Papa’s World – family – past, and present.

Our first granddaughter – Maddy and Piggy!
Papa – Sarah – MADDY TODAY – Ella and Sherry

From that little one to an adult and a junior in college. Maddy was the first and now there are six.

TAYLOR and Papa.
Cassidy – TAYLOR – Bode

TAYLOR – today – who is going to be taller than all the rest – no longer my LITTLE ONE!

ELLA ( tiny) and Maddy
ELLA ( tiny) now a Freshman at Randolph College

We called her the nickname from her father – she always had a soccer ball or basketball in her hands.

Today – she is the starting midfielder for the college – playing almost every minute of the games.

Tiny now is taller than Sherry who is 5′ 9″.

CASSIDY and Taylor
CASSIDY – the caring little mother to Bode.

Today she is the smaller of the twins – with the biggest heart – always protecting Bode when not arguing with him! LOL, They should have been the twins they are so much alike!

She is the one who counts the days down to when she can see us – who zoom calls every week.

A little fireball with the biggest heart of them all.

SARAH and Ella
SARAH – Bode – Cassidy – Taylor and Ella.

Today – Sarah is almost as tall as Ella who is 5’10” – the fashion girl who wants to go to NYC!

The twins adore her and whenever we get together – they are three peas in a pod.

She is only a Freshman in H.S. – already was a contender for prom queen.

She is her own self – funny – outgoing – and just might have been a very good soccer player like her sisters.

Cassidy BODE Taylor
Taylor BODE Cassidy

So much like Cassidy that they should have been the twins – yet – he is growing –

and someday I think will be taller than Taylor who he is built just like at seven years old.

Full of energy – always on the go – wear no socks or shoes most of the time.

Or a jacket or gloves!

Out of the six grandchildren – the only boy.

Bode Ella Cassidy Taylor Maddy and Sarah

Here today at Christmas day for presents – memories from the past to the present.

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Papa’s World – Christmas Holidays 2021 – part 3.

Taylor Bode Cassidy – 2021

Holidays – celebrations – cookies – presents – hugs – laughs – CHRISTMA VACATION – Chevy Chase!

To good health and nutrition

This the season – happy memories – trying to eat and drink healthy!

Celebrating with the three oldest – Sarah – Maddy – Ella and Sherry.

Seems like only yesterday they were small.

Now 15 – 21 – 18!

Christmas 2021 – daughters – mother and grandchildren!

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PAPA’S WORLD – Christmas 2021 – memories – Part 3!

Papa’s World – our very first Christmas Holidays in the new house – lights – and tree.

View from the street – just a few wreathes – garland and small lighted- decorated tree on the front porch.

Sherry wanted to keep it simple this year – I have all the decorations stored over the garage.

So – she climbed up there for the very first time ( she is not good with heights or ladders)

And was surprised how I had organized all the big plastic tubs of decorations.

I had put down a rug and lined everything stacked up all around it!

Easy to get to and open up!

My favorite spot to sit and sip my first cup of coffee for the day!

Keeping it simple – all the lights are on timers and batteries!

They run for six hours and shut off!

It has been too chilly to sit out here in the mornings – in the high 20’s and low 30’s!

Unusual for down here.

But – it warms up in the sunshine and we also get days in the high 60’s to mid-’70s!

The three Swedish horses were made by our three oldest granddaughters – MADDY – ELLA and SARAH

We decided some four or five years ago to forego these big bulky green trees!

They were big and bulky and went into a big zippered bag – that as I was getting older –

too heavy and bulky to lift up and place on the shelf.

So – we bought our bare-brown colored what I call our “CHARLIE BROWN TREE”!

It all comes apart -folds inward and into a long slender cardboard box!

It is not heavy and stores easily!

We also went to the WOODLAND ornaments – winter furry little things and people!

There are many sentimental ornaments that have meaning for us on there!

Just keeping everything simple for this first year in the new home.

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Papa’s World – lunch – I.C.W.- Barefoot landing – views!

Our view for lunch at Barefoot Landing!

I forget the name of the place we stopped for lunch –

but Sherry knows it from recommendations from friends

and our landlord!

It is Mexican – and has the best taco’s!

We have walked by it numerous times –

and she has said we must eat there!

