Monday, August 1, 2011


The main reason for going to Canada was for my brother's wedding.  Dave and Audrey met on 
e harmony.  I told them they need to apply to be in a commercial.

One of the nice things about weddings is that you usually get to see people that you might not have otherwise.  In this case, it was my whole family.  It's not often that we are all together at the same time.  All of my siblings were there.  In this photo, clockwise from left (numbers are birth order):  my sister Laurie (1)  my brother David (2), his new wife Audrey, my younger brother Andy (5), sister Wendy (3), our dad, me (4), and our step-mom.  

We stayed with Laurie and my bil Wayne at their home.  They have four grown daughters, two of whom are married with three children each.  Most days there was anywhere from 15-20 people in my sister's house, usually eating.  My oldest niece and her family live just a few houses down from my sister, so we got to see them every day.  Her oldest daughter (my great-niece) though she is a few years younger, really hit it off with Pinkerbelle.  They actually share the same nickname, so they went by Pinkerbelle J (my daughter's middle initial) and Pinkerbelle May (her last name).

Pinkerbelle May's baby sister shares my name!  It took me a while to remember that when somebody said "Holly!" in a sing-songy voice, they were talking to the baby and not me.

Skippy's 11th birthday was last Monday the 25th, and my dad's birthday is July 30, so we celebrated both with a big family dinner.  Again, something we don't usually get to do.

I also got to meet my youngest niece's BFF Lucy, her husband, and their adorable daughter.  My niece introduced us through our blogs, and Lucy and I have emailed back and forth for the last couple of years.  Check out her blog here.

More to come...stay tuned!


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love a good family reunion. It's so much fun to see the kids playing together and getting to know each other. :)

Richella said...

Oh, Holly, how cool! Your brother and sister-in-law SHOULD submit their story to eHarmony--I've always been very skeptical of sites like that, so it would be cool to hear some real stories.

I'm so glad you got to spend time with your family. Was Craig able to be with you the whole time? Looks like your kids really enjoyed being around their cousins. I hope it was cooler in Canada than it was here for the past couple of weeks!

Pam said...

It's so great that you got to be with your whole family while celebrating such a happy time. Looks like you made some memories to be cherished. Happy birthday to your son and dad. My son's 11th birthday was on the 27th and my parents came down from MI to spend it with him. He said that having his family here made it the best birthday he's ever had. Sounds like your crew got to experience the same thing.

Lucy Marie said...

I loved all the photos and the recap. Hopefully it won't be another 10 or more years until I see you again ...

FrouFrouBritches said...

WOW! Love all the family pics! What fun for the kids to get to spend time with their cousins too! They'll have those memories forever. I love that!

They should do an eharmony commerical! Love that!

Country Dreaming said...

Congratulations to the newlyweds.
Sounds like a great trip.
Spending time with those you don't see often is always fun.


Shug said...

How wonderful that you could attend your brothers wedding and have a wonderful family get to gether all at the same time.
You looked great....