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That’s Kelly’s way of getting some help to do a chore or major project.  Needless to say, the Clan Tucker scatters like bugs when we hear that question.  This latest project started simply enough on Monday with The Question: Let’s repaint the Dining Room.  Kelly figured we’d be done in a couple of days.  Of course, she was right.  We relocated the furniture yesterday, Friday afternoon.  In the meantime, we stripped off the 30 year old wall paper, filled in all the holes, sanded painted the walls twice, the trim three times and Kelly figured that, since we’re at it, we’ll paint the ceiling, too (twice)!!  Once all that was done, we still had the pleasure of figuring out where everything had to go as we all agreed that it was time to rearrange the furniture as that was how we’d had it set up from when we’d first moved in back in 1994.  Finally, all the furniture was in place, books generally in the shelves and the nik-naks to be placed later.  Not too bad a project (with new outlets and switches) and it all turned out well as can be seen on the Happy Snaps!

Cheers!!

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Yup, that would be this guy!!

As my Father’s Day gift this year, we had planned on coming up to the Chattooga River (of Deliverance fame) with NOC for an excellent day of Class III/IV/V rafting.  However, last week, my appendix had other plans.  So, we’d planned on coming up anyways, at least I would drive us here and sit the beach with a book if there were any doubts.  As it was, I was able to make the trip without drama, except for trying to push Nyssa out of the boat, if you believe her!  THERE ARE NO PICTURES TO SUBSTANTIATE THIS ACCUSATION!!!

A fun time was had by all and, as this was our second trip with NOC, I highly recommend them for any whitewater excursions, anywhere.  And now I can add another thing to my list of “Probably not too smart but, boy, wasn’t that fun!!” list.

Cheers!!

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As some of you may know, I had an appendectomy last week and I’ve recovered enough to share the rest of the story.  In hindsight, there were indicators this was coming, however, as with all good stories, you don’t know what you’re getting into until after it’s started! Read the rest of this entry »

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Back in the day when relatives came to visit, you wouldn’t see the pictures until after they’ve returned home.  Not these days, oh now.  Digital cameras provide that instant gratification we all crave.  No more going to the Walgreens or K-Mart to turn in the rolls of film, after having filled out the envelopes for each and every roll of film.  Nope.  Going to the photo studio is no longer followed by weeks or months of anticipation with the hope that the snaps came out alright.

As you might have guessed, my Mother-in-Law is in town and we’ve been on the run.  Three  studio sessions (here, here and here) in the last three weeks (two since she’s been here) and burning through the digi-pixels.  Easy peasy.  But what got me going was this video on Wimp.  Besides being a wonderful event, this guy has a much better chance of capturing these events we cherish and I’m jealous.

Granted, there will always be the storage management issues.  Before, we had to search through boxes looking for that VHS tape.  Now, we’ve gotta search through old hard drives or other media.  Before, we had to hold on to an old VHS player for those tapes (and, yes, I do have one in the closet).  Now, most things are universally compatible.  Kids won’t have the bulk storage issues of keeping stuff from getting dirty/wet/damaged, either.  Just lost.

Nowadays, these new parents don’t have the giant, kludgy technology the size of a shoe box (or larger) to drag around capturing these memories to share with the extended family.  Sheesh, life must be good.  So, where did I put that tape of when Jon was about two, blowing bubbles through his lips and laughing hysterically?  And do I still have a micro cassette tape player?

Cheers!!

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Maa-Maa made it into town for her visit, safe and sound.  Pictures posted over in Happy Snaps.  Let the fun  begin!

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I found this clip over on Wimp and I’ve gotta say that this is what my life is all about:  I have lived for my kids.  The Number 1 highlight of my life was when Kelly said she’d marry me.  Number 2 is when all of my kids were blessed with their fingers and toes and everything else in the right spot.  With that, my kids have become Eagle / Gold Award Scouts, very active in school sports, participated in other school activities, had good grades and the opportunity for a college education.  Even so, Patrick Henry Hughes has said that though he doesn’t have eyes and can’t walk, so what?  “God has given me the gift of music!”  For me, I see the dedication his family, especially his father, has given to support Patrick to find his way in the world and it warms my heart to see that Kelly and I aren’t the only ones living for our family.

Any man can be a father, however, there’s a lot of work required to be Dad.

Cheers!!

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Jon is the big 23 now and half-way to being an OLD MAN!  Happy Birthday, Jon!

Cheers!!

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And, we’re d-u-n!!  The Great Flooring Project of 2011 is complete and the Snaps are posted; AAR to be posted later!  Just to give a sense of the transformation, here’s a before and after of the hallway.  Cheers!!

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I was born in 1967 and today I turn 44.  My mom was born in 1944 and is 67 this year.  Hmmm!!

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You don’t stop playing because you got old.  You got old BECAUSE you stopped playing!!  Cheers!!

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