He Didn’t Eat a Single Candy While Decorating

Guess they didn’t look like food to him? When he placed a gummi pineapple shape on the gingerbread house he said “I put on the vegetable.”

Laura whipped up some royal icing and put this kit together. Charlie (almost 2 1/2) helped.

Last night I helped Maura put together a gingerbread Starbucks Cafe. It collapsed and then we fortified it and propped it with glassware and coffee mugs. The second load of frosting worked like glue. Unfortunately, I didn’t photograph it.

Over the years, my friend Joanne has baked and decorated elaborate gingerbread houses from scratch. I baked a Church one year (1987) with melted lifesavers for stained glass windows and never again. I used to watch eager third graders make little graham cracker houses on empty milk cartons at school. Helped fish out milk cartons and rinse them, drain on a rack.

Little gingerbread houses appeal to me but I need to practice. Charlie loved the result!

Every Hair bow on her Head

Visiting family in Ohio, I came upstairs to go to bed in Maura’s room.

There she was, sporting every hair bow she owns!

Cheeky.

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Said “Cheeky” to Me

My take on this week’s challenge- CHEEKY

Although I was looking for cheeky photos with a touch of irreverence, I found these happy baby photos of grandson Michael (now 12) instead.

Grandma Marlene kissing Michael’s kissable cheeks

Love those cheeks!

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If YOU leave a camera or cell phone unattended-

  1. ….and there is an almost nine year old in the vicinity.   Be AWARE.

Happy Ninth Birthday Maura Clare.

October weekend in North Carolina, went to pick up pizza….uh-oh  Found an unauthorized selfie on my goid camera,  shot in the hotel mirror.

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And how did someone get my cell phone on the same trip?  Who needs grandma to take your picture?   Not Maura!

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Selfie in the car!

And on the beach Maura looked up into my Lens and pushed the shutter for this next shot

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So three selfies by Maura on her birthday

and a little memory collage with love from your Grandma

 

 

Paper Dolls Found in Downtown Pittsburgh

The other day I took a bus downtown (Senior Citizen perk= free bus pass) and went to S.W, Randall Toys Store on Smithfield Street.  I climbed to the the doll floor on three, looking for a fresh doll outfit for a 14 year old doll when I came upon a two sided display of a variety of paper dolls.

I remember cutting out paper dolls when I was young. So careful not to ruin them and cut off the little white tabs you needed to fold over to hold the clothes onto the doll. Sometimes tape was involved.

A looooong time ago.  I had no idea all these different paper dolls were available in 20I asked the sales clerk if I could photograph them and she said sure but now I’m wishing I opened them up and peeked inside and photographed the dolls and clothes.  Going to have to plan a return trip downtown.

I considered buying a book of them- many choices.  Wondered who is playing with paperdolls nowadays.

Do kids even know about paper dolls? I talked with a friend today and she said she cut out magazine fashion and made up clothes out of the magazines. I relied on the printed and dotted lines to cut around.  I can picture a little doll with a full white slip on- waiting to be dressed.  Modest!