S: Liza and Spencer
BC: May you walk in beauty. May there be beauty before you. May there be beauty behind you. My there be beauty above and below you. -Eskimo Wedding Blessing | December 2011 This book was prepared in the fall of 2011 by Sandy Smith, with significant collaboration from Susan Neidich, for Spencer and Liza.
FC: Liza and Spencer
2: Spencer was born 20 minutes after midnight, just missing arriving as an April Fool. | Austin, Texas April 2, 1982 | SANDY ? | SPENCER. | HE REALLY
3: Liza was born at 5:25 pm, beating her mother's deadline by five minutes, "a good girl even then". | Ein Kerem, Israel June 23, 1982
4: 2-3 Months Old | Spencer in June 1982 | Spencer in July 1982 | with Grandma and Grandpa Ambrose | a budding Buddha
5: Liza in August 1982 | Liza in October 1982 | presenting her | bright eyes | demands
6: August 1982 | October 1982 | November 1982 | Spencer | 1982 is a good year! | Ocean Isle, NC | Spencer's 1st trip to Ocean Isle.
7: December 1982 | Liza | Some people use a hot water bottle in a cold bed. Others use a cat. Cat® is a registered trade mark of the Brutus Katz "Cuddlers" Industries, Inc. Brutus slept with Liza in winter as her room was warmest. | November 1982 | "No, I did not see that before!" Just the most beautiful, happy baby ever.
8: April 2, 1983 | 1983 | April 1983 Texas Hill Country | March 1983 | May 1983 Ocean Isle, NC | May 1983 road trip to east coast | Texas Bluebonnets | Happy 1st Birthday!
9: July 1983 13 Months Old | July 1983 blueberry girl (with Aunt Robin) | February 1983 | March 1983 | Liza really loves blueberries. She ate all of the blueberries in the bowl, leaving the melon untouched. Robin had to change Liza's diaper since she'd let Liza pick and eat all of the blueberries despite being warned about blue stools. | April 1983 Hebrew University | with grandparents | (Rosalyn and Hyman Neidich) | Purim party cat
10: July 1983 | October 1983 | Future gourmand? | November 1983 | with rock
11: October 1983 | Eat your heart out Elton John! | with Brutus | December 1983 | December 1983 Liza sitting and "reading" at her Chanukah gift, a table and chair set. | One chair moved to the States with us. It's waiting to be reclaimed once Liza & Spencer have room in their home. | The Monster Slide in Jerusalem is intense and rather steep. Liza wanted to go on it alone, but she was too young. Here she is "faking it" at the bottom.
12: 1984 | April 2, 1984 Happy 2nd Birthday! | April 1984 with | July 1984 | January 1984 | Grandpa Ambrose | with Smith grandparents in NJ
13: June 1984 at Israel Museum Sculpture Garden | January 1984 Liza eating soup "by self" | Liza in one of her favorite toys, the coca-cola box | April 1984 | The side of Liza's crib was left down so that she could climb out easily when she wanted. She had already climbed out with the side up. This was less of a challenge for her, so she had to do it the more daring way. | January 1984 | February 1984
14: July 1984 at Shipe Park | Halloween 1984 | December 1984 with 3-month old Abby | December 1984 in NJ | September 1984
15: September 1984 | December 1984 1st Doctor Kit | December 1984 Tel Aviv Luna Park | Liza at "Heart Attack" park in Jerusalem. She was fearless -- no slide too high! | August 1984 | Helping to Cook | She's a natural!
16: 1985 | April 2, 1985 | making cookies with Grandpa Ambrose | August 1985 at Ocean Isle, NC | Happy 3rd Birthday! | January 1985
17: May 1985 | June 1985: Birthday Girl | Liza turns three! | Pre-School Shavuot Party | with sunglasses | Life is Good | March 1985 | June 1, 1985 | with 5-day | old Michael
18: In the fall of 1985, both Spencer and Liza made major moves... | Spencer and family moved to Zorneding (outside Munich) | Spencer's 1st (and only) doctor kit did not take like Liza's did. | November 1985 hiking in Austria | but the mountains did take!
19: December 1985 | Liza and family moved to Newton, Massachusetts | September 1995: just before move | making brownies | In MA Liza discovered shoveling snow. She liked it so much that many mornings after a snow storm Liza shoveled the walk and driveway before her parents woke up. | Newton, MA
20: 1986 | May 1986 | St. Johann in Tirol | April 2,1986 | with Pookie, | Koala, and Blankie | Birthday Boy | Zorneding-a-ling-a-ling, Zorneding-a-doo | February 1986
21: June 1986 Birthday Girl | March 1986 | June 1986 Anteater hat from Brookfield Zoo | May 1986 at a local park | 4 years old | Purim Superman | February 1986 | washing hair
22: In the summer of 1986 we moved from Zorneding, Germany back to Austin, Texas. | August 1986 in North Carolina | Babar the Elephant Halloween in Texas | December 1986 in North Carolina | Grandpa Ambrose built a playscape for the grandkids in their back yard, under the pines.
