Welcome to the tenth anniversary of
our Christmas web page! The truly bored or pathetic among you can find
all of the previous
nine installments at this link.
This time around we decided on a chronological tour through the
fun-filled year of 2010, Bucher family style. As usual, you can click
on any of the thumbnails for larger pictures.
snow falls, and Eric continues to thank the good sense that led him to
trade the longest, steepest driveway in North America for his current
blessedly short and flat one. Laura performs at the middle school
talent show [see a video at this link]. Elaine
begins the longest six weeks of her life as the 40-year-old wife of a
young man still in his 30’s.
Over school vacation
the Buchers head to California. It is a trip of many firsts
for the family: our first time in the Pacific Ocean, the first time
on a horse for four of us and, excepting Eric’s one weekend in Houston
more than twenty years ago, our first time
west of the Mississippi. We spend the week bumming around the Los
Angeles area doing touristy things and having
time. The weather is gorgeous--warm but not hot and not a drop of rain
until the night before we leave--and it is difficult to climb back on
the plane for arctic New England at the end of the week. The girls
unanimously pick as the trip’s highlight our day in the high desert an
hour outside of L.A. riding horses at Rainbow Ridge Ranch. Eric spends
the next three days trying to figure out why he is so sore that he can
barely move when it was supposedly the horse doing all the work.
Also, Tina and Rachel win
first place at the school science fair for their project, “The
Science of Magic.” The curious can see the demonstration video they made for it at this
link. [Video clip trivia nugget: Due to a power outage, the
was shot and edited on Eric’s iPhone in the last few dying rays of
sunlight coming through the window the evening before the science fair.]
March: Eric has a birthday, but is
still not as old as his lovely bride.
April: Laura lands the leading role of
Laurey in her middle school’s production of Oklahoma!,
which runs for a phenomenal four performances [watch a clip at this link].Rachel
turns eight, and Eric and Elaine serve as godparents for their nephew,
May: We make a whirlwind weekend trip to New York City to
take in the Addams Family musical on Broadway. [Eric’s
ten second review: Nothing special. Goofy but harmless and relatively
safe for the family. Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth were fine;
Carolee Carmello and Terrence Mann were underutilized in small
supporting roles.] We all manage to make it up 354 steps (that’s 22
stories) to reach the crown of the Statue of Liberty, and Eric makes it
out of his 4th different American Girl store alive.
finish (meaning have professionals finish) half of our basement so that
we will never have to see our children or their friends again. Eric
somehow talks Elaine into tucking a small recording studio into one of
the corners because, you know, every house needs a recording studio.
That made the perfect excuse to adorn the walls with music memorabilia
that Eric acquired through the spring until Elaine changed the password
on his ebay account. You can hear a project Laura and Eric did in the studio at this link.
July: The girls all play summer
soccer and Laura takes voice lessons for the first time.
spends a week at soccer camp, giving rise to Eric’s hope that this
coming summer he might actually achieve the coveted hat trick of all
three girls at sleep-away camp during the same week
September: Laura enters eighth grade,
Tina fifth grade, and Rachel third grade. Tina turns eleven and becomes
one of only two fifth graders to make
it into Melody Club (the middle school’s selective singing group). All
three girls play
travel soccer, making for a weekly total of six soccer practices, three
soccer games, three piano lessons, two drama club rehearsals, two
Melody Club rehearsals, one jazz band practice, and two Girl Scout
meetings. Elaine starts her third year teaching junior English at
Whittier Vocational Technical High School. Eric frequently wonders if
anyone else lives at home with him.
weeks before her fourteenth birthday Laura announces that she is “going
out” with someone for the first time, and an hour later Elaine, Tina,
and Rachel depart for New Jersey. Eric and Laura spend a lot of
quality, not at all awkward time together over the next two days.
Somehow both of them manage to survive the beginning, middle, and
breakup of her first three-week-long “relationship.” Eric tries not to
think about life five years from now with three teenage daughters
living under his roof. Fall travel soccer ends. Laura’s team finishes
first in their division, and Rachel’s team goes undefeated for the
entire season despite being the youngest team overall in their
division. Tina’s team. . . well, Tina’s team also played many games.
Tina is cast as
Georgie, one of the leads in the middle school drama club’s fall play, We the People.
On Thanksgiving Day we attend the annual Amesbury vs. Newburyport game
which is, according to Wikipedia, the sixteenth oldest high school
football rivalry in the country, dating to 1891. Amesbury is crushingly
And December is still going strong. . .
Hope this finds you
and your family alive, free, and pursuing happiness into 2011.
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