good bye

Sunday, July 1, 2012

This has been a week of good-byes.  We’ve been here for exactly three years and yet in many ways it feels like a life time.  The friends we’ve met will forever be in our hearts.  We’ve had so many farewells I’m starting to feel a little guilty.  It has been a week of lasts….last round of golf for Madeline with her team, last baseball tournament for Patrick, last bar method class with my amazing girl friends, last in-n-out burger, last flea market with Elizabeth, last sunset on the bluff, last beach day…Good bye banner for Madelinelaguna beach sunset

There’s nothing quite like an empty house to make it feel “real.”  Every time I do this, a little piece of my heart remains.  No matter how long you’ve lived in a house, surely there has been one dinner party, one birthday celebration or a first day of school….it’s everything, both big and small that makes a house a home.  When I leave our home I always do a few little things to make the new inhabitants feel happy and like they’ve arrived home.  A bottle of champagne in the fridge with champagne glasses, sparkling cider for the children.  I leave a small bottle of Tide in the laundry room, a few rolls of paper towels, a bottle of dish soap and hand soap, a binder with everything about the house.  There are of course the maintenance sections, but also helpful information about the area, a list of neighbors and children’s ages, take out menus and the best dry cleaner…This fourth of July will be different than the last several.  We will spend it in New York with a view of the Statue of Liberty.  Rain is in the forecast, but that won’t dampen the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks on the Hudson.   We start a new chapter and we couldn’t be more excited.


  • jackie @ marin mama cooks

    Best luck on your journey back home Annie. I wish you and your family safe travels. I can’t wait to hear what you think of your new home and to see all the photos.

    You truly are Martha. What a wonderful and thoughtful idea to do for the new homeowners. You should truly write a book on home design, entertaining and etiquette.

  • classic•casual•home

    Au revoir, thoughtful friend!

  • Sherri Cassara

    You are amazing – how very thoughtful of you to leave such a nice gift for the new owners of your home. They are blessed not only to be getting such a beautiful home that was built with such love and attention to detail but to have your thoughtfulness with the gifts and the binder as well. I can only imagine how sad your friends and your kid’s friends must be feeling right now to lose such a lovely family. I have really enjoyed watching you embrace your life here – seeing places I have been to many times through your fresh eyes, and also finding out about wonderful places that I didn’t even know existed! I look forward to hearing about all your new adventures on the other side of the country. I hope that your move goes smoothly and that you have a wonderful 4th! xoxo

  • Lynne

    Annie, Your attention to detail and sincerity with all that you touch inspires me so.
    I am wishing you and your loves a safe journey from the west back to your view of Lady Liberty!
    Happy Fourth of July, my friend!

  • Amber

    I hope you have an amazing fourth, Annie! I can’t wait to see what you share with us from your new perspective, looking forward to it!


  • Kathy

    Annie, Wishing you all good and wonderful things with your move! I know how hard it is leaving your home and starting over! Enjoy the 4th of July in NYC!

  • Sue/the view from great island

    This brought tears to my eyes, I do know how you feel! Your sweet spirit comes through in your blog and I am so looking forward to this new chapter of yours. Change keeps us on our toes and keeps us looking forward—can’t wait to hear from you on the other coast, I’m jealous.

  • Courtney D

    This makes me so sad! I loved visiting you guys in CA but there are good things to come in CT!

  • Elizabeth

    My Sweet friend, Annie…..I must correct you….this was our last flea market in Irvine…can you say marché aux puces? You will be dearly missed….see you in six weeks 🙂 Safe travels for all of you. xoxo Elizabeth

  • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

    What a lovely post! Didn’t I just tell you on Pinterest I wish you were my neighbor? A wonderful idea to leave those things to the new owners. What a sweetheart you are. Yes, one day after you’re settled we will definitely have to meet up in NYC. Best of luck on the move. Can’t wait to see your adventures as you settle into your new home!

  • stefanie wall swain

    This almost made me cry…what sweet sentiments you reflected on and wrote with such sincerity! And of course you would leave all of those thoughtful things awaiting the new inhabitants of your home – such a lovely gesture from the woman behind “most lovely things”. Can’t wait to see and hear about all of your new adventures in your new home. California will certainly miss you! xo Stefanie (in LA with the twin girls)!

  • Amelia

    Welcome back to the East Coast! Hope you enjoyed the fireworks and no rain.

  • kim

    Annie, Best wishes with the move. You sound so kind leaving all the thoughtful things in your home. Whomever bought that is one lucky person as it is gorgeous too.

    I look forward to hearing all about your new adventures.


  • Pam @ Simple Details

    Annie, you are truly the sweetest and it’s so clear why I fell for your blog the first day I found it. Your gestures of thoughtfulness and attention to detail are remarkable! Wishing you and your family the very best in your new adventures, and looking forward to seeing your new home and gardens! Your neighbors are in for a treat! 🙂

  • Marianne

    You have so many wonderful memories from this home and I know you’ll have many more to come in your new one. All of the little touches you left for the new home owners is so thoughtful. I’m sure they feel very, very lucky and will love the house as much as you did! Hope you’re getting settled in. xo

  • paula

    wow. Such big changes a head. Good byes are always so hard. After reading this though, I NEVER want to move. Such a tear jerker.

  • Kelly@Bungalow Blue

    Best of luck to you and your family as you head back East! Can’t wait to see what awaits us in your new home!

  • flwjane

    We must have passed by one another this week. I was just in New york and Connecticut.

    Sorry about the weather.

    I’ll try to get it to behave.

    xo Jane

  • jackie @ marin mama cooks

    I stopped by to just see if you had posted anything new and I had to comment again because you figured out how to enlarge your photos on wordpress. Yaay! They look amazing. I don’t want to make the switch to wordpress, because I love blogger, but I am stuck with the daily meal (long story, and Elizabeth did try and fix it for me) on my web address and it’s frustrating me to no end. I can’t set up any advertising with it so I may just move to word press so I can start using my .com address, and wordpress also offers recipe features that you can put on your posts where blogger does not. Anyway, I may be your wordpress sister soon! Best of luck with your move today.

  • tinajo

    Lovely post!

    Thanks for liking/pinning that pic – it´s a favourite of mine as well. 🙂 Hey – what was your name on Pinterest? I bet you have some fun boards! 🙂

  • Pamela

    So well said Annie. Your attention to detail is amazing and I felt somewhat sad to say goodbye to all your California posts. I look forward now to your Connecticut posts and can’ t wait to see what you do with your new home. Hopefully we can meet once we are both settled in. 🙂

  • Revi

    Hi Annie,
    I was reading another blog post and saw a link to your blog, so I clicked it. This post was a little sad, and SO sweet! What a blessing you are to the people who will live in your home next. I wish you even more happines in your next home, and I hope your blog will continue. This is my first visit. I’ll follow you so I can begin a new chapter with you…

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