Welcome Back & Welcome Home

Well hello there! It has been awhile since I have been active on this blog, due to the fact that I was without a computer and the internet for about five months. All of that has been fixed now and I am excited to be back.

At the moment I am in Clearwater, Florida. My parents moved here over the summer. I forgot how nice it is to be by the water everyday, all day, without even trying. I arrived here one week ago and leave on Friday so it is a short trip, but it has been very relaxing and refreshing to be close to my parents again and my wonderful animals. My grandma and sister came to visit over this past weekend and my brother arrives today. A friend from Ft. Myers is driving up today as well.

When I planned this trip home, I very much wanted it to be low-key and uneventful, as life in Cambodia has been complicated lately. My first days here I hung out in my parents rocking new pool and walked my dogs. My dad and I drove up to Madeira Beach one day for lunch.  My mom took me shopping.

lazy pool days.
lazy pool days.

One night my mom and I went to downtown St. Petersburg and ate sushi and walked around. It is a super cool little city (with a university – future possibility as grad school has been on my mind lately!).

Mom and I in downtown St. Petersburg.
Mom and I in downtown St. Petersburg.
Sailboats at the St. Petersburg Pier
Sailboats at the St. Petersburg Pier

My dad and I had an adventure on the boat. Thankfully, we were on the inter coastal and near his marina when the batteries died. My dad believed that the only solution to this problem was for himself and I to attempt to pull his 27-foot boat into shore during low tide while swimming. It was an entertaining, yet exhausting, afternoon.

Captain Michael, before the batteries failed on us.
Captain Michael, before the batteries failed on us.
beautiful water.
beautiful water.
a storm in the distance
a storm in the distance
I'm on a boat.
I’m on a boat.
Dad and I after we dealt with the broken-down boat.
Dad and I after we dealt with the broken-down boat.

My grandma, mom and I went to a super cool art studio in downtown Safety Harbor where we painting coffee mugs. I remember painting pottery with my mom and grandma when I was four and five years old. It was a wonderful afternoon full of reminiscing and story-telling.

blank coffee mugs.
blank coffee mugs.
I love my grandma!
I love my grandma!

Yesterday, my sister, mom and I tried paddle boarding. It was so much fun! We were on Honeymoon Island, where the water is beautiful. As you paddle around we could see fish and beautiful jellies in the water. And paddle boarding itself wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.

Mom and me paddle boarding.
                                       Mom and me paddle boarding.
Mom and Sister paddle boarding.
Mom and Sister paddle boarding.

We dropped my sister and grandma off at the airport last night. It’s always difficult to say goodbye, although easier this time around because I know I am coming back for Christmas. Although the past year and a half has been fun in Cambodia, it is too long to stay away from my amazing and loving family.

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