Our annual cookout with the Smiths. This time the Mcfarlanes joined us and it was quite the party!! We left Sawyer at home so we could actually enjoy the night instead of keeping him from cacti and the fire.
My first failure was not getting more pictures of this night. Mike has been sleeping outside on the trampoline a lot with the kids. They have so much fun out there. They play all sorts of games, one is super weird that they made up, but it's really funny. One person is the chicken and tries to get the others and if they can get a person on the ground they eat their head. Meanwhile Dad is throwing pillows at all of them, trying to trip them. It's bizarre and only my husband and kids would come up with something so random. I promised I would sleep out there for the first time and bring Sawyer. I promised Kennidi she could sleep next to Sawyer. She was pretty adamit about it. It was a lot of fun until the actual sleeping part. I only lasted a couple hours because it was literally the worst night sleep ever. We were all sooo crowded and sinking in the middle. At least I tried.
Hard to get any really cute pictures because I was so cold and tired.
The next morning we went on a little "hike" around the Riparian Preserve. It was fun. We had breakfast, fed the ducks and let the kids run wild.
Sawyer thought eating the bread was a better idea then giving it to the ducks.
This Valentines Day we had a nice relaxing family filled day at home. It started with presents for the kids, which of course they loved.
Kennidi was so incredibly thoughtful, she made some presents for our family for Valentines Day. She made a Cardinals poster because she knows our family lives them. She also made everyone their own personal heart and wrote something nice about them. It was the sweetest thing and I love seeing her thoughtful side!
Mike smoked all sorts of meat for a big fancy dinner. They kids all played outside. The weather has been gorgeous!!!
We loaded up the kids and went to the Wind Caves for a morning hike. As long as we have two hiking backpacks this hike is perfect for our family. The older kids are fast and love it and the two babies are on our backs which is a awesome workout, which both Mike and love right now. Kennidi loves being Sawyers second mom. She loves taking care of him and she is the best older sister.
The kids at the top.
Our family selfie. I love this picture of our family and I love being outside spending time together.
Parker out of all the kids, complains and hates taking pictures the most. So when he thinks it's a good picture, you stop whatever your doing and take a picture.
These two.... They are either the best of friends. Or each other's worst enemy. I love when they have fun together! There is something about this duo, they can be so goofy together. This particular day at Grandmas they played all afternoon together. They kept teeter tottering on one of grandmas toys and they thought it was so funny. I keep telling them they belonged in the circus. They loved that idea!
We had an impromptu family night with the Mills and Daniels.We are such good friends that we both had the same great idea to get Cafe Rio to go while it's half off and take it and go to Discivery Park. It was a lot of kids and a lot of fun! We've definitely luck out in the friends department. It will be fun to watch are families grow up together.
Link loved riding down on the skateboard.
Kenzie just had her 4th kid, Camp. And of course her being as difficult as she always is, wouldn't let me watch her kids but she wanted to do a park day. I love that we both have so many boys. It's pretty funny looking at this pic, cause Link looks like me and Milo looks like her and our babies look like brothers. We decided they are both milkman twins.
Now that this kids morning nap is a total goner. This pretty much what my work outs look like. He leaves me be for the most part when I'm standing. But whenever I do my 10 minute abs. If he's around, he loves to sit on my stomach. As much as it makes my workout completely ineffective. How am I suppose to say no to this sweet face?
One thing about Parker is that he thrives when he is challenged. What a great trait he has. This boy never ceases to amaze me. I love going to these Mathlete programs and watch him be called up in front of everyone. So proud of him!
He friend Tyler wanted to join the picture and apparently so did This other kid. Best photobomb!
Mike and I met at MCC in 2005 and 6 months later we were married. Parker was born in 2007. Sixteen months later Kennidi was born in 2009. Pierce joined the crew in 2010. Mike does accounting work for a law firm. I am full time mom. Our beautiful kids keep us on our toes but they make life so amazing. We love spending time together as a familiy.