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Great pics. It looks like a great vacation.


Glad you guys made it back home safely.

Every time I think about your camera, I get all sad panda on the inside.

Headless Mom

I love the top 2. They are awesome!


The first one is PRICELESS. Seriously I mean it is perfect. So natural and relaxed.

bama Cheryl

Look at all the memories you made for you, your kids and your parents. How wonderful. Even the bad parts!


I am glad to hear I'm not the only one who's had a harrowing too long trip this summer. Glad you made it home in one piece, and you look great!


Happy to hear y'all made it home safely. The pictures are awesome! I thought we were the only ones who taught our kids to target practice with a bow and arrow! *g*
Hope y'all are settling in at home nicely!

Mary @ A Simple Twist of Faith

Welcome back!


so wonderful!


Lovely pictures no matter who took them! Thanks for sharing your vacation with us.


Wonderful pics, esp with your Dad. Your hair looks FABULOUS!


I have loved hearing about your trip: your bravery at taking it on; the joys - and pain - of a long trip with all your kids; your happiness at spending time with good friends and your Dad; and feeling I've shared a little bit in the memories you have made with your kids.

The photos are gorgeous; my favourite is the one of you all on the steps, but they are all great.

If it doesn't sound patronising (and it's certainly not meant to be), I am so proud of you for making such a big adventure happen for your kids, even when it was really tough for you. I hope you are happy with your memories of it; I'm sure your kids will remember and talk about it for years to come.

Ouida Gabriel

My goodness Carmen. I love that top photo of you. You are stunning!

GADEL @ Single Moms Poem

A trip worth a life time I presume? Fantastic family photographs Carmen.

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