It was time for Grandma (AKA Froo Froo Ruthie) to go home.
My car was packed and I’d left Mark and Erika’s house to head to James and Laura’s house. About a twenty minute drive. Had to drop off the cast iron griddle gift left by the couch.
Drive back to Pittsburgh.
The one thing I didn’t really do on Christmas day was take any photos. It’s hard to be a participant AND a photographer simultaneously.
It can interfere with your living in the moment and enjoying those you are surrounded by. A camera can be a barrier, a distraction, an annoyance to others- sometimes I’m unobtrusive and candid and they ignore me…..but I said to James and Laura I was leaving and the one thing I didn’t get was a family photo of them at Christmas. And I’d really like to get one of their family I’d gotten Mark and his family on Christmas eve in the usual spot after church.
Okay, get Penny a milkbone biscuit. And Charles got an animal cracker/cookie.
Bribery. This group family photo will just take a sec, a little tasty bribe….. OOPS
Penny’s nose was right at the level of Charlie’s animal cracker.GULP. One big bite for Penny. And in the second photo you can see how Charlie felt about losing his snack.
We’ll get that family photo another visit. Thanks for letting me try.
Yesterday three of my grandchildren, Michael, Jack and Maura met their new baby cousin Joseph.
Their mothers are first cousins as their mothers are sisters so their offspring share a great grandparent!
Michael, Maura and Jack are first cousins once removed to baby Joseph’s mother but are second cousins to her son Joseph.
It can be confusing -even looking at the chart
To my Dear S.I.L. James
Hope you are having a great day today!
Birthday and vacation!!
Your mittens (to accompany the handknit hat) are almost complete. Promise.
Love, your M.I.L.
p.s. Artwork by Addie Cheges
thanks Michelle W at WordPress for the suggestion of stockings hung by the chimney with care –Weekly Photo Challenge anticipation
Needlepoint c.1974 by Bobbie, my sister-in-law
Handknit Snoopy stockings by a woman named Jane G in Clarion PA 1981
Wishing you a happy birthday and remembering the day you were born.
Laura and Charlie enjoying the crunch of the leaves at the playground this morning.
I tried to be an observer, not a participant. Watched them play together. Just kept shooting, trying to be unobtrusive.
Kept my distance and sorry I didn’t have a zoom lens.
It was a happy time. A joy to watch Charlie have fun in the leaves.
The bear hat doesn’t quite fit right but old grandma will knit another one.
Big slide, the swings, finding a shadow, mommy hide behind the tree trunk, throw the leaves, kick the leaves, stomp and crunch pick up a big stick.
No shortage of games and activities.
He was trying to master the balance beam, figure it out. Too hard but the fact he was trying was something to watch.
One direct smile at old Froo Froo Ruthie.
Yes he knew I was there! Hard not to notice that sock monkey who sits on the 24-70 lens.
Back to the car. Good bye playground. See you soon.
Got the four together this afternoon to wish you a very happy birthday. They were bike riding around the cul de sac but took a moment to pose. You are a good mom! Xxoo Love your MIL
Photographed by Herr Spahn in 1985
I smocked the frame (and Laura’s dress)
Mark Matthew and Laura
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.
Happy Happy Birthday to you Laura.
You make life nice.
P.S. Refer to last year’s birthday post to see how time flies.
(It’s something old people say to younger people and then suddenly you experience it.)