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Family Time

The last 13 days of October, for which I have photographs to share, were all about family.

We spent the night of Saturday, October 19, in the Pittsburgh area.  We visited with Bob’s cousin, Chris, and his family that evening.  Amy made dinner.  The main entree was honey mustard chicken accompanied by broccoli, whole grain rice, and salad.  For dessert we had a choice of a mini croissant with either white or chocolate kisses inside or apple turnovers that we brought with us.  I ate a mini croissant.   After dinner, I took several pictures of Chris and his family.

I put together a collage of my favorite photographs of Chris and family.

Chris, Amy and their son, David, will be moving to Italy early next year for 3 year tour of duty.  Although Chris and family will be far away, I am happy that they will have the opportunity for travel during their 3-year stay.  I look back fondly on my 3 years in Germany, while I was in the Army.  I saw so much of Europe, while I lived there.

On Sunday, October 20, we visited with my brother and some members of his family.  We enjoyed lunch at Jim’s house.  The main entree was stuffed shells accompanied by Italian bread.   For dessert we had banana bread with chocolate chips.  Lunch was delicious!  After dinner, I took several pictures of Jim, Judy, Emily and Elise.  I even got some pictures that included Bob and me, which either Emily or Judy took with my camera.

Our niece, Emily, and her daughter Elise

Mother, Daughter and Granddaughter

My brother, Jim, and his wife Judy

I LOVE this collage of Bob, Emily, Elise and me!
I printed the collage; it is framed and sitting on top of a cabinet in our living room.

Thank you Chris and Amy and Jim, Judy and Emily for delicious meals and good conversations.  Thank you, too, for preserving memories via photographs!

We enjoyed family time with Stacey, Mike, Harper and June in October as well.  All four of them dropped by on Halloween.

Harper was dressed as a cat; June was dressed as a horse.

“Cat” and Mouse

Stacey and Harper

“Da-da?”

Stacey left for home before Mike and the girls. I wish she had stayed just a little bit longer. I love this photograph of Mike, the girls, their cousin Maddi and their Aunt Jen.
I would have loved it even more, if Stacey was in the picture!

 

 

 

Family Visit and an Elk Sighting

On Saturday (March 10) Bob, Raphael and I enjoyed lunch and conversation at Hoss’s Steakhouse in St. Marys, Pennsylvania with my brother, his wife and their 6-year-old grandson. Raphael had seen Jim and Judy in July 2008, when he last visited. It was the first time Raphael met Kaleb. Can you believe it? I forgot to take a picture of Raphael with Jim, Judy and Kaleb!

After lunch Bob, Raphael and I went to Benezette. Jim, Judy and Kaleb returned to camp, where they were spending the weekend. In Benezette we stopped at the Visitor Center.

Raphael in front of the Elk Country Visitor Center

We didn’t see any elk at visitor center. We drove up Winslow Hill and saw a large number of elk grazing on hill, too far away for a great-looking picture. We did see four elk on private property along Route 555. I photographed the closer of the four elk.

Elk

Meeting Elise for First Time

Our great niece, Elise, was born the day after Christmas. Since then, we have made two attempts to visit my family and meet baby Elise. Both attempts were thwarted by inclement winter weather. Yesterday, we finally met baby Elise!

Our morning began at 8:00 AM with breakfast at the Train Station, a restaurant located in our hometown.

The Train Station

My husband has lived most of his life in our hometown. The Train Station has been serving food for as long as he can remember. The food quality is excellent; prices are affordable; and the service is great. Today Bob’s daughter, Stacey, and our son-in-law, Mike, joined us for breakfast. The four of us enjoyed a hearty breakfast and bountiful conversation. An hour later Bob, Stacey and I began the 2 1/2-hour drive to my brother’s house. Mike didn’t accompany us, as he had plans for the day.

We had a wonderful visit with my brother and his family. I cuddled Elise and interacted with my other great niece, Anna, and her brother Kaleb. The conversation among the adults was lively and enlightening. It is always good to catch up on family news. We keep in touch on Facebook, telephone calls and email. However, I feel the best way to catch up on family news is in person.

This is our niece, Emily, and her 2-month old daughter Elise.

Kaleb, Anna and Elise
our great nephew and great nieces

Elise with her mother and grandparents

Not everyone in the family was able to come yesterday. We missed those of you who had other plans. We hope to see you next time!

Rusty’s Visit

My brother and sister-in-law’s dog, Rusty, visited with Bob and me today. Rusty was accompanied by Jim and Judy.

Rusty and his rope toy.

This toy is almost as big as Rusty!

