Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Brinker Brigade Comes to Town!!

At the beginning of August, our three favorite Texan cousins came to spend the weekend with us!!  This was their first time to do this and it could. not. have. been. better!!!!  They were absolute dreams and all of our kids had such a wonderful time playing and being all together!!

Here is dinner at Jenny's one night!!  For a family that started off with so many girls, it's hard to believe that we are now outnumbered by the boys!!  Here are all the little Brinker boy cousins!!  (And ADAM, Heather and Jason's baby boy, will join the ranks soon!!!!)

And the girls!! Just missing our Katie bug!!

My boys LOVED having so many other little boys to play with.. Kurt and Mandy, can y'all please just MOVE HERE?!  I'm telling you, this was the bestttt!!

Since the Olympics in Rio were on tv and we planned to spend the night watching Michael Phelps swim, the kids used a ream of paper to create enough popcorn and popcorn bags to feed the whole neighborhood!!  Hahaa, I love those creative imaginations!!

Gavin didn't love Savannah's hugs and kisses as much as she loved giving them. ;))

Time for the Olympics!!!

Beautiful Lukey!!

Watching Micheal win another gold!!  This was so fun, because the kids were all into it and cheering as they watched!!  So cute!!

And then Pops read the bible story..

...right before it was WRESTLE time. :))

Pops and Grammie with 11 of their grandbabies!!!  How richly the Lord has blessed our family!!

The next morning was August 12 - Katie Kate's THIRD birthday!!  We celebrated by having lunch together at Chickfila!!

It's funny when you have to stand on a chair to fit everyone into the picture!!

Happy birthday to our oh, so enthusiastic, Kate!!

Someone had given Heather a gift card to Chuck E Cheese, so despite my firm refusal (I absolutely will not go to that house of nightmares!!!!!), we all went to celebrate with Kate!!

The gang's all here!!

Following the mouse himself to dance their way to FREE TICKETS!!


..and picture time!!

This was the moment when Kate had to decide whether to high-5 or RUNNNN..  Hahaa, she screamed and tore off in the other direction!!!!!!  She did not like that mouse getting too close!!

Hahaa, but she was still one very happy little girl on her big day!!

EVERYONE had such a good time!!

Jen said this was her most favorite game and we all crowded around.. oh my goshhhh, it was SO FUNNNN!!!  We kept going for the Super Bonus (200 tickets!!), but kept hitting the button too late!!  So we kept getting 3 tickets instead, ughhhh.

Even Grammie tried to win!!

Everyone had to try their hand at it..

..and suddenly, JASON HIT THE JACKPOT!!!!!!!

The whole machine lit up and started spitting out 200 tickets!!!!!

Now this is the way to do Chuck E Cheese!!

Of course, everyone had such a great time!!  We traded in all of our tickets for a handful of Air Heads and enjoyed our sugary treats all the way home.
The next day, we would be traveling to Anacoco, where Heather had planned the most precious little pink party for Kate!!  Those pictures, coming up next!!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Georgia Kate Turns 1!!

A little over one year ago, Megan was pregnant for Mackey baby #2 - Miss Georgia Kate!!  This picture is from her baby shower and we were so excited about her new little bundle arriving so soon!!

Perfect little baby.. Read about her birth day HERE!! 

Such a wonderful day meeting our baby, Georgia Kate!!

One year later and it was time to celebrate her FIRST BIRTHDAY!!  Malchy came, too, to join the fun!!

Cutie little family!!

The kids loved all the new toys to play on at Meggie's house..

..and I loved the education they got from watching the tractors bale up the hay outside, ha!!

Candace and Savannah made some music..

Hahaa, so fun!!

Shan got in lots of snuggles with babies 1..


..and 3!!

They were all so cute playing together!!

Meg made the cutest timeline of Georgia's pictures from each month..

Seeeeriously?!!  Oh my gosh, angel babyyyy!!

CanCan and Georgie!!

Love this sweet family!!

Lissie is no replacement for Mommy, hahaa!!

Outside, there was a water wonderland!!

Emory and Andrew loved sliding down together!!

And then, suddenly, the toys could just not compare to all the fun the mud pit promised, hahaa!!  

Of course, Andrew was on that like white on rice!!

Like little piggies rolling in the mud, these 4 had the best time!!

Soooo dirrrrrty, hahaha!!  We got them cleaned up and headed inside.. 

...because it was TIME FOR CAKE!!

So prettyyyy!!

We sang Happy Birthday and Georgia played around with her cake at first..

Emory's sweet face here kills me... SO ADORABLE!!

And then Justin pushed G's hand in and got her a good, big taste of her cake!!

Hahaha, Emory thought that was the funniest thing EVER!!!

Look at G going to town and Emory with her head thrown back, just thinking how this is the best day everrrr!!

She was so happy to dig into that cake!!

One of my favorite pictures!!!  And Georgia's face is just the icing on the cake!!

Beautiful girl!!

Georgia still eating and Emory still laughing.. hahaha!!

And then it was time for presentsssss!!

Georgia with her Aga. :))

This is us in 2015:

And us again, one precious year later:
Thank You, God, for blessings such as these!!  Babies are proof, again, that You are the greatest gift Giver.  We praise You for Georgia's sweet and happy life and ask that she give her heart and life to you early in life so that she can spend the rest of it telling others about You. I pray she follows closely after You,  finishing well all of the work and purposes You have for her life.  We love you, Georgia!!  Happy First Birthdayyy!!

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From childhood friends to high school sweethearts, and now newlyweds and brand-new parents, Wade and I can only thank Jesus for His incredible blessings. Our three children are the ULTIMATE gifts from God and we pray that our lives glorify Him. He is our everything.