Sunday, October 6, 2013

Welcoming Home the M7

I can't believe that I forgot my camera when we went to the airport!! But what an exciting evening! It was a  fun celebration with friends and family waiting for them to de-board the plane. There we all stood waiting for them to come though the security barrier. We watched the majority of their flight members exit, and we waited... You might ask yourself how we knew the strangers walking through were on the M7 flight? 
Well... those of us who were there to greet the M7 were made up of Caucasian adults with mostly international children who were all holding up welcome home signs. I guess it was obvious. Several strangers said, "Their coming!" or "Their right behind us."  One woman even said, "They stopped in the bathroom!" 
We laughed knowing what a spectacle we were but oddly appreciated their consideration to let us know the M7 had actually been on board and were about to make their way to where we were!
It was chaotically fun! Once the M7 arrived there were 13 kids who were all tired as it was 11:00pm, 5 of whom were deliriously tired, running around playing tag. There was an equal amount of adults hugging and chatting. Yeah we stuck out a little bit but I don't think anyone minded. However it was time to get the M7 home. So we left. I drove the Grandma's back to the M house. We unloaded luggage and then the C4 family headed to a hotel for the evening 
 Pierson and Maylin were up early in the morning ready to go play with their cousins.
 We got there and the chaos resumed! Even though they were all TIRED we still had a fun afternoon filled with playing in the backyard. Lunch from Chick-fil-a (brought in).
 Natalie thought Uncle Adam was funny.
 Maylin and Kylie apparently needed some down time. We found them in the girls room reading books.
 Caleb and Pierson... they don't know what 'down time' is. They built some pretty cool things though.
 Before long it was time to get the kids OUT OF THE HOUSE for a while! So we loaded up and drove over to the neighborhood park.
 It was a great day with a nice breeze. The kids played and played.
 These girls are two peas in a pod!
 The boys played hide and seek for a while.
 Ian saved Daniel just in the knick of time! Daniel was about 1/4 of second away from doing a face plant!
 This was our best attempt at the first picture of all 7! Not too bad... could have been A LOT worse. ;)
 But it didn't last long!
 Adam trying to teach Natalie how to get a bit of a work out.
 And of course the day wouldn't be complete without the boys putting the girls in jail at least once!
 The girls were enjoying their ribbons brought home from China. Rhythmic gymnastics anyone?

 Pierson enjoyed his new gift... a tiny remote control car!

Thanks M7 for the cool gifts!
We are so glad you are home and pray you have now fully recovered from your jet lag! We can't wait to get to know Natalie even better!

1 comment:

Kristi said...

There are not words to express how thankful we are that you made the drive up to welcome us home. And that you stocked the fridge, helped with laundry, made us dinner the first night, and just kept us moving in our jet lagged state!
Here's hoping we get to return the favor for you guys again someday. ;)