|Top row, left to right: Bill, Hilda, Arna, Grace, Carol, Claire, Charlaine, Dovin, Yvonne|
Bottom row, left to right: Joniann, Matt, Donna, Rhonda, Ideaa and Aimee
On site in Arizona was Rhonda, who moved from Bronx, New York to Arizona just last October. She too seems to have wearied from winter snows. Others already 'on site' so to speak were my dears, Uncle Matt and Aunt Arna , my cousins Dovin, Eddie and his S.O. Amy. And too, the Grand Madame, Matt's Mom Hilda lives in Phoenix too. Dovin's children, two boys and a girl are off at college now having adventures they couldn't be with us this weekend.
On the night of my arrival, all who were on hand met up at a restaurant for a bite.
|The family starting to gather at Chompies restaurant on Friday night|
|Left to right: Cousins Dovin and Donna, my Mom's sisters Grace and Arna & uncle Matt|
|Left to Right: Cousins Charlaine, Rhonda, Yvonnew Bill and Eddie's SO, contemplative Amy|
|The men folk, my Uncle Matt (right) & his sons, my cousins Eddie (left) & Dovin (center)|
|Hilda and Donna have been good phone buddies for ages.|
|Aunt Grace, Mom and daughter Carol and Idea viewing family history in pictures|
|A Carter Women Selfie:|
from the left: Jonniann, Claire, Charlaine,
Yvonne, Grace, Arna, Idea, Carol, Rhonda and Donna
|Precious photo of baby Hilda holding a kitten|
Another photo new to me was this one of my maternal Grandmother Adele, enjoying a bit of a tipple. I remember that silver bracelet she wears.
Loved looking at Matt & Arna's wedding pictures. I've never visited them without cheerful reminders that I was their flower girl.
|The newly weds pose with mother Hilda|
And now, as a special treat, Matt and little Gigi, lead a family sing-a-long. The first howl was me, not trying to steal Gigi's thunder, but just helping her find that first note.