And lastly, the last group of photos of the attempted family photos... but maybe my favorites!
We were back on the boardwalk, and, well, I suppose you can see how well it was going.
Ellie was being silly. Gabbi was being clingy.
Todd was trying to keep it together. And Mama kept on pushing for a possible moment!
This is the one that I am currently using as my Facebook profile page. I like this one! I think it's hilarious.
And then, of course, Gabbi needed to "make out"for a little. When she kisses me, she holds my face, tilts her head, and maintains lip to lip contact for an extended amount of time.
If I try to pull away, she pulls me back. It's odd, but it won't be long until she doesn't want to kiss mama as much, so I just oblige these mini make out moments.
This is a pretty funny picture too!! I love Ellie's face.
Ok, so we finished up on the boardwalk and headed to the area near the pools. Maybe less wind. Maybe a chance of a decent picture here.
First a couple sans children.
I can't believe how old Todd and I are. WOW. I know it's all relative, but we were 22ish when we met. We've grown up together practically. Crazy to think about.
And by now, Gabs has HAD IT!! She was NOT going to participate in any way, shape, form, or fashion!
So, we cut her out for a few. And voila... not too bad.
But I hardly think I could use this for a Christmas card.
Or maybe I could add a sidenote that Gabbi was over here picking flowers!!
What precious girls I have. I have been in Houston this past weekend for a course, and I have had some reflective thinking time. I have thought about how my whole world seems to revolve around these two little angels, and how only 5 short years ago, they were nowhere on my radar!
I mean, had their birthmoms not called me, I might would have never had children at all... and for sure not these two special ones!!
I consider my biggest joy, most important role, and the thing that fills my heart and soul the most is being a mama. How close I came to never experiencing this. And I would have never known what I was missing. Honestly, when I didn't have kids, I wasn't totally consumed with the idea of it. I tried through fertility measures, and then I started the process of filling out adoption paperwork, but basically.... well, let's just say, again.... I am SO blessed and happy that these two were given to me. Even if we won't have a "good" beach photo this year!