Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I Love My Family!!!

This weekend was one of the best weekends I've had in a long time. I was able to spend time with my three girls for three days strait. I love it. For those who didn't know, I have three best friends. We've been together since we were sunbeams and I love them to death.

Here's a picture of us when we were Laurels. I believe this is about a week after we graduated. From the left, its Tina, Faa'ae, Laura, and Me.

This is a picture of us when we were well into our Young Adult years. From the left, its Laura, Faa'ae, Me, and Tina. Now that you can match a face to a name, I can continue with my story..lol..

Last Friday, February 6, 2009, Tina and I were able to go to the temple and witness Faa'ae a.k.a Sister Lata receive her endowments. Laura was unable to make it because her recommend was expired but we know she was there with us in spirit. Faa'ae was the last of my three best friends to receive her endowments and I am so happy that we were all able to be there for her. After her endowments, Tina and I went over to Faa'ae's house where Laura was and just talked. Since being married, Tina and I really haven't been able to get together and just talk so it was nice for the four of us to be able to get together and do that. Faa'ae and Laura returned last Tuesday from Samoa after burying Faa'ae's dad. I felt so bad for her because I know how much she wanted her dad to be here when she left for her mission. I don't doubt that uncle Sakalia was there with us to witness his daughter receive her endowments.

Saturday, February 7, 2009, we had a memorial at the stake center for my uncle. Because he passed away in Samoa, the only ones that were there were his brother and his family. Everyone else was in America. I had so much fun catching up with all of my cousins who came down for the memorial. TJ was a bit shy and stayed home. I would usually stay home with him but I didn't care to because my family was only down for two days.

Moving right along, Sunday, February 8, 2009, the ENTIRE family had dinner at the Lata's house and I actually enjoyed working in the kitchen. Feeding my family felt like we were feeding half of America but with all of my cousins in the kitchen, it made the task so much easier. After feeding everyone, Generation X (the parents and older people) gathered in the living room and had a jam session. Generation Y (the OLDER cousins who look like auties and uncles) were in upstairs family room laughing and telling jokes. Generation Z (My generation/ the youth and young adults) were in the kitchen/ dining area cleaning and laughing as we made to-go plates for each family. Last but not least, the New Generation (Primary kids) were in the garage and back yard playing. My family is so big.... and what started off as a joke from my grandfather is now something that we use to get everyone fed. With family dinners, we usually set the table for the "older people" and make plates for the kids. After the older people eat, everyone one else rotates to the dinner table according to age. The girls who are serving everyone are usually the last to make it to the dinner table. May seem weird to some people but that is how it works. When you have a table that seats 10 and have 50-60 people to feed, it just makes things easier. One Sunday after my grandfather finished eating he said, "Okay generation X, get off the table so the next generation can get on." Every since then, we've used this method to feed everyone.

Three days of strait family overload..... IT WAS FREAKIN AWESOME.... I had so much fun. We were going to take a family picture but never got around to it because everyone couldn't quite fit in one room and it was raining outside. We get together again for our reunion in July and I can't wait. I'm sad because Faa'ae will not be there but I know that she is doing God's work. She will be in the Marshall Islands English speaking mission. We were a little concerned because Marshall Island has the highest rate of leprosy but I know the Lord will take good care of her. Till next time...