Time for another family group picture. This is about 1962. We were living in a house on 54th street in Sacramento. Jay was in kindergarten. We loved that old house. It had a huge front room and dining room and kitchen...living areas, but only had two bedrooms and a small bathroom. We lived there until Mark was born and then we bought a house in North Highlands. One of the fun things about the house was it had a huge wrap around porch. You could enter the house by either the front room door or the one that went into the dining room. I think that was kind of an archetechtural style of the homes built in those days. On one side of the porch there was a garden of Calla lillies. The drop from the porch to the ground was about 8 ft. There was a wall around the porch with about a foot wide top on the wall. The kids used to love to run around on the top of it. I tried to stop them but they thought they were invincible. Of course in their enthusiasm someone got pushed off into the Calla lillies. 8 ft down. Lucky no broken bones or lasting injuries.
That was the house where I remember our first Christmas. (the first one I remember) Jay was about three at the time and Sherry was a year and Sandi was a baby. Larry's mom bought Jay a little red fire engine that he could peddle around. He really loved that fire engine. Larry and I got the kids a horse that had springs that they could rock on. Anyone older than my oldest kids will remember those rocking horses. It was the favorite thing for years. I think we had at least two of them if not more over the years.