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MY CRAZY FAMILY AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

BY MARGARET RESENDEZ


Chapter 1

My Family

My extended family lives in upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Florida and Texas. We visit on average, once a year.  Often, we only get together for important family celebrations.  But when we do, we share ongoing events in everyone's lives.


Section 1

My Family CONTENTS 1. Cousins 2. Mom 3. Dad and Stepmom

• My cousins live on the same street as I do.  After we get out of school, we play every day in the treehouse at the end of the street.  We play games like hide and seek and capture the flag when all of our friends come out together.  We ride our bikes around the small town, going between each other's houses.

• My family consists of my mom, my older sister and our dog, Lucy.  We eat dinner together every night.  Lucy won’t eat her dog food until mom and I start cooking dinner.   We hang out once a month with my grandparents and play cards.  We have a lot of fun together. • I live with my Dad and stepmom most of the time.  I attend college in the city that my dad lives in but I see my mom every week.  I work with her on the weekends.  It is a busy life, but a fulfilling one.  I am busy right now and do not spend a lot of time with my friends and cousins, but once I am done with school, I hope to have time to reconnect. • My family consists of my mom, my older sister and our dog, Lucy.  We eat dinner together every night.  Lucy won’t eat her dog food until mom and I start cooking 2


dinner.   We hang out once a month with my grandparents and play cards.  We have a lot of fun together. • I live with my Dad and stepmom most of the time.  I attend college in the city that my dad lives in but I see my mom every week.  I work with her on the weekends.  It is a busy life, but a fulfilling one.  I am busy right now and do not spend a lot of

• My family consists of my mom, my older sister and our dog, Lucy.  We eat dinner together every night.  Lucy won’t eat her dog food until mom and I start cooking dinner.   We hang out once a month with my grandparents and play cards.  We have a lot of fun together. • I live with my Dad and stepmom most of the time.  I attend

time with my friends and cousins, but once I am done with

college in the city that my dad lives in but I see my mom every

school, I hope to have time to reconnect.

week.  I work with her on the weekends.  It is a busy life, but a

• My family consists of my mom, my older sister and our dog, Lucy.  We eat dinner together every night.  Lucy won’t eat her

fulfilling one.  I am busy right now and do not spend a lot of time with my friends and cousins, but once I am done with school, I hope to have time to reconnect. • My family consists of my mom, my older sister and our dog,

dog food until mom and I start

Lucy.  We eat

cooking dinner.   We hang out

dinner together

once a month with my

every night.  Lucy

grandparents and play cards.

won’t eat her dog

 We have a lot of fun together.

food until mom

• I live with my Dad and stepmom most of the time.  I attend college in the city that my dad lives in but I see my mom every week.  I work with her on the weekends.  It is a busy life, but a fulfilling one.  I am busy right now and do not spend a lot of time with my friends and cousins, but once I am done with school, I hope to have time to reconnect.

and I start cooking dinner.   We hang out once a month with my grandparents and play cards.  We have a lot of fun together. 3


• I live with my Dad and stepmom most of the time.  I attend college in the city that my dad lives in but I see my mom every week.  I work with her on the weekends.  It is a busy life, but a fulfilling one.  I am busy right now and do not spend a lot of time with my friends and cousins, but once I am done with school, I hope to have time to reconnect. • My family consists of my mom, my older sister and our dog, Lucy.  We eat dinner together every night.  Lucy won’t eat her dog food until mom and I start cooking dinner.   We hang out once a month with my grandparents and play cards.  We have a lot of fun together • I live with my Dad and stepmom most of the time.  I attend college in the city that my dad lives in but I see my mom every week.  I work with her on the weekends.  It is a busy life, but a fulfilling one.  I am busy right now and do not spend a lot of time with my friends and cousins, but once I am done with school, I hope to have time to reconnect.

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Chapter 2

My Interests


Reading - Reading is a passion.  I could stay up all night with a

Scrapbooking - Scrapbooking is a passion that allows me to be

good book.  My appetite for books is voracious.  I read

crafty and lazy at the same time. I take a design I like and

everywhere I can get.  I love following the

duplicate it on the scrapbook page.  Sometimes it is a design I

characters in certain stories and love to escape

see on a card or in a virtual scrapbook.  I love taking something

reality into the alternate world created in the

someone else created and making it my own.

books.  I can hardly go anywhere without a book in my purse or at least a couple of books loaded onto my iPad or phone.  

