Friday, December 17, 2010

The Lion and the Lamb

We trekked up to see my brother and his family last weekend. It had been way too long.

Our kids are entirely enamored of theirs. And the feeling is mutual.

These funny littles don't get enough time together.

The boys hunkered down with Legos.

The girls dressed up in animal costumes and later had high-heel dance parties to songs like "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini".

I went to church Saturday night with my sister-in-law, Shannon. (Two Shanna/ons!)

Their church was small and warm. I watched her sing and when her voice caught with emotion, my eyes instantly welled up. They welled up again when her pastor spoke the words, "Love wants to come to earth through your skin and your bones and all you have to do is say YES."

Back at the house, I was reacquainted with the fact that my brother does not like pizza. Weird, right? We ate tacos around the island and bunked the kids by twos, then we watched The Proposal (excellent movie!) and ate Doritos, brownies, and in some cases, Beef-a-Roni. Shannon hooted and hollered through the movie, Cory giggled (it's true). Noal and I represented normalcy. ;)

The night was short, the morning came much too early.

Snow fell in picture-show bits - impossibly fluffy, larger-than-life.

Before we knew it, it was time to head back home.

We were having too much fun to think about photos, but we assembled the gang around the tree for a parting shot.

But someone wasn't ready to say goodbye.

Sadness quickly melted into a loud display of emotional histrionics.

And once that corner is turned, it's hard to fully sympathize.

So we did what any good parents would do.

We forced her over to the tree.

And we captured the moment for posterity.

Poor Brooke.

The Lion and the Lamb?

You ain't kidding.

38 comments:

  1. Looks like a wonderful weekend! Sometimes I'm caught between feeling like the Lion and the Lamb too!

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  2. hilarous of Ruby and your niece! And how could you not laugh through The Proposal??!!

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  3. I love it. Love love LOVE it. Another parent who takes pictures of her screaming children.

    And that poor cousin. The look on her face about made me pee my pants.

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  4. These are GREAT!!! Reminds me of our little chipmunk having one of her dramatic attacks.

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  5. Oh my gosh...the look on Brooke's face is priceless! Fun times!
    adorable post ~

    blessed holiday wishes to your family ~

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  6. Poor little Ruby!!!! I've felt that way at times but I would look pretty silly at my advanced age wailing. Not Ruby though!!!!

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  7. One day future Grandma that you will be, you will be able to pull this one out of the dusty archives, when Ruby's little munchin is flinging herself onto the floor when it's time to go home. I remember my eldest mortifying me in front of a childless sister-in-law who was babysitting and invited us over for a play date. The little girl had a room... a room of barbies all neatly lined up and organized. My daughter realized she had not played with the dolls as it was time for us to leave. How much easier it was six years later when other family members started having children. It was lonely at the top. How wonderful to have cousins the same age. Enjoy!

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  8. I love that Ruby. And her cousin's uncomfortable face... priceless!!

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  9. Oh I'm cracking up at Miss Ruby! Isn't that movie good - I laughed so hard at it outloud & I'm usually the normal at the movies :)

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  10. Cutest devestation I've ever seen.

    And those costumes?
    And, now I want beef a roni.
    Geesh.

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  11. um, also I just read your guest post. whew. You are back in my favor, even though you threw out Santa. What's next, the easter bunny? (Just kidding, I hate him) (just kidding. I can't hate bunnies. Especially pink ones...or was it purple) (Really though, what is the point of the bunny?)

    Anyway. Love you. MUWAH!

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  12. this made me laugh out loud - so glad you captured those priceless moments!

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  13. Oh that sounds like the perfect day. You are like me. I instantly tear up and cry when someone else does. Never ever fails! I would have been a mess. Love those pics of Ruby. I know that sounds mean...with her cryin' and all, but oh how you captured the moment:)

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  14. Ha ha ha. Your poor little lion. I love the expression on Brook's face.
    Sounds like you had a lovely visit.
    The Proposal is on my list of movies to see. Can't wait!

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  15. You had to know that whole wonderful post about your wonderful time with your wonderful family was going to be thrown out the window by those pictures of Ruby. Holy guacamole those made me laugh! (my apologies to Ruby!)That is the best devastated face ever! And the dissolving smile on Ms. Brooke's face is hilarious!

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  16. Those pictures are hilarious... especially your niece's face... like she just doesn't know what to do.

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  17. haha! too funny...they make an adorable pair!

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  18. ...Lord child...i am so glad i am getting to know you in heaven...

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  19. Omgosh!!! I love, love the picture of the lion and the lamb...but a crying Ruby is a precious Ruby...;)

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  20. Hoo-hee! Girlfriend can rock the wail. I love the way she lives life to its fullest. If you're going to be sad, give it all ya got for crying out loud!

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  21. Cousins...nothing better! Glad you guys got some quality time together, even if it was short. I am drinking my tea {"Sleepytime Vanilla"} and thinking of that conversation we need to have. I need to pick your brain about...compression hose.

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  22. My husband just asked me what I am laughing about. Oh dear, love Ruby's dedication to the wailing and gnashing. That little Brooke was so wanting it to be better for Ruby, looks like it didn't work though. Some of my favorite kiddo photos have tears in them, but it is life with kids!

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  23. Oh my goodness. I love that you take pictures of her mid sob. It makes me feel like I am at home...since I do the same thing. Catching up with brothers is always cool :)

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  24. Oh my gosh, this is adorable! I love that you got photos of Ruby in her current state of mind. And that last photo is just priceless!!! xo

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  25. The pictures of Ruby and her cousin are absolutely hysterical. I love the look on her cousin's face. Priceless.

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  26. these pictures and words are priceless.
    it is crazy that you have them in the lion and lamb costumes with the perfect story to go with it!

    that'll preach!

    I cry when others cry...
    so glad you had a great time with your brother and his family...

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  27. The kids are beautiful, and the last photo is so adorable! She will appreciate these someday when she's older. Thanks for sharing. Many blessings.

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  28. aww..such a sweet post! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!! Hugs, Rachel

    *French Farmhouse 425*

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  29. Ruby hair is so poofy and wild and Brooke is looking at her like "girlfriend get a grip!" white gripping her teeth hahah cute

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  30. Those last photos are hilarious! Good times.

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  31. Bless her little heart! Don't just wish you could have a melt-down like that sometimes? Pasting that smile on our faces does get old! Thanks for the smile, and I loved the message about letting love in!

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  32. Great pictures! Cousins are the best!

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  33. I can't help singing 'How Great is Our God' now, thanks Shannan!

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  34. OMG I laughed outloud at the pics of Ruby, the look on Brooke's face is priceless.
    Gotta love those family get together's and goodbyes...
    Thanks for sharing!

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