The Macs

Monday, May 7, 2012

flint hills picnic {2012}

 It is becoming a family tradition to drive out to the Flint Hills every year for a family picnic. The Flint Hills are beautiful this time of year.

We drive on a winding dirt road through miles of green pasture. There are cattle grazing everywhere you look. Levi thinks that is awesome.

 And before we get to the picnic spot we always have to stop at this old sycamore tree for a picture. The same tree Joel had his picture taken under as a kid.

There are two more cousins added this year. It is getting a little tricky to take a picture while everyone is smiling and before the big babies get dropped...don't worry the big babies survived.

 One more picture.

 We jump back in the car and head a little further down the dirt road until we get to our picnic location.

Blankets are spread and the picnic begins. Joel's mom always makes fried chicken. Best picnic food ever.

 And then the fun begins. The kids spend hours playing in the creek. The babies are stuck on the blankets. Maybe next year, Griffin.

 Instead of playing in the water, we have a little photo shoot instead. This is Griffin's cousin Leo. They are three weeks apart.

 Collecting rocks.

Throwing rocks.

 Trying to catch baby minnows.

 No luck for Levi, but he sure had fun trying.

 Time exploring with Papa.

 And by the end of the afternoon everyone is worn out...

...and very dirty.

See you next year Flint Hills!


Blogger Unknown said...

Oh this picnic looks so nice! I remember seeing this pic last year..the kids are multiplying! haha!

May 7, 2012 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Rich and Carolyn Dewey said...

What an awesome tradition! Looks like a perfectly lovely spot to picnic! Bet the kids had a blast.

May 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

How fun! I can't wait until there are cousins for my kids to hang with!!

May 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

Will you guys adopt me? I could live in Kansas (:

May 7, 2012 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger The Stanfields said...

This is so precious! What a great idea to get the whole family together for a picnic! Your kiddos are so sweet!

May 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh Jess! How fun is this! Levi is getting so blonde!

May 7, 2012 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

there's just way too much cuteness in your family!

May 7, 2012 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

SO cute. All of them!

May 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Melanie Martini said...

Beyond cuteness!

May 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Mum2twopreciousgifts said...

I know I've been a fan of The Macs too long as I remember past pics of these picnics. Wonderful photos as always Jess. I so appreciate you sharing your family with 'us'.

M x

May 7, 2012 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Love the pictures. The picnic looks like such a great great time!!

May 7, 2012 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Allen and Debby Graber said...

I saw Olivia's at the picnic in the evening. Ellie told me all about the picnic and told us they went swimming too. Is this the same spot where the blue healers came (when Joel was in high school)? Scarry!!!

May 7, 2012 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Creole Wisdom said...

Such a pretty area you live in! Those hills are gorgeous. I am with Levi, love the livestock!

Fried chicken is one of my favorite treats. Why isn't it healthy like veggies?

So glad you had a wonderful time!

May 7, 2012 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

You take such incredible pictures. They capture the feel of things so well. Those kiddos are GROWING! Levi is getting to be such a little boy. It always goes so fast.

May 8, 2012 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger flower power momma said...

Great photos. Seems like a grand time was had by all, even. The pics of Griffin look like pics you've posted of Cora. Wow! Such beautiful babies you have.

May 8, 2012 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Andy and Cari said...

I LOVE that last picture of Levi. Boys and dirt... And what is the whole fascination with rocks about? I will never understand, but I am thrilled to be a mama to boys!

May 8, 2012 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Patricia said...

OM Gosh ! Do you all have the most gorgeous children or what !! I have never seen such beauty and angelic faces....

May 8, 2012 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Auntie EM said...

Ok - so....those pictures just put the biggest smile on my face. What a wonderful tradition and how lucky and blessed you are to have such a close family. Your children - those two boys - are simply put.......adooooooorable!!! Thanks for sharing.

May 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM  
Anonymous EricaG said...

Great post! The scene looks so inviting.

May 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Momma H said...

Love th Flint Hills. Always reminds me that My Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills1 Ps 50:10

May 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Nicoolmama said...

The picture of Griffin and his baby cousin on the blanket literally made my uterus ache. The cheeks and the cuteness, oh my!!

May 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM  

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