23: July 1986 | October 1986 | July 1986 | July 1986 | new bathing suit | at the Newton Center MA doll carriage parade | at Grandparents | "My sword is bigger than yours!" | at Benson's Animal Farm in New Hampshire
24: 1987 | March 1987 in the Texas Hill Country | LBJ Ranch | LBJ Ranch | Garner State Park | Redbud in bloom
25: February 1987 all dressed up | ...with mask | May 1987 | June 1987 swimming lessons at YMCA | face painting
26: April 2, 1987 Happy 5th Birthday! | April 1987 with Grandpa Ambrose | 5
27: ...FIVE IS ALSO A GOOD AGE FOR GIRLS! | July 1987 with Grandma | August 1987 | August 1987 | Museum in Philadelphia | Please Touch | Central Park Children's Zoo | (rabbit hole) | June 1987 | Happy 5th Birthday!
28: First Day of... | Who looks a bit concerned? | Kindergarten school picture | August 1987 | Fall 1987 | Halloween 1987 | Grandma Ambrose made the dinosaur costume for Spencer. He wore it until he could no longer get in it. Abby and Harlan also wore it in turn. The costume is still at Lee Elementary, used annually in the Kindergarten dinosaur show.
29: ...Kindergarten | Who looks confident? | Scrabble for Juniors - the first step to "real" Scrabble. Not too long after this, Liza was given a dictionary and 350 point handicap. | The whole family walked the 6 blocks to Underwood School. Liza was radiant and walked very purposefully. It was as though she had been waiting for this day her entire life. | November 1987 | Wearing Mom's hat on 1st snow day | Kindergarten school picture
30: 1988 | September 1988 in Port Aransas, TX. Spencer caught his first fish! Get out the microscope! | September 1988
31: favorite jewelry | playing dress-up with Michael | July 1988 | We were watching a new Alice in Wonderland in Sept. 1988. This is when the very scary Jabberwocky appeared on the TV.
32: September 1988 | October 1988 | September 1988 at Abby's school Birthday party | first go at soccer | Bear makes three
33: "Shape-up" tape with Elizabeth | July 1988 with Lena and Michael. These are "Perdue Chicken Thighs" that were used as cellos, guitars, and other imaginative items. | September 1988 with Michael at Plimoth Plantation. | July 1988 | September 1988 | Dancing to | August 1988
34: 1989 | February 1989 | April 2, 1989 | August 1989 | Lake Wister, OK | Happy 7th Birthday! | Legos are big in our family | Summer Road Trip to North Carolina | Big Bone State Park, KY
35: Bengal Tiger Girl | May 1989 1st time without training wheels | July 1989 | In February 1989, we moved from Newton, MA to Leonia, NJ. | exercising | July 1989 | Stripes the Tiger displaced | Panda in Dec 1989 and | even went to college | with Liza
36: Halloween 1989 | Nov 1989 Port Aransas | The dinosaur costume has reached high water status. Notice how much those legs have grown! | This fish is a bit more impressive than the one caught last year! | September 1989 Abby's 5th Birthday | Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
37: May 1989 | no teeth | October 1989 | Liza was going to Israel by herself. Both upper teeth were loose and she was told that the tooth fairy didn't go to Israel. Taking no chances, Liza worked hard and removed both teeth just prior to her leaving. | August 1989 | at Great | Adventure | Israel water park
38: April 1990 | April 1990 | May 1990 | May 1990 | The dinosaur costume serves well as a dragon! | slaying the dragon | First Capitol 10,000 | I was touched by the photo of Jeff and Spencer holding hands at the finish line.
39: 1990 | March 1990 | May 1990 at Great Adventure | snake handler | June 1990 | Bonbel cheese wax is handy for a quick disguise.
