Wednesday, June 8, 2011

He's Home!!!

I am about a week behind with this, but we have been having too much fun and have had lots of catching up to do.
We picked Elder Kody Porterfield up from the Seattle airport on Friday May 27th at 1:20pm. It should have been 1:05pm but the plane was a little late coming in; I forgave them very quickly for this because the Seattle airport is such a great place to pick up a missionary. We could see Kody leave the gate and walk straight to us. There was no optional way to get to the baggage claim like there was when Kyle came home, Kody got all the banners the minute he came walking out.
The security guard earn his pay that day because we were waiting right on the line and some of us had to be reminded to stay back.
We had a pizza party the night before and everyone made a banner to welcome him home, even Mack and Henry had made banners. Kaira Fern, Kim and I were the only ones that didn't. Kaira had her hands full of little people and Kim and I had to keep our hands free for instant hugging.
Five of the six grand babies were there and they were all perfect, even when Henry tried to climb the railing to see the people down below.
Finally we saw him walking towards us. I thought Kyle was going to jump out of his skin, buthe wasn't alone in his excitment.
Four years is a long time to wait to hug your brother.
After Kyle we each got our turn, mom of course was next.
Next came some introduction. Kody has a new sister in-law, Megan and two nephews and two nieces that he had never met. Will, Basyil and Winni were able to come out so Kody has yet to meet Winni and he is still waiting for his hug from his girl Baysil.
If you notice the girl standing by the snack stand. She was standing there the whole time, just watching. I wanted to invite her over to join us, but was too focused on Kody to think about it long enough to talk to her. She either is a Latter-day Saint or needs the missionary lessons.
Kody was very sweet and patient with us through all the pictures and squeezing
Once we got to baggage claim the questions started. Kody just smiled and answered, while keep a little distance, sisters can be so overwhelming.
Since Kassey was busy taking pictures for us, (none of which I have yet seen, these are all from me and Cory, I'm still waiting Kassey!), Kyle carried baby Gus. it was good practice for him No Megan is not expecting but it is always fun to tease a little, or a lot.
On the way home a stop to Five Guys was in order
Then home to see his girl. She knew who he was the minute he got out of the car. She was so happy to see him and was on her best behavior for him.
We spent the weekend eating and trying to get Kody adjusted as quickly as possible to life after the mission. Thankfully he had Kyle turn to cause mom can be a little overwhelming.
Welcome Home Koderman!

1 comment:

RShields said...

Well done, you've done an amazing job with your family!