christmas at home: part one

07 January 2009

ohhh man. we finally were able to go home after almost 2 years of being here in japan, and what a wonderful time we had!!!!! we spent the first part of our time in the states in kansas with family and friends, and we had an awesome time! we were able to stay with jessie and joe and were able to see lots of people dear to our hearts. as always, here are some pictures...

here we are at the start of our journey, boarding the first flight...

and here we are over 24 hours later, still smiling...

our nephews have gotten so big!!

our sis and brother in law

mom-o and don-o

my handsome hubby!

we love the hawkinsons!

people came from miles away to visit us! we felt so loved.

we got to see ben's dad (who i hadn't met yet!)

and we toured the capital building which was super neat! this is us at the very very very top of the dome. SUPER cold but awesome!

also, my sweet amazing husband surprised me with THIS a few days before christmas. he and joe had been scheming, and when we dropped off our rings to get cleaned and re-dipped, this is what i got when we picked them up! he's so sweet, isn't he?!?! :)

all in all we had a wonderful time and are so thankful we were able to go!
there are WAYY too many good pictures to choose from, so go to our flickr to see them all :) and look for the trip home part two: georgia sometime this weekend, hopefully! we are still recovering from jet lag and i am running a little slow.. haha.



Jessie said...

We loved having you guys, it was a lot of fun. I am glad you enjoyed your trip. We have been praying for you guys--Happy New Year!

Marcie said...

It was so good to see you! I wish we had more time together, but only a year and a half to go! Can't wait :) Glad to hear you made it back ok!

The Botmas said...

so glad you had a great trip! can't wait for your next one when you visit AZ!!!!!!!! love you.

kiwi said...

i'm digging the GT sweatshirt! :)

Charity and Tony said...

Love the pictures.. just wish we would've been able to see you too!
Is that a brand new ring, or a wrap to go around it, or what? It's beautiful.
So glad you had such a great and safe time.