We’re finally all moved in at my parents house!  We drove home on Thursday, and it took us about 14 hours (we ate twice and got lost once!).  We were sooo exhausted by the time we got in, we just went straight to bed!  The next day we unloaded all of Nick’s car, got the stuff we needed together, and went over to my best friend Sada and her boyfriend David’s new house!  It was soooo nice and a big step up from the small apartment they had before.  It’s also out in the country which is really nice!  Their friend Kit met us for some fancy Chinese for David’s birthday, then we all met back at the house for some glow-in-the-dark frisbee and badminton, and then some Rock Band.

The next day we got up early and went to Holiday World, a super awesome theme park in southern Indiana.  Sada and I were the only ones who had ever been, and we grew up going there!  We had a total blast, went on tons of rides, and had a great time in the water park too!  They have a new ride which is the tallest water ride in the world!  It was pretty scary, but I’m glad we went on it =)  I also got to try a fried Oreo that day, which was, unfortunately, delicious.

On Sunday morning we went outside and saw some of Sada and David’s neighbors’ farm animals!  There were a bunch of chickens hanging out in Sada’s yard, they were funny =)  Her neighbor was gardening and gave her a fresh head of lettuce!  Then her neighbor let out their two baby goats, and they were sooo cute and funny!  *sigh*  I love country life!  It reminds me of when my grandparents had a big piece of land out in Missouri that they would farm, and there would always be fresh produce.  I always got to pick fresh strawberries in the garden with Grandma Wilma =)  I can’t wait to have my own house someday with some land so I can start a little garden..

We got home on Sunday afternoon and I started my unpacking mission!  We want to go back over to Sada and David’s for the rest of the week since there is an anime convention we’re all going to this weekend, so I wanted to do as much as I could while I was home and get my stuff from school out of everyone’s way!  I managed to get ALL of my stuff back up in my room and put away on Sunday, hooray!  Unfortunately that left mom with TONS of laundry (my clothes from school, even when they were clean, would always smell funny because of the wood furniture the school provides.  The awful wood smell just seeps into everything!!) but she has insisted on taking care of laundry as it is her “expertise” =)

Yesterday was almost frustrating, but Nick saved the day!  Mom seemed less than thrilled at the idea of Nick and I spending most of the week at Sada and David’s since there was work to be done here and at the new house.  That made me pretty upset since I felt like I had worked so hard to unpack my stuff so I would be ahead of the game.  After a while, I asked here what there was for us to do so we could be doing it, but she didn’t have anything for sure.  She said Dad had mentioned needing some gravel shoveled at the new house, but she hadn’t heard anything more since then.  So Nick brilliantly suggested we just change clothes and go over to the house where my Dad was working and see if he needed us to do anything!  =)  He was waay more proactive than I usually am, and I was so grateful for it!  We did just that and ended up raking up gravel into piles, shoveling it into a wheelbarrow, and moving it from the front yard to the alley. It was tough work and it was hot out, but there was a nice breeze and I felt good getting some exercise and helping my Dad out!  When we were getting ready to leave, we sat and talked to my dad (who was hand-digging a trench around the house to lay a drainage pipe!) and Nick explained about the convention and how I wanted to make costumes and if it was urgent for us to get the rest of the gravel done or be here necessarily for the rest of the week to help.  Dad was super nice and said we should go do what we want and enjoy ourselves here =)  I think we might go shovel some more this morning before we go to Sada and David’s, and then after the convention this weekend we’ll be totally available to help!  I really liked working at the house!

So in preparation for the anime convention this weekend I want to make some costumes for me and Nick!  Sada and David are going to be selling their steampunk crafts there so everyone is dressing up steampunk!  I’m trying to design costumes for us, and then we think we want to dress as Professor Layton and Luke on another day =)  So I’ve got some marathon sewing to do at Sada’s!  I went through all of Mom’s patterns last night, now I need to go through some of the fabric she boxed up to store at the new house, before it’s gone!