04 January 2014


I am a very lucky girl, for many reasons. This post is about two of them Margaret and Paula.  
I actually started working on this post in the beginning of November, so I could post it before their birthdays. Going through old photos to find just the right ones was fun. I found several photos that I did not remember and some I have not seen in years. I hope they have as much fun looking at this as I did getting it ready. 

These are old school photos of Margaret. I'm not certain what years they are from, besides, that would be telling. Let's just say she is eight years older than me and one year older than Pete. In other words, when I was born, she was just the right age for baby doll's and I was a real live one. As I mentioned in Pete's post, he played all the tomboy stuff with me. Margaret did some of that too, but she was a nurturer as well. Our Mom worked full time so it is Margaret I remember teaching me how to wash dishes (with me standing on a chair because I was too short) and how to tie my shoes (I was so proud, I was the only one in my preschool class that knew how so I got to help the other kids). Margaret sat next to me, and oh so patiently, listened to me as I learned to read. She baked cookies with us and made clothes for our dolls.
Knowing Margaret, all grown up (well, as much as any of us are grown up), I don't think she did all of this for love of the domestic arts. She did it for love of her little sisters.

More about Margaret in a minute. When I mention her little sisters, this is the other one.
Paula. Paula is two and a half years older than me. My coloring looked more like Paula when I was younger, but my face looked more like Margaret (still does). My Mom used to like to dress Paula and I like twins. I loved it, but it drove Paula nuts. 

As I mentioned above, I enjoyed looking for old photos of Margaret and Paula. The search was not an easy one. Margaret does not really like to have her picture taken, as far as I can remember, she never has. The search is further complicated by my Mom's lack of photography skills. Mom was good at many things, photography was not one of them. I have stacks of pictures that are out of focus or where someones head is cut off. This picture is still a little grainy (in spite of my best photo shop efforts) but it shows how pretty she is (it also shows her natural hair color and may be the last time anyone saw that. She likes to change it and we like to tease her about it. When her oldest son was little he was asked to describe her and he said he never knew what color her hair would be when he got home.  To me it is always beautiful).

This is Margaret with her husband Dell. This is a rather silly picture, but then, he can be a rather silly person. If you ask me, they were made for each other (I LOVE this picture). Dell is my favorite brother in law. He is currently my only brother in law, but he has always been my favorite.
He takes good care of my Sis and he makes her smile. 

I can't blame the fuzziness of this one on my Mom. I think I took it. Lets just say that the combination of less than wonderful camera (I did not have the Petri yet) and many years made recovering this photo a challenge. I think this is right after they got married. 

I think Mom took this one. 
According to some members of the family, when I was very little I used to try to get Margaret in trouble. I don't remember that. What I do remember is that she has always been there for me and she always has my back. I know that no matter what, she will always be on my side (and I will always be on hers). We share a lot of great memories, I am grinning now just thinking about some of our exploits. 

Margaret has an excellent sense of humor. I took the photo on the left last time she saw me off at the Salt Lake Airport. The Homeland Security podium was unattended....This is her attempting to look stern. The photo on the right is her with one of her grandchildren. They are all adorable, they take after Grandma after all. Lucky kids. 

Here the two of them are together. Paula on the left and Margaret on the right. This was taken a while back.

Here they are again, 

and the three of us together. 

Here is another old one. This was scanned from an old slide. The little one on the left is me, Pete in the middle and Paula on the right. I think the perms had almost grown out. Perms in the late 60's were not necessarily a good thing..... (Paula, do you remember "Hey Curly, where's Meadowlark?") The matching perms were my Mom's idea. I don't think either of us liked them for very long. That was the last time our hair matched. 
Paula was my playmate more than any of the others. She was endlessly inventive with Barbies and I am quite sure that she played with them longer than she really wanted to, just to make me happy.  We played tennis in the driveway and at the park. She was also a mean scrabble player (she spells much better than I do). 

We kind of drifted apart as we hit our teens. When I was stationed overseas and we both had children of our own, we started writing back and forth. We remembered how much we really do have in common. She came to visit when I was living in New Mexico. Here we are dressed up in Silk Sari's (although neither of us is actually wearing it correctly at this point, yes, I still like to play dress up).

This one is Paula and our Mom. I used to be jealous of Paula, look how perfect her skin is. I have never had great skin and to this day, first thing in the morning even before she puts on any makeup, a stranger would think she is the younger of the two. She has a much better singing voice than I do as well. She was in choir in school where as one of my Sunday School teachers asked me to "mouth the words but don't sing". We used to do the dishes together and we would sing popular songs while we worked, or I should say she would sing and I would belt out the words. She never complained of my singing and she made even doing dishes fun.

I am not sure what the occasion was here. She looks quite young.

This is one of my favorites of Paula. Doesn't she look sweet and innocent? We have some long phone conversations although the phone she uses has changed a bit (I plan to call her soon!)

Not all fashions from the 1970's were memorable. 
This was scanned from a school photo, I thought she was perfect in every way back then.
I like her even better now.

Here she is with one of her Granddaughters (our family is full of cute kids!) 
See what I mean about being lucky?
One wonderful big sister is great, I have two!
Love you both!

If you are interested in more posts about my family, see
and of course Pete



  1. smiles...cool to see your sisters through the ages...cant believe you would have gotten her in trouble...ha...i was just together with my family for about a week...my brother and sister were botht there with their families...was cool having everyone together...

  2. Thanks for taking us along on memory lane, we enjoyed all of the photos.


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