We had a lovely long weekend in Philadelphia. Last summer Bob's mother, Muriel, moved to a retirement communty close by Bob's brothers - David and Bill. With the whole east coast family gathered within a few miles of Philadelphia, it was easy to get to organize lots of visiting over three days.
Bob had been in Ohio so he met me at the airport in Philadelphia. We caught a cab into town to meet David at his law firm. Then we picked up David's son, James, at his law firm. Given that the most clear memory I have of James is his visit with us out here as his Bar Mitzvah present, seeing him walking out of the building where he now works in a law firm, complete with tie and dress pants, made me suddenly feel like I was in a time machine heading in the wrong direction!!
It only got worse as the "children" (nieces and nephews) kept arriving at David and Lisa's house over the weekend. Michael, Bill and Karen's youngest son, joined us Friday night because he was going to prom Saturday night.
As I looked at the photos Karen sent to us, I thought of how wonderful it is to live in a country that accepts and celebrates everyone as an individual. I know we have many things we still need to improve but when I think about the horrible things people do to each other all around the world because of intolerance, I smile to look at this group of prom goers. What a wonderful representation of the American melting pot!
Saturday night we were joined by Emily (David and Lisa's daughter), Jeffrey (Bill and Karen's son) and Ta Da! - Jonathon!!
(Here is David, Bob, Jonathon and his girl-friend, Mara)
(Then Jonathon, Mara and Lisa)
(And, Emily (David and Lisa's daughter), the new knitter when she has any time left over from law school studies.
The only shot of Jeffrey (Bill and Karen's oldest son) I seem to have gotten is in this family shot while we were out to dinner.
(Left and around the the table - Muriel, Bob, David, Emily, Jeffrey, Heather, Mara, Jonathon, Karen, Bill and Lisa)
Of course, Xena was thrilled to be back with Grandma Muriel!
Sunday morning we gathered for Mother's Day brunch at Muriel's place. I was only able to shoot a couple more photos before Muriel begged me to put away the camera!
(Bill and Jonathon)
(Then, David and Jonathon)
My favorite photo of the Mother's Day Weekend!