We had hardly been in America for more than a few days when the 4th of July rolled around and we were struck by American patriotism full force. Don't get us wrong, we LOVE America, but it was a bit shocking to plunge back into American pride and values so quickly. Overall, it was a very long and enjoyable weekend.
Thursday morning we arrived at O'Hare's international airport--after standing in very long lines in order to get checked through US Customs, we were able to pick up all of our luggage successfully and meet our family members who had come to welcome us home. We were very excited to see our Johnson and Kang families. Hannah had made us some cute welcome home signs, complete with Chinese characters. We had lots of hugs and then headed towards the city for lunch. Adam and I missed Panang, so our families endured our craving for Thai food. We enjoyed sharing a meal with our families whom we love and missed so much! After lunch, we said good bye to the Kangs and began driving to Adam's family's home...but not before stopping at Dunkin' Donuts and Garret's Popcorn. Adam ate three donuts in the car!
Adam's family was kind enough to open their home to Emma as well so that she was able to have some extra visiting time with Adam and me. Here she is playing Rock Band with Luke and Adam. She enjoyed playing video games, riding four-wheelers, playing with the kittens, and shooting birds with air soft guns. I was glad for the extra time that I got to spend with my little sister! She is so much fun and I love being friends with my sister!
After a few days of hanging out with Adam's family--the rest of my family came for an overnight visit during the holiday weekend.Erica had to return to her home, so it was sad to say goodbye--but we were happy for the time that we had been able to spend with her! It was good to see my dad, since he was unable to come to the airport when we first landed. We ate delicious food and spent time catching up with one another. Just before dark, we headed into town to watch Momence's firework display.
The Kang Family Visit to Momence
[pictures taken by Sam Kang]
On Monday we said goodbye to my family around noon and then headed over to Adam's grandparents' home to spend some time with his extended family. It was great to see Adam's Aunts, Uncles and cousins; we couldn't believe how much his cousins had grown in a year!
We also were able to get together with Adam's college roommate, Wil, and his wife, Lylli as they were on their way to their home in Kentucky. Here are pictures from July 5 when we were able to visit with the Johnson family and the Francos!
Wil and Lylli's Fun Visit
Adam's Mom's daisies are beautiful!
Waiting for Wil and Lylli to arrive, drinking ice water on the front porch--Adam loves being home!
Some of Mr. Johnson's tractors on display in his front yard---talk of the town!
Soon after Wil and Lylli arrived, Wil mentioned that he would like to shoot a gun and ride a four wheeler--so that's what we did! Adam teaching Wil how to shift gears:
Wil getting closer to his target:
We were so glad to get to see Wil and Lylli while we were in Illinois! Adam and I were so happy that they were willing to stop by on their way back home from visiting family--we were so blessed by their visit! We certainly wish that we could see the Franco's more often!
July 4th with the Johnson Family