Dear Charlotte

Dear Charlotte,

Thank you for all of the good times over the past nine years.  We will miss you. As we sit here at the airport(frantically taking care of last minute details), we are afraid to think too much about leaving you.  We worry that if we do, we will start crying and fall apart.  Hopefully we will see you again soon.





Getting Ready to Say Goodbye to NC

Enjoy the gorgeous view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Instead of relaxing and enjoying North Carolina, we are frantically preparing to leave.  The list of things to accomplish seems to grow instead of shrink.

Mom came over and helped clean the house to ensure everything is tidy and in order before we leave.  I need to change our addresses on our bills, sell my car and a host of other really boring things.

If we don’t get to see you before we leave, we are sorry.  Please keep in touch.

FYI – After the previous post, we have given up on the slanted Aerobed and have moved to the neighbor’s spare bed.



Guess Which Side is Mine?

We are really lucky to have this opportunity and have never minded camping.  We’ve been camping in our house for the past month or so.  We are on an Aerobed.  It is beginning to look a bit worse for the wear.  I know that these aren’t great pictures, but you get the idea.
We have the world’s most comfortable mattress that is somewhere on the Atlantic en route to our new home. Can’t wait!



Old habits die hard.  Both of our dogs are living at our new homes.   Even though I know this, I still find myself heading straight to the back door to let the dogs out as soon as I wake, wondering whether I can take them with me when I run an errand and checking the waterbowl to make sure they have water.

We have spoken with their new mommies and daddies.  It sounds like they are both doing well.  Here is a cute picture of them out and about with their friend Dixie.  Whenever we walked the three of them together, we got lots of attention and more than a few stares.



We Have Visas!

As I was packing up the car today, I received a call from him with BIG news. Our permission for visas has arrived. I delayed leaving to get all the things we need together and am headed to the Swiss Consulate in ATL tomorrow morning. They will then process our information and issue the visa from the consulate. I guess this should be titled “We Almost Have Visas”.

By the way, wasn’t she the cutest little puppy.  This is from when we moved in.

The Worst Part of the Move – Taking the Dogs to Their New Homes

We just returned from seeing family in Michigan.  It was great to see so many loved ones.  We saw both of our fathers, four siblings and their families.  We also got to see YaYa and her son (not her real name, but she is a real Greek YaYa and our adopted family).  It made us really happy to be able to spend some quality time with people we love.  It was a little sad as well.  Our visit was tinged with the knowledge that we won’t get to see them again until we come for a visit in December.  Our nieces and nephews will have grown and we will have missed a lot of the everyday things in their lives.

Another reason for the trip was to take Jud to his new home.  This meant separating Jud and Iz.  I took her to the neighbors so that she wouldn’t see him leave.  He jumped our fence trying to go with his sister.  It was heartbreaking.

We took him to his new home in Michigan.  He will live on a farm and he seemed to like it there.  He met chickens for the first time.  I’m not going to lie.  I was a bit worried about how he would do with them and whether he would want to eat them (he is not a fan of Mr. Squirrel). He was really excited (charged the fencing to investigate) and then got over his excitement (thank goodness).  When he tried to follow us out the door of our new home, both of us got misty.  Well, he got misty.  I cried like a baby.

The silver lining is that we have found them the best possible homes with good mommies and daddies.  Jud’s new family reports that he is doing okay and seems to be up to his old tricks (gazing admiringly at you while you sleep, following people around the house, getting very excited for a bite of cheese, etc).

Iz is smart, observant and seems to understand too much of what is happening.  I wanted to take her to her new home as soon as possible to end her uneasiness.  Tomorrow, I will leave to take her there.  It a great home and I am sure she will be happy there.

We returned an hour ago and have already recommenced with moving preparations.  I have been making telephone calls and am off to run some errands.  He is studying French.


Sorry for the Inactivity

Moving has kept me busy.  He has been working both jobs and travelling a lot.  Since the dogs (for the time they are still with us) don’t have opposable thumbs, no one in this house has been up for blogging.
To update everyone…
We went to Switzerland separately, but our visits overlapped for a 2 days.  We made the most of it and got busy falling in love with our new hometown.  Before he arrived, I toured about 18 apartments.  I only saw one that I thought we would love.  Since the real estate market is so tight, this was not good.  The gods must be smiling on us because last Friday we found out that we got it.
Our new abode is in the heart of Genève (merci beaucoup to my French teacher for teaching me how to do accents on my computer) in a neighborhood called Eaux-Vives.  It has two bedrooms (visitors anyone?) and we will have it as of July 1!  He has only seen pictures of it, but we are thrilled and envisioning making our home there.
Eaux-Vives is a great neighborhood.  It is safe, older and centrally located.  People walk its streets, enjoy its cafés/ restaurants/shops, and take advantage of the lake/parks located nearby.  He will just have to walk a block and hop on a tram to go to work.