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.
Last week in Columbus, I sat in the passenger seat with Laura at the wheel. Good thing. Brought that trusty phone up to my eye and I can’t really add him to my People at Work series
but perhaps Animals at Work in the city?
Oh hello there!
Regional finals for Junior Olympics- Breast Stroke- checking for two hand touch. Hopefully no one gets DQed
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Parting shot from afar, through the glass window of the Natatorium. Doesn’t look like 50 meter length from this angle. The pool was divided up into sections.
Panorama Shot from earlier in the Day, Friday
Two events Saturday ,Three events Sunday. GO ANNA!!!
Swimming with OSSC (Ohio State Swim Club)
Josie the Airedale and granddaughter Anna
Thought it was a great idea.
Drivers today are so impatient.
It’s good to know that someone in front of you is learning how to drive.
A woman came out of the store and said.”Why is she taking a picture of my car?”
I told her I wanted to remember her good idea for when my grandchildren are learning to drive. I assured her I didn’t take her license plate number.
She said the sign on the car really works. We had a nice conversation about it.
Tampa Florida is his birthplace.
You’ve seen him sport the orange and blue in the scarlet and gray Buckeye Country.
Michael Joseph is 9- August 21st.
Last single digit birthday. An avid Lego® builder, likes to play chess and is a good swimmer in the pool.
Happy Happy Birthday Michael.
love, your Grandma
Michael has been featured on the blog many times but today is his day. In fact this photo was my first post on the blog
And just last weekend he did the WipeOut Obstacle Course at Ohio State TWICE!
The Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life part two Found these in my old laptop. Different city streets-
From the archives
Swim and Dive Team Pool Party Celebration Tuesday July 16th A hot, humid day so the water felt refreshing.
Lifeguard on Duty
The whistles blew and everyone got out of the pool due to lightning. Time to go home.
Dear Followers, Readers, Friends and Family,
Thanks for all the lovely comments and emails. I appreciate the good words and your cheering me on.
It was fun to share celebrating the four year mark of the blog.
I think my headline/title confused some people as I meant I was just starting the fifth year of blogging as the four year anniversary occurred.
Sunday afternoon at the car show in Columbus, Ohio-
my son Mark saw this sign, photographed it and sent it to me on the phone.
I’ve not seen a sign like this before, so maybe it is new to you, too!
Anna turned five just before her sister Maura was born. This fall they’ll be five and ten. Or should I say, ten and five?
The eldest and the youngest with two boys in between.
Sunday morning I looked down the driveway after Laura and James had just pulled out with Laura’s new car (they’d driven over to show us)
I saw Anna fixing Maura’s hair as they stood the end of the driveway. Very intent.
Maura doesn’t really enjoy getting her hair braided or brushed but her hair is long and they swim a lot so it’s necessary. She’ll let Anna do it and Anna has a nice way about it- getting her to cooperate…
convincing Maura it’s a good thing to brush out the tangly knots!
Both girls pretty much ignored me and my camera, the concentration to get it right on the hair made them forget about me, so I took some shots and approached them slowly. You can see when they became “camera aware”.
I like it when they ignore me.
Here’s the link to Francine Russo’s interesting article The Science of Siblings that my sister and I read last week. Sibling relationships and their importance in your life. Some note about only children as well.
These are taken Canon 50mm 1.2 L series lens so no zooming possibility. Have to move myself. Good practice.
Hair still wet from washing it. Anna in the
Anna (in the pink) can get Maura (in the yellow) to do what she needs her to dao
Big sister Little sister