Sunday, May 1, 2011

one of the best days of my life

I've been telling people that I think that missionaries getting home is one of the most exciting things in a lifetime. The most exciting things in life to me are these, in order: Jacoby being born, Thomas getting home from his mission, and getting married. :) Some people were teasing me about it, but Tyler said the most exciting thing in his life was going to Turner Field, so at least mine are family oriented. Leave me alone. The morning Thomas got home was so exciting. We could hardly stand it.

Jacoby and Annie running into the airport.

When Thomas played basketball in highschool we used to wear Long Pride shirts to his games. My parents got us all shirts to wear to the airport. I love my sisters.
Annie made this cute poster.

Us girls and our kids

We went outside to watch the plane land. It was so wonderful and we were all screaming. After that we raced back inside to wait for him to come walking down the escalator.

It seemed like forever.

Yep, I was screaming pretty loud. Kind of embarrassing how big my mouth is.

We could see him!!!

Do you see him? About to get on the escalator. Hurry up, Tom!

This picture is blurry, but I love how happy my mom looks. She was so glad to see him!

He looked so handsome.

New favorite picture. Very sweet.

Our family reunited at last!!

We had such a good time in Idaho and did SO many fun things. It was so great to be with Thomas and around all my family. It was really sweet to see Thomas with Jacoby and the other grandkids. He is so much the same to me and still has his funny personality, but he is an even better person. I love him and am so proud of him. He was such a good example to all of us. Come visit us soon, Thomas.


Austin & Jacqueline said...

Oh my gosh that picture of you screaming made me laugh so hard! haha I'm so glad you got to be there when your brother got home :D Looks like you had an awesome trip!

Isac and Jen Simpson said...

Oh Missy I have been waiting for this post!! This was sweet! I am so happy your family has Thomas back :) What great pictures to remember a great day!

Jaimi said...

I was totally giggling at your pictures--the shirts, the screaming, the stretching of necks, but then I was teary seeing the picture of your mom when she saw him and the pictures of your parents hugging him.

Such a happy time!

Steph said...

These pictures are awesome! That was such a fun day. I can't believe he's actually home. It was sure fun to have us all together.

The Clarks said...

that is so awesome! those pictures are hilarious. =) it really shows how much you all love each other. i think it's awesome how close you all are! so fun!

Lisa and Daniel said...

Missy, you are too funny! I love the picture of Jacoby and your brother. It's so sweet! ...And of course, the one of you screaming is priceless! I'm glad you were able to have a such a great time at home!

Scott & Traci said...

That's so exciting! :) I love all the pictures! How lucky for him to have so many wonderful Sisters! :)

FitzSimmons Times said...

Awwww! Made me tear up too! I love being in the airport when missionairies come home! Glad he made it safe and sound!

Jordan and Sadie Simpson said...

Ok so I started out laughing my head off while I was reading this post and by the end of this post I was bawling! That is so fun! :) It makes me so excited!!

Holly said...

I LOVE the pics Missy! You had me tearing up with the one of your mom crying! You girls are just SO cute!

Lee and Khyra said...

oh my goodness i love this! the picture of you screaming is my new favorite picture! haha. i am so glad you had such a good time and got to be there for the second best day in your life!

Jake and Jana said...

I agree Missy! Missionaries coming home is a HUGE deal and SOOO exciting! I grew up with 4 older brothers and I couldn't wait for them to come home!!

Angie & Neal said...

I loved this post! You girls are so dang cute and how exciting to have everyone together! What a GREAT day for all of you!

Lon said...

This was a pretty good day. :) One of my favorites too. I loved when the plane was landing — it was so exciting and overwhelming to think our little (now big) Thomas was on it! And then seeing him for the first time was like ... well, I guess people can tell by the looks on our faces how awesome it was.

On another note, someday (okay, probably not) I'm going to have a blog and try to find some really lousy photos of you to post — I look like a major moron in these pictures! I'll just chalk it up to being super excited and not pose-y for pictures. Or something. You should have posted that cute one of Dad. :)

Meshelle and Ken said...

I never experienced a family member leaving on a mission but I have experienced a military homecoming and they are seriously one of the best feelings in the world. To be able to see your loved one after such a long time is just amazing. So glad your brother is home!!