Another video

Terri and Chuck’s 2012 Summer Video:

Dylan and Carys Visit Part 4

Enjoying time with the grandkids

Here’s Part 2 of spending time with grandkids Dylan and Carys this summer when they visited Grandma Terri and Grandpa Chuck.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFEufnNAF_M

2012: Year of the theme parks

Grandpa Chuck, Sherri and Carys repelling an attack while riding the River Blast.

Grandpa Chuck, Sherri and Carys repelling an attack while riding the River Blast.

Mention a theme park and, well, I’m ready to go. Roller coasters, bumper cars, rides that spin you around and upside down, the games and, yes back then, even the carnival-type food with its tantalizing aroma drifting throughout the park make up some of my most cherished childhood memories.

And theme parks were just as much fun for me when my kids became old enough to take them.

Needless-to-say, I’ve always enjoyed going to theme parks. But in the past few years, the visits to these wonderful places have been few and far between and I figured my attraction to getting on a roller coaster that drops you 60 feet in two seconds and travels through corkscrews at 70-plus miles an hour, had waned and given out to old age.

I was wrong! Continue reading

Parting shots of Dylan and Carys

Getting back into the routine can be difficult after so much time away being with grandkids, being with your kids far away, and then having kids and grandkids at your house when you come home.

But Terri and I wouldn’t change a thing. We had a great time hosting daughter Sherri and her kids, Dylan and Carys, 5-4, from Colorado for two weeks at the end of June.

Here are some parting shots put together in a slideshow. Enjoy! Continue reading

Getting ready for the grandkids

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Posts over the next five weeks could be few and far between. Daughter Sherri and grandkids Dylan and Carys arrive Tuesday, June 12, for two weeks, and then the day after they leave, wife Terri and I leave for Seattle for three weeks to see daughter, Jessica. During the next five weeks, I’ll post what I can when I can.)

What a hectic week:

Three days of yard work and still not done; spent hours and hours scanning photos and putting together a slide show with music for my niece’s party this past weekend celebrating her graduation from Pittsburg State (she has a teaching degree in elementary education and needs a job!); spent time with grandkids Rylin and her new baby sister Ashlyn, roofer and insurance adjuster came out to survey the hail damage to our roof from last year (we’re getting a new roof), and my wife and I began cleaning and rearranging the house in preparation for the arrival of our daughter, Sherri, and her two grandkids from Colorado on Tuesday, June 12.

I’m thinking the next two weeks will make this past week feel like a walk in the park Continue reading

An entry in grandpa’s diary

Howdy “D”…

It’s Friday, May 4, 2012.

…Up early today. I slept good last night, but was a little anxious for the morning sun. Babysitting granddaughter, Rylin, today. Supposed to be at my son’s house at 9. So I got there a little early….big deal!

…After making us some “hot tea” on her play kitchen (and it was soooo good, too) I was finally able to get her socks and shoes on; we’re having breakfast this morning…just Rylin and me. Continue reading

Recycling linked to Ann Landers

With the start of the new year, Johnson County is beginning its new recycling and waste management program, which is good. Anything we can do to stop polluting the environment, which includes not filling up landfills, is a good thing.

For the most part, Johnson Countians, including businesses, have come along way in taking part in recycling programs the past few years.

At the Kurtz’ household, we have been conserving and recycling for a long time — long time. But, as I recall, it began not because we had a growing concern for improving the environment, but because of newspaper columnist Ann Landers not long after our two youngest, Justin and Jessica, were born in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Continue reading

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