So hey! I’m bad at updating. Oops! Here are some things that have happened since I last posted!
- I got engaged! – By August of last year, Chandra and I had been dating for 3.5 years. Seems like forever ago already, but it was a long time coming! The week before, I secretly visited her parents in Berryville. Then we had a day trip planned to KC with Annie and Alayna. We had brunch and did some shopping then went to the Nelson Atkins Museum. There, I proposed in front of the Monet and she said yes! After that, we celebrated with dinner on the way back home. It was a long day and the whole time it felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest. But now I’m just glad I’ll be getting married to my best friend!
- My parents moved to Houston! – This is so bittersweet, because my dad got an awesome new job that he totally deserves, but it meant that we would have to leave Fayetteville (which had been home to us for the last 16 years). I have made so many good memories there, and it’s like I’m leaving everything I know and love behind. But of course those memories are actually something I carry in my heart wherever I go, and this is just a part of life. So here’s to new adventures! The hardest part about the move was getting the pets ready for a 10 hour drive. Aside from Dangerous freaking out on our first rest stop, he and Shadow made it to Pearland/League City after 10.5 grueling hours in the car.
- Christmas was awesome! – I was able to take nearly two weeks off for Christmas break. My parents were still settling in to their new place, so once I got home we did a lot of unpacking and decorating. We also set up the Christmas tree and some lights outside, as well as the new furniture my parents just got. Then Chandra came down from Arkansas and we all went to the Razorback game together! It was a nice conclusion to the season, in which the Hogs destroyed their biggest rivals LSU, Ole Miss, and Texas by a combined 78-7. Then the Steiners visited us on their way home from a wedding! We had a ton of food and a ton of fun. The day after that, Chandra and I drove up to Dallas for Nick and Jenna’s wedding! I’d never been a groomsman before, so it was a very neat experience. I had a blast with a lot of my old high school and college friends, and I was happy to see Nick and Jenna so happy. Luckily, we had just missed out on a snow storm on the way up back to Nebraska. It was easily one of the best Christmas vacations I had, and it was a good one to celebrate as the first one away from Fayetteville.
- New York! – I can’t believe my little brother is already graduated from college! And that my little sister is already 20! My family flew up to Albany to see Jeric’s graduation. It was hot and long but everyone was so excited that it didn’t matter. There was a picnic afterward where we got to meet all of Jeric’s friends. They were all super nice, so I’m glad Jeric was in good company while he was so far away from home. Then we went to Boston for the next coupe of days. We had such gracious hosts (family friends from Arkansas), and we also got to see Gizelle and Brendan, who toured us around. We spent most of our time walking around on the Freedom Trail, which chronicles the history of the American Revolution as it unfolded in Boston. My main objectives were to see the Old North Church where Sean Bean got arrested in National Treasure, and also see the park bench where they filmed the Good Will Hunting scene in the park. Mission accomplished. Then we drove to New York City, where I’d never been before. I was so excited that I even made a playlist for it (consisting of the entirety of Taylor Swift’s 1989, plus Empire State of Mind, Hey There Delilah, and Bright Lights Bigger City). We stayed at a nice hotel in the middle of Manhattan, so it was literally just a few blocks from everything we wanted to visit. We got to see the typical tourist stuff, did some shopping, and ate delicious food. Mainly, I was very glad to see my family (December to June was the longest I’d gone without seeing them), and the vacation was just a lot of icing on top.
- Gundam! – I’ve decided that I’d take up model making more seriously as a hobby. I’ve slowly been building my collection of kits as well as supplies. I’ve built nearly a dozen so far now. This is easily the least interesting bullet point in this post, haha. I’ll try to update this post with some photos later to make it more visually appealing.
I guess this post has a weird title. What I meant by “home” is that I’m having a hard time adjusting to life right now. I know it’s strange to say that because I’ve been in Nebraska for 3 years. But now that my parents live in Texas and I’m getting married soon, it just feels like I’m at a crossroads in my life, and I’m desperately trying to cling to anything that will give me a sense of comfort or belonging. I don’t have any idea where I’ll be 3 years from now, or how often I’ll get to see my family, and that’s just the complete opposite of what my life was like up to this point. But it’s ok. I’ll be fine.
Well there you have it. That’s what’s been happening in my life for the last few months. This summer, I’ll be spending a lot of time working, playing frisbee, and digging in to my masters thesis. I’ve also got quite a few things to do for the wedding, so I really need to get on that. Ok, that’s all! Thanks for reading! See you next time!