Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Family history continued...

It's Tuesday and around here it's Family History night..The last two family posts have put so many great ideas and memories in my head.. I hope you are inspired to capture some memories for your family too.. That Julie and her idea's..stinkin cute, I tell ya..
The questions for tonight are focused on the home of your childhood..I never lived in a house so my story will be slightly different..
1) What did your home look like? Was is a house or an apartment? What color was it? Was it one story or two? Well we moved many times as a kid.. We always lived in apartments.. When I was about 6 we lived in one complex with a pool.. I knew then that I loved to swim.. I can't count the number of times we moved but needless to say we lived in a few places in LA and a few in San Diego before we settled in Vista, CA. To me Vista was home. It was the place where we had the most sense of normal. The apartments were called Oak Terrace. My cousin Monica and her husband lived in a unit a few over from ours. It was light brown with dark bown trim colored complex. We had a one story apartment with 2 rooms. I shared a room with Arthur..
2. What was your neighborhood like? Our neighborhood was actually set amongst a lot of other apartments and a few senior apartments.. It was a loud and friendly complex. It also had a pool which we spent a lot of time in.. We used to be able to walk to the market, the laundromat, Thrifty (before Rite Aid). The local LDS ward was down the street in front of a huge dirt lot that was never developed. We used to walk in that field and pick up licorice sticks..
3. Did you have a lawn? Did you have flower beds? Did you have a garden? Did you help care for the flowers or garden? The apartments had a long football field type lawn running across the front.. Directly in front of the apartments there were shrubs but not real flowers or gardens.. We did not do any type of lawn or garden work. That was all done by the apartment management.. My mom loves her house plants but that was about it.. We got a lot of use out of the grass lawn.. Arthur played ball and every other sport he could on that lawn..
4. Did you have a front stoop or porch? Nope.. Neither.. Which is probably why I am obsessed with porches... We just had concrete walkways that led to the door. It was just enough space to put out a welcome mat.
That's all for now..

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