Olsoning (Picture Overload)

Holy crap, you guys, yesterday was such a crazy day. So many highs and lows. I woke up this morning and my place looked like a tornado hit it. Complete disaster. I contemplated taking a picture of how bad it was but feared that someone would call children services on me (not really but kinda). Today has been much more mellow. Ya know, stayed home, tidied up, scheduled nap time for the little dude. It's been really good, I have needed a calm day for sure. 

Moving on.

I have probably mentioned this before but, I come from a large family. I am the youngest of 8 children with 5 brothers and 2 sisters. It's a unique situation, with so many family members. We get together and it's absolute, wonderful, chaos. Whenever I tell people about my family and the size of it, they are often  shocked. I don't know how my Mother did it (though she has confessed that she doesn't really remember the 90's).

Busy little dude.
Ben, Chad, Troy, and Grant.

The oldest is my brother, Lorin, he is 41 and I am the youngest, at 26 (27 in December). Having a large family taught me so many things. When you have that many siblings, you learn to just get a long. We are all different, some similar characteristics, some completely different but we get along because we are family. We've got the same blood coursing through our veins. Siblings are special, they deserve respect and love because you share something unique. Now that everyone has grown up and had babies and married, I have even more family. Wonderful sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, it's truly joyous to have wonderful people added on! 

Ryan is the best cousin. He entertains all the kids.
Jared, Thomas, and Eric.
Yesterday was particularly special because 2 of my brothers (Lorin and Jared) who live in Oklahoma and Virginia, came into town. I haven't seen my oldest brother and his family for close to 3 years. Seeing my brothers made me smile and miss them like crazy. And I couldn't wait to see my sister-in-law (Michelle) and two nephews (Harlan and Keller), it was so heartwarming. It made for a very special day, indeed. Once Geddy got to the point where he was melting down from tiredness (and only wearing a t-shirt and diaper), I reluctantly said my goodbyes. I wish so badly I could have stayed and soaked up even more wonderfulness. 

Lorin, Harlan, and Jared.
Michelle and Heidi.
Ben and Isaac.
Ryan, Karina, and Katie playing the cup game.
Chad and Geddy boy.

To close, all families are weird, I really believe that. But weird is just a side effect of awesome. 

Elizabeth, Holly, and Maggie.
Handsome Kimball. He wasn't feeling very well, poor guy.
Don't mind Geddy's face.
Heidi and Isaac
Keller and Harlan. Such charming boys. 

Happy Thursday!



Haley said...

Thank you for taking all of these pictures!! It's so nice to see updated pictures of Lorin's family. I particularly love Lorin's gray beard (to match the gray hairs on my head). And Harlan is so tall! Crazy how things change. Lastly, our family makes odd faces in pictures. It's like they're trying to smile but instead they just grimace.

Anonymous said...

I love your outfit! You are such a cute mama!