After 10 full days of work and visiting with dear friends, we are home in Texas. I never knew how much Texas would feel like home to me even after only 4 months of being away.
I travelled back to FL to work with my advisor and visit with friends. In retrospect, 10 days was a little long to be staying with someone with a 2 year old, and for my poor bored husband back home, but nonetheless we had a great time.
We went to a retired horse farm with my dear friend Grace and her children. Grace bought two large bags of carrots and the girls had a blast walking this farm and feeding these gorgeous horses. The horses have been "saved" or adopted from owners who can no longer take care of them. What a beautiful place and fun activity.
We also visited with other friends and went to the semi annual art show. Lastly, we did end up making it out to the Jacksonville Zoo, which Mimi really enjoyed. I think she enjoyed the otters and the penguins the most. She is at such an interactive and inquisitive age that I really enjoy activities like the zoo with her. I wish Austin had a more "zoo-like" zoo, instead of the animal sanctuary.
I feel like it as a really productive and fun trip, with lots of dissertation work and visiting gone well. I also checked in on our rental house and was happy to find our tenants are taking amazing care of our house and property. They plan to renew another year, which totally helps us and makes up happy as well.
All in all it was a great trip but I'm really happy to be home in Texas. I CAN'T believe it is Thanksgiving next week!! This year is wrapping up quickly....
Watch my video to see what may be in store for us in 2012.