I know they were proud of their children & their spouses (who all called them Mom & Dad) and their grandkids I try to get the five of us together a few times a year. Sometimes we seem uncomfortable with each other, not knowing what to say but by the end of the visit I know MY heart feels a little bit fuller.
married to Sue for 33 years
father to Robert II & Rachel both married
grandpa to Luke, Leah, Jillian (& to 2 babies to be born this summer)
married to Susan for 32 years (yes, Matt & Mark both married Sues. Our kids still get confused about WHICH Aunt Sue)
father to Mark Jr. (married to Kara) & Michele
mother to Erin, Eric (shown), Evan & Andrew
Nanna to Aislinn, Aiden, Macie,Bennett & Caius
married to Ron 30 years
mother to Christine
step mother to 3
Cookie & Ron
Mark & Sue
Mark, Gram & Sue
Kim & Sam, Erin & Eric
Ron & Cookie
My graduation from HS
Tom & I, yearbook photo
Tom & I
ME and my Pepsi. Can you tell it was the 70's?
Me & Smitty in my sister's dress
KO-KO. The only family pet
Me & Tim. Two years late he would be my brother in law
Matthew (not Matt because Mom always called him Matthew)
Cookie (nice shoes) Mom Kim
Yes, I am brave for posting this one
Matthew Gram & Cookie
Cookie, Dad & Kim on Hilldale
Main Street. My home from the time I was ten until I got married. They sold it while Tom & I were stationed in Germany. I have a painting of it that Mom had done hanging in my living room.
Matthew, Cookie & Kim
ME, I have that blanket on the back of the chair. My parents made it together when they were first married. I know I shouldn't but I cringe when the grandkids grab it to cover up with. I always let them use it but tell them why it's special to me.
The 70's!!! minus Kim
1970? Looks like we're in the 60's though
My first communion and a new puppy, KoKo . Dad brought her home from working one Sunday at the church credit union where one of the guys was giving them away. Mom, wasn't too happy.
Easter on Hilldale
Matthew & Mark
Mother's Day & My birthday with My Mom, her mom (Gram) & my dad's mom (Nanny)
Matthew on his First Communion. I know there is an identical one of Mark from the next year but I couldn't find it.
Cookie on her First Communion . I think that's Father Hughes. My parents were friends for life with Father. My parents were also founding parishioners of the church & the attached school, Dad even helped dig the foundation by hand.
Kim on her First Communion. I wore the same dress too as did our cousins & Jennfer wore it to church the first time she went after receiving her first communion.
Not very many pictures of me and none of them are of my best side
Matthew feeding Mark
Kim & Cookie
All but me
another one of those attractive sides of me
My Gram, Aunt Lottie & Aunt Bea and some cousins at our house on Hilldale . The two oldest cousins in this are are my godparents.
MarkThe race track in the basement on Hilldale. Matthew had the car track and Mark had the train track. We all loved this. Not sure why, maybe watching them crash? Our house on Hilldale. My parents had this house built before the road was even there. Three bedrooms one bathroom and an unfinished basement. They borrowed money from the builder for the down payment. They lived there about 13 years. I was 9 or ten when we moved. It was a great place to grow up with a neighborhood thatwas more like a family. Another family left behind.
sad . . .