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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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Saturday, January 9, 2010
Yesterday, I dragged everyone to the portrait studio, like it or not. ;op When we picked Reese up for school, he slid in some mud and wiped out pretty hard, hurting his "little" arm. Poor kid! It was swollen at the bicep area, and his elbow was also swollen and skinned a bit. He's a tough kid, though, and said he was okay. He was covered in mud, but the photographer did a good job hiding the muddy areas on him. Mark was having some significant MS pain that afternoon too, so we were quite a group! Reese said that he and Mark weren't smiling in these pictures - they were grimacing. lol

(BTW, Reese's arm is much better today.)

At any rate, they were forced to go (by me!) and this is what we got!!

A much-needed updated family picture or two:


And one of the two of us (Mark says this was one of his grimaces):
And the three boys:

(We said that Erik (above) looks like he's in a haunted house or something! I really wanted to buy this picture, but his expression just looks too creepy with the harsh lighting. Too bad, cause it's great otherwise!)

Simple ones of Nik, Reese and Erik:



(a grimace)


(and our little sweetheart!)



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7 comments:

soontobemomof9 said...

I think you all look great!

But, if I had to rate who looks like they're having the most fun, Erik wins hands down! :)

June Berger said...

Wonderful pics! Little Erik is such a doll! Always looks like such a happy little guy.

ashleypmo said...

Too bad Erik isn't a happy little guy.... ;-)
That smile of his absolutely makes me giddy EVERY single time I see it! Your pics turned out beautifully---such an amazingly beautiful family!

NDMom said...

Wonderful photos, Missy! I love Erik's personality shining through...what a cutie!

Mom/Gram/MIL said...

Aw!! Those are good pics!! I love the "hand action" from Erik and Reese and Mark didn't look like they were in much pain!! Good grimaces! Glad you got good pics! Not easy with so many of you!

Lyndi said...

Beautiful! I LOVE Erik's smile!

Carmen said...

Excellent pictures! I love them, Missy!

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