06 April 2010

. . . homecoming . . .

. . . well . . .
. . . let me just say that
homecomings are much more fun
than farewells . . .
. . . first, i was bossy
and tried to get
everyone organized . . .
. . . some were cooperating more than others . . .
. . . but we finally managed to find our places . . .
. . . amanda was really insistent
about which letters she wanted to hold . . .
. . . tate was super ticked off . . .
. . . he really wanted to go on an earplane . . .
. . . then ~ about 45 minutes
after their scheduled arrival time . . .
. . . we caught a glimpse of
{first} elder arnett
and then elder romney . . .
. . . that is one l • o • n • g hallway! . . .
. . . check out that smile . . .
. . . see mother throw down
her exclamation point . . .
. . . and cue the ugly cry . . .
. . . i think i scared him . . .
. . . one glad dad . . .
. . . and happy sister . . .
. . . second happy sister . . .
. . . i know there was a third sister hug, too . . .
. . . but, alas ~ no photo . . .
. . . meeting tagg . . .
. . . and elliott . . .
. . . greeting big girl addi . . .
. . . and gramma romney . . .
. . . best photo of the day . . .
. . . amber, drew, amanda and amelia . . .
. . . love it! . . .
. . . he said he was super nervous to come home . . .
. . . i'd say he hides it pretty well . . .
. . . what a joyous day . . .


22 comments:

Sue said...

Priceless!!! The pictures tell the story!!! One big happy family, all together again!

Sassy said...

That is THE BEST!!!!!!! The ugly cry is okay...I did it too and I think it scared Dallas as well....IT'S OKAY......I sat in here and crIed looking at your pictures those feelings came back...it is just plain OVERWHELMING JOY!!!!!!!

Peg and Parker said...

That whole thing was so great! I'm totally a push over for homecomings. That was one of my favorites. It was awesome to be there and see the mission buddies hug their moms and dads and siblings. Love! Dorothy had it right..... there's no place like home!

Brittney Smith said...

So fun!! These pictures made me have tears. I can't believe how TALL he is!

Janet said...

Awesome.....I did the ugly cry just reading your post. Brought back memories of seeing my boys for the first time. Drew looks great! What a wonderful day!

Amber Veater said...

this might be the cutest post i've ever seen.
boy do i just love the romneys.
but then again, who doesnt love the romneys?
lets be real with our lives.
you guys rock everyones world.

granny said...

So happy for you. Enjoy that boy. We got our "official" release date yesterday. Time flies....

Bloomfield Family said...

What a happy reunion! I am still crying from reading and looking at those priceless pictures! It brings back such great memories when my sister and three brothers came home. What a sweet thing it is! Alright already stop crying! Tell Drew hello for us. Love you!

Michelle said...

Sniff sniff. I'm so happy for you and your family.

julie said...

WOW STEPHIE! YOU ARE MAKING MY EYES DRIP! I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS POST, SO HAPPY FOR YOU ALL!

{alisse t} said...

I am so not a crier, and yet... I don't know how anyone could look at the hug pictures & not tear up! Oh happy day!

Michael, Tiffany, Reese, Cash, and Carter said...

Seriously amazing post. Loved it, cried reading it, shared it with my fam. So glad Drew's home safe, although I really would have loved if you had matched the kids' outfits in the sibling pic! HA! It would have been a good throw-back to the 90's pic! =) Sure love you guys and so glad you have all your kiddos in AZ!

manders said...

a joyous day indeed.

thanks for letting me inherit the ugly cry.

i still crack up when i see sassy tate being ticked about not getting to ride the EARplane. freaking love him.

welcome home, brother. so glad to have your hilarity home safe and sound.

chris+amber said...

Best. Day. Ever!! I have the best brother in the world!

MichelleY said...

what a fun day for your family, and thanks for the party :) he is exactly the same....still funny.

MeL said...

Would it be super weird if i got a bit emotional when reading this? Because I did. You guys are too precious and I'm so happy for your family to be all together again!

The Blacks said...

oh yay! i am so happy or you guys. amazing pictures. tears are rolling down my cheeks.

Mom2BJM(Amy) said...

Aw, so lovely! Glad he's home for you!

Adrianne said...

Cindy and I loved being with Amber again last night and loved your pictures of Drew's homecoming. We both teared up and we've never even met him!!! You are a darling family and we have loved getting to know you!~Adrianne and Cindy

Arnett said...

I love this post! Welcome home, Drew!

Jennifer said...

What awesome pictures! I'm so glad that you guys documented such a happy moment so well. He looks just radiant! So glad that he is home finally, safe and sound! Congratulations on a great mission Drew!

Rebellious Roberts said...

so sweet!!! welcome home!!!