We hung around in Utah for a few days after Christmas in that winter wonderland.
See that little cloud up there on that mountain?
We were pretty much inside that thing all day long.
...and it was breathtakingly gorgeous.
Dave took the kids one day and then we went with cousins the next.
There was snow falling almost all day and the snowflakes were so perfect. I tried to get a picture with my hand for the split-second I could spare without wearing my glove but it can't do those beauties much justice.
I was finally in town for our traditional high school girls' brunch. Loved catching up with these girls who it never seems like I left when we get talking.
We lugged all our crazy luggage from the airport to my parents to Julie & Seth's house and back to the airport again in any cars people were willing to take us in.
And then we boarded that plane and took off for HOME.
We took off in a snowstorm:
...and on to a gorgeous sunset welcoming us back to the desert we had missed for so long.
We were kind of excited.
I didn't record much of what happened when we got here on my camera, but I'll just say there was a whole bunch of whooping and hollering going on...complete squeals of delight, and we just explored our home we love so much as friends came in and out to welcome us late into the night.
Our neighbors made us a great welcome-home banner we didn't get a good picture of until the next morning:
And ever since then we have been loving that we get to be here in the middle of Fall (Fall in the desert is in January...oh boy, we have sure hit some good Falls this year!).
I am in awe at all the food here. When Dave and I went to load up at Costco we were like kids in a candy shop it was so amazing to see so much familiar STUFF. And we are still getting used to how clean and "sterile" it all seems to be. Elle was especially excited about the pesto.
And finally, back to this beautiful place where we started out the new year right.
More about cousins and our New Year's party with them when I can get to it.
Someone asked if we are glad to be home or whether we just miss China and wish we could go back. The answer is we are so glad to be HOME. We have never appreciated it so much in our whole lives. But I think there will always be a piece of us that misses China, and I'm sure that will keep growing and growing through the years. Which I hope will get us back there again some day.