Monday, February 2, 2009

Merging Families

This past weekend, Pete and I drove to San Jose for a meeting, a very important meeting. This was the first time for us to meet our daughter's in-laws. If we were to rank meetings by levels of importance, this one would have only been outranked by the time we met her husband. In fact, I think those two meetings even outrank when we (Pete and I) introduced our parents. :)

All other meetings, whether quilt or veterinary related, pale in comparison. This one was big. :)

First, here is a picture of the happy couple.

Don't you love Allison's new coat? It's very cute!

This meeting wasn't just the six of us, our sons were also invited.

Unfortunately the Changs' other children live in New Jersey and Hong Kong. We will meet them at a later date, TBA.

We met for dinner at McCormick & Schmick's, and then adjourned to the lobby of the Fairmont, next door. As you can tell by the smiles, the meeting seems to have been quite successful.

See the beautiful vase on the table? It now resides in our home. It is one of many gifts bestowed upon us by Tony and Linda, and is a treasure from their home to ours. Linda explained the symbolism behind the vase and its Chinese history, ensuring that we understand that it is not simply a vase, but a part of their world that is now a part of ours.

Finally, here is the entire group, near the end of the evening. I think it is fair to say that a good time was had by all, and that we look forward to future family gatherings.

On a side note, for some reason I LOVED the fish sculpture on the McCormick & Schmick's sign. I HAD to take a picture of it.

It reminded me of another fish, that I'd photographed back in June, in Santa Barbara.

When I saw each fish, I thought, "Wow! I LIKE that! I've GOT to take a picture!!" I don't know what I'll do with either one, other than file them away under "things that catch my eye."

And that, my friends, is what we did this weekend...

1 comment:

Brenda said...

It looks like the very important meeting was not only important but successful! Now it will feel more like a complete family. They look like wonderful people to someday be grandparents to the same children with!