July 2, 2015
Off to Japan

We all gathered together again for lunch to bid adieu to Auntie Yukiko and the girls as they are leaving for Japan at 5am tomorrow morning.

We surprised Yukiko with an early birthday celebration with two cakes because there were a lot of us and Yukiko's favourite cake that I make is not nut free.

After lunch, Grandma and Grandpa H took Matthew for a drive so that he would have a desperately needed nap after staying up until 10pm for fireworks last night. Yukiko and the girls (including Elizabeth) went to say goodbye to their totally empty house and then to Brewer park. When Grandma, Grandpa and Matthew came back after a successful drive-by napping, we decided it would be good to get calendar pictures done rather than leaving it to the last minute. Since Elizabeth was at Brewer park the whole lot of us went to the park to take pictures. It was nice for Dave and Karen and Grandma and Grandpa to get a chance to say a proper goodbye to Yukiko and the girls too, since lunch ended in kind of a hurry to get many small children napping or to the park! There was much playing in the park. I was originally just going to drop by but it became clear that it would be cruel not to let the kids play together as long as possible and it was just such a gorgeous day I didn't really want to go back home anyway. Besides, who knows how long it will be before I get to watch my nieces be dare-devils on the play structure again.

At bedtime, Matthew insisted on having "Ahi" (Erika) put him to bed. I found the various "lasts" quite emotional - we are REALLY going to miss these guys.

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