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Happy New Year 2015


Now We Are Six- Happy Birthday Maura Clare

Now We Are Six

When I was one,
I had just begun.
When I was two,
I was nearly new.
When I was three,
I was hardly me.
When I was four,
I was not much more.
When I was five,
I was just alive.
But now I am six,
I’m as clever as clever.
So I think I’ll be six
now and forever.

-A.A. Milne

Six Years Old November 17, 2014


(Retro Raggedy Ann and Andy party tablecloth from blog follower and friend Deb B.who has been saving it to give to me and driving it around since forever and got it out of the trunk of her car on Greenfield School Veterans Day Dinner, thank you Deb!)

What Hundreds of Years of Teaching Thousands of Students Looks Like

Greenfield Elementary School, Pittsburgh PA  Veteran’s Day Dinner.

Breaking bread together. It’s an annual event.  One that former prinicpal BJ (Brent Johnson) looks forward to all year.

Lots of conversation,good food, catching up.

Here’s the group. Photographed by our server Daniel McCormick at Mitchell’s Fish Market, Waterfront, Homestead PA. November 5, 2014

The youngest member has taught at Greenfield for 25 years already and is still teaching third grade.

I was the art teacher for 9 years.

There are just four of us in the trenches still, two at Greenfield now.  See below.

All of others have retired although a couple go in to substitute.  And there are a couple of spouses in the shot.

Thanks Daniel for photographing us after the dinner.   I’ll get an exact total of years taught.



Lara and Josie still at Greenfield K-8.


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


Independence Day Birthday

Set alarm about 3:30 AM to catch a 6:25 flight to Nashville, connecting four hours later to Panama City FL.




“Oh beautiful for spacious skies”



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Knitting a horizontal ribbed cowl  and two eggs over easy with toast and potatoes, coffee and juice.




Self portrait     St. George Island on the Gulf Coast



The closest fireworks I have ever seen.  The beach had a number of colorful displays.






Marlene sent a video of the family singing Happy Birthday  and I was missing being with them  but

Erin baked a beautiful birthday cake, it some candles and my friend’s family sanga again. Very nice.


birthday cake


Thanks for all the nice birthday greetings and wishes.

Fourth of July Birthday is fun.   Then the Daily Post said, how do you celebrate July Fourth and I had already posted this one showing my actual birthday cake.

Weekly Photo Challenge: It’s Your Party



Early July 4th Celebration at The Lakes in Ohio

When we arrived, Erika suggested taking a photo of the place empty and then later after it filled up. Sounded like a good idea to me.

So here is what The Lakes Fourth of July celebration looked like Sunday night- June 29th.


The beginning





preparing fireworks at the Lakes

Preparing the fireworks across the lake



Flags and crowd reflection



Parade of teenagers



reflectionsThe Kids loved all the inflatable activities


family viewing




fireworks 2

The smell of gunpowder lingered in the humid air








During the fireworks- Michael on the right looks up at the sky filled with fireworks


fireworks at the Lakes

Lots of teenagers in clumps, enjoying the festivities





July FireworksThe fireworks are over.  A large light came on.  Everyone was packing and cleaning up.  Getting to the car and out of the parking lot.  Home in about 15 minutes after this shot!



end of the night

They Say It’s Your Birthday

Dear Mark,

Seems like just yesterday (May 26, 1976) you arrived at Ireland Army Hospital – Fort Knox, Kentucky.

You were born exactly two years to the day from my graduation from college. 

And suddenly, in a blink, it’s 38 years later!

I am proud of you and the wonderful man you have become. WOW. You have a beautiful family.

With love and gratitude on your birthday,

Your Mom

and of course I should have included the best present ever  

Been on a bit of a Beatles kick lately….

Stone Manor in Middletown Maryland Setting for a Super Wedding

If you follow the blog for a time, you notice my friend,  the top commenter, Sue Reinfeld.

Her daughter was married in a beautiful ceremony Sunday afternoon at Stone Manor in  Middletown ,  Maryland.

Steve and I were  glad we could share in the happy celebration. We left for home (Pittsburgh) as the sun was setting.


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Michael Joseph- First Holy Communion Day- St. Patrick Columbus OH

We woke up to pouring rain but the sun came out later in the afternoon.  St. Patrick Church- Columbus Ohio, Saturday May 10, 2014.

It was a special day for a special young man.

The family gathered in to celebrate and friends came later to share the day.


The procession. Taken with available light and a Canon 70-200 L series lens.


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Godfather and Michael

Godfather Joseph in from NYC  and Godson Michael Joseph

and at Michael’s baptismGodfather



Michael and his certificate2


lego rosaryFather Dosch  blesses the Florida Lego Rosary Aunt Lala and Uncle James got him as a gift


lego rosary2




Whole Family Communion DayFour generations pose for the family portrait. Michael’s Paternal Great Grandmother is next to him on his right and his Maternal Grandmother Marlene is on his left.  Grandfathers Pop and Pap in the back row.

Almost everyone ( not pictured Matthew in Croatia and James at work).

Took this with the self-timer and ran around and got in the back


family (2)

With his family.


family (1)

Helping Pap Celebrate His Birthday

Anna, Maura, Michael and Jack helped Pap celebrate his birthday Saturday evening. (Donald is Erika’s dad)

Happy Birthday Pap

Try to not shoot into the light source.  Used the Canon 5D with the 50mm L series lens with available light


I photographed the three grandkids in the garage on the way to church.  Jack was under the weather and stayed home with Pap.



Anna Maura and Michael in the garage.  You know how I love to photograph them in the ambient light.



Jack Thumbs Up

Not to leave anyone out- Jack giving the thumbs up after a good report at Children’s Hospital.  Photographed by his dad earlier in the afternoon.



Birthday party

Posing for their other grandmother, Marlene.


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