Mother/Daughter/Sister Weekend

Sunday, October 4, 2009
Have you missed me the past couple days? Well, I have been enjoying a special weekend with my three sisters and our mother. We have tried to get together for a weekend each fall as two of my sisters live farther away and we don’t always get a chance to be all together without the pull of grandchildren, in-laws etc. This year we chose to stay here in Grand Rapids and enjoy the local sights. Here is a picture of us four sisters in 1957. (I am the littlest one)

Last year we enjoyed the beauty of Dorr County, Wisconsin and this is a photo of us last year all together. I am in the back with my mom and my sister, Lynette, from Iowa. In front is my oldest sister, Judy, who lives here and my sister Vicky who lives in the Upper Penninsula.

And here we are this year. This picture was taken right near the Gerald Ford Museum. The poor guy we roped into taking our picture was having quite the time with my camera, but he had a great attitude about it all, and we had a good laugh. We are so blessed that our 81 year old mother still has the spunk and energy to be with us. Of course, we are all grandmas and not quite as energetic as we were several years ago when we started this tradition, but there is something about all of us being together that puts a spring in our step and a giggle on our lips. What fun we have when we are all together!! It is something we look forward to all year.

Some of the fun things we did this year was to see the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Here we are on the steps at the Civic.

We enjoyed walking through the streets of Grand Rapids and seeing all the ARTPRIZE exhibits. Here is one of the famous Lochness Monster and the Table and Chairs that seemed to be the most popular exhibits. I have some thougths on the whole ARTPRIZE thing that I think I will post on our Waiteestate blog. Keep checking the side bar and you can click right on over to that site so see what I am talking about.
And here we all are in the Giant Button. Don't we look like a pack of prairie dogs poking our heads out? Since we are all seamstresses we thought it was appropriate. We also visited the Gerald Ford Museum. Here we are standing with "Jerry"

On Friday we walked the quaint streets and shops of Rockford, (yes, in the rain) and, of course, everyone knows that when you go to Rockford it is a MUST to eat lunch at Arnies
Of course the "Cake Lady" had to sample the much advertised Filled Cupcakes and I just kept saying... "I could do that".

This is the little gift I made for each of them. The little Top Note Purse holds one small box of the Russell Stover chocolate candy. They liked them so well that my sister Vicky ordered 12 of them to give as gifts...and I wasn't even trying to advertise.

We rounded out our evening when our Dad joined us for lunch on Saturday and then we went to see the movie "Julie and Julia" at night - What a fun movie. And laugh - we laughed through the whole thing. Judy had to leave early so now she and I are going to have to go see it together - it was quite a sister bonding time!!!
Hope your weekend was as fun as mine - and if you have a sister I hope you love and appreciate her like I do mine.
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