Friday, August 26, 2011

Life at Home

I didn't mean to wait so long to post again.  I knew things would be busy, but I thought I'd have time at the end of the day!  Not so when I fall into bed at 11 or 11:30!  How does that happen when everyone is in bed by 8:30 or 9?

We left our hotel room in Guangzhou at 6:30am and when we found our hotel room in Hong Kong that afternoon I was exhausted!  Our room stunk so bad and I was so grumpy that I told the front desk I either wanted a different room or a big discount on my bill!  So, they moved us to the 8th floor and to top it off you had to pay for internet (which I didn't).
Up at 5am the next morning to get ready to leave for home!  We were all ready, especially Isabella.  For two days she had been telling me she missed her dad and brothers.
We flew to Tokyo and sat for a two hour layover.  Then it was on to America!  This was the only flight home that we all sat together.  It's so much easier when I have all the kids in one spot!!  It was long and boring.  There was only one movie they could watch on the plane and they each watched it about 5 times.  I have no idea what I did- I can't remember.
We finally landed in Salt Lake City and it was such a relief to be "home"!  Because anytime you are out of the country and you hit US soil- you are home.  No matter what state you are in!  We had another two hour layover and then a short one hour tiny plane ride home to Denver where Trent and Trey were waiting for us!!

Of course Sophie ran to "Father" (as she calls him) and much to my surprise Hudson gave Trent a big smile AND a hug!!  He's pretty shy so I wasn't sure what he'd do.  I KNOW he was so happy to see other guys!  He hasn't asked to sleep with Sophie or want to cling to her since we've been home.

We stayed the night in Denver and got home around noon on Sunday where Wesley and Kim and the rest of my family were waiting for us.  Kim got lots of hugs- we missed her so bad after she left us!

The kids checked out their rooms and played for awhile.
Honestly I can't remember what the rest of the day was like.  I tried to read a book to Isabella and I couldn't do it.  My words were slurring and I couldn't see straight.  I had to lay on the couch and take a nap.  :  )  I was so tired that I told Trent I didn't even care if we had McDonalds.

Miraculously, I have felt great everyday since then!  It is hard to get up in the mornings- but once I'm up I feel fine!  What a difference from the last time!!

For the last three days we have hung out and played in the mornings and when Trent comes home at noon we swim.  The kids are doing so much better in the water.  Hudson isn't afraid of anything and will soon be swimming without a life jacket.  Sophie is also doing better- but still chokes on the water alot.  She isn't afraid to try what the others are doing.

Trey is going through his adjustment period.  His honeymoon was very short lived.
Just yesterday he told me he wished it was just him and Isabella.  I remember when he told me he wished it was just him and Wesley when we got Isabella!  Now he loves her so much and he missed her a lot while she was gone.  As he was telling me how he was feeling he made a cute comment about Isabella.  He said, "Mom, Sophie acts like she's 6 years old."  I said I knew that and it's because sometimes that happens when you come from an orphanage.  He answered, "Ya, but Isabella came from an orphanage and she acts like she's 40!"   It was too funny.

Trey has started football.
Wesley was the same age was when they started this junior football league.  Sometimes I feel like I'm reliving Wesley's life through Trey.  It makes me wish I had done things a lot different back then.
Speaking of my sweet baby- he's 22 as of Wednesday the 24th.  How in the world does that happen?  Seriously!  I can't believe how old he is!  I love this boy with all my heart.  It's strange how much we are alike.
Happy Birthday Wesley!!  I love you more than life!!!

Our last day in Guangzhou we spent at the pool and packing our suitcases.  

This boy was never so glad to see another male!!

Poor Sophie.  She threw up 6 times on the 4 1/2 hour drive home.
I felt so bad for her!
Hudson LOVES watching Trey at FB practice and he gets as close as he can to the action.  

This is what we do every afternoon!
 It's wonderful to have Trent come home at noon and not only play with the kids, but relieve me just a little!  


  1. Well it's about time woman! Sheesh! I was on my way to the airport to check on you!! SO glad things are going well and that you have that fabulous hubs of yours as your 12:00 backup! Love ya!

  2. ahh! Love the pictures!! :) I'm glad things are going well! I miss you guys a ton! Hopefully Wes and I can come up more often this fall ?? :) Can't wait to see more!!

    Miss you!!


  3. YAY YAY YAY!IIII I have been stalking your blog- LOL! Welcome home. Cannot wait to catch up. Glad you are home. XOXO

  4. Yeah! You did it! I knew you would! Congratulations again! Glad you are home!

    Cathy (Naomi's Mom)

  5. What an awesome reunion! Welcome home to KS and your new life! We'll be praying for you as you adjust.

  6. Yayayaya! I Have been thinking about your Hudson and couldn't remember what blog I saw him on! I am so glad you commented and I found you again!!

    He looks so happy!! I can't believe that is the same little boy- God is so amazing!! We are so blessed to be able to be living HIS miracles- right before our very eyes sweet children are being transformed from life without a family to being in a forever family!!

    All your kids are so beautiful!! Congratulations!!

    AND YES we will be working with them to revise their travel system with 2 from 2 different provinces!!


  7. Like Jenny, I've been "stalking" your blog daily and was so happy to see a new post from you this morning. I've been dying to hear how coming home has gone. It's so great to see pictures of all of your kids together. We're so very happy for you all and can't wait to see you again. Keep the pictures coming,in all your spare time :)

  8. Congratulations! We may be up your way the first part of November.

  9. Hi Stace....I have been keeping up with you - so interesting. We'll for sure be praying for you daily - for strength, PATIENCE, PATIENCE and more PATIENCE! You don't need prayer for love,,,,,,,I can see it's there!