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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Scarecrow doppelgangers

We went to the coolest Halloween party today. It had something for everyone: a beautiful log cabin house in an incredible location, antique cars, a scarecrow-making contest, pumpkin carving, delicious tri-tip, friendly dogs, and Uncle Bobby (the girls think he should fly into town for every party, and frankly, we agree). Before you scroll down, brace yourself for entirely too many pictures. I swear, this is the severely edited-down set. Sorry, I tried my best. Ree has a bumblebee in her hair (think Ree the Bee), and Ro has a white flower in hers. My folks drove here in their Model A (along with a hundred or so of their friends): DSC_6412LR The merriment started immediately with a stylin' tractor ride up to the house: DSC_6419LR DSC_6425LR DSC_6432LR The girls were in hog heaven with two strong relatives to carry them around. Honestly, the princesses would be happiest if their feet never had to touch the ground: DSC_6416LR Pumpkin-gutting was the first order of business (I cited pressing photographic duties, and kept my hands clean): DSC_6440LR DSC_6443LR DSC_6446LR Others were not so lucky: DSC_6449LR In case you're curious, Ree chose the glowstick accessories. We were headed out the door and she tore up the stairs screaming "Wait! Waaaaaaaiiiiiiit!!" Then came back downstairs, ready to party, proudly wearing a glowstick necklace and bracelet. (She got some for Ro, too.): DSC_6461LR Ro seemed to think we were having a combo belly dancing/pumpkin carving contest: DSC_6464LR Ro's pumpkin is on the left, and Ree's is on the right. They're kind of funky, aren't they?: DSC_6550LR With all of those beautiful antique cars outside, we weren't too surprised to see this little guy make an appearance: DSC_6486LR Next up was scarecrow making. The girls were supposed to hand us pieces of straw but they got a tiny bit distracted by the enormous, thrilling bin of hay: DSC_6469LR Wheeeeeee (this makes me itchy just to look at it): DSC_6482LR Their twin scarecrow doppelgangers turned out pretty dang cute, if you ask me: DSC_6503LR I don't think Ree stopped smiling once today: DSC_6524LR The girls had picked out lollies for dessert but weren't supposed to touch them until everyone was done eating dinner. Yeah... At one point, Ro said "Hey! Ree's lolli looks awful shiny!" and Ree said "My lolli was bumpier than Ro's, but don't worry, I just lick the bumps off." Heh. IMG_4386LR Awfully fun day. It was Family Day, by the way. We met the girls three years ago today in China. Life sure has changed since then...

29 comments:

  1. Three years? Nuh-uh... you made that up... Wow.... Time sure flies....

    Well, the trip was well worth it. First, you did actually find out if they had salsa in China (and that kind of intell is invaluable, I believe), and second, because you met the girls. (I was placing them in chronological order, since, if I recall, you found out about the salsa before you met the girls).

    You should go back to China again soon. Heaven knows what you discover this time around. ;)

    ~A~

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  2. Anonymous10/24/2009

    It sure was nice seeing you all today. Their pumpkins and the scarecrows came out really cute.It was a great day.. We couln't of asked for better weather and what a group of GREAT friends...HAPPY FAMILY DAY to you all............
    Shirley

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  3. Happy Forever Family Day! What a fun way to celebrate!

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  4. Happy Family Day! Love your adventure for the day - looks like you all had a lot of fun!

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  5. Anonymous10/25/2009

    hahahahahha...i love the 3rd picture!..e way uncle hold Ree's ponytails...so funny!

    jinfeng

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  6. Anonymous10/25/2009

    wow...Ree is soooo pretty!!


    feng

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  7. Wow, can't believe that it's been three years already, congrats!! As always, looks like great fun.

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  8. Happy Family Day!!! Wow....those 3 years seem to have flown by!

    What a great way to spend a day together! I just love to see pics of you and your bro together. Warms the heart and for the record the 2 of you still look like you could get into a lot of miscief together at the drop of the hat. Hmmm...looks like the girls picked up on that trait when they invent all the fun things they do together!!

    Glad you had such a fun, happy, wonderful Family Day!

    Love you friend! xoxo (8 days until my Family Day...Wheeee!!!!!!!)

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  9. Happy family day! It looks like you had a blast, as always.

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  10. Happy family day from another Dragonfly (ours is Dec. 4).

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  11. Looks like a blast. Could your girls be ANY cuter? And those pants! Love you guys.

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  12. Happy Family Day!! (We're coming up on 5 years for our Dahlia and I still pinch myself.)

    Love the funky pumpkin carving. (And that wasn't too many pictures - still wanted more.) Looks like a perfect family fun day.

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  13. Anonymous10/25/2009

    Did you ever imagine that being a mom would be this much fun...and hard work?

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  14. Happy Family Day!! Like the others, I can't believe it's been 3 years and I followed you for quite a while b4 that.

    Pics are adorable as always

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  15. Happy Family Day!! Looks like a fun time was had by all.

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  16. Happy Family Day! These anniversaries always make me smile, no matter how long we've been home with our Tongginator. (And I love the belly shot. Heh.)

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  17. What a great day of Autumnal merriment. Congrats on 3 years together. You are a truly beautiful family! (((Hugs)))

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  18. Happy Family Day to you guys! I still can't believe it's been three years. Looks like you had a wonderful day.

    Tricia, Jonathan, Esther and now baby Jonathan, Jr.

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  19. Wow! I remember your first day as a family in China. Here's to many more wonderful years together :)

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  20. What a beautiful way to spend family day.

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  21. Happy Family Day!! It is hard to believe it has been that long already. I actually started following your blog a few weeks before you got your referral.....WOW, THREE YEARS flew by.

    What a great day. The girls are too cute.....that belly shot made me giggle.

    NEVER EVER apologize for too many pictures, there is no such thing as too many:)

    Hope you all have a great week!!

    Lisa

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  22. Anonymous10/25/2009

    ok, ok, where is the coolest pumpkin patch?

    I might be able to squeeze in a visit.

    There is a festival in sonoma county on sunday the 1st !

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  23. Hi guys, the coolest pumpkin patch in the land is Uesugi, in Morgan Hill.

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  24. Happy Family Day!!
    Jennifer, Lily and Kate

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  25. SOOO adorable. Those girls crack me up... love the belly and how serious she looks at that pumpkin.

    Looks like an awesome time!

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  26. You have such a neat family!! Happy Family Day!

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  27. 3 Years! Holy Smokes!!!

    I have to say that I am VERY jealous that you are still wearing shorts/capri's and tank tops!!

    Im bundling up in sweaters and jackets to go outside! :(

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  28. Love it! You are such a great photographer. Your pictures are brilliant. I guess you have great subject material!

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  29. Congrats on Family Day!

    Tomorrow (Thursday) is Family Day for our 1st child (of 3) who we met 7 years ago.

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