7.15.2008

who i saw on my summer vacation

Half of our splendid 2-week vacation was spent at Jeff's family reunion--up north at a beautiful lake resort. We're pretty blessed to be a part of a family that has perfected the art of getting together. Seriously. These people know how it's done.

We spent our days swimming, fishing, water skiing, and reading Real Simple magazines in lawn chairs (well, maybe that was just me & my sil Jenny)...we congregated every evening at 5pm for mandatory cocktail hour, then indulged in some ridiculously tasty meals that each core fam took turns preparing. We stayed up late playing carpet ball & air hockey in the lodge, debating foreign policy, and roasting s'mores at the campfire. Then we woke up early the next morning to make breakfasts together and do it all over again. We even snuck in some mini golf and go-carting before we left the great up-north. {Sigh} how I love family time + Northern Minnesota.

One night Jeff did a little photo shoot for everybody. I could've gone (even more) crazy with posting all of the pics, and I really wish I could've written a bio on everyone...But to be realistic I had to narrow it down to just the fun ones and my absolute favs:

These are the Horrillos. They live in California. :)Jeff's dad (far left) + his sibs and mom

Jeff's sister Jenny + her b.f. Luke. Pretty much the cutest couple on earth. At one point in time, his hair was longer than hers. {Don't get me wrong, I worship Luke's hair.}

These are the Ludvigsons. They planned the whole thing!
These are the Lillos. Aren't candid family pics the best?
I love these innocent faces. :)

This is Jeff's sister Heather + husband Justin. They're completely lovey-dovey and adorable. It's no surprise that they won the Newlywed game by a landslide.
And even though it was a fabulous treat to see everyone, cutie baby Chelsea easily stole the show!

11 comments:

Eleise said...

Oh yeah...Chelsea wins for sure!!! Although, Heather and her hubby are super cute! I didn't even she was married! That is so awesome cause Heather is the sweetest person ever! I'm so happy for her!

Shannon said...

wow, that sounds like a great time & makes me totally need a vacay like that! and im super impressed with the photog & posing skills of that family! glad you had fun...

chelle said...

what a blast! and the pictures are marvelous...so glad you had such a splendid time in MN.

kt mac said...

wow these are great shots!

Family moments are so special.

That Chelsea and her little outfit are pretty cute and I especially love the photo of the Lillos hehe

Frannie said...

Wow! Sounds like you had a fantastic time!! Awhhhh look at the baby, she is SO precious! Beautiful vibrant eyes. :D

Leslie said...

ohhhh I love family reunions... its been too long for me... what a blessing to have such an awesome extended fam...

so glad you got to enjoy it.

Fairlightday said...

Love the family pictures. We took a few too while we were visiting Mike's family. I love how you can tell that Jeff was the one to set the timer and then run and get settled into the picture. :) I only noticed because that was my job when we were taking our family pictures! :)

Kendra said...

You and your husband are amazingly talented! After seeing these and Erin Radichel's family pictures, I cannot wait to see the wedding pics!!!! Come back to the Midwest again soon, ok?

alyssa said...

These family pictures are awesome! Chelsea is the cutest little thing! Her eyes are beautiful and that outfit - so cute!!

rinse*repeat said...

It looks like vacation treated you well!

I love Luke and Jenny's picture. Sweet!

rinse*repeat said...

Sorry to double comment, but I just had to say... I saw Swell Life listed under Apartment Therapy's very select links and nearly had a heart attack.

Kudos, girl! :)