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East River

Grandpa has turned Jackson into a farm kid!








A few photos from SD – West River






PhotoBookGirl Giveaway

Ok, this giveaway was so good I had to start blogging again so I could get an extra 3 entries!

I just used MyPublisher to print a photo book of our first family photos, and it turned out so well that I decided ONLY to use MyPublisher from now on. So when I read that PhotoBookGirl was giving away $600 to spend at MyPublisher I just had to enter!

Even if you don’t enter the giveaway, check out It is a great site with amazing tips and even a photo book wizard to help you decide which of the hundreds of companies to use for your book.

It’s a….


Big announcement


Cutest. Baby. Ever.

I’m his mom; I’m expected to say it!

I’ve been very slack on blogging.  I’m still taking photos, just not really sharing them using this medium anymore.  Follow me on Instagram instead!  @emilyminor

Jackson Minor, Baby Model

Jackson has done two shoots for the Goodbaby brand in the past two weeks.  Here’s a couple of snaps.

Animal Style

Jackson is turning into such a little man!

Cute little baby tushes are just so adorable.

Jackson wore:

Animal onesie – gifted from Inge

Jeans – “Levis” from market

Shoes – Decathalon

Mall of America Style





Playing Style

Xiao Huang has been taking Jackson outside to play every morning and afternoon since it’s so nice out now.  It sounds like lots of the ayis bring the kids out to an area in our compound near the exercise equipment; I’ve went to their little playgroup a couple times and there are lots of babies Jackson’s age.  The nannies help the babies practice walking – it’s pretty cute!

All of the fashionable babies are matching their strollers now…

I love his cute little tummy!  Grandma sent us some summer clothes – they all snap onesie-style which is great for playing and staying stylish.  :-)



Jackson doesn’t want to wear hats anymore… he will not keep them on his head.

Hats aren’t for wearing; they are for nomming!

Jackson wore:

Shirt – OshKosh, gifted from Grandma Reisch

Pants – Faded Glory hand-me-down from cousin Amber

Shoes – from the Hongqiao fake market

Hat – Quechua from Decathalon

Stoller – Combi travel stroller


Featured in Small Style!

So, I was just linking up with Morgan for Small Style, as usual, and I discovered that last month when we did the first ever Dual Small Style post, Morgan featured our babies on her blog.

I’m not sure how I missed it before, but it’s pretty cool that someone else appreciates our super cute babies!!  :-)

Check out her post here. 

Starbucks Style

These were taken in a Starbucks in Japan.  The Starbucks is located inside the park, next to the playground.  It’s a brilliant idea…. moms thrive on caffeine.

As usual, Stella was very patient with Jackson as he tried to nom on her!

Jackson wore:

overalls – The Pumpkin Patch, gifted from Gil and Chris Fewtrell

sweater – Baby Gap (probably real), from the Children’s Market

cap – from the Children’s Market

shoes – from the fake market

Lack of blogging….

I try to blog frequently.  I do.  However life seems to get in the way….

Jackson’s first time in the ocean!  He wasn’t too impressed.  I think the water was a bit too cold for him.  (Photo by Erica)

Last week we were in Japan, visiting Stella and her mommy Erica. We did all kinds of baby-friendly fun things.  See the highlights here.  Really, click on this link!  Erica’s photos are awesome.  Maybe someday I will post some of mine.


Flying Style

Last Thursday Jackson and I were on a plane to Fukuoka, Japan. Comfort over style on these days. Luckily it’s just a 1.5 hour flight. No diaper changes mid-air needed.




Jackson wore:

Sweatshirt – SDSU Jackrabbits from the University Bookstore in Brookings.

Pants – Chinese brand from the baby market, with a perfectly legally used Thomas the Tank Engine icon.

Slipper Socks – Chinglish from the baby market. They say ‘Warking. Go! Go!’ Not working, or warning, or walking. Whatever.

Toys – Stella’s!

366 project

Well, I’m doing pretty well on the Photo A Day project. I didn’t miss any days in January or February, but did miss 2 days in march when Jackson was sick.



Small Style Duo, Part II

 I’m so late on posting this.  I’m blaming the cough that turned into a fever and pneumonia, resulting in a baby that would not let me put him down.  Tonight is the first night he’s slept for two hours in his crib.  So, my arms are now free to finally post this!

Crazy baby hair!

Stella is “Ton-Ton-Ton-ing” Jackson, which is how they put babies to sleep in Stella’s daycare in Japan.  Check out her other photos here and here for a better description!

Jackson wore:

Skull thermal shirt – baby Gap (gift from Megan)

Camo pants – Garanimals (hand-me-down from Amber)

Sweatshirt – Circo 

Small Style Duo

Erica and Stella (of Expatria, Baby fame) was here visiting last week.  So of course we had to do a dual Small Style post! It was so much fun to have two babies around for a week with such different personalities.  Stella is just over a year older than Jackson, but they weigh the same.  It’s hard to imagine him walking and talking like she is – she even could say “Jackson”!  (well, we could she tell she was saying Jackson.)

Definitely click over to Erica’s blog to check out her photos.  The last one is the best!

Snap quick mama, this is the only photo you’ll get of us looking in the same general direction.

Wow, Stella, your legs are really skinny.

Check out my two new teeth!

My, that’s a beautiful flower on your shoe.  I’m going to attempt to eat it now.

Wait, Stella!  We’re not done smiling yet.

Your sweater looks like good eating too! I’ll just have a nibble…

Jackson wore:

shirt – Old Navy (hand-me-down from Amber)

carpenter jeans – The Children’s Place

shoes – from the fake market in Hongqiao

While you are over at Erica’s blog admiring the two most adorable children in the world, vote for her on Top Baby Blogs.  It’s really easy; just click the banner and vote for her.


My freezer drawer contains only baby food and vodka. Coincidence?



Jackson is pretty excited about riding on Mike’s shoulder!



 I liked how the crane was reflected in the water in the morning.  Though I wish I wasn’t up so early in the first place!




Hello Gabby!  Would you please hold still for just a second??

Days 28 to 33

33/366 – Our old apartment building, seen from the C’s place.

32/366 – Condensation in our water dispenser, lit from above with a flashlight.

31/366 – Waiting for Mr. Wong

30/366 – close up of the inside of our bedroom light (it’s not really furry like it looks!)

29/366 – Current reading material

28/366 – I translated all 23 of these Chinese sentences!

Baby Bear at IKEA

Last week we went with Mike to IKEA.  Jackson was in his little bear outfit to stay warm, and was in a very good mood.  Scroll to the end to see his adoring fans crowding around him!

(Thanks for taking all of the photos, Mike!)

Days 23 to 27

I’ve taken all of my photos on the proper day, but have been a little slack on posting them. I have published them all to Instagram though!20120128-233727.jpg






Home work for tomorrow was 23 sentences in Chinese characters translated. DONE!


22/366 – Chinese New Year 2012

Chinese New Year Style

It’s the Chinese New Year holiday right now and we’re welcoming in the year of the Dragon and saying goodbye to the year of the Rabbit.

About 95% of my photos were of Jackson doing this.

Jackson’s Chinese nickname is “Koushui Xiansheng.”  Literally, it’s translated as “mouth water mister” … or Mr. Drooly as he’s known in English.

Jackson wore:

Chinese outfit – gifted from Dan and Wendy

Drool – model’s own




More yogurt please! (My child has not yet discovered any food he dislikes.)



Construction on the bridge has stopped for the Chinese New Year holiday. Everything in China grinds to a halt over CNY except the transportation system. This is the largest human migration in the world when everyone goes home over the holiday.



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