“January Birthdays Call For A Celebration DAY”

“Let us all have FUN”

Mary Ellen Aldrich
“For an A + report card… always be sure to get your 5A+ people together for a perfect shot of FUN” xoxoxo

“Our favorite January Birthday family members” celebrating … even though it is so cold…the family needs to get to gather just for  all of the family fun and games … and especially for the  sake of the little children… this is all so new  and exciting for them to be the big attraction and having FUN!

Let us… all do this again next year… with all the FUN … that we  all can muster up together!”       “D.V.”

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“Today the Big 9th…We Will Celebrate”

This  is one of the very first full “FAMILY”  Photos taken at the AIRPORT! 

   I’m,   the “Grandma” Ellen holding  “big sister, Alyssa”   and in front of me,   and in his “CUB Scout” outfit is “BIG BROTHER, Alan” –  left of me and in the center  is “Jill, new Mama”  – and next to  “Jill” is   “Daddy, Al” and holding our brand new  “baby, JAIME” – and  this is one of those Fun Days when DADDY and MOMMY will be taking off in  their plane!

And guess what??? 

 I will be baby sitting all three of the best of best GRAND-Children!  “And will we be having “FUN” like never before!”

“They do not call  “ME” their  “Fun Grandma” for nothing!”

“Just you watch and see – all the FUN things that we will be doing!”


“This is to those… two extra special people,  born on January 9th,  just looks like the  “9th”  was a very   “terrific day”   for us,  to  first receive “Al” and then  – so many years latter, our sweet baby “GRAND-DAUGHTER, “Alyssa”  – which makes for having more LOVE to share with all of the FAMILY!

Especially… when the “ninth of January”  comes around  each year and also every year … just as regular… as  very good clock work!


…and just for my most wonderful  Grand-daughter,  Alyssa….

“May the Almighty Yahweh continue to bless these two wonderful people,  with all of the extra special BLESSINGS – that,  they will need to do Your work – for You  – here on EARTH!”


And…  Celebrating her Big Birthday Party today is Miss Alyssa… born on the same day as her Daddy!

and… All full of big smiles… ready for her big FIRST Birthday Party…Today!

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And… the latest and best of all new additions to the big Birthdays in January… our sweetest, little Miss Ruby herself… all ready for some real get up and go celebrating today!

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“It is Cold Outside…Warmup with Music”










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Stephen Foster Memorial Day on January 13th commemorates the music of the man who composed hundreds of America’s first popular songs.

Born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1826, Stephen Foster became known as America’s First Composer. His catchy tunes based on minstrel songs are still known today.

Despite Foster’s exclusive music contract with Firth, Pond, and Company, when he died at the age of 37, he was penniless. While his songs were wildly popular, the lack of copyright protection and alcoholism left him with nothing of value to show for his work.

During his short life, Foster wrote over 200 songs. His best-known compositions include “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Old Folks at Home,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” “Old Black Joe,” and “Beautiful Dreamer”  and are still very popular today.  

Foster died on January 13, 1864, at the age of 37.

HOW TO OBSERVE #StephenFosterMemorialDay

Read about the life of Stephen Foster or watch a documentary. Listen to some of his music. You might be surprised to learn how familiar some of it is. How many of them do you already know? Check out our suggestions below:

  • Doo-dah! by Ken Emerson
  • Beautiful Dreamer: The Life of Stephen Collins Foster by Ellen Hunter Ulken
  • Read about the African American influence on Stephen Foster’s music.

Use #StephenFosterMemorialDay to post on social media.


Stephen Foster Memorial Day is a United States Federal Observance Day according to Title 36 of the United States Code. It was made law in November of 1966 and was first celebrated in 1967.

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“BABY Photos” “One Generation to Another Generation”

“Now… Start Counting Your Blessings… instead of sheep…”

…and this the latest  addition to our family … little Miss Ruby, herself”


and… in this next Photo is little Miss Alyssa when she was a small child… looking after her brand new little baby sister, our little  Miss Jaime…


and…. in this PHOTO… which I took of our brand new baby, Al… as he looks as if he  is talking to big brother, Lee… 

These Photos of big Sister and big Brother looking after the newest person added to the family is really something for them to try to comprehend… something so new and different… wondering as to just exactly… how can,  “I” take real good and loving care for this new member of my family”

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and… This next PHOTO is our baby Al in the arms of his Daddy, Sr. and baby Al is getting his first taste of Flying and seeing that Flying in the “Air” is so much FUN… just as soon as Al could… he received his Flying license and continues to Fly… in the beautiful Blue Sky above.


and…  In the beginning … such a long time ago… this little  girl that you see on the foot steps … just getting ready to go walking with her Mommy…. is “Me Ellen” herself and my favorite words at that time were, “I’m doing!”

Looking at this old photo…I sure look as if … I am ready to do some real tough and ruff work for a living…I sure have the strength and muscles to work all day and night… if I have too… to get it done!

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and…. This next PHOTO  is of my MOTHER when she was just a very young baby.

As you can see when the family had Photos taken over a hundred years ago … the person had to be dressed properly in the studio and it  did have to look nice. This Photo of MOM was evidently taken care of  and of good quality, since MOM was the thirteenth child  in the “BRADY” family.

“Isn’t wonderful how so many things of real importance in a FAMILY are preserved  and taken care of… just so that these important items in and of the family may be handed down from  one member in the family to the next member that will take of all of  those things of  special value… in this family and pass on down to the next generation!”

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“Little Marie Brady”   1900

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“For All the Family and Friends…TODAY”

“Sending all the best of  terrific wishes to all those…  I know and or friends with… that have a “BIRTHDAY” today…  and all  of the other extra  special days  of this month of January… the first month and start of this New Year… the BIG  New Year of all  New Beginnings… 2021″


“Sending Blessings and Wishes… for much Happiness  for One and All !”    D.V.

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