MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

Welcome to the 2011 edition of the Bucher Family Christmas Page! Those of you with empty lives can catch up on the ten prior annual installments by following this link. As usual, click on any of the small thumbnails to open larger versions of the pictures.

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Eric's pediatric practice has continued to thrive, and this year he was elected vice president of his practice (and yes, there are more than two doctors in the group). For a while now he had also been feeling the itch to get back
Root 150 at the Chop Shop into playing music on a more regular basis after a hiatus of more than ten years. He made a New Year's resolution for 2011 that he would find or form a band by the end of the year. To nudge him along, last Christmas Elaine and the girls gave him a Rickenbacker 4003, one of his dream basses. True to his word for a change, by January Eric was trolling the musician ads on craigslist, and by February he found himself the bassist for the local rock band Root 150. The curious can check out the band at reverbnation.com/root150  or facebook.com/root150 and see video clips and hear audio from a couple of their gigs. Elaine consoles herself that as midlife crises go, playing hard rock in biker bars is at least cheaper than either a convertible or a mistress.

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Elaine began her fourth year teaching at Whittier VoTech this fall, officiallyVieux-Montreal earning "professional status" (AKA tenure). According to her union rep, that means until she intentionally runs over more than three students in the parking lot or goes on a drunken binge in the lunch room, her job is secure for as long as she wants it. She has also continued her graduate studies at Salem State University and at the very moment this is being written is handing in her last paper for the last course needed to earn her second master's degree.

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A couple of travel highlights of the year: In February Eric managed, after a frantic couple days of calls and Superbowl XLVplanning, to secure tickets to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, where he and Elaine watched from great seventh row seats as Eric's beloved Steelers fell to the Packers. In August Elaine and Eric lived outGirls at the Capitol every parent's fantasy when they dropped off all three girls at sleep-away soccer camp and then promptly left the country by the quickest route possible for their first vacation alone in 14 years. They spent a romantic few days at an 18th-century inn in Vieux-Montreal that was once frequented by Ben Franklin. For some foolish reason they did return at the end of the week. The family also made their first trips to Washington, DC and Gettysburg, PA as well as two return visits to New York to see four shows on the Great White Way. 

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Laura turned 15 in October and the month prior entered high school and with it the worlds of junior varsity Laurasoccer, honors classes, and the colossal amounts of time consumed by both. She made Select Choir as a freshman and participated in an acapella festival, a clip of whichLaura loves Steelers! can be seen at this link. She is also active in Student Advisory Council, babysits regularly, and just finished auditioning for the high school musical. Despite this seemingly crowded schedule she has still somehow managed to date a junior, provoking the first of many parental heart attacks when the innocent query of whether we could offer him a lift home from a soccer game was met with her reply in the words no father ever wants to hear: "That's OK, he has his own car."

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Tina turned 12 in September and started her second year of middle school. Last year she was the only fifth graderSoylent Tee to have a speaking role in the school’s production of Once Upon a Mattress. Loyal followers of theTina on horse Bucher Christmas page will recall that last year four of the five of us had our first experience in riding horses during our vacation to California, and this spring Tina started taking weekly horseback riding lessons at Dream Spirit Farm. Despite trying to be supportive of her new endeavor, Eric has tired of telling her that simply writing “a horse” at the top of her gift list will in no way result in any equine boarders at our house this Christmas.

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Rachel is probably 9 or 10 or something like that. You kinda lose track by the third one.

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Hope this finds all of you well, and we wish you and your families a happy holiday season and great start to 2012.

Eric & Elaine 

Laura, Christina & Rachel 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!