Monday, June 20, 2011

Happy Graduation!

As many of you have read before or know already, I have a very large family.  We all were born and raised in the same small town.  My dad has 6 brothers - and we are so fortunate to have my grandma & grandpa with us still to witness all of the fabulous things happening in the "cousins" lives.

3 of my cousins graduated from High School this year.  2 from my dad's side, and 1 from my mom's side!

On Saturday, our family (& many of their friends) gathered together to celebrate!
Kendal is going to Oregon State University & Erica to Johns Hopkins University!
My grandpa is one of the most special people on the planet... look at how proud he looks.  He adores the big family he and my grandma raised ;)

I'm pretty lucky to have such a fabulous large family!  Even though the years have separated us with collages, jobs, relationships, ect... we still know how to get together and celebrate ;)
{this is just a small group of us, together, there are 23 cousins... and that's not counting all of those who are married in now!!}

I hope you had a fabulous weekend!
{ps. loved all your comments about the peonies... aren't they the best!}

32 comments:

Army Bride said...

I'm the oldest of 5, big families are the best!!

paige brunt said...

my family is also that size.... it is so fun to get together with all of them.

Courtney Ash said...

This totally puts a huge smile on my face! I love love love huge families! Seeing as I have one as well but nothing close to what you have! So amazing though to have that many loved ones! Your one lucky girl!!

Megan and Justin said...

just found your blog and you are adorable! following now :)

Lauren Ellingham said...

Look like great celebrations with everyone! Your grandad is so sweet :-)

Kimberly said...

how wonderful you have such a big family! that such a blessing. Hope your having a good week.

Emily said...

I only have one cousin - and he's adopted. Around the holidays I really do wish I had a big family but I do enjoy the attention I get being the only grand daughter on both sides :)

Val said...

Big families are the best!! Congrats to the ladies in your family!

Lauren said...

So fun! I have a really close big family as well & it's so fun!

MJ said...

I always wanted to come from a huge family. The get togethers always looked like so much fun!!

Ashley said...

how exciting for your family to be able to celebrate together =)
I LOVE how large your family is. ours is that big unfortunately we very rarely all get together -- not even for weddings! =/

Our Family of Four said...

So fun.. I love big families! Great pics!

Megan said...

how freaking awesome!!!!! your grandpa must be super proud to have built such a beautiful empire :-) you are very lucky to come from a big family ...i am from one too :)

Bobbi said...

I have a big family too and love it when we can all get together!

Kendal looks like Reese Witherspoon!

Shelley said...

Wow, that's a large group! We have a big family too but it's really hard to get everyone together in one place!!

Gentri said...

I wish my family was bigger. :) But I love when we're all together. Nothing better!

Amanda* said...

Looks like a great weekend!! Thanks for sharing your photos!

Morgan said...

wowza. i have to say, i'm a bit jealous. i have four cousins, all boys, all under the age of 5. and i'm 21, my one brother is 19 and the other one is almost 16. needless to say, we really feel older when we hang out with the extended family! :-)

Leslee said...

WOW! Hard to beleive that all you 'little ones' have all grown up!

Your Grandparents have much to be proud of...

Caitlin C. said...

These are such great pictures!! I love hanging out with family - they're the best. And I also love this post because I am in love with your outfit! Please tell us where you found this :)

Jess said...

I love these pictures and big families! Like you, I was blessed to be born and raised with my cousins and grandparents nearby and I'm pretty pumped that I'm marrying into a close knit and large family too. :)

CONGRATS to your cousins' graduating! Those are great schools!

Laura said...

Big families rock!! So true how you slowly drift apart but you are still so connected at the core. What a blast to get together with everyone!!

LC said...

I love this! I have a ton of cousins too, a lot of whom I don't get to see as much anymore. I really cherish events like these where we get to catch up. I know this must have been a lot of fun. Congrats to your cousins!

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Great pictures...congrats to your cousins graduating!!

Anne said...

Gotta love those big families! I'm the second of ten... and the next one down from me just graduated from HS this year. So much fun!

Lacey in the City said...

Great pictures, and it's so fun to have such a large, warm family! Congrats to your cousins!

Jax said...

Aww That's fabulous! Love the pics and the details! Congrats to them on graduating and heading off to awesome universities! :)

And as an aside, your blue dress is awesome. Like really awesome. :)

Nicole-Lynn said...

Sounds like a great time! I'm 1 of 6 kids, so I know how it is growing up in a big family :)

Ocean Dreams said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time - big families are nice. Mine is quite large but we are scattered everywhere! We have a great time though when we do get together.

Karli said...

Yay! Go Kendall & go BEAVS! :) I loved growing up in a big family too! Nothing better than cousins!

Amanda said...

So, I just discovered your blog, love it, and I couldn't help but notice the Beavs hat before I even read this post!

Are you from Oregon originally?! My husband and I are both OSU alum's, and we own a place in Corvallis.

You must live in the Bay Area now, my husband plays football for Oakland so he spends half a year there. SUCH a small world, I LOVE finding bloggers who live close by, so fun!

Amanda said...

So, I just discovered your blog, love it, but I couldn't help but notice scrolling through this page (before I could even read the post) the Beav's hat! Are you from Oregon originally?!

My husband and I are both OSU alum's and own a place in Corvallis. Also, it looks like you live in the Bay Area now. My husband plays football for Oakland, so he spends half a year there. Such a small world, I LOVE finding bloggers who live nearby, so fun!