Kari and Mark waited 8 months to celebrate their wedding
with extended family and friends!
It was a perfect late October evening
when we all got together again!
And what a JOY to have all 5 bio kids together!
Matt flew all the way from Seattle to join the festivities!
We truly missed Caitlin and the lil girls but
they couldn't make the trip back.
Thankful to have professional pics of us!
The other side of the family!
We are all amazingly blessed!
Our bigs (missing Caitlin)
are a FUN group!
And a lovely sister!
Who adores her little brother!
A proud Mom and Dad
with the young couple!
Hanging out, waiting for the party to begin!
Welcoming the guests!
And an introduction!
And they were GOOD!
It looks like married into a fun family!
Everyone enjoyed it!
The bride and groom dance!
Siblings enjoying each other's company!
Dancing the night away!
With my boys!
Our two oldest!
with a photo bomber!
Add in an MIL!
Kari had one sister...
she now has many, MANY sisters and brothers!
It was an absolutely delightful evening spent with the adults in the family!
Our younger kids at home and the grands had a fun evening at our house!
We missed them but sometimes it's okay to have time with our older kids, too!
And sometimes the Mom and Dad appreciate a break!
Because, most of the time
we are blessed to be with this awesome crew!
The cross country kiddos showed us an awesome place
for a fall hike, right near our house!
So on Madeline's bday we all went out!
Love the deep blue sky peeking through!
It was an absolutely beautiful golden maple forest!
It started out crisp and cool-
but quickly warmed up!
I felt like a kid again!
It's nice to take the group photo some place else instead of the mantle!
Oftentimes we are not all together now.
Some have sport commitments while others are working.
Either way, we continue on with the celebration!
Madeline chose the Cheesecake Factory!
And we did not argue!
(We LOVE cheesecake!)
She brought 4 of her siblings with her!
We had to wait a while for a table...
so we did a little shopping at H&M!
These three beauties sat on one side of the table!
The birthday girl, another sis and her Momma sat over here!
Dad sat at the end of the table and took pics!
HaPpY BiRtHdAy Madeline!
We sang and enjoyed!
It was a wonderful evening!
Just want to end this post with a fun pic
of some of the cross country kiddos at McDonalds!