The Crew

The Crew
Christina, Matthew, Joshua and Katie Grace XiHua

Thursday, July 26, 2012


So we actually just returned from a week and a half in Colorado visiting my family in Boulder/Longmont, Colorado.  It was a wonderful vacation!!!  Believe it or not, my mom did not have wi-fi in her new townhouse, so I did not spend my time blogging! 

 Well, I went through computer withdrawals at first and then I realized that maybe I was just supposed to set my computer aside and enjoy this valuable time with my parents.  I don't get to see them very often at all, and you know, time together is so so very precious.  

Anyway, with that in mind, I took plenty of pictures of our fantastic vacation, but haven't posted any yet.  So I will start now and post some favs.  This first post was of our first day arriving at my parents' townhouse with some of the cousins who stopped by. 

I have many more pictures to come of our fun activities!

Be prepared, I have a very large family!  I am one of 7 brothers and sisters.  Most of whom have children.  Some of us have many! So, when we all get together, it is quite a gathering!  

My Joshua has a fear of flying.  Actually, let me rephrase that, he has some slight sensory issues and hates to go upside down and is extremely apprehensive of the airplane banking for fear of it tipping upside down.  Since we had been saving for our adoption, and then Jacob and I flew to China alone, he has not had to fly for a few years.  So it has taken us quite awhile to convince him to even agree to go on this flight!  Well, he did it, and yes he was really shaking when the plane banked.  Wouldn't you know it, there was a lot of storms as we were flying out and the plane banked and banked, ugh!  Once we were up in the air, he was fine.  He did a great job and even better on the way home.  We also gave him dramamine - not sure if it helped much, but maybe it did a little.  

Hua Hua was great on the air plane and love the trip!  

Christina and Matthew sat across from us.

Once we arrived at Mimi's in Longmont, Joshua immediately started playing with his cousin, Levi, outside!  Last time we visited they were just 3, now they were stuck together and played and played!  

Cousin Vanessa, 11, just loved Hua Hua and took her around everytime they were together!  What a sweet girl she is and so good with little ones!  

Just had to snap a picture of my little sister, Kristy, and how cute she is! How does she have that model type body in her 40's after having 5 kids??  But that's not the best part, she is this sweetest natured of all of us sisters.   

My little sister, Kristy, and Christina.  

Hua Hua, 4, gets some help from cousin Levi, 6. 

Joshua playing with the boys, spitting spit balls at them as they run by in the yard!

Joshua in a tickle pile from the girls... ummm... do you think he is loving this??  ;) 

Cousin Alyssa (17) is letting Hua Hua play on her phone while Vanessa (11) braids hair.  

The tall girls brigade.  For some reason all these girl cousins are tall tall tall.  Three are 17 years old.  Alyssa is about  5'9", my Christina is about 5'8" and Tess is about 5'8".   Then Vanessa who is 11 is very tall too.

My big sister, Marcie, my Momma, and my little sister Polly.  

A bunch, not all mind you, but a bunch of the boys!  My daddy, Joshua (6), Aaron (12), Levi (6), my Matthew (13),  Christian (13),  Tyler (22), Nathan (19).  


  1. Yeah! I was hoping for some photos soon! Looks like a lot of fun was had by all!!

  2. It took me like 15 minutes to figure out all seven of you... lol I think it's been wayyy to long since I've seen my dad's side of the family.


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