day 223: suburban warriors

photo by Luann Hawker at

At the end of a full wonderful day, we went up into the mountains to take some family portraits.  This is one of our favorites.  We took some more traditional ones, which I will post later in the week once they are ready, but we have fun together as a family, so why not show it?

The man of the hour.  My #2 son, spending some time with his friends before leaving for his mission on April 7. 

#1 getting his hair tweaked by his friend.  #3 watching.

Looking good.

#4 being a goof ball.

One of our bffs and my mom.

#2 and his tall friends.  Tall.  Friends.  The guy third from the left is about 7 feet.  Really.

The spread.

Prepping for handstands in the front yard at the end of the day.  


Ending the day networking and playing games.

We all slept very hard last night. Great day.


LisAway | March 30, 2010 at 12:14 AM

I LOVE that first shot!! Super. You guys need your own TV series (or movie) so that can be the poster for it. Looks like a great day. So glad it went well. Thank you for sharing.

Robin | March 30, 2010 at 12:58 AM

It was a beautiful morning. I'm glad you got some nice shots so that your memories will stay true.

And I think that family portrait is one of my all time favorites. It captures your personality as a family so well.

The colors you chose worked out great, too.

(And it's so well composed and shot, of course.)

amber_mtmc | March 30, 2010 at 6:53 AM

That family portrait is AWESOME!

I am excited and sad when I think about my kids growing up.

Barbaloot | March 30, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Such bittersweet times! It's great to have all those memories---but killer when someone leaves.

Kimberly Vanderhorst | March 30, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Oh. Wow. I am in LOVE with that first photo. And all the rest too because look at the fun you all had. Love it!

Dona | March 30, 2010 at 11:42 AM

I love it when you post photos! That family photo reminds me of the Incredibles, how ironic as you all are incredible. (That includes your unseen, yet seen, photographer!)

Marianne | March 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM

AWESOME family photo!! And good luck these next few days before he leaves!!

And just so you know, I don't always comment, but I'm here every day, enjoying and absorbing!!

Anonymous | March 30, 2010 at 12:13 PM

I love that family portrait. You definitely need to have it printed nice and big. What a great reminder of what a fun and awesome group of people your family is. :)

Connie | March 30, 2010 at 4:26 PM

So glad it turned out so well! He did an awesome job on his talk! Love the pictures, especially the Power Rangers in the first pic.

Lara Neves | March 30, 2010 at 8:20 PM

That is the best family picture I have ever seen.

And I love the view of Timp in the background. It makes me homesick.

Charlotte | March 30, 2010 at 9:20 PM

That is a super fun photo. Looks great!

Sabine Berlin | March 31, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Great picture!!!

Luann | April 1, 2010 at 6:32 AM

I wish I could say I came up with the idea for that top family shot, but that is all Burton. You guys rock! :)

gigi | April 3, 2010 at 7:41 AM

I love non traditional photo's of families! That one rocks!

Wonderful looking family and friends and food, celebrating an awesome new missionary. Good luck and God speed to him.

Lola Sharp | April 4, 2010 at 5:59 PM

I loved every photo here (even the food!), but that first one? Perfection!

Thanks for sharing you and yours with us. :o)