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Ugly Ornaments

A number of years ago, we started an “Ugly Ornament” contest. It started innocently when Tara would present is with lovely tree trinkets from places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While we were sure someone thought these were wonderful, this triggered a series of one-upmanship that ultimately required a judge.

Not only do we now have a special display stand for the judging, a number of Ugly Ornament trees have popped up to display the accumulated baubles.

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Old Payne Family Photos

My sister Deborah has been collecting family pictures. I took pictures of some of them and just found them in my “incoming” folder (photos that need to be sorted).
Trip to Arizona
    
My memory is that Uncle George piled up snow in our Brooklyn backyard and we made tunnels. I have been trying to create this again for my boys.
  
Not exactly sure where this was…want to say Plymouth, MA.
  
 
Happy Birthday, Tommy – 1 Yr
Tom and Grampa Hanken
Tom with Grandma and Grampa Hanken
At the Grand Canyon!
           
Tom’s First Holy Communion …and a parade down Glenwood Road.
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Pickle Rick

I had made a semi-serious promise to myself that I would try to only make “practical” 3D prints as the boys keep asking for silly cartoon and video game characters. When they recently requests prints of “Rick and Morty” characters, I insisted I would only do it if they did something creative, like paint them. (especially since the printer wasn’t working and it would take considerable effort to get it printing again). There were agreements and head nods all around.
Pickle Rick and Mr. Meeseeks

Well, the prints printed (this is Pickle Rick and Mr. Meeseeks)…but it turns out dad did the painting, too.

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New Years Racing

We were looking for something to do for the Richardt’s New Years visit. At the time, go-cart racing at an indoor track seemed like a good idea…until we found out there was no heat. The adults has their coats, but the boys (Tristan, William and Gavin) had to rely upon the excitement to keep them warm.
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Locker Setup 2016

This is really a test of the “LR/Blog” plugin for Adobe Lightroom. It will allow me to post from my Photo Management plaform directly to my Blogger hosted blogs. It could be really helpful. Here, Jennifer and William are helping Tristan set up his locker at his new middle school.

   

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Birdhouse

William and Tristan made bluebird houses at the Kent Memorial Day picnic…

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Welcome Abigail Rose

Congratualtions to Tara and Guillaume on the arrival of Abigail Rose! We are all very excited.

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All New Dating Game

Flash back to 1986 and watch Tom on the All New Dating Game (staring Elaine Joyce).

Tom competes with future actor Eamonn Roche and glass blower Adrian Cervantes for the affections of pre-mad student Michele Fimbres.

While Tom did not win (he argues that Michelle was confused), the winners got to attend Winterfest in Ft. Lauderdale with Willard Scott. Here is a newspaper clip from the time:

— A California couple won a four-day trip to Fort Lauderdale for appearing on The (All New) Dating Game. Michele Fimbres, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Southern California, chose as her date Adrian Cervantes, 22, a glass blower at Sea World. The couple and their chaperone, Jacqueline Waite, stayed in oceanfront rooms at Marriott`s Harbor Beach Resort. They were whisked by limousine to the city`s boat parade, where they boarded Old Peculier, one of the lead boats.

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Tara and Guillaume’s Wedding pictures

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Photo Booth

At Tara and Guillaume’s wedding, they had a photo booth so guests could take old-style strips of pictures. It was quite a hoot.

More pictures can be seen here.