Thursday, July 09, 2009

Theme Thursday: Trying to Resist A 'Peaches & Herb' Reference

There have been so many excellent 'reunion' moments this week, I've been having trouble keeping this post to a reasonable size.

Last weekend was our 4th of July mini-family reunion, although when you're talking about a family of seven brothers 'mini' is an adjective you can rarely use in reference to your family gatherings. This was the first time we had seen my aunts, uncles and cousins in months. My kids are finally old enough to remember them from visit to visit, and it was so much fun watching them run to greet everyone.


My lovely cousin Amanda has earned the top position in Lulu's heart this week. Every time we've seen her, Lucy squeals and then exclaims, 'Mmmmmmm-anda!'


This is Sam with his godfather, my Uncle Rob. SOB is always trying to argue that Sammy looks more like his side of the family, but when he saw this photo he had to retract his previous statements. At least we know where he gets the eyes!


This, however, might be my favorite photo from the day. It's far from perfect, but it contains the four most important men in my life: my father, my brother, my husband and my son.

(Pausing to get a tissue...)

ANYWAY, the picnic wasn't the only scene for reunions this week. We've gone a-visiting almost every day since we've been here. High on the request list every time we travel to Western PA is Cousin Max.


I'd like to think it's because of how much they love their cousin, but at this age I think it has more to do with how much they love his toys. And swing set. And scooters. If they ever found out that he also has a pool their little heads might explode. Naturally I couldn't get a shot of both boys looking at the camera at the same time!

My maternal grandparents live at the same house as cousin Max, so it's like a two-for-one when we visit! Great grandparents and cool older cousins? Cookies and a billion trains and geo-tracks? It's like heaven to my kids.


Lucy and Grammy


Sammy and Pappy.

And lest you think I've been missing out in the reunion department, I give to you the single greatest moment of my trip so far:


Yes, that is THE Mr. McFeely. Growing up in the Pittsburgh area, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood was the show of all shows. So many of the people and places he visited on the show were accessible to the general population, so it really felt like he was your neighbor. Many of the actors on the show do local appearances, and until now I've never had the chance to meet any of them. When my dad told me that Mr. McFeely was signing autographs at the amusement park we visited yesterday, I almost died! He was so kind and friendly, taking plenty of time with each person even though the queue was long! When he saw my pregnant belly, without missing a beat, he said, 'I hope you have a Speedy Delivery!' Priceless!

Did you reunite with someone this week? I can't wait to see what you all have to share!

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Lora said...

I did, and I can't get it together to write about it!

Megan said...

oh my -- so many great pictures! i have to say, the mr. mcfeely shot really took me back -- he looks just the same!


Arizaphale said...

Well, in my opinion Sam is your side of the family and Lucy is definitely SOB's!! Yeah that picture of all four of your fave men is a beauty alright. Corrrr, your bro is a bit of alright then eh????

Here's an oldie from me.