I wanted this move to be awesome so I thought back to this conversation I had with a friend ages ago. She was a military brat and said the best thing about moving as a kid was knowing about all the great things you could see and do at the next place but also the party they had before they left! Great idea!!
So -- tip of the week -- throw a party, do something amazing, make where you are right now incredibly special for the kids BUT have a plan of all the unbelievablely fascinating things you are going to do and see when you arrive at your next location!
We did just that when we left Virginia - I threw a "Good bye Party" at local jump house. We had lots of kids, pizza and cake. It was a ton of fun. I wanted the girls to remember the friends they had so I took lots of pictures -- many of which still hang in our playroom. I shake my head when I see pictures of these kids now and they have grown so much. Also, part of the party deal was a free t-shirt from the jump place. I bought a second one and had people sign these shirts.
This is a photo of the kids the day we left Virginia (wearing their shirts):
And, just last night Gator wore that shirt to bed...my how the kids have grown! What a couple years can do!
Well..now that we are looking towards another move we are planning yet another going away party - sort of! This time since the move falls around birthdays I am considering just doing a triple whammy (I think).
But, that said...I'm looking for ideas -- so to all my ridiculously crafty, pinterest addicted, facebook and blog following friends -- what should be the kids going away "memory" item. Should I do another shirt? Should I do a pillow case? I want something that the friends can sign and my kids can look back and see it.
And wow...have my kids grown...
Little man (in this photo) is littler than Baby A is currently. He learned to crawl the first day in our home. He really has grown into a little man here and that is probably what is one of the saddest and hardest parts of being military -- I do not have that one house that my kids all came home from the hospital to, hit all their milestones in, grew up in...but, I have a better story - I hope :)
Happy Move Season!