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Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Father's Day to Remember....

What if one day you woke up and made the choice to live life as if tomorrow might not exist as you know it?  We make plans, we break plans.  Life spirals out of control.  What if you decided that you would make the most of today?  So if tomorrow spiraled out of control - you could smile about today.  I think we have been slowly moving to that point... and Father's Day this year was much different than holidays in the past.

Our celebration started with a picnic on Saturday.  The picnic was planned at the last minute ~ which just goes to show you ~ the best of times don't need to be a big production.

Cousins
 There was laughter at this table.  This is what Father's Day is about. Kids laughing.  Thank you Pappy, Daddy, and Uncle Patrick for raising kids who know how to laugh together.
Aunt Laura ... lovin' on Alexander (Who's lovin' it.)
"No fair! her arms are longer!"
 Addison
 Not Addison - her soul sister
 Not Addison either... the ring leader "soul sister"

Check out this trick
 He actually can become totally submerged. (But then you can't even tell he is in there)
 Uncle Patrick totally rocked in the cold water.  Because - truth be told... I didn't feel like getting in there!
 Cousins.... Andrew asks about "B" all the time.


 Soul sister is so beautiful.
Nothing like a campfire to finish out a night with family.


One note *** Oldest Cousin 'K' - stop hiding from the camera! ***

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The next day... was relaxation and memories at the same time. The kids woke up and helped me make daddy breakfast.  An omelet it is.  Beautiful memories....



They were so proud to "cook" to Daddy.  I should have snapped another picture - Alexander is sitting off to the edge watching everything.  And every 2 minutes or so a kid will hop off the chair and run over and say, "Awww... I love you little buddy."  Melts my heart every time.

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After breakfast we packed the kids in the car and headed out to make some more memories.  Why put it off? Thomas the Train was waiting for us.
















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Finally, we ventured home.  A nap, some cuddles, a story read with 3 kiddos in bed.  We made another impromptu decision to put the second bike trailer together and take a bike ride.  Ray loves to ride bikes, and he bought these bike trailers so we could take the kids.  The only problem with the trailer was Alexander was not quite the right size to fit the trailer.  If there is a will, there is a way.  We are 5 strong.  We all ride bikes together. 


Finally - a bedtime story with Daddy. Memories. 


We are slowly shifting to making memories today instead of planning for memories tomorrow.  What memories do you want to make? 

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5 Comments:

At June 19, 2011 at 10:45 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

Also - does this post look "weird" to you? It looks fine on my computer but has big gaps and one of the pictures is cut off on Ray's.

 
At June 19, 2011 at 11:11 PM , Blogger Non-Stop Mom said...

I love the spur-of-the-moment stuff - so much less stress and hassle to get ready. Just "get your stuff, get in the van, and let's go!" So much easier than planning and stressing about all of the details - and most of the time, the randomness of the event just makes it that much more memorable!

My kids would have been over the moon to see Thomas like that! Daniel, my 4 year old, has a serious Thomas fetish. It's unreal.

Thanks for sharing your pictures! I love them, as usual!

:)
Amy

 
At June 19, 2011 at 11:13 PM , Blogger Non-Stop Mom said...

It looks good to me.....

 
At June 20, 2011 at 1:20 AM , Blogger Kristy said...

Oh, happy day! I love all the pictures and love the one of Alexander in the bike trailer! Very cute, I am glad you found a way to make him fit. Hugs to you all. xoxo

 
At June 20, 2011 at 10:50 PM , Blogger Hilary said...

Kristin,

Your photos are always so gorgeous, I know it helps when you have such precious subjects as your kiddos. They are beautiful. I love Alexander in the bike trailer!!

Thanks for all your support while Magnolia was in the hospital. It meant a lot.

Sending love!

 

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