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
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
A 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
P.S. I need a photo of me with you, please. Birthday mail on the way.
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.
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.
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.
Laura held Charles as he reached for the ball.
It was easier for Maura to catch the balls.
One more try
May, 1976. Bicentennial baby!
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?
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!!
(I never did embroider Fort Knox on this birth sampler I found, folded up in my dresser drawer recently) Forty years goes by fast!!
and there was the year I got you the gift you never got as a child
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?
He got me.
Good one, Michael.
St. Patrick Church Columbus Ohio.
Arriving at the church. Mark, Anna and Maura. Michael’s hiding.
Maura on the way into church.
Aunt Linda gives Maura a kiss when she arrives from Pittsburgh.
Godmother Laura With her family Pap and Grandma Marlene
Sisters-in-law Laura James and Charles Taken by a nice lady who had a camera- so I asked her if she would mind taking the whole clan.
This is a new sensation. Laura gave him a little push.
Holding on, not too sure about the swing yet.
Going up the slide.
Coming out of the tunnel.
Peek 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.
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!
Playing with toys in The Nursery
Lunch 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.
The 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!)
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.