Blackberry Picking!

A couple of weeks ago, the boys and I went to a little orchard to pick some blackberries. It was so fun! One of my favorite things about Kentucky is finding little orchards like this EVERYWHERE.

We've gone to nearby orchards to pick apples and strawberries, but this was our first time at Hinton's orchard, and it was our first time picking blackberries! They were so yummy, and I'm pretty sure the boys ate as much as they picked. Haha!

But that's the whole fun of it, right? They had a blast.
^Sneaking a taste^
^Brighton fell onto the corner of an open drawer and split his eyebrow...hence the bandage. That boy is aging me so fast!^
^"Look, Mom! I found a TON!"^
^He ate SO MANY berries. Haha^
^Love this little Cammers!^
^Boston was freaking out about how good these flowers smelled. It was the cutest thing of my life.^
^Love this little bean^

^Showing me their spoils^

There was a cute little playground area at the orchard, so after the kids had picked eaten all the berries their hearts desired, they went to play!

They slid down the giant slide, rode little tractors, dug in the dirt, and explored a silo. A little boy's favorite kind of day!
^That farmer's tan! Swoon.^
^The boy life^
^Cam on a tractor^

It was such a good day in the Kentucky sunshine. 
I love this place, and I love these boys!


little thoughts + a sunflower field.

"There's only one thing more precious than our time, and that's who we spend it with."
--Leo Christopher 

I can't believe that summertime has come to an end. I really just feel like I blinked and it was gone!

We did so, so many fun things this summer, but it still flew by at lightning speed. The boys already seem so much older than they did when school got out, and now they've already started school again. I told Jordan the other day that I feel like our kids are growing up too fast, and he said,

"I used to feel like the days were so long, but now time is shuffling by so fast."

And that's exactly how I feel, too. As hard as I try, I can't seem to keep my kids little or make time stop. So I'm just grasping onto every moment--trying to make each one last. Trying to make memories, and soaking up every day with my boys while they can all still fit into my arms at the same time.

So when these gorgeous sunflowers popped up down the road from our house, you'd better believe I made Jordan pull the car over so we could take some photos with the boys. I knew the sunflowers wouldn't last forever, and neither would my tiny boys. I'm so glad we captured these moments. (...even if we were all super sweaty and I had to bribe everyone to smile with pixie sticks.)

^ I am the luckiest girl in the entire universe.^
^more interested in the stick than the sunflower^
^2/4 boys looking and smiling isn't too shabby!^
^Real life^
^Love this little blondie boy^
^"Do you see me, mom? I'm hiding in the flowers!" --Camden^
^Holland's zoolander face!! DYING^

I have such a good life. 

And I'm going to do my best to hold onto moments with my little ones like these ones--because they'll be gone in the blink of an eye.



After a good nights sleep (of falling into bed and crashing hard) after our first day of Disneyland, we were back bright and early the next day for more!

We started off in Disneyland, hit up some of the things we missed the day before, and then went over to California Adventure afterwards. Both parks are just SO awesome, so we knew we had to squeeze in both!! And even though we only had two days, I'm so glad we did.

First up, Disneyland!
On our second day at Disneyland, we headed to Toontown right off the bat, where the boys got to meet Goofy and Pluto!! It was pretty much the cutest thing ever to watch them hug the characters. They were so happy!

They also loved playing in the little cars and toys around toontown, and their favorite thing ever was Mickey's Toontown Rollercoaster. They wanted to ride it again and again (...well, except for Holland. He wasn't a fan at all and cried the whole time. Haha).
^Sweetest ever^
^So classic
^Holland was just a tad nervous for Mickey's roller coaster^
^Cannot wait to make him recreate this in ten years!^

After Disneyland, we headed over to California Adventure for the rest of the day!

The boys couldn't wait to see Cars Land, and I couldn't either!! I hadn't ever seen it, and holy cow. It was the cutest thing of my life. Seriously.

With the life-size Cars driving around, the music, the little diners, and the Cars Ride...it might have been my favorite part of the park. It was just so perfect!
^How cute is this Camden boy?? And those Buzz and Woody cars. Dying!^
^Taking a sit break!
^Cam & Uncle Tanner!^

We took turns going on the Cars Ride with our Fast Passes and Rider swap (The ONLY way to do that ride! The line is always insanity!!), and we set up camp in Flo's Diner for whoever was waiting. It worked out perfect! It was air conditioned, plus the food was awesome!

I got the hot turkey sandwich, and holy smokes, it was so good! Totally hit the spot after literally trekking for miles all over the parks on on warm day.
^There was the cutest little dancing car show outside the restaurant, and the kids loved it!^
^HOLDING HANDS. My heart is a puddle.^
After Cars Land, we walked over to A Bug's Land!

This one was one of my favorites as a kid, and it was so much fun to share it with my boys. They loved it! It was especially nice to have some smaller rides geared specifically for little kids, so they didn't have to worry about things going too fast or getting scared by anything.

The rides in A Bug's Land were just perfect for my crew of little guys.
^Matching sisters!^
^Recreating an awkward pic from our childhood. Haha^

^Brighton was the cutest on the ladybug ride. He equally loved it and hated it, in alternating moments. Haha!^
^Cutie boys in line with Aunt Whit^
I think the caterpillar ride was Holland's favorite.

He talks about it all the time still! In fact, he just saw these pictures and said,

"Oooh! I yuv dat caterpillar one. It's pretty fweet!" Haha
^Hi, Brights!^
The kids were pretty tired by this point in the day, so we split up for a bit. A bunch of the older crew went to the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride, while some of us stayed back with the little guys and went to Mickey's Dance Party! 

It was the CUTEST. Brighton was dancing his little heart out. It was perfect to sit for a minute, and the show was so darling for the kiddos.
^Not a great pic, but Brighton was rocking out!^
Afterwards, we got ourselves some TREATS. Because obviously!

I've said it before and I'll say it again--Disney treats are just unreal. So worth all of the calories!! (Plus your walking a ton so it doesn't count, right? Haha.)

Then on we met up with the rest of our group, and saw some superheroes on our way over to Pixar Pier!
^Fruity Pebble Funnel Cake Fries. YES^
^How cute is this Monsters Inc. ice cream whoopie pie?? It was so good!^
^Spotted: Black Panther!^
^Boston and Loki!
^In line for Toy Story Mania!^
Then we walked along the boardwalk and found some dinner! 

...But not before Tann & Whit did an epic song and dance with the kids on their shoulders haha. Hashtag, musical theater siblings. 
At the end of the night, we had time for one more ride before the light parade! The kids chose the Luigi's Roadster ride, and it was so cute!

We all loved it, and it was so fun to see Cars Land lit up at night! Just magical. (Can you tell I was obsessed with Cars Land? Okay good. Haha!)
^Always with the light saber.^
Then it was time for the light parade!!

Just know that even though the quality of these dark iPhone pics are 4/10, the parade was a solid 10/10. The absolute BEST way to end a trip to the parks!!
^Holland on Grandpa's shoulders^
^Just magical^
^Crashed on our way back to the condo^
You guys, this Disney trip was the absolute BEST.

I can't even tell you!!!!!

I'm so glad we made it happen. It was pure magic to take our kiddos there for the first time, and it made it ten times better to have my family there with us. We can't wait to go again someday, but in the meantime, we will look at these photos a thousand times and remember how much fun it was.

We love you, Disneyland!!

(P.S., Get excited, because a VIDEO of our trip is coming soon!! Yay!)