38 posts categorized "Family FotoFun Friday"

July 06, 2007

Family Foto Fun Friday

Just a little reminder that FFFF has moved to http://lovinglydia.typepad.com.  Enjoy!

June 22, 2007

Giddy Up! (Wild Wild West!)


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Our local Mc Donalds was doing a fund raiser by offering photos of the kids on a pony.  Our kids were highly enthusiastic about sitting on the horsey and the proceeds went to Ronald McDonald Charities -- so we were "in"!

After a light snack of Chicken Mc Nuggets and apple juice, we stood in line for our photo and this was the result. 

Introducing Gwenny - the Grumpy Cowgirl and Maddy the Contemplative Cowgirl!

Neither child cried but neither was super thrilled about wearing this silly attire while sitting atop an overheaded pony named "Snowy".  In fact, I'm almost certain that my girls were as excited about being there as Snowy was (which isn't saying much!)  But everyone was cute as can be so it was blog-worthy.  And here ya go!

Family FotoFun Friday Participants
1. sophieandsage.blogspot.com
2. catching butterflies
3. Cannon Fishbowl
4. Teague Adventures
5. Raising Cami Rose
6. 4 3=chaos
7. Just Keep Swimming
8. Chopsticks & Tabouli
9. Journey to Sarah Lu
10. Wo Ai Ni!
11. Mountains and Mountains & Oceans and Oceans
12. mexican chopsticks
13. The Happy Momma
14. The Princess and the Pea
15. Motherhood and Other Ramblings
16. The Ghelerter Twins
17. Journey with AnnaClaire
18. Diana\'s Twins
19. Allie\'s World
20. twinchatter

June 14, 2007


Family FotoFun Friday Challenge #35 
Post your pictures on your blog and leave a link and a comment here before 6/22/07. 

This week's photo challenge is "Love".  Want to play?  Here are the very simple rules.

I got the idea for this week's FFFF from M3 over on the Salsa in China blog.  She wrote about how her twin cuties (Rose and Marie) totally "heart" one another and that made me think about Sisterly Love in our house.  Thanks, MMM!


My girls really do love one another even if they don't always show it.  But here they are showing it!

Family FotoFun Friday Participants
1. amy heymann
2. Our Adoption Trip in China-Mei Jun Qian-Mia Kennedy Gifford
3. Just Another Family
4. Just Keep Swimming
5. Elena Manubens
6. Cannon Fishbowl
7. JourneytoAnnalisa
8. Sophia\'s Journey Continues
9. My Chinese Dream
10. The Princess and the Pea
11. LadyBug Journals
12. Table for 5
13. Journey with AnnaClaire
14. Zoe\'s Place
15. [email protected]
16. G.B.J. Lambooij
17. Journey to Miah
18. Life & Times of Chloe & Pearl
19. Raising Cami Rose
20. Search and Destroy Twins
21. Chopsticks and Tabouli
22. Oohs and Aahs
23. Ally
24. season star
25. Nobody said there\'d be days
26. Rachel Grace Li
27. MississippiZen
28. Life with Emilia
29. Eliza\'s Story
30. mexican chopsticks
31. Mountains and Mountains & Oceans and Oceans
32. She\'s a-DORI-ble!!!
33. Journey to Sarah Lu
34. Our Maddenclan
35. christina
36. Angela Bean
37. Diana\'s Twins
38. Gogoz Place
39. with six you get eggroll
40. The Ghelerter Twins
41. MakandJack

June 07, 2007


Family FotoFun Friday Challenge #34 
Post your pictures on your blog and leave a link and a comment here before 6/15/07. 

This week's photo challenge is "Messy!".  Want to play?  Here are the very simple rules.

Mess_smAll kids are messy but Gwen and Maddy are incredible mess makers. If the naturally occurring toddler mess isn't intense enough, they'll invent more of it -- just for fun!

For example, today, I gave my little monkey girls a slice of cheese. I figured they'd be enthuastic about this snack choice since they always open their toasted cheese sandwiches like Oreo cookies and nibble the cheese out. I thought I'd just save them the trouble.

The result: They squeezed it between their fingers like play dough!

Did they managed to swallow any of it?


On any given day, you can probably find at least one mauled toast slice (that's been stripped of all its cheesy goodness) in some stage of petrification under a car seat.

Every few days, I use a whisk broom to sweep out all of the crumbs onto our driveway (or a random parking lot) and I'm starting to notice that flocks of birds are following my van like sharks follow fishing boats that toss chum behind them as they return to dock with their daily catch. I'm probably interfering with migration patterns.

We ate "mackie cheese" for lunch a few days ago and I actually had to carry their table into the kitchen and hose it off over the sink!

