Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Family Gathering

Last weekend, the kids and I went down to Utah for a chance to hang out with my whole family. That doesn't happen very often anymore since my brother, Kevin and his family, moved to Indiana. But they were able to make a trip out, so we couldn't pass up the opportunity to see everyone. My kids had so much fun playing with cousins! We even had a big birthday party on Saturday for everyone's birthdays in the last month and the month to come. It happened to be my Mom's birthday that day as well. I was so glad we could all be with her on her birthday. She was trying to think of the last time we were all together for her birthday, and she figured it must have been about eighteen years ago when we lived in Georgia. And now that I think about it, that was the only time, until last weekend, that we have ever been all together for her day. Before then, my youngest brother, Nathan, hadn't been born yet and after that, my oldest sister, Lynae, went off to college. Hmmm...interesting.

Anyway, we also decided to have out Christmas gift exchange then as well. That was lots of fun and I'm excited to think that I'm already half-way done with my Christmas shopping! This year, my mom made these amazing books for all of her kids to be able to use for our families. There were ideas for each letter of the alphabet for things to do on Sundays. Not only would these be great ideas for Sundays, but for FHE as well! She also put together folders of how to draw pictures (which Austin has already gone through all of them and LOVES it!!) and another folder of trivia questions and answers to use for games. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT, I have to say!!! I love that my mom keeps coming up with ingenious ideas of how to keep her children and grandchildren in line with what Heavenly Father wants us to be doing. She's pretty great!

While all together, we were able to take some pictures of most of us all together. Unfortunately, Brett wasn't able to come, nor was Dave, Jenny's hubby, along with two of his girls. But other than that, we were all there. Here are some pictures I snapped or had snapped...

Brynn & Ben (they're two months apart)

My sister, Shauna, and her boyfriend, Rob, playing with Brynn

A group of cousins

(From Left: Jared, Aubree, Emily, Austin, Daniel, Samara)

Brynn & Ben again

Me and my sister, Diana

My cute kids

My mom and her 9 kids

Almost all of us!


Kasi said...

I think we need a wider angle camera to fit us all in from now on. Maybe that will be a good excuse to have to buy one. =)

JC Photography said...

HOW FUN!!!! I love family get-togethers. Sounds like your family is really spread out! I'm glad you were all able to make it (well, almost all of you)

VALERIE said...

What a good looking bunch of people. I am glad you had a wonderful time. Also glad you made it home ok. What a special opportunity.

Alli said...

That's so cool that you got to see most of your family and visit with them. Looks like you had a fun trip and got some cool family pic's. Hope all is going well for you and your family and take care! :)

Nicole J. said...

The pictures are awesome! I forget how large your family is, especially now that you guys are having your own kids. I love your family!