S: Family TIes
BC: Cameron | Darius | Charles
FC: Kylie | Aliyah | Katrina
1: Family Ties As I get a bit older, I want to be closer to family. I miss the Sunday dinners we use to have when mom was alive. We are all so far away, and sometimes it feels like we are strangers. This vacation i wanted to see them, spend a little time, get to know them again. a friend of my "pseudo-daughter, asked how my vacate was going, and for a second, I did not know how to answer. With family comes drama, drama, and more drama, but if you were raised with a big family, and you see yourself getting a bit older, and there really is no family close, You long for a bit of that "drama". Here are some of the wonderful people I call family, and remember, they are only about 1/4 of the whole bunch.
2: Michael and Blanche they have been together for 30 +years. They have two kids, Claudia and Antonio. Claudia is married to Patrick, and also have two children, Bianca and Charles; Antonio is not married, but lives with Andrea and her two kids. Antonio has one child, he was not at our family gathering, this time
3: Top right: Blanche, Bianca, Aliyah. Aliyah just seems to get in many of the pictures. middle; Antonio and Andrea top right; Claudia and Bianca: mother & daughter
6: Martha is two years older than me, we usually get along, but sometimes we disagree, I don't have patience when I'm tired, and she, well these days, I just don't know, She is the mother to Jose, Angelica, and Katrina
7: Jose surprises me every time I see him, he is such a giving person, he has a career in the military and soon will be deployed, He is married to Sunde and has Kylie and a baby boy on the way, Angelica is my "pseudo-daughter, she is also very kind and giving, and has Darius, not married yet.
8: Angelica and Darius
9: Jerry,Angelica's dad
10: I was so excited to finally see the family again! Couldn't even wait till I got to North Carolina, had to meet them at the airport in Atlanta!
12: Like my Tia Marcela, I wish I had more family around me. For now I'll have to settle on seeing everyone every few years.
13: baby Caden's celebration
15: Going to see my dad and Aunt Lois was a hard decision for me to make. I actually didn't make the choice but Tia Marcela made me call! My relationship with my dad and his family was never encouraged, so it was a bit awkward, but I'm glad my son got to meet his other grandfather.
16: This is Raleigh, NC tobacco fields, Angelica and Aliyah
18: Koi pond, Fort worth; Botanical Gardens
19: Raleigh North CArolina
20: I would love for Aliyah to grow up with her cousins
22: Jose, Sunde, and Kylie
23: Jose is getting ready to go to Iraq
24: Proud papa Jose
25: They are such a beautiful family
26: This is Caden, who decided to come into this world before his daddy left to Iraq
27: Big sister Kylie is just exhausted with taking care of baby brother
30: I am blessed to have two beautiful girls, they bring sunshine to my rainy days.
31: This is Kevin, my husband and Aliyah's dad
34: Aliyah and I went gardens in Fort well I just loved it | To
35: to the botanical Worth and we, she was flustered
37: Fort Worth Botanical Gardens | Aliyah Marie
38: This is my baby girl Monique, She has always been an awesome girl; she has moved to L. A. to continue her studies, as her mother I am very proud of her, and keep cheering her on all her accomplishments.
39: Monique and Mary | Monique and Ralph (dad)
42: Claudia (2) is not really my sister, she is our niece, she came to us when she was about 5yrs old; she like Blanche, Jose and Sunde lives a military life; she has 4 children, Angel was not at the gathering, he is the oldest
43: Bianca, Cameron, Crystal
44: This is only a 1/4 of the Clan