Thursday, November 17, 2016

Arriving Home!

We arrived October 1, 2016, at 9:00 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Airport.  My parents, our children and spouses, Dawain and Jana with Alison and her new husband and most importantly 6 of our 9 grandchildren.  I loved Ali breaking through and giving us the first of many hugs and kisses.

After saying good night, we traveled with Adrian and Todd to their home where we literally fell into bed exhausted!!  However, early the next morning we were awakened by the aroma of Belgian waffles with strawberries and real whipped cream (we hadn't had this treat for a full 18 months).  Shortly after, the doorbell rang and in popped Curt and Melanee and the triplets.  Oh my, oh my, oh my, what a delight.  We didn't rush at them, but took a few minutes to get to know them and observe them -- real and in 3-D.  It took a few minutes for them to warm up to us.

This was General Conference weekend so Sunday we watched as much as we could of the two sessions.  We are definitely going to have to read this conference.

It's been a wild October and we definitely have had a lot of family activities ---

October 5 was Kacy Marie's first birthday.  Don't know when Brittney has time to create these cute invitations, but she is amazing. Kacy had a great time eating her cake, but notice how prime and proper she is trying to be.

We celebrated Kacy's birthday on October 8, the day of Mason's baptism.

Wow, Mason is 8!  How wonderful he looked as he took on this new responsibility in his life.  How proud we are of you Mason.  It was a wonderful gathering of family and friends.

How wonderful to have a father that is worthy to baptize him; and, a mother who teaches him about the gospel and is such a great example of charity and service.
The second week we were home, we had our physicals and dental appointments that had been ignored for 18 months.  Well, actually we didn't want to go to Samoan doctors and we were pretty healthy.

The triplets turned "1" on October 13.  We had been up a few days before to give them a present and on October 29 they were having a big family birthday party, so Curt and Melanee were alone to give them a cake and watch them dig in.  This picture pretty much shows that you can't get three to cooperate and smile at the same time.  The new family pictures are wonderful to have.
Could never imagine what three one-year old birthdays at the same time would be like - these pictures say it all - fun, family and chaos!  It was a great day so some outside time was enjoyed by all.

 Everyone got a cake, and pictures of all the important people in their lives - parents, grandparents and great grandma!
Three of everything and sometimes more.

Theron decided that because Steve and Robby had a new truck, he needed one, also.  Ours had been used a lot while we were gone.  We spent a few days inking this deal and are now the proud owners of a new Chevy duramax 3500 with bells and whistles galore!  

We did take a few hours to visit with my folks and show them some pictures of Samoa.  Mom has had some health problems of late and is trying to control her heart rate, but she is still as active as ever.  Dad is grumpy and old.  We helped him put his old fifth wheel hitch on KSL and he finally sold this item.  I also enjoyed showing these kids the Samoan firedance video.  Tyce wanted to do it.

October 23 was our Sunday to talk in Sacrament meeting.  We didn't make a big, big event out of this and only invited family.  We are both kind of torn about where to have our membership records as we live with Adrian.  Guess for a few months we will be divided between old and new and somewhere in between.

We had to make a trip to St. George and then finalize the paperwork for purchase of our new trailer lot.  While there, Steve invited us to go 4-wheeling.  We looked into renting an ATV and ended up buying a Polaris Razor Turbo 1000 side-by-side.  I think that big purchases are now behind us.

October wouldn't be October without Halloween and of course my birthday - 66 years this year.  When did that happen!!!!  It's always fun at Marc's because everyone dress-up in costume.  They even had an appearance from Marge Simpson - a great look alike, especially with Kacy and her pacifier.

We haven't said too much about Adrian and Todd, we thank them for opening their home to us and letting us have the basement.  Todd is suffering the most because we are making him complete the shower.  It's almost finished.
 I loved my birthday cake this year.  This is me when I was 4 months old.  How did I ever lose that cute baby look?

Toys purchased, trips planned, family activities continue, and life is back to normal for Elder and Sister Schaefermeyer.  Great to be home with everyone.
Love and Kisses to All.  This completes our Samoa Mission Blog it was a great time.


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