June 2007 Archive - Divine Reflections Photography Blog

Adoption Party

Adoption Cake

Several months ago, we promised our girls that we would throw a blowout party when their adoptions were finalized. The weekend after school ended for the year was party time! Nearly sixty people came to our home for a Mexican-American Luau. Crystal made tostadas, and I grilled a ton of hamburgers and hot dogs.

We had two pinatas -- one for the smaller kids and one for the older kids. Neither one survived very long. The first or second hitter broke both pinatas!

Emily and Pinata

Picking up Candy

Candy Catchers

We had water games and bubbles set up for the kids. The slip 'n' slide was a huge hit!

The adults had a great time.

Lisa Blowing Bubbles


Shane and Ariana

And so did the kids.





Emily Blowing Bubbles


All in all, the adoption party was a grand success. Thanks for coming everyone!

Posted by Greg on June 27, 2007 at 5:00PM.

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Ariana's Graduation


Recently, Ariana passed a big milestone in her life. She was promoted to the ninth grade! Yes, we have two high school students now. She has really worked hard on her grades, and her work has really paid off.

Ariana, your Mom and I are incredibly proud of you! Here are a couple of pictures from your special day.

Ariana and Mychaela

Holding the Diploma

The Coates Family*

*Thanks to Naomi Flower, Crystal's mom, for taking the family photo.

Posted by Greg on June 24, 2007 at 9:00PM.

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Lauren's Graduation

Lauren Ashley Flower

It seems like just yesterday that I was changing her diapers! Now she is a high school graduate. My, how time flies. A couple weeks ago we went to my niece Lauren's graduation, and I snapped a few pictures of the occasion. Congratulations Lauren on you accomplishments! Go out and change the world; be awesome. We love you!

Accepting the Diploma

Lauren and Gary

The Throwing of the Hats

Lauren Ashley Flower

Posted by Crystal on June 21, 2007 at 5:00PM.

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Swimming at One Mile

One of the best features of Chico is Bidwell Park. One of the park attractions is the Sycamore Pool, which was built to turn the creek into a public swimming area. Last weekend, we took the kids out for some fun in the sun. We swam, we had snacks, and we had a great time. Ariana ran into one of her friends from school, and she joined us for a while. Crystal even took the camera into the middle of the pool to take a couple of pictures of the girls in the water and jumping into the pool. Here are a few of the pictures from our little excursion.

Posted by Greg on June 5, 2007 at 11:10PM.

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