Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Adjusting to American Life

We have been in the states for about six weeks now and we can hardly contain the whirlwind of events that are swirling around us. One of the main reasons for coming out was to be a part of my
younger sister, Kristin, and her fiance, Kevin's wedding. We have been swimming around in the world of wedding events at my grandmother's house (where we are currently staying). With less than one week till my sister's big day and all of the wedding events and other appointments it was inevitable that someone was going to get sick. So here I am, day 2 of residing in what I refer to as "the bat cave" and loading myself up with orange juice, Emergen-C, 7-up, tea, soup, Nyquil and whatever else I can get my hands on to heal up before the big day. And most importantly, staying away from everyone else in the house is absolutely ESSENTIAL. Not only are the bride and groom at the same house, but the ring bearers (Josiah and Christopher), the officiator (Jonathan), and of course two bridesmaids (myself and my sister, Erica). So everyone is avoiding my sick space like the plague! But I am so blessed that they are all still taking very good care of me and everyone seems to be chipping in to take care of the boys. Benjamin has started walking and he is SO great at his balance now. A minute ago I left the "bat cave" and saw him walking around and balancing so much better. It's such a sweet time to have family all around and to have our little Benjamin in the beginning stages of walking. We enjoy seeing family get a kick out of him too. We were surprised by my sister and brother-in-law who flew in from Australia on the day before Thanksgiving. We thought they were coming in on Friday but the surprise was on us this time!!! We have never had the chance to meet our Australian born brother-in-law, Mitch, so we were beyond blessed to meet such a precious addition to our family. Cheers mate! Thanksgiving was an absolute dream for our family. The company was amazing and we got to connect and catch up with so many family members. The time was precious, so refreshing and dear to me. I even signed up for the Long Beach Turkey Trot and ran my first 5K before the Thanksgiving festivities began! I wanted to update the blog with a few pictures of what we've been up to while we've been here. I hope you enjoy them!