Friday, January 20, 2012

...And We're Back

Well, we didn't do a very good job of sharing our break via blog.  I had every intention of at least one or two more posts while back in the US but it didn't happen.  We were able though to get a good amount of rest while still seeing a lot of family and friends. Now we're back in K-town and 11 days into our return.

We spent the first part of our break in Maryland with Kaley's family and spent the second half in Ohio with my family. We managed a trip to Indianapolis in between with my family to see the Indiana Pacers opening game of the 2011-12 NBA season.  We were able to share a lot of stories about our first 5 months here with friends and family.  Unfortunately we weren't able to make it to Nashville while back due to our limited time but we look forward to spending time there this summer and seeing everyone we missed this time around.

We left Jan 4th to fly back and arrived in K-town Jan 6th.  Our fourth and final flight of the trip had an unexpected detour to another city that starts with K in the south of the country.  Needless to say by the time we got back we were pretty exhausted, but still happy to be back.  There's such a contrast between our first arrival in August and arriving back after living here for 5 months.  Most of the fear is gone or at least better managed and it is much more about just getting "home" and getting back to work.  I suppose that's a good thing.  School started back Jan 7th and we're half way through our second week already.

The highlight of our time back has by far been the winter snow that we got here over the past 3 days or so.  In all we wound up with around a foot of snow.  However, because of being 6,000 ft above sea level, it all started melting almost as soon as it stopped falling and the sun came out.  Melting snow means one thing here...  Mud.  Everywhere.  That's ok though.  It's been a long time since I've seen this much snow and I'm willing to endure a week or two of mud for it.

Below are some pictures of the snow here this past week.