40: First Day of... | July 1990 | Black Canyon of the Gunnison | Rocky Mountain National Park | Sept 1990 Port Aransas | picture | This one we had to cook and eat. | In the summer of 1990, we took a 3-week camping trip in Colorado and New Mexico. | 3rd grade school
41: ...Third Grade | 3rd grade | May 1990 home-made pinata | Leeper Park | For many years a pinata made out of a paper bag and crepe paper filled with goodies was a highlight of Liza and Michael's birthday parties. | school picture | August 1990 | in South Bend, IN
42: October 1990 | November 1990 | December 1990 | Check out the batman belt. | ...just had to have that rope. | Thanksgiving | at the Dixie Dude Ranch
43: October 1990 | November 1990 | August 1990 going to sleepover campout | December 1990 | Liza is doing one of her favorite puzzles - 300 pieces of many Disney characters | Thanksgiving with | Neidich grandparents in NYC
44: 1991 | March 1991 Naples, FL | April 2, 1991 | July 1991 | May 25, 1991 Harlan is born! | Happy 9th Birthday
45: This is a bittersweet moment for Liza. She had an early birthday party with her best friends in Leonia, NJ. The party was early because a week or so later, when it was her birthday, she was already living in Cheltenham PA. | In June 1991 we moved from Leonia, NJ to Cheltenham, PA. | August 1991 Liza learned to dive at the municipal pool | on stilts at Farmers Museum in Cooperstown, NY
46: July 1991 Ocean Isle, NC | school picture | Halloween 1991 | Thanksgiving 1991 at the Dixie Dude | Spencer is wearing my cowboy boots. Abby has her own red boots that she dearly loved. | 4th grade | A whole string of fish!
47: December 1991 with 1st guinea pig Vindaloo | Halloween 1991 | Farmers Museum in Cooperstown, NY | the mime | The Mime was the first of many Halloween costumes totally conceived and designed by Liza.
48: February 1992 YMCA Basketball | April 1992 with Harlan | July 1992 Ocean Isle, NC | Spencer's award- | June 1992 Triathlon | winning invention
49: 1992 | pool shark | with Michael | February 1992 | at Smithsonian Star Trek exhibit
50: 5th grade | In November 1992, we moved for the year to Baldham, Germany (outside Munich). | Nymphenburg Palace | December 1992 | Our favorite walk around Eggelburger See bei Ebersberg | November 1992 | school picture | in Munich | Moschenfeld
51: with Vindaloo | December 1992 | Liza is dressed and ready for a Joan Baez concert. | 5th grade | school picture | The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
52: February 1993 | July 1993 | Castle Coburg | top of the Zugspitz | July 1993 Uberbayern | June 1993 | with self-carved walking stick | St. Johann in Tirol | Sand Castle in Sudtirol | Spencer volunteered to put on armor and later get stretched on the rack.
53: 1993 | with Michael and big snowball | violin practice | May 1993 | Liza is playing red light, green light at Michael's birthday party | January 1993
54: In August 1993, we moved back to Austin. | August 1993 Ocean Isle, NC | picture | 1st day of 6th grade | Halloween 1993 | Thanksgiving 1993 at the | 6th grade school | Dixie Dude Ranch
55: with Nancy Aiken's dog | Liza & Michael at day camp talent show | looking for Cape May "diamonds." | July 1993
56: 1994 | school picture | September 1994 | December 1994 | 7th grade | in Naples, FL with cousin Julie | 1st Flyers Soccer Team
57: January 1994 | October 1994 | November 1994 braids | January 1994: Liza and Pig (aka Vindaloo), upon returning from the vet and learning that pig has cancer. We had Pig's paw amputated and Pig lived almost two more years. | October 1994 | fossil hunting at Beltsville State Park | after ice storm | soccer
58: 1995 | April 2, 1995 | In the summer of 1995, Spencer and Abby spent the summer term in Castiglion Fiorentino (in TuscanY) with Dad. | Halloween 1995 | ...not quite the look that Liza achieved with braids! | Happy 13th Birthday!
59: April 1995 | December 1995 | After Vindaloo died, we went to a pet store just to look at the guinea pigs. Liza fell in love with a baby pig and we brought him home. Copernicus was the friendliest pig. | with Copernicus | August 1995 | Cape Cod
60: 1996 | April 2, 1996 | March 1996 at the Dixie Dude Ranch | Spring 1996 | Spencer liked to create things, like this Tudor house model. | Happy 14th Birthday!
61: May, 1996 | May, 1996 clowning at Michael's party | April 1996 Liza and Hannah | storm of the century | March 1996 | Almost 14
62: 9th grade | 1st day of high school | July 1996 | December 1996 | December 1996 | gingerbread house creation for TX State Sprachfest | Ocean Isle, NC | school picture | Naples, FL
63: 9th grade school | September 1996 | December 1996 at Epcot Center | with Grandpa on Labor Day Weekend | picture
64: April 2, 1997 | March 1997 | September 1997 | December 1997 | Naples, FL | Happy 15th Birthday!
