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Maura Clare Celebrates #7

Maura Clare born November 17, 2008.  Celebrating her seventh birthday today.

Maura Clare is Seven





Happy 7th Birthday Maura Clare.  Thanks to FF Marlene for the Last Pic as Six.

I thought about adding a couple of  your selfies that keep showing up on my phone!!)

Love from your Grandma Ruthie

A Dozen Years of Love

Lucky us!   Happy Twelfth Birthday Anna Catherine!

One October morning before dawn, you made me and Marlene happy grandmothers.

Loved by your family and friends, your loving heart and kind spirit come out in your eyes.

21768696150_c310a73680_kAnna holds her cousin Charlie- Sunday Oct 4th.


Twelve years flew by!   Love you lots, Anna.  Happy Birthday.   FF Ruthie

Hula Hooper Anna video from five years ago. 





Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

Boundaries.  Some people have none.

The creator of the challenge Ben Huberman says,”This week, let’s explore the creative potential of limits, borders, and dividers of all types.”

Here are a few visible from the archives


swim lanes 2

Keeping in her lane at the swim meet.


turtle soup sign

Finding the turtle soup sign. Taken by Anna.  I was driving.

Ninth Street Bridge

Ninth Street Bridge. Allegheny River. The night before the Pickle Festival.




hospital nurseryAfter the swim meet. Anna and Michael ooking through the nursery glass window, watching their first first cousin, Charlie.


swim lanes 3 Maura (r) dives off the block into her lane.

forbes field wall

Forbes Field Wall where Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Mazeroski hit his famous homerun to win the 1960 World Series.



Another Swim Meet in the Rain

No lightning.  It was a go.

It’s unfortunate we can’t share the excessive rain with other parts of the country who need it.

spectators in the rain

Working to Improve How I Photograph Swimming

This past Tuesday I got down and knelt, used my 70-200 lens.

Tried to steady the camera. Get the shot.

Anticipating when to press the shutter button.

swimming (2)


Freezing the action is a challenge.

50m Breaststroke in the Rain

They only call it if there’s lightning.

And there wasn’t.

Anna at the Muirfield Swim Meet a week ago in the rain.




Swim Meet is a Family Effort

Monday June 22nd at New Albany Ohio.


Coach Jeff gave Maura the DUCKS mascot to take care of until Tuesday practice!

dukc mascotWhen we got home it was about 9:30 PM.  A late dinner and bed, ready for dive and swim practice starting at 8AM.

Frozen Motion

Weekly Challenge by Jen Hooks is MOTION

As I scour a portion of my archives, I see lots of frozen motion.

Today’s post is the four grandchildren in various motion shots

maura running

Maura running


frozen motion

Michael jumping into the pool for a heat



Jack kicking in a puddle at the Columbus Zoo


annaAnna caught midair off the diving board

and below in a more recent dive


Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

Shadowed   I’ve a lot of shadows but not that many photos  with “shadowed”



erika and Michael

Frozen Moment

Always trying to catch the action shot.  The feel of motion.  But then it ends up stiff.

Here is Maura starting the backstroke heat.

Maura, forever frozen, in this tiny second,  as she pushes off the wall.



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