Friday, November 27, 2009

Wedding gift from Dad and Mom

Today I was making cupcakes for Bill and Nicholas birthday party tomorrow. I used the mixer that Dad and Mom got me when I got married and the Pyrex mixing bowl set my friends gave me at a shower. I will never forget Dad and I going into Western Auto and buying the mixer. Two great gifts that have been put to good use all these years!
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Memories of Dad by Marty

My grandfather Stanley Brittingham used to make the Chef Boyardee Spaghetti Dinner in a box, but with one twist -- he would break the spaghetti noodles before boiling them so they were easier to eat. To remember him on his birthday this year, I recreated the meal. They don't make the Boyardee Spaghetti Dinner anymore, so I pulled together my own version on the ingredients. Break the dry pasta into pieces about 3/4" in length.Brown the ground beef in a skillet. Stir in tomato pasta and seasonings (1 tsp oregano, 2 tsp basil, and 1 tsp garlic powder)Drain the pasta, transfer to a bowl, and stir in the beef/tomato sauce mixture.Top with shake cheese and salt/pepper to taste.Enjoy it in a large Pyrex bowl with some RC Cola and a slice of bread with margarine.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

And the Camera that recorded The Brittingham's Growing Up!

The Western Auto Christmas Catalog Something for Every Good Boy and Girl!

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Christmas 1959

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Post Marked Dec.23 1959

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Inside the card

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Most precious Christmas Card Ever! Mom's Little Christmas Card to Her Father

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Christmas Tree's and Flower's at The Cemetery for Mom, Dad and Marty

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Christmas at The Cemetery

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Dad's Silver Tree and White Dove

We also bought at Marshall's a little silver tree for Dad. The dove we had matched so well. Dad instilled one thing in me and that was the "true" excitement of Christmas. The "waiting" and "hoping" for the one big gift once a year was so special. We would get the Western Auto Toy Catalog and pick out what we wanted. Mom and Dad would go to Western Auto and layed away all our toys in Nov. then they would charge them on a store account and have to pay on them the rest of the year! I will always remember Dad trying to sneak a huge box of toys into the house (never worked because with 6 kids there was always several or all of us lurking about the house) Barbara's job when she was a young teenager was to make the rest of us kids think Santa had actually delivered our gifts right down to tracking snow in the house and telling us it was Santa Claus who tracked it in! Our Family Christmas's were the BEST! because of such loving and caring parents.
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Mom's Tree and Angel


Marilyn and I found at Marshall's a little gold tree with a Angel to match for Mom. She so loved Christmas! The last 10 years or more she and Dad loved to go to Walmart and pick matching kitchen and bath towel sets out for everyone of us! Her and Dad would wrap them up in cute little Christmas bags and place under the tree for us. Each one of the bags had a little Christmas card for each of us. These were inexpensive gifts but it was the thought behind the gift that meant so much! I still have a Christmas bath towel set they got me that I put out every Christmas.
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Cemetery Visit Nov. 2009


Marilyn, Barbara and I visited the cemetery to decorate for Christmas. We got Marty a little silver tree with blue ornaments. This was the style of the very last Christmas we were all together.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Forever Young

Tomorrow will be Dad's birthday, he was born in Pleasanton Kansas

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasanton,_Kansas

Nov. 19th 1923. When I picture Dad in my mind I always see him as a young man. He was so handsome and proud of his looks. He was a wonderful father and I miss him so much.

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7 Kids, 2 Adults & 1 Car!

Monday Barbara, Marilyn and I attended the funeral of a high school friend and former neighbor of ours on Main Street. The friend was George Simmons and in this picture is his sister, Beverly who made a summer trip with the Brittingham Family to the KC Zoo. Beverly was Barbara's best friend and still is! We were all talking about how 7 of us kids and Mom and Dad fit in one car!
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Mom and Dad's Anniversary Nov. 13th 1943 "Always & Forever"

















Mom and Dad were married at the Justice of The Peace at the Courthouse in Butler. Mom told me they went by themselves and there were not pictures, cake or traditional wedding things. Mom always felt like she missed the true wedding ceremony. I would have loved to see photographs. Today they are again very much missed in my life. I start to think how simple Mom's life was and she so enjoy attention. I wish I had spent more time with her and Dad and listened to more stories of their life.