Holiday Happenings. . .

Hello my friends, hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Oh my gosh, what a fabulous time we had at Lake Powell.  And I am asking myself, “what took you so long?”  Can you believe that I have lived in UT all of my life and this was my first time there?

Breathtaking scenery!


My two oldest kids, Nichole and Lonnie go every year.  Usually twice.  Now I can see why they love it so much!

They planned this family trip and It was a big success!

A lot of happenings went on and I tried to narrow it down.  A difficult task when over 300 photos were taken. Just warning you, lots of pics.

We found a great spot for the house boat with a sandy beach for the little ones to play and rocks for the more adventurous to climb.


The stand up paddle board was tried out by kids of all ages. . .

Will- 22 months.


Kade-19 (we celebrated his birthday on Sunday)


Jordyn & Braxton – both 13


Paityn-8, and Saydee and Jack-both 4


Kylee –25 (she’s our baby, so even though she’s married she’s still a kid).  She is heading towards Tapestry wall.  We were launched straight across from this beauty.


The rocks were full of little places to hide out.



And lizards to catch.


Klyee and Jordy showed us their mountain top moves. . .



At times some fished off the back of the boat. . .


           (Captain Lon, our oldest son and Jack)


                                                (hubby and Kylee)


Or we took a trek up and around the mountain to our little ‘honey hole’ of a fishing spot.

                           (Jayson, Karrah, Paityn, and Saydee)


Tracie, our dil anticipating the thrill of the catch.


Our daughter, Karrah and her two cute girls, Saydee and Taylor.


Paityn is famous for catching lots of fish on her little princess pole!


Sweet photo of our son, Dalan showing his wife how to cast.


Just before dark I caught myself a striper.


Nichole, (our oldest daughter) gave us all a good laugh with this outfit.  We celebrated Kades B-day with a fluorescent day.


Look at all these fish that came out of our ‘honey hole’.

                                           (our son, Dalan and sil, Jason)


Right after they were caught the men got to work filleting them.


On Sunday night we feasted on delicious fish tacos.


Some went off the slide into frigid water. . .


Others created art in the sand. . .


and some got a little high on crack. lol!


Of course there was boating. . .


Kades girlfriend, Ashely holding up the flag.


Don’t ask me why I am in my p.j’s. lol!  Don’t even remember this pic.


Plenty of wake boarding, knee boarding, and riding the water wienee.


Not long after this pic was snapped Jordyn and Kylee found themselves riding on water. . .the water wieinee was old and it popped.


We watched the perfect boat movies like Captain Ron and Overboard.


I am snuggled right in there amongst the kids for our outdoor movie night.


We feasted like there was no tomorrow.




This is only a small sampling of our delicious meals.  I must admit, I raised a family of great cooks!

We enjoyed beautiful blue skies and gorgeous sunsets.


But never underestimate the power of Mother Nature!

We also had dark, cloudy skies,


and ‘holiday hail’!

Oh my, it was coming down so hard that it sounded like rocks pelleting the boat.  I seriously thought that a window was going to break!


Although we had 3 or 4 anchors out the boat started to drift.  Those that went out to help tie it down said it felt like they were being shot by bullets.  Even left a welt on Kylee’s back.



There was time for playing games, both indoors and out, making jewelry, and snugggling.

  (Sam playing lazy man horse shoes.  You can’t get out of your chair)


                            (even the boys had fun beading)



It was a fabulous trip and everyone got along so well. . .always a plus when you have 22 people on one house boat!



Did you have an adventurous weekend or a quiet one at home?




Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a fun time! It looks like you had the entire lake to yourselves. Great family fun and precious memories.

Susie said...

Jann, The scenery was worth it...but to be with family(all getting along) well that is huge. I loved your photos. Blessings to all, xoxo,Susie

Linda W. said...

Love all your family photos. What a beautiful place. Looks like a great time was had by all!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Oh my why a trip! Looks like you all had fun!- and that's quite the house boat! Well now you can say you finally visited Lake Powell! Those are great photos of you and all your family. This will go down in the memory banks of the young ones as something really special!

ellen b. said...

Wow! You really know how to roll. That's quite a testament to the family that can survive 22 on one boat! The food looked and sounded delicious!

Lisa Tucker said...

Oh my goodness!!! What a wonderful vacation!! I loved every single photo. You have a beautiful family and the scenery made me gasp. It looked like you had that beautiful place all to yourselves...lucky you!
I'm thinking if you had 22 people on board you would hardly notice one me...;) Thanks so much for sharing...i really enjoyed it!

Gayla said...

That sounds like such a memory for ever!! Loved the pictures. Your family sounds wonderful! My day was very good... But quiet. Hugs from MO!

camp and cottage living said...

It's apparent you all had such a great time!
You have a lovely family.

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Lovely photos of your family and looks like so much fun. I visited Lake Powell years ago! It was beautiful!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Loved seeing all the pictures - looks and sounds like your family had a great time. Thanks for sharing with us. Have to admit, my stomach did a flip flop when saw the person in the hole. How did he get up there?

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Jan what a fun vacation with your family. I loved seeing all the pictures. What a great time and on a house boat how fun is that. Loved seeing you with your wonderful family having so much fun.

Rita C. said...

Ours was quiet, Jann, but what a memorable trip for you & yours! My goodness, the location, the food, the family - it really looked like a heavenly trip (in spite of the hail!). ;) Thanks for sharing.

Marie Blackburn said...

Wow Jann, looks like you and your family had some serious family time. A testament to a strong family bond when you can all be on one boat and come off still talking to each other. LOL

While ours wasn't as adventurous as yours, we just got back from the Canadian West Coast and it was awesome! So nice not to be landlocked.
Marie@The Interior Frugalista

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It looks like all of you had a lot of fun. It's an interesting place, though I've never been on the lake, because I get sea sick. I have heard about the wild storms up there and how there can be giant waves caused by water hitting the canyon walls. It looks like you experienced one of them!

Rebecca said...

Wow, not only fun but the scenery is amazing!

LBP said...

Wow! What a beautiful place. Looks like you had a fantastic time. I envy you having a large family. Ours seems to be shrinking :(.



Creations By Cindy said...

Oh it looks like you all had so much fun! Love all the pictures and made me feel as though I was there! Don't ya just love FAMILY Outings? Hugs and blessings, Cindy

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Gorgeous scenery! Big boat! Amazing that 22 people fit and all got along. Looks like SO much fun!

lynn said...

just beautiful, jann! tfs--when i show this to my husband, he's gonna want to go there!

Cynthia said...

Jann I can't believe you have never been there before. What a beautiful place and a great time with your family. Everyone seems like they had a ball and lots of smiles. My kind of family. Great catch with the fish too.


Rose L said...

Family gatherings are fun no matter where! Looks like a great time was had by all.

Laura Lane said...

Sounds like a lovely holiday. I never cease to be amazed at the variety of landscapes in our great country.
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Winnie said...

What a great family time you all had!
These photos are telling that you had s terrific time!

cynthia lee designs said...

Looks like you had a great family holiday weekend. We went to Tennessee with our kids and grandkids for a long holiday weekend. We were gone for 5 days and had a lot of fun playing in the mountains...even though it rained a couple of days that we were they.

Kim M said...

We have a very large family and these kind of vacations are always the best~ lots of togetherness! That's some boat and a really amazing spot. This would be my hubby's dream vacation! :)

bella said...

Your photos are spectacular, and what a beautiful place you visited!

Susan Clayton said...

What a fabulous vaca - felt like I was right there - gorgeous pictures!