It sits right on the ICW – Inter coastal Waterway!

We requested outside for social distancing!

We wear our masks – we do take them off when we are not around people.

Or – when there is room to stay distances away from them.

The view of the waterway is awesome –

watching the boats – walking the boardwalk

all while sitting at our table after the walk.

Enjoying being outside –

After lunch – we walked – around the area – enjoying the feel of Christmas.

By the time you are reading this – the Holidays have passed –

for I write ahead on a schedule I have created.

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Papa’s World – enjoying a sunny day at Tanger outlets

A day just shopping and watching – sitting in the sun – drinking a coffee – watching people!

Being retired – when Sherry asks – “Do you want to go shopping”?

I jump up and say “WHEN & WHERE”!

I know I am going to like just waiting and watching people!

Shoes – shorts – shirt – no problems!

We drove about 20 minutes down rte. 17 – to Tanger Outlets!

Every store imaginable – my favorite shoe store – Sketchers!

And a Starbucks – for a sipping coffee!

Who would of known one year ago – I would be sitting outside

in November – sun – warmth – 75 degrees –

Palm trees and Christmas decorations!

Christmas tree decorated among the Palms!

For your information – I love warm weather

I am not a fan of ice – and snow and cold!

I gave my snow shovel away!

Red bows – garlands – lights – and Christmas songs playing – this is my type of holiday!

Someday I would like to share this with our family – holidays in the Sun!

Palm tree= warm sunshine – Christmas tree – red bows – people watching – Holidays in the South!

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Sherry – Christmas music playing

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Papa’s World – Counting our blessings – a year in review – family – friends!

Christmas 2019 – the start of the year in review!

All the grand kids and their parents with Sherry and myself.

When this picture was taken – the only thing we had planned

was for her 16th. birthday – we would take Ella to Florida with us for a week.

She would go to Hollywood studios to see Star Wars!

When each grand child turns 16 – we do something special with them.

Maddy wanted to swim with the Manatee’s and we did that!

Growing up in the ’60’s – we never imagined taking trips with grandparents – mine were all gone by the time I was 16!

As the year progressed – plans were made and soon – we would leave for one month in Florida.

But first – quality time with the young ones.

I will for the rest of life see this as MORMOR and Taylor – walking hand in hand to church!

Although now she is only ten years old – she comes up to just under Sherry’s chin.

She is going to be very tall and loves horse back riding!

2019 was also the year we had friends from AZ. come to visit – and accomplished crossing off everything on their bucket list to see in DC. This is a reflection of Sherry among the ghosts of the Korean War.

Many friends visited over the 21 years we lived outside D.C.

We acted as tour guides – and in the year past – we toured almost every facility

there was to visit including the Capital Building which was a first for us!

The year in review – blessings will continue in the next blog!

We also venture to outside Raleigh – N.C. to visit her sister.

Here – we went to a farm that had what are called BELTED COWS – GOATS & CHICKENS!

They are white with a black belt around the middle!

Never heard of this and never saw this before!

Standing outside the pen with the goats – chickens and cows at the BELTED FARM!

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Papa,s World – Brook Green – Night of 1000 candles – near Pawley’s Island-S.C.

The night before we came back home to N.VA. – we drove 45 minutes South

Near Pawley’s Island S.C

to “BROOK GREEN”!

( and we will go back in warmer weather – to see it again in daylight!)

Huge Oak trees – with hanging lights – almost from the top!
Reflections in the water of lights!

The whole place – hundreds of acres – is dressed up in colored themes –

and over 1000 candles lit by hand!

Bronze statues are everywhere!

Some of the 1000 candles lit by hand!
Candles and lights – everywhere we went – a different theme – and colorful lights!
There were food trucks and a tent set up with drinks – hot chocolate – coffee and tea as well as water – soft drinks and beer!
So many different areas lit up – hard to capture them all!
You had to stay on the paths – and after dark – you could easily get lost in the maze of light!
Hanging moss lit up!
Paper lanterns lit in red and white colors!
Like fire flies in the sunset!
Sculptures with light reflecting on the water!

There must be a lot of volunteers to do all of this!

And – we only saw part of the park –

there also is a zoo here but was closed!

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Papa’s World – out of pop tarts – ginger bread houses – baking cookies!

