Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

The last 7 weeks have been especially sad and difficult for our family due to my grandfather's terminal cancer diagnosis and then death 3 1/2 weeks later. I thought it might be beneficial for the children and me to find the funniest photos from the past year and then post them here for you to enjoy as well. Happy New Year! Here is the entire Bryant Bunch (for now anyway!) attempting to take our first picture as a family of 7. It definitely could have been worse. But as you may know, I am a pretty uptight mom and way too serious, so this is funny to me!

Shelby took the time to fix Lilly's hair, and it was SO cute. However, she only had enough hair in the back to put ponytails in so in order to see it, this is the pose that worked best. (You may recall that her poor head was shaved numerous times during her hospital stays in China!)

"My family homeschools, and this is my mom' s idea of an experiment for a toddler like me." (Note the magnifying glass in the bowl of teddy grahams.) Actually I had nothing to do with this. Lilly can thank her siblings for this one!

After the Christmas play at church, our little Ethan, a Wise Man, had decided he didn't want to be wise anymore. He prefers silly over wise on most days!

This was on Lilly's 2nd birthday. Can you tell that she was excited about Tickle Me Elmo?

We homeschool and had been studying about the nomads in world history. Shelby and Katie decided to dress the part and have fun pretending to roam (around the yard!). It was really cute, and I am so thankful that they use their imaginations and still have fun pretending.

This was the day of Lilly's baptism and we had taken LOTS of pictures. I guess this was her way of saying "Enough is enough!"

"Hey, Dad, I think I might need a bath now!"

This is Shelby in her swim cap that she purchased in China. Here she is obviously being very silly with her brother Fulton. (She just said "Mom, do NOT put that picture on there!" Sorry, too late. But my idea is working- we have been laughing SO hard!

This is shortly after her heart surgery. Lilly was SO tired that she fell asleep sitting up in her highchair at lunch! I just had to take a picture- t00 cute!

"This is the best sucker ever! Hey Dad, I think I might need another bath after this one!"

This isn't the normal way to eat a sucker, but both boys just thought this was funny I guess!!

"Hey Ethan, I thought I was the one who was suppossed to play with the doll!" I think Ethan was determined to take whatever it was that Lilly wanted. This was in the first month or so at home. Sibling rivalry was still at an all time high!

Last but not least in this year's funniest Bryant family photos:

This would be me on the way to China. I was determined to sleep and even took 2 Benadryl. My dear husband decided to be cute and snap this darling photograph!


Holly said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear about your Grandfather. Great post! I loved all of the pictures!

Sharon said...

ROFL! Jan, these are just too funny! I love Lilly's expression in the Nomad photo. She is such a silly sweetie!

The photo of you on the plane made me laugh out loud.....truly! hee hee! Gotta love it!


Scarlett_333 said...

I am sorry to hear about your grandfather. Your kids are so cute!


Cyndi said...

Those made me laugh. I am glad to see things are getting back to normal for you guys. I know its been hard and will be for some time. I hope to be able to do lunch on the 23rd I will e-mail you a little closer. Take care

Danny and Rebecca said...

These are great pics! You win the prize on the colorful plane photo!! I love the ones of Lilly bending over too!
love, Rebecca

Cindy said...

Jan, I saw your post on Yunnankids. I'm so sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing. Your happy photos are a great idea. You have beautiful family and we can't wait to see little Ellie added to it. We have a daughter adopted from Yunnan last year with a supposed ASD and valve problem (both fine now). We are also a homeschooling family. Blessings on the rest of your paperchase and adoption.