But nothing is more abusive than the way they eat chocolate.  Just look at all that yummy stuff they wasted by smearing it all over their face!  (Okay, I'm guilty too but I was only one year old and I'm sure I've never wasted even an ounce of chocolate in any form since then!)

Even washing up is messy in our house since there's soap to squirt and water to splash and shirts to soak and towels to toss on the floor.  And that's WITH my supervision!  We keep a baby gate across the bathroom door to prevent them from attempting to "clean up" on their own.

Family FotoFun Friday Participants
1. The Princess and the Pea
2. Catching Butterflies
3. Raising Cami Rose
4. Journey to Sarah Lu
5. Journey with AnnaClaire
6. The Monkey King
7. MississippiZen
8. Just Another Family
9. Motherhood and Other Ramblings
10. season star
11. mexican chopsticks
12. Daily Grind
13. Chopsticks & Tabouli
14. mommy24treasures
15. Just Keep Swimming
16. Life with Dallas
17. Life with Emilia
18. Our Adoption Trip in China- Mei Jun Qian-Mia Kennedy Gifford
19. Katie\'s Antics
20. Journey to Miah
21. Allie\'s World
22. with six you get eggroll
23. Diana\'s Twins
24. Krista Dolan
25. Rachel Grace Li
26. Zoe\'s Place

June 01, 2007

Baby Strollers

Family FotoFun Friday Challenge #33 
Post your pictures on your blog and leave a link and a comment here before 6/8/07.

This week's photo challenge is "Baby Strollers".  Want to play?  Here are the very simple rules.

Stroller_sm Of all of our baby related purchases, I think our strollers have given us the most bang for the buck.  There's not a day that goes by that we don't use the stroller.  Some days, it's hauled in and out of our trunk three or four times! 

Since we use the stroller so much, it stands to reason that some of our most memorable photos include strollers.  When I was preparing this week's FFFF, I dug through the archives and had at least a dozen photos to post but I limited myself to just these three (one of each of our strollers).

The top photo is a sleeping Gwen in our Graco Metrolite stroller.  It was taken in China at the Six Banyon Tree Temple in Guangzhou.  It was my birthday and it was our 6th day with our new daughter.  My birthday hadn't been a cause for celebration for many years.  First of all, it's 9/11.  Next, I'm over 40.  And as lousy luck would have it, I'd spent the prior two birthdays dealing with pregnancy losses (one of them was on my birthday).  So, this birthday in China with Gwen and Andrew was simply beautiful.

Yes, we took a stroller to China.  We also took a baby carrier and both items saw LOTS of use.  It was wicked-hot and as much as Gwenny loved Mommy to hold her, she seemed to greatly appreciate being less hot and sweaty in her stroller when we were outside.   The stroller was cheap so it was easy to buy it for the trip to China and replace it if it didn't survive the trip.  But it survived and performed better than strollers 5 times the price.  There wasn't a reason to replace it until we got Maddy.

In anticipation of Maddy's arrival.  We test drove every tandem/double stroller on the market and ended up with the one that met almost all of our needs (lightweight, large basket underneath, parent drink holders, no 'third' wheel in the center, easy to push with one hand, etc).  As luck would have it, it also ended up being the cheapest double stroller (other than umbrella strollers).  In the middle picture, you see Maddy and Gwen on Maddy's adoption day in our Graco DuoRider stroller.  This was her 2nd day with us and the first smile we captured on film.    Nine months later, we're still using this stroller every day and it's going strong.

Finally, here's our new jog stroller - a BabyTrend Expedition.  It's much easier to push on the streets and sidewalk and the kids love it.  There's even a built in speaker for you to plug your mp3 player/iPod into for the kiddies.  We got this one at Babies-R-Us (cheap) and our only regret is that the front wheel doesn't swivel.   

Family FotoFun Friday Participants
1. The Princess and the Pea
2. Just Another Family
3. With 6 You Get Eggroll
4. season star
5. Cannon Fishbowl
6. mexican chopsticks
7. Life with Emilia
8. Search and Destroy Twins
9. Our Three Daughters
10. And Miles To Go...
11. Chopsticks & Tabouli
12. Journey to Sarah Lu
13. the monkey king
14. Sophia\'s Journey Continues
15. Just Keep Swimming
16. The Ghelerter Twins
17. Motherhood and Other Ramblings
18. Journey with AnnaClaire
19. Raising Cami Rose
20. Now We Are Six
21. Twochinasistersandabrother
22. Zoe\'s Place
23. Loving Gracie - Paperwork Pregnant No More!
24. From Here to There, the Ladybug and the Dragonfly
25. From Here to the There, the Ladybug and the Dragonfly
26. Our Maddenclan
27. Amy W
28. Our Adoption Trip In China-Qian Mei Jun- Mia Kennedy Gifford
29. She\'s a-DORI-ble!!!
30. Twinchatter

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