Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

 

Up!      Crane your neck a bit.

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1—–Maura is ready for rocket launch!

Rocket Ship Launch

 

 

 

Greenwich Village Night in the backyard by the garbage cans

Greenwich Village Backyard

 

 

 

Jane’s Carousel and Bridge- Brooklyn NY

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Jack Erika and Mark at the Rock Climbing PlaceIMG_5613

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bleecker Street Store Ceiling at NightIMG_5579

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Black Widow on the upswing at KennywoodIMG_4950 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Headed upstairs to the brigeIMG_5673

 

 

 

Maura Rock Climbing

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Pittsburgh IMG_5469

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Skycoaster at Kennywood

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How I Became a Mother-in-Law! To my DIL

Mark married Erika. What a beautiful bride.  But more importantly, a beautiful person. That was ten years ago.

Bill McC gave me lessons on how to to be a mother-in-law, or how to NOT be a bad mother-in-law…

The very words (MIL) can send a shudder through you-there I said it- mother-in-law!

We all know how the older generation (me) can annoy the younger generation.

Even if you try your best to not be annoying or try to not give unwanted advice or commentary.  Joanne B suggested Duct Tape.

But this post is really about my daughter-in-law, Erika.

She is a lot of fun and tolerant and loving towards me, teasing and trying to update my wardrobe and style constantly.  In a good way!  She is one terrific mom, too.  An organic gardener  whose specialty is Japanese Eggplant, Kale and tomatoes and now has a new found interest in photography.

Today’s her birthday.

I wish I had the photo of her in the hot air balloon  last May with my sister. She is brave and adventuresome.

Here’s Erika as an amazing mother to my four grandchildren and a loving wife to my son Mark and a terrific sister to my daughter and son Laura and Matthew and James.  She’s really patient and is always thoughtful and kind to me, calling me up and telling me about the family happenings, keeping me up to date.

Love to my DIL Erika from your MIL!

(MIL sounds less awful than Mother-in-Law) and thanks Bill for the handy tips. You’ll have to ask Erika is I learned from you on how to be a good MIL.

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Happy 7th Birthday

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Seven years ago I was in Florida watching Anna while Erika and Mark went to the hospital. Happy Birthday Michael Joseph!  He just lost his first tooth and is starting First Grade on Wednesday so your last day of summer vacation you don’t have to go to school.  Bet you’ll find time to build something with your new  Star Wars Lego today.

Blogging from Aunt Mary’s computer in NYC at 3 AM so when you wake up you can see your birthday post.  Love, FF Ruthie