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Posts tagged “grandchildren

Balls in the Air

Taking a break from the cherry on top challenge although I was considering another shoot.

When the family visited we went to the Children’s Museum a couple of times.  One of the favorite rooms is called The Garage. The kids tried to catch the balls that were held up by air blowing out of the table.

IMG_3265Laura held Charles as he reached for the ball.

It was easier for Maura to catch the balls.

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One more try

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Charlie’s UNO Birthday Party

IMG_0699                                                                 Happy Parents Laura and James holding the birthday boy!

 

 

 

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Cousin Maura helped Charlie blow out his candle.

 

Cousins and friend Oliver help Charles Celebrate   Grandma and Grandpa Weaver    Aunt Brenda holds the mini UNO cards

 

IMG_0872Playing UNO

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A new litttle piggy to hold

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IMG_5110Playing outside after a walk, enjoying the beautiful summer day. iPhone shot  Happy First Birthday.


Faces Change in a Blink

How quickly their faces change.

Anna

 

Michael

 

Jack

 

Maura

 

Charles

The Weekly Photo Challenge is FACE,  I have a lot to draw upon from my archives.

 

 

 


Maura’s First Holy Communion Day

St. Patrick Church  Columbus Ohio.IMG_0809

Arriving at the church. Mark, Anna and Maura.  Michael’s hiding.

MauraMaura on the way into church.

IMG_0006Aunt Linda gives Maura a kiss when she arrives from Pittsburgh.

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Godmother Laura          With her family    Pap and Grandma Marlene

Sisters-in-law                                   Laura James and Charles IMG_0048.JPGTaken by a nice lady who had a camera- so I asked her if she would mind taking the whole clan.


Easter Portraits, 4 in Half-Light

Half-light 

A wonderful term.  Took individuals of the grandkids about 7:30 PM. We were headed to Easter Vigil which started at 8:30 PM.

Took Anna and Michael again in the church parking lot as the light was even more lovely when we arrived.

Charles’ was taken on his front porch Thursday, ambient light but not exactly half.

MIchael in half lightMichael in Half- Light in front of St Patrick Church

Anna in Half Light

Someone’s brake lights added the red highlights to Anna’s hair.

JAck in half light 2Jack’s photo was taken first.  Still bright.

Maura in half light

Maura at dusk in the front yard

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Charles on the front porch

And the following poem comes to mind for the challenge- except a small fat grandmama I am not- I’m a BIG one! And instead of Banbury Cakes we brought out four dozen Hot Cross Buns from Rocco’s Pasticceria on Bleecker Street.

My mother used to read me this poem from The Bumper Book by Watty Piper

The Cupboard

by Walter de la Mare

I know a little cupboard,
With a teeny tiny key,
And there’s a jar of Lollypops
For me, me, me.

It has a little shelf, my dear,
As dark, as dark can be,
And there’s a dish of Banbury Cakes
For me, me, me.

I have a small fat grandmamma,
With a very slippery knee,
And she’s Keeper of the Cupboard,
With the key, key, key.

And when I’m very good, my dear,
As good as good can be,
There’s Banbury Cakes, and Lollypops
For me, me, me.

 

 

 


Life Imitates Art: WPC

The weekly photo challenge inspired by

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.”

— Oscar Wilde

IMG_0697Grandchildren Anna and Michael and Vincent Van Gogh at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at Thanksgiving time.


Now- 

Now  a photo a day for a week to capture the present.  As it is, right in the moment. The Weekly Photo Challenge. NOW

Lego building. 

Puppies. 

Christmas lights. 

New Jammies. A log on the fire.

   
    
   
   


Crazy Fun- Mermaid Tails, Sharks and Karaoke, Xmas Sweater Selfie and Family!

Froo Froo Marlene has been crocheting for months. Hand work takes time

Her efforts paid off though cause the grandkids (who all swim for Ohio State Swim Club)  were excited to receive their aquatic afghan sleeves. Marlene also created some photo books for each grandchild too, and I got a creative magnet and mug with all the grandchildren featured!

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She made one for Baby Charlie, too.  Here he is being swallowed up by his Jaws blanket!

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PapPap picked out the wild and crazy SingTrix Karaoke Machine (as seen on Shark Tank, too) It provided a lot of entertainment and everyone wanted a turn.  Pap Pap’s rendition of Elvis’ Love Me Tender is still at number one for the performances.

 

 

 

A very merry Christmas and I just read the Weekly Photo Challenge is NOW

Now

Sometimes, we get caught up in nostalgia, future fantasy, or both, and we don’t embrace the “now.” For this week’s challenge, take a moment to notice your present, and share a photo of it.

If you are a crocheter and want the link to the patterns, I’ll get them from Grandma Marlene in the morning

 


Happy Place: Weekly Photo Challenge

Krista Stevens at WordPress challenged bloggers this week with this prompt “Have you ever felt like the world was being a bit too rowdy? Where things and people were pushing in, crowding out your quiet thoughts — the ones that need time and space to surface?”     Yes, Krista, yes. 

My number one Happy Place cuddling a grandchild in my arms, getting them to smile or the growing up grandchildren sitting next to me on the couch, reading a book or playing a game.  Laughing with grandchildren is the best.

And there’s the knitting I go to-another happy place- a form of meditation, the repetition-  but this post shows my kitchen where I can ward off winter chills (or autumn chills) and feel all is right in the world.  (Even if it’s not.)

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First Day of Winter Still Life in My Kitchen

Friends joined me for tea, even though they weren’t in Pittsburgh.

You can see out the kitchen back door window to the back porch and garage, the bare trees.  The shortest day of light.  Winter officially here.

Two dear friends in KY sent a shipment of fancy English muffins and the Fed Ex man delivered them Wednesday afternoon.  It seemed a good time to split one, toast it and spread some butter (with my Grandmother’s silver butter knife) and spoon some apricot preserves.

Went to fire up the kettle to brew tea but I’d burned the kettle dry on Monday so boiled a pot of water to make the tea. Pulled out the camera on the phone to capture the scene

Oranges were on sale 10 for $2 today and lately they were almost a dollar apiece.

A faithful  blog reader in Virgina, C, (and  best friend of a my good friend J in Omaha) made me the little quilted mug mat last year and it was  J who gave me the lidded butter dish another year.  The Botanic Garden mug matches my mother’s cereal bowls.

I was home alone but in the presence of friends and family remembered.  Finding the joy of winter.  My neighbor called to report a vibrant rainbow spotting and perhaps I could photograph it.  i went outside and it was still raining and saw the colored arch across the street.  I photographed it but it didn’t make the cut for posting but i appreciate when people see something and I come to mind. There was thunder and lightning, too.

Yes, that is a stack of woven potholders on the left counter top.


Breakfast for Dinner After Swim Practice

Whole Foods in Upper Arlington.

Farm Breakfast is five bucks.

Kids eat free on Wednesday with an adult eating.  Good deal!

(Michael’s book is either the American Revolution or the Civil War.)  IMG_5397Feeling connected to family in Ohio tonight.

Old Grandma got almost everyone to cooperate for a quick pic as they sat down.

Missing a few family members but because of retirement, I can be with family  on a Wednesday night, right in the middle of the week!

 


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