Tuesday, August 11, 2009

so much family, so much chaos, so much fun!

So Hank's sister whose name is also Leah lives in England with her husband and two kids. Well they have arrived for a MONTH LONG VISIT! A few days after their arrival the entire Florence family clan came down to California. Hank has 5 other siblings, so between the spouses and grandkids it has been a crazy full week! My pictures are all unorganized so bare with me.

This is the whole family, spouses, grand kids and all.

Here is a picture of just the parents and siblings.

Sam was uncertain about having so many people around at first...

...but warmed up to the idea after meeting all his cousins.

One of our activities was the Ventura County Fair! This year I submitted some scrap booking pages and got honorable mention! I thought that was pretty cool.

Man these pictures are all over. We also went to Disneyland!!!!!!!! I am with my sister-in-law Heather and my niece Alicey (which is Alice in Portuguese...cute uh?)

This gets the picture of the year award. We were blowing bubbles outside and I think Sam thought we were playing pirates or something...hehe...

This is cool...we had a big birthday party for all the grand kids because it's so usual for them to be all together. It was a huge success.

Sam and I were very serious about the party.

So basically my sister-in-law Heather is the most talented person. She made all the boy cousins this outfit and all the girls a dress. She also made incredible gifts for the birthday party including hair bows and bath towels. She is so cool.

Sam is chillin at the pool with Auntie Leah. He loves Aunt Leah, she can made him laugh hysterically. I need to get a video of that one of these days.

Disneyland again. Leah's daughter Katya got picked to be in the Jedi training show. That made the show a hundred times more enjoyable. Katya was tiny tiny. I am so excited for when Sam is old enough.

This picture was taken right before we left the park. It was really late and we were really tired. Hank put Sam in the stuffed animals and told me he found a toy I would like. I know it is silly, but I can't tell you how funny we thought that was...it was really late.

So on Saturday we had even more family come over. Marty's (Hank's mom) side of the family came over with all their kids, kid's spouses and grand kids. This is a picture of Pa (Marty's dad) with his grandchildren. Sam fell asleep the minute after this picture was taken...poor little tike.

Heather making Sam laugh. Hank's family has really got a nack for that.

So a few of the family members have left but some have stayed, so the fun hasn't ended yet...more to come!


Will & Cheyenne said...

Fun stuff!

Megan Tea said...

It's not late here, and I still got a kick out of Sam in the toys. Too funny.

Violet and Thomas said...

How fun! You married into such a great family. You are one lucky girl. (my in-laws are great too just not as close to each other)

I didn't know you scrapbook. We will have to get together some time.

secwalker said...

Oh so fun. Congratulations on the honorable mention. That's great!

Kelty said...

Leah!!!!!! I MISS YOU! How are you and Hank doing?! I LOVE this blog post, and I am blown away to see how Sam is growing. Oh, and the new hair cut - VERY cute, I really think the bangs look good (and not alot of people can pull off bangs!) Duane and I are LOVING chicago, and I loved seeing your note on my post. I'm going to keep reading your blog, it's exciting! Sending our love, Kelty (and Duane)

Kelty said...

I am so jealous! Disneyland! That is just perfect for you Leah. I hope all is going well in California - are you at your own place right now or with family? I would love to see pictures! Duane and I are LOVING chicago, and I just got accepted to start graduate school in a week (yay!) busy times :)

Sending my love,


Jennifer said...

Family is so fun! I am glad you can be closer to yours so they can see that cute boy of yours. I love the Disneyland pics. Hoping all is well with you, Hank and cutie pie!

danniey said...

I love that picture of Sam with the bubbles! Hope you all are doing well; I can't wait to take Calvin to Disneyland!