January 12th, 2013 | Uncategorized
As I left for America for Christmas break, I didn’t realize how much I would miss my Irish family and lifestyle I have created over the last 4 months of being in Ireland. Saying this, while in the USA, I REALLY enjoyed being home with all my family and friends during the Christmas and New Years holidays. It was great I got to see some of my friends and also got to catch my old basketball teams from both high school and college play while I was home for the holidays. On Christmas morning, my family and I opened our gifts and for brunch indulged in the Graves’ Christmas tradition, Fried Chicken and Waffles, which was particularly amazing this year!! Overall, my Christmas break was a successful one filled with family time, eating (and lots of it), and having a great time with friends.
As I got back, this week we had our first exam of three on Monday. It was tough to study after a great vacation, but it had to be done. I studied very hard for it and I believe that I did well on it also. Now we have two more exams left to take and study for next week.
Lastly, during this past week, in between our exams we had the privilege to teach children the wonderful game of basketball at Knockconan Primary School, Emyvale, Co Monaghan, where Mrs. D’s sister is the principal. We were able to teach the basics of basketball to children ranged from the ages of 4-11 years old. It was so much fun for us to be able to teach the game to these kids and I believe they enjoyed it and had fun also. After our basketball session and Q&A session with the 10-11 year olds, the kids all presented us with thank you cards (picture). I was appreciative and grateful for the card that looked like took a lot of time and effort from both the kids and the teachers. Overall, I had an awesome 10 days in the US and a great week back in Ireland. I look forward what the next 6 months have in store for me!! Thanks for reading!!