BC: Made with love January 6, 2014
FC: Celebrating Mom
1: Celebrating Mom
2: With love on your 90th Birthday! Don & Betsy Ally & George Dana & Joe & Kevin January 12, 2014
4: The Early Years at 4214 Albany
6: Wedding Day
7: Happy 90th Birthday Mom! There are too many thoughts to write down. My earliest memories are of always having a lap to sit on (at the kitchen table usually) in good times and bad. Guaranteed to make one feel better. When we needed a Cubs score after getting home from school (only day baseball back then), you always had it from listening to WGN radio. How many times were you asked, "What's for dinner?" (Better yet, "When are we eating?") Too many times I'm sure. From Cub Scouts to Horner Park Little League to Kiwanis basketball (I was always too short) to Altar boys (learning the Latin Mass), the list of activities went on and on. Maybe things aren't that different today after all! Some of my best memories are of you and me sitting in a boat on Lynx Lake in the middle of a hot afternoon, still fishing with night crawlers (no one else would ever want to go); swatting horse flies, catching little, but thoroughly enjoying the sun, silence, and scenery. Attending a Luciano Pavarotti recital at the Auditorium Theater and navigating the stairs in the gallery; music, music, music -- I thank you and Dad for our appreciation in the arts (not always sure about piano lessons however -- definitely not the scales and ten memorized pieces each year. I am the cook I am because of you, and I finally mastered the art of turkey gravy at the holidays. Family dinners; something I grew up with, and Betsy and I cherish and insisted upon as our kids grew up; so important. Finally, your love of family and the kids as they grew. Accompanying Ally at solo contests, attending endless recital, concerts, musicals, graduations at elementary, middle, and high schools as well as all the college football games and concerts. It is difficult to capture in a few words, but I am who I am because of your love and support and your love for Betsy and the family once I left home. I try to live up to your example everyday --- Love, Don
8: When I was about to become a mother-in-law myself for the first time, I admit, I was a bit nervous about this new role. This is not necessarily an easy role to fill. But I was optimistic that I would, in fact, be a good one. Why? For one, we genuinely like George. We love spending time with Ally and George. But more importantly, I knew I would be a good mother-in-law because I have had a wonderful role model -- you! For the past 34 years that Don and I have been married, you have been nothing but gracious to me. Never once have you given me unsolicited advice, but you have always been there to listen when needed. | Joining the Family
9: Never once have you told me how to raise my children, but you never have failed to ask how each one of them was doing as they grew up. You were always there to help out when needed. And even though you are a wonderful cook, never once did you criticize my feeble culinary efforts, even when one of the first things I served you was a soupy jello mold that I had made a half hour before dinner! | I know I probably didn't always do things the way you would have, and our personalities are very different, still I have always enjoyed being with you and spending time together. From the time we exchanged vows, I was welcomed wholeheartedly into the family and have been supported and loved through all our ups and downs. I have been blessed and grateful to call you mother-in-law, Mom, and friend. With love, Bets
10: Becoming a Grandma Allison Blair August 14, 1984 Dana Elizabeth January 16, 1987 Kevin Donald March 10, 1991
11: I have a lot of memories stored up about you, Grandma; some are more centered around family events like visiting us in Maryland when Kevin was born or being my teammate throughout many holiday quizzes. The memories I really treasure, however, were the simple things that involved sitting and being with you. I loved when we would drive to Chicago when I was little because I knew my days could be spent playing in the back room with the little toys you had saved just for us or eating all the liverwurst off the lunch deli spread that you always had for us. | I remember you pointing out the little things to me as well; from the planes in the sky overhead all lining up to land in Chicago or how to phrase my trumpet solos just so when you would accompany me. More recently, I will never forget (and neither will George) your reaction to George's first trombone lesson with Grandpa- "he needs to use more air"! Thank you for all the love you always shown me and now George as well- we love you! Love Ally and George
12: Being your partner for any of Aunt Judy's games is the best way to learn about opera, classical music, or art. Always play the same card in Bingo-you're bound to win! January is the best month to be born. You have given me so many traditions that I will continue on for years to come! You are an amazing woman and I'm so proud to call you my Grandma. Happy Birthday! Love, Dana | Here are some things I have learned from you: Birthdays aren't complete without a chocolate cake. Easter wouldn't happen without the lamb cake. Christmas cannot commence until a pickle has been found and carols have been sung (with you on the piano, of course) | Happy Birthday Grandma!
13: Happy Birthday Grandma! | A big part of my childhood was spent with you over at 4214 Albany. Whether it was for holidays, birthdays, or trombone lessons, a lot of memories were made there. No memory with you stands out more than my trombone lessons. I will always remember arriving early to my lesson with my dad and sitting with you in the living room listening to whichever of Grandpa’s students were before me that morning. You could hum along to every tune played, and you could point out every mistake made as well as how it could be fixed (which usually meant more air). Then I would go down for my lesson, and by the time I came back up, you could point out what I had missed and why with incredible accuracy. By watching you listen I aspired to become a better listener. Sure enough with every lesson I became better, and after a while I finally felt like my ear could begin to catch up with you. I am extremely grateful for my time spent with you during those morning lessons. Thank you for being the wonderful grandma that you are. Happy Birthday! Love, Kevin
14: The Grandkids
15: Through the years
16: Presque Isle, Wisconsin
18: Married to the Boss!
19: Celebrating 50 years ... and counting!
21: The January Girls
23: Around the table
24: Family times
26: And good times!
29: Celebrating You!