One of the super fun things the boys did this summer was lots of backpacking trips with Adam. He took all four boys, Kaleb, Christopher, Gabriel and Isaac on some fun trips. I was told Christopher was the best hiker. That doesn't surprise me *wink* he's a super kid...love him TONS! In this picture the boys are patiently waiting for Adam to say "Lets GO!" but in the meantime Kaleb is telling the Sarah all about the what what's of hiking. SO Kaleb.
While the boys were gone camping we decided to sort of camp. Well, ok so we decided to just do the REALLY fun part of camping and that was building a fire and making smores! The girls got a little nutty to say the least...ahem...
It took a little time to get it going but we FINALLY had fire after a bit.
Emily roasting-REALLY roasting her marshmallows
Liah liked roasting...but not eating *wink*
Just DON'T try and take her graham crackers! lol
Kayleah was uncharacteristically fond of the camera this night!
So as you can see we had a FANtastic time fake camping! *wink*
Playing outside is a must in the summer and it's something we LOVE to do. Jenn was full of outdoor projects she wanted to this summer so we were there a lot helping. Well, I was helping the kids were playing and I snuck a few pictures in the process. The best ones are the ones I get when they don't know I'm watching!
While Jenn and I worked out in the yard, the kids decided to play in the garage to escape the heat...
From left to right, Kayleah (in the back), Gabriel (love his hair!! sniff) Liah and Emily in the jeep, Christopher, Sarah and Kaleb under the jeep.
Love the get-up Sarah! LOL!
So another day Jenn decided to CHOP one of her trees up and I was looking at the remains on the ground and said it's too bad she couldn't make a bouquet out of them because the flowers on them are so pretty. Well that gave me an idea. Instead of just chucking them into the woods behind her house I suggested she give them to Sarah...SO FUNNY! Sarah loved them of course and was all smiles and giggles about it. Seriously you would have thought she just won some great prize! It was too funny....and SO Sarah!
Emily got a little bouquet as well.
Kayleah got one as well. But nobody cared about them quite like Sarah!
On another day, Adam had built a new tree swing in the backyard-SUPER FUN! The kids absolutely loved it! To take off on the swing the kids climbed to the top of the slide and jumped off the back. It was somewhat scary for me to watch but ya know, ya gotta let go eventually. sniff sniff
Christopher on the swing
Emily taking off on the swing.
One of out other FAVORITE summer nights activities was ROCK BAND! One night in particular the Taylors were spending the night so we partied into the night...at one point Jenn and I were jammin' and at one point I turned around and saw Emily passed out on one of the couches...we laughed and then looked at the other couch
and found Isaac passed out on IT! We started to say maybe we should put the kids to bed when we turned around again and found Gabriel...
passed out on the PIANO BENCH! We literally hit the floor laughing and I ran for my camera!
This child is actually sleeping here! This tops falling asleep while you eat *wink*
Another highlight of the summer was a DAUGHTRY benefit concert that Jenn and I got to go to!! It was SO good! There were two opening acts, Lifehouse was one and I can't remember the second one. Also, Kelly Clarkson made a special appearance and sang an acoustic song with Daughtry that was awesome. We won tickets to go to the soundcheck before the concert and it was pretty cool. I've never sat THAT close to performers before (except my first Acoustic Christmas 2008 where we were right by the stage for the last act) ANYWHO-it was cool. After the sound check we went to a few local bars where there was live music playing while we waited to get back in for the actual concert. We had a great time! ...now que pictures...
These guys were right by the arena where the concert was and they were pretty good.
And last but not least what summer is complete without SWIMMING!! I have to admit this year I didn't take NEAR as many pictures of swimming than I have in the past. I just wanted to relax and enjoy this year. But I do have a few...and they're good ones *wink wink*
This is Adam...so random
Christopher posing in his jump...and Adam rubbing his nipples?!
...and he's still doing it. Really?! yes, we see you.
Adam. Again, so random. We let him come with us on our adventures every now and again-lol. He's good for a laugh!
I saw Christopher and Kayleah doing this and totally enjoying it! too cute
Christopher's sweet jump
Emily's awesome jump
Gabriel's copying Adam's jump...sheesh!
Kaleb the flying squirel!
I love his goofiness!
One. Two. Three! Everyone jump! and the line up is, Kaleb first, Christopher second, Kayleah third, Emily fourth, Sarah fifth, Gabriel sixth and Dalyn seventh!
Kayleah's sweet jump....one
another cool dive from Kayleah
Liah apparently needed some metal?
She has gotten SO big this year!
Sarah was the chicken fightin' queen!
Sarah has a tendency to take TOO long to jump off the board...meanwhile other people are waiting for their turns. Sometimes you have to help her out.
Sarah's sweet jump!
So as you can see we had a super fun and full summer! We hope everyone else had a good time as well.