Traveling from East Africa to the US is a long haul, and somewhat expensive. Fortunately, we have been able to make this an annual trip since moving out here 3 years ago. A few months back ( April to be precise) the annual trip home was at our doorstep. The past few times home have been for our siblings weddings and time has had to be split between States and families. This year things were a little different..
Due to work obligations Colton was not able to make the trip this year. There were no weddings to attend and no splitting time between families. Although I was bummed Colton couldn’t be with me, it was a great trip. For the first time in 3 years I was able to spend more than 1 week with my family. I had a whole month with just my family (and a few friends). It was so nice being back in Tulsa and seeing how much the city is developing and changing. A place that wasn’t quite the ‘cool place to be’ is now looking more and more urban, hip, and fun to live in.
My flight home first landed in New York. Since there are a limited amount of flights to Tulsa each day I stayed the night in a near by hotel and flew to Tulsa the next day. I arrived mid afternoon and was welcomed by the whole family, including my grandma and Aunt. We left the airport and went straight to my sisters soccer game. It was senior night- which means after the game all the seniors gather on the field with their parents and are recognized for their accomplishments. They all receive flowers and have their pictures taken. Its a very special night and I was so happy I was able to be there for my sister (especially since I wasn’t going to be able to attend her graduation in May).
The rest of my trip was full of different activities from spending the day with mom and helping her with a student pizza fund raiser at her school to hanging out, going to a concert, running the Color Run, and watching movies with my younger sisters and their highschool friends. I spent some good time with my other sister who is in college and starting her own baking/wedding cake business. She is very impressive and makes the most amazing cakes! I was also able to spend time with my brother and his wife, my sister-in-law and her husband (who drove up from Houston to see me), and my older brother. Of course quality time was spent with my parents, grandparents and a few close friends. We celebrated my birthday and of course, it wouldn’t be Oklahoma without some sever weather! Overall the whole trip was amazing and the only thing missing was Colton. He was missed by everyone but especially by me!
There were so many great photos from my trip home that it will be hard to share all of them. Here are my favorites. Enjoy!