Sunday, November 25, 2012



Another beautiful day here in Pennsylvania, nice and sunny and warming up nicely.  We took it easy this morning and had a leisurely breakfast.  Then Phil, Jennifer, Dan, and Maggie came over.  Phil was in charge of cooking the Turkey and so they were here early to get that started.  Sharon and Bonnie worked on the side dishes and pies.

Working on the Sweet Potato Casserole

Soon to be a Pecan Pie
We got to Facetime with the kids in Alabama and visit with them that way.  Elizabeth and Alexus were helping at the City Mission she said they cooked over 3700 meals and delivered to people in their homes.  Later today they will serve several hundred meals at the mission.

Everyone here has been enjoying Maggie she seems to be either eating of sleeping.

Just finished eating
Mother Daughter time

Popa and Dan

Phil catches up on the Game News

Molly says hello to Rachel and Terry
Then the turkey was ready and Joe sliced it up.

The turkey was tasty and moist
After that we ate and it smelled so good and tasted so good that I did not get any pictures.  We waited for awhile before we had dessert and just enjoyed the rest of the evening.

Time for Pumpkin Pie!


The day after Thanksgiving, time to rest up if you do not have to work.  We had a very nice time with family yesterday and slept soundly.  Sharon had to work at the hospital for a few hours this morning but was home by 10am.  She and Bonnie left soon after to visit the thrift stores and see if they could find any treasures.  Joe and I are just taking it easy.  Molly is almost comical.  Every time Joe gets up out of his chair and leaves the room she is up in his chair like this.

She looks mighty comfortable
The girls are back with all their treasures from the thrift stores, Bonnie even paid cash for most of them. Now Bonnie, Molly and I are all relaxing on the love seat.

She like to lay between us


This morning the plan is to head downtown Philadelphia to visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.  Joe and Molly were up early and had gone to the gun club by the time the rest of us got up.

We got downtown just before 11.  First stop was the visitors center to get our free tickets for Independence Hall.  We were in the 1:45pm group.  So we walked around and visited a couple of the other building sites in the area.  The line for the liberty bell was long so we skipped that for now.  We visited the building the Second Bank of the United States with all its portraits.  After that we decided to have a quick lunch.

Philly Cheese Steak
After lunch we visited sites in the area and Independence Plaza.  First stop was Carpenters Hall where the First Continental Congress met.

Carpenters Hall

Original Chairs used here
Then on to Independence Hall.  This is a security area and we had to be checked before we entered.  But then we saw a lot of the buildings and eventually our guided tour of Independence Hall.

Independence Hall

Original unsigned copy of the Declaration of Independence

This is the room the House of Representatives met in for 10 years

This was the Senate most of the desks are original, and the Senators were appointed

This was a Senate committee room.  The books on the shelves were the first Library of Congress
This Chandelier is in the room in = Hall where the Constitution was adopted

This is the chair with the Rising Sun that George Washington presided from
 Then we headed over to see the Liberty Bell.

The line was still pretty long but it moved at a good pace

At the Liberty Bell
 After that we headed back to Spring City.  It took a few wrong turns to get headed the right direction from downtown and then the traffic was stop and go but we made it home in good time.  We decided to head over to the Texas Roadhouse for some ribs.  I don't thing we have ever been there before.

The ribs were pretty good, and with the fresh rools and peanuts I had to bring some of my ribs home and I only had a half rack.

The ribs were good
Well thats about it for today time to relax a little and let dinner settle in a little.


Up this morning and we got ready to head to church.  We got to see the kids and new baby at church today.  We enjoy going to church with Sharon and the Pastor has good sermons.  We got to sit behind the control boards so I kept an eye on them also.  They record sound and video so it takes a few guys to run it.

This is the position that does the podcast audio, lights, and overhead screens
We just relaxed all after noon after a lunch of leftovers.  Then off to church for the evening service.  The church gives a rose to the new families and we went to see that presentation to our niece and nephew.

The Rose ready and waiting

Pastor, Phil, and Maggie receiving the Rose

New Mom Jennifer with the Rose
Well thats about it for another week.  We did here that there are a couple inches of snow back home, guess we will see for ourselves tomorrow.

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