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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #4 – Home

We lived in several homes as I was growing up. They were all in the Northwest Arkansas area but we moved quite a bit. I went to three different schools by the third grade. Then, we moved to Green Forest and we stayed there until I was a sophomore in high school. We lived for a few months in a white two-story house and then my parents bought a house on 6th street and we stayed there until in 1985 when we moved back to the Springdale/Fayetteville area.

The house on 6th street was a three bedroom house with partial brick and a carport. There was an older woman who lived next door to us who always thought we were too loud and shouldn’t be doing whatever it was we were doing – even when what were doing was just playing in our own yard.

My sister and I shared a room and my younger brother had his own room. I remember that my sister and I had many fights over that room because she was a slob as a child (Hey its my blog and I am allowed to remember it my way!).

Both my parents worked so when we came home from school we would have the whole house to ourselves to play for a couple of hours until they got home from work. Our living room furniture served as a stage for our performances as great actors and singers – Our stage shows were wonderfully inventive as we lip synced to the latest tunes on that wonderful new invention of song videos on the TV!!

We had Barbies and we would spend hours on end making clothes for them and forcing my younger brother to drive them around in his cars! This is when I discovered that I should never do my own or anyone else’s hair because I have this unfortunate tendency to get one side shorter than the other and keep trying to fix it until my Barbies were nearly bald!! I could make wonderfully fashionable clothes out of the quilt scraps my Grandmas would give me though and I still sew some today.

We had bicycles and we probably rode hundreds of miles over those roads in that small town. My parents worked for the Tyson Chicken plant there and we had relatives from both sides of the family who lived nearby. We were just down the street from my Aunt Judy and Uncle Jerry Stout and their kids. We often went across the street from their house and played on the playground equipment at the elementary school.

As I recall it now, I don’t remember any special details about the house that would make it any different than any other house of its neighborhood. But it was our home and that made all the difference. I even remember how glad I was when we moved back to Springdale not to be living in that little town anymore where everyone knew absolutely everything that you did or even wanted to do! (Or at least it seemed so at the time.) Now, it holds some of my most cherished childhood memories.


 

Week #4 – Home

Week 4: Home. Describe the house in which you grew up. Was it big or small? What made it unique? Is it still there today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, January 22, 2011 through Friday, January 28, 2011.


 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #3 – Cars

My first car was just an old used car that we bought for me to drive. It never had any real significance to me. The cars that I really remember came later. I had an old green datsun that I drove for a couple of years that I really liked until it started just dying and shutting off all the electrical stuff for no apparent reason! When it stranded me on the interstate one night, it got traded soon after!
The next car that was of any importance to me was a blue Toyota Corrolla. Mom and I went to a used car lot and bought it. It was a good car for several years and I drove it everywhere. Dad didn’t appreciate it as much when he found out that the oil dipstick was in the back of the engine next to the windshield and down under most of the motor! He burnt his arm the first time he checked the oil for me!
I don’t really remember many of our family cars as a child but I do remember the cars of my grandparents! My Grandpa and Grandma Treat drove an old station wagon for many years. It was brown and it has the wooden panels on the doors. Everyone of these that I see makes me think of them!
My Grandpa Thompson drove an old 1960s pickup for many years! Later, in the late 1980s he got a yellow pickup truck that he drove until he died in 1997.
My Great-Grandpa Stout drove a green pickup with a camper on top for all of the time I can remember. My Great-Aunt Mabel Stout Parsons drove this little while compact car for all of the time that I can remember.
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One of the funniest childhood stories of my dad is that when he was about 5 years old he decided that the car that they had at the time should be black. So he was going to help out the family and paint the car! He took a can of spray paint and painted the car! Maybe it was the one he is standing in front of in the photo!


 

Week #3 – Cars

Week 3: Cars. What was your first car? Describe the make, model and color, but also any memories you have of the vehicle. You can also expand on this topic and describe the car(s) your parents drove and any childhood memories attached to it.

This challenge runs from Saturday, January 15, 2011 through Friday, January 21, 2011.


 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #2 – Winter Memories

I grew up and still live in Northwest Arkansas. Winters here vary from very mild weather in the 40s and 50s to cold with several degrees below zero with lots of snow. Most years there is a mix of both. We have a saying in Arkansas that

if you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes and it will change!

Most winters would get at least some snow. If we were lucky that would mean a SNOW DAY from school. We would get to stay home from school and go outside and play in the snow. If the snow was deep enough, we would build a snowman and have snowball fights! Also, we would get to have that rare treat: Snow Ice Cream! We could never eat snow ice cream from the first snow though. Mom was convinced that it was dirty so we would have to wait until the second snow of the season.

Winter was also a time for making homemade chili and soups on those cold winter evenings and having hot chocolate after school. Sometimes when we were little Mom would make homemade hot chocolate with boiled milk and chocolate powder but even the little packets that you add hot water tastes great when you come in from the cold!


 

Week #2 – Winter Memories

Week 2: Winter. What was winter like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.

This challenge runs from Saturday, January 8, 2011 through Friday, January 14, 2011.


 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #1 – New Year’s Memories

We didn’t have a lot of New Year’s traditions when I was growing up. I do remember watching the Dick Clark New Year’s Eve Celebrations most years and I usually watched the Rose Bowl Parade on TV on New Year’s Day but nothing really special is associated in my memory as New Year’s Traditions in our family.

As I grew older, I would usually make New Year’s resolutions. These usually included my perpetual desire to become more organized and usually started with me visiting one of my favorite places: The OFFICE SUPPLY STORE to buy more organizational gadgets! In fact, this particular resolution is on my list for this year again but I have already gotten my new phone and I have a Remember the Milk account so I am trying that for my organizational plan for this year – Along with a couple of notebooks and other SUPPLIES I have gotten over the past few weeks to help me be ORGANIZED!!

The traditions in my family are changing from year to year as our family grows. In the last decade, my family has grown to include my brother and sister in-laws and my niece and four nephews. As they have grown and begin to become more evolved as individual people instead of just a child the traditions are evolving to keep up with them!

This year for the first time, I had a New Year’s Eve Party! The party was me and my niece and four nephews. My niece is 14 (almost 15) and my youngest nephew is 4. We had a great time! I had them all come over and bought a good supply of junk food (all the chips muffins candy and cake they could eat) and then I got pizza (their favorite kinds) and breadsticks for dinner! I had some new board games and the WII at the ready and they played games and enjoyed being with each for most of the night!! As the two middle boys tell it they stayed up all night! There were only a couple of threats of bodily injury among them and a few fights over turns on the games but overall it was a great evening for me. I love them and hope that they remember this as the start of a family tradition for them for years to come! I didn’t last all night but I did make it to midnight with them and got to wish them all a HAPPY NEW YEAR at midnight! What a great start to the new year!


 

Week #1 – New Year’s Memories

Week 1: Did your family have any New Year’s traditions? How was the New Year celebrated during your childhood? Have you kept these traditions in the present day?!

This challenge runs from Saturday, January 1, 2011 through Friday, January 7, 2011.


 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.