Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mothers Day

This is my Mom.  I think this photo was taken when she was in her late teens, but she couldn't remember exactly what age.  Love the coloring of this photo.  

Mom was child #3 of 9, and the second oldest girl.  Her older sister Adele is 2 years older, and also still living, independently and I believe still has her drivers license.  Mom still renews her license every year, but hasn't actually driven for several years.  Thankfully Dad is still able to drive.  

Don't you love the typewriter???  Mom was a working girl.  She married young and had my older brother Steve and then five years later along came me.  As happens, that marriage ended and Mom went to work at the naval shipyards in Bremerton where she met Dad.  Was actually his secretary!!

This photo to the left was when she was either still in high school or soon thereafter.

And this one to the right was when she was working for Dad, before he was Dad....

The Wedding Kiss!!  

I was so happy when I found these photos during our last purge of old boxes of photos. 
I do love this photo.  I'm going to have this one printed and put it on the wall.  On the top step are Candy Gramma and Grampa.....named because whenever they came to visit, they had candy in their pockets and purse for us.  Mom and Dad in the center, with my Uncle Dan, one of Dad's 4 brothers standing left of Dad, To the right of Mom with one leg up is Water Grampa......named because they lived in a house on the beach in West Seattle.  In the front row from the left are my Aunt Adele, Aunt Mary (married to Uncle Dan) and then my Water Gramma and Uncle Phil (married to Aunt Adele)  
What a gorgeous wedding party!

These two photos were from a bunch Dad took while they were on their honeymoon.  Mom actually made her suit!!  Look how that plaid is so straight!!

She was a very good seamstress.  Made my sister's bridemaid dresses for my wedding.  She also made clothes for us when we were small.  My two sisters and I always had matching shorts and shirts sets.  
She never got into quilting, but did a lot of knitting and crocheting.  But only until each of us had a sweater.  She says she could see no reason to do it anymore after that - LOL!  Long before the days of "stash". 

 One Christmas, my gift was a box filled with clothes she had made for my Barbie doll.  Amazing things.  So many times I wish I had somehow tucked those things away, or wished that she had.  

She had a Featherweight, that she says she loved to sew with, but Dad thought she needed something "better" and new, so he bought her a new singer with a sewing table.  And off to the Goodwill went the featherweight.  She tells me she has missed it ever since...

 These two photos were taken when we took a family vacation to California.  This was taken at the beach at Oceanside.  We had a great time playing in the waves and enjoying the sun and sand and then discovered that the car had been broken into and Dad's wallet was stolen. 

She was a busy Mom.  Birthed and raised 5 children, went back to school and got a degree in early childhood education.  The property next door to us, a small rambler became available and my parents bought it and converted it.  And for the next almost 20 years Mom opened and operated a successful preschool.  NOT a daycare, but a preschool.  

Now she is Grandmother to 12 and Great Grandmother to 13 1/2.  (Number 14 due in October)

Here is a photo of her today, with the flowers I sent for Mother's Day

Looking good Mom......I can only hope to be doing as well at 86. 

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