Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sibling Chronicles: Part Deux

Well, today is Betsy's birthday and it has been quite a while since I added a Chapter to my Sibling Chronicles, so today is the day, no more procrastinating looking for pictures. My scanner really got a work out with this one. It seems Betsy and photos have always been great friends. So, Chapter two, my Sibling #8 (of 10) is:

Elizabeth Lynn Godsey Sass (Betsy)
August 17, 1979
Betsy was born at Hood River Memorial Hospital, the third of three siblings born there. I really truly believed (according to my memory and the diary I kept in 1979, at age 16) that Betsy would be my last and youngest sibling. Maybe that was why I loved taking pictures of Betsy, or maybe it was just because she was so "Gerber Baby" Cute. The round face, big blue eyes and sweet sweet sweet disposition made for a pretty compelling combination. Babysitting Betsy was a pleasure and Kim (holding Betsy here) hardly ever put Betsy down long enough for anyone else to get a chance to cuddle her.
I remember this day literally like it was yesterday. On my weekends in Hood River, I got to share a bedroom with Betsy (the youngest and the oldest, as it were). Dad owned a carpet/interiors store in Hood River and he let me pick out everything for the room Betsy and I shared. Karen even made me a quilt out of matching fabric (identical to the wallpaper)... everything was pink and blue. I dressed Betsy up in this baby blue dress and took tons of pictures of her. She was the best model. In the room next door Tiff, Kim and Jill had game carpet with huge versions of popular games on it--but mine and Besty's room was the coolest. She was too young to play the games and I was really too old, so it was a perfect match!
A little Angel.

Betsy really had the sweetest disposition. So happy.

Awww, she loves Oregon... and we love having her back in Oregon.
This picture was taken at a park in Arizona.

Helping Mom make cookies: kitchen, Mesa Arizona house.

One of my faves. Camping and diet Dr. Pepper go great together.

That pose looks pretty good to me.

The crimped hair look was all the rage in 3rd grade.
The blue eyes have turned to green.... ?
Fifth Grade.

And everything comes full circle. Betsy as a teenager helps babysit my kids on a trip to Crater Lake with the Bath family. Here we have done a little kid friendly hike on
the "wildflower trail".

And Betsy with her adorable family. Obviously I stole this one from Betsy's blog...
I love this picture.

Happy Birthday Betsy!


Betsy said...

Thank you Kari. You really need to write a book about your life. You remember so much and are a great storyteller. I haven't ever seen most of these pictures. I think I am going to have to steal them. I have always thought that Logan has my eyes, but when I look at these pictures there is no doubt... he definitly has them. Thanks again for the birthday wishes.

Dana said...

Dear Kari,
After so many years of hearing family stories from you, it is so much fun for me to read (and see)your "chronicles". I've loved getting to know your family better through your memories. We know who the memory keeper in your family is, and they are lucky to have you. Happy Birthday Betsy.
Love, Dana