Photographed by Herr Spahn in 1985
I smocked the frame (and Laura’s dress)
Mark Matthew and Laura
My father bought this puzzle in 1976. He’s the one who got Mark saying Sacramento at age 2, when you’d ask him “what’s the capital of California?”
This summer Mark took his family to see ten more state capitals/ capitols.
The handcrafted wood puzzle was missing New York and Lake Ontario. For years! Missing puzzle pieces is such a bummer. I’m not sure why I waited so long to see if I could get replacements.
Wk, I just received the hand cut replacement pieces and although the wood is a bit thinner these days and the color brighter, it is wonderful to have the puzzle complete again.
Besides New York is my birth state (yes, I grew up in the Garden State- New Joisey)
Thank you Puzzle People Michael and Pat Smith of Philo, California for completing the puzzle once again, 40 years later.
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.
Thanks for sending this wonderful Wordless Wednesday photograph, Shannon.
How quickly their faces change.
The Weekly Photo Challenge is FACE, I have a lot to draw upon from my archives.
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.
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!)
My sister sent me this photo she took with her phone.
A little sock monkey, from the lost toy basket.
You know how I feel about sock monkeys.
And Click for Sock monkey brothers post
Below the Sock Monkey Museum in Rockford Illinois
Charles as sock monkey
Swedish Pancakes and Sock monkeys