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Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Past: Part 2

Ok, time to grow up a bit.

Here we go!

I'm thinking Christmas 1968

Believe it or not, this is the train my dad had as a kid, AND IT STILL RUNS TO THIS DAY!
I hate to say it, but it's getting kind of antiquish!  Sorry Dad!

WOW!  Mom and Dad look so young!

Of course this was way before we had snow blowers, and once Dad shoveled this out, he had about another 1/4 mile to go to get to the road!

YEAH!  "S" stands for Southewestern Wildcats!  Dad coached basketball and baseball, and helped with footbabll too.

Back row:  Grandpa Bill, Grandpa Todd, Mom
Front row: Grandma Phyllis, Me, Grandma Lyons, my brother, Grandma Flossie

And now a wee bit about my family:  Bill and Phyllis are actually my aunt and uncle, BUT.....Phyllis was the oldest of the Lyons girls (that means she is Grandma Lyons' daughter)....24 years later Dad, #9, was born.  Phyllis and Bill were married by then, but then did not have any children.  Grandma and Grandpa Lyons were running Hazelden Country Club for George Ade, and then they ran the Brook Hotel, so Phyllis and Bill would take Dad out to the farm a lot.  Spoiled little guy had his own horses and dog out there and ruled the roost.  When I came along and then my brother, we were just blessed with an extra set of grandparents because Phyllis and Bill were like second parents to Dad.  Mom, who belongs to Todd and Flossie, is an only child.  This means we had all our grandparents around us at Christmas time and other special days.  We were truly blessed!

Trying to get those last minute presents found and and start cooking the goodies to get us through this weekend.  THREE family Christmas parties this weekend, then the BIG DAY, then again with my family on the 30th.  Rumor has it we might see some snow Friday.  The wind is howling, and the temps are dropping as I finish this post.  Could be an interesting morning.


  1. Another great set, Lana. You were so blessed to have so much family around you while growing up.. I was born when my parents were both older --so I never had ANY grandparents at all. In fact, there just never were many family members... I missed out bigtime on that.

    Thanks SO much for sharing.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  2. Lana, you look JUST like your dad! And WOW, I can't believe how great these pictures are! It looks like you jumped in a time machine, grabbed a great digital camera and took it back to the 60's!! Kudos to that photographer!! Great pics!! Merry Christmas!!

  3. How lovely to see photos from past Christmases in your house! Sending you and your family very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. :)



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