Following our brunch with the Birky family on Saturday morning, we began our progressive meal process.
The first stop was Brent and Alyssa's house. It served as both the appetizer portion of the progressive meal AND a birthday party for Maddox! He turned 11 on Dec 19, but this way he had quite the family turn out...including Tim and Carissa's family and Alyssa's brother and sister-in-law's family.
Happy Birthday Maddox...we love you!
And originally, we were going to have our family pictures taken in the afternoon by the same lady that took ours in November. It had to be done outdoors...and it was QUITE chilly. So we cancelled the appointment. But really, it worked out, as Joel (Alyssa's brother) ended up taking our picture out at the BAMAK ranch. They found a relatively sheltered area, it was still cold, but it wasn't SO windy.
Of course a silly one..it cracks me up
There is just ALOT of areas to explore, climb, and enjoy nature out at their place.
This picture makes me smile..they were all looking down at the ground (not being told to do so).
After Brent and Alyssa's place, we went to Mitch's house.
There is plenty of space for us all to play.
He was a pretty popular uncle for getting a new hot wheel set up for them to put together.
and a popular son for getting a pinball machine added to the collection of fun to play in his basement.
Pinball can be serious business.
Jonah found a sweet spot on Daddy...
he's turning into quite the thumb sucker, and it is the cutest.
The chef busy in his kitchen.
Two different kinds of gumbo, sweet potatoes (they were SO good), homemade chicken fingers (for the kids), crab cakes, and boudin (pronounced bu-dan. It is a sausage from Louisiana filled with pork and rice stuffing. He is familiar with it from his work down there.) And Carissa brought a cole slaw.
I think he made enough food for another whole family the size of ours to enjoy :)
Noah had been playing hard..look at those rosy cheeks.
And lastly, they all came to our house for dessert.
Cherry crisp with ice cream or chocolate pudding pie.
The kids played and played.
This was a VERY full day of fun, food, and family.
I think we were all beat by the end.