TA DA!!! See, we do exist! It's not the best picture in the world, but it's pretty accurate. Let me set the stage for you. It's about 7:30pm a few weeks ago. We had eaten dinner and then gone to our backyard to go swimming in a blow-up baby/kid pool. (You can't see that, but for context it's behind the cameraman, behind a locking gate of course.) While we were getting dried off , which takes a while to get 4 kids in wearable towels, some of them found the chalk. I think we had popsicles too - maybe. Anyway - they started asking me to make certain chalk pictures - here you can see my purple flower, the tulip, and the balloon, but you can't see my truly cool specially decorated birthday cakes. You also can't see the mosquitos that were apparently eating my kids (but not me, surprise!) alive. Our son Logan is the one in Orange. #4 is in my arms - she just tripped on something and fell so I'm comforting her - she's a cuddler. #7 is in the blue towel drawing something. #8 is in the pink towel and is not only sitting in the chalk but playing in it as well.
We were having a great time outside that night and after my husband took this picture I was so excited because though it's not the most flattering one of me, it is one I could share and shows actual life around my home. I love that anyday over "family portraits", though I do prefer it when I can see everyone's faces. This is the closest you'll get though until any adoptions are finalized!
I'm thankful for my family and our beautiful backyard. I'm thankful for sidewalk chalk and the baby wipes that wash it off of skin. I'm thankful for those super cool towels that fit my kids perfectly and came in enough styles/colors that each kiddo could have their own - it's been a wonderful purchase. And I'm thankful for having an opportunity to share all of this with you.