We did, however, manage to cram in some pretty amazing moments on their last night here. The plan was a picnic dinner in the park, but the real highlights came spontaneously.
Running and climbing and wrestling,
streaking through the spray park in the buff (okay, that one was just the three-year-olds),
hugs and kisses all around,
And of course, lots and lots of smiles.
Goodbye, sweet friends. You will be dearly missed. You taught each of us so much in the last two years, not least of which was to expand Lilah's definition of family. She will grow up knowing that families don't necessarily have to consist of one mommy, one daddy, and their kid(s), but beyond that, and even more importantly, she now knows that friends, good friends, are the family you get to choose for yourself.
We are going to miss the moments we shared, but know that, even though you are far away for now, there will be many more of these moments to come.
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.