Paper Dolls

IMG_20170614_0087Recently, my favorite aunt, who lives in California, sent a box of treasures. She and her husband plan on moving, so they started the task of sorting their belongings. Since I began working on the family tree and preserving our family stories. Aunt Jan sent me a huge box of pictures and papers that belonged to my grandmother. This box contained a wonderful collection of trinkets that I will treasure, including some items that once belonged to my mother, her infamous paper dolls. Continue reading “Paper Dolls”

The Hunter

My grandfather, Tom Allen, was a rancher; he raised sheep on the western slope of Colorado, near the little town of Hotchkiss, Colorado. Ranching played an important role in my family, for a very long time.   It was a way of life. Grandpa grew up on a ranch, and began helping his father at a very young age. As a child, he knew the cycle. Ranch kids have always understood that raising stock means food on the table; that’s why this tale has always warmed my heart. Continue reading “The Hunter”

Birthday Surprises…even in May

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Since my life as a school teacher has usually kept me hopping, I have tried to remember to slow down and enjoy all the precious moments that make each day special.   Today was one of those days that I want to remember because my students went out of their way to make my day something memorable. Continue reading “Birthday Surprises…even in May”

A Home Run

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On most days, my blonde-haired, blue-eyed demon child sat in class while refusing to work once again. Of course as soon as I would turn my back, my “angelic” little monster would begin to taunt the other sixth grade students who were quietly and diligently doing their writing assignment.   He made the typical clown faces to make the others laugh, or he would whisper to those around him because he would do anything possible to keep from writing….well that is until today.  Continue reading “A Home Run”

Favorite Family Photos

I love this week’s challenge of a favorite photo.  Still, I will not be able to limit myself to just one.  Every once in awhile, I am going to have to just add pictures and include their stories.

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Top:  Cameron (11), Mathew (13); Middle: Sierra (10), Leslie, Aaron, Connor (4);  Front: Jaxon (7 mos)m Kylie (7), and Jessica (9)

My Crazy Kids

This photo of my daughter, Leslie and her husband Aaron, along with all the grand babies will always be one of my favorite photos. It was taken during Pioneer Day Weekend, September 2013 in Florence, Colorado. A family friend, Phyllis Ibarra, took this old fashioned picture. This picture always makes me smile, for I love all the different scenes going on within this one shot and how Phyllis captured each one. Continue reading “Favorite Family Photos”

A Bucket List

1At my age, I have started to think a lot about a bucket list. In all honesty, it all started a couple of years ago when I was teaching eighth grade. I had this young student who was an old soul. One day we were discussing Orson Well’s Animal Farm when out of left field, he asks, “How does it feel to know that your life is half over?”  Continue reading “A Bucket List”

Sweet Moments ~ Jaxon and Santa

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Too often life becomes hectic, and we forget to slow down and enjoy sweet moments along the way, especially at this time of the year.  As a gramma, I have started this blog to preserve our family tree.  But suddenly it occurred to me that I also need to capture and record our little stories that brighten our day. So here I go…one of my many special moments with my youngest grandson, Jaxon.

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