In september we had the 3rd BIANNUAL Earl girl reunion. Even though this was the third one I HAVE NEVER BLOGGED ABOUT ANY OF THEM!!!! The first one I was sick pregnant with Henry, the second one I was almost due with Theo. I have to blog about this though because these weekends away with my cousins are some of the best times of my life. I love it so much. We had the best time.
Cali, Sam, Angelique and I drove up together we met Sam's sister Keri in Salt Lake and went to eat at the Dodo. It was delicious.
I took these pictures from Myca's blog and they aren't in order. :( But I know we can't get the idea anyways.
The group. What a great bunch of ladies. I love them all so much and I am always so impressed with all of our amazing in-laws. We are a loud group of women and I would think it be pretty intimidating coming into this crowd as an in-law…but no all of these girls fit right in and it is such a good way to really get to know them. I don't know any family like ours…we have a pretty unique situation with how close we are to each other…and the sacrifice we all make to get together. I think if I did the math correctly at the time of this picture all together we have 48 children!!!!! Wow.
This time we planned meals by family and we didn't leave the condo's the whole time. We stayed at Wolf Creek Resort in Eden Utah (think…haha). We were split over 3 or 4 condos and would all get together and eat, laugh, and play games.
Gaming it up.
(Kacey had like a 5 day old baby…talk about sacrifice to get together)
Group pictures from the last day
Doug Earl family (minus Linh) we had just woken up and most of us have no make up and about 2 hours of sleep. haha.
Tami Bates family. Where are you ANGIE??
David Earl family.
Jeff Earl family
Tom Earl family
We made soups for our night.
Myca and Mandi did our nails for hours. I can't even imagine how exhausting that would be.
Angelique and I shared a tiny full bed, Sam and Allie shared an even smaller hide-a-bed and Cali and KaeLynn shared a enormous king sized bed. We came back to our condo and would stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning and then separate to our beds and stay up even longer. Here I am one morning after too little sleep. I stayed in Pajamas the whole time.
Sam and Allie in their tiny bed.
It was the best weekend ever. I am so grateful for all of my cousins and sisters and I love them all so much.
Cortney hunted a ton this fall. He had gotten an elk tag with his friend Sam P. in Wyoming and was just gone gone gone. It ended up being I think a warm fall or something though because no one saw any elk. He didn't get anything. So September and October were a lot of long lonely days for me doing the job of both Mom and Dad. I always think I won't be able to make it through and quite honestly I don't like it at all. I am getting stressed about next season just typing this.
Oliver got really sick. Like it scared me sick. He had a super high fever and a really sore throat. One night I heard him crying and he was hallucinating. He was freaking out and crying and laughing. He was acting like he was possessed. It happened at midnight but I was so scared I called Cali to have Joey come over to give Oliver a blessing. I video recorded his episode but honestly it is so scary I can't put it on here. I was really glad to have a worth priesthood holder I could call while Cortney was away. It helped immediately.
Costco has these huge nutella bottles. They are like 20 lbs or something.
Sometimes Cortney would come home and we would take advantage of every second he was here. One day we went on a family walk that ended up at the school.
I did a lot of football games alone with the kids. This particular game was in Heber and it was a gorgeous night. Thankfully we had 2 neighbors on the team so I had help getting him to and from games and practice.
Oli and his friend tate #4
Everywhere they play has turf fields.
We have a pizza buffet by our house. I think its gross but the kids love getting so many dessert pizza slices. I took the kids one time when cort was gone.
One day when Cortney was gone I called Cali and I told her that if Cortney was going to be gone for months at a time I was going to buy myself a bed. hahaa. We went to ikea and picked it all up and packed it into Cali's van. Then we came home and assembled it all by ourselves. It felt really good to accomplish something like that and it felt really nice to finally have a bed.
Sam and Kyle were in town for the afternoon (for a wedding probably) and Kyle did help us carry the bed in which was really nice.