Tuesday, April 29, 2008

NYC: Part 1... Relationships

When I booked our impromptu trip to NYC I was a little apprehensive about spending an entire weekend with my sister. I was worried that we would find something to argue about. We have argued about nothing, our entire lives. However, the more we age, the closer our bond becomes. Although, I am still bitter about her stealing my room when I moved out to attend college.

As much as we like to think of ourselves as different, we are very much alike. We are both passionate, hard working, stubborn, confident, loving, head strong, conservative, and of course classy women. I might be a little more laid back and she might be a little bit more out spoken... but truth be told we are quite the same. This weekend solidified our sisterly relationship. Holy guacamole my sister is as laid back as I am!!!

Furthermore.

This past weekend, I realized that my sweet little Lola is so incredibly in love with my sister, "Don't tell Uncle Mike and Dave... but I love you and Kash the most of all."

My daughter loves my sister. She LOVES her! I love that. And my sister loves her back ten times more. I love that even more.

I have been editing pictures all flipping night long and I keep stumbling back to the following pictures. See below. My daughter LOVES my sister. She admires her.

"I want Kash to babysit us, while you go back to work so we can live in NYC with her. Bye, MOM. Go back to work!"

"I miss Kash. Really bad. Really, really, really bad. Can she move to Ohio?"

"I like Kash's rules. She LETS us eat candy all the time!"

"Kash would let us stay up all night long... how come you can't?"

More awesome NYC tales to be told tomorrow. A round of applause for me, OHmommy, for editing 200 picture tonight... phew.... thank goodness for Earl Grey Tea! It only took me 4 hours.



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92classy comments:

Lisa said...

What amazing, amazing pictures! I'm sure you will have them all matted & framed by the end of the week!!! Kash is beautiful & it looks like you had the most lovely time :)

Lisa said...

PS - I seriously was first!!! Woo-hoo!!! I need to go & buy a lottery ticket :)

Joeprah said...

I love watching how the kids interact with everyone and how they are attracted, naturally it seems, to certain people. My youngest is legendary for this, she will run up to certain strangers (like secretaries at my older daughters' school, or nurses at a doctors office) and give them great big hugs. Its like a sixth sense she has where she can spot a kindred spirit off in the distance. Amazing family and pictures you have there. I love hearing about sister relationships too...having three girls...warms my heart.

Joeprah said...

PS - I was second! WooHoo!! :D

tricki_nicki said...

Your sister is darling - like we should be surprised.

Thanks for the pics of NY, I can't wait to visit there.

Jen said...

Great photography, as always, isn't it so neat that your dd and sister are kindred spirits! ;)

Wendi said...

As always, Fabulous Photos!!!
Along with the impressive photography...impressive editing...whew!
I am glad you had such an incredible trip. How wonderful that little Lola loves your sister so much. You have such a great family. What a blessing.

Christy said...

Great photos!

I am glad things went so well with your sister. There is something so incredible and loving about a sister, especially when you aren't fighting. My sister and I are finally past that, and are really becoming great friends now too. Such a warm fuzzy!

Elizabeth...mommy...etc said...

these are FABULOUS photos! Seriously framable...contest winable! *elizabeth

paul said...

It's awesome that they have such a great relationship. :)

Nice pics!

Huckdoll said...

Ah! You can just see the adoration between Kash and Lola...brilliant captures.

You SO know Lola is going to NYC for college. She's a city girl at heart, it's very obvious.

Laura B. said...

Amazing pictures. You can certainly tell that Lola adores her (and that Kash is wrapped around her finger!)

So glad you had a fun weekend!! Oh, and can't wait to see all the pics.

Laura said...

Those are the most amazing photos I have ever seen...WOW...thanks for sharing!

Tara said...

Beautiful photos, and Aunties really ARE the best!

Beth said...

These are really great pictures and your sister is very stylish...very NYC!

Karen said...

What a fun trip, and amazing photos! I love that your family loves each other so and that everyone got along famously. It can be a long, long visit if there's a riff anywhere.

Half-Past Kissin' Time said...

You have a gift! The photos are beautiful. Aunties are the best.

Indy said...

At least you have a place to send Lola when she is a teenager. Ha!

Jenn said...

What FANTASTIC photos! It's always wonderful to have a super-cool auntie (who's willing to have your kids shipped to them for a week!)

Steph said...

Great photos and it looks like Kash and the kids had a blast in NYC.

This Southern Belle said...

Oh, your sister and Lola are just so incredibly darling together!

Krystyn said...

Awesome pictures! They really do love their auntie!

You should post some "before" and "after" edits to see what miracles you worked!

Stella said...

What awesome pictures! Like a friggin magazine!!
Even better that the relationship matches what is seen through the lens!!

Stephanie said...

That is one of the neatest things for me to see as well - my sister and my daughter. Even at an early age they just click :)

I love the pictures - can't wait to see more!

Irene said...

Yes, those are incredible pictures! Obviously you had a wonderful time.

