You're right - MOVING SUCKS PERIOD.

*le sigh*

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

What memories you will have.

jen said...

how does that line in that song go? every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end...

Mrs. G. said...

A party day? How cool is that. I am starting to feel very sad that you are leaving. I'll get over it.

Victoria said...

What a roller coaster of emotions, Heidi! That party? So touching. I'm going to sniffle a little bit with you.

Oh - and what Rima said...you will still blog, yes??

MadMad said...

Aw, man. I'm having anxiety pangs for you... Last days. Wow. (I'm so articulate, aren't I? It's a wonder the nice people at Blogger even let me have one of my own...)

Amber said...

How wonderful that they're sending him out with gusto! Parting is always just so bitter-sweet....

Cathy said...

Oh, that is so sweet! I'm sure it's going to be difficult, but what a wonderful gesture...

Laura said...

Moving sucks...but adventures rock...and memories last forever!

Amy Y said...

Yes, moving does suck.
I love that the school is making such a big deal about your upcoming departure, though. That must make Benjamin feel so warm and fuzzy inside!!

Cheri said...

It is hard to move. But it is always the beginning of a new adventure.

Barrie said...

The class party sounds wonderful. It'll be a big change for your little family next week. Hugs.

Stomper Girl said...

A party in his honour! I bet he will remember that for ever.

Good luck with the suitcase jumping!

Lainey-Paney said...

what a wonderful last day though.
:)

good luck with the move. I hope too many tears are not shed. I can only imagine how sad & exciting that all must be at once.

Gina said...

I'm so sorry! This sounds like it is going to be so tough on all of you!

Hugs!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Anyone would have a difficult time leaving the wonderful adventure you've all been on. Do they have therapy for vacation seperation anxiety?

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

That is wonderful that the class and his teacher are going to such effort to make his last day special.

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Sure been thinking of you lots as you wrap up your time in Norway. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to be leaving. I hate packing and moving as well. You may just have to make Benjamin wear that outfit under some of his other clothes on the plane!
Sounds like his school is amazing, I am sure you will all miss your life there so much.

Misty said...

You said it sister. I hate moving across town, let alone across the big blue ocean.

Oh, we are going to miss your Nowegian escapades.

Julie Pippert said...

It sounds like a lovely transitional goodbye, but how hard it must be to say it anyway.

Aliki2006 said...

Oh, moving does suck. I feel for you. But think of the memories, the treasured moments, the gorgeous photos, and all of the adventures you all shared together. Take it from me--from someone who lived abroad as a child--your kids will never forget!

Kathryn said...

Oh. I just can't imagine leaving such a heavenly place. The empty closets much just be such an eye sore to see. Taunting.
Ugh. Moving does suck. But oh, what an experience you've all had.
And how nice that the whole class will be celebrating your boy.

Ree said...

Aw. I'm glad Benjamin's getting his own special Day.

kim-d said...

I think that is one of the sweetest things I've heard--a whole party day in B-Boy's honor! Oh Heidi, I just can't even think about how hard this is for you. With as much as moving DOES suck, the emotions that go with it suck even worse. No matter how much you've planned for it, no matter how much you knew the day would come, no matter how much you're looking forward to what's coming up, moving emotions are still...well, just sucky! I trust you will go to B-Boy's party with camera in hand, and will share with us? And, another thing...in reading through your other comments, it was asked if you will keep on blogging. Hello! I did not even think about that!!! You will keep on, won't you? So many are "taking a break" and I am having separation anxiety. Please don't add to it. HAHAHAHA!

Have a wonderful weekend, Heidi...

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

Moving totally sucks - and you seem to have had such a great time it must be very bittersweet for you.

Sue said...

Yes, it definitely does. I can't believe it's this close already - I thought you had ages left still. How wonderful that they are making his last day special.