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There really couldn’t be a more exciting time for my family right now!  As I mentioned earlier, my niece was born last week and Marvin and I flew to California to surprise the unsuspecting parents (my brother and SIL).  Of course YOU KNOW I couldn’t have gone this trip without my trusty camera.  :)

Welcome to the world, my beautiful niece Joy!

Here she is at 1 day old!  I’ve never held a baby this small before.  And don’t you love the little bow on the hat that the nurse made for her?  Too cute!

She is such a doll!

Here she is being introduced to the family at home.  Her big brother is already so sweet to her!

Of course, the trip to LA wouldn’t be complete without some quality nephew time as well!

Here we are with Evan at the park, feeding the geese and ducks!

Then we found a pretty tree and my dad took this photo of us (kind of like a maternity photo if you ask me)!

Then the Evan bear joined us, so cute!

One of Evan’s favorite park activities is going down the slides and he sure is good at it!

Afterwards, we took a stroll to Manhattan Beach where we played in the waves.  Evan’s favorite phrase from this trip (translated from Chinese to English) is “Auntie, Uncle, and Evan went to the ocean and got ALL WET!”  He couldn’t stop saying it all night!

Three generations of hats haha!

Here is a look at our growing family (including my baby bump)!

I’ll be back later with some more pictures from the weekend, but seriously, can I just say I miss them all already?  Family time is the best time, don’t you agree?

How was your Labor Day weekend?

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35 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Jen
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    Evan and Bella and now Joy, hooray! Look at your beautiful family!

  2. meg
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

    gorgeous family!! you’re niece is so precious. congrats on your growing family :-)

  3. honeymyheart
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    these photos are so lovely. congratulations on your new niece. hooray for a growing family :)

  4. oomph.
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    your niece is adorable…love the modern hat with the bow! my kids got the typical knitted ones, sans bow! great family pictures here.

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  5. Alison
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    Your new niece is beautiful! I bet you are all so excited that she is here. I love the picture your Dad took of you & your husband. I would frame that for sure!

  6. Cindy T.
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

    Ah I absolutely love your family (and its growing member!) ;D and congrats on your new niece! Joy looks so cute in that hat and just in general because Asian babies are the cutest patootest. Bias? Yes. Lol.

    My labor day weekend wasn’t too good to be honest, Sandy…nothing life-threatening, but very heart-breaking. I’ll be okay. I’m just a lot more lonely and sad now. : / God keeps me strong though.

  7. Gentri
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

    I love the new blog look! If it’s been different for a while, I’m sorry I’m just noticing it now. :/ Love it though! :D

    Family time IS the best! Looks like you guys had so much fun! Love the maternity photo and the beanie with the bow! So cute!

  8. Georgianna
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

    Wow! Aren’t you the cutest!! What a beautiful family. I bet your parents are so proud! xoxo

  9. ilene
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

    i loved seeing pictures of your family, friend!!!! i esp. love the picture that your dad took of you and marv!

  10. Anna
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 12:04 am

    awww! congrats to your and your precious growing family!! these photos make me so happy.

  11. Chantale
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 12:06 am

    Oh my, how sweet! And you already look like a pro at being a mom! Absolutely lovely family pics.. these warmed my heart..

  12. Melissa B
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 1:19 am

    The picture of the two of you sitting on the tree is beautiful! I love it!

  13. Dancing Branflake
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 1:33 am

    Aww! So sweet and I love that hat photo. What a wonderful trip. Surprises from family members are always wonderful.

  14. Krysten
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    Aw, so sweet!

  15. jillian
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    yah! your family is so sweet. and i am SO excited for you to have your little one :) xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  16. Amanda (Toaster4JC)
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    What a precious family! It is exciting when your family starts to grow. Your parents must be thrilled with all of their new grandchildren!

  17. maria
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    this looks like the perfect trip! and your niece is gorgeous, congrats!!!

  18. postcards and pretties
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    your family is soo sweet!! love the baby bump photo!

  19. sooki
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    i was soooo excited to see this post!!! congrats auntie (again)! your family is indeed growing! can’t wait to see YOUR latest addition. :) oh joy is beautiful and evan so sweet as always! love all the pics, thanks for sharing!!

  20. Michelle (michabella)
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    Awww :) Great pictures!!! Congrats again <3

  21. Ms. Megan
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    Your niece is just a doll!!! I loved all the photos!! How pretty!! Where is that photo by the pond taken?? It looks so lovely!! xoxo

  22. Alli (One Pearl Button)
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    Aw, you look so gorgeous, Sandy! I love the maternity shot. Just perfect.

  23. Dawn {The Alternative Wife}
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    Awh Sandy, you and your family are truly blessed! I’m so happy for you! xoxo

  24. Amanda
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    Yay for having more family to love. Isn’t it true that an aunt’s love is so special? That love just spreads out, it never ends!

    Soon there will be one more in that family! :)

  25. Naomi
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    What a sweet little baby! Congrats on the new edition to your family, your brother and sister in law must have been stoked to be surprised by you!!!

  26. Becky
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    what a sweet little baby.

    Like your new header up top!

  27. Sarah-Anne
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    aw, you have such a sweet family!! i loved looking at the fresh baked baby photos as well ;)

  28. Maddy
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    Aww!! Sweet! She’s so cute! And I know she will be best friends with you little guy when he finally arrives :)

  29. Meagan
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

    Aw! What a sweet, beautiful baby! Congrats to you and your family, auntie!

  30. Shea
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

    Aww, you have such and adorable family Sandy! (And it will be even more adorable soon I’m sure!) :)

  31. alely
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    love that picture of you and marvin with yours and his hands wrapped around your tummy. sweetness!

  32. Tang
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    So sweet and cute!!! I bet you can’t wait for your little bundle to arrive too! :)

  33. gena
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 5:59 am

    very sweet.. My sister just had a baby this summer and was thrilled I got to be there at his birth. Babies are so special and so are growing families. You sure are blessed, Sandy with your beautiful growing family and with the baby a la mode on the way. I’m so happy for you :)

  34. Brandi {not your average ordinary}
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    Sandy, you’re such an awesome aunt — it just confirms my belief that you’re going to be an INCREDIBLE mommy. I can’t wait for the pictures of your own beautiful little one.

  35. miny
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    love all the pics! btw, your dad is an awesome photographer too! it must run in the family =P

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