Monday, May 10, 2010

The One Where I Tell You What We Did On Mother's Day

Here we go.

Blake took the children to Lowe's for their workshop on Saturday. We've done several of these over the years, starting when Carter was only a year old. Each kiddo prepared his own flower box and I'm happy to report there were no injuries!

Blake's endless creativity conjured up these beauties for me, too. He had the kids help him create a collage. This one was to be the back drop for what they chose, but after he put it together, he liked it so much, another one was started.

And, it looks like this. All of my favorite things. A few inside jokes. A ton of effort and love.

On Sunday, we ventured out for our annual Mother's Day picnic. Ironwoods Park in Leawood, Kansas was our destination.

And, I'll tell you one thing, peeps. Kansas does parks right. In all the places we've lived, I've never seen a Parks and Recreation system quite so impressive. This park has an obstacle course built in for community events. Awesome.

Carter so desperately wanted to indulge. It's reserved for special times, however.

There's a beautiful lodge and nature center.

More from the obstacle course....

We found a spot near the water and started our picnic. Why the jackets? It was 60 degrees! You know what they say about Kansas weather! Well, Coco does.

Always the need for a hug after a potty break.

Me and my babies.

The little ones sported their rain boots. For some reason, Carter wasn't interested in getting a pair?

The baseball game was started.

Back up, Jack. Keep going.

Perfect. Blake and I were tempted to make a run for it. Kidding. Kinda.

Potty break. Nature walk.

Lainey's skinny little booty has the hardest time keeping pants up. So, we're constantly getting a show.

Jack taking it all in. The beautiful park, not Lainey's booty. "I don't yike booty booty booties!"

Flowers for mom.

Sugar for Meow Meow.

Brothers are so much fun.

Exploring. And, no one fell in.

Carter went out to the "island".

More baseball. Ready stances.

And, more booty. We're working on it. I promise.

The fam.

Time to go home. What a great day.

And, I left with wild flowers in my book.

What did you do to honor your mom or yourself?


Dee Stephens said...

love this post! We went to Atlanta to see my Mom! I'll post on it tomorrow!

The Jones Family said...

I'm happy to hear you had a such a wonderful day. Looks like a lot of fun!

Carrie Darney said...

So fun! Love the booty shots (you surprised?) and the family photo is adorable!

Sara said...

Sounds like your description of a perfect day! Glad y'all had fun.
Me? I hung around places that had actual bathrooms. And toilet paper. And cocktails, of course.

Momma to the A's said...

Sounds like such a nice break from it all for Mother's Day! Looked heavenly to be outside all day. Glad you enjoyed your day with your precious family! Me - I had a personal chef come to the house and prepare a fancy breakfast. It was yummo!

Rebekah Williams said...

Full of memories--excellent post. Love the capture of you with your sweeties!

merrilee said...

The booty shots are priceless--she will appreciate these when you pull them out at her wedding! Totally agree...the park looks spectacular. Nothing better than a lovely park. Hope you enjoyed your day--you certainly deserve it!

timmonstimes said...

I love the picture of all three kids walking on the bridge - so precious!

Happy Mother's Day Casey!

Clare said...

Aw, it looks like a great day! Those flower boxes are great. The picture of the little ones hugging is so sweet.

We did what I chose and all went to the library then Oak Park Mall to try to find a coming home/picture outfit for James, no such luck but we still had fun.

Fiona was a mega brat for most of the day, I hope it's just b/c of her teeth and not a new phase, but I still had plenty of moments that made me appreciate being a mother.

Becca Jane said...

I sort of want your life! Haha, booty booty...too funny! When I finally meet Lainey, I'm going to smother her with smoochies cuz she's so yummy! Happy Mother's Day!

The Rand's said...

Sounds like a great day! LC's booty shots are precious. Nothing like a babies butt!!!
Is that a braid in your hair? It's so long!! When did that happen?! Looks great!
Love the one of you with your kiddos! And the fam one. So beautiful--all of you!

Nate, Abbey, Noah, Blaire and Tatum said...

I need to check out that park! I'm glad your day was so fantastic!

The Potters said...

Love Lainey's little bottom!!

Hattie said...

Love the pics! What a wonderful Mother's Day you had. I wish we could find a cool park like that around here. I might just have to steal your idea & plan a picnic next year for Mother's Day! Love the booty shots too! Baaaahahaha!!!

starnes family said...

Alisha - yes, a braid! It is super long right now. TOO long. Need to cut it a bit. But, thanks!

Tammy said...

a mothers' day picnic! I just told my husband I want to start a new tradition for mothers' day... I just love that idea. And, in Texas, it's actually warm enough! Love the pics...(except that a Meow Meow pic in nearly every post is exhausting me!) I can handle that better than the facebook page though! Lainey's bootie pics are hilarious, and much cuter than the fifth grade girls who I am constantly telling to pull their pants up when they are letting it all hang out in the classroom. I digress... thanks for sharing your mothers' day with us!

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Unknown said...

Yainey needs a belt! I wish I had gone home to Jax for Mother's Day. Brian had to work this weekend and we did the yard. I should have gone home :(. I'm glad you enjoyed yours...Blake is so fab at crafts!

Jodee said...

It looks like you had a fabulous Mother's Day! Cute pictures with the punks!

Kim said...

Looks like a super fun day! I wish it were wamer here too.

SASS said...

I love this! What a Caseified Mother's Day! And Blake's creative collages. BadASS.

Merry Mack said...

It looks like fun. Minus the outdoor bathroom. Missy Mack often sports crack like that too. That is what happens when they are slight. I am impressed with the Home Depot flower boxes and with Blake's creativity.

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