Dad holding Maria with her favorite sports mascot, Kid Cub of the Williamsport Cubs.
Maria was just past her 1st birthday on July 26, 1996.
This was her 2nd baseball game, and Williamsport won, 9-1.
Hiking the Loyalsock Trail on July
Maria, posing near our front porch, on a warm Sunday afternoon, November 30, 1998.
Yes, that brightly colored object is BJ from the Barney show.
|Maria is posing for a photo on July 30, 1995, when she was only 3 weeks old. She seemed to understand what was happening with the camera, and kept smiling and striking poses each time Dad prepared to take a picture.|
|First in a series of photos of Maria posing near mileposts along Philadelphia's Main Line. Here, Dad is holding her next to the nine mile marker near downtown Bryn Mawr. She was ten days old and headed to her first dinner out.||
Seven week old Maria on her first visit to the Winterthur gardens near Wilmington, Delaware, on August 27, 1995. She and Dad are posing near the reflecting pool.
|In the second milepost photo, taken in mid-July, 1996, Maria is just past her 1st birthday and standing on her own. At this point, she was just starting to walk on her own so she wasn't wearing shoes yet.||Easter, 1996, was also Maria's 9-month birthday. Auntie Mary visited us from Chicago that year, and she gave Maria this bunny as an Easter present.|
|Same Maria, next year, different milepost. In mid-July, 1997, just after her 2nd birthday, Maria posed next to the eight mile marker in Haverford. No, this marker isn't that much smaller than the one in the other photos!||In September, 1996, we hiked a segment of the Appalachian Trail near Port Clinton, Pennsylvania. The highlight of the hike was this spectacular vista, the Pinnacle. The lowlight of the hike was Maria kicking off one of her brand-new shoes somewhere along the trail on our three-mile descent.|
|On a visit to her birthplace of Bryn Mawr on December 19, 1999, Maria posed once again near her favorite milepost along Lancaster Pike. By the age of 4 1/2, she had grown too tall to ride the SEPTA bus for free, but we didn't ride a bus during our four-day visit to the Philadelphia area.||Here, Maria poses next to a Chinese hibiscus blossom "as big as a dinner plate" on a visit to the Longwood Gardens conservatory in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. This was on Dad's 38th birthday, January 25, 1997. Hibiscus is still one of Maria's favorite flowers, and she now has a hibiscus plant of her own in our Indiana backyard.|
|Maria's next visit to her birthplace in Bryn Mawr was in February, 2001. On February 17, she posed by the milepost after we ate lunch in downtown Bryn Mawr. Between the fence that the township put up, and the fact that she keeps getting taller, it's getting harder to get a photo that includes both her and the stone!||
Owen and Eric join Maria in a meeting of our playgroup at Eric's house in the Overbrook Farms section of Philadelphia early in 1996. She's trying to catch some bubbles while the boys look on.
|Nine year old Maria
poses at the nine mile marker in downtown Bryn Mawr on her most recent
visit to the Philadelphia area during August, 2004.
Maria's first swimming pool in the backyard of our house in Haverford, Pennsylvania. She was about eleven months old when this photo was taken in mid-June, 1996.
|Cousin Claire from Chicago and Maria are playing with some toys at Grandma and Grandpa's house in Lapeer, Michigan. The photo was taken on July 4, 1998, Grandpa's 76th birthday and Maria's 3rd birthday party with her Michigan relatives.||Two days before her
1st birthday, Maria is holding herself up by leaning against a tree on
the lawn of the state capitol building in Lansing, Michigan. None
of us realized at the time that six years and two moves later, she'd
end up living in the state!
Maria posing on a log while visiting Conner Prairie historical settlement in Fishers, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis, in late August, 1999.
|A few days after her
1st birthday, Maria visited Mackinac Island in northern Michigan.
Here she is posing next to a historical marker on British Landing Road
marking the site of the Battlefield of 1814.
After a surprise snowstorm in early March, 2000, Maria posed next to a snowman that she and Dad made in the back yard. About a half foot of snow fell, but it was nearly all melted in a few days.
|In this closeup of
Maria standing next to the historical marker, she appears to be very
interested in the official seal of the Mackinac Island State Park
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