living it up before leaving it behind

We’ve been continuing to ignore thinking about our upcoming departure as much as possible because, well, we’re happy in Guadalajara. We don’t really want to go. But now, we must finally accept that the end is near.

We must accept this because we finally have tickets for the plane that will take us away. One of our cars has already shipped off. The other is going soon too. We’ll be spending the weekend getting ourselves organized for our pack out next week (scheduled for the last possible day they would let us get away with).We aren’t replacing lightbulbs when they burn out. Flynn is done with school. We are scrounging through our refrigerator and cabinets to try to use up the last of our food. We are resisting the urge to even go to Costco. The milk we’re buying at the regular grocery store won’t expire until after we’ll be gone.

And also, we’ve taken our last trip.

Our last trip was over the Fourth of July weekend. Along with two other families (hello DiploDad!), we rented a private villa in the beach town of Manzanillo, about a 3.5 hour drive from Guadalajara.

Terrible view, eh?


And did I mention the house came with a private chef?


And lots of space for hanging out.

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And studying sea critters.


And hanging out some more.


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As if the private chef and lovely home weren’t already enough, we also brought along our nanny. And so did the other two families. So we had nine adults looking after five children. Overkill? Nah.


A good time was had by all. Except maybe that inflatable whale.


Now, we’re back from vacation, and back to reality. Back to the reality that we’re leaving this place where we’ve been so happy. We’ve been so busy enjoying it all these last two years that we haven’t stopped by as often as we should have to tell you, our dear three loyal readers, all about it. Apologies for that. But trust us, Guadalajara is incredible. Come if you ever can!

The beauty about the Foreign Service lifestyle is that with every goodbye comes a hello. Much as we dread leaving Guadalajara, we’re looking forward to spending some time stateside. And we’re excited about discovering India too. We’re sad yet excited at the same time.

Well, most of us. Curiously, Flynn says he isn’t at all sad to leave Mexico, despite having carved a space for himself here perhaps better than any of the rest of us, fluent Spanish speaker that he now is and all.

“Not even a little bit sad?” I ask him.

“Nope,” he tells me.

“Why not?”

“Because every place we go will always be better,” he explains. “India will be better than Mexico, and where are we going after that?”

I tell him that we don’t know.

“Well, that place will be better too,” my five-year-old assures me.

I sure hope he’s right.

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5 Responses to living it up before leaving it behind

  1. Tiffany says:

    Your son’s outlook is amazing and inspiring! So sweet! Safe travels to the US and beyond.

  2. EMF says:

    Great post! We are nearing the end of our first tour, and I am remembering that you and your blog helped me when we were trying to figure out whether to join the foreign service (a decision that’s turned out to be one of the best we’ve ever made!). You describe well all the feelings we are having about leaving Togo. Best of luck!

  3. Sharon says:

    Love that Flynn ending. 🙂 His mind at 5 years old is already far more open to the world than millions of adults. Good job mom and dad!

  4. Now THAT is an incredibly awesome ‘last trip’! What a great outlook your little one has on life and moving and change!! Best wishes as you leave, travel, arrive and transition in these next weeks!

  5. Kaley says:

    Kids are wise beyond their years! Love his attitude – now I just wish I could come to terms with leaving post next year. Nope, I will most likely be kicking and screaming like a toddler.

    And that private villa looks amazing. Would love to be posted to Mexico someday!

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