S: Gia Paul Jilly through the years
BC: Hey Guys! Let's try to stick together through thick and thin, ok?
FC: "It's The Little Things In Life That Matter Most"
1: To My Children DEAR FIRSTBORN: I've always loved you best because you were our first miracle. You were the genesis of a marriage and the fulfillment of young love. You sustained us through the hamburger years, our first home with very little in the way of space and furnishings, and on the job training of caring for a little one. You were new, had unused grandparents on my side, and enough clothes for a set of triplets. You were the original model for a Mom and Dad who were trying to figure it all out. You were fed the fresh strained foods, received undivided attention whenever demanded, and were the "Apple" of Dad's eye. You were the "Princess" wherever you went. DEAR MIDDLE CHILD: I've always loved you best because you drew a tough spot in the family between two girls and it made you stronger for it. You cried less, had more patience, wore faded hand-me-downs as an infant, and never in your earlier life did anything first.
2: But it only made you more special. You were the one we relaxed with, who helped us realize a dog could kiss you and you wouldn't get sick. You could cross a street by yourself(even if it was to just go over to the O'Connell's) long before you were old enough to go to college. And you helped us understand that the world wouldn't collapse if you went to bed with dirty feet. You were the child of our busy, ambitious years. Without you we never could have survived the job changes and the tedium routine that is marriage. TO THE BABY: I've always loved you best because while endings are generally sad, you are such a joy. You readily accepted the milk-stained bibs, the toys that had been used and abused, and the baby book that had less written in it than your sister's. You are the one we held on to so tightly. You are the link with our past, a reason for tomorrow. You quicken our steps, square our shoulders at times, restore our vision, and give us a sense of humor that security, maturity and durability cannot provide! When your hairline takes on the color of the clouds, and you no longer can sprint on the soccer field, you will still be our baby.
3: Earlier years ~ Garland Street
4: Garland Street was the beginning of many family traditions; Fridays, Dad introduced Popcorn nights back then And summers were always spent outside in the sun...
5: Three peas in a pod! Enjoying the wagon from Uncle Elio & Auntie Jean And Jill made sure she was not left behind... | Hold on everybody! Giddy-up Dad!
6: That drop leaf table in the kitchen was a catalyst for many memories. | Many hours were spent playing on the swing set!!!
7: And more activity around that kitchen table; With Characters, every one of them ~ O'Connells & Bedinelli's
8: Then there was the Jolly Jumper As babies, you all loved hanging, swinging & jumping in the doorways Gia & Paul in Prentice Street hallway. Note: Jill's cast on left leg... (Garland St)
9: Rub-a-dub-dub Three babies in a tub; On a cold, damp, rainy day, this made for a fun time... and I got you all nice and clean Oh, and look! Playing in Paul's crib too! HA!
10: The Many Easter Sundays; How I loved to dress you up!
11: O'Connell's house in background | Look who's digging in
12: Grandpa came to visit '84. He loved to hang out with you guys.
13: Crazy moments with the O'Connells | Dad aka Darth Vader attacks!!! | Chris is prepared HA! | One way to cool off
14: Holy Cross uniforms | Gia ~ 1st grade | Paul ~ 1st grade | Gia's first day of school lst grade
15: Play acting with Nicole | Mr O'Connell ordained at St. Anthony's Church on Island Pond Rd in Springfield
16: Sesame Street Live with Grammy & Marshall.Oh Look! There's Cookie Monster! | Paul crying because the show ended... Jill crying because?
17: Visits to Uncle George's in Longmeadow | 1983
18: Pets were always a part of our lives | *OUR EXTENDED FAMILY*
19: Trusty licking Jill while she hangs in Jolly Jumper | Paul with Little Benji | ET | Paul & Trusty | Gia & her Puppy | Benard & Bianca
20: Some of the critters and furries on Garland Street | Chico | Benard & Bianca as puppies | Benji with puppy Bianca
21: 1981 Auntie's Backyard | Bianca in the back hallway
22: Buffy | Trusty
23: There was Buffy, Yum-Yum, Trusty, Bo, Benard & Bianca, Tweetie; Auntie Joani's Thorton | The infamous Mattress
24: VACATIONS ON THE CAPE | With Grandpa | Grandpa's special chicken recipe
25: With the Goodnoughs | Book Worms
26: Celebrating Paul's birthdays on Cape Cod with Uncle Jim & Auntie Eleanor & Susan
27: We made some of the best sand castles on the entire beach! | Dad with Paul
28: While on vacation, working on Puzzles and dressing up to go out for dinner, made for family time at the Cape
29: Washing the Station Wagon was one of Paul's chores | Holy Cross Minstrel Shows were a yearly ritual | Back home, We would pile everyone into the Chevy Station Wagon
30: Everyone carried the pool in parts from across the street at Rosenbecks | THE BIG EVENT on Garland St in 1982 | Our Swimming Pool
31: Jimmy & Philip helped Teddy set up our pool. It was a true family effort. Grandpa came to visit that summer as well.
