Having family far away really sucks. It used to not be so hard – the kids were too little to understand what it really meant to say goodbye, and while Claudine is still in that phase, Mia is old enough to know that when we say goodbye, it means that the person won’t be there in the morning. She spent most of the evening on Aunt Lara’s last day very grumpy and distant (hence no photos of her). Guess you learn how to do that early on – distance yourself from that person so it won’t hurt as much later when they’re gone. But that never really works, does it?