Recap of visit to the States

It is hard to believe that just 3 months ago we were in the States with our family and friends.  It is always hard to leave…I wish I could’ve packed them all up in the suitcases to be with us here!  Thankfully, memories are strong and stay with us during the times of separation.  There were continuous highlights during our time there.  First was our welcoming party at the airport.  You would have thought we were famous!  My mom had a bunch of balloons and was surrounded by Paul’s family and mine.  It was a moment that will burn in my memory for a while.  I was shocked at how big our nieces and nephews had grown (ok, this made me a little sad that we missed 1 1/2 years of them growing up).  We all headed to Paul’s favorite burger joint, IN ‘N’ OUT, and enjoyed an incredible hamburger and shake.  You should have seen Paul’s face when he was ordering  his hamburger, something he had been waiting 1 1/2 years to do!  But the look on his face was even better when he was eating it!   After IN ‘N’ OUT we went to Paul’s sister’s house for a wonderful dinner and fellowship with family.  It was a great reunion!  We were tired from our flight but elated to be with the ones we love so dearly.

The following weeks were filled with many outings with family and friends.  Here are some highlights in pictures!

DSC02334DSC02333DSC02331 Fun at the mall!  Andrej able to drink from the drinking fountain!  (It is hard to find drinking fountains in Kenya.  If you do, you don’t want to drink the water!!! The boys were so excited about this simple method of getting water!

DSC02442 Boys at Peter Piper’s Pizza (one of their favorite places in Rancho San Diego)

DSC02344DSC02335 Fun “riding toys” at Grandpop’s house

Highlights from our first trip to Disneyland with the boys (a gift from Paul’s parents)

DSC02411 DSC02413 Cousins, Olivia and PJ, joined us.

It was extra special to experience Disneyland with family.

My sister-in-law, Melanie, came too.  We had a great time talking while we wanted for the rides.

DSC02440 Train ride DSC02426 “Its a small world” ride

DSC02416 The sword in the stone DSC02414

I love how the above pictures show the boys different personalities!

DSC02435 Is it possible that this mail will get to Africa?

DSC02436 Jail Break!

DSC02418 The End

(you can see Andrej doesn’t want to leave. 🙂 Actually, this picture was taken in the middle of the day .  I love the truth  it expresses – a loving Grandma comforting a child who has had too much excitement)

*More highlights with pictures to come in the next couple of days……

1 thought on “Recap of visit to the States

  1. Fun pics! I’m glad you guys had a such a good time. Thanks again for taking some time to have a burrito with me. We are looking forward to your next visit this fall!

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