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I am the proud mom to 6 kids: Natasha, 24, Nikolai, 20, Reese, 20, Maylee, 14, Erik, 10 and Violet, 7. The kids come from Russia, Ukraine and China; I'm so proud of my family sometimes I think I'll burst and I needed an outlet for it - so I've created this weblog. :o)
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Okay, so Playalinda beach near our home is a nude beach. Yes, it's illegal to strip, but beyond the last deck they do strip (I once had a PT patient who was VERY active in this community and it was HILARIOUS the stories she told me!). But this is my favorite beach as it is "uninhabited", without commerce, plumbing, or anything. Very rustic and beautiful. (And right next door beach-wise to the Shuttle launch pads!)

So this was the place that I wanted to get some pictures done of the kids. It was a wonderfully overcast day, perfect for photography, until we got there. The sun just happened to hit a break in the clouds and if you know Erik, you know that he HATES bright sunshine! Reese hates it too, and is a terrible squinter in the sun. But we had to try. For this being Erik's first beach trip, and for the bright sun, the pictures turned out really well, I think! Next time I think I will have them wear darker shirts, though, as up against the bright water and sky, they were fairly washed out in some of them, but live and learn. (I would really like to take a formal photography class...)

See? The light is too bright for him. Poor little fella!! We were just getting started...

I love this one because you can see a bit of Reese in it. He was trying to tickle Erik to make him smile. :o)

Look! I got both boys to touch him!! (I think this was Nikolai's first time gathering up the courage to touch his brother.) Isn't this sweet?

This is one of his favorite "poses" - he's always turning his palms up! Does anyone else's kids with DS do that? (I love this one.)

And here's Reese, Mr. Cool. The sun was in his eyes, but he got some good shots. Nikolai was not feeling enthusiastic that day, and did not want his taken. So be it. Next time...

And here's my little sweetheart. :o)


Amy L said...

Your boys look so cute together!! And I love that last one of Erik too!:)

MamaPoRuski said...

Oh I LOVE THESE photos! Your boys are such cuties. Please tell Nicholai the girls here were disappointed they didn't get to see his solo pose...:)

soontobemomof9 said...

BROTHERS! You gotta love it! ....

Reese is a very attractive young man! :) He looks like the perfect brother.

Erik is just a doll that I want to pick up and hug. :)

Milena said...

Wonderful photos! Especially the one with the three brothers. Just adorable. Your older boys are both really handsome young men, and the little one is so sweet!

aslpup said...

is that the beach at the space center? i have been there and have never seen a nude person... maybe it is further down from where we go... we have to pay to go in there... is that the same place, straight east from titusville? my sister lives like 20 minutes from there. I love your pictures.. i would like to come and meet you and Erik!

Missy said...

Yep! That's the one!! The nudists stay WAY up north of the beach and never bother anyone. I've been there countless times and never seen one (whew!). I'd love to meet up sometime! There are several of us in this area. :o)

Meredith said...

I've been blog slacking again (I'm sure you can't imagine why!) but LOVE the pictures!! How's Mark feeling this week?

Once I'm up and around and such if you ever need a sitter, especially during the day, let me know! If Mark's not feeling well or whatever, I just have Lynae on TWR and on MF it's the 3 little ones until 1:30 when I do school pickup. Holler if we can help!

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