Hunting - I never thought I would say that hunting is a hobby of mine.  But after years of joining my husband in the deer stand and participating from

a distance, I have

Quilting - I got into quilting because my mom and grandmother

finally garnered

enough interest

quilted.  I started with a tie quilt when I was a kid.  I cut strips on

to make it a

hobby of mine.  I

the ends of the blankets and tied opposite ties together and

have attended

the education

continued around the entire

classes and have

practiced

blanket.  Next, I made a t shirt quilt

shooting.  I am

surprised by how

from some of my favorite t shirts

involved in the

process I have

from school.  I added a backing

become. The

excitement of

and some filler to make it more

opening

weekend, seeing

substantial.  I am currently

wildlife in their natural habitat and taking them ethically and with

assisting with a quilt my

the understanding of providing food for our table is exhilarating.

grandmother added the crossstitched design, my mom has added the backing and filler and

Gardening - Gardening is very

together we are adding a back-

relaxing.  I enjoy seeing new

stitched pattern over the entire background.  It will be an heirloom

produce emerging from the seeds

quilt.

or plants I started with.  But when 6


they get too big, it’s time to harvest and prepare for next year by

be small, but she plays with her brothers just as rough as the

composting what is leftover.

boys do. It is amusing to watch the puppies.

Landscaping - The most relaxing

Crocheting - I enjoy crocheting in my spare time.  Making

thing I can think of is riding around

blankets, hats, and slippers for family and friends warms my

on my mower.  Driving around,

heart.

making clean, straight lines as far as the eye can see.  I love the look of a well-maintained yard.  I plant

Sleeping - There is nothing like cuddling up in comfy clothes in

flowers for every season.  I have

bed or on the couch.  I love piling

plants from my grandparent's

blankets high and curling up on the

house as well as some my mom

couch with a sleeping puppy curled

routinely plants.  I love the scent of

up in my lap.  Add a slightly cold

freshly mown grass, however, my sinuses do not.  

day, a slowly burning fire in the fireplace, a cup of hot cocoa, and a good book and I am all set for a

Raising animals - My grandparents have land out somewhere and they keep goats.  They are fun to watch walking around the pen.  When the males play, they run at

relaxing weekend.

each other with their heads down, "Charge!"  There is also a stray dog that hangs around at the ranch that just had puppies!  There are 8 boy puppies and 1 girl.  She is also the runt, I call her Baby Girl.  She may 7


Boating - I spend as much time

Cooking - I have always loved to cook!  My mom used to leave

as I can out on my boat.  I enjoy

some meat in the fridge for me to

the gentle swaying of the waves

create whatever I wanted for our

as well as the excitement of

family of 6.  I would dig through the

moving fast when on a speedboat

pantry and come up with

or Ski-Doo in open water.

casseroles!   My twin brother would buy me cookbooks based on the pictures he saw when browsing

Camping - Pitching a tent in

and then ask me to make him

the backyard was my

certain things.

preparation for “roughing it” when I got older.  The novelty of sleeping in a

Baking - Baking brings out the creative side of me.  Notice I didn’t

sleeping bag instead of a

say, artistic side of me.  I love to bake, with salted butter and high

bed only wears off with age.

quality ingredients but the end result is not always very pretty!

I enjoy cooking over a

 Yummy, but not pretty.  I’m good with that!  My most memorable

campfire, popping popcorn,

baking time was making Christmas cutout cookies.  We’d spend

and making s’mores.

all day, rolling, cutting, baking and finally icing the cookies.  It was a family tradition that quickly became a tradition with my own kids and soon with my granddaughter!  

Knitting - I want to learn how to knit.  My roommate’s 95 year old gramma knits and I want her to

Sewing - When I sew, I lose track of

teach me!  

time and sew for hours!  When my kids were younger, I stayed home with them and so to save money sewed all their 8


clothes.  Now most of my sewing is craft items, notebook covers, simple bags for gift giving, and T-shirt quilts.  I made one for my daughter with t-shirts from high school and now, working on making one for my niece with some of her more  memorable tshirts from A&M.

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My Crazy Family