I have had a happy visit back home. It has been extremely busy but also enjoyable. I got to see my parents, my horse, my dog (Dayzee), friends and family. I sure am going to miss this house once my parents officially move out. I know I moved out “officially” during the summer but to me I don’t think it was quite official since I still have furniture set up in my bedroom and stuff tucked away in all the drawers. Now my room looks like a tornado went through it and deposited some boxes here and there and dumped everything else on every other available surface. It will all be over with (for me at least) tonight [Saturday] when I pack my bags and go to sleep in my bedroom one last time in this house. It is a sad thought to say the least. I really like this house.
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Next week is my birthday but since I will not be here for it, we celebrated it a week early! We had a nice dinner [on Thursday] with my grandparents of ham, homemade apple sauce (sans cinnamon — apparently this is a big deal?), cheesy hashbrowns, and cupcakes! That was the best cupcake I have had in a long time! It was the perfect size (big) with not too much or not too little frosting. I had a good time and I showed my grandparents tons of pictures of Gwen!
I got to pick out my presents Thursday too. We went to Coastal (huge farm & ranch store) where I got to pick out a new blanket for my horse (he was needing one…) and then we headed over to Petsmart to get some new decorations for my fish tank. My tank is 40 gallons and I have 3 catfish (and a bunch of little schooling fish too). A Plecostomus (Brutus), a Golden Chinese Algae Eater (Mushu), and a Striped Raphael Catfish (Ralph). These 3 fish have gotten huge and they all share the same castle since the other hiding spots are kind of small for them now. So I got a new hiding rock for them! I had intended on taking a before picture but forgot so there is only an after shot…it looks like I went crazy with plants now, I think….
I got to hang out with a couple of my best friends while I was back home. One has been my best friend since 4th grade and the other is my god-sister! (My parents are her godparents.) It was great catching up with these two. 🙂 One thing I miss about home is that I don’t have any real friends in SC.
Today (Saturday), I did my good-bye rounds. I find those are always very difficult. I hate saying good-bye and I hate having to do it on a time schedule. I started with Owen and the people taking care of him. Next I went and saw a family friend who has been sick lately and gave his horses treats. He and his wife have been like family to me and have done so much for me with the horses. (They offered me one of their horses to ride and show when my own injured himself in my last year of 4-H.) And last but not least I went and had dinner with my grandparents. I hate saying good-bye but I know that I have to go back. SC is my home (for now at least) and I must return to it, my dog, and my husband.