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Trying to Capture Family Christmas Photos

Not sure what the exact percentage might be, but many people really aren’t thinking they’d like their photograph taken. (Brides and homecoming/prom goers are definite exceptions)

Maybe people don’t mind taking it of themselves on a phone at a cool venue to share but sometimes you’re just not “feeling it”

Last year I received the Awkward Family Photo®  Game but those photos can’t  be recreated easily, even with intention.

Granddaughter Anna (11) likes to try with her siblings, giving them directions.  We have fun but it doesn’t always rhyme.

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Henry the Airedale adds some excitement and action, creates a blur, while sporting his Christmas tie.

The shot just before the one above

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The grandkids

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Christmas morning candid with the available light of the tree

Maura likes her new swim goggles

Maura likes her new swim goggles

Christmas night   Laura and James were leaving and it was WAIT, let’s make Mom happy and let her take our pic”


A Very Merry Christmas

We all feel like Henry, ready to lie down and put our heads on a soft pillow. It was a merry Christmas.

James made a cute announcement photo and posted it on FB and I got permission to share. Lots to look forward to in the New Year. July 2nd sounds far away today but will be here before we know it.

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(Thanks J for the Sweet Dreams pillow pattern)
Phone pics tonight


Metropolitan Museum Christmas- Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

Eighteenth century figures.  From my recent visit with my sister.

Merry Christmas 2014.

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After the Nutcracker at the Ohio Statehouse

Right from school, I drove the 200 miles to Columbus and made it in time to attend the Nutcracker with the family.

We crossed the street after the performance and Maura and her other grandmother and I  sat on a bench while the rest of the family walked around the Statehouseseeing the sites.  We were waiting for the line to the parking lot to subside.

We asked Maura which part was her favorite. (“the kids doing the back handsprings” said Anna and Maura said “Me, too.”)

Maura’s response to the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Dance of the Flowers took place right on the sidewalk..

I was wishing I’d brought my camera but had to do with the iPhone.

Oh, did I mention that it was about 55 degrees. Felt like a Spring evening with a chill wind.

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Penn Macaroni Cheese Counter the Sunday Before Christmas

Penn Mac is what everyone calls this place.

While I was in the Strip Districtat the Polish Deli, procuring Pierogies for Polish Christmas Eve,  I walked down Penn Avenue.

This crowd caught my eye.

Shot through the glass with a cell phone as I opted to leave the camera home while I ran last minute errands around town.

All their cheese is excellent.

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Inflatable Santa and Car Headlights, Bloomfield Front Porch Holy Family and a Toy Soldier House

The shortest day of light in the year.  No wonder everyone is wrapping tiny lights around bare branches, plugging in cords, and flipping the switch to make it bright.

Santa and Headlights

Pulled over to capture the giant Santa and a car sped by

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Old School Blow Molds, Illuminated

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The Toy Soldier House


Zoobots are Riding Robotic Animals

There was to be a Victorian Christmas Fair at St. Luke’s School on Saturday the 6th.  Friday. preparations were in full swing.

I’d never heard of a ZOOBOT but read the listing on the poster at the gate.

Unfortunately, they had a very rainy day for the event.

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Zoobots undercover

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A couple of Carousel Reindeer for decoration

and the Victorian looking part on the iron fence

iron fence and red berries

Hudson Street
Between Barrow & Christopher Streets

(adjacent to the Church of St. Luke in the Fields)”


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Installation -NYC- via Joe and Jack- Guest Blog Photos

You remember the Father/Son blog followers and dear friends who guest blogged the scenes from Central Park in Fall and Winter?

Here is what dad Jack wrote

“Joey’s office is near Rockefeller Center. He sent these pictures of the Christmas Tree as it arrived. He said that some branches are removed making it bare in spots. They reattach the original branches and add branches from other trees. Who would have known? Not me for sure. I was impressed by the scaffolding and all. It is different so I thought you would enjoy it. I will send the finished product if Joe sends it to me. “

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Star Wars Lego® Figures Photo Found on my Phone

Either Michael or Jack, one of my grandsons, took this photo of Star Wars figures..  I found it in my December Photo Stream in Aperture tonight.

I hadn’t seen it before, didn’t notice it.  I know I didn’t take it.  The kids love to use the electronic devices.

Any it was all set up and photographed (on the piano I’m fairly certain) and here’s their shot.  Guest  blog photo by one of them.

I’d left the mini Light Sabers in a gift box with a friend’s gift but she mailed them out from Pittsburgh in a card so they got to Ohio in time for Christmas.  Need light sabers  to do battle!!  Thanks V.

Something about mini figures invites creative and imaginative play.

star wars legoEither Michael (8) or Jack(6+) took this photo with my phone.  I found it in the December photo stream tonight.

 


Henry the Airedale Watches a Movie and Thinks About What to do with his Xmas Gift

One more dog post. There’s been a lot of dogs watching TV on my blog this season. And it’s been kids and dogs while I’m on vacation which is fast coming to a close.

We’ve all missed Murphy, the gentleman Airedale, who passed last Spring.  Such a well mannered fellow, and loved dearly.

Erika keeps asking me when I am going to knit Henry a sweater.

He’s still a pup, exuberant and finding his place in the pack, making his way into our hearts with his humorous antics.  He’s trying to figure things out.

He certainly likes being with his family where the activity is happening.  And did he ever relish his new bone.  (Laura asked if it came from a Wooly Mammoth.)

The handy iPhone camera, pulled out of a pocket. catches a moment without my leaving the family room seat or putting down my knitting.

There will be tomorrow to speak of the last post of the old year, bring in the new year- making resolutions or not.

Watching PollyannaHenry and Michael on the family room floor.

taking the bone outside

Hmmmmm I wonder if I could bury this outside.

Airedale and His Bone

Please let me out with this giant bone.

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And Henry eyes Maura’s horse

And then eyes me!

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A p.s. to today’s blog
Henry’s breakfast Time for grandma to go home

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