Home Sweet Home… Kansas

ALMOST TO 1,000 VIEWS PEOPLE, how awesome ❀ Thank you so so much for all of the support during the last few months. A huge shout out to my followers and loved ones. I could not have done it without you!

Hey everyone! Sorry it has been so long since my last update but no need to fear, I will fill you in πŸ™‚ If you did not already know I am back home in Kansas now, arrived in the States Friday, May 16th. I believe the last blog I wrote was the beginning of my last week in the lovely city of Paris. It actually flew by in many aspects. For almost every meal, other than breakfast, I had plans with my fellow ERASMUS friends. It was a great time getting together with everyone and having one last hoorah before venturing back home. I happened to be the first person to leave Paris. I finished my exams the day before I came home, Thursday the 15th. Most people had exams until the beginning of June but I got lucky with classes I guess, plus it all worked out in my benefit because I am now back and mostly settled in until I start classes next week and move next weekend. So let's start from the beginning.

I spent my last weekend in Paris preparing for exams and prepping for packing which I would begin later on in the week. Seeing as how my dormitory is only around 80 square feet I tried to hold off cluttering it up as long as possible πŸ˜‰ That Monday I relaxed and then Tuesday I had 2 exams. Wednesday I spent most of the day packing and ridding of things I could not bring back with me, such as all my cookware, food and all of that. Thursday I had another exam and finished packing just in time to head out early Friday morning. It felt nice to be done with school especially because in Paris it just so happened to be a lot more work than what I was used to back in the States. Although that did not last long because I got out of my last class Thursday evening and then I was rushed into making sure I had the last 4-5 months of my life ready to make its venture back home.

Friday morning rolled around and I left my dormitory with 3 hours until departure, it took me about 50 minutes on the train to get to CDG airport. Here I am lugging around 3 bags probably weighing a grand total of well over 100 pounds, phew am I glad that is over! Once I arrive at the airport I am confused on where to go so it takes me a bit until I finally get in the right spot to check my bags and be on my way. Little did I know that Parisian airport guidelines back home were a little more strict than coming from the states. Ended up paying a whopping $200+ just to check my 2 bags. By this time all I wanted to do was get them checked and home safely because not much I can "arrange" or do about having 4-5 months of my life packed in 2 bags! Got that done and made my way to Border Patrol and THEN security, what a pain in my arse lol. Hurried to the gate, got my Starbucks drink and was on my way to 11E. I must say I was so relieved to sink down in my seat, even if I had a whole 9 hour flight ahead of me to then only connect me to another flight in order to be back home. By this time I was just frazzled, was not sure what I was feeling about leaving Paris, having just got done with school, heading back home, and everything I had just experienced in a mere 4-5 months! Let's just say I have spent this past week and a half relaxing and trying to get a grasp on my life, so much has changed within!

I arrived in Wichita around 4:17pm and was thrilled to be hopping down the “Arrival” aisle to a nice big hug from my dad πŸ™‚ Mom was out of town that weekend so seeing her would have to wait until Sunday sadly. We got my bags and headed out into the fresh Kansas air. My 1st stop was for an Iced Tea at McAlister’s I mean HELLO, duh!!! Oh and I like my iced tea unsweet for those few of you who may not know πŸ˜‰ Dad took me by my mom’s house so I could put some laundry in. Amber came over with baby E and we hung out until my dad came and got us for dinner. We were planning on making it to Kobe’s at 8pm but I was pretty much going cross eyed because I was so drained and exhausted from my 13 hour travel time and then 7 hour time difference. Pfffttt and I was the one who thought for sure the time change would not affect me… Well last week I was in bed before midnight almost every night and unfortunately up by 8 or 9 each morning, still absolutely exhausted. This week it is much better and I am feeling way more refreshed. I even started working out which has helped increase some energy! Up until today though I have been quite lazy if I do say so myself.

The weekend I got back I had graduation parties Saturday and Sunday night a birthday Saturday day and then a ‘Welcome Home’ party Sunday afternoon so there was little time for some good rest. I really enjoyed seeing everyone those few days. Some people I had not seen in year were at the graduation parties and then most of my friends on Sunday, man that was a good time! In case you missed the pics on Facebook here are some from the weekend.

Eastyn
Eastyn and I at Bryleigh’s birthday party!!

Amber
Thank you Amber for such a wonderful Welcome Home party, love you both! and Luke too πŸ™‚ Thanks mama and papa Jamis as well, Shelbs love you and Bry bug (sad we did not get any pics)

Hannah1
my biscuit and I (aka Hannah)

Hannah
classic

Kurt
Kurt!

Paul
Paul and my dad!

Aaron
Aaron!

Cheers
Cheers, santé! Good times and great people ❀

Us girls
My main girls, I am so lucky!

What a good weekend, this is just the beginning of a wonderful summer ❀

Currently on the prowl for a Part-Time job that is flexible with school. Since I will be taking 4 classes this summer and then 6 next semester I thought it would be much nicer to be able to have my nights and weekends free for more time to focus on school, go on vacations and enjoy some down time as well. Start 2 classes next week, one online and then one in class but both only for the month of June. Busy busy summer it will be but looking to travel almost every other weekend. KC trip, Branson, Grand Lake, Table Rock Lake, hopefully Chicago, LA and Vegas as well as a possible road trip to Colorado. WOW let's do this! Oh and did I mention I get the keys to my apartment on Monday?! I move next Sunday and I am STOKED! Hello house (apartment) warming party, that is after I finish decorating. GIRLS NIGHT πŸ™‚ Well I am off to bed. This will not be the last. Seeing as how it has been quite the hit maybe I will take up some other type of blogging or “A look into Kelsey’s life” ehhh who knows. See you on the flip side peeps. Again thank you for all of the support, what an amazing experience! On my next one I will get more in tune with what I learned, the changes it has brought me, and the impact this experience has had on my life. Figure I need to be a little bit more “centered” and in touch for that. Be back soon!

Love to you all
Kels

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