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Childhood

Eleven Years Old Today

Everyone loves Michael. 

Happy 11th birthday, August 21st.


(Top left-at your baptism by your namesake Fr. Michael Joseph Zeps, S.J.  Then your Godfather Joe, Dad, FF Marlene, Uncle Joey again, Aunt Lala-August bday club and your Mom holding you on the bottom)
He is one loveable young man. (Last year I might have said boy)


Concentrating on his yo-yo skills in Pittsburgh. Summer 2016


Language camp last week -photo by parents 

After your swim meet-June 26, 2015 with new cousin Charlie at the hospital

Teasing  old Grandma, making me think your head was stuck!

Michael if you want to see how quickly you are growing up, here are some blog posts documenting your growth! 

Seems as if you just turned 10- tenth birthday post 

Florida Rainbow appeared when you were born. 9 years old 

*Seems you were 8 not so long ago 8th birthday post

* Here’s your 7th birthday

Laura made you an Alvin and the Chipmunks cake when you were Five – Chipmunks Cake

Don’t know what happened to six but you were my first photo on the blog with Murphy the Airedale

And here you are with Henry the Airedale

Love you lots

Happy 11th Birthday to you Michael Joseph

Love, 

FF Ruthie

P.S.  I need a photo of me with you, please.  Birthday mail on the way. 


City Puddles after the Downpour

After the birthday party (grown up), the nextdoor neighbor kids were playing in the puddles.

There’d been a downpour.

Kids love puddles. They are like magnets to them.

Fun Fun the weekly photo challenge

 


Soda Fountain and Chocolates

Yetter’s in Millvale, PASaturday morning.

 I wanted my grandchildren to see an old time soda fountain. It was too early for ice cream so we bought some things to-go, for later after the Children’s Museum-snacks,  bottles of water, chocolate coins and some sour patch kids from the candy selection. 

We will return for ice cream before they head home. 




Balls in the Air

Taking a break from the cherry on top challenge although I was considering another shoot.

When the family visited we went to the Children’s Museum a couple of times.  One of the favorite rooms is called The Garage. The kids tried to catch the balls that were held up by air blowing out of the table.

IMG_3265Laura held Charles as he reached for the ball.

It was easier for Maura to catch the balls.

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One more try

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It was Forty Years Ago Today

“You don’t remember, I’ll never forget …”
Me holding Mark, Fort Knox, Kentucky – a Polaroid

May, 1976. Bicentennial baby!


My mom and dad with first grandchild, Mark. Philadelphia PA – July 1976

My mother was the exact age in this photo that  I am now. (63)
Quick, the photo albums with the sticky lines are ruining all the old photos!!

Young mother but oh, those glasses….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aunt Bobbie needlepointed that patriotic bear.
Anyone else have a plaid Herculon couch?


Two proud grandpas -Mark’s first  birthday! (or maybe the month after)


And I will title this one Jubilant

It seems one minute you have a baby-`

and then they become grown up with a family of their own!!



Happy fortieth birthday, Mark.  

love, Mom

 

 

(I never did embroider Fort Knox on this birth sampler I found, folded up in my dresser drawer recently)   Forty years goes by fast!!

2012

2013

2014

and there was the year I got you the gift you never got as a child


Can You Tell By His Face, He’s Teasing Me?

Michael called to me from upstairs.

 I started walking up. Oh.

This is what I saw.  Yikes!

How did he get his head between the spindles? 


(One of the spindles comes out!)

He got me.

Good one, Michael.

Face is the Weekly Photo Challenge


Maura’s First Holy Communion Day

St. Patrick Church  Columbus Ohio.IMG_0809

Arriving at the church. Mark, Anna and Maura.  Michael’s hiding.

MauraMaura on the way into church.

IMG_0006Aunt Linda gives Maura a kiss when she arrives from Pittsburgh.

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Godmother Laura          With her family    Pap and Grandma Marlene

Sisters-in-law                                   Laura James and Charles IMG_0048.JPGTaken by a nice lady who had a camera- so I asked her if she would mind taking the whole clan.


The Swing, a Slide, a Tunnel, Peek

26753299721_11b5fa3254_kThis is a new sensation.  Laura gave him a little push.

26548296810_12585223d2_kHolding on, not too sure about the swing yet.

26548250000_1feb4bf144_kGoing up the slide.

 

26786492736_039ae01e23_kComing out of the tunnel.

 

 

26786453486_20aa7c1c1c_kPeek a boo.  I see you, Grandma!

Laura and Charles (10 months) came to visit Grandma in Pittsburgh.

Fortunately I have a playground in the park across the street.

I used the 70-200 lens to document his visit.

Fun to catch him enjoying this playground equipment for the first time. At least the first time I’ve seen him experience a playground.   They returned home to Ohio yesterday but I was savoring their visit when I went through the photos tonight.


First Visit to Children’s Museum 

Monday May 2, 2016.

Charles, Laura and I went to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

When you’re ten months old there are so many “firsts” to experience.

I am so glad I bought a family membership last summer when Mark and Erika’s children came to visit.

Today the waterplay at the end of our visit was his favorite but I didn’t get any photos of his splashing. So much more to explore next visit!

26717338741_85f8b02c2a_kChecking out Henrietta Pussycat puppet from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

 

IMG_6535Playing with toys in The Nursery

 

img_4006Lunch in the café.  Mom brought a pouch for Charles. We ordered a slice of cheese pizza. Laura ran into a friend Stephanie and her son Joe in the cafeteria so that was nice.

Making the lights move onto the wall as Laura pushed the stroller through the light.

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IMG_6558The Wooden Mirror is amazing.  I am still trying to figure it out, how it works.

 

One of our favorite parts was the helpful woman in the Museum Gift Shop.

We found a little “first car” and a baby beaver Folkmanis puppet for Charles’ first birthday coming in June. (shhhhh, it’s a surprise!)

 


Airedales and Baby on Easter Walk

Yesterday’s post it was formal portraits. Today it’s candids. Capturing the day with a few casual images.

A sunny Easter afternoon.  We went for a walk around the neighborhood.

Michael and Jack had Airedale duty.  Anna carried Charlie.

When we got back to the house the children hunted for hidden eggs in the backyard.  Some of the eggs opened with a fortune cookie message inside ” A special day with Charlie.” “You pick what’s for supper”  “You pick the family movie”  “One day of no chores” “Two hours of Ipad time”  and some eggs had dollar bills, quarters or dimes.

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