This is what you get when 7 siblings, spouses, children, parents and one random great uncle join together to spend a Saturday together.
We came from all directions, Arizona, North Carolina, Idaho and other corners of Utah.
One thing is for certain.
This doesn’t happen OFTEN ENOUGH and we have soaked up every minute of it.
And the food. Oh, the food!
I thought we were going to be keeping things “SIMPLE” but let me tell you what, there are some awesome cooks with fabulous ideas in my family and the spread started to appear long before noon with appetizers that could and should have been considered a meal in itself.
Cranberry salsa! Peach salsa! Shrimp, cheese balls, fresh veggies including tomatoes that I walked right out to the garden to pick, all so delicious!
Lovin my sisters in the kitchen!
Joy’s bread, fresh out of the oven.
Kids playing outside!
If you asked my mom how many grandchildren she has, she would beam and tell you that she has 26, and two great grands. We are pretty scattered, so when cousins get together with cousins it takes me right back to when I was young and spending time with my far away cousins was just the best thing ever. So fun to see these kids forming relationships with each other and watching each personality evolve into who these kids will be as adults.
Slide, little Jaxon!
The view from my sister’s front yard.
What’s up doc!?
William with a carrot fresh from the garden.
Time for some “BURN” with my playing cards!
Brother Mark, my nephew Spencer and his new wife McKinna.
So much fun!
William and Jaxon, cousins together!
Elizabeth is ready for the Boise State game!
And there is MORE food in the kitchen!
The plan was to do crock pot soups, and we had 5 different kinds, something for everyone and all the fixin’s. Apple pie and Pumpkin pie for dessert…and for the kids?
Mary dippin’ applies!
The apples came from the trees in my mom's yard up in Garden Valley, Idaho and several boxes were brought for my sisters to can and juice and eat right of the box. Home grown apples are THE BEST!
Porter and Elizabeth!
Love that tongue!
Girl cousins rule!
Addie, Lucie, Mykenzie, Taylor, Kelli and Ashley! They are a force to be reckoned with! Sure love the wonderful young ladies they are!
And a Happy 75 1/2 to my mom since we weren't together on her birthday! SURPRISE!
It was a wonderfully noisy chaotic exhausting day and we loved every minute of being together.
And I woke up to this!
Three kids coloring quietly at the kitchen table while we start the next round of breakfast and send folks back on their way home today. Mike, Nicole, Jaxon and Elizabeth have just left for Idaho. David, Anna, Ben & William headed back to Logan last night along with Rick and Pam, Mary, Kelly and their family went off to Tooele taking Grandma and Grandpa with them.
Mark, Sharolyn and Ashley will be on their way to Arizona this afternoon, and Dave will head back to North Carolina because work happens tomorrow.
And I’m here until Thursday morning when I head up to Idaho Falls to teach. I’m looking forward to a few quieter days ahead to spend time with my sisters and my mom.
NO SEWING HAS HAPPENED! And that’s okay. It’s like I’m resetting my clock so I’ll be ready to get back to it when I return home from Idaho on the 20th.
Who knows. With everyone gone, there MAY be a nap today!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
To live in the midst of fear is an act of courage. And family can help you through!
Vintage star quilt found in Missouri by Kevin H. Thanks for sharing the vintage quilt love!
Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone!