Saturday, March 28, 2015

"Remember as far as everyone knows we are a nice normal family."

We celebrated 'Family' together this afternoon with dinner and lots of laughing and talking!

Let me introduce you to some of my family.

My sister, Nita, (second from the left) is next to her husband, Mike (in the orange shirt).
My brother, Lonnie (in the middle) is next to his lovely wife, Michele (in the blue top). Their darling granddaughter is in front of her.
My sister, Deanie, is behind me and next to her husband, Charlie.

We have decided to purposely schedule time to be together - just because!

This is a plaque that sits in Deanie's kitchen!

I have always wanted to be 'normal!'

Lonnie and Louis Dean visiting in the gazebo.
The weather was PERFECT today!
Attic fan and doors open!
Birds were singing, the sun was shining and all was right in our world!

Little Katy had a good time hosting a tea party - using REAL tea!!!
She also played in the sand box! When they took the cover off she exclaimed, "LOOK! The BEACH!"

We made a lot of fun memories today!

Louis Dean sang us a song......

and then he and I sang TWO duets!!
The crowd went wild!

Nita and Lonnie did a little singing, too!!

My photos are blurry, I KNOW!
We had BBQ Brisket, potato salad, baked beans, broccoli slaw, peach cobbler and ice cream!

Taking pictures when people are eating is probably not good manners.

I did it anyway!

Miss Katy Love had her own table for one!

She is just precious!
Maddie came out for her!

Katy said, "She licked my arm so good - I could feel her taste buds!!!"

We sat at the table long after the food was gone.
I love that!
To me it is the sign of a good party!

Time for lipstick and a photo shoot!

I love these people!!

You know when I said last night that sometimes photos show a 'perfect' picture when really it's not?

Well, these photos ARE 'perfect!'


Deb said...

perfect photos....what a nice day!

Pondside said...

Just like my famy - three girls and a boy! You look pretty normal to me.........but then I think we're normal too!
Seriously though, what a nice idea that is to schedule time to be together for no other reason than your pleasure in one another's company.

Jutta said...

What a lovely sunny day! Precious memories to be cherished and several photos for the next generations about pure happiness and love. How great is that!
BTW I think thee is certain similarity inbetween Trystan and your mother. Red hair but also something else. :)

Bev said...

Linda I am so happy you are doing this...and you are a perfect family... You know the story of Joseph and all the things he went thru....but God meant all those times for good.... and I know thru this all....your family was meant for good! My thoughts and prayers are with you!!

Penny said...

Oh lovely! Beautiful pics. Looks like a fun evening, you look do happy Linda X

Susie said...

Linda, What a beautiful time together with your siblings and family. Katy is adorable. I just melted reading what she said about the beach and the feeling Maddie's taste buds. So darn cute. Blessings to all of you, xoxo,Susie

Sandra said...

it is great you are close enough to get together. we don't have very many left in our family and those that we have are 8 to 12 hours away from each other.. what a blessing to be able to have family time. i miss that

Changes in the wind said...

Wonderful to be able to spend time together and enjoy it:)

Vee said...

Precious, precious family fun and photos! That first one is a riot. Love Katy's expression and Mike's! I am pretty sure that your family is just as "normal" as anyone else's! (I have had that sign pinned to my "Funny" board for months now.

Deanie W said...

It was fun, fun, fun:) Thank you Linda and LD for hosting. Oh yes need to thank Johnny and June as well:)

Ginny said...

Yes they ARE perfect! What FUN! And little Katie really has a way with words! I LOVE her beach and taste buds comments! And she is exactly right. Someone has taught her the right way to pick up and hold a cat. I do so much like L.D. singing "Long Time Gone". That is a good choice, I like that song! I always wanted a large and beautiful family like yours.

Ruth W said...

How nice to meet your family! So fun! Looks like a wonderful gathering!

Arlene said...

Love that saying and your post Linda. I think as we get older we realize how precious family ties are!

Carla said...

Nice to see the whole family in one photo. Glad you can enjoy each others company.
That little Katy is precious. She could feel Maddie's taste buds.