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

Helping Grandma Load the Car

Had to get that cell phone to my eye as quickly as I could to capture this composition.  My son had called the kids to help me load up the car as I prepared to leave Columbus for Pittsburgh. Henry is tagging along.

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They were all (including Henry) going on their own trip, a couple of hours away, to select the Airedale puppy they’ll pick up Labor Day Weekend.

Stay tuned!

Anna as photographed by her mom, Erika, holding their choice- Josie.

Anna and the Airedale

Lots of shade in both photos

A Very Merry Christmas

We all feel like Henry, ready to lie down and put our heads on a soft pillow. It was a merry Christmas.

James made a cute announcement photo and posted it on FB and I got permission to share. Lots to look forward to in the New Year. July 2nd sounds far away today but will be here before we know it.

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(Thanks J for the Sweet Dreams pillow pattern)
Phone pics tonight

Murphy Waits for Santa

Kids asleep. Presents wrapped. The adults listening to Vince Guaraldi. The homemade cookies left for Santa on a special plate but I have to tell you this is the first I’ve seen a bowl of raw cauliflower and another of water for the reindeer. We always did carrots.
I was looking for a paper clip to try to weave in a loose end of yarn on a knitting project/gift and Marlene produced a package with two yarn needles! Talk about timing. We went to the four o’clock and then Mark and Matthew picked up Persian takeout- another first for Christmas Eve.
Definitely a foggy Christmas Eve. Laura and James coming in the morning. All is quiet, all is calm. Wishing all blog readers a peaceful day, whatever you’re doing on the 25th.

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Anna and Her Best Friend

Anna is eight years old today.  I remember going to the hospital in the dark, and then watching the sunrise over the Monongahela River from the window.  Then I went to school after she as born and everyone was so happy for our family. It was a happy day. Here is a portrait of her with Murphy the Airedale when she was one.  It hangs in her bedroom.

And a recent photograph of Anna and Murphy….

  The artist of the painting , Alison Zapata,  is a new mother herself and paints wonderful pet portraits. Her website is here