Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Five years old!

It's hard to believe that five years have been completed since Jamie came into our lives -- and even harder to believe that we ever managed to get along without this good-natured, gentle, curious, eager and engaging little guy.

Happy birthday, Jamie!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

My Uncle Tom

lived a remarkable life of service to his principles and his Catholic faith. He was a father, a husband, a lawyer, a legislator, the first and only Democrat to serve as County Executive of Monroe County (as far as I know), a Regent of the State of New York, an assistant to Governor Hugh Carey, and more that I can't recall. And after all the titles went away, he went right on using his time working for the causes he believed in - most of which had to do with improving the City of Rochester - for all the time he could. He lived the kind of life that makes a person hope to live as well as he did, and that's a hell of a legacy to leave. 

One More

More Kitchen

It's been two months since new kitchen pictures, so here are a few. It's essentially done, less a few details. The mudroom is essentially done, less staining and polying. Moving on now to the upstairs hallway, the basement room and bathroom and the fireplace. All new windows have been ordered. Won't be long now. Snort.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

I love this picture

It's my father's mother and some of his youngest siblings. Left to right, that's my Grandma Frey, Aunt Kay, Uncle Tommy, Aunt Teresa below and Uncle Dick above, with Dick's wife Aunt Helen on the right and the Christ Child overhead. I find it a little scary how much Uncle Tommy looks like Luke.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Still more Sam

First, a classic worn by every Murphy grandchild so far - Sam in the frog suit.

Eskimo Sam

Surprised Sam.

Thoughtful Sam

Sleepy Sam (most of the day, never at night)

Sam pledges allegiance.

Swaddled Sam (technique courtesy of Dr. Jenny)

Jenny and Sam -- and again with the frog suit!

Monday, January 02, 2017

Recent pics and videos

We just put nearly our entire photo and family video collection on google photos, making it much easier to sort and share. I'm gonna try to send and post more photos going forward. Here are some recent ones from Christmas and the surrounding days.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

To go with Laura's Magnets and Marbles post

Here's Caleb encountering his first marble tower, built by our Ashfield neighbor, Russ Fessenden.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Music

No sign of White Christmas yet.  Here's one while you wait.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper,”

said W. B. Yeats.  This is the kind of magic thing he meant:

It's amber, holding the feathery tail of a baby dinosaur who got trapped in tree resin 99 million years ago, along with Cretaceous-era ants.  Here is a close-up of the feathers, with a glimpse of an ant:

Now just think about it.  You're looking at feathers from a creature that lived almost 100 million years ago.  Think about that number. Think about time.  Think about those delicate feathers that adorned a baby's tail so long ago that we don't know how to think about it -- but there they are for us to see today, as swirling and graceful and immediate as if the dinosaur had just hatched.  Not to mention the ants.  Look at those ants!  You're seeing the ants and the baby's perfect tail across millions upon millions of years.