Tis the season! We are back home in NVA!

And Sherry and the little ones are baking cookies!

Bode – Taylor – Cassidy – made these Ginger – Bread houses out of POP TARTS!

They followed Sherry’s instructions –

Then it was time to bake cookies!

Bode – Taylor – Cassidy – followed MORMOR’S instructions – and each decorated their own.

They each rolled out the cookie dough –

and each one cut out the cookies.

They then decorated the ones they made!

They love baking with their MorMor – in Swedish – mother’s mother!

And – as she does every year and their favorite

CHEX MIX!

All the grand kids love this when she makes it!
TIS THE SEASON

We are spending three weeks back and forth between the two daughters houses.

And as with the young grand children

She also baked cookies with the older ones!

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

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Papas World – A guest Christmas Story

Merry Christmas
from Tom & Sherry

December 25th. 2019

Today I post a story – a story written not by me – but by a friend.

A special friend and a special story for all.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas
and a Happy New Year

The story takes place years ago –

in the memory of a little girl

Her mother – and siblings

” A CHRISTMAS STORY”

Tiffany Ford 

One of my favorite Childhood Memories of Christmas was the year we couldn’t afford a tree. I don’t recall who had the idea, but it was decided that we would put nails in the wall in the shape of a tree & string lights on them and that would be our tree that year.

We lived in an apartment at the time, and our neighbors were very confused about all the banging! To my childhood self, that tree was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.

I grew up very poor. After my dad moved to another state with his new family, it was just me, Mom & my brothers.

Mom worked hard, often at multiple jobs, and we cleaned offices as a family in the evenings to make ends meet. In spite of this we still sometimes needed housing assistance & church pantry meals to get through.

We lived on generic everything, Dry Milk, Ramen & loads of pasta & potatoes. I am honestly so grateful for all of it. I never look back on my childhood Christmases & think “I wish we had more”.

Because even in the years when there was enough money for gifts, I couldn’t tell you what I received. What I do remember is the look on my mom & my brother’s faces putting up nails for the tree on the wall and the faith that our family would have Christmas no matter what.

We were the freakin’ Who’s down in Whoville. If all we did was play board-games & color & eat spaghetti it would still be Christmas, and it would probably be more memorable.

Maybe that’s why I’m not super traditional about Christmas, making do with what you can find forces a person to be flexible.

🎄I remember the blue stuffed dog I got from Toys 4 Tots he was my favorite for a really long time
🎄I remember the 4 of us lying on our bellies coloring in the living room waiting up to see if Santa would come.
🎄I remember the years we were each allowed to pick out our favorite cereal, even if it had Sugar in the first 5 ingredients
🎄I remember the mornings that we found a box on the porch with a turkey breast & a bag of potatoes so we could have a real dinner. 
🎄I remember my brother and I removing the labels from the tuna cans & rolling them across the floor to each other
🎄I remember Mom was not amused the year the “Santa box” had both tuna & cat food cans 🤣

The year we had the wall tree, some friends from our church showed up a few days before Christmas with a real tree & a stand for us. They helped us set it up & decorate & we cried happy grateful tears.

If you ask me though, the real tree was never as beautiful as the lights on our “tree” on that wall.

I guess what I’m trying to say is if you’re struggling financially this year, know that your kids will be ok. Real magic never comes from things. The real magic in life comes from the unlikeliest of places.

The places where we struggle, stumble, fall on our faces, learn which friends will help us to rise, and discover the person we have become as we climb back to our feet. 

Happy Holidays my friends, whatever holidays you choose to celebrate may this season fill your heart with real magic

#holidaymagic
#realsappy

In this day of the celebration of the Christ child

Let us pray and if we can – help those in need.

A pair of mittens – a warm scarf or a “box” of food.

A helping hand – a can of tuna –

You never know just how much that means.

Thank you Tiffany for sharing – giving from the heart.

Open the door and your hearts

Tiffany was honored when we asked to share this story

NO TIFFANY – it is our honor.

God bless

I am also going to post this to her unknowing

Tiffany Ford

Real Estate Consultant

at EXP REALTY

Phone # 703-946-0191

She did not ask of me – but maybe someone out there

is looking for a great agent

in the NVA area!

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