Ah-ha! I see where the train of thought got derailed. I thought any reference to a Family affects all sprites in it, however if you reference a single sprite in a family, much like they do with other sprites. It keep all other family references to that sprite. The wiki entry was really misleading in this..Thanks for the help.
This was the hardest hurdle to get over for me, I already have the movement added in(using a jerry rigged system to be overhauled with families now ^_^) as well as the know-how to complete the remaining tasks, you may not know this but I've been lurking the forum and wiki off/on for about 4-5 months now.
Ive already taken the plunge into this project and I'm not to be deterred. I'll drop the link to the project later down the road once I get a working model of it.