For those that don’t mind a slight deviation from really good food, here’s my top three snapshots of the last week or so giving a little glimpse into real life around these parts:

Snapshot SaturdayAfter a long weekend of cleaning out the barn, stacking the rest of the firewood, making more marshmallow eggs, watching the snow melt, and other various energetic activities, we tucked in for a family movie night. On the docket: Nanny McPhee. It was a new one to us even though it’s been around a while. The kids (well, besides Cam, who basically ran around like a wild 2-year old) were enthralled and very, very worried about a) if this movie was real (we need to get out more) and b) Nanny McPhee’s very odd front tooth.

Snapshot SaturdayI just…I just love this picture. These two are best buds. They pal around all day long together. And that dress? Can you even? My mom, after getting back from a trip to Switzerland, just whipped this up for Cam after seeing all the little cute dresses there. And if you are wondering, no, I did not inherit any of that sewing talent.

Snapshot SaturdaySpeaking of the snow melting, this is what we are left with. And this is how the boys spent about 7/8ths of their day. Lest you think the muddy water stayed just on their muck boots, think again. Behold the endless-laundry-joys of four boys who love mud and a mom who loves boys finally being able to run out their energy in the wild instead of in the kitchen.

You can see other Snapshot Saturdays here (no pressure).

31 Responses to Snapshot Saturday

  1. Cheryl says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us – and oh my goodness that dress – too adorable!!

  2. Cammee says:

    That picture of you two little ones melts my heart! So precious. You have one more boy than I do, so I feel your laundry, energy, mess pain! I hate to tell you, they don’t outgrow it.

  3. ShaNae says:

    My son, 8 years old, played out in the mud this last weekend too and I think more mus was in his boots. You have a beautiful family.

  4. Lynn says:

    Family is the greatest gift.

  5. Kim in MD says:

    What a sweet post! You are so blessed, Mel!

  6. Kelly says:

    Precious kids. The best buds are just so darling. I have two middle girls out of my 6 kids that are just like that and it is THE SWEETEST thing to see. Perfect photo and the most darling dress ever. I never comment despite cooking constantly from your blog. This was just too cute.

  7. Becca M says:

    Love family movie night! Haven’t watched Nanny McPhee yet, either. We’ll have to give it a try!

  8. Jessica says:

    Well I personally have six so have one more girl and we will match families 😉 ok I will stop watching for a new baby here!

  9. Maureen says:

    Mel. your children are so beautiful…you are so blessed!

  10. Meghan says:

    How fun for them to go outside and play. Despite the mess i’m sure it was a treat to see them run wild and be happy! Cute kids

  11. Leah T says:

    Oh. My. Word. That dress. That dress! I die a little every time I look at that picture. So, so cute!!!

  12. Jessica says:

    Such cute pictures! I also love snapshot Saturday. I was wondering if you were expecting? I read a few food blogs and I don’t remember who it was!

    • Mel says:

      Jessica – your comment nearly gave me a heart attack. No, I’m not expecting. 🙂 I can barely manage the five I already have – but I have heard of a few other bloggers that are pregnant although I can’t remember off the top of my head.

  13. Andrea says:

    Just adorable!

  14. Barbara says:

    I raised 3 boys; now a 3rd grandson will arrive in June, and we have just 1 granddaughter. Memories of my boys were just like your current ones! My youngest came today to pressure wash my porch and the porch furniture. He’s been sent by heaven above to help me and his dad, who just had a triple bypass on Wednesday. We couldn’t do it without his help. So grateful!

  15. Sharon says:

    LOVE Cam’s dress. Sadly I didn’t inherit my mother’s talent of sewing either, but I sure can appreciate a beautiful handmade dress.

  16. Sheila says:

    Ditto to Kira’s remarks! Love, love, love Snapshot Saturdays . . . .a really welcome deviation from really good food. Such talent in your family . . .food and sewing. All that good food sure grew your oldest boy into quite a little man. Beautiful children.

  17. PearlS says:

    oh, my. agree to the last paragraph. I have three boys and I can hardly drag them inside these days without a bribe of old Easter candy (jellybeans. no way am I forking over the Cadbury eggs). It is fine with me, though the laundry sure piles up. Better then tromping around outside getting filthy than racing heavy equipment/monster trucks/toy of the day down my hallways.
    new to your blog and really enjoying it!

  18. Susan P says:

    Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pics. Our family loves Nancy McPhee, the first movie is the best. We discovered it about 4 years ago. It’s a special movie.

  19. heather bell says:

    The mess is worth the happy kids. That’s how we roll too.=)

  20. Kelie says:

    STOP IT. Cam in that dress is too stinkin cute! Love Snapshot Saturdays!

  21. Gail says:

    So very cute, cute, cute!
    And what item could be more necessary than muck boots during the thawing of a horrendous Minnesota winter?

  22. Megan Lang says:

    My son would looove to play in that mud! Looks like so much fun! I love your daughters dress, too. Very cute and wonderful colors.

  23. Charlotte Moore says:

    Love the pics. The one withe Cam and her bud was so precious. Memories!!!!

  24. Heather M says:

    I love seeing these small glimpses into the life of your sweet family.

  25. Patty says:

    I just love that Nanny McPhee movie!

  26. Kira says:

    I love these posts. A mom, with a beautiful family, a love for food and lots of chores. They help me remember how truly awesome you are. Fabulous food, impressive photography and all the while doing what matters most-raising those darling children. You really do rock Mel! You motivate and inspire me that I too can do it all!

  27. Anna says:

    ADORABLE PICTURES, OMG! You Snapshot Saturdays is the only email I will read on the weekend.

  28. Oh, I grew up with 4 older brother and I was the only girl, my parents decided
    to try for 1 more and I had one younger brother…..loved my life so cute!!!!
    Brought back many memories!! Cute little famly!

  29. Karen S. says:

    So precious! You are blessed.

  30. Cyndi B says:

    Your kids are so gosh darn cute! Makes me so sad for the days when my boys were young. Love your pictures! Have a great weekend.

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