Tuesday, August 19, 2008

FYI and More Beach Fun

I received our first copy of News China last week and was really happy with it! For those who have not yet heard about this brand new magazine...they are offering complimentary one year subscriptions.....you can learn more about it here. OR you can send them an e-mail cnausa@gmail.com Put China News Week in the subject line and request your complimentary subscription...OR call them @ 212-481-2510

I have to laugh at myself here as I do not even have the time to read about the news where I live...I always tell Dave to keep me up-to-date if something big is going on. I think it is just something about having as much info as I can about my daughter's birth country.

Here are some more beach pics......



These were taken in the evening when we went down to the beach to fly a kite.....Ella really wanted to fly a kite and there just did not seem to be enough hours in the day...the night pics turned out kind of neat, though!





Brother and sister LOVE!!! Or something like that : )

Ella getting a better view from her Uncle Paul's shoulder's

Ella is oh, so happy to be holding onto Joe's hand...see her skipping along!




These are for my friend, April. She made the dress that Ella is wearing here while she collects seashells.....isn't is sweet? Each summer that we go to the beach, Ella and I go down to the beach early in the morning of the last day we are there....and spend some time together collecting shells. Now, in all of her spiciness......she threw out any of the shells I put into her bucket and told me they were no good. Gotta love her!!!






Thanks for allowing me to share so many beach pictures with you! I did not get any of the 4 of my kids together from my own camera as we had professional pics taken at the beach while we were there. My older 2 are not so cooperative with photo shoots these days...so I couldn't ask
them for 2 days of pics...well, I could, but the answer would not be "yes". lol!




Tiffany said...

Hi Michelle!

Your trip looks like so much fun!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of the photos. They are just beautiful!
Great job! Your subjects are beautiful as well!

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Wonderful pics!

mommy24treasures said...

oh thank you for sharing them! We look forward to them! Love the smile/smirk Mr Ryan has:)
I love the dress April made. So pretty. That Ella and her spiciness how funny! How dull and bland our lives would be without some spice:)

Sherri said...

Great pictures!

It gets harder and harder to get everyone together for pictures as they get older! We did family pictures at the beach, and the older ones acted so goofy at times that we really got frustrated with them.


Lori and Pete said...

While these are all great pictures, I am totally amazed with the one of the three girls. It looks just like a clothing advertisement..........really beautiful. And the lighting is gorgeous.

Nice pics.

Lori W

Sharon said...

REALLY great shots!!! I loved them all!!

Tamara said...

they are GORGEOUS!!!!!!! It looks like you had great fun at the beach.

Walker said...

Oh Michelle!
The pictures are Beautiful! I love the one of "mom & her girls"! Just Precious!!
& oh... Chelsea.. your honey is tooo cute! Just make sure he loves the Lord and he's good to you!!! ;0)
Thanks for your prayers for my sister & thanks for sharing in the Joy with me too!!
love ya!
Welcome back!

Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

More beautiful pics!! Chelsea just keeps getting more beautiful...if that is possible. I especially like the last photo of Ella in the dress April made. Stunning!!!

redmaryjanes said...

You have a very beautiful family! I do recognize that as one of April's dresses. It looks darling!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

LOVE the pictures..
Looks like a wonderful time..
LOVE the girls outfits..
They are all so cute..
Can't wait to see the professional pictures...
Have a Great Week..

Michelle said...

These are just gorgeous pictures!! The ones of all three girls and you together is great! We are headed south later this year and I just told my husband last week that I wanted to hire a professional photographer to take beach pics. But then I'm having second thoughts because I want to take some, too. I can't decide. Let me know how your professional ones turn out. Or better yet, show us if you can! :-)

missy said...


I just love your beach pictures. I especially love the one of all of your girls! The lighting is gorgeous. I also love the one of you and the girls...soo sweet!

Colleen said...

The photos are great! I can totally relate about the older ones and photos! Great idea to have some professionally done! I may have to try that!
Thanks for the info on the magazine!

Anonymous said...


What a beautiful family you have. And the dress is perfect for beach pictures! Postcard worthy picts today!

Michelle said...

Great photos!!! She looks beautiful in the white dress, how pretty!!

Denise C said...

Looks like you all had a fabulous time at the beach!!!! Such sweet smiles on those precious faces!!!

Steffie B. said...

they are great.....love the three girls together......can't wait to see more!

have a great day! ;)

Bella's momma said...

Thank you for the recommendation on the magazine. I am going to look into that~

Your photos are stunning!!!

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh those are such beautiful, beautiful pictures Michelle! How did Ms. Sophie handle the trip? Seems like with Emma the more we travelled and came back to our home together it made a little difference in her security.

Beverly said...

what beautiful pics. love the one of the little girls holding hands.

The Princess's Mommy said...

Oh I LOVE them all!! Too cute! And Chelsea is stunning! I know you are so proud!

Have a great week!

Jewels of My Heart said...

Your family is just beautiful.....
Ella looks so beautiful in her wonderful dress April made! And the look of wonder in Sophie's eyes over flying a kite is priceless.... so so sweet!
God Bless your precious family my friend.

OH MY #6 said...

these pictures are fabulous!


Paula said...

The white dresses that April made are gorgeous. I love all the beach pics. The one with all three daughters in the sunset glow is really nice.

Mr.Brian said...

Thanks for sharing.You have such a nice looking family.
The little gals are darling just love those pictures.
Had to laugh at the big kids bro and sis,bro looks like he maybe is just note real excited about the picture and his sister.LOLOLOL
We know they love each other but must never admitt it to anyone.That would be like saying your parents are cool people.
However the older I get the more and more ai admire my parents.

AZMom said...

Those pics are wonderful!! The dresses are cute too! I will definitely have to check out that magazine subscription too.

sara said...

I have read this post twice, I can't believe I haven't left a comment!! I LOVe the white dresses and all 4 of your kiddos are so cute/adorable/good looking!

Thanks for the tip on the magazine, I am off to scope it out!

Jeff and Amy said...

Thank for the info on the magazine. The photos are just precious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

my3 kids said...

Michelle what beautiful pictures. It looks like you all had a wonderful time and love the dresses. That white one is precious that your friend made. Thanks for sharing. About Kira's heart we go on Wednesday for her testing so I don't know anything new yet. Pray everything will be just fine:) Hugs my friend. Chat soon.

JShannon said...

Looks like you guys had a great time at the shore. We really have to make plans to go next year, its been years since we have been there.

Sheri said...

I'm finally getting caught up after our vacations! Looks like you had a great time on your vacation as well. I LOVE all the beach pictures. My favorite is the one of your three girls -- very cute!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Kristin said...

Beautiful pictures, Michelle! I love the one of you, Chelsea, and the the little girls. The one with Ella skipping along with Joe is too cute. That's something Anna Grace would do with Katie's boyfriend. :-)

My big kids aren't very cooperative about pictures anymore either. Well, I take that back. Katie will usually participate but Alex always says "no way". I take any chance I can get now!

Mom To Six said...

Oh my gosh, what BEAUTIFUL pictures. The one of the girls walking holding hands is just precious.

So glad you all had a great time.



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