Monday, August 8, 2011

Flake Family Reunion in Nauvoo

After a fun-filled week in Elmwood, Illinois we drove the short 2 hour drive to Nauvoo, Illinois to be with my family. You might be aware that I have 10 siblings, 6 in-laws, 2 parents, and 18 nieces and nephews. So when we all get together once a year it is definitely a "reunion."

This year it was in Nauvoo, a historic site for our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was quite the party (and definitley LOUD with all of those kids).

We did a lot of touring which Cheyenne loved:

We saw a lot of old homes, my favorite of course. This is the Mansion House.

We went to a waterpark to cool off from the ever-present humidity.

The three cousins born within 6 weeks of each other in matching swimsuits. "Are they triplets?"

No they are NOT triplets, here are their mothers: Heather, Ashley, Bethany

We went to Carthage to see where the Prophet Joseph Smith was martyred. It was Cheyenne's first time!

 We pretended we had twin girls when Eliza and Cheyenne were both wearing purple.

We did a session in the Nauvoo temple and on Sunday we had a testimony meeting-- where members of our family shared their feelings about Jesus Christ. It was very special.

We got to spend a lot of quality time with siblings and cousins.

Ben, with my oldest brother, Joel. He said this was their "BFF Picture."

Me with my youngest sister, Cassidy. She looks especially beautiful in this picture.

Cheyenne enjoying snacks with her cousin Eliza while we watched the Nauvoo Pageant.

I promise my baby is not retarded.

Me (#8) with my brother Justin (#3) and sister Cassidy (#11)

Mom & Dad and their 19 grandchildren. The cousins are even sporting their "Cousin Power" t-shirts.

Mom & Dad with their three favorite grandchildren: Alice, Cheyenne, and Eliza. 

Ben with his favorite baby-- this is probably the cutest picture ever.

 And we didn't mind the scenery too much. Right along the Mississippi, it sure was beautiful.

All in all we had a great time and can't wait to do it again next year!

P.S.-- I promise the next post will be about our new house!


  1. I LOVE the picture of you and me in your blog. Ecspecially in black and white color! :)


  2. LOVED this post! Great summary and great pics. I miss you guys...makes me lonely...

  3. Ash you are looking great! Cheyenne is so big and she is going to love being a "cousin triplet" I bet:) I'm excited to see the post on the new house, so you better keep your word!!