BC: Christmas 2011 Angela, Todd, Dean, Jill, Peter, Jessica, Amanda, Ben, Katie, Aaron, Carly, Kevin, Alicia, Mark Samantha, Henry, Mackenzie, Sophie, Luca, Madison, Josie, Parker, Scott and Jason
FC: In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony. -Eva Burrows
1: This is the true story... Of one family... Built by Josie and Hank... Past & present... Told by the grandchildren | ...And the children... Of an amazing couple who built this family on love, perseverance, and potatoes.
2: The Past | "I used to steal mom's cigarette's" -Carol | Did you know that not all the Motyl's have a middle name? | "I remember having a tea party with Gail and using her pink tea set!" -Marty
3: "I used to get caught smoking and drinking all the time." -Sherry | "I used to stand on a chair and Dad would trim my bangs!" -Gail | "Sitting on the stairs waiting for Dad to finish his bath and being stuck for hours!" -Patty | "I remember how Babcie used to make us sit quiet on good Friday from 12-3." -David
6: "I remember Uncle Marty hitting me with one of the little blue pillows and laughing, only to have Grandpa hit Uncle Marty with one while he wasn't looking moments later... It was hilarious!" -Dino
7: "I remember all of us sitting on the front porch with Dad waiting for the Good Humor truck to come by... Mmmmm, toasted almond!" -Rick
8: Stanley Banach April 1923- September 15, 1944 U.S.M.C.
9: "I remember the narrow stairs to the attic, the back porch and walks to Sunnyside..." -Angela | "I'll never forget the funny thing Grandma does with her 'teeth'!" -L.P.
10: "I remember scratching Grandpa's back and Aunt Sherry getting a spanking from Grandpa- scared the heck out of me!" -Scott "I slept on the living room floor for years!" Didn't have my first real bed until boot camp!"-Rick "I remember Teek saying he was going to California and was gonna hitch-hike...the next morning a State trooper dropped him off at the house when he recognized him with his thumb up at the Ohio border!" -Jimmy "I remember walking to and from Transfiguration in the winter and my legs freezing! I remember Mary the crossing guard and horrible Sister Honesta!" -Tina
13: Our Angels...
14: Survey Says: Most favorite Motyl Memory: Christmas!
16: "My favorite Christmas memory is drinking tons of 'Town-Club' pop at the 'Dew Drop Inn', and waiting in the basement for Santa to come...hearing the sleigh bells ringing upstairs and getting really excited!' -Todd | "My favorite Christmas memory was the city chicken bet! I pretended to eat city chicken for $100 bucks from David, and gave the money to Mom and said Merry Christmas! Everyone thought I was really going to eat it!" -Sherry
17: "How do I love thee, let me count the ways! Christmas with the Motyl's is never dull...e.v.e.r.! I don't think there is one silly or favorite memory I can single out!" -Katie
19: "The 'Teek' Jar! Who could ever forget this?!" ding ding ding ding ding ding ding... -Ben
20: "I remember Christmas Eve on Syracuse; We would run back and forth between the front door and the back door waiting for Santa to come, and somehow we always "missed" him coming in the door" -Jessica & Amanda | "I remember Keri, Jason, Dino and Angela singing 'Lean on Me' in the basement on Syracuse on Christmas eve... everytime I hear that song I remember being a kid at Christmas at Grandmas!" -Jill
21: "I will never forget the Teek jar and spinach noodle casserole! Those are Motyl Christmas staples!" -Carly "I remember Mom always making pudding...chocolate & butterscotch pudding!" -Rick "I don't remember anything...ha ha ha!!" -Marty | "I'll never forget the cabinet next to the refrigerator on Syracuse...it had all the good stuff, especially Tang!" -Jason "I remember getting to Grandma and Grandpa's house (on Syracuse) on Christmas and there would be TONS of snow all shoveled into a pile next to the front porch. Me, Scott and Jason, looking for entertainment, would climb up on the top of the porch and jump into the snow pile. NO X BOX, NO iPod, NOT EVEN ATARI. Simply jumping off the porch was enough to keep us happy." -Dino
22: Motyl Wedding Bliss...
24: Insta-party... Just add Motyl's!!! -Katie
25: "I remember Dad buying red boxing gloves and instigating fights between us kids, toast for a snack at night and Auntie Lottie coming over to make us bread and other baked goods!"" -Sandy
27: The many faces of Josie...
28: "I remember on graduation day when I was taking a picture with Grandma and instead of saying 'cheese' she said 'say SEX!' I laughed all day about it!!!" -Carly | "Grandma's Candy trays were, and still are, never empty! Chocolate and orange slices!" -Ben | "I always remember going over to grandmas when she would baby sit me and Carly and she would always spoil us I couldn't wait until the next time we got to spend the night!" -Kevin
30: I think we all agree that nothing is more funny than when Grandma first got her 'FART machine'! She had us all laughing for hours on multiple occasions! | Bringing Grandma fresh bread when I worked afternoons in the bakery. I snuck upstairs to surprise Gail with a kiss, ( 2:00 a.m. ) and she jumped up out of bed screaming like Michael Myers was standing there! Needless to say, I ran down the stairs and out the door without any hesitation! -Dave O
32: "I remember sitting on the stairs waiting for Dad to be finished taking his bath...it seemed like we waited forever!" -Patty
33: "I remember getting spankings in the alley from Dad!" -Marty "I remember Dino, myself, Jason and Aunt Sherry going in to the grave yard behind the house and old-man Satch yelling at us!" -Scott