Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Christmas With the Cousins - Part I

OK, so y'all know how much I absolutely adore my niece and nephews. This past weekend, we headed over to my brother's house in a neighboring state for a belated Christmas celebration. The kids start counting the days well in advance when they know they are going to get to see Jorge, Lucy and JoJo (Joe). It was wonderful. And unlike my house, my brother's house has this amazing natural light throughout the first floor - a photographer's dream - which leaves me with far too many pictures to post. I'm going to make this a two-part series.

I know I have mentioned it before, but Mia and Lucy are inseperable. Truly, they are together every moment and I just can't get enough of watching the two of them. Part II is all about Mia and Lucy.

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My "almost" three-year old nephew, Joe. He will let me take pictures of him forever. How many very active two-year old boys do that? He loves to ham it up for the camera. This is his more serious face. They are all adorable in my book.
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Like her brother, my beautiful niece, Lucy, loves the camera. She loves being my model.
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Jorge is typically more reluctant to get in front of the camera, but not this past weekend. He flashed many a smile for me and this picture is pure Jorge. He just radiates joy.
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And Joe... how shall I say this... he loves dress up. And we all love that about him.
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My brother and his big boy.
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Mia flashes her sweet smile.
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Kara is always ready to hop in front of the camera. No complaints here!
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Leila and Joe have much in common - they can't resist the dress-up bins.
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My mom and Lucy. (Silence please, you just might hear my mom cringe at me posting a picture of her on my blog.) But Mom - I think you look beautiful!!!

We were all watching Lucy's video from China, celebrating her five year Family Day anniversary!
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It's Tool Time for Mia and Lucy.
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A triumphant glow - Jorge beats his dad at Wii football.
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Joe in a wedding dress. Sorry, I didn't get the heels. Oh this kid can get us to laugh.
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Seriously kissable cheeks...
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The only way to silence my girl.
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Typical Joe.
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As always, our time together leaves us looking forward to the next time we see each other.


Lori Lynn said...

What wonderful images! The kids clearly all had so much fun. Evidently, we have the same taste in children's clothes. Chloe and Pearl have the Gymboree Panda clothes and also that cute pink gingerbread dress.

Tisha said...

Oh Michelle, I just get teary-eyed looking at all of these precious children from literally every corner of the globe and how the Lord in His perfect plan brought each of them to be in your family.

Your family is a wonderful testimony to the miracle and privilege of adoption. Thank you for sharing these fun pics. Those cute cheeks of Joe's makes you just want to squeeze 'em. :) Every child is uniquely beautiful!

P.S. Kensie also has the same Panda Gymboree outfit. :)

Love Letters To China said...

Your photos are just so beautiful! The kids eyes just sparkle with excitement. Thank you for sharing.

Wanda said...

You pictures are wonderful and capture the pure joy all the children have when they are together. That is just so special.

I loved everyone. (And yes, that lighting is enviable.)

Colleen said...

Michelle what a beautiful family!!! Oh my goodness...absolutely gorgeous kids!!!!! Love the pictures : ) Looks like you all had such a wonderful time...You can really see the love in these pictures.

Joe and Jane said...

You guys have so much fun!!! Very sweet.

I wish I could hire you to teach me how to use my camera well! I want my pictures to look like yours!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Your Mother is beautiful.... and you look so much like her:) Looks like everyone had a wonderful holiday together!! Was Lucy's family day on Christmas? That is so special:)

Hope you have a great night!



Shanti said...

Gosh, you take such wonderful pictures! You truly capture their faces in such a beautiful way. They are each so perfect!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Michelle's Momma, you look beautiful! And y'all have great taste in clothes - the Tongginator has that same panda outfit. Which is a huge surprise, I know. (Said in an impressively dry voice, with not a trace of sarcasm.)

Jodee Leader said...

What a fun day! Great pictures!

Jill said...

Such a beautiful family Michelle!
As always, such great pictures!

Jill said...

We too have the panda outfits...who would've thought....LOL!

Jill said...

We too have the panda outfits...who would've thought....LOL!

Jboo said...

So cute! Time with cousins and family is so special! And your Mom -- beautiful!!! Have a great day!


snekcip said...

New to your blog and I have to agree w/Tisha! The kids are just gorgeous and truly blessings from God!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Pretty speechless here, Michelle...I just can't tell you how amazing these pictures are and the stories behind them. Your family is amazing and the picture of God's plan of adoption.

Love you~

Norah said...

Love each and every one of these! I've come so close to posting pictures of my parents but I know my mom will FREAK! LOL