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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy family day little girls!

We met our sweeties on this very day six years ago.

I was holding Ro in this first family photo, and TubaDad was holding Ree. But we had originally planned it the other way around. It was just that when the nannies walked in holding the girls, Ree was wide awake and quite agitated looked, while Ro was snoozing away. And I panicked, grabbed TubaDad’s arm and frantically yelled “Switch!! SWITCH!” Seriously.
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It all worked out in the end. This photo was taken back at the hotel room (I think the next day). TubaDad is holding Ree again, and I’m holding Ro, although we had conscientiously switched quite a few times by this point:
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The girls were hilarious, right from the beginning, cracking us up and themselves over and over. In these first pics, you can see the bracelets that we blindly put on the girls at that first meeting – the fact that Ro’s is on the right and Ree’s on the left was pure luck. And notice that Ro is shoving Ree’s head down and cackling in the last one:
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The first night was ROUGH. And the next morning, after maybe 45 minutes of sleep (or so, and not in a row), I was in tears when I realized that the extremely organized and important To Do list I had scrawled in the darkened hotel room was completely illegible. In my delirium, I had written each line on top of the last. Ugh. Seems funny now, and I’m sure my parents were dying laughing when they snapped this pic, but I was bawling that morning:
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Little cuties. Ro had stolen Ree’s sock here:
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Ree was visibly gloating to have the sock back:
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But I imagine Ro here to be thinking “Yeah sister, but I had it first”:
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Our hotel room (and come to think of it our house) was a wreck from the minute we met the girls:
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But we didn’t care:IMG_2925

We were kind of a spectacle wherever we went. Hordes of people wanted to see the girls, and everybody thought they were so cute:IMG_2888

Especially the grandparent paparazzi team that we brought with us:
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Whew. It’s been a crazy wonderful six years Ro and Ree. Happy family day. Glad you enjoyed our celebratory dinner tonight where (as Ree put it) “Mama, I can’t believe the whole meal we got to dip stuff in stuff!!”IMG_2939LRIMG_2934LR

PS: I don’t think I’ve posted most of these photos before because frankly I didn’t blog much during that China trip after the girls came along. I do remember that the blog and my email were getting hammered and my dad finally logged in and posted that one first family pic and said we were all ok. Going from no kids to twins was just insane...

44 comments:

  1. Anonymous10/24/2012

    my, dare i say… you both look so YOUNG in the china pics??!!! bwaahahah!

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  2. Awwwww!! Happy Family Day!! I just love this post!!!

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  3. Anonymous10/24/2012

    This post makes me feel even happier for everyone involved!

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  4. Yes but what a wonderful insane....... I cannot believe I've been following your blog for 6 years! happy "gotcha" day!

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  5. Going from no kids to one kid is insane, going from no kids to twins is death defying.
    Happy Family Day.

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  6. Happy, happy family day. I remember those early pictures. I know those first moments are ones that you'll never forget.

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  7. I teared up looking at the pictures! I'm so glad no one took a picture of me Day 1. My Mother-In-Law flew in to help, and when she got to the house I was lying on my bed crying my eyes out, Sara was lying next to me, crying her eyes out, and my college roomie was on the phone chanting, "If they cryin', they ain't dyin'! (lesson from our Pediatric rotation).

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    1. Hee!!! That is an EXCELLENT chant, and one which I shall promptly adopt.

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  8. Anonymous10/25/2012

    These are wonderful pics. ALL of you look very different from the first picture and aside from the one photo of you recovering from a crying spell all of you typically have big smiles on your faces. Who is who in the photo of the girls in front of the restaurant? I cannot tell them apart.

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    1. Ree is on the left and Ro on the right in that one.

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  9. Oh sweetie - what a day!!! Love seeing the pics and hearing your stories. Heh...no posting? Oh yah - I remember! I think I was responsible for at least 1000 hits on your blog! :o)

    Beautiful, precious family! Love you friends! Happy family day!!! xoxo

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  10. Happy Happy Family Day!! I can't believe it's been 6 years!! It seems like just yesterday I was stalking your blog waiting to see pics from China. ha ha ha

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  11. I've been following your blog since THE phone call video (referral call). 6 years already? Happy Family Day for your beautiful and happy family, M3! You and TubaDad are wonderful parents and a great inspiration to me.

