Reminisce of Days Gone By… {Part I}

Last weekend, my family made lemonade out of a single lemon!

How you ask?  My wife, son, parents, sisters, nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles were all planning on attending an event together to support a distant family member as they exchanged wedding vows.  Unfortunately, the Perigee moon allowed them to see things differently and things did not go as planned.  Nevertheless, family was coming to town and we were going to take advantage of this opportunity and God’s beautiful weather.

Friday night, we had a mini-mixer at my home… BBQ from Lawlers, spirits from the state store and chaser from the gas station!  What a combination!  We talked about our childhood and how wonderful it was.  We talked about how our parents could pack the car with Christmas gifts and luggage and could drive us all the way to grandma’s house without us even knowing the packages were with us!  I now know the secret and plan to carry that tradition!  We talked about Eastbrook… The cul-de-sac is what people call them now but growing up we called it a circle!  The spirits started to get the better of us so we called it a day and I couldn’t wait until Saturday for the continuation!

Saturday came and my parents had a cookout!  I just love cookouts, especially when all I have to do is show up, eat, and pull out my camera!  My uncles and aunts had arrived and got their grub on too!  Now the party is heatin’ up!  When my dad and his brothers and sisters get together, that’s when I get to learn about their days gone by!  It’s also funny to hear the different interpretations of the stories!

LOL!!!!

Anyway, here are a few photos that we took and I wanted to share them with the world because I think the world of my family!  My father told me a long time ago and I’ll always cherish these words… “If you don’t have family, you don’t have anything”.  If you have family and your relationships are not what you’d like, please do whatever it takes to repair it.  You only get one shot at this thing called life.

What will you reminisce of days gone by…

Anybody up for some karate?

I think I had to stop to get oxygen!

Part II tomorrow:  The Loves of my life… My wife Tina and my son Nicholas!

 

 

 

Posted on March 28, 2011 in Personal

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Responses (8)

  1. Richie Carter
    March 29, 2011 at 7:07 am · Reply

    Thanks Nikki & Gloria! We had a blast!!!
    I just got my wind back from the weekend!

  2. Gloria Caldwell
    March 29, 2011 at 6:50 am · Reply

    Wow! That looked like alot of fun! What a beautiful family! That made me smile (BIG)!

  3. Nikki #2
    March 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm · Reply

    Those are beautiful pics as always. Send my love to the Carter’s, whom I haven’t seen in years.

  4. Valorie
    March 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm · Reply

    I almost cried (quickly dried my eyes..at work they think I’m hard) What a blessing it is to have a family like mine. Wouldn’t change a thing! Love you all. –VCL

  5. Von
    March 28, 2011 at 11:07 am · Reply

    Glad I made it in to spend time with the family! It was a great wknd!

  6. Richie Carter
    March 28, 2011 at 10:47 am · Reply

    Thanks Katina! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s continuation post!

  7. Katina
    March 28, 2011 at 10:33 am · Reply

    Family is a precious giftt. Time spent with them is like having a diamond placed in your crown. Wonderful Shots King. Love it.

    • Richie Carter
      March 29, 2011 at 7:10 am · Reply

      Seriously, I always have a blast with my family! We could have a good time in a barn yard!

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