I would SO love to get back to visit NYC. It is one of those places that I really wish I would have lived in and experienced when I was young and single. One of my many regrets...

John-Michael said...

Lola's expression as she looks up at Kash is beyond inspirational! I am so glad that you chose to 'abuse' yourself and endure what must have been a blinding marathon of photo editing. Thank you for that. The resulting beauty of your son's exuberance and your daughters adoration are a marvelous Gift for you to so generously give.

Loving You ever-more.

Rhea said...

Really great photos, not only just visually but emotionally. That's too cute how much they love their aunt and her fun rules!!

Dawn said...

Wonderful pics! They capture so much emotion. I love that you can absolutely see your daughter's admiration. I was the same way with my aunt, and I still love her very much to this day. :-)

Crystal said...

I wish I had an Auntie Kash too!

Angie said...

My sister is my BESTEST friend and we are so much alike, too.

Those are great pics. Too mad Oh Mommy isn't in any of them. That one bridge Lola and your sister are coming through looks like the one on Home Alone 2 - Lost in New York where the crazy bird lady hung out.

KEEP BELIEVING

LunaNik said...

Age is a funny thing, isn't it? I find that the more we age, the closer my sister and I get also. I'm glad that you got the opportunity to reform a bond with your sister and I LOVE that you and your beautiful kiddos had such a wonderful time in the city! I think you should listen to Lola and move to NYC...you would certainly have friends here!!

Kimmylyn said...

What beautiful shots. As others have said I love the little look in Lola's eye when looking at your sister.. it is adorable to see how much she loves her by a look.

Glad you guys had a GREAT time in NYC.

Holly said...

Oh wow. Gorgeous photos. I'm so glad you had such a great visit!!

Katherine Long said...

So friggin' cute. I loved meeting all of you!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Your sister is gorgeous and so is little Lola. Look at all that love!

Ashlee said...

How fun for all of you! :0) I love that aunty bond. Being an aunt is like having extended children. You get all the fun parts about having kids and don't have to deal with being the "mean mom". :0)

renatamic said...

you just see lola's admiration of kash through these photos!! the way she looks at her, oh my!! it is great the amount of love you and your family share...no matter the distance between each of you!

Don Mills Diva said...

Your sister is stunning and Lola knows it!

the MomBabe said...

Aww, so cute! Gotta love those aunties.

Tracey said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures!! I am so glad you got to go to the city, at last. And you DID wear cool shoes! Look at those boots. Rockin, hon.

Stacey @Real World Mom said...

Great photos! It's so nice that your kids have such a good relationship with their Aunt! Not everyone is that lucky!

Gayle said...

I live in New York, and those pictures are still just enchanting!I want to see THAT city! I find the same thing with my sister, I love her and we are the best of friends, but we find nothing to fight over and more than 24 hours together and we start getting snippy. Living in diff states makes me forget that we're like that, until my next trip home... (:

Amy said...

Awesome pics! And the relationship between those two is beautiful, just like they are. But what I really want to know is...
how did you get all the people out of Times Square to take that photo?

Happy Days said...

Great Pictures!!! It looks like you all had a lot of fun! Wonderful Memories!!!

The Immoral Matriarch said...

Great photots!

Kelly said...

Your sister is gorgeous and those are amazing photos!! Your family is all very photogenic (and of course the photographer is great too!!) I can't wait to see more!

LceeL said...

Your sister and those kids are just great together.

Nissa said...

Those are absolutely wonderful pictures! It really does show the bond between your daughter and your sister. Too sweet!

April said...

Great sisters make great aunts. My kids adore my sister as well, and my sister is able to predict exactly how my girls will react to something. Makes you really appreciate family, doesn't it?

suchsimplepleasures said...

my children love my sister like that, too!!
wonderful pics! i'm glad everyone had a good time and there were no sister cat fights!!
xoxo

MommyTime said...

Great photos -- I love the third one in particular. Isn't it wonderful when kids love their relatives? Mine adore their auntie MIQ, and it warms my heart to no end when they ask out of the blue to go see her.

beth said...

Great pictures. They really tell a story. So much better than the usual posed shots with everyone grinning at the camera.

Cecily R said...

Stunning pictures. Like we expect anything less.

I love that your sister and Lola are kindred spirits.

Glad you had such a great time.

Jolyn said...

fun!fun!fun! you will be SOOO glad you spent the 4 hours now! (now which will you frame?)
(Oh, and is the Sis going to Africa soon?)

Stephanie said...

How wonderful! You are so blessed to have such a great sister!

P said...

I love those pictures. Beautiful!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

love that one of them walking... and LOVE THEM BOOTS!

HRH said...

Beautiful pictures. You can see the relationship in their eyes.

McMommy said...

I think my favorite is the Statue of Liberty picture! All the pics are amazing!

duchess said...

Absolutely love the Statue of Liberty shot. Great job!
We want more....

