A Perfect Day.

The other day, my friend Joy asked me if we would come over for a cook out.  She said it would be friends and kids and a lot of fun.

I haven’t done much fun in a while.  I haven’t had any free time on the weekends in a while.  But I just happened to have this Sunday off.  I wanted to go so badly, and somehow things never seem to work out.  But Brock said we would go, and we were determined.  Even though I slept in until 1pm, we managed to get out stuff together and get going before too late.

We met a bunch of Joy and Brandon’s awesome friends, and all of us had kids around the same age.  Most of our time was spent sitting, watching the kids play, and commenting on their actions… but it was so great.  They were all having so much fun, so many giggles and laughs.  We spent time inside, and outside.  We played with a wagon.  We watched the Care Bears Movie.  (For real, the old school one.  Remember it?)  We wrangled up a dinner while wrangling up our kids and got everyone to eat.  It was honestly amazing to spend that much time with a bunch of people who have kids the same age and know exactly what you are going through.

I felt like I was being obnoxious with my camera, and in retrospect wish I had taken a hundred more pictures.  A thousand more.  There can never be too many pictures.

We came home feeling full, happy, and tired.  Ronan went to sleep the moment we laid him in his crib.  It was such a perfect day.  We made memories yesterday.  I’m glad we did.

Ronan found the soccer balls.  He wanted them all!

Brock wrangling his son back into the shade.

Zadie being sweet and innocent.  I love how these girls go where ever they want out here!

Everyone wanted a ride in the wagon!

Lydia, Emily and Ronan.  (Layla in the back!)  I LOVE this picture.

SUPER DAD!  Brandon with all four little ones coming down the hill!  Check out how they’re all looking where they’re going.

Emily and Ronan went down the hill seven… or eight… or nine times.  They both LOVED it.

Zadie was never too sure about the crazy hill runners.

Exploring the bush.  I love these babies!

Lydia wanted to play in the water.

Zadie, Lydia and Ronan trying to get to the pond!

  • http://www.alotofloves.com Marilyn (A Lot of Loves)

    That’s cool that the kids were all the same age. It makes for the best get togethers.
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  • http://www.dahnya.blogspot.com Dahnya, dahnya@gmail.com

    I am in LOVE with the picture of Brock bringing Ronan back into the group. How did you get those beautiful colors?! I’m hoping to take a photography class one day soon to try and capture those types of colors.
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    • http://www.tempestbeauty.com/about-this-blogger/admin/ Mandy



      Can I tell you a secret?

      My camera is new, and I’m just figuring it out. That was two lens flares that I wasn’t aware of, and I was incredibly disappointed in the picture…

      …but it grew on me. And now it’s one of my favorites. I couldn’t do that again if I tried, I’m sure of it. 😀

  • http://www.freckletree.com joy

    yay! such a great post– such a great time! LOVE the pic of ronan, emmy and lydia.

    can’t wait to do it again!
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  • April

    We had SUCH an amazing time too! And you weren’t being obnoxious with the camera AT ALL! I just wish I had brought mine too…oh well, we’ll hafta do it again! Beautiful pics. I love the one of emmy and ronan laughing, coming down the hill! SO cute.

  • http://janusfiles.xanga.com Janus

    Was there any point where any of the kids actually made it into the pond, and had to be pulled out?
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    • http://www.tempestbeauty.com/about-this-blogger/admin/ Mandy

      Surprisingly, no. Parents outnumbered littles, so we were safe.