65: 1997 | June 23, 1997 | May 1997 | August 1997 | Happy 15th Birthday! | with Science Fair project | with extended family
66: 1998 | school picture | April 2, 1998 Happy 16th Birthday! | April 1998 | November 1998 | June 1998 | Capitol 10,000 | 11th grade
67: October 1998 trip to Israel | September 1998 1st day of 11th grade | at Ben's Bar Mitzvah in Chicago | January 1998 | hiking in the Israeli desert | at the amphitheater on the top of Mt. Scopus looking towards the Judean Desert | David's Citadel | applying Dead Sea mud to bodies
68: May 1999 | July 1999 Ocean Isle, NC | with Mark | Junior Prom | February 1999 | We moved to Mt. Bonnell Rd. in February 1999.
69: 1999 | Junior Prom with Lily and Emma | This is me on a Beach in California. It was my first time seeing the Pacific. I am standing against the rocks there to avoid the flying sand because it was incredibly windy. You can't really tell from the picture, but the sand was purple. | July 1999 | May 1999 | Summer trip to California with Emma
70: 1st day of senior year | 12th grade school picture | dressed up | Nov 1999 | with Mark | August 1999 | last year at LBJ!
71: 12th grade school picture | August 1999 | January 1999 at Hannah's Bat Mitzvah | during college tour | August 1999 | with Michael
72: 2000 | April 2, 2000 Happy 18th Birthday! | February 2000 | May 2000 | high school graduation | LBJ Soccer | senior prom | Go Jags!!!
73: high school graduation | February 2000 | June 2000 | March 2000 helping at Purim carnival | The woman in the picture was the "Palm Reader" at the carnival. When the carnival was over she "read" Liza's palm. When she looked at it, she got all excited. She said that although she knows it is nonsense, she actually had read about Palmistry and Liza has something unusual and good on her palm. | at Legoland, CA | senior prom
74: In the summer of 2000, we took a family trip to England, sort of in recognition that this could be the last family adventure together. | Lake District: hills above Grasmere | Stourhead | Stourhead | The poses are my fault! I made all the kids pose, but Spencer was quite agreeable. | Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire
75: San Diego beach | The last family gathering with Liza's grandparents and great aunts and uncle. At George & Alene's, Great Falls, VA. | April 2000 | February 2000 trip to California | San Diego zoo | La Jolla seals | La Jolla gull | Palm Desert | Before heading off to college
76: 2001-2002 | January 2001 | with Ambrose cousins at Ocean Isle, NC | with Smith cousins in Austin | April 2, 2002 | December 2002 | September 2002 | December 2001 | July 2001 | Happy 20th Birthday!
77: January 2002 | December 2002 | November 2001 | Rappelling Maktesh Ramon in Israel | Liza with Julie and Julie -- her best friends from Brandeis | in dorm room with Michael
78: SPENCER. | with Ben and Jesse in dorm room | April 2, 2003 | in and around Dartmouth | Spencer turns 21!
79: 2003-2004 | May 2004 Brandeis graduation | September 2004 | November 2004 with Tucker | January 2003 Deborah's Bat Mitzvah | white coat ceremony
80: Spencer and Liza meet each other! | December 2005 trip to New York City
82: June 2006 trip to Greece | Spencer leaps for joy | Don't drive over boulders at a remote location.
83: 2006 | in New Jersey | Meet the family... | December 2006 in Austin | There's a new sheriff in town. | Thanksgiving 2006 | Liza
84: 2007 | More travel adventures | May 2007 | Michael's graduation | from George Washington | cooking is also an adventure!
85: December 2007 in Austin | County Fair | smells like apple cider
86: 2008 | January 2008 trip to National Parks in the Western U.S.
87: May 2008 | Lemon | Doctor Liza | Can't travel all the time! | February 2008 | Valentine's Day Flan
88: June 2008 trip to Thailand | our beach faced west | boats | our guide made | photo taken by a monk | hike | the reason we are not lost at sea | us wear these | (with captions from Liza's Facebook photos)
89: Ko Samui, Thailand | EAT ! ? | mangosteen | for hidden snackies | Rambutan | freckles | sniffing | feed me
90: Spencer with Zulu in Austin | November 2008 | Leaf-Peeping in | Thanksgiving in NJ | December 2008 | Quechee, VT | eight eyes
91: 2009 | beanpole | half-way point | graceful dismount | Spencer nature | Cross Country Skiing | May 2009 | (again with captions from Liza's Facebook photos)
92: 2010 | May 2010 trip to Berlin and Amsterdam
93: September 2010 road trip west to Montana | Spencer makes a Rocky Mountain Proposal
94: 2011 | July 7, 2011 | March 2011 | Michael and Jessica's wedding | July-August 2011 "Honeymoon" in Portugal
95: August 7, 2011
98: Look! | The week at The Boulders in Gloucester
99: Back in Cambridge | Life is Good