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.  I think this is the kind of thing he was thinking about:


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. 

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Great memories of Great Murphy

I'm behind in making a post in memory of Edna Mae Koeber Murphy, but that's not because she hasn't been on my mind. She was the last parent, grandparent, great-grandparent and great-great-grandparent of her generation. Throughout her long life, she was an inspiration (even if sometimes a little maddening) for her extraordinary energy, cheerfulness, appetite for life and ability to enjoy everything and everyone around her.  

Here's what must be one of the first pictures ever taken of her:


and one of the last:


And here's a random sampling, in no particular order, of everything in between. 























So many smiles!