Back on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in April, April 3 to be exact, Nicole from Colie Photos came to our home to shoot a family adventure session. We planned to do some things that our family loves to do: play games, read books, play outside, hunt for rolly-pollies and lizards, swing, mix up cookies, sing, and just hang out all together. Nicole captured some great pictures of our family doing those things. Although we LOVE them all, here are a fewof our favorites. (Okay, maybe more than a few. It's so hard to limit since this blog is also our family photo album.)
I would highly recommend a family adventure session if you are a family with lots of littles. This was THE PERFECT shoot for us. It is nearly impossible to have all 4 littles (and sometime 2 adults) look at the camera at the same time. This was just perfect, or did I already mention that? It was relaxed, no pressure and fun! Nicole hung out with us for almost 3 hours. She was also patient and gracious with our crazy family.
I am so thankful that these 4 kiddos call me mommy.
Mother's Day morning Lily came to our bedroom & READ me the card that she made all by herself.
I love it and I will cherish it forever.
"You are filled with joy.
You are patient.
You are love.
You are playful.
You are pretty."
It is also amazing that the many things that I think I am severely lacking in, or completely failing at, are the things that she said she loves about me. That is all God's grace!
Jake & the girls brought home bagels, from Panera, for breakfast. Thanks leftover gift card! I also enjoy a large STACK of cards and artwork made by the kids. After church, we enjoyed a family lunch at Sweet & Savory. We headed home for naps and after naps hit the beach. It was a great family day.
Every spring, Lewis Farms opens and we head over to pick strawberries. For sure we go more than once. We love to pick strawberries in April and May and then blueberries in June. Of course, we get ice cream EVERY time and maybe a few times in between. Their flowers are great too.
Thursday morning we met friends and continued the strawberry picking tradition.
Life sure is sweeter with friends....and strawberries...
...and strawberry ice cream!
We're planning to go back this weekend so Jake and Lily can enjoy some ice cream too.
Friday, we picked up Lily from Wheel Day & headed to Charleston for a quick trip to meet up with family. On Thursday, my parents flew into Atlanta to meet their new grandson. Jon, Em & baby Blake were so sweet to share their time with my parents. They all drove up to Charleston for some family time on Friday & Saturday.
We arrived in Charleston just before dinner on Friday. We enjoyed a family dinner. We all stayed at the same hotel, so that was great to have more time to catch up & hang out. And you know what, 6 people in one hotel room wasn't so bad. We had 2 queens and 2 pack & plays. Thankfully, everyone slept!
On Saturday we explored downtown Charleston (the battery, rainbow row, the pier, the market, a few parks) and then we headed home around 3 pm. It was less than 24 hours but so great to see family.
Taking a break to feed the babies.
The crew, minus the Levang's.
We made a pit stop at the candy store. I told the girls they could pick one thing. Lily picked a HUGE gummy snake. I mean huge, probably 18-24 inches long.