Saturday, June 13, 2015

Busy Family Gatherings

This week, I had a lovely visit with my parents.
So I haven't blogged all week and I'm way behind on my grading.
Still, it's nice to take a break. To just be in the moment. To laugh and remember. To take some walks. To talk about making jam, but then decide not to.
This is a good picture of us, even though my eyes are closed!
We thought they might not be able to make the trip up from Florida, which is about 1000 miles away, when Dad went into the hospital the week before. He'd been sick and Mom and the doctors thought it was from being on antibiotics which upset his digestive system. They went to the ER, he had some fluids pumped into him and he went back home.
Then that night, as he continued to be sick, he got up to go to the bathroom and nearly passed out. Mom call the ambulance and they took Dad to the hospital. He stayed for four days and in the end they realized that he had salmonella poisoning.
I know how I feel after a stomach virus, so I urged Mom to take Dad home and rest for a few days before they made the drive to Ohio. I looked up airfares and tried to convince them to fly instead.
I wasn't really surprised when I received a text from Mom that said Dad was out of the hospital, and they were driving north.
They didn't even wait a day.
Like independent teenagers, they took no advice from me.
But I was so happy to see them and spend time with them.
My brothers and me
My brother from Texas flew to Ohio so that he could be here for my mother's family reunion. She's the youngest of nine children. Five of them are still alive, with the oldest being 95.

Mom wanted all three of her children at the reunion, so we were.
Mom and Dad were here at my house on Monday when Grace flew home from Europe, so that added to the joy of the week.
Tucker made several visits to eat dinner with us while Mom and Dad were here.
Grace snuggling with her Nena.
Now, I'd better get busy grading papers. It should fill my weekend, with just one brief foray to the Columbus Art's Festival where Grace will be doing a scene with the cast of Hamlet. She plays Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. It's a stretch, but that's why she's expert at makeup.
Happy weekend to everyone.
I'm joining West Metro Mommy for this weekly meme of photos people have taken and share on their blogs.


Vicki said...

I hope you dad is all better! I enjoyed seeing your family photos. There's nothing more important than family!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

It's such a wonderful thing to be able to get together with family!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What wonderful photos and moments together! As you know from my blog, I love celebrating family events and the times we can spend together. Thanks for sharing.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

What beautiful photos of an unforgettable family gathering. How exciting that everyone could come! I hope your dad has completely recovered.
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Anne in Oxfordshire said...

How wonderful that you all got together ..But I don't know how they managed to drive up ..phew what a long way. I am happy though that your dad recovered remarkably ,, yep took no notice of you !!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

What lovely photos. You are so lucky to have your siblings and parents around.(I miss mine) Everyone looks great.

Just Me said...

Awe sounds like you had some wonderful family time. Really enjoyed your post and the pictures. Yikes, so glad your dad is okay.

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

How nice to have your family all together. Love that last photo of Grace & her grandmother! So sweet!

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