Beautiful Life

Hey child up and go; A big world is out there waiting for us to live in every day. Outside you will find, there is love all around you; Takes you, makes you wanna' say; That it's a beautiful life and it's a beautiful world and it's a beautiful time to be here, to be here, to be here. -Fisher

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Red Couch

The tradition of all Chinese adoption traditions is the Red Couch photo.  I have no idea how it got started.  I  do know that most adoptive families used to stay at The White Swan hotel on Shamian Island because it was nice an very near to the American Consulate offices.  The Consulate has since moved, but most families still stay on the Island because it is very adoption friendly. 

The red couches are part of the decor of The White Swan hotel lobby areas.  And most adoptive families, no matter where they stay, make their way to the White Swan to plop their child on a red couch for a photo shoot.  Because it is a tradition. 

Anyone care to remember what Claire thought of that tradition?  Yeah, it wasn't pretty!  She and her betrothed, YoYo, screamed bloody murder all over that little adoption their Chinese dress clothes, no less!


Asher's day was different.  You see, Asher = big ole ham.

Some people call it, being photogenic....but, I know different.....HAM!
Oh, the cuteness is killing me!

Back row: Jackson age  and Tao Ming Zhu ....or Judy....or Callie Jo {age 12}
Front Row: Kimi {3}, Jon Paul {3}, Jonathan {4}, Asher {3}, Dylan {4} and Will {3}

I posted a few of the best.  When you try to photograph 8 children at once, you are not going to get that prefect shot.  At least, I won't.  But, these were pretty cute! 

Here is one of the entire travel group.

Just for cuteness sake.....a few of the boy cutting up.....and only he can!

A little Kung Fu action.

And some goofiness that almost landed him in the pond!
I kid you not!


Sue said...

What a handsome lil man! So happy to see you have him now!

Rebekah said...

Great pics! He looks like he is having a blast!