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Just Married – Shawn and Celeste- Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium Reception

A beautiful day for a beautiful wedding.

Celeste and ShawnSitting in the garden at Saint Sebastian Church.  Just married

Here is the wedding party with the lion.

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The Bridesmatrons are Cousin Katie, Sister Vicky, Friend Laura, Bride Celeste. Groom Shawn, Best Man Jason, Groomsman David, Groomsman Jason.  Lion top right, name unknown.

 

 

Bridal Party with ElephantsAt the elephants.

Then the baby elephant ran out and nuzzled the mother elephant.

 

 

looking at the elephants

 

Celeste and Shawn zoo

Another bench. This time at the zoo.

 

Celeste and Shawn at Fish TankOnto the aquarium

 

 

cakecake tasting

Just a smidgen, a sweet taste.

Celeste and Shawn first dance

Celeste and Shawn first dance in reflection

 

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Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Groomsmen’s Gifts in the Galaxy- Engraved Light Sabers

Groom-to-be  Shawn (tomorrow August 8th) bestowed these unique gifts upon his groomsmen at the rehearsal dinner tonight.

ENGRAVED.

Jason, Davide and Jason test them out while Shawn looks on in the intersection of the beams of light.

I felt like we needed a swell of Star Wars Music.

Most unusual and creative groomsmen’s gift I’ve seen.

 

 

light sabers

 

 

And with a slow shutter to show the light and movement

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light saberss outsideA little more room outside the restaurant to spar

Lala and Her Lap Dog

Happy Birthday Laura.  

(Didn’t  Erika coin your nickname, Lala? )

What is the definition of a “lap dog”?

A dog who is able to sit on your lap.

Laura and her Lap Dog 1

 

Penny is a lap dog.

 

 

Laura and familyYou at the farm with husband James and his sister Kim and Penny, and niece Anna.

 

 

Laura and AnnaEveryone loves Aunt Lala.

 

Laura jumpigCorny.  But fun.   A jump at the farm.  Hope your birthday feels just like this.

I am so excited you are here in the Burgh. Good timing on the wedding weekend so you get to come to Pittsburgh.

 

 

Angel Food CakeI baked an Angel Food cake. Not sure why I did it in this Angel Food loaf pan this time.  Looks a tad cracked on top.

You always called it CLOUD CAKE.

We’ll add some fresh berries and ice cream.

 

Laura and Her Lap Dog (1)

Without the shades this time. Thanks.  love you lots.

Happy Birthday dear daughter.  Love. Ma

 

Link to One-of-a-Kind Cake Topper Slide Show

Here is the link to the New York Times Style Slide Show.

There was a call to submit an unusual cake or cake-topper so I submitted one via Instagram from a wedding where I was a guest on Valentine’s Day 2010.  It was exciting that it got chosen from the entries.

The Times called the bride, whose cake it was on, to get her permission to use it and hear the story of the cake topper.

It’s the second photo of the slide show with the story in the caption below but just in case…………..

The special story was told by Charlotte Rowell Sellier, granddaughter of Matthew and Catharine Walsh.

It was on top of her grandparents wedding cake on Valentine’s Day 1942

and then on Charlottes and Joel’s Valentine’s Day wedding cake in 2010.

You can read how the cake topper was used by the Walsh’s four daughters and then by all their granddaughters. A wonderful heirloom and family tradition.  Lots of LOVE!

Cake Topper 2 Charlotte and Joel

Charlotte’s Grandfather, Matthew Walsh, owned Jimmy Ryan’s Jazz Club in New York City.

This photo is a bit different from the one posted in the Times.

 

wedding cake Charlotte and Joel

Here you can see the entire cake but the topper is hidden behind the hearts.

You might remember the post Wedding Flowers in the Snow, the year of the Giant Snowstorm .

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(Our friend Joanne thought it would be interesting to see even more cake toppers and their stories so feel free to send them with a pic to me and I will post them in a gallery.)

Margaret a Giant Schnauzer Rescue and Rae & Nick Left a Wedding Bouquet

Monday morning started out foggy but as the day wore on it burned off.

And darn if I don’t have another Ailanthus tree to cut down and try and get the roots out. These supposed trees called Tree of Heaven are definitely invasive.  Ugh.

Monday morning fog from the front porch

foggy morning

 

 

When I got to the Mellon Park fountain for a photo shoot, I saw a wedding bouquet and an abandoned fan with the names

Rae and Nick    8-2-14

 

Wedding Bouquet Rae and Nick

 

 

And then right in the middle of the shoot, I met Margaret a 7 month old Giant Schnauzer named Margaret and I gave her owner a postcard with the blog address and said to email me and I’d send the pic.  What a distinctive looking dog.

 

Maragaret the Rescue Schnauzer

Margaret has a lot of creative energy.  You can just tell. She is still a pup but about 70 pounds!!!

Well, Giant Schnauzer.  A lucky dog to be a rescue.

 

Another view of the abandoned bouquet at the fountain.

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Laurel Highlands Highlights Photographed by Anna

The super awesome guest blog I mentioned yesterday, Anna 10+ (almost 11)is the photographer.  It’s fun for me when the family contributes to the blog effort.  Thanks Anna! (Photographed with an iPad.)

Anna and Michael and their Mom and Dad went to the Laurel Highlands this weekend. They toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater checked out Steeler’s Training Camp at the end of the day and visited General Braddock’s Grave.

Saturday early evening they came to Pittsburgh to pick up the two younger ones, Jack and Maura, and left early Sunday morning.  We were 16 for dinner Saturday night with family and friends coming to see them.   Today the house is really quiet. :-(

But on Friday night they stayed at the Historic Summit Inn Resort in Farmington, PA.

