My Dad Moved Across The Country For Work, But We Still Make Time For Family Adventures

My Dad Moved Across The Country For Work, But We Still Make Time For Family Adventures

When life throws obstacles your way, you have to find a way to work around them. Change is good, it makes you acknowledge all that you should be grateful for!

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Last summer my dad moved to California for job purposes. This was a deeply discussed topic of conversation in our household for a while, so we knew it was coming, but when the day actually came for him to leave, we were all of course in tears.

Why California? Well, because it's our second home. We've vacationed there every summer since I was born. We've driven up and down the west coast and I even took my first steps there at my aunt's house. Oh, and visited Disneyland about fifteen times! The sun is always shining and the people are chill and extremely friendly. Not gonna lie, I'm kind of jealous of him. I wish I hopped on the airplane when I had the chance!

It's been a year since he moved and there have been some good and bad days, but we take them as they come! Positive attitudes, many Facetime calls, family group chats, and monthly visits are what have kept my family strong throughout this adjustment in our lives.

Facetiming Wayne at my college desk.

This past weekend my dad came home to Long Island and we all drove to the Hamptons and Montauk to get some yummy food and shop around. It was such an amazing time spent together. The weather was beautiful and he had a great time seeing everyone. One of our favorite places to eat in Montauk is Harvest On Fort Pond, so we went there for dinner after getting drinks at this cute bar in East Hampton. I highly recommend if you're in the area! There's nothing my dad loves more than walking around cute little towns with his family, window shopping, getting some yummy baked goods, and eating a well-cooked meal to top it all off!

My mom and dad at Round Swamp Farm getting baked goods.

We also drove to Fire Island and spent some time at Robert Moses beach. My mother, the fitness fanatic of our family, suggested we go on a walk down the beach to where the local restaurant and bars are located. It was a 3-mile walk...in the sand. We were exhausted by the time we got there... and by we, I mean ME! We enjoyed margaritas and beers at this place called SURF'S OUT and took some pictures, of course!

This past weekend was definitely one for the books and I can't wait for many more adventures in the future! Wayne is off to California and back to grinding at work, but he'll be back at the end of August to drive me back to Rhody for school.

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Dear Mom, From Your Daughter In College

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Dear Mom,

Do you remember when I was three and we would play together?

It was the age of princesses and carpet that was actually lava, and you were the prettiest woman in the whole wide world. Do you remember when I was in high school and the world seemed too big and scary? You would know exactly when to take me on a mother-daughter date and have me laughing about anything and everything, and you were the smartest woman in the whole wide world.

Now, I'm buried in homework and deadlines hours away from you and we don't get to talk as much you want, but you're still the prettiest, smartest woman in the whole wide world.

I'm sorry that I don't call you as much as I should, and you know a lot of what goes on in my world via posts and pictures. Our schedules just seem to never line up so we can have the three-hour conversations about everything like I want to. I know we don't agree on absolutely everything, but I cherish every piece of advice you give me, even though it probably seems like I'm hardly listening.

I know that sometimes we get on each other's nerves, but thank you for putting up with me for all of these years. Thank you for listening to me cry, complain, question things and go on and on about how everything in college is. I know I don't come home as much as I used to, but I think about you all the time. After all, you're my first friend, and therefore, my best friend.

Thank you for celebrating my successes with me, and not downing me too hard for my failures. Thank you for knowing what mistakes I shouldn't make, but letting me make them anyway because you want me to live my life and be my own person. Thank you for knowing when to ask about the boy I've been talking about, and when to stop without any questions. Thank you for letting me be my crazy, weird, sometimes know-it-all self.

Thank you for sitting back and watching me spread my wings and fly. There is no way I could have known how to grow into the woman I am today if I hadn't watched you while I was growing up so I would know what kind of person I should aspire to be. Thank you for being the first (and the best) role model I ever had. You continue to inspire and amaze me every day with all that you do, and all that you are.

I don't know how I got so lucky to have a person in my life like you, but I thank the Lord every night for blessing me with the smartest, prettiest person to be my best friend, my role model, my confidant, my person and most importantly, my mother.

Love,

Your daughter

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