Our first Christmas in the Redding house in 1969. Dorothy got the big gift that year, her own sewing machine. Lots of other great gifts and always amazing how much there was under the tree. Can’t ever remember an unhappy Christmas…
Christmas Eve 1969 – Trimming the Tree
Redding – Uncle Bob and Dad. Dad dumping Ken out of the wheelbarrow in the back yard. Making snowmen on the from lawn. Maureen was in a blue “hand me down” snow suit and I’m sure she was wearing some boys’ boots! Trimming the tree, Brian, Tom, Chris and Maureen (almost 2). Ken’s looking like he had a bad day. Grandma Albin joined in as well. Bob and Steve appear and Steve’s helping Maureen to decorate the tree. –DAA
New Year’s Eve – 1966
Very nice shots of Mom and Dad dressed in their finest!
BBQ at Uncle Warren’s – 1966
Sunday BBQ at Uncle Warren’s house. Albin’s and Murphy’s. Grandpa Murphy and Uncle Jack (Aunt Gert’s brother) and Patty with Trixie. –DAA
Kenny’s Communion – 1966
As Mom would say “butter could melt in his mouth”! Walking to the shiny black station wagon with Mom in her hat and gloves – ready for church. Procession of students receiving communion at St. Phillip Neri School. Mom and Ken walking out of church together. –DAA
Patty’s First Communion/Dorothy’s Confirmation – 1966
Either Spring of 1965 or 1966. I see Kathy Murphy, Tom Murphy, Warren, Ken, Bob –DAA
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Tom’s 3rd Birthday – 1966
This is 1966 – Tom’s 3rd birthday –DAA
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New Year’s Eve – 1965
Steve popping the champagne for Mom and Dad. I’m sure we babysat, and Mom and Dad came home to celebrate with us. That’s Tom watching. Steve does a great job serving the champagne. –DAA
Christmas Double Exposure – 1965
The 8mm camera we had required that the film be “flipped” after it got to the end on the first run. The camera used one side of the film at a time. There was no indicator on the camera if the film got flipped and Dad lost track of flipping this one, so it was double exposed. –SJA
Tom gets a playdough factory, Ken gets a 3D slide viewer, Steve got some matchbox cars and a mini pool table, I see some tinker toys, I got a snow globe and a dress. Bob got a skateboard and an Etch a Sketch. Everyone looks so happy. Dinner with Grandma Albin and Aunt Hilde at Uncle Bob and Aunt Peggy’s house. There is a clip with Laddie. –DAA
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Christmas Eve / Christmas Day 1965
Christmas 1965 – Decorating the tree and living room, making cookies and opening gifts. Christmas was always grand and festive on Montauk Ave. A time when we could be in the living room. Chris would have been about 18 months. Ken was 6 and it was his turn to put the star up. Tom was 2 and Brian 4.
Dad made that tree for the outside and every year filled it with fresh greens. Mom always made spritz cookies. I remember those reindeer cookies. We thought they were special.
What a sport dad was. He bought mom an iron! He also bought mom an Oster blender. Wonder if she ever made a well-deserved Margarita with it? Chris got a Tyke Bike. –DAA
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Thanksgiving Dinner – 1965
Dad carving the turkey – and lots of food on the table. I really don’t know how Mon did it. There were 7 of us at the time and Chris was an infant. –DAA
Dad enjoying a peach
Great to see Dad enjoying the literal fruit of his labor. Yup, at one time he was younger than we are now! –SJA
Chenango Valley State Park – 1965
Two movies in this posting.
Mom and Dad enjoying breakfast out of a box at a roadside stop. We loved going on vacation so we could eat cereal out of those boxes! Chris is about a year old then. There are several clips of him walking in the woods and at the campsite. Wow was he cute and happy!
Another roadside stop and it looks like the Callo’s are with us. I don’t know where that was.
A baseball game with dad helping Tom to hit the ball. He scores a home run. Steve and Bob are in the act as well. A great shot of the Albin boys and some of the Callo’s (Ed and Roger) paying in a dugout.
This must be the year that Mom and Dad gave up camping and got the cabin to stay in. Uncle Warren had a cabin as well. Uncle Bob and Aunt Peg met us there as well. There are some clips of a golf game, looks like the brothers and Aunt Peggy and Steve as the caddy. –DAA
I remember this car and I vaguely remember this video being shot. Uncle Bob always showed up with cool cars. –SJA
All of us (there were 7 of us at the time) dying eggs with Grandma Schottman. Grandma is holding Chris. That’s Chris wrapping the cord around his neck. Grandma seems amazed at the egg coloring process. Easter morning and the Easter egg hunt. Tom and Brian sure looked dapper in their short pants and those cute saddle shoes. Feeding the ducks at Heckscher Park in Huntington Easter afternoon. –DAA
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