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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!
  • My name is Amee - Oh this picnic looks so nice! I remember seeing this pic last year..the kids are multiplying! haha!ReplyCancel

  • Rich and Carolyn Dewey - What an awesome tradition! Looks like a perfectly lovely spot to picnic! Bet the kids had a blast.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - How fun! I can’t wait until there are cousins for my kids to hang with!!ReplyCancel

  • Jody - Will you guys adopt me? I could live in Kansas (:ReplyCancel

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

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh Jess! How fun is this! Levi is getting so blonde!ReplyCancel

  • Stef - there’s just way too much cuteness in your family!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - SO cute. All of them!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Martini - Beyond cuteness!ReplyCancel

  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - 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 xReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Love the pictures. The picnic looks like such a great great time!!ReplyCancel

  • Allen and Debby Graber - 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!!!ReplyCancel

  • Creole Wisdom - 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!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - 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.ReplyCancel

  • flower power momma - 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.ReplyCancel

  • Andy and Cari - 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!ReplyCancel

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

  • Auntie EM - 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.ReplyCancel

  • EricaG - Great post! The scene looks so inviting.ReplyCancel

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

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