Sunday, January 23, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week #4: Home

This is the fourth challenge in a weekly series from GeneaBloggers called 52 weeks of personal genealogy history.

Week 4: Home. Describe the house in which you grew up. Was it big or small? What made it unique? Is it still there today?

Our Florida house in 1963

My parents moved back to Florida in 1963 and bought the house my sister and I grew up in. It was a pretty typical Florida concrete block house-- 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, a living room, small dining room, narrow kitchen and an open carport. We later added on a family room, a porch and extended the kitchen. The property behind us was undeveloped and wooded and amazingly, it has remained that way to this day. The neighborhood consisted of just one loop off from a main road, so it was a great place for kids to play.

The original landscaping was pretty bare, so we added a palm tree to the front yard. This tree actually fit in the back seat of our car when we brought it home, but soon grew into a large tree and made our front yard unique. It was a favorite place to play around and perfect for picture posing.

My grandparents Robert and Hilda Creeden in front of the tree

Eventually, the palm grew so large that it was threatening the power lines, so we had to remove it! The tree didn't survive, but the house is still there. My parents lived there until the late 1990's and last time we went by, the house looked great with a new roof and paint job. I hope the current residents make as many good memories in the house as we did!

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