Friday, July 22, 2011

July 22nd, 2011 Happy Anniversary! Girls are in Spain

Bridget travelled to Madrid on the 16th with Josephine, Quinn, and Marta - our exchange student from Spain during the last three summers. We had an action packed week prior with Bridget leading the charge to pack all post-yardsale belongings into the garage (Many thanks to Lisa, Claire, Duncan, Logan, Dee Ann, Marta, and Ana for helping) and prepare our newly remodeled house for vacancy before heading to Espana.  The Callejo-Sarmiento family has treated them well (Bridget says, "They are like the McShains", which I take to mean a large jovial family with much personality) as they have seen Northern Spain while I've wrapped up things at home.  We checked nine bags at DIA last Saturday (it took a little shoveling in the ticket line to hit exactly 50 pounds each) but still much easier and cheaper than shipping.  Our house is in awesome shape with help from Fr. Ray, Oma and Dee Ann - and Draper who helped me carry all the last minute heavy stuff.  It is finally finished with garage and all after 13 years of home improvement - our tenant, Troy, will have a fine pad!

I managed to squeeze two full days of Cuttbow recording with Jon, Mike, and Jamie and emerged with a fine collection of 10 cuts that will be mixed by them over the following weeks - Very glad to have had that opportunity.

My challenge tomorrow is to pack our remaining necessities - my clothes, a computer, paperwork, and an American Doll, lock up the house, return the car, crash at Oma's, and head to Laguna.

Bridget and I celebrated our wedding anniversary in different continents today.  Sixteen years!!  Just about as hot in Colorado today as it was in Philly in '95 without the humidity though. We all got to skype yesterday -very glad it is 2011 and not 1971!

On Thursday, the girls leave East through Moscow to Shanghai and I leave West from L.A. to Shanghai...very glad the world is round!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Yes, as Winter 2010-2011 rolled around and Rob & Bridget decided it was time to teach overseas, we  visited San Francisco for the week-long international recruitment fair in February, and emerged this spring with tickets to China and a two year job at the Shangai American School  We finished the school year sandwiched between skiing weekends at Winter Park and began our packing process for China.

We now find ourselves in July, the house rented, our belongings packed into our new garage, and ready to head off for the adventure of a life time.  We had a wonderful visit with family - both the Matuscheks and McShains on the East Coast.  The Boucks threw a truly memorable going away party where we said good bye to our friends in attendance and are now frantically saying farewells to all that we can.

Bridget will leave on Saturday, July 24th with Josephine and Quinn to return Marta to her home in Leon, Spain.  Rob leaves on July 24th for Laguna Beach to be entertained by Jennifer.  We then all leave, headed East and West to meet in Shanghai on the 29th of July.

We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family who are supporting us on this massive adventure...Here we go!