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Baby to Thirteen! How fast time flies.

Happy thirteenth birthday dear granddaughter Anna Catherine.Here is your birthday blogpost.

You are a lovely young woman.  You are the one who made us grandparents.

You are kind, thoughtful, responsible, generous and loving.  (Just a few adjectives to describe your character)

What a happy day when you were born.

30190413046_fa01a356b7_oSunday night October 9 (can you see that the chocolate cupcakes form a one and a three?)


Here you are brand new with your grandmothers- Ruthie and Marlene.  You gave us the name Froo Froo. So now we are Froo Froo Ruthie and Froo From Marlene to all the grandkids!





screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-11-13-33-pmHappy Birthday to you!  Here you are with your family at the Mellow Mushroom tonight.


And without the corny balloon birthday hat. 10-6-2016

I remember your 10-10-10 birthday post when you were so skilled at the Hula Hoop! You can watch on youtube

Eleven Years in a blink

Last year it was a Dozen Years of Love


your FF Ruthie



How I Look to my Granddaughters 

Weekly photo challenge: FACEMaura and Anna drew their grandmother’s face- mine!

Drawn on dry erase board. Maura -7

Drawn on the other half of the board with dry erase marker. By Anna-12

Officials Check for Two Hand Touch

IMG_3726Regional finals for Junior Olympics- Breast Stroke- checking for two hand touch. Hopefully no one gets DQed

Want to be a swim official?      Click Swimming Official Information here


IMG_3746Parting 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.

IMG_2683The McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Panorama Shot from earlier in the Day, Friday

Two events Saturday ,Three events Sunday.  GO ANNA!!!

Swimming with OSSC (Ohio State Swim Club)




An Usie at the Drive Through Window

“You realize they can see us through that window”, said Anna (12)

“Yep” Click!

A detour for three small berry Smoothies and a gift card for Michael who wasn’t with us that trip. We had a good laugh.

Playing Cards at the Party- Blog Post #2222

Blog post number 2,222.  “Do something with twos”, my daughter suggested. Hmmmm.

“A pair of shoes?”  She nixed that. Boring.

I looked up things that come in twos and there’s a list of pairs for ESL students.  Can be confusing. A pair of glasses is a single item.  Don’t have any dice handy. But

Made me think of playing cards but all I have is an UNO game photo from October 4th.  You can see my hand, too.

Maura and Laura play UNO

A Dozen Years of Love

Lucky us!   Happy Twelfth Birthday Anna Catherine!

One October morning before dawn, you made me and Marlene happy grandmothers.

Loved by your family and friends, your loving heart and kind spirit come out in your eyes.

21768696150_c310a73680_kAnna holds her cousin Charlie- Sunday Oct 4th.


Twelve years flew by!   Love you lots, Anna.  Happy Birthday.   FF Ruthie

Hula Hooper Anna video from five years ago. 





Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

Boundaries.  Some people have none.

The creator of the challenge Ben Huberman says,”This week, let’s explore the creative potential of limits, borders, and dividers of all types.”

Here are a few visible from the archives


swim lanes 2

Keeping in her lane at the swim meet.


turtle soup sign

Finding the turtle soup sign. Taken by Anna.  I was driving.

Ninth Street Bridge

Ninth Street Bridge. Allegheny River. The night before the Pickle Festival.




hospital nurseryAfter the swim meet. Anna and Michael ooking through the nursery glass window, watching their first first cousin, Charlie.


swim lanes 3 Maura (r) dives off the block into her lane.

forbes field wall

Forbes Field Wall where Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Mazeroski hit his famous homerun to win the 1960 World Series.



Henry Love

Anna snuggles with Henry the Airedale (2)

Olaf and the Unicorn

Maura’s unicorn horn was from the Clintonville Music and Art Festival.

Waking up to the Sound of Hogs

Maura (6),  Jack (8)and I spent an hour in Half Price Books on Lane Ave while we waited to meet the family for breakfast for dinner at Whole Foods after swim practice.

We bought a couple of books and Maura said she needed an alarm clock to get up in time for her daily 8 am dive practice.  Sounded reasonable to me.

The one she chose makes the sound of hogs-

No buzzer. No bells, no sonar beep- PIGS!!

Here is the first day of waking up to hogs. That is one crazy alarm clock!

Turns out it would be my new Grandson’s birth date but we didn’t know that fact in the morning.  Video

Cecilia, of thekitchensgarden do they sound authentic ?