I've heard many people speak negatively of Facebook, saying it fosters a common knowledge of each other but doesn't foster true friendships. I can definitely see where those people are coming from, and for the most part I might even agree with them. But I am so thankful that Facebook reconnected me and my childhood friend Autumn. We started communicating more as we were both pregnant with our first children and our friendship has grown as our families have grown! It's crazy how when you are 2 and 5 or 10 and 13 the age gap seems so much bigger (Autumn was always the older beautiful ballerina to me) but as you grow older and enter the same life stage you find commonality and encouragement from similar experiences! :) Autumn's hubbie, Brian, had an internship this last summer that required him to be gone Monday through Friday - imagining how difficult this was going to be on her we invited she and the kiddos down for a week at the end of July. It was SO fun!
Amelia (Mia) and Mason are "Irish twins" born just 11 months from each other! Mia is about two months older than Lucy. Our girls, for the most part, really enjoyed spending time together! I say for the most part because when you mix two smart, independent, oldest children - they don't always agree. :)
There were a lot of "wrap me up like a baby!" requests.
Love this picture. :)
We visited the Amarillo Zoo:
The Shea Kiddos
The Kidder Kiddos
I offered to help Autumn put sunscreen on her kids... You would have thought I had never put sunscreen on a child before! I messed it up so bad! Sorry Mia!!! :) The adults got a good laugh out of my clumsiness.
Autumn and I knew how difficult it was to take a good picture of two kids, we quickly learned it is even more difficult with FOUR kids. :)
We spent time together:
Towel girls - all clean!
Haha, Mia's face is saying, "Lucy, if you would just smile - they'd let us go get dressed!" :)
We all love reading!
Lucy, Michael, Autumn and Mia
We played. A lot:
The girls decided they were cold this morning - so we pulled out some of Lucy's sweatshirts. :)
Working together on puzzles.
This little guy has me wishing alongside Brad that at least one of our children will have lighter eyes! His baby blues are BEAUTIFUL!
Proud of a creation
We spent time outside:
"Swimming" in the pool out back
Picnic at the park with Aviator Boy!
We enjoyed cookies:
This was right after our picnic at the park - and it was HOT that day! That's why the kids all look flushed. :)
Autumn and I both really enjoy crafting, crocheting, sewing and general home making - so we decided we needed to plan a momma activity for our time together too! We tacked an easy project out of the Oliver + S sewing book - bucket hats!
They turned out great - the best part... they are reversible! :)
My cute model! :)
This is a picture of Autumn, her brother Zachary, Me and my sister Becca - taken in 1990 (? or somewhere around there) in Germany - we really wanted to recreate this picture with our kiddos in it!
This was the best one we got - aren't our kids cute? :) Michael has orange staining around his mouth.... he must have had carrots for dinner. :)
Here are some of my favorite outtakes :)
The buddies in the middle. :) Love that Mason put his arm around Michael like this! And it looks like Lucy is looking for Mia, who is hiding. :)
Mason's expression is so cute to me, "Why are you leaning against me Mia?"
Not pictured are afternoon cups of coffee and conversation that Autumn and I enjoyed during nap time. Evenings chatting with Brad about life as we watched the Olympics. Crazy meal times - how do families with more than two kids eat dinner in a peaceful way?
It was a wonderful week - one we will remember for a long time! Thanks for coming to visit us Shea family, we hope that Brian can join us next time! :)