Oct 4, 2012

Just a few more minutes.....


Waking up for school, trying to squeeze in those last few minutes of sleep. I still feel that way. Every day.
Kristin turns 9 years old today, and sorry, you don't get to sleep in, even on your birthday.

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It has been a busy few months, traveling across the Pacific to visit relatives, soccer, a quick visit to Disneyland, and the start of school. It was the first time the K's visited Hong Kong, and unfortunately it was a short trip, 4 days to be exact. With the time difference of -15 hours, they never got fully adjusted and ended up waking up super early, and falling asleep in the afternoons.

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Every morning around 5 AM, Kayla would wake up. I was able to see some amazing sunrises thanks to her.

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We were able to squeeze in some sight seeing, and went to the Peak.

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Attempted to take some pictures with their younger cousins.

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If there is a playground, they will play, regardless of what country they are in.

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Saw this awesome home? from the top of the Peak.

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We took a ferry ride. Some amazing views from the sea.

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Selina made the mistake of showing them the hotel pool the first day we were there. They then proceeded to ask to go swimming everyday after that. Kayla was always the first to be ready to go swimming.

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A few weeks after Hong Kong, we did a quick trip to Disneyland with our awesome friends from New York, Vanessa and Justin.

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Best part of the trip was definitely the Cars ride. You can see Kristin grabbing on to Vanessa, and Kayla is grabbing on to me. After that ride, I don't think they will want to go on another roller coaster for a while.

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The amount of detail they put into the rides is amazing. I really liked the little mermaid ride.

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Best part of Disneyland for Kayla, definitely the cotton candy.

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Oh, and meeting Dale, which they thought were part of Alvin and the Chipmunks.

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Kristin ran for school treasurer...she didn't win, but at least she tried :)

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29 comments:

  1. Your girls are soooo cute and your photos are wonderful. Whenever I view them they always bring a smile to my face, thanks.

    Tom Speropulos
    http://sperosphotos.blogspot.com/

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  2. You can't imagine how I wish to someday have two kids like yours. They're really nice! Congrats.

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  3. Great shots all!!! I love that second one!!!

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  4. Thanks, for making me smile and feel good while reading this post :)

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  5. I've been following for a while and love the quality of your photos! I'm amazed at the creativity. And...in that first photo, did you clean that room using Photoshop or is it always that clean. Something else I need to work on :)

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  6. That's smart and oh-so-clever! I would have voted for her!

    Mine was "Tish the Fish for Supreme Court Justice...because she wants to make waves"

    Tell her to keep on trying. She's got 'that something' ;)

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  7. happy sweet 9th birthday, kristin. it dawns on me every year knowing that you're (and i am) another year older, cause i still remember vividly the watermelon pic your mom sent me while you were a baby...

    girl, stay healthy & playful!

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  8. they are so adorable! i could only dream of being able to photograph people the way you do!

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  9. Happy belated birthday Kristin! And thanks to your dad for sharing this with the rest of us...

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  10. There's always lots of Sunshine, Happy SMILE and momentum in your pictures. All looking amazing, cheerful, it's always very enjoyable to get a new update from your blog.

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  11. Your images are so amazing! What were your settings inside the little mermaid ride? Love those pics. :)

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  12. Anonymous4:38 PM

    I love the Treasurer sign. Your daughters are very smiley. They makes your photos spring to life!!

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  13. I love these. Your photos are amazing. They tell such beautiful stories!

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  14. Great shots of HK. Nice to see a fresh take on the city I've lived next to for 8 years. What camera/lens combo are you using on the 3rd pic of the girls in the street? It has a slight film look...

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  15. Great pictures, are amazing, like always. Thanks for share

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  16. Thanks for the kind words everybody.

    JAR Photography: I was shooting at ISO 6400 with a 24 1.4, aperture varied, but mostly shooting wide open.

    Jesse Warren: I was using a d700 and 35 1.4 for that shot.

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  17. Oh your photography is so, SO amazing. Those shots of Hong Kong are absolutely breathtaking & your Disneyland shots make me feel like I'm at the park.

    And your girls are SO cute. They're so lucky to have all these wonderful images of their childhood.

    Thanks for continuing to share your family with us.

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  18. wow.. Hong Kong must be really great! most especially the Disney Land! i wish i could go there someday.. :-)
    "Cute" is the perfect adjective for your kids..

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  19. Our fam's best experience in adjusting to an across the Pacific time change is to go to Disneyland as early in the trip as possible. It has plenty to keep them busy through the afternoon and lots of sunlight. By the time you get them to bed at night, you can consider those internal clocks readjusted.

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  20. Magic.I remembered me and my sister in Disneyland.So happy.The girls are beautiful. I wish you all the best.

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  21. Hey there. Love the shots in all your posts. The girls are just adorable and your imagination seems endless. Was checking the blog after you posted the photos with Voldie (who's adorable in her own right - I'm sure she'll learn to love the water too). I just thought to ask, did Kristin win the class elections? Hehe.

    Thanks for all the inspirational work man.

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  22. oops. :) i answered my own question on closer review of the last portions of the post! haha. please feel free not to approve the previous comment i posted. again, thanks for sharing all your inspirational work.

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  23. Hi. Your work is amazing! I posted some of your photos on my blog and linked back to your blog and website. Your photography is so creative that I wanted to share your photos with my readers. Hope it is ok.

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  24. Great parenting shows up in happy kids. Well done!

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  26. Hola. fantasticas fotos e impresionantes paisajes. Todos muy guapos, incluyendo por supuesto al perro. Un saludo
    desde La Coruña.

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  28. oh this is so cute! my son who is also in 4th grade run for treasurer too.. and he didn't win (lost by 4 votes! haha)

    what is funnier is the campaign material we used is almost the same as the one you used (even the I am great in Math thing haha).. treasurer is indeed all about the money and math haha

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  29. Gosh this is so amazing! I honestly can't get over how warm your pictures are, not to mention what a great photographer you are! It's not hard to tell how much you love your daughters and it's so heartwarming! I wish Kristin and Kayla every good thing life has to offer! :)

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