Saturday, September 25, 2010

One More Wedding...

I know I have already done several posts about our August road trip, but it was so action packed that I still have more pictures to share. This is the last one, I promise! Looking back at all the pictures, I really can't believe how much we did in two weeks---it was pretty crazy! This has been our summer for roadtrips. And weddings. And theme parks.

Kyndall, Ryder, Rustin, Kassidy and Kaydence with Grandma Wilkinson at the library where she works.

After 9 days in Denver with Jayson's parents, we packed up, said goodbye, and began another loooong drive to Sandpoint, Idaho. My younger brother, Shane, was getting married in Spokane, Washington and my side of the family was having a mini-reunion prior to the wedding. We all stayed at a lakehouse that my parents rented. There are six siblings in my family, three of us married (at least at that point in the week), and eleven total grandkids, so there were a lot of people sharing one house, but it actually turned out great. It was nice to all be together and be able to hang out and talk after all the kids were in bed. Riley and Kaiya loved seeing their cousins, who they rarely get to see.

Riley---the house we stayed at had a little beach outlet and kayaks that the kids could use. They loved it!

Shane (my brother) and Kaiya

The view out the back window of the lakehouse. That area of the country is so beautiful---it almost didn't look real!

The quints with their cousin Logan (also three-years old) eating dinner

The first day of the reunion (which also happened to be my birthday---anyone want to guess how old I am??) we spent at Silverwood Theme Park. After doing Disneyland and another theme park earlier this summer, we figured this one would be a piece of cake--Especially with so many aunts, uncles and grandparent's around to help out. I spent most of the day with the little kids, while Jayson and the older kids went off to do the big coasters. After spending the day at Silverwood, I had a new appreciation for Disneyland----they could really give some lessons to these other theme parks :-) Disney really knows how to keep things moving---although the lines had many more people in them at Disney, we waited in line a lot longer at Silverwood. At Disney it was no problem having a 2-1 ratio of little kids to adults, but at Silverwood, there were several rides that required a 1-1 ratio, which is pretty tricky when you have 7 (my five plus my niece and nephew) kids 3 and under. But, all in all, we had a great time! And, super-hubby Jayson even took the quints home around 7:30 pm and let me stay with my parents and brothers a little longer to ride on some of the big coasters :-)

The whole group at Silverwood Theme Park

Ryder and Kyndall on the airplanes

Rustin and Kaydence on the helicopters

Kassidy on the airplane

BBQ lunch

Waiting in line for one of the rides--Ryder, Kyndall, Rustin, Kaydence, Kassidy and Sadie (another cousin)

Tiare (my sister) with Rustin and Kyndall on the parachute/Ferris wheel ride.

At every theme park we have gone to this summer, the kids have loved the big costumed characters---this one had Garfield. Even though they had no idea who Garfield was, they were still excited to give him a hug!

The stroller brigade!

This was the first time my whole family had been together in over four years, so of course we had to get family pictures taken. Since there was a professional photographer in charge, we didn't take a lot of our own pictures, but Jayson got this shot of Ryder that I really liked.


The "original" Curtis Family: Back: Ryan, Colby, McKay, Shane, Front: Rachelle, Mom (Betty Ann), Dad (Steve), and Tiare

Day two of the reunion we rented a boat and took turns riding and doing water sports.

Max (cousin), Riley, Kaiya and Jayson

Riley and Max

Tiare and Kaiya

The little kids took a nap during most of the boating time, but they did manage to get a ride at the end.

Of course the highlight of the trip was the wedding. My youngest brother, Shane, married Sam Hiatt in the Spokane Washington LDS Temple. Sam is from Bonner's Ferry, ID, which is about 2 hours away from the temple, so after the ceremony, we drove up to her house for the reception. It was all very beautiful, and I especially loved the dresses that the girls wore.

Shane and Sam

My siblings with spouses and the bride and groom

Wilkinson Family: Jayson & Rachelle, Kyndall, Ryder, Kassidy, Rustin & Kaydence, Riley & Kaiya

We were trying to get a picture of my parents (aka Mimi and Papa) with all their grandkids---this is a close up of the quints during one of the shots---I thought it was so funny that they were all doing such different things.

Mimi and Papa with all their Grandkids (the stick-out-your-tongue shot)

The day after the wedding, we got up early and began the long, 2200, 32 hour drive back home. We did the drive over two days and stopped overnight at Jayson's parents house. I had myself all geared up for two days of torture, so I was pleasantly surprised when it wasn't as bad as I imagined it would be. All I can say is THANK GOODNESS FOR DVD PLAYERS!!! Really, I don't know how our parents ever survived road trips!

We arrived home late Sunday night, just in time for Riley and Kaiya to get a few hours of sleep before their first day of school!

Riley and Kaiya on their first day of school---less than 10 hours after arriving home!



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Deanna said...

Your dress is beautiful Rachel and you look amazing! Happy late birthday. I'm glad the trip back went better than expected. Sometimes with kids it's good to have low expectations so that you're pleasantly surprised :)

Stephanie said...

It was fun to spend time with your family. I need to get all the pictures from you and your mom.

Evie said...

Wow, you really are Super Mom! You amaze me!!
In awe as always, Evie :)

louise.dayane said...

Hi my name is Louise, I'm 24 years old and I'm from Curitiba, a city located in southern Brazil. I am following your blog and am very happy to know that there are still so many beautiful families. I hope one day have my own blog with the story of my family. A big kiss.

Oi meu nome é Louise, tenho 24 anos e eu sou de Curitiba, uma cidade que fica no sul do Brasil. Estou acompanhando seu blog e fico muito feliz de saber que ainda existem famílias tão lindas. Espero um dia ter meu próprio blog com a história da minha família. Um grande beijo.

DCDACJensens said...

Saw a picture of your family with Shannon Henderson. That must have been fun getting together with her and getting to see her new addition.

Kristen Duke Photography said...

RACHELLE! Just seeing these pics, you look awesome in your fancy silver/gray dress! And I LOVE Tiare's yellow dress, too!