Friday, June 17, 2011

Home Sweet Home

We have been home almost four weeks.  I cannot believe it!  I have been horrible at posting, but I cannot believe how  busy we have been.  We have spent tons of time with family and friends.  We had to find and buy a new car, get Ben signed up for school, start looking for a place to live, etc.  I have been back at work for almost three weeks.  Most importantly we have been working on getting our adoption paperwork up and going.  That has included many phone calls, meeting with three different agencies, attending orientation at LDS Family Services, getting fingerprinted, filling out many many different forms, meeting with our case worker for our intake interview, meeting with the Bishop to get his reference letter, and this weekend attending 9 hours of training.  Those things have taken up all of our time.  We are loving being home though!  I had forgotten how completely beautiful Utah is.  The mountains, trees, green grass, the crisp, dry air.  It is so awesome.  Also, since being home I notice myself really feeling gratitude for things that I just took for granted before.  Some of those things are goofy, like the self-checkout at Wal-Mart or fountain drinks and free refills.  Other things are not so goofy.  Anyway, we are glad to be home and I will do better at blogging!

We got to stay in LA for 24 hours and visit with Kristen, Nolan, Aiden and Regan

The day after we got home our nephew, Spencer, graduated from high school.  We were able to attend with a LOT of other people.  He is loved!  

We attended our niece, Hailey's, preschool graduation.  ADORABLE!

I went to breakfast with my best friends from college (and still) and some of their kids.  All in all, 6 adults and 5 kids attended (even though there are actually 8 kids between them).

We got to spend the afternoon at Trafalga Lehi enjoying our recently purchased passes.  Everyone had a blast!
Just over a week after we returned, Ben's very best friend (who is also my boss) and his wife had their ADORABLE baby boy.  We were so excited to be able to visit them just a few hours after he was born and to be able to go visit any time we want.

We are so excited to be home to spend more time with these cuties!

and this one of course!

The view from right outside my office.  Seriously, it is breathtaking!