Wednesday, June 22, 2011

simple pleasures and surprises

i'm happy to be here.
we made it! it was a long 2 days but it feels so good to be home.  we had a safe trip and only a few minor hold-ups. avery and i had slightly different tickets than everyone else that sent us to dallas late last night instead of spending the night in miami.  i was a little apprehensive about that whole set up, traveling by myself with a toddler and tons of luggage (pretty much our lives for the last year plus car seat and stroller stuffed into suitcases) so my mother in law changed her ticket to come help me out since we would be staying in dallas for 12+ hours.  we got lucky that we came to dallas last night because the rest of the family that stayed the night in miami got stuck there all morning, had to rearrange flights and wont make it to SLC until super late tonight. 

there have been so many simple pleasures we've been able to enjoy since landing in the U.S. yesterday.

-i watched the most amazing lightening storm from the sky last night. prettiest things i've seen in a long time.
-i slept in a bed instead of on an airplane and woke up feeling refreshed instead of jet lagged.
-i ate a huge bowl of cold cereal with real milk this morning.  it has never tasted better.
-i bought american food and treats for avery in the airport that i didn't know were possible to miss.
-i flew over so many mountains covered in snow that seemed more beautiful to me than miles of beach and palm trees.
-i got butterflies in my stomach the minute our airplane touched ground in salt lake.
-i loved flushing toilet paper down the toilet instead of tossing it in the garbage. (sick but true)
-i drank the biggest cup of root beer. really the only pop i love and missed.
-i cried a little bit when i saw my parents at the airport and watched them with avery as she gave them her special card she made.
-i washed my face in warm water and it was lovely.
-i talked to my sisters on the phone instead of skype.
-i drank water out of the tap instead of a culligan-like filter.

the list could go on and on, but i think its clear we're glad to be home.  





oh, this is a little peak at what avery's super homemade special card said:
 october 16th, and we couldn't be happier.

34 comments:

Chad & Tiff said...

Congrats you guys!!! This is super exciting. I have been watching for this exact post for quite some time now!!! I am excited for ya!

Darrington's said...

O my goodness. First off - welcome back, i'm sure you're beyond happy to be home; second - CONGRATS on the newest arrival! Hope you're all doing well!

Linsey Allen said...

WELCOME HOME!!!!! And Big Congrats!!! Avery is going to be a great big sister!! I couldn't be more excited for you!!!

Greg~Chels~Livi~Gracie said...

Yeah!! How fun! Congrats and I can't wait to see you!!

katie/nick said...

Seriously..shut up!! I just asked Mckell last week if you were prego..So EXCITING!! Congrats to all of you. AND so glad you are home..we will be in idaho the next couple weekends and awhile longer so we HAVE to get together!!

Deidra said...

What a fun surprise! Congrats!

Curtis and Whitney Giles said...

Welcome back!! So excited for you guys!! Avery will love having a little one!

Amanda said...

Congrats! We,re happy you made it back safe and sound and very happy for you about your fun news! And two girls! How exciting

Abby Rae said...

YAY!! I'm so happy you are back, you are pregnant and already know it's a girl?! You kept it a secret for a long time! CONGRATS!! You'll love having two girls together, soooo fun. Can't wait to see you!

Pierce Family said...

Welcome home!! Congrats on the new baby.

Brenda said...

I am so excited for you, to be back, and to be a new mommy again!! So excited to see you really soon, love family reunions.. Congrats!!!

Jana said...

Melissa,
So excited for you to be back home with the rest of your family. I hope to see you sometime, since you will be living near!! Congratulations on the new baby!! October 16th was my due date with Daisha :) How fun! We miss you and hope to see you soon, and hopefully will be able to see and meet Avery, I don't know if I have ever really met her before:)

Nicky and Patrick said...

Congrats! That's exciting! Welcome back toto!

Jordan & Brooke Brady said...

yay! yay! yay! i'm so happy for you guys! How fun! i hope your feeling good. Meag said your coming down here next week for a few days so you HAVE to come see me!!!! Yay! Welcome home lisser!

Jenn said...

Welcome back and congrats on your news--so exciting!!!

Jeremy and Whitney said...

Oh my goodness!!!! Congrats!! October is just around the corner! Congrats!!!

The Moore Family said...

Congrats and yay on everything! ...new arrival, coming home! Very exciting!

Rosie said...

yaaaaaay! I'm sure it feels good to be home. I'm so excited for you, and can't wait to show Biff this post! Rest up now!

whit939watts said...

i liked reading your list...things i take for granted way too often. i needed the reminder. i'm glad you made it back safe an sound and that is exciting about your new little addition!

Sharee said...

Congrats!! So exciting. I can't believe you were able to keep it seceret for so long. Happy your home. Sounds so nice. I know your sis is elated to say the least. WELCOME HOME

Jake and Courtney Larsen said...

Congrats that is awesome, october will be here soon!! I am glad that you are home and you had such a wonderful adventure!

Beaner said...

I am so Happy that your family is back and get to enjoy the states again! Congrats on the little one to come.

Wilsons said...

Melissa congratulations! I love reading your blog...honestly there are so many times that I have told Bodie that every time I read your blog and your cute stories about Avery it seriously makes me want to have a baby. Like, really bad! haha, she is just so cute, and I have never even met her! Anyway, congrats on being home, and on the new addition to your cute family.

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Aubrey+Spencer+Boys said...

Wow that is double-awesome! Coming home and a new baby. That will be so fun to have two of the same gender... I'm sure they'll be best friends:) Congratulations you guys!

preston. shawnee. cohen. said...

Wow CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! How exciting. i bet your families were just THRILLED!

There are so many little things we're just used to in the u.s. I'm sure you grew an appreciation for lots of them!! Welcome back!

linzy said...

wow! how exciting to be back in the U.S.of.A.!!!! and bringing some exciting news with you! congrats!!! my birthday is on the 13th ya know!!! so excited for you guys!!!

t.m. said...

Congrats!! Double exciting!!

Chase and Holly Family said...

so great you guys made it back to the states!! CONGRADULATIONS!! on being pregnant! thats so exiting!!! we will have to catch up sometime! hope all is well!

Ashley said...

Congrats!! Excited to see you today!

The Dschaaks said...

How exciting : )Glad you guys made it home safe and sound!

Lauren Tatton said...

:)Im so happy for you and Congrats! How fun!

Krissy said...

Congrats... I envy the relationship your little girls will share.I loved watching mine together they will be best friends. I ache for Ellie to have that again someday...I'm glad your home and will love to come visit when you get the time.

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