Tampa Florida is his birthplace.
You’ve seen him sport the orange and blue in the scarlet and gray Buckeye Country.
Michael Joseph is 9- August 21st.
Last single digit birthday. An avid Lego® builder, likes to play chess and is a good swimmer in the pool.
Happy Happy Birthday Michael.
love, your Grandma
Michael has been featured on the blog many times but today is his day. In fact this photo was my first post on the blog
And just last weekend he did the WipeOut Obstacle Course at Ohio State TWICE!
The Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life part two Found these in my old laptop. Different city streets-
From the archives
Swim and Dive Team Pool Party Celebration Tuesday July 16th A hot, humid day so the water felt refreshing.
Lifeguard on Duty
The whistles blew and everyone got out of the pool due to lightning. Time to go home.
Dear Followers, Readers, Friends and Family,
Thanks for all the lovely comments and emails. I appreciate the good words and your cheering me on.
It was fun to share celebrating the four year mark of the blog.
I think my headline/title confused some people as I meant I was just starting the fifth year of blogging as the four year anniversary occurred.
Sunday afternoon at the car show in Columbus, Ohio-
my son Mark saw this sign, photographed it and sent it to me on the phone.
I’ve not seen a sign like this before, so maybe it is new to you, too!
Anna turned five just before her sister Maura was born. This fall they’ll be five and ten. Or should I say, ten and five?
The eldest and the youngest with two boys in between.
Sunday morning I looked down the driveway after Laura and James had just pulled out with Laura’s new car (they’d driven over to show us)
I saw Anna fixing Maura’s hair as they stood the end of the driveway. Very intent.
Maura doesn’t really enjoy getting her hair braided or brushed but her hair is long and they swim a lot so it’s necessary. She’ll let Anna do it and Anna has a nice way about it- getting her to cooperate…
convincing Maura it’s a good thing to brush out the tangly knots!
Both girls pretty much ignored me and my camera, the concentration to get it right on the hair made them forget about me, so I took some shots and approached them slowly. You can see when they became “camera aware”.
I like it when they ignore me.
Here’s the link to Francine Russo’s interesting article The Science of Siblings that my sister and I read last week. Sibling relationships and their importance in your life. Some note about only children as well.
These are taken Canon 50mm 1.2 L series lens so no zooming possibility. Have to move myself. Good practice.
Hair still wet from washing it. Anna in the
Anna (in the pink) can get Maura (in the yellow) to do what she needs her to dao
Big sister Little sister
When we gathered in to Aunt Linda’s and Uncle Frank’s to mourn the passing of Aunt Theresa, there was lots of food to share and it kept pouring in from generous neighbors and friends and relatives.
Anna’s other Grandma, Marlene, sister of Aunt Theresa, Aunt Linda and Aunt Georgeann wanted to acknowledge the excitement and accomplishment of Anna(9) qualifying to swim Freestyle and Breaststroke in the Junior Olympics in Ohio next weekend. Marlene bought a cake- a 3 pound 12 ounce cake! (We read the label, didn’t we Aunt Linda?)
Because the occasion was the gathering in and remembering Theresa who had passed, I never took my camera out of the car.
It didn’t seem like a time to take photos. But of course when the cake came out and Marlene was videoing our singing Happy Junior Olympics to you, I felt compelled to take a photo and slipped out the trusty old iPhone and took one shot. This is it. Of course we are so proud of Anna. On the left standing up and smiling is her Mom, Erika. And cousin Shannon, in the red on the right was very gracious. Lots of love and affection over this past week.
Forward on the soccer team? Forward as in pushy, aggressive?
I’m thinking FORWARD motion cause that is what I came up with as I skimmed through my photos.
The Weekly Photo Challenge seems like a real challenge to me this week. Guess I am taking the word Forward, literally. The sensation of moving up, plowing ahead, going forward. Here are the photos I chose for the theme FORWARD. (I like to think a bit of blur illustrates the forward motion! HA!)
Trying the new option, well new to me…..click to see the photos. Let me know if it works. (more…)
For the weekly challenge I looked to my own family to help me out.
I figured they wouldn’t mind. The wedding clothes photos are the ones I took 6 months after the wedding. Thanks Laura and James. (Hope it’s okay!) Love, Ma
Happy First Anniversary Laura and James. It was a happy wedding. There’s a list of traditional and modern wedding anniversary gifts for each year here. I knew that the first anniversary was paper.
Laura took this photo of the paper items I sent to them to mark the occasion. James said he came home from work to find some large boxes on their front porch and had no idea what was in them. I know I had fun thinking about sending the paper products and figured it would be a gift that would get used. Actually, used up! Shipping was free!
James had the idea to call me on SKYPE and here they are at home talking to me.
Last week at breakfast in Columbus at First Watch
and the weekend they came to help me with the House Concert in Pittsburgh
Bolton Field, Columbus OH, Sunday afternoon in the hot June sun. My grandsons and a friend watch the sky for the Liberty Belle.
Gates down, red lights flash, bells clang- the freight train rolls by. Count the cars, kids! Long trains in Ohio. Lots of cars. Sit and wait.
When you are little there are lots of “firsts”. First tooth, first words, first steps, first day of school, first time on skates, first time for any number of things. As we age the number of “firsts” decrease. Everyone cleared the rink. Michael was mesmerized by the “Mighty Machine” (his favorite show) that drove out onto the ice. You see an ice machine the word Zamboni comes to mind. He barely blinked as he watched the man drive the Zamboni around the ice.