Spike William is our new kitten and he was born January 30th, 2013.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

PhotoHunt Theme: Family

"FAMILY" is the theme this week.
My first thoughts regarding FAMILY were about the food that we always have together as a FAMILY. I have pictures of almost every birthday cake when we all gathered around as FAMILY to celebrate whoever was currently having their birthday. I even have a picture of Willow's 1st birthday with the carrot cake that she couldn't eat but my husband and I sure enjoyed it! Of course, most holidays always consist of food and FAMILY.
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When thinking about FAMILY I remembered all of the fun FAMILY vacations we went on when my sister and I were kids. Mom and Dad would pack up the car and off we would go. Once we went to Florida and saw the alligators. Some summers we would drive to my grandparent's house in Michigan. When we lived in California we drove up north to Bass Lake and Yosemite. Here is my dad's 1966 Mustang in Yosemite driving through that huge redwood tree. I think my dad told me that the tree is no longer standing but here you can see, we drove through it...
a long time ago!

I also couldn't think about FAMILY without thinking of FAMILY pets. My parents had always had dogs and my sister and I were thrilled when they brought home our first dog, Nikki. Then my mother found Charlie, a kitten, and she thought that Nikki and Charlie might get along. They loved each other from the very beginning. I always loved cats and Charlie pretty much became my cat! And I still love ginger tabbies, like my China Cat!
Nikki and Charlie were great friends and FAMILY. We think that Charlie thought that he was a dog, like Nikki. Even people who didn't like cats or were afraid of them, didn't mind Charlie.
Nikki had one litter of four puppies. She was a very good mother to them.
See, how the food and FAMILY theme continues...

Charlie didn't mind the puppies at all, not even when they climbed all over him and bit his tail. He even helped them finish their food.
My mother brought home Suzie so that Nikki wouldn't be alone, after Charlie was gone. Someone was giving away puppies in front of the grocery store and my mom couldn't resist her. Nikki and Suzie were great friends and Suzie ended up being a wonderful friend for my daughter when she was little. Suzie adored my daughter and vice versa!
Thanksgiving is next month and that always makes me think of FAMILY and, of course, food! This was our FAMILY's spread from last year.

Our daughter invited us over to her house to celebrate Father's Day. She had the special red plate ready for her dad. The plate has writing on it that says: "You are special today!" My mother had one of these red plates and when my sister and I both got married and moved out, my mom gave one of them to each of us. Of course, after my daughter got married, she also received a red plate from my mom. By the way, our daughter and son-in-law made a wonderful dinner!
My daughter's cats, Kara and Alice eat with each other as a FAMILY.
China Cat and Willow always eat together as a FAMILY too.
As always, you can find more of Tnchick's Photohunters here!
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22 comments:

jenny said...

Your photos have that same yellowish color that mine do today. Very nice visiting with your family!

Alice Audrey said...

We have a photo of every birthday cake too. Can't always tell who it was for or when we took it, but he have the pictures.

Tammy said...

Thanks for the trip down your family's past!

Carver said...

I love this post for family. The photographs along with your words brought your family to life for me. Great post.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Those are marvelous photos of family!

earthlingorgeous said...

awwww! what a fun post! I love the vintage car from a tree! and those lovely pets! they are awesome! what a big pet family you have! fun fun fun!

RJ Flamingo said...

That was great fun! Food and Family - absolutely perfect together!

Thanks for stopping by!

jams o donnell said...

What a wonderful selection of shots. I love those puppies!

Mrs Mecomber said...

Really great photos and post! I love the kitties!!!

I have some very vintage photos up for my Photo Hunt today! I hope you can get a chance to see and leave your link.
http://newyorktraveler.net/photo-hunters-family/

Mimi Lenox said...

These are wonderful photographs. I've seen so many great photohunt entries today...
I also came to say:

Your peace globe from June 2008 has been placed in The Peace Globe Gallery.
You are officially peace globe #977.
BlogBlast For Peace ~ November 6, 2008 is going to be awesome! Please grab a badge and spread the word! Hope to see you there.

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

What a wonderful post!!
We enjoyed it so much!
~ The Bunch

Leslie said...

That's one of the best PhotoHunt posts I have read this weekend. Love the car - wow! :)

Beau Beau & Angie said...

Great family photos and we love da red plate idea! And now we am lookin forward to a nice feasty of turkey bird for Turkey Day.

mimi11460 said...

Very nice collection of photos and it's really great to have pictures on special occasion after we grow old we only look at them to remember the joys...

dragynm said...

Fur people are family! Just ask any one of my 3 cats! LOL

Lovely pictures!

http://dragynm.wordpress.com/2008/10/18/oct-18-2008-photo-hunt-family/

YTSL said...

Interesting and original take on this week's Photo Hunt theme. :)

sah said...

a true pet lover. :) I too had lots of dogs at home but i had to give them away when my daughter was born, i want to have a toy dog when she's six months

Karen Jo said...

That was a great family post. I love all the pictures and the story that went with them.

Dragonstar said...

We have years of birthday cakes in front of their proud people. It's so good to look back on.

I love the rest of your pictures, all of them so very full of Family. That red plate is a great idea.

Dragonstar said...

PS. Love white Nikki and her woolly black pups!

Heart of Rachel said...

Beautiful photos! That tree is amazing! It's endearing how much you love your pets.

Evie/VampyVictor said...

What a great post of family pictures!
I love so much your Red plate idea and how you have passed it on :))

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