Monday, September 12, 2011

Holyoak Reunion

Labor Day weekend was spent in Moab for the Holyoak Family Reunion. I was seriously looking forward to going on this trip for about a month and a half. I was so excited to see my family. We got to see everyone except Jeremy (we always miss you Jer). The weekend was filled with games, family, friends, laughter, cooking, food, service, time at the cabin and reunion staples, watermelon and Stan and Cheryl's homemade ice cream.

I enjoyed this little mini-vacation so much. I always enjoy seeing my parents and chatting with my sisters and listening to my funny brother. Brennan and Emma came to play with us and I got to spend a night laughing and feeling so grateful for life-long (and then some) friends.

Tori and Adam blessed sweet little Cheznie on Sunday and it is always fun to see my huge family fill the chapel. During the "Brothers Dinner" on Sunday Stacy had my uncles share stories about Grandpa Glen since this year would have marked his 100th birthday. That was so fun and special. I feel so lucky to come from such a wonderful heritage. My Dad and his brothers are the best of men and I love being around them and feeling of their conviction of truth, and their love of heritage. They are also some of the best examples of service that you will ever find and I feel so blessed to be a witness to their goodness. In an effort to not sound too sappy I will point out they all can be gruff and ornery as well, and they know how to tell it like it is, that just kind of makes them a little more interesting.

Monday was spent tying quilts to donate to some good causes and working on an addition to Paul's cabin. I'm glad that we were able to spend the day working and doing some acts of service.

I love seeing these two together. My dad loves feeding people.
Alex thought it would be so fun to roll this new little girl around on the floor. Isn't she a new toy?
I just love those big eyes!

I laugh at this picture, but I don't really find any part of it surprising.
My mom wanted Andrew to take a grandkids picture for her. This is one of the better ones. Though the picture is not quite "picture perfect" she told me she put it on up on her piano and when my dad looked at it he said they sure are cute kids. I just love family so much!!!