With the horrendous December I had this year, it is hard pulling together pages, so I am doing a few special old photos and stories together which are near and dear to me. There are few photos with both my mom and dad together, so I love this one for that reason. In addition, I love seeing my mom around this time, as to me she has that altimate late 50's early 60's look in the hair style and classic clothing that she wore. I believe this is my favorite photo of my mom.

Jornaling reads: Christmas in West Haven, CT, in our first home. The red brick house with the 2 dormers my dad built with the help of his friends and family. Sharon at age 10, Joan at 6, Toni at 2. Mr. Clark from next door as Santa. I think it made my dad so happy to see our faces light up when Santa came into the room. In the photo, I am looking at the doll my sister is holding. My doll had fallen and two fingers on her hand snapped off, so I remember wishing my doll was not broken, like Sharons. These dolls walked beside us if we held and raised their arms, and how I loved them. Margaret, the youngest, is not in the photo, although she would have been born a month earlier.

That house on the very top of the hill on Kelsey Avenue holds nothing but special memories. Minor league baseball across the street, where in the winter we hollowed out snow forts in the sloped edge of the field. The beach and Savin Rock Amusement Park at the bottom of the hill. - Just so magical a time!

Items used:
Days of December Layered Template Set No. 04 Katie Pertiet
Classic Cardstock: Christmas Katie Pertiet
Neutral Background Paper - Color Inspiration of 7-11-10 Katie Pertiet (recolored)
Spot Dots No. 17 Paper Pack Katie Pertiet
Holly Plume Overlays 12 X 12 Anna Aspnes
Stitched By Anna Borders White No. 01 Anna Aspnes
Basic Twills: Plain Katie Pertiet
2 Celebrate Paper Pack Katie Pertiet
DIY Chipboard Alpha - Kellie Mize
Wild Horses Kit Katie Pertiet
Christmas Memories Collection Katie Pertiet
Posted Santa Postage Stamps No. 03 Katie Pertiet
Fonts: Brush Script, Pea Alyssa

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