CD-8 1975 We decided that the house was too small for us and instead of moving we decided to put an addition on the top of the house. These are just a few of the photos we took. We found out the hard way that builders start more than one project at a time and then disappear from one place to work on the second, and vice versa. They worked from the outside, so you could be inside the house and except for the noise, not know what was happening up there. Dad had me climb up on the roof to check it out one day – that was fine, but I was scared to come down! Fortunately a friend from up the road came by and between him and Dad they got me off the roof, although I sure was embarrassed! The building inspector came – an elderly man – and by then the upstairs was enclosed, but we didn’t have stairs yet – just a hole in the ceiling over the stairs going down to the basement. So the poor man had to climb a ladder, straight up, from one of the steps to that hole in the ceiling. It was a very interesting time, to say the least. But when it was done Theresa and Barbara each had their own room, Tom moved upstairs to his new room, and I got a sewing room! The next group of photos are from Ambernest, the Girl Scout Camp way up in New York State. Back when Theresa was a Brownie in 3rd grade I served as Cookie Mother for the troop. The prize for selling the most cookies was a free weekend at Ambernest and Troop 134 was the winner. I got a phone call from Mrs. Orenge, Theresa’s Girl Scout leader, to tell me that I would be going too, along with the troop – me camping? Dad walked into the house from work and Theresa couldn’t wait to tell him the big news. He just laughed. And laughed. But it was great – even going for a hike before breakfast and a cup of coffee. As it turned out I went just about every year after that until Theresa got to Seniors and were assigned to tents – not those great troop houses with bathrooms, and even a separate room for the leaders. Even Dad got to go camping one weekend when they had a Father’s weekend. But he had a different experience – couldn’t have all those men sleeping in the same troop house as the girls, so the scouts slept in one and the men in another, all lined up next to each other on cots – years later whenever we were together with other parents (weddings, etc.) it still brought a laugh, especially from Walter Foster, Susan’s father. More pictures of Tom’s First Communion. That’s Father Bernadine with us in front of the church. Some great family pictures – with the cousins, just our family, then Tom with Grandpa. 1976 Easter Sunday – Barbara is in her Bicentennial costume. She just loved that outfit and insisted on wearing it. Fr. Alvin was an assistant at St. Anthony’s – when he saw her he said all the little girls should be dressed that way! Grandma was with us, too. The Little League Parade and the opening ceremonies. Tom is in there somewhere. Little League lasted just the one year – not a good experience. By the next year we found that soccer was available in Pompton Lakes and that turned out to be Tom’s sport. Dad was an Assistant Coach for a few years, and Tom stayed with it until high school. Barbara’s fifth birthday – and there’s that Bicentennial dress again! Theresa and Michele Paulo helped with the games. During the Bicentennial year the Butler Girl Scouts decided to wear special uniforms, a Colonial costume. We each made the dresses and they were very special. As part of the celebration that year a stage coach with dignitaries recreated the journey from along the Hamburg Turnpike, stopping at the old restaurant along the river in Bloomingdale and then in Butler at the old railroad station across from the old hotel. The Girl Scouts were asked to be there to greet the stage coach – and their photo is in the “History of Butler” published for Butler’s 100th birthday. More family photos of Theresa’s Confirmation. Then it’s Halloween, and this time Theresa is the ghost. I made Tom’s skeleton costume and Barbara’s clown outfit. Doesn’t she look pretty? Just one photo of Tom’s 10th birthday. But then the next one is Tom in his Bicentennial costume. Aaron Decker School had a special celebration for the Bicentennial and the children were asked to wear costumes that day. You can tell Barbara is thrilled! 1976 – Vacation Trip to Florida It was a great trip – we sure covered a lot of territory! Disneyland, of course, and Sea World. There are some great photos of the show with Shamu, etc. This trip we got to the Haunted Mansion at Disney – great! We drove out to the Kennedy Space Center, and there’s one photo in particular that Dad took of us that shows the immensity of that hangar. We also got to Tampa to Busch Gardens. We spent some time also at the pool at the motel, and I remember Barbara being bitten by a bee while we were there. I’m sure she also remembers that! 1977 Barbara’s seventh birthday and she’s really blowing hard to get those candles out. Then it’s the Memorial Day Parade. This time it’s in Bloomingdale, and Grandma came along. Theresa’s in the Richard Butler Band, playing the flute. Tom is in Cub Scouts; Mr. LeRoux and Mr. Basham are marching with them. And then you see Dad in the white jacket marching with the Knights of Columbus. Lots and lots of fire engines in this parade! 