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  12. What a sweet with very first meet with girls and on. Love it with crowd wanna to check girls out. Memories kept forever!

    I began follow you blog a while later on, not sure how found.

    Happy FAMILY Day!!

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  13. Wow! 6 years?! I too remember following your blog since that referral video! Thank you for sharing your sweet Ro & Ree with blogger land for so long! I'm looking forward to many more years of fun and fashion! Happy Family Day to all!

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  14. What a fabulous trip down memory lane! That picture of you the next morning made me want to cry WITH you, cannot imagine going from 0 to 2 overnight!
    Such a beautiful family you are.. then and NOW. Happy Forever Family day!

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  15. Happy Family Day!!!!!!!!!!! Wow, can't believe it has been 6 years of following your family. Have loved every minute of it and look forward to many more years of adventures.

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  16. Wow! Happy family day! I started following your blog right around referral time :)
    Its been a privilege following along on your journey!

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  17. Happy Family Day...what a beautiful post....love all the real life moments:)

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  18. Wow, 6 years! Congratulations and Happy Family Day! :)

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  19. Time flies.. it doesn't feel like it has been 6 years! I remember how exciting it was to read your updates from that trip. Happy Family Day!

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  20. Sarah Lynn10/25/2012

    If I am having a bad day, I sometimes go back to look at your referral call, and then I feel cheered up. Happy Family Day!

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    1. I have done the same!

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  21. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing that.

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  22. love seeing the pictures from when you met the girls!

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  23. These pictures are FUN!!! Happy Family Day beautiful Salsa Family!

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  24. Happy Family Day! The pictures spoke volumes! Those babies are growing up fast and I know you are making the most of every single minute!

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  25. OMG. I have been following your blog for 6 years! How is that even possible. The girls are more beautiful than ever! And personally I think YOU look younger than ever

    XOXO,

    Annie

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  26. Anonymous10/26/2012

    Congratulations all 4 of you. It will be our 6 year anniversary in a couple of weeks too. I always enjoy following your blog and seeing similarities between your girls and my daughters milestones! Thanks for sharing your lives!

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  27. Anonymous10/26/2012

    Happy Family day - so happy for you all! What adorable photos to treasure forever!

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  28. Happy family day! Whoa, I can't believe I have been following your blog for all thes years. It seems like yesterday that I was reading about your referral!

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  29. Awww. I loved those sweet Trumpette socks for my girl, too. Great photos. Happy Family Day!

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  30. Congratulations! Happy Family Day! So sweet!

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  31. Anonymous10/27/2012

    happy 6th family day,wonderful salsa family
    btw luv your blog

    from a silent follower :)

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  32. Happy Family Day!!!!!!

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  33. I remember coming across your blog and following you all when you were getting the girls. We hadn't been home with our son for all that long and I was longing with a heavy heart to go back. I just absolutely loved it that all the grandparents went for this huge event of meeting their grandbabies. You could just tell that they were so excited. So happy for you all! .......And we did go back for just one more :-)

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  34. Anonymous10/28/2012

    Happy Anniversary! We're right behind you, #6 on the 6th!!!
    Carol, Bill and Emily

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  35. What a beautiful celebration! What a beautiful family! THey have grown up so much. THey are so lucky to be in your family. What I know of you and the kindness you have shown to our family, they are blessed to have you as a mom!

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  36. What beautiful girls! They just take your breath away they are so cute!
    And how fast the years go by!

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  37. Your family is beautiful. Just beautiful. Every family should be so lucky to have a traveling grandparent paparazzi!

    Kiran

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  38. Happy Family Day! To see those first photos is just priceless. What a blessing for you all to have be given each other to love, laugh and grow with.

    Jennifer

    http://jcqadoptchronicles.blogspot.com/

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  39. Have you seen the set of twins at New Day Foster Home in Beijing? They are Ava and Nora and look a lot like your girls did when younger. Maybe its just me but when I saw Ava and Nora I thought where have I seen them before? And then thought of you and your girls. Just courious what you think check them out.

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