We had a great visit with Jim and Judy. Shortly after they arrived, we sat down to a dinner of roast beef, potatoes and carrots. I was happy that Bob’s daughter, Stacey, and her fiance Mike were able to join us. Jim saw Stacey and met Mike in October last year. Judy, on the other hand, hasn’t seen Stacey in quite some time. Today was the first time that Judy and Mike met. Our dinner conversation was engaging and informative as we caught up on each others’ news. As Stacey had to work from 3:00 – 8:00 PM today, she and Mike left shortly after dinner.

After Stacey and Mike left, Jim and Judy visited with us for another 4 hours. Whenever we visit Jim and Judy at their house, we rarely have an opportunity to talk at length as there are others present to capture our attention. It was nice, for a change, to chat uninterrupted for several hours! Rusty even listened as we conversed!

See how Rusty’s ears are fanned forward? He’s listening to us 🙂

Christmas 2010

Bob and I had a quiet, restful Christmas Eve, just the two of us. We ate an early dinner at Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut was a good choice, as it was offering its all-you-can eat buffet all day Christmas Eve. We didn’t know this was the case when we decided to eat there. In the evening we watched a couple movies, and around 11:00 PM we opened our Christmas gifts. This was the first year that we opened our Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve. We were able to see what we got each other for Christmas and dream about our gifts all night long 🙂 Bob is happy with the Keurig Coffee Maker, a tool set, and a Steelers shirt and sleep pants that I gave him for Christmas. I’m happy with the gifts that Bob gave me too — a Kindle! and a gift card to purchase e-books!

Bob and I celebrated Christmas with my brother and his family at their home on Christmas Day. We celebrated Christmas with my stepdaughter, Stacey, and her fiance Mike at our house the day after Christmas. Our Christmas weekend was wonderful, and I hope the same of yours.
Christmas 2010
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Weekend in Pittsburgh – Visit to Zoo, Day 2

This past Saturday, March 27, Bob and I visited the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium with my brother, Jim, and some members of his family. Bob and I arrived at the zoo around 9:50 AM. Jim, Judy, Kaleb and Anna arrived about an hour later. Jim and Judy’s son, Jared, joined us about 30 minutes later.

Jim and Judy with their grandchildren, Kaleb and Anna at entrance to zoo

I am so happy that Jim and Judy brought Kaleb and Anna to the zoo. It was great spending time with them and seeing the zoo through their eyes. By the way, did you know every animal in the zoo is called “doggie”? That’s how Anna referred to each animal that we saw. Both Kaleb and Anna behaved well at the zoo. There were two things about the zoo, however, that Anna did not like — the escalator and a glass cleaner inside the aquarium.

You have to ride an elevator or go up this big escalator to get to the main zoo area.

 

Judy, Jim, Kaleb and Anna on escalator
Anna did not like riding the escalator.  She cried the whole way up to the zoo.

Large floor to ceiling aquarium

Inside one of the large floor to ceiling aquariums was this person who was cleaning the glass. This person frightened Anna when he waved at her. Anna cried and wouldn’t stop until we left the aquarium. I was carrying Anna as we left the aquarium. She kept looking behind her as we walked. I wonder if Anna was making sure that scuba-clad person wasn’t following her?

We had a great time at the zoo and hope to visit again someday.

Christmas Day and the Day After

Bob and I celebrated Christmas with my brother, Jim, and his family at their house on Christmas Day. It’s a little more than a 2-hour drive to Jim’s house. The weather forecast for Christmas Day was not good. Here, in Warren PA, there was a winter weather advisory for freezing rain until 5:00 PM. Jim lives near Kittanning PA, where there was also a winter weather advisory in effect. The winter weather advisory in Kittanning, though, expired at noon. We left our house late morning, hoping to avoid the wintry weather. We were fortunate not to run into any freezing rain either en route Jim’s house or on our way back home in the evening.

My family’s Christmas tree bursting with gifts

Judy (my sister-in-law), carving the turkey
My nephew, Jared, is overseeing the task at hand.

After dinner, Christmas gifts were opened.

My nephew, Mike, and his daughter Anna

My great nephew, Kaleb
Oh boy, a Triceratops!

Jared handed out gifts
(or should I say, Jared tossed gifts)

I snapped a few family portraits.

My nephew, Mike, and his family
(Mike, Kailey, Kaleb and Anna)

My brother, Jim, and his wife Judy

My niece, Emily

We celebrated Christmas with Stacey and her boyfriend, Mike, at our house the day after Christmas.

Stacey and Mike

We enjoyed good food and the wonderful company of family and friends both days. Time spent with family and friends during the holidays is definitely time well spent. Bob and I hope all of our family members and friends, near and far, enjoyed Christmas as much as we did.
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