It’s Tuesday and I came back from visiting my family in Oakland two nights ago. I hate goodbyes. The feeling I get when I have to say goodbye to my little 6 year old sister just breaks my heart. I know exactly how she feels because when I was younger and my mom would visit me, I dreaded the day she had to go back home. I felt like a piece of me went missing and it just makes me even more sad that my little sister has to go through that. I had to hold in my tears when she started crying and it was one of those cries where she was trying to hold it in but she couldn’t. Oh man, those are the worst. I can’t stand to see her put herself through that. If I could, I would stay with her in Oakland but I also want to stay in my comfort zone, which is here in OC.
Well, on the bright side, my stay in Oakland was amazing. It was so great to see all my family again. Well, this is my stepmom’s side of the family. But I practically grew up with them and they’ve raised me to be the person I am today. They’re more on the younger side too, so there’s that bond that we all have because of our age. My boyfriend accompanied me on this trip and this is probably the second or third time that he’s met my stepmom’s side of the family. I’m really grateful that they treat him like family, which pretty much involves making fun of him and teasing him about how skinny he is, because I want him to feel comfortable around my family. We celebrated Thanksgiving on Saturday and the food was so good. It was a potluck so each family brought in their own dish. I made spaghetti and meatballs so that was our dish. We made so much. We had this really big pot of spaghetti back at my stepmom’s house because we already packed all the spaghetti we could on one giant aluminum tray for the potluck. My uncle made the turkey, and honestly, I didn’t eat it because I’m not a big fan of turkey. Other than that, I ate just about everything else. I’m so glad I got to spend the day with all my family, it just makes me appreciate them so much.
On an even brighter note, my stepmom’s boyfriend proposed to her the same night!!! I cried so hard for her. It was such a beautiful moment and I’m so glad I was there when it happened. Her boyfriend, Liew (pronounced Lou) was super nervous the entire party and he gave me the ring to hold the night before so I was itching to give it back to him so he can just propose already. He avoided her the whole night and spent all his time outside while she was inside with her sisters. One of my uncles made it really obvious and went outside and yelled (drunkenly), “What’s taking you so long, Liew!” We were all like oh my gosh, he ruined it, but my stepmom was so oblivious. When it finally happened, it was just about the sweetest thing that I’ve ever seen. I have never seen her blush as badly as she did that night and I’ve never seen Liew cry and get that emotional either. It was so, so beautiful and I’m glad I recorded the whole thing with my phone so I can just look at it anytime.