We have had a very wonderful busy weekend.
Friday, March 5th
Jesse and I got up, had some coffee then took off shopping. I needed to buy something to wear for Saturday night. Our first stop was Target. We found a shirt for Jesse and I got a skirt for Saturday morning.
With our RV lifestyle we don’t have a lot of dress clothes, mostly just casual attire.
Then we went to the mall where I was able to find a sweater on sale and shoes for Saturday night, but not a cocktail dress. I had found a dress the other day that they were holding for me, so I went back to purchase it.
We were to be at the restaurant at 7:30 for dinner. It was a very nice restaurant and the dinner was for the out of town guests that were attending the Bat Mitzvah. Marilyn is Sondra’s (Jesse’s sister) daughter and our first niece.
Our Hostess – Marilyn Our Host – Charles Guest of Honor -Jennifer
Jennifer, Uncle Jesse and Alyssa (Marilyn’s youngest daughter)
Siblings – Sondra, Mitchell, Judy and Jesse
The meal, wine, service and dessert were very good. The company was lots of fun.
When we got home we were tired and went to bed.
Saturday, March 6th
We needed to be at Synagogue by 9:30am. Jennifer did a fabulous job with her part in the service today.
A Bat Mitzvah girl can celebrate on her 13th birthday in many Reform and Conservative synagogues.
So what does it mean to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Under Jewish Law, children are not obligated to observe the commandments, although they are encouraged to do so as much as possible to learn the obligations they will have as adults. At the age of 13, children become obligated to observe the commandments. The Bat Mitzvah ceremony may be celebrated by the girl blessing and/or reading Torah and also leading part of the prayer service this formally, publicly marks the assumption of that obligation, along with the corresponding right to take part in leading religious services. Festive meals and lavish parties in honor of a girl becoming a Bat Mitzvah have also become common in non-orthodox communities.
Jesse was asked to carry the Torah during the service which is an honor. Following the service a Kiddush luncheon was served.
After the luncheon we drove the 45 minutes back home to relax for a few hours and spend time with the boys.
We needed to be back for the celebration by 6:30 for pictures. This party was very fancy and much fun. The fist hour was for the young people only and the DJ got them all up on the dance floor having fun. The adults were having a cocktail hour just outside the party room.
Here are some pictures from the festivities.
The food was wonderful and the party was so much fun and Jesse and I were very happy to be able to help Jennifer, her parents and sister celebrate this festive occasion. It was very late by the time we got home and we were exhausted. Jesse walked the boys and we went to bed.
Sunday, March 7th
We were invited to a brunch at the Miller’s home on Sunday morning. A number of girls that came from out of town spent the night.
Again the brunch was very good. One thing for sure there is no gathering in this family without food and lots of it.
When we left the Miller’s we went to visit with Kelsey and her mother. Gene my brother was at work. Kelsey had just purchased her Junior Prom dress and tried it on to show me.
We took the boys with us today, so by the time we came home we were all tired. We just sat in our recliners and watched TV until bed time.
Monday – Today
We needed to be back across town for the unveiling of Jesse’s dad headstone. Afterwards we went to Sondra’s for a deli lunch. It was nice to have time with just family.
We were home by 3pm. I put away all our dressy clothes and did a couple loads of laundry. I also wrote this entry.
Now that I have completely bored you with all the family pictures I am dome with this entry.