Here we go again. Yep, we did it in 2009, skipped 2010 due to some new babies, we did it in 2011 and we excitedly decided to do it again in 2012. We gathered in NWA for what I have affectionately coined as Hillapalooza. We added in Aunt EA this year so we actually still out numbered the kiddos. If you are counting-- 11 adults and 10 kids. Yes, you did read that correctly.
Here is the list of kiddos..Yes, there are 4 four year old boy!!! And 7 of the kiddos are 4 or under. We definitely had our work cut out for us!!
Brady (12) Sydney (6) Madilyn (2)
Chaz (4) Dane (8months)
Jackson (4) Campbell (2)
Anna (6) Ben (4) Brandon (4)
Yes, 4 four year-old boys and 2 two year-old girls. Wow!! Also, I guess you did notice the top of the list was Brady. And he will forever be at the top of my list as he is a HUGE helper with all of these kiddos. Poor Brady, I am sure he needed a vacation after his vacation. He was such a great big cousin. I threatened to steal him several times throughout the week.
Total sweetness. As I said before, this kid is amazing. He is SO good with the little ones!
Every once an a while Brady got a moment to himself and was able to play his video games. He usually wasn't left alone for a long time but we were able to get the little kiddos to watch a movie (or at least some of a movie) in order to let Brady take a break! HA!
Chaz loved his snowcone but refused to smile for a picture. He was "too busy"
When Chaz woke up from his nap that afternoon he decided he needed on new clothes. Don't let the below picture fool you, it was 105 degrees that day. Yes, he is wearing long sleeves. I will never understand the temperature of this kid. He is always a little off.
Anyways, as soon as everyone started to arrive the kiddos naturally flocked to Brady. He tried his best to explain a card game to two four year-olds with little to no attention span. Awesomeness.
I rounded the top of the stairs. All the cousins had worked together to build this giant tower. I was so very proud!
Little guy was ready to get on the move with his cousins. After a week with all these kiddos, he will be running around in no time!!
Adults are boring.. HAHAHA!!
As a tradition we celebrate all the kiddos birthdays when we gather together this time of the year. We celebrate the kids birthday on their actual birthdays too but it is great to be able to celebrate them all at the same time. The kiddos look forward to this part of the week every Hillapalooza.
and then we eat! CAKE!! I am pretty sure Campbell enjoyed hers!
Chaz's birthday party. We borrowed the projector from Izzy's sweet momma and set up shop in the backyard.
Yep, still chilling.. watching.. all is good..
Muscles in the front, sour little boy in the back
And back to the slide
and ate puffs.
This was the beginning of the end. Chaz decided he was cold.
A little bit more playtime before the parents came to pick them up. Yes, Brady was STILL asleep!!
After a day with 100 degree heat, the slide was more than dry for the kids to play on that evening. I think they liked it!
Brady is such and awesome older brother. So attentive and careful around the little ones.
She loved it!!
Mom and brother are zonked.
and this one? Yes, he was in his place for the evening.
The next day the boys went golfing, again. So we went to Mah's to hang out for a bit.
There weren't really any lunch plans so I decided to take the opportunity to enjoy lunch with just my boys.
I also got the "eating seat" out of the car and fed Dane right there in the lobby. I thought it was quite brilliant. 1) we was able to eat dinner and he was getting really hungry 2) I had the little guy contained..Enough said.
Once we were seated the kids were ready for bread. Who can blame them?!? We kept the eating seat and put Mads in it. She is my buddy so I was very happy to sit next to her during dinner.
Check here for our Family Photoshoot 2012.