Monday, May 17, 2010
Brax is Back!
Today Braxton got back from his mission. We were all so excited and couldn't wait to see him. This is lots funner than dropping them off and saying goodbye for two years. Braxton's flight landed at about 4:04 pm and we were at the Airport anxiously waiting for him to come to us.
A lady came down and told us the missionaries were on their way....she's seen them. We were ready! Poster, balloons, and all of us (except Joe was working and Jaydan in Argentina) And FINALLY there he was!
It was hard to hold back and let Braxton come to us. I went and hugged him first as soon as he was off the escalator. (couldn't help myself) Then I got the camera and let everyone else welcome Braxton home. Lot's of hugs, tears and smiles!
A few other missionaries that served with Braxton even made it to the airport to welcome Braxton home.
I think at times Braxton wasn't sure how to act and since I had the camera pointed at him all the time he'd just make a funny face.
We shared some funny stories on the way home. Braxton also shared some things with us that his Mission President had shared with him. It was awesome seeing him there in the back seat.
As soon as we made it to Hooper we met the Stake President (Matt) and Braxton went in and visited with him and was released. He had tears in his eyes when the door was opened but he also had a huge smile. Braxton had served well with no regrets!
Braxton's wish was to ride a horse home from the corner and had talked about it for some time. We have great neighbors and they made that wish and dream come true. The Hodson's had 5 horses at the corner when we got there. They even had made signs welcoming Braxton home. Brax is like part of their family too. We love the Hodson's. Braxton was so excited. He even brought a cow boy hat home with him from Mexico and had it ready.
It wasn't long and Braxton and the Hodson girls were headed home. I like how Braxton just led the way.
As soon as Braxton was past the houses he took off. He ran right past our house and into the Hodson's corral. Oh Happy Day for Brax!
It was good to see his grandparents again. They were all very happy to see Braxton and give him a big hug!
Braxton just wanted to eat at our house and requested Steak and potatoes. So, we had just that...steak, potatoes and salad and I even made some cheese cake. It was nice having everyone sitting around the table enjoying each other again.
We always eat buffet style. It just works for us. :)
After eating the boys went in the field and then we went up to Braxton's room as he unpacked. (or at least unpacked some souveniors) Then we went back downstairs to look at his pictures on the TV screen. The Hodson's came over about that time too. It was a wonderful day and night! We are so HAPPY to have Braxton HOME!