Jennifer said...

great pics.

your kids are ADORABLE!!

your sister is BEAUTIFUL!!

your pics came out great!! good for you for 200 pics in 4 hours. :) I have so many pics to edit, it is kind of sad and pathetic... too many to mention. :)

glad you had fun and that your daughter and sister got to fall in love and your realized even more how wonderful your relationship and frienship is with her.

xoxox's Jenn

Kelli Huntsman said...

So happy that you had a great time in NYC. I made my first trip there about a year ago and fell in love with it. Did you get a chance to see any plays while you were there? I love Broadway, Central Park, and of course 5th Avenue. Can't wait to hear more about your trip.

jennie said...

I LOVE how Lola is looking at Kash all the time, it is so sweet. you take some great pictures.

mamatulip said...

Good gravy, those pictures are AMAZING. The one of the two of them looking at each other, just past the stone tunnel, should be framed. It's gorgeous.

Kathryn said...

What an absolute blessing to be so close to your sister.
That third picture melts my heart!

Kristen said...

What super cute pics you took of your kids and Kash!

Looks like everyone adores everyone in those photos.

Love it! And all edited as well. That is impressive!

amanda said...

picture perfect :)

as always!!

can't wait to see more!

ConverseMomma said...

These pictures are stunning. I don't have a sister, and I was very envious of what you have with Kash. I do, however, have a brother that worships my children, and they adore him. It means the world to me.

Kimber said...

These are gorgeous, emotional and touching photographs. I am giving you a round of applause right now:)

Kim

Jan said...

Ditto. Really great post.

carrie said...

What faublous pictures! I love the one of your sis and Lola with the Statue of Lib. in the background. And, of course, the last!

How wonderful to have such a loving and close family! Yay for you all! :)

Cheffie-Mom said...

How amazing! Looks like a ton of fun :) Sorry I have not been blogging lately! I have been taping shows. What was I thinking?? Hah! Maybe it is a good thing I wasn't thinking! If you get a minute, check it out. I'd love to hear what you think. I am inviting all my blog friends over for feedback. http://www.dishingwithdebbie.com Your stories are great and my whole idea behind this show is for other moms to share real stories like you do. Sponsors are donating neat prizes like chocolate baskets and mini-chef aprons and way cool cookery stuff. Anyway, I'd love to hear from you.

Cheffie-Mom said...

How amazing! Looks like a ton of fun :) Sorry I have not been blogging lately! I have been taping shows. What was I thinking?? Hah! Maybe it is a good thing I wasn't thinking! If you get a minute, check it out. I'd love to hear what you think. I am inviting all my blog friends over for feedback. http://www.dishingwithdebbie.com Your stories are great and my whole idea behind this show is for other moms to share real stories like you do. Sponsors are donating neat prizes like chocolate baskets and mini-chef aprons and way cool cookery stuff. Anyway, I'd love to hear from you.

Cheri said...

The LOVE just jumps off the screen and into my heart!

Sue said...

Fabulous pictures, I want to see all 200!!!!

krissy said...

So sweet...love the pictures. My sister and my daughter have an amazing relationship too. They are just alike as well.

Glad your trip was amazing.

Blessings From Above said...

Beautiful pictures!!! I especially like the one with the Statue of Liberty in the background.

Speaking of our sister...what ever happened with her website? Awhile back she "hijacked" your blog asking for title suggestions.

Sara said...

It looks like from the photos you guys had an awesome time!

THopgood said...

I wish I had a sister...=(

LaskiGal said...

You can feel the love. Seriously. You can. I have a similar relationship with my sister. I love how they LOVE little J!

These pictures seriously belong in a magazine! Awesome and beautiful.

LaskiGal said...

I was 80!!! I love big even numbers. Oh, crap. Now I'm 81. I ruined it . . .

April said...

Wow, Lola can't take her eyes OFF of her Auntie! So sweet! Their love is so evident. :-)

Shannon said...

Great photography! I have 5 younger brothers and sisters whom I love dearly and I can say that my affection just keeps growing stronger as we get older. There is nothing like those bonds!

Tootsie Farklepants said...

Your sister is a freakin' knockout!! Hellloooo America's Next Top Model!

the mama bird diaries said...

Totally cool photos. Love them.

Everyone looks so blissfully happy.

girlymom4 said...

Beautiful pictures!!! Your sister is just as adorable as you are!

The Diva's Thoughts said...

Great pics! I am really amazed that you have 86 COMMENTS in just 24 hours! Holy mackerel!!!

just jamie said...

Man oh man. Could your family genes be any cuter? Oh, and jeans too? Love, love, love the photos.

Taya said...

Isn't that what sisters are for?! They make us crazy, make us laugh, make us cry, and feed our kids LOTS of sugar! Beautiful pictures btw....

Kendra said...

Those photos are amazing!

The Schneider's said...

Great pictures!! It looks like a very fun trip! Glad you guys had a good time!

Victoria said...

I'm just getting caught up on your trip now (we left on our own trip! LOL!)

These photos are beautiful - such a sweet combination of enthusiasm and love and joy.

Thanks for sharing! Where you headed next? *grin*

 

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