Penny the Golden Doodle ate Charlie’s Animal Cracker During the Family Photo

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.img_1488

img_1489We’ll get that family photo another visit. Thanks for letting me try.

 

3 Cousins Meet New Baby Cousin

Cousins, explained

Yesterday three of my grandchildren, Michael, Jack and Maura met their new baby cousin Joseph.

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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.

Right?

It can be confusing -even looking at the chart

 

 

 

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I might be waiting awhile

thanks Michelle W at WordPress for the suggestion of stockings hung by the chimney with care –Weekly Photo Challenge anticipation 

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Needlepoint c.1974 by Bobbie, my sister-in-law

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Handknit Snoopy stockings by a woman named Jane G in Clarion PA 1981

Autumn Leaf Delight at the Playground

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.

 

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He was trying to master the balance beam, figure it out.  Too hard but the fact he was trying was something to watch.

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One direct smile at old Froo Froo Ruthie.

 

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Yes he knew I was there!  Hard not to notice that sock monkey who sits on the 24-70 lens.

img_2557Back to the car.  Good bye playground.  See you soon.

Oh, they were so much younger then (me, too)

Photographed by Herr Spahn in 1985

Grafenwoehr, Germany

I smocked the frame (and Laura’s dress)

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Mark  Matthew and Laura

Weekly Photo Challenge Nostalgia