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Sunday, August 5, 2012


Hello, everyone!  No, I haven't disappeard again; I'm still here.  I know you haven't seen or heard from me this weekend but that's because I was very busy helping my cousin prepare a family reunion (of sorts) for one of her 5 sons.  And we're pretty much still celebrating!

My nephew, Greg, and his family came home for a brief vist from Japan where's he's been stationed for over a year.   Greg was previously stationed in Hawaii for several years prior to that, and had spent some time on his ship, so all the family got together to celebrate his brief visit home.  This was the first time he'd been together with his other 4 brothers in several years (one of whom came here from California to join the celebration).  The entire family is so proud of Greg as, at age 37, he's a Command Master Chief in the Navy, and is assigned as the Command Master Chief  to the USS Tortuga LSD 46 naval ship which participated in the Tsunami disaster relief in 2011.

If you're interested, here is a link to my nephew's bio web page where you can read some of his accomplishments:  http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lsd46/Pages/bio3.aspx

In the meantime, I'm sharing some pictures I took at his mom's this weekend.  Sorry my picture-taking skills aren't the greatest, some of them are blurred, and please accuse how I look.  I really worked hard in preparation -- it was very hot and humid, and I'm pretty sweaty and just tired.

Here I am with Greg and his sweet family:

This is Greg with the newest member of our family, his nephew (his brother's son); it was his first time seeing CJ in person:

This is Greg's wife with CJ:

This is me with my nephew(Greg's brother) Lawrence, and his wife, who came in from California:

And me with the happy and proud mom:

LOL!  Five guys and no daughters!!!  But..., all 5 are great and successful young men!!!

Well, I'll be back tomorrow with a little card project I'll be finishing up some time tonight, and I'll be back on my rounds seeing what you've all been up to!!!



Ohhh Snap said...

Beautiful family! And your nephew has done well! Glad you got to spend some time together :D.

Monique Barr said...

Just a good looking family, and you have a lot of hair. TFS your family with me.

Karons Krafty Korner said...

Lovely photos Audrey and looks as if you had a fabulous weekend. Thanks for sharing some of your family life:-)

Rhonda Emery said...

what a beautiful family, looks like you had a great weekend with family. hugs

flowerdisco said...

oh sweet friend, what a beautiful family and you are just so pretty too.
big hug!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

How fabulous to have family pictures...you should be proud as can be with your nephew, spectacular accomplishments!
That baby is adorable as can be.
Thanks for sharing sweetie

Lisa said...

What a beautiful family you have, Audrey!! Your nephew is a true hero...we are lucky to have him serving our country!! Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos with us!! Have a great evening :)

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Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Audrey how nice it is to see the whole family looks like you had a great time enjoying each others company. Thank you for sharing.

girlia said...

how nice

Myrna said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful family with us. You must be proud.

Charlotte said...

Oh Audrey, I am so glad you shared about your nephew. How wonderful to have him home for a visit AND to have all that family there to celebrate him too!! This is what family is all about. Everyone looks so good and so happy! What a time to remember. And you Audrey, looked fabulous. I look forward to seeing your project you are finishing.
Take Care and Big Hugs!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That is wonderful, family is the best!
Wow, Japan, that is one place that I would love to live someday!

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice pictures and little CJ is as cute as a button and as for you "looking gooooooood" thanks for sharing!!!

Scrappin Sista said...

Beautiful family and beautiful pictures Ms. Audrey!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Linda said...

I guess if you have 5 guys and one great mom they all will be great men even without all those women to keep them in line. LOL
Love the pictures.
Thank you for the sweet comment about my wine bags. I really appreciate your visits and comments.
Have a wonderful week.

Jani Lewis said...

So greet that you were able to see and visit with your family. Those are always treasured moments. It is extra special when family members from far away get a chance to visit.

audrey said...

Hi Audrey

It sound as if you had a great time and your family look beautiful, but I fell for CJ.


Peggy T. said...

Audrey, what a beautiful family. I'm so glad you got to spend time with them.

Susie Craft Happy! said...

Always time for family, everything else can wait. Beautiful family!


Treva said...

Thank you for sharing, congrats to your cousin for raising such fine young men. Beautiful family pictures, a blessing beyond measure!

Mary said...

What a great family picture. I just want to pinch CJ's cheeks, lol. What an accomplished young man your nephew is. I have to notice that we are about the same height, I am always the shortest one in the group pics, lol. Hope all is well my friend. Hugs, Mary

Mrs. Miles said...

Hi Audrey,

I'm here via Debbie's blog and so glad I came. Your card/box project is wonderful and I can think of a kazillion variations on it.

Its always nice to see photos on a blog, lends a "person (al) touch to posts" Thanks for allowing us this glimpse into your obviously close and loving family.

Blessings, Barb

Norma said...

Hi Audrey:) OMG! the baby is so CUTE....Great pictures to treasure and scrapbook!! Thank you for sharing with us! Have a fantastic day.

Nicole said...

You have a beautiful family! Successful men.. I LOVE IT!!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

i am so happy that you had a special time with your family... you look beautiful my friend. And mom has the right to be proud. What handsome sons she has. i will be checking out the link on Greg.. hugs

lisa808 said...

tfs your beautiful family photos.

Besthobbyeva said...

Awesome, awesome pictures, that little baby, oooh I could squeeze him, soooo handsome.

Please thank your nephew for his service to our country!!! And his family for the sacrifices they make!!

Must have been so wonderful to have everyone together!!

Thanks for sharing!!


Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

How wonderful!! You had a reunion last year too, did you not? What fabulous, fabulous photos of your beautiful family members (and that includes you!!)! Thanks so much for sharing these, Audrey!
PS Our family is always using nicknames too. Sometimes, it's hard to remember real names!!

Ana Márquez said...

What a beautiful family! The baby is soooo pretty. You're very lucky :-)

DIANA L. said...

Thanks for sharing your family photos with us the baby is adorable.

Lori Apgar said...

What a gorgeous family Audrey!!! Glad you got to get everyone all together!!

Jean said...

Great pictures!

The Archiving Angel said...

Hi sweetie! Still catching up. I cannot believe how much I missed. You have such an attractive family. Blessings to you & all of them. May God keep you in his tender, loving care always.