Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Making the Most of the Day

Yesterday was another full day. We arrived at the photo studio at 10:00 a.m.

We left there at 12:30 and went for lunch. We were back at the photo studio at 1:30 p.m. to view proofs. They told us our photos would be ready at 2:00 p.m.

Stopping traffic in Misawa - you know I realized yesterday that my Identity is "mom of 9" and I'm used to the stares that go with that...both on base and off. I'm still adjusting to being a "mom of 5," which is my identity at this base (sorta, you KNOW what I mean don't go spiritual on me).

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

Playing at Chuo Park while we wait for photos

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

Found an elusive geocache on the train

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

Picked up photos and headed for Tonomi Clan Memorial. I CHECKED on the website to be sure of times....but they were closed when we got there. Bummer. That's it in the background.

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

We came home. Played with Zander's new pogo stick.

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc
Yowzer - better think about protecting future grands...
From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

Krista made a wonderful dinner. We cracked up at the sink height again.

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

We found our last two advent hides.
From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

This photo led to us doing stair step photos, Liz.

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

We used to have stair steps......and we would often take photos with them lined up oldest in the back to youngest

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

...but we can't see the last two in this arrangement any longer. ::snort::

Our "stair steps" with oldest in front....note the skillet Bre got Stacia for Christmas. ::snort::

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

We decided to do a stair step photo according to height....and Arielle is welcomed in to the "taller crowd"

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

Only to have her position challenged by Krista

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

Ah, here we go. The heights look off, but Bre has more fluffed up hair. ::snort:: You can trust the arrow...which was called on several time in the arranging of this photo.

From 2009-12-30 geo, stairsteps, etc

We're not sure what we'll do today. We KNOW everything will be closed on New Years Day. The girls leave early on the 2nd. We may try to find a souveneir shop that's open...but I fear that most things will be closed today.

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

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

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...