Friday, June 3, 2011


 Well, I promised to let ya'll see inside my family !!!  This is a picture of me and dad. August 1970. I was 5 years old and we are at my grandparent's place on Lay Lake in Alabama. They had an Airstream Trailer, we would all stay in it and that metal shed in the background on the right. My Mawmaw (as I called her) had 2 twin beds and a nightstand in there for company. Now... She had the right idea, don't put them in the trailer with you... It was a small trailer...
 Now, this is my Mawmaw & Pappaw. The more I look at this picture.. I see me in her. I do have the same taste in things.. The more wilder the print the better !!! The more outrageous it is, I love it more!!! They always made sure everyone had a great time while you were visiting with them. I say they.. But it was my pappaw that kept things going.  My mawmaw called him Doodles.. She would yell" Doodles get the grill started!, Doodles, they need more gas for the boats! Doodles, where is so in so!  I love it !!!  I still hear them!!  Hot summer days and fun on the lake !! My dad could also ski like no one else.. Lay down on those ski's till his shoulder would touch the water! and then pull that rope up and let it catch back and fly across that water till he was up beside us in the boat!!!  Can I say... I want a place on the Lake now!!!  lol
 Now, here we have the Lake Queens !!!   Aunt Judy on the left with cousin Toby beside her.. Aunt Gloria on the right side. I just love those head scarves ladies!!!  Hopefully they were watching us children in the water!!!  Toby, I don't think ever went into the water the whole time. He was a momma's My Raeanne has one of those in Zoe... She never lets mom out of her sight.
 Yes, Here we have The On The Lake Pier poise from Aunt Judy ( Marilyn ) Check out those shades and that Boy Cut 2 piece bathing suit!!  This was in 1971!
 Here is my Uncle Phil. He is smiling big! Just got back from paddling that canoe. That was an unsinkable canoe.. Why.. It was made out of Aluminum. Believe we tried many times. We would turn it over to fill with water then go out over our heads and then get inside of it and stand up. We would also turn it upside down and get under it in the water and have that air pocket.. That is fun !!! Canoe Sinking 101 .. Try It !!
 I will explain about the over sized Donut in a minute !!!  My cousin Andrea is on the left inside the inner tube. I am on the right, behind her. !!! I just love the ponytails!!  Ok, now. My Papaw worked for Sinclair Gas, Drove a gas truck and delivered gas to stations. He would get these inner tubes from work.. Patch them.. bring them to the lake and blow them up for everyone to bob around on! That big one was my favorite, we would take it out into the deep part and try to climb up on it and jump off.  Rule #1 - when coming up through middle of hole... watch out for that valve stem!  OUCH !! It would leave a scar.
This picture is the cousins in 1971 !!!  Toby of course.. Hanging on to the Float. That is Uncle Fritz holding him. Andrea is in the Boat poise, I am the little one in the red Bikini ( only time I have been able to wear one), Cousin Todd smirking, and Cousin Donna, ( she was getting on into those teenager years) is acting like we don't exist. The Pontoon boat in the background was one that my Pappaw made.. Very resourceful man.
My Pappaw die from a brain tumor. I think it was from working with the gas that goes in our cars. They have warnings at the pumps to not breath in the vapors.. But he had to everyday. I think it is linked to those flumes. 
Now you have met some of my family.. even if it is pictures from 1970 & 1971. By the way... My brother was not born yet, and I was an only CHILD !!!  hehehehe.  I got to be an only child for 7 years! 
I will have more next week. till then.....


TinaTx said...

Love all the old pictures! Looks like you had some great times!!!

Michelle May (Shell) said...

These are fabulous! Oh my gosh is looks like so much fun! Times were so simple then. The fashions just crack me up!
xx, shell

Myra said...

These pictures are just priceless as are your memories. I remember those valve stems in big inner tubes - ouch! Have a great weekend!

Robin said...

What wonderful memories. You had a truly blessed childhood. Thanks for sharing!

Lany said...

Hola querida,

Hace mucho que no paso por aquí, y como ya me encuentro algo mejor de la tendinitis he pasado para ver lo que andas haciendo, y he visto muchas cositas bonitas y encanta ver fotos...gracias por compartir estos momentos familiares....


Andrea said...

Gosh, what fabulous photos!! I loved the poses ;-) Weren't women so glamorous back then? I remember my mother during the 70's, and her friends, I always thought they were so beautiful and elegant! Now I feel like digging out the picture books and going down memory lane :-)

Fun blog! Happy to find you!