Friday, April 10, 2015

Farewell CFO Don Joe

Joe had just 2 weeks left to be with us before he moved back to California to start his new job.  His team was going to miss him.  A lot.  They wanted to do something special and asked if we could host the final party at our place.  It was set.  Friday, April 10th.  I just had to run downtown so Jake could get the soft cast switched over to the hard cast in the afternoon, and that would allow me just a little time to get back and get everything set up before people starting showing up.  
As Jake and I sat in the waiting room, he looked exhausted.  I had him lie his head on my lap.  Our appointment time came and went.  45 minutes later (I'm freaking out because I have to get home to set up for the party), Jake sat up suddenly and started vomiting over and over again all over the waiting room floor.  I jumped up too!  I always wrap my purse strap around my leg when I'm not holding onto it, so it won't get stolen.  So as I jumped up, I got caught and was scrambling to get untangled while he is puking by my side.  Ohhhhhhhhh, it was awful.  A sweet woman ran to get paper towels for me.  And I rushed Jake to the bathroom.  Pooooooor babe.  He had been through plenty, but now to have the flu too?  
They called his name.  He felt ok for the moment, so we went and got the hard cast put on--thankfully he made it through, because we had to stop the car 3 times on the way home in the middle of horrendous Friday traffic.  
We got home right as people started showing up.  I'm not joking.  I was a sweaty mess and poor Jake was puking every 20 minutes.  I quarantined him to my bedroom with a bowl and some water and told him I'd be in to check on him soon.  

I ran out to finish setting up and everyone including Joe, showed up and got the grill going.  Little did we know what surprises there would be that night!  
Everyone ate and then congregated to the corner where Joe shared a few words.  
While he was talking, there was this loud drumming sound all of the sudden, and before we knew it, 
Three guys came walking into our backyard banging on their drums!

It was soooo cool!  

They had drums for each one of us and after listening to their incredible show, they taught all of us how to join in.  
I'm keeping this picture in here because I lifted the blinds in my room so Jake could watch.  Poor thing just lay barely moving in our recliner right by the window.  At one point I saw him crawling, hands and knees into the bathroom.  That's when I left the party for a while :(  
But everyone else, including the kids, had a blast!  

Kate couldn't get enough of this little princess!
And Luke was loving having his buddy Jacob to play with!
It was a late night for them but they didn't seem to mind!

Maca and Jacob ended the evening with a traditional Chilean Cueca Dance.  

Then they presented Joe with a beautiful plaque, a photo book full of memories, chocolates and flowers for me and bags of goodies for the kids.  
It was SOOOO sweet.  Joe was completely overwhelmed with gratitude.  Chile Roche guys are incredible!  What lengths you went to to make this extra special for Joe and for our family.  THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.  
We love you and are grateful for each one of you and yours.  

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