Picnic in the Backyard

These days we've been enjoying every ray of sunshine we can possibly soak up (when the wind isn't howling, of course).  One of our new favorite outdoor activities is picnicking in the backyard.  Eating outside on a blanket makes food much more exciting.  And cleanup is easy for me: just shake the blanket and the birds have a free meal!  After lunch, the boys and I have time to swing and play on the slide before heading inside for naps.

I'll be the first to admit that being a stay-at-home-mom during the winter months is pretty drab.  But the summers?  That's where the fun is at!  These eight (or so) months of playing outside with my boys makes up for anything those winter blues throw at me.  I am grateful I get to spend my days with these two boys and make memories that will last a lifetime. 

Enjoy a few snapshots from our very first picnic lunch of 2013.    

 Studying their food.
Levi: "What's this whole grain bread stuff?"  Jed: "How do I squeeze this Gogurt thing again?"
 Jed, Levi, and I all share a love for strawberries and bananas.
I only get to have a squishy baby for one precious year and I can't believe how fast the months have flown by. Oh, how I'm going to miss this!
 While I was attending to Levi, Jed snuck off with the bag of pretzels and this is where they ended up: the sandbox.  Jed proudly showed me his sand hill creations.  I just laughed.  I love this kid.


  1. I totally agree. Picnic-ing outside is one of the best parts of summer.

  2. That looks so fun! I am praying the wind stops and the snow will go away so we can enjoy some time in the sun.

  3. That looks like so much fun!! It's already too hot here for outside picnics :(

  4. We've been doing the picnic thing too and I love it.

  5. Yay for picnics! I definitely agree about the drab winter months and the yucky wind. The weather has been amazing the last couple days and I am glad you are soaking up the sun. Your boys are too cute!

  6. great photos, as usual! i laughed out loud and the one of levi studying his bread. :) our weather has been beautiful this week, and now i'm inspired to have a picnic! thanks!

  7. I just love those little teeth. He is the cutest thing ever.

  8. Oh I miss picnics outside. I'll admit the weather has been much nicer, but I need the winds to slow down just a tad bit more. How fun! I LOVE your pictures.


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