Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Highlight of My Trip

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Contrast that picture with the one from this post of just me and Willow on the ferry five years ago. My Mom has had an explosion of grandchildren in the last 30 months. The photo is a little dark, but from L-R there is my youngest sister Jaime, her 2 year old son Will, my Willow, Teri (middle sister)'s six-month old daughter Dharma, me, and Jaime's eight-month old son, Hunter. Teri would have been in the picture, but someone had to play cameraman.

I could not get enough of Dharma - so much so that Teri accused me of trying to pass off her daughter as my own.

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How could you not? She has a very sweet disposition and always feel asleep on me (something that Willow never did).

Here is my Mom and Hunter:

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Now, he is a handful - 2 months older and about 9 pounds heavier than Dharma. He has started to eat solids, and in Willow's words, if he doesn't have food in his mouth, "he is yelling his head off!" In his defense, he was teething and two teeth popped out while we were on the Island. He has these bright blue eyes - I sure hope they stay that way.

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Will is Willow's closest-in-age Canadian cousin, and the two of them got along famously.

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Sometimes too much so. There was the odd bumping of heads and crashing into walls, and I am afraid Will took the brunt of it. He couldn't say Willow so he called her 'Lolo.' Teri and Jaime and their kids slept in a camper on my parents' property as my parents only have a small cottage. Will would tear into the house in the morning shouting, "Lolo! Where Lolo!?"

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And no, he isn't angry in the picture. Teri made the mistake of telling Will to open his eyes for the picture (he was doing the same squinty-eyed cheesy grin thing Willow does) and that was the result.

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I love the look on Dharma's face here - she reminds me so much of Teri as a baby, but Teri showed us a picture of her husband Carl as a baby and Dharma looks like him as well. Whatever the combination, she's a pretty baby.

All the P Girls and their progeny:

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Okay - scenery pictures next time!

8 comments:

Bezzie said...

Awww! Look at everyone!!! You're so lucky to have all those kids approx. the same age. A good majority of Chunky's cousins are much younger or much older than him. I guess that's what happens when an oldest child marries a youngest child!

Disco said...

My Teddy used to fall asleep like that too. Maybe that's why he never fell asleep in his crib!!!

What great family pics. We also have a whole BUNCH of cousins around the same age - it's going to be so much fun watching them grow up together. I think we have something like six who will all be in the same grade at school :0)

Lee said...

My! but Hunter has eyes. Some girl will write a song about him someday.

Shan said...

Oh I love this post. What great pictures...Hunter is going to be a heartbreaker.

Beverly said...

That first picture is great! A big bundle of babies and love.

Suzanne said...

That is a pile 'o babies!

Also, you really really should remember "Lolo!" That's the cutest nickname for Willow! She may want to use it when she gets older. (As a person with another name that's hard to shorten, I take what I can get as well.)

Nell said...

Wow! Hunter's eyes are amazing!

What a crew. You must have had a wonderful time!

Life's a Stitch said...

I have never seen eyes like that!