32: Good times with friends ~ Brandy Pinkerton, Sarah, Melissa & brother Kennedy | On our porch: Sally Markey's kids from Holy Cross
33: Corrine's baby Caitlin from Holy Cross CCD | Joey Goodnough | Summers were filled with activity and company
34: And then... There were the Cape Cod trips with the O'Connells...
36: Jill's First Birthday~ what a group! | Mom always had a camera on hand but getting a picture with Philip and Michael was next to impossible
37: Grammy's house 1984 with Grandpa, Mary Ann, Joani & Marshall
38: We took a trip to Howe Caverns in east central New York State | 1985 | Located in Howe Caves, NY west of Albany, these limestone caves are over 150 ft below the surface. At 52 degrees they contain rock formations of stalactites and stalagmites with underground channels and waterways. We descended down an elevator then took a boat ride through a passageway 30-60 ft wide.
39: Our Family trip to | 1986
40: The New York Skyline ~ Twin Towers and all | Riding the Ferry to the Statue of Liberty
41: Displays inside the statue lobby
42: The sun glare is too bright! | A visit to the Empire State Building
44: You each tried your hand at a musical instrument
45: ...and a shot at your fantasies
46: There were all kinds of unique moments during those years...
47: And Marshall | One of Bianca's puppies | Joanne & Grace with Juile
48: Gia 1st grade | Paul 1st grade | Jill Kindergarten
49: Dressing up for Easter; and a Wedding(R)
50: BIANCA'S FAMILY
51: Did someone say 'Squirrel?" | Uhh... I don't know, did they?
52: Uncle Bill & Auntie Mia would come to visit Grammy 1987?
53: One of Marshall's birthday parties
54: There were First Communion Celebrations: Gia - 1984 Paul - 1986 Jill - 1988
55: 5/88 | Jill's 1st Communion was our final event on Garland Street
56: Our move to Belchertown May 1988 4 bedroom 2 and half bath colonial | Dad's mind working here...
57: Paul & Jill assessing the yard situation | Quabbin was right up the street
59: Stone walk & Bay window added | After!
60: The transformation of Warner Road 1988-90
61: Yep, here's the proof...
62: "Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes, they forgive them" Khalil Gibran
63: Many projects were accomplished in the finished basement
64: Grandpa, Uncle Johnny, Marshall & Auntie Mary Ann came to visit in Belchertown | 1989 / 1990
65: Mirei on Warner Rd, Roller Skating & in Boston | Boston
66: Escapades | We actually went back to the Cape with the O's
67: Talk about a Chevy Chase vacation... | The BIG game | Michael, don't you dare throw those stones | The epitomy of innocense
68: Warner Rd witnessed many 8th Grade Transitions, Memory Dances, Proms...
70: Some Kodak moments heh-heh | Michael WNEC Grad | AMY
71: Anita H.S. Grad | Breakfast before school
72: More Kodak moments... | Is that the BMW? With Mav's footprints?
74: You three surprised us with 40th birthday party roastings
76: GRADUATIONS: High Schools & Colleges; Mom- UMASS & Anita-ELMS 1992 BHS ~Gia '94 Paul '96 Jill '98
78: A Tribute to The Mav 1997-2010
79: He was there in B'Town, Ludlow & Wells Rd | Enjoying any car in the garage (Paul's included) with Nemo
80: Omg Rick, our kids are all driving. becoming adults and moving out. Now we're in trouble...
81: "For Christ's sake Rick; what you do for one kid, you HAVE to do for the others."... words of wisdom from Auntie Barbara
82: Let's not forget those fun pick-up games in Belchertown that ended up competitive
84: "To be able to look back upon one's life in satisfaction is
85: to live twice." Khalil Gibran
87: "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."
88: From as far back as I can remember, your personalities were such that I had little influence nurturing the wonderful, unique people each of you have all become! | Guess who was Indian Chief back then and who gave the Chief a hard time? heh-heh And look at the "peacemaker" trying to rationalize with his sisters...
89: "Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may house their bodies, but not their souls. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness; for even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable." by Khalil Gibran