I think we've found a new family holiday tradition: family kickball on New Year's Day!
Over the years, as our families have grown, we've had to give up getting the Arnold-Hendricks-McComb families together on Christmas. We've all missed the gathering, but with most of us already juggling multiple celebrations, it didn't seem feasible to bring it back. Enter a New Year's Day gathering and an Auntie (Lorna) who organized a game for us all. There were skeptics, there were those who dressed to NOT play, but all in all, every kid over 4 and every adult (excepting the pregnant photographer) participated!
|Our best attempt at a family photo!|
Just missing Brian and Ellie of the locals
It was a blast, and I was so tempted to join in, but I cannot run. I can barely run when not pregnant (Isaac can testify to this), and peeing my pants attempting it wasn't high on my "to-do" list. So I did my best to capture the magic.
|After several balls to the tree, we made it an automatic out!|
|That's right, folks: Uncle Lonnie AND my mom are running all out in this picture! There may or may not have been complaints of soreness the following day.|
|Mom about to get nailed.|
|Nice kick, Noah!|
|Yes, Sarah, you thought you'd get out of playing if you wore jeans and cute booties. You were wrong. Happily so!|
|Just before the teams were mixed up to make it more competitive!|
The Lorne Arnolds have the best house/backyard for hosting! It rivals our old Kent property, and is such a blessing to all of us. They are gracious and wonderful hosts and welcomed the invading masses with smiles!
They even have a trampoline in their backyard (in addition to the improvised kickball field).
|I love watching the big kids helping the littles (the second generation!)|
|This girl kept weaving in and out of the playing field. Thankful that everyone |
in our family watches out of littles out of second nature!
|"What is this 'smile'? I shall not smile for you. I shall not scream at you. That is all."|
This girl! I just love her expressions! And she just loves mama and daddy. And that's okay.