I finally got back from my summer hiatus to the land of fried chicken, garden fresh tomatoes, s’mores, and four-wheelers. It was a fantastic trip where I got to see all of my family, including all of LB’s family who are scattered all over the world!
This is home. The farm where I grew up and the first place I head when I get back to the US.
It was 6 weeks of non-stop packed-in travel and busyness.
We went camping in the mountains of Tennessee and rafting down the Ocoee River. Twice. It’s one of my favorite things to do. Being outdoors is one of those things I miss most when I’m surrounded by the concrete jungle of Shenyang. I still spend some time outside here but it just isn’t the same when you aren’t surrounded by green.
I also got new eyes!
Ok, not really new eyes but laser-enhanced eyes that feel like new eyes. I have to admit, I was scared to death to have this done. If it wasn’t for LB pushing it so hard (he had it done several years ago) I would have just lived with glasses forever and never taken the chance. I’m an artist, you know, my eyes are a big part of my livelihood. But, I sucked it up and went for it anyway. And it’s awesome. Very uncomfortable for a day or two but totally worth it!
Although, I still think to myself at least once every night, “I need to take my contacts out.” I wonder how long that lasts. But I guess 16 years of that nightly ritual takes a while to forget.
We also spent a week at Garden City Beach (just south of Myrtle Beach) for our annual family beach trip with my family.
The cornhole tournaments can get serious!
I love hanging out with my crazy family.
And LB’s family joined the fun back at the farm with an Olympic Tournament of crazy games like cornhole, ladderball, and frisbee golf.
and of course it wouldn’t be a trip to South Carolina without some guns…
So far since I’ve been back and made my rounds to see my friends at the massage place and ayi has come to help with the laundry, they’ve all had something to say about how I look now. You’d think I’d been gone a year and not just 6 weeks. My massage friend mentioned that now my butt was a little more fat than before and my ayi wanted to know why my skin was black now.
So yeah, I missed China a lot.