A few cute shots of the baby
Friday, May 30, 2008
A few cute shots of the baby
You can look back at the progress posts here, here, here and here.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Why the masks, you ask?
Let's just say I was a little premature on my cotton prediction...
This is not the permanent location for the tramp - we've got some major landscaping in the works. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
But shhhhh, don't tell! And don't laugh! Even as I sit here sneezing I have to admit that I love the cotton. I think it is magical. I always have - even as a child. There is something so neat about looking outside and seeing the "snow" fall in May when it is 80 degrees outside! I love to watch my children run around with little clouds of cotton at their heels as they gather the fluff convinced they are going to make pillows (just like I used to do). Take a look at these photos to get an idea of how much cotton we get...
Can you see the big cloud of cotton in the background of this picture?
You can't see it too well - but these next two pictures are of the cotton falling.
Normally, the cotton lasts about 10 days and we are only on about day 5 so we would expect a bunch more. However it is scheduled to rain over the next few days and I think that will pretty much end the cotton season. Until next year!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
After the dinner we had a program. The first part of the program was a short presentation my parents gave about their life-long creative and business pursuit - their company, The Naturalist. They brought old products and catalogs from the very beginnings of the store and then spoke about the history of how it started off as a gift business and then ended up as a furniture company. They shared some highlights with us and I only wish I was able to get better footage. This first clip is of my dad talking about one of their products from early on in the store's history. The video is poor quality but the audio should be fine. He is explaining about how one of their products - the display of old, rusted toys - was actually bought and sold by Bloomingdales. The second half of the clip is my mom talking about her different pillow designs and how she was featured in the magazine, Better Homes and Gardens.
The second clip is of my parents discussing one of their most memorable products - the tire swing and the story behind my mom's appearance on the old game show, What's My Line? I am constantly amazed at all that my parents have done, the things they have created, and the recognition they have received. Because I was born later in the family - I am most likely only partly aware of the significance my parents and their business had not only in our community but in the gift and design industry nationwide. I seriously believe a book could be written about their experiences. It is truly remarkable.
After my parents' presentation, the program continued with tributes, memories, and musical/dance numbers given by members of the family. We then moved to the "theater" room where we watched an animated movie that my 15 year old nephew made. He is a very talented animator and more specifically does amazing movies with claymation. The movie he made for this anniversary celebration was a cartoon of him interviewing different members of his family about some of their favorite memories of my parents. It was so cool! He even used the real voices of his family members for the characters. I wish I could include it with the post but I think it is too long. After his movie, we watched a picture slide show set to music. My parents had no idea we were doing any of this! I think they were deeply touched.
Monday, May 12, 2008
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Thursday, May 8, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
The twins - Jon and Joan
My dad, the quaterback
The lovely bride
Their special day - 50 years ago...
The early years
I love this picture! The following three pictures were taken in a photo shoot for American Home magazine. They featured my family and my parents' gift business in one of their articles (1972).
My parents - 2006
Happy 50th Anniversary Mom and Dad! Love you to bits, body and bones!