We celebrated Stephens Cuz Fest 2014 during the week of July 4th. It was a great time for everyone.
Super Sam with the calculator that he pretended was a phone.
Super cousins attacking Pop Pop.
Of course there were a lot of tractor rides and turns pretending to drive the tractor.
Fun with sidewalk chalk.
Sam and Ellie were best buds during the week. They were also the easiest to photograph so get ready for lots of pictures of them.
Playing hopscotch. Sam is really pretty good a jumping for his age.
Love Sam's "why" pose. We hear that word a LOT around here!
Hanging out at the fire pit.
Almost all the cousins.
Water gun fight! The littlest ones were more content just to play with the buckets than squirt the guns.
Brother against brother.
We went to a Tin Caps (minor league baseball) game on Saturday night. The kids all had a great time.
Sam and Joshua holding hands...too cute.
Mommy and Ben selfie.
Waiting for fireworks.
There were lots of stories read.
I walked out the front door when the older kids were in the backyard and found Ellie and Sam playing with the tractor. I asked Ellie where she was going and she said something about going into town. They had so much fun together.
Playing peek-a-boo with the tent.
Sam and Ellie were using the tent and air mattress as a bounce house. Unfortunately, Ellie got a bloody nose from bumping into each other.
I thought it would be fun for all kids to have a super cape. I didn't get a picture of all of them wearing them but Dave was a great sport to help me get a couple of them together.
Dave had the kids play super school (Simon says) so that I could take pictures of them running around.
They used our tent as their super hideout.
Dave as Super Simon.
Pretending to be statues.
Getting ready for smores!
Sticky and delicious!
Playing at Grandma and Pop Pop's church.
The kid's table.
On Wednesday the 4 older kids, Pop Pop, and the dads went fishing. Ben caught 4 fish with his Mickey Mouse fishing pole.
Uncle Jim and Joshua with their fish.
We didn't keep any of the fish, they were all thrown back.
On Tuesday everyone went to the slash pad in Ft Wayne. I didn't go since I was at work but here are some pictures from Grandma. Looks like they had a lot of fun.
More tractor rides. I had to include this picture because of Hollywood Sam with his sunglasses and hat. It's on rare occasions that I can have him wear them.
The guys played some horse shoes.
More squirt gun fight pictures. It was Dads vs. kids.
Grandma made a cake (and about 30 dozen cookies).
Sam and Ellie being puppies. These two had such a great time together. Apparently one day while I was gone Ellie found my sandals and Sam was very protective yelling "NO" at Ellie. She yelled "YES" back for about 3 minutes.
We had a wonderful week spending time together and are looking forward the the next Cuz Fest!