Friday, August 29, 2008

Pictures of Tom and Maya Bates' Wedding

Pictures, finally!! There are a ton and I could post so many more, but here they are some from Tom (my oldest brother, who is my half brother) and his now wife Maya's wedding. We are so happy for them, they are a great couple, and we had a great time at their beautiful wedding.Here is the most recent family photo of my entire family! This is monumental, I don't think a picture like this which includes our spouses and kids has ever been taken.
Here is just us siblings with Tom and Maya. Dad and Mom in back with Dave on far left, Mike, Liz, Tom, Maya, Me, Jim, and Mark. What a fun picture too.
Here are family pictures of everyone starting from the oldest going down to the youngest. So, this is Jim my oldest brother and his family which includes, Halle, Emery in the back, and Emily holding Ella.
Next oldest is Dave, who is holding Michael, Sariah is in the back, Joseph in the middle sitting and Rebekah in the back on the right and Adelin his wife sitting. Sorry, if that is confusing. Oh, and they are expecting another baby in February, congrats!!
Here is Mark the next oldest with his wife Hilary and their baby Abby.This is my only sister Liz with her husband Ryan and their baby Kyle.Then comes me the second from the last . Tyler is holding Burke and I am holding Emma. This is the youngest, Mike with his girlfriend Rebecca.Sweet Emma and Me.

There were so many pictures to choose from but hopefully this shows a little bit what went on that special day at Tom's wedding.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Where do I start?

Sorry all- I haven't blogged in for ever. I know, I know, but it is too much fun to look at other people's blog rather than posting my own sometimes. Anyways, we are back from Cali now, and have been for awhile and we had a GREAT time! It was so nice to see my whole family! All six of us kids were home with all 11 grandkids running around the house non- stop (with an occasional nap here and there-thankfully)! It was total chaos all day long, but we had a blast! Our little Mikey is home from Mexico City, and we are glad he is back and grateful for his service he gave to the Lord.
I don't even know where to start. We were there for two weeks and we went to Fairy Tale Town (Emma still talks about this trip to this day), we took the kids to see a free movie at the theaters, we witnessed a beautiful wedding between Tom (my oldest brother) and Maya in Central Cali, went to friend's houses, went on many walks, we ate a ton, shopped a little, talked a lot, and watched kids more than a lot. We had such a great time. It was so good to go home. There is no place like home and it was good to be with the family again.
Thank you mom and dad for all your hard work you put into making this vacation one that we will always remember! You both did a ton and put so much thought and preparation into us coming home and we are so grateful! Here are some pictures of that weekend (just some of the thousands of pictures taken, literally more than two thousand pictures were shot- we are crazy I tell ya)!
We love you all and we miss you guys! Emma talked about her cousins for weeks after we got home, she really has a blast with her 'new' girl cousins. And Burke was seriously everywhere! He had more energy than any of the other grandkids combined. You would not think he has a major heart defect and has 75% oxygen levels, this kid has come alive lately! Okay, I know you all want to see pictures, but, I have like 3,000 to sort through from everyone's cameras while in Cali, so I do not have any to post yet because it takes too long and I don't have time right now. Stay tuned!!