Darren went for a bike-ride in Colorado with Uncle David for a few days... the kiddos and I flew to GA for almost a week. I was one lucky girl to be traveling with such cuties! =) Aunt Debbie took us to the airport. We had a great flight, so funny to be "out in public" with my kiddos somewhere where we didn't know anybody. We always do events and outings with friends. The kiddos did wonderfully flying and through the aiports. It was SO wonderful to hug my Daddy when I got to GA. I had not seen him at all in 2012. Or Christina either. That is just wrong. WRONG, I tell you.
CRAZY KIDDOS~ who soooo make me laugh. Carter's birthday cake-- his birthday came while on his trip. Woot, woot. Fun times sharing it with my family. Lucky Charms breakfast, lunch at TFTW with the incredible staff, playing at the fountain with friends, afternoon making cake and playing, then presents, friends over for supper, outside time, and LOADS of playing inside.
Happy Birthday, Precious Carter!! (That. Cake. Was. GOOD!)
We all got a present from my sweet family. We were TOTALLY spoiled on this trip!! (Look at those smiles!)
The wonderful, beautiful, smart, extremely talented ALYSSSSSSSSA! AKA. MY BIG SIS!!
4 of the cutest kiddos in all the world. Kenna, Aislinn, Carter, and Kellen. MY SWEETHEARTS!
FUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNY PICTURE! "Ohhhh, you make me S.M.I.L.E"
Patrick and Shonie came back through GA, which was the best surprise ever! I was so thrilled that my kiddos were able to meet them. We had a great time singing and visiting together, as well as doing fireworks! The kiddos loved the sparklers!!
My fanatically awesome sisters, sweetheart, goofy kiddos, and the amazing and crazy couple made for a fabulous Friday night!!!
Laughing TOOOOO hard to breathe! That's the way to play, baby!!
Riding, just like Dad... OK... Maybe not exactly like Dad, but close... :D
Alyssa taught McKenna and Maggie how to knit. It was not only awesome to have so many chances to learn new things and try out some new things during this trip, but it was also awesome to see my GA kiddos and my MO kiddos playing together!!
Tree-climbing happened every day in GA! Woot woot! This is my tree-- and I still got it goin' on! I can climb that tree... just wait until Dustin comes to my house and tries it. He's gonna get to the TOP!
MY FANTASTIC FAMILY!!! What a blessing to spend so many days together. I looooooved every moment of it!
Sisters forever and for always!
Carter really loves Christina... and Christina kinda likes Carter, too. Christina did an awesome job on college while we were there-- she can give GREAT speeches. Alyssa is doing wonderful work at TFTW and on sewing and decorating. I have such talented sisters!! And parents, too, who are just sooo sweet.
This is one of my favorite pictures. It just shows home life. It was wonderful to have time to "just LIVE," as Pollyanna would say. Talking IN PERSON with my family, working in MY HOUSE with my family, looking out at MY TREES with my family, riding in MY VAN with my family... AND MY KIDS WERE THERE FOR IT ALL. Life doesn't get better than this!!!!
My sisters and I had many meals on the livingroom floor, on these plates, on towels. Wonderful memories. :)
The very best part about this trip is that I didn't have to tell these sweethearts goodbye. I was with them almost every minute on this trip (although I did get to have uninterrupted showers while in GA), and I was thrilled to come home with my babies and continue making memories every moment of every day.
I. Am. Blessed.