Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Amazing things

Mr. Walter did an amazing thing this morning...he brought down his laundry without being asked. Who knew it could happen?

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Positive Side of Life

Some positive points to ponder....
* Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.
* How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on.
* Birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the longer you live.
* Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open.
* Ever notice that the people who are late are often much jollier than the people who have to wait for them?
* Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us.
* If Wal-Mart is lowering prices every day, how come nothing is free yet?
* You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
* Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened.
* We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors....but they all exist very nicely in the same box.
* A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Skating In the Circle

Sean is preparing to flip his board.

Automotive Class 100

Dean and Walter discuss the options on the vehicle. Hmm..now just where is this thing leaking oil. They spent part of the day changing the oil, filter, sensor, and air filter. WOW. Tomorrow they are going to clean up the garage. Next week they are replacing a seal.

Friday, June 25, 2004


Well the shopping trip went just fine. We tramped thru Kohl's this afternoon while it was raining outside. Danielle took Miss Rachelle with her for a second opinion on clothing. For a while there I thought that Danielle and Rachelle were going to buy out the store, thanks to a great bit of "trimming" we got away with half.

Sean has a new look he is trying out "Skater". Complete with somewhat baggy pants but not totally droopy. He also found several nice shirts to go with the look.

I even managed to find 4, yes you heard it right, 4 new dress. A truly amazing feat.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Dad's Vacation Days

Hi de ho, Dad is home of four days. This nasty mandatory vacation has him home this Thursday and Friday - with out his permission. Grrrrr. Let's all help him to enjoy the days off. Maybe they won't page him too many times and he can enjoy playing some Asheron's Call - kicking some monster hinney.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Welcome To Timmons Group

This came through on an Welcome to Timmons email. Walter on his first day at Timmons Group, where he is interning in the Survey Group for the summer.

Walter came home today with a goodie bag of Timmons stuff, a hat, mouse pad, couple of pens, fancy ruler, coffee mug and most importantly a key ring,


We ran out to take care of things at Mamaw & Papaw's house, looks like there maybe four little roosters, instead of three. The turkeys gave us another egg this afternoon. We saw a deer back behind the dog lots. Not really good just running into the woods. We picked some blackberries, they were growing out of the old car. We also picked up a bunch of seed tick hitchhikers. Of course, home we came and each and everyone of us jumped into the shower and the clothes promptly went into the washer. Those are some pricey blackberries.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Walter's First Day - My Doctor's Report

Walter had a great first day. Walter tells us that he spent his day pretending to be a pole. They used his height as a guide when doing some preliminary site scouting. They are suppose to install permanent "monument" boundary markers tomorrow. Walter will get to show off his skill at digging holes. Sean & I even passed the truck he was in while we were out in the East end taking somethings over to his dad. It was weird passing my "baby" in a company vehicle.

The cast has to stay on for another two weeks - July 6th - at minimum. I do believe that I may sit down a bit latter and cry. I really feel depressed. There is so much to do here and my ability to do it is greatly hampered. How do you clean without water? Driving is tough enough let alone open jars, sweep/mop floors, vacuum (this one really causes trouble). Grrrr.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Happy Father's Day

We enjoyed taking Dad out to Panera for lunch. Dad took Sean off to the skate park for a twirl around. I hope he has had a great Father's Day.

Saturday, June 19, 2004


Sean got a new skateboard from Dominon Skateboards. It is a local skate shop here in town.

The skateboard itself is a World Industries Flameboy v2.0 Custom Complete, assembled with Bullet 7.6 trucks, Red Bullet 53mm wheels, Bullet bearings, and Blackmagic grip tape.

Now that he has a awesome skateboard he needed to find somewhere to try it out fully. We found a local Skate Park where Sean can go and practice some of the more "adventuresome" tricks. The admission is $7.00 per day, that includes the whole day. In order to go he still needs a helmet and elbow pads.

Sean spent the better part of the evening testing it out on the ramp he has and even doing some tricks. He has a few new bruises to show, but they are just badges of sport for him.

Friday, June 18, 2004

SAT Scores

Walter scored 1120 on his SAT's. He scored 550 on Math and 570 on the Verbal.

Walter on Tylenol 3 with Codeine

Walter has been taking Tylenol 3 with Codeine and he is being absolutely ridiculous. He is quite amusing. He even has said that he has a hand. He's been wanting to go out for ice cream but he's not fit to go. I believe that he would be arrested for public intoxication if he went out. He thinks that he is so funny. He has even been telling us what Carla wants to eat from Taco Bell.

And on top of Walter being silly, Danielle has taken over one of Ben's shirts and started sniffing it.

Piggy Dance

I ran across this while entering a bill at WheresGeorge.com. I got a big kick out of it.

The Australian: 'House-sized' meteorite hits [June 17, 2004]

The Australian: 'House-sized' meteorite hits [June 17, 2004]:

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Day 2 - Farmer Smith

Well so far so good. The animals are all cooperating and there is plenty of help to be had. It was a bit messy yesterday with the on and off drizzles, but today was much better.
We were rewarded for our efforts today with our second egg. How nice. The kids also enjoyed a brief snack at the raspberry vines. YUM YUM.