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Michael said the doors had real keys!  Here he is with Mark and Erika.

 

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One of the “few remaining ‘porch hotels’ in America.”  Built in 1907, The Summit Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

 

 

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Before sunset

 

 

photo-12Anna did a sunset series. Nice balustrade’s shadow on the roof.

 

 

red flower sun Anna

Love how she moved to take the photo of the sun behind the red flower

 

 

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I like the drain pipe line and puddle

 

And she must take after her grandmother, photographing what was on the table.

 

 

salt and pepper Anna

Salt and Pepper Still Life

 

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone  stayed at the Summit Inn in 1917. Their names are signed on the Hotel Register. (Dad Mark has that photo)

 

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Leaving for Pittsburgh.  A shot from the van window showing motion.  I see the snack bag reflection.

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These Two Said Zig Zag to Me- Weekly Photo Challenge

A bit of a stretch for the Weekly Photo Challenge  Zig Zag.

A super guest post is coming tomorrow.  Stay Tuned!

 

zig zag shoes

Zig Zag shoes.  You may have seen them on here before.

 

 

street sweeper turn the cornerEarly Morning Street Sweeper turning onto Bleecker  St NYC

Daniel Striped Tiger was the Highlight for Me

But the kids loved everything in the Children’s Museum on the North Side.

Porch Swing

They said “Just like Lala’s porch swing”   (at the entrance)

 

Jack and Maura rushing to get inside. We lucked out –  THROWBACK THURSDAY the kids were 1/2 price admission.

childrens museum entrance

 

 

Silk screening first so everything had a chance to dry in the studio before we took it home

Silk Screen

 

Maura loved putting her artwork into the dryer and watching it come out the other end on the conveyor belt.

 

dryer

 

 

ribbonsOf course Grandma had to take a shot of the installation art     More Light by Dick Esterle with the beautiful ribbons and the rotunda of the Old Post Office.

constructionDon’t  bother buying toys, just tape of corrugated boxes so the kids can build. STUDIO

 

tower clockI found this  Tower Clock n the stairwell when I checked on Jack.

 

 

Ant Farm CLimb

Climbing in the Ant Farm.  They never tired of climbing up and down.

 

Mr. Rogers SweaterOne of the Mr. Rogers’ items in the museum.  His mother knit this- perfectly

You can watch Mr Rogers explain how his mother shows love here

His sneakers were in the next exhibit area- ATTIC

Mr Rogers Sneakers

 

 

 

Stop Animation Video

Maura tried her hand at STOP animation video production  in MAKESHOP®

Gravity Room SLideLost count how many times they went down the slide via the Gravity Room

 

puppets

Cool puppets display in the ATTIC

 

But here is my favorite  Daniel Striped Tiger

Daniel Striped Tiger

 

 

Henrietta PussycatHenrietta Pussycat Puppet from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

 

 

 

spin the sand

This sand design created by  spinning the disk is mesmerizing  –  Avalanche by Ned Kahn

 

 

video emotions

Videoing the emotion on the screen  This is SCARED in the XOXO exhibit.  All you need is love………..

 

 

spinning barrels

A really great installation art piece of the spinning barrels    by Will Schlough  in the GARAGE

 

 

 

jack and the parachute

Jack cranked the parachute up to the ceiling but it got trapped.

 

 

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You can see the Old Post Office Rotunda from the outside

 

 

At the outdoor lemonade stand, Jack promised to buy me a new car on his promise of a good deed tag.   No money for the lemonade.  I promised to be a patient grandmother and tweeted it with a hashtag.

Jack got on the KDKA news clip

 


Waiting for the mist to come in Buhl Community Park- Cloud Arbor by Ned Kahn  click here to see an excellent photo

 

carnegie north side

The original Carnegie Free Library on the North Side (Allegheny).  Walked by on the way to the car. It was a great day.

Thanks to my friend V for suggesting I take the kids.  A very good idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patron Saint of Bakers and Pastry Chefs – Saint Honoré

Honoratus of Amiens  (who died in 600) .  The Feast Day is May 16th but no matter.

The nice woman at Jean-Marc Chatellier Bakery in Millvale said “Saint Honoré” when I asked.

Here he is, carved from wood,  with his bread peel with some sheafs of wheat, watching over the baker

August 2 is the last day before the bakery goes on vacation.  We just made it on our way to the Children’s Museum.

 

 

Saint Honoré

Saint Honoré at the French Bakery in Millvale

 

 

French Bakery Goods

 

 

Peace and Harmony the Goal at Camp Grandma This Week

Siblings.  The two youngest. Jack is 7 Maura is 5

My grandchildren.

They aren’t known for being charter members of the “get-along” gang.

In fact, they can annoy and aggravate one another with a simple song, a glance, a perceived injustice.  Oh  my.  Sounds exhausting?

So Mark (their dad called) and ask how Punch and Judy were doing.  It’s been only 24 hours.

Will see how it goes.  Today there were a few rough spots but they are settling into a routine here.

I was wishing I still had the book. He Hit Me First so I could refresh my understanding of sibling rivalry.

Pictures don’t always tell the whole story.

harmony Camp Duo (1)Here they are sitting on the stump ,holding bottles of bubbles from our generous neighbor.   The tree stump was turned into a seat when the tree was cut down.

They kids wanted individual photos, each sitting on the special wooden seat.

I said I had just one shot left on my camera card which was the absolute truth.  I could have deleted a photo on the card to make room for two pics but it forced them to sit together. We had just come from a nice time at the playground in the park.

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