Friday, August 10, 2012

picture overload!

I know, finally, right?  Not sure how the days go by so quick, but here are the pictures we had taken while on vacation.  A lot of pictures.  I used to get so uptight about getting pictures with everybody smiling, looking in one direction...ha.  I actually love these pictures b/c it's where we're at right now.  We have one little one (Kemeri) that had never, ever seen the sand before, so she just wasn't real sure she thought much of it.  And Kendi's scowl in most of the pictures just makes me giggle.  She is not impressed with the person that has her "boo bunny", waving it around trying to get her to smile.  And of course, there's all the moments in between poses that we need to get our feet wet, play in the sand, or just silly around for a few.  It was all good. :o)

Quick story about the next picture...I cannot afford to buy outfits for everybody just for pictures, so we always try to utilize basics that we already have.  I did all the packing & made sure everybody had something, but had one of those "uh-oh" moments when we got to HHI.  Somehow, I left Kaya's white tank top behind (Joe:  "Gee, that's not like you."  Thanks, honey, I  Anyway, there was no time to go to the store, so I started digging.  All I could find was her white tank top with a very sparkly hot pink heart on it, but it would have to do (again, I'm learning not to stress about it, but forget about it).  When we got the pictures back, the first thing Joe said was, "Look where Kaya is in this picture."  We literally grabbed hands for this picture, & there she is...with "the heart" right in the center of our family. :o)

Yep, we still kiss in front of the children, & they still react the same as they always have!


From This Moment said...

What a beautiful family! I LOVE your new pics!

Rebecca said...

Those are amazing!!! Love them all!!! Great memories too:)

Anne said...

Awesome pictures! I love them all!

Mama D’s Dozen said...

Love, Love, Love all of the pics.

It's been 3 long years since we've even had all of our kids together. We've added 4 daughters and sons-in-laws (plus a grandson) since then, and didn't even have the whole family together for even 1 of the weddings. So sad. This Mama would love to have her family together, and do some fun pictures.

We still kiss in front of the kids . . . and they still react the same way. Recently, our eldest son and his wife were over. Our younger boys saw us kiss and responded with the "oh no, they're kissing". Big brother and wife then kissed, and it was no big deal for the younger boys. So, I asked why it was different. "They are younger then you are." was the 10 year old response. So, apparently, we are just too old to kiss. :)

Hope your vacation was BLESSED!


Aja said...

wow, what a gorgeous family!

Kimmie said...

What treasures...both the pictures and the beautiful well dressed family!

mama to 8
one homemade and 7 adopted