Dave and I have eight siblings each.
We have lucked out this summer to spend some serious quality time with all 16 of them along with their spouses and families and both sets of our parents who made it all possible.
Man alive we are blessed in the family category. I don't think it's really that common to have two such big families where everyone adores and is so respectful of one another.
Dave's family is a little bit further along than mine is, meaning they have older kids and therefore more grand-kids so far. We don't get together with ALL of them as much as we'd love to because logistically it is tough to do.
But this year we got to all go to Aspen Grove together. (It is an awesome family camp up in one of the most beautiful spots I have been.) They cook for you and clean for you and you're just responsible for hanging out together and getting all caught up and inspired while your kids have the time of their lives together in their groups.
Sounds like Heaven, right?
We stopped at BYU first where Dave and I (and many of his other siblings) went to college.
Wow that is a gorgeous campus.We went to "J Dogs" for lunch which everyone aside from me was pleased as punch about...I had to stick with my Subway sandwich since I cannot eat hot dogs. It's a psychological thing.
While Dave ran another errand I took a walk down memory lane with our kids.
We went to visit the apartments where Dave and I fell in love all those years ago.
This was Dave's:
And here's mine. So many good memories within those doors.(And some kids who were good sport to pose for me as well, don't you think?)
That's our apartment building behind us below:
(It's called "Stonebridge.")
See that "Y" up on the mountain?
Some day we'll hike up to that thing as a family.
On to Aspen Grove...
Dave's family is what you call athletic, competitive, and very active.
So this kind of a trip is PERFECT for them.
...and perfect for me to sit on the side-lines and take pictures.
The adults hiked up to Stuart Falls:
It is close to where Dave and I got engaged which endears it to us forever.Dave's Dad with eight of his nine kids:
Is that beautiful or what? It was SO green from the amount of snow they had this year.
The kids got to go on hikes with their groups too:
Dave has a new tennis partner:
I don't blame him because she is much better than his old one (me).
Max dusted off his racquet and did pretty well as well.
Could there be a prettier place to play basketball?The five-on-five b-ball champions:
Dave still has the hops:
We had a birthday celebration for Dave's wonderful mother.
It was complete with a slideshow and a book to commemorate the countless things she has made brighter and lighter through her life.
I am so grateful for this woman's influence in my life.
The grandkids had some serious quality time together.I love watching how nice they are to Lucy:
And I love watching when Dave puts Lu to bed:
Dave's little brother blessed his new baby:
Dave and I have been to Aspen Grove quite a few times before, but this was the first time we did the ropes course.
I was pretty nervous about those ropes holding me up but somehow some little teenager helped me feel better.
And we survived with flying colors.It was fun to realize how scary what our kids have done a few times actually was.
Claire's group did their own version of climbing:
The kids were very entertained watching all the skits and presentations:
We had some "family history" nights talking about grandparents many of us never had the opportunity to meet.
The girls figured out a good way to stay still while listening:Lots of games were played:
...and discussions were had:
It was just such a great way to be together.
And we can never thank these guys enough for making it happen:Thank you, thank you.
We love you!
On to my half of the 16 siblings soon...