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!   


This is Us said...

I can't believe it's been almost 4 weeks. WOW. We are all super excited to have you home, and be part of this next adventure in your life. You put together some darling pictures! I want an office view like you have :)

.the palsky's. said...

first of all, your pictures are so adorable and you look soo good! secondly. i'm so glad you guys are home. even though it's still far away, it's 100x closer than the philippines. we'll be praying that your adoption process doesn't take very long & that you'll continue to be blessed, because hey, you guys are amazing. :)

The Staheli's said...

Love all the pictures and collages. We are excited that you are so much "closer." ALthough, I feel like we actually talked a lot more when you lived in the Phils. HAHA! Let's work on that. Love you guys!

Amy said...

Wow!!! I LOVE this post! Thanks for posting! It's so fun to see your family growing up. I can't believe how much Regan looks like Adrienne. And how crazy it is that Spencer just graduated. Where has the time gone? That is also such exciting news about Kevin. Time marches on!
Glad you guys are back!!

KF said...

Yeah you are home!

Let's get together for lunch sometime soon.

Tiffany Johnson said...

Love you guys. We are overly excited to have you back. I love being able to see you at least once a week. I missed that when you left. We need a girls night. After the reunion, let's do it!

Jennica said...

I love these pics! So cute. I need a copy of that one of me and Jonas. It may be one of my faves! :) We really need to play soon.... Call me!