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December 29, 2006

Then and Now

Family FotoFun Friday Challenge #12 
Post your pictures on your blog and leave a comment here before ?/?/07.  This is an open-ended challenge.  I love seeing the before and after pics of the beautiful kids so please continue to share your link in the comment section.

This week's photo challenge is "Then and Now".   Post your child's referral photo then post a current photo next to it.  Here's the challenge:  Don't just post any current photo, attempt to match the clothing, background and pose of the referral photo!

If you've not gotten your referral yet, post a "Then and Now" photo of anything (or anyone) special to you).

Before_after_gwen As always, click on the image to see the full sized version.

This, of course, is Gwendolyn.  When we got her referral in July of last year, we were momentarily disappointed that she was already 14 months old.    But we now know that she had plenty  of "baby" left in her (more than Mommy actually needed!). 

She's the light of our life.  She's very contemplative and seldom cries.  She's shows utter delight at just about everything.  She's quiet but brilliant.  She climbs but never falls.  She's our dancer:  Graceful and elegant. 

The top photo is her original "mug shot".  To recreate it, I dressed her in one of my red shirts and draped a white sheet over the back of dining room chair.   I had lots of photos of her gorgeous smiling face but picked this one because the expression is closer to the original photo.

The middle photo is Gwen (formerly Xiao Hai) leaning on a piano at her orphanage.  The recreation is Gwen leaning on our piano at home.  Notice that I tried to match the orange shirt?  Yep, I get extra points!  Yay! ;)

The bottom photo was the hardest.  She's sitting on the floor with her teddy bear to her right.  Her sweet little feet are bare.  She's got something in her hand.  In the recreation, we had trouble getting her to sit still at all!  So, the cute little something in her hand is her cute little foot!  I tried to match the pants but my sense of fashion wouldn't let me put pink and orange together so I had to put her in yellow pants.  Minus 2 points for me!  (hee hee..... but worth it)  Next is Maddy:

Before_after Here's our little Sweetie:  Madeline!

Maddy's referral photos were taken at the same time as Gwen's (Jun 2005) even though we didn't get her until nearly one full year later.  The similarities are pretty amazing.  Both girls had the usual mug shot but they also had very similar sitting and standing photos.  Then there's the very amazing coincidence that they both had the same Chinese first name.

Maddy is Wicked Smart.  She's potty trained and skilled at transferring liquid from one small object to another (something she LOVES to do!).  We joke that she's going to be a Chemist!  She's verbal (and loud) and really opinionated.  She's definitely not mellow like her sister, Gwen.  But her spunk is very endearing.  She's our precious little parrot who delights in repeating everything we say and loves to please us.  She's incredibly athletic and can throw a ball with the accuracy of someone 6 times her age! 

In the top picture, we draped a red towel over the back of our dining room chair to recreate the mug shot photo.  The middle picure has Maddy "helping" hold the red towel on the chair (something she did for only about 4 seconds!).  The bottom photo is Maddy with her much loved "hershey bear".  It looks like she loved her original white teddy too!

This week's FFFF participants:

Cannon Fishbowl
Davis Days
Lily's Pad
And Chloe Makes 6
Vivi Claire And Bella Jane
Table For Six
My Cup Runneth Over
The Jade Road
Season Star
The Daily Grind
(D)rivvel Supp
Motherhood and other ramblings
Wee Sit Baby


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