1977/1978 Christmas, and notice the milk and cookies waiting for Santa to come. The cousins are with us this Christmas and this is a good photo of them together with Theresa, Tom and Barbara. These next photos are representative of all the snow storms we had in Butler, and the shoveling we all had to do! At this time we still weren’t shoveling the whole driveway – just down to the back of the stoop by the kitchen door. The rest was for sledding. The wreath is still on the door, so it’s just past Christmas, probably the beginning of January 1978. February 1978. The Blue and Gold Dinner when awards were given out and about the time Tom would be moving on to Boy Scouts. There’s a great picture of his Den Mother Liz, and Danny, her son is there, along with his stepfather, whose name I can’t remember. Mr. LeRoux is there, and I think that’s Mr. Paulo on the left in the one photo, and on the other side is Mr. Heywang. (I’m sure you all remember Mr. Heywang as a Butler policeman!) I was Assistant Den Mother one year so I got to have my picture taken, too. Easter 1978 was a very special time. On Good Friday Dad came home from the hospital after spending three weeks there following his heart attack. He had been on a business trip and came home to yet another snowstorm. But this time I was Girl Scout Cookie Mother for the whole town and the cookies were going to be delivered, so we had to clear the whole driveway. But instead of the cookie delivery truck we had an ambulance and a trip to Chilton Hospital. Because Dad had taken a CPR course he recognized the what was happening and told me to call for the ambulance – which happened to be on the road, returning from another call, so got to us real quick. Dad would be home for six months, returning to work part time in September. Theresa entered high school, and Tom started at Richard Butler School at that same time. It was quite a time! 1978/1979 Theresa’s History Fair project – The Acropolis. A beautiful job and many, many hours of work. The First Aid Rally – Tom is participating as a Boy Scout, and Theresa is a Senior Girl Scout and part of the girl’s team. I don’t remember who won that year, but the girls complained that the boys had an unfair advantage since there was a wider span of ages on the boy’s teams and therefore more experience. Regardless, it was quite an experience for a mother to sit there and listen to these catastrophic situations of car crashes, poisonings, etc. that her child was involved in, especially when that child was the victim. Then it’s time for Barbara to fly up to Girl Scouts! That’s Mrs. Zelles and Mrs. Barton, the Brownie Leaders of Troop 134, with Barbara. This year the Memorial Day Parade is in Butler, and Theresa is marching with the High School Band. And now she’s playing the saxophone. Tom is with the Richard Butler Band, and Barbara is part of the Color Guard with the Brownies. The Cub Scouts went on a field trip to the USS Ling – that’s Mrs. Paulo as Den Mother – looks like they’re all having a good time. The Butler High School Band, Theresa’s freshman year. They could be playing my favorite – “New York, New York” and they were so good! This looks like a football game. Her freshman year the band participated in a “Battle of the Bands” in Clifton that was sponsored by the Herald News. We invited Aunt Cathy and Uncle Al to come with us. There were many, many bands taking part and so it went on into the night. Butler was on rather late – we all froze that night. Halloween at Aaron Decker School – Barbara is the Scarecrow. That’s the costume I made for Tom when he was the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz when he was in 4th grade. It has been used many times since then! Tom is the mummy – Michael Paulo is the Pirate. Girl Scouts again. This is the candlelit ceremony when Barbara officially became a Junior Girl Scout – and there’s a couple of great photos of Theresa, a Senior Scout, with Barbara, both in their uniforms. Theresa’s 17th birthday and she gets to blow out those candles yet again. Notice that the doorway has been opened to the hallway and we have a mural on the wall. Years later when Theresa is living in Virginia she has a cat called Wander. That mural was really interesting to Wander, and he tried and tried to jump up into the trees. Never did make it, though.