a picnic in the flint hills
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Joel's family used to go to the Flint Hills for picnics all the time when he was growing up.
It seems like a long way to drive just for a picnic...especially when you have a one year old.
I always forget until we get there how beautiful and fun this picnic spot really is.
A place where Levi will make so many memories with his cousins.
Definitely worth the drive.
Levi was especially concerned with eating when we first arrived.
He was posed to pray.
We feasted on fried chicken, baked beans, potato salad, and more.
Joel's family knows how to have a picnic.
Levi was so glad to fill his tummy like usual.
And picnicking with dad made it even better.
Levi got to try out his rubber boots for the first time too.
He wasn't sure what to think.
He looked so funny trying to walk with them on.
These two boys gave me a glimpse into what Levi will be doing on our picnics in a few years.
The rubber boots just didn't cut it for their adventures.
But it didn't matter that their clothes were soaking wet because they were having fun.
There was lots of learning how to skip rocks,
and catching minnows in nets,
and being spoiled by grandparents,
and holding onto toddlers so that they didn't fall into the water as they tossed their rocks,
and sweet cousin moments.
The big cousins all went home with tiny minnows.
And big plans to keep them in fish tanks in their rooms. :)
We were sad when it was time to take off our rubber boots and go home.
We stopped at the "family tree" on the way back.
Joel and his siblings always used to take pictures at this tree.
I wish I had one to show you.
I'll have to have Joel's mom dig one up sometime.
Anyway, we couldn't get all the kids to sit still and not cry at the same time.
It was way past nap time.
And then we were saved by some four wheelers that drove by.
Everyone stopped and looked up and we snapped the cousin picture for 2011.
Can you tell that Levi liked the four wheelers?
This is from last year.
It was a little easier to get a picture by the tree when not so many of them could walk!! :)
And next year there will be two more sweet cousins joining the group.
Such fun memories.