Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Family Photo "2010"

We were quite the object of awe at the photo studio. This was a blast! Wearing a kimono is an amazing experience. Instant posture...instant 15 lbs added. ::snort::

From family photo - 2010


The guys made quite a few jokes about their attire, but I thought they looked incredibly handsome.

Samurais of the G clan

From family photo - 2010

The ladies got a kick out of the men folk clapping and cheering for each of the finished ladies. They dressed us, did our hair....accessorized us. Note our proper Kimono stance...one leg straight, one bent, both at peculiar angles.
From family photo - 2010

We debated on spending the better part of a day on a family photo, but I'm glad we did. A few eyes were misty as we saw the girls all dressed up....Arielle and Stacia did me in....they grow so quickly. I could think of some great shots...but they seemed to have standard shots and aren't into creativity. I thought Stacia standing in front of the men with their swords would have been great.

The ladies and photographer made many nice comments about the children and ME having nine of them. ::snort:: The dressing process to wear one of these things is incredible. WOW. We felt a bit strange running around town afterwards with teased and poofy hair... ::grin:: This was the ultimate dress up party.

EVERYONE IS HOME!
Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

21 comments:

Windy said...

You guys look SENSATIONAL! How fun!

Renee said...

WOW!!!! You all look great..... what a wonderful idea for a family pic

Linda said...

What fun! I agree it was worth the time!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you all were able to do this!! We did the photos years ago, and they really are treasures!

Enjoy having ALL your people home!!

Yvonne said...

Very cool!

Herd Momma said...

Our girl scout troop had a family who had lived in Jamap come to a meeting. The Mom put me in a komono. It was fun but tiring. Love the pictures. Too bad they didn't let you all play around a bit.
Enjoy your time with all of them. So glad you are all together.

SAHMinIL said...

Awesome Pictures

Paula said...

What a fun way to memorialize your time in Japan. I agree that Stacia in front of the men would have made a fabulous picture!

Deja said...

Ooooh what wonderful pictures! Too bad we didn't set you up at a ranch for pictures when you were here ;-) My kids barely recognized Arielle...and Erik was amazed that you let Alex have a sword LOL.

Michelle said...

Awesome photos and ones I'm sure you'll all cherish the memories made during this special time together.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

I predict that those photos will be family treasures for many, many years :0)

Julie

Anonymous said...

HI to ALL"

Thank you all so much for getting these pictures. They will be a treasure to us.

Must say we agree that the men are totally handsome. But we must also say the women are totally beautiful. Took me a moment or three to recognize which one was Krista/Arielle. Loved the looks on Nolan/Alexander's faces. Loved the swords and hair dooooo's.

Take it from a Mom who treasures stuff that these pictures will be super treasures. I'm going to get some colored ink and print the main family one 8x10. :):) love/prayers --- homesick for Asia and Japan --- Mom T. :):)

Linda said...

What a priceless treasure this will be in years to come. You WILL be glad you spent the time. As you said, it was fun, it was family time, and it is a mark in your history book of when your family was complete in Japan.

Stacia looks especially priceless and beautiful!

Berry Patch said...

I had to look twice to figure out which blond daughter was Arielle! Wow! Great photos & love this! It certainly seems like you are all jumping in to Japan culture. Awesome. I can't wait to keep reading about all your adventures. ;-)

Janette said...

Wondering wether your girls could come up to Fort Lewis while I am there in the spring....My friends laugh that I am constantly trying to find someone for my son! Wonderful picture!

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

Mom - don't print an 8x10.

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

Janette - this very issue continues to be a matter of fasting for me. LOL

Darshia said...

Stunning, super photos! So glad you had them done. Very elegant on all.

Anonymous said...

Sis: OK! and thanks in advance. You all look so awesome. Did the men let out any yells? :):):):) l/p Mom T.

Cynthia said...

AH. What a GREAT way to spend part of a day! Those pictures are AWESOME and ones that will bring great memories forever, I'm sure.

Kim said...

What a great idea and great pics!!!