1968 - 1971
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Laura Lee Bland married Edward Eugene Balsley II (Gene) June 1968, in San Diego. Laura was working as a floral designer and Gene was in the Navy, stationed at Miramar. These were the days of Viet Nam, flower children, love beads, no bras, love-ins, sit-ins... Shortly after we married Gene got out of the Navy and we headed back cross country to Emporia, Kansas, where we stayed while Gene finished college and I got to know my new in-laws.
As soon as Gene graduated he was hired by IBM and they moved us cross country to Endicott, New York. His first day of work for IBM was on the day of the moon walk in July of 1969. I was pregnant with Bonny and she arrived just a few months after we moved to our new home and brought a blizzard along with her! It started snowing just as I went into labor and by the time I got out of the hospital there was 59" of snow on the ground! Grandma and Grandpa Bland and Uncle Steve had come down for Bonny June's arrival, and we were all snowed in for days. We were in a tiny house and the folks had also brought their German Shepherd Missy AND we had a brand new litter of kittens at the same time! Gene actually started this whole computer thing for me and every time I turn on a computer I think that he had a part in it... he was on the IBM team that wrote the very first DOS program that runs most of our computers! He was also involved with setting up the very first ATM machines for IBM. A brilliant man.
When Bonny was just about one year old we took a trip to Kansas so she could meet Grandma and Grandpa Balsley and Aunt Linda. We didn't know it at the time, but a little brother was already on the way!
This little guy certainly made his presence well known before he arrived! These pictures were taken the day before Bryce Aaron made his entrance to the world on Father's Day, June 22, 1971!
Paths on the journey down Family Lane
Page 1 - For My Children - Christmas 1998
Page 2 - The Willey Family - Kansas (My Mom's Family)
Page 3 - The Bland Family - Virginia (My Dad's Family)
Page 4 - 1947 - 1954 - Early Lolly - Key West
Page 5 - 1954 - 1965 - Growing Up - Key West, Paris, Connecticut, Oklahoma
Page 6 - 1968 - 1971 - Marriage & Babies - Kansas to New York
Page 7 - 1971 - 1980 - California Years - Southern CA to the Bay Area
Page 8 - 1980 - 1984 - Single Mom & Kids - Part I
Page 9 - 1985 - 1987 - Single Mom & Kids - Part II
Page 10 - 1987 - 1989 - Married Again - California to Tulsa
Page 11 - 1990 - 1997 - Tulsa, Kansas and Both Kid's Weddings
Page 12 - 1997 - Now - Kansas to Pennsylvania - A New Life
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