Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Part 2- Picture OVERLOAD!!

Okay, I have a ton of pics on this post so stick with me if you're interested. This time I'll let them tell the story, for the most part. On Tuesday the kids had a huge surprise when the neighbor, George decided to show up in his helicopter!! He thought it would be fun to take the older kids for a ride and they had a blast as you can imagine! Mike, Seth, Micah and Ty all went up while Alexa and I watched her entire family and the bread winner in mine go up into the sky but they returned safely and got some really pretty pictures while they were up there...

Mike was excited about his first helicopter ride...

Ainsley couldn't go up but just sitting in it was good enough for her...

Micah enjoying the view...

Seth took some great pics from above...

Thursday we had our Crab feast and even the girls tried some and liked it!

My dad is trying to explain how to open the crab and get the meat out-I wasn't thrilled about this process so Mike ended up getting most of the meat out for me.

Friday we had our family pictures taken by a neighbor, Gloria. As many of you know that have children, this is a stressful event! Just trying to get a few decent pictures can be very challenging when all the kids want to do is go play in the pool! But they managed to cooperate for some and I think they turned out nice...

Seriously, Micah and Ty could be in a magazine!

My sister's family-beautiful!

My parents with all their grandchildren...

I think I messed with the lighting too much on this one...

This is one of my favorites- Mike with sweet Bennett...
On our last day we celebrated the 4th of July! My friend Jen came down with her two boys- so good to see her! Jen and I met in elementary school and last saw each other about 12 years ago but reconnected through facebook- gotta love facebook!

Harper playing catch...

Alexa with her dog, Bear..
Bennett looking patriotic...

Ainsley is not a fan of fire works so once it started getting dark she was either in someones lap or crying...

With Aunt Alexa...
Something set Ty off crying so Ainsley melted as well...

All ready for bed but still cautiously sitting on Grammy's lap while the fire works go off...
A special thanks to my parents for having us all for the week!! I know 4 adults, 5 kids, 4 dogs, 2 cats, toys everywhere, stepping in dog throw up numerous times, cleaning up dog throw up numerous times and basically just having your house taken over by a herd but always waking up with a smile isn't easy. So we thank you and hope to do it for many years to come, if you'll have us!:)


  1. GREAT pictures!! It sounds like you had such a great time with your family. What a blessing to be able to spend some quality time together. Riding in a helicopter must have been so much fun!!

  2. What a great week! Super pictures!!!

  3. Great photos! Looks like everyone had a great time. Sweet family memories. We've done the crabbing thing quite a bit. I'm not a huge fan of cleaning them but it is a lot of fun catching them!

  4. Wonderful photos!!! It looks like you all have a great holiday weekend.

  5. Beautiful family photos! Love the helicopter and the aerial views, too.

  6. Those pictures are beautiful. I too loved the one with your husband and Bennett. I so miss living back east with all the green trees around and all the water!!! Looks like a picture perfect day for all of you. The girls look so beautiful in their festive dresses and you look great as well!!

  7. So glad you all had a good time & I loved the pictures. I live in Nevada & I miss all the pretty green. Your family is soooo beautiful & I love your new profile pic it's so good. :)

  8. I love the pictures and am going to use them as inspiration for our next family pictures. I hope you don't mind, but they're beautiful!

  9. What great photos! My favorite is also the one with Bennett sleeping on Mike's shoulder. That's just so precious.

  10. Those pictures are great! But hey--wait a minute--didn't you just have a baby? How come you look SO MUCH BETTER than I ever did when I was post-partum!

    Also--glad that your dermatology appt went well.

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