Claire was snuggled up their baby…
They helped do all kinds of stuff at the house, including finally installing our kitchen light:
…yes we have lived here for almost two years…have I mentioned I’m a little indecisive?
We got to celebrate my brother Josh’s birthday all together:
Just the adults went to golf that night.
We hiked (back here)…
And then on Saturday Noah & Kristi and Saren & Jared arrived with all their kids just in time for a hot tub/polar plunge swim party:
My favorite game to watch 🙂
Where, you might ask, was the star of the weekend all this time?
Well, five of his best friends from BYU came down for he and his roommate’s farewells (they were on the same day), and they pretty much made it the best weekend of Max’s life 😉
This picture was from right before they left on their own hike. Brayden and Max were good hosts (I think) and tried to give these great friends a good show of the desert. They were in and out and amidst all the other people around we didn’t get to talk and hang with them as much as we would have liked but they sure are great kids. One of them is my college friend’s son which makes us both SO happy that they are such good friends!
And then, just like that, it was time for that farewell.
And a portion of the family:
And dear family friends:
Here are Jonah and Aja and their five kids:
Noah and Kristi and their five:
Saren and Jared and their five:
Some good boys:
The twelve-and-up cousins:
…and the siblings:
Four of us five up there have five kids and the oldest grandkids and words can’t really express how much it meant to have them all here.
I didn’t get a single picture of our pans and pans of dinner for this big crowd, but it was so fun to have everyone, including Max and his friends:
We had an open house that night. Love that these good friends from Vegas came all the way to support Max:
Some other missionary moms:
(Moms of some of Max’s really good friends.)
I didn’t pull my camera out much but here’s the tail end of the crowd:
They were gone half-way through so we just kept pulling out more and more of whatever we could find…it was pretty funny by the end.
Loved that the kids got to share all their cousins with friends.
It was so fun to watch them all hang together and get to know each other.
The next time we will all be together is probably for weddings.
Love that all these adult aunts and uncles got to be better acquainted from both sides of the family:
We have a cousin named Lyla on both sides of the family…finally got them together.
The two Bennets got together too and had a great time but I didn’t snap a picture before the one not staying with us left.
After everyone not staying with us left (it was probably 10 or 10:30), the next party started.
And when Eyres are together that always includes making cookies.
I didn’t get a great picture of the games, but we stayed up until almost 2:00am with just about everyone, kids included, playing all kinds of games (the name game, psychiatrist) and it was so awesome that we weren’t even sad we did it when we all felt like we got hit by a truck and kids were whiney as could be the next morning.
I had to snap a few pictures of how we set up the kitchen for the open house:
We put facts all about Taiwan up everywhere along with pictures.
So grateful to be so fully enshrouded in family, especially right now.