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i am with you on this one pete!
spookily enough we also moved 3 years away from every friends ashley had - and not much contact since!! - and he's not so close to his family either!
we'll go to austria though (actually next friday for 10 days) to say good bye to my family.
but i've moved away once already so there won't be much difference really ...
and to be honest: i wouldn't want a big party either - i'd be the first one to cry
We will just be doing the visits and saying our good byes that way. Will have a couple of small get togethers with families from afar (had the first one about 6 weeks ago- me thinks they cant wait to get rid of us!:D)
We are doing a bowling night for the children where they are inviting their best friends along so should be good night for them!
Dont think i can do the big leaving party thing, much prefer the quiet goodbyes
Ian, Rachel, Harry 16 & Georgia 13
Arrived in Adelaide 14th June 2008
We had a leaving party and it was brilliant. There werent really any tears just everybody having fun and getting drunk. It was a great way for us to say goodbye to everybody in one go.
Our parents went around with a camera taking photos of everybody who attended and they all had to write something on a little index card. Our parents then matched the cards up with the photos and made us an album to bring over with us.
Emma and James
Were are talking about a party, mainly to say goodbye to the one's we don't see often like cousins etc. thought we could do it about a week before we go and leave saying goodbye to our immediate family nearer the time.
Although I know that no matter what I say my sister will be at the airport. In fact as I have family in England O/H suggested flying from Belfast-Manchester-London and then onwards so I could visit my relatives in Manchester on the way but my sis had a fit as she reckons she couldn't cope with the thought of us so near for a few days without coming home and she wants to be the last person we say goodbye too!!
I am dreading it tho but I don't think I could cope with a load of goodbyes dragged out over different nights so I think I would be better getting it over and done with. We will have enough to do without running around visiting people beforehand but the thought of loads of drunk people crying terrifies me (and I expect to be one of them) :p
It wont be easy whatever you do but I think get it over asap and if that means having a party on one night instead of loads then so be it but we are all different so whatever is best for you
Ours is on the 17th May
Fancy dress, loads of laughs and friends and family to say taaraa
What more do you want?
We are having our leaving party tonight, we were unsure at first but now I am really excited and we have got friends and family coming from all around the country. I am lookin forward to a good old knees up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We did it the REALLY hard way - we got married and combined our reception with our leaving do! I have to say it worked out brilliantly, we had the most fabulous wedding day and the reception/party was fantastic. The best part was right at the end, most people had gone and there was just family left. My brother in law went over to the chip shop and we sat there in all our wedding finery scoffing fish and chips in the middle of the marquee and washing it down with champagne! We got married in June and left in July - that's the way to do it!
Liz, Rich, Hattie, Rory and Trev the dog.