Last week in the States…


I can’t believe I am saying that! This whole summer has been leading to this week…the last week. I am ready to go, no doubt…

but I found myself saying, “Oooh, Paul I have to do this before we go…or eat here one last time…”
It’s a strange feeling really. People trying to get their last visit in before the going away party…and me turning them down because I have family coming in and just being out of time. It’s strange. 

It’s strange to say we leave next week. That this time next Monday we will be somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.

Its comforting to know that my dad will be tracking our entire flight…24/7. It’s what he does 🙂 
Mom’s nervous about the plane…seeing as all the problems lately. It will be fine! 

Thursday night was spent celebrating great friends and good food with my coworkers from Norton Park. It was a special evening of goodbyes. I have known those ladies for 7 years, and we are all close. It was Asian food themed, so everyone brought something Asian to eat that was their favorite 🙂 Lot’s of yummy food! 

I even won $30 playing BUNCO (a great game, look it up if you don’t know it)!!!!!

Yesterday was family pictures-and boy was it hot! It was a fun evening trying to pose, but not look like we were posing…with sweaty faces and frizzy hair. Hopefully the sweat and the frizz can be edited out!! 

Tonight we had turkey and dressing…a Thanksgiving in July! And, I made coconut macaroons for the first time! They are pretty good too, even if they didn’t set up perfectly…they are close! 

I am really enjoying the family time I get to have. 

It was strange to wake up this morning at 9:25 and realize that I normally would be at work then…socializing with everyone, setting up my room (or trying to anyway, it’s hard when everyone sits around and talks)! I saw a couple posts of pictures…they had a fun photo booth at school today and everyone was taking silly pictures and printing them out on the traditional strips. I saw a picture and was thinking…someone photo shop me in! Just then, I get a snap from a friend-they are in a group picture and left a spot for me. Yes, I totally started crying and couldn’t even completely tell mom what the picture was. 

It was very sweet…I then took a picture of the picture…and drew myself in and sent it back. That made me laugh which stopped the tears. That was a success! 

I am so ready and happy to be on this new adventure…to leave the Park was very difficult. It’s hard leaving your home-but I can think about it with fondness as I look forward to making new friends and having new teaching and learning experiences at NIS. 

Our official going away party is this Saturday-it will be a Southern Sayonara 🙂 It’s a cute theme…a last hurrah of southern food, potluck style since we can’t get southern food in Japan! 

Looking forward to those final goodbyes as we will take off the next day!

For now, 


K + P

10544395_10101269699813423_3141975348379482562_nPictures preview…mummy/daughter ink

10500402_10152291094887476_2978507318636707393_nA sample of great friends celebrating

10583899_10152291095277476_6167491984311234342_nThis girl. Hearts x a million!

10552374_10152291095282476_1583440077536898263_nWill miss both so much! #notjustworkfriends

10579982_10101266632485373_2351573428372040345_n  New bags the family got for us!20140726_094134Morning coffee with hummingbirds

20140727_154147 Hello! Fresh hair color! 

20140727_162532  Selfies in the car with daddio20140727_195040 Mellow Mushroom with my nephews! I think I got Garrett interested in big brother!

20140728_215920First attempt at coconut macaroons=success!




1 Comment

  1. Kelli, I’m so excited for you and your next adventure. I wish I was as courageous as you are to go try living in another country to experience it all. You’re going to have so much fun! I think back to high school and our trip to New York and can’t believe how much we’ve grown and changed since then. I can’t wait to read about all of your adventures! Have fun!!


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