Walter went through his oral surgery just fine today. He has had plenty to eat and taken a nap. He's just about ready to hit the Tyenol 3 again, but hopefully that won't last too long.

6-18 He's up and at it. No worries. Walt seems to be just fine. All he is going to need to really do today..and until the stitches come out is to watch what he's eating. Nothing hard.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Wyoming Bound

Well gang, Mama & Papa have set off to Cody, Wyoming. They anticipate being gone at least until July 6th, but maybe gone as long as July 16th. Stay posted for more from the road as it becomes available.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Year-end Count Down

There are only 1 school days left this year. Sean enjoy the last day of school. Walter & Danielle have completed their exams, so they are out for the year.

Sunday, June 13, 2004


Mr. Walter will be starting his new position at Timmons beginning June 21st. What an exciting way to begin the summer. I wish you the best on this great opportunity.

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Richmond Metro Zoo

Thanks to Danielle & Sean for suggesting this as an outing, so that we could give Dad time to work on his Accounting Exam and "term paper". The Zoo has really changed over the past couple of years. They have added a chair lift ride over the animal pens. It really gives you a great birds-eye view of some of the larger animals.

Zoo Shots

Sean & Danielle flying high above the animals at the Richmond Metro Zoo.

Time for a cool drink. The orangutan enjoys a sip of water on a hot day

Sean had the rare opportunity to pet a Galapagos turtle.

Thursday, June 10, 2004


Now that I'm stuck in a cast for at least 10 days, I'm going to need a bunch of help. Thanks so far to Danielle for helping with the laundry and to Sean for helping put together the TideBuzz.

Tuesday, June 8, 2004

Year End Notes

The schedule for the rest of the school year is a little odd. Be sure to keep me posted on any schedule changes and happenings. I want to make sure the next 10 days go smoothly. Everyone keep up the good work at school and make us proud.


Why doesn't Mexico have a navy?

Alice's New Look

Alice's new hair style. The before photo on the left was taken on June 4th. The after photo on the right was taken on June 8th after the removal of 13-inches of hair. A brand new look. What do ya'll think?

Happy 42nd Anniversary

Today is Mama & Papa's 42nd Wedding Anniversary. They were married June 8, 1962 in Pennington Gap, Virginia. Be sure to tell them Happy Anniversary.


WOW. What a game! Sean slammed a hit to almost the right field fence. He ran the bases like a man possessed only to be caught sliding into home. His hit brought in two run and put the team back on the board. The next two times at bat also were hard hitters to the outfield, both doubles. What power and the running......

The game ended with a score of 8 to 7 in favor of their opponents, but the team had played hard and well. It was a great ending to the season - going out doing their best.

Sunday, June 6, 2004


Way to go Rockies! 11-12 victory. Sean you did a fantastic job on catching. Keep up the good work.

Saturday, June 5, 2004

Weekend Update

To recap the events of the weekend.
Walter reports that he feels that he did well on his SAT's, he's predicting a score of around 1300.
Danielle & I had a great visit to the Windy Oaks Animal Farm. There are lots of pictures be sure to ask to see the slideshow.
Sean & Dean attended the baseball game. This was the first game of the playoffs. The team lost, but much luck is wished for on Sunday's game.

Windy Oaks Animal Farm

Danielle and the King Springer Spaniel. They breed them at the Windy Oaks Animal Farm.

Prairie Dog

Danielle and her Prairie Dog friend at the Windy Oaks Animal Farm.


Gibben from the Windy Oaks Animal Farm - He is so cute sucking his thumb.

Weekend Movies

We've several movies to enjoy this weekend:

1 - Calendar Girls (due 6/10)
2 - Mummy Returns(due 6/13)
3 - Secondhand Lions(due 6/13)
Plus two PS2 games: Onimusha: Blade Warrriors (due 6/10)and Kill Switch (due 6/10)

Friday, June 4, 2004


This evening Danielle and I will be attending Ben's Graduation Ceremony at Swift Creek Baptist Church. Anyone that would like to attend with us come on along.

Thursday, June 3, 2004

Saturday The BIG DAY

There is so much to do on Saturday. All events are simultaneous, Walter will be taking the SAT's at Manchester - followed by work from 2-6, Danielle & I will be at Windy Oak Farms for her Veterinary Explorer Outing, Sean & Dad will be at the 1st tournament game at Manchester at Noon.

The family will regroup for dinner at home. I am going to put a nice beef roast in the crockpot with potatoes, onions and carrots. Yum, Yum.

Mama Stapleton

Mama Stapleton will be returning to Pennington Gap this weekend following Andrew's baseball game on Saturday. Mamaw & Papaw will be driving her home following the game and they will return on Monday or Tuesday.

Birthday Wish

June 4th is Aunt Susan's birthday.

And the Winner is....

Congratulations to Walter who won the Gummi Worm eating contest in his Chemistry Class on Mole Day! Way to go. Now to wait for the prize.

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

New Glasses & A Concert

Mr. Dean has an eye exam Thursday and will hopefully be able to pick out just the right eyewear to enjoy for the next year or so.

Miss Dannie has on Thursday afternoon the first colorguard practice of the 2004-05 season, followed that evening by a concert performance. Sing wonderfully.