Just sitting here reflecting over the past month of October, it absolutely flew by! I’ve made so many amazing memories but 5 days at the end of the month would have to be my favorite of them all.
My parents came to visit for my birthday and it meant the world to me. As soon as I picked them up from the airport I didn’t think my dad would ever let go of me! The first night we stayed at a beautiful hotel in Port Arlington. We relaxed by the pool and hot tub for most of the day playing our favorite game ever…BACKGAMMON! After a few (hundred) games we made our way into town to celebrate my teammates Holli’s birthday. I got to introduce my parents to some of the most wonderful people I have ever met in my life. From teammates and their families, and of course Kojack. The next few days I got to show them my new home, Carlow. It was awesome getting to show them around where I live. Carlow being pretty small we were able to see all the things it has to offer in just a day. The next day I took them to one of my top favorite places to visit here, Kilkenny. We went to the Kilkenny Castle, climbed to see the view of Kilkenny, and went to listen to traditional Irish music. My parents were fascinated by the train ride with all the cows, sheeps, and beautiful views. Their final night here was my birthday. My parents took myself and a few of my teammates to my absolute favorite place to eat in Carlow to celebrate the big 22 called “Teach Dolmain” (I found out that “Teach” is pronounced “Chalk” in Irish). We all ordered fish and chips that were fantastic! Those 5 days made me really happy and I am so thankful to have their love and support all the time back in the states.
It was so hard to say bye to them but the countdown is on until I see them again for Christmas!
(P.S. Remember mom and dad, “WHATS UP”!!!)