Better Late than Never!

As time passes I am once again reminded that this site is waiting patiently for an update, something from me to ensure its life continues as a viable organism, a blog with some potential and purpose.

The title “Better Late than Never” just seemed to fit, but what’s that quote’s origin? This from a quick Google search…..

Geoffery Chaucer appears to have been the first person to have put the proverb into print, in The Yeoman’s Prologue and Tale, Canterbury Tales, circa 1386:

For bet than never is late. [Better than never is late.]

Now that said and out-of-the-way we can move on……

I have been persisting in the genealogy realm, almost every day and/or night I’ve been doing something in this regard. Often it’s collecting old photos of family near and far. It’s my passion (the photos) and while I can’t explain it I’ve fallen to its lure and succumbed to its pull.

Of course the other research is being done as well, but I will admit here in front of God and country I’m one of the laziest genealogists in that I’ve yet to leave my chair in search of a real story, the real deal of family history. It is my failing, or one of them, and I’ll own it.

In addition to the ongoing Sklapsky research I’ve been drawn into a quest for information on a line possibly connected to the Sluchinski family. Two of my Great/Grand Uncles married Sluchinski girls, thus my interest, and I love a great mystery.

To that end I was contacted by a lady who knows of that connection, and she is in search of information on her Father’s family. Her Dad was adopted and given the name ‘Sluckinski’ (close to Sluchinski). She is on a mission to find his real family before too much time passes. I’ve caught her inquisitive bug and now also want to find whatever connection there might be. Being that I have Sluchinski in my line I feel drawn to help.

On my own home front we have survived our move to Kelowna and have settled quite nicely. We both love it here and feel quite content in our new digs. We see the g-kids almost daily and have found ourselves going back to work, out of retirement, at the daycare the g-kids go to. Maureen teaches pre-k (pre-kindergarten) and I do the after school pickup of kids who come to the daycare after school. Not quite the life of leisure but a good life nonetheless.

So, here’s snapshot of Madden on his 5th birthday, I apologize for the ‘no edit’ status. Had to be done.

The next one’s of Ivy, hamming it up. Refusing to eat her hotdog and instead using it for a moustache.

To wrap this up I’ll say I truly enjoy the hunt, the look for info and any connections that might be made. Sometimes I just wish it was a bit more fruitful.

Take care, and I’ll (hopefully) talk to you within the year.

Happy Birthday Madden

The last couple days have been pretty busy and the buildup to the party and subsequent “Happy Birthday Madden” was not without some stress. I guess such is the often the case when you want something to go well and you hope your planning will be for naught. We are spending some time in Kelowna so we can help wherever we can.

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Madden’s 1st birthday cake

The cake making and decorating went well with Ayron’s friend Ashley taking on the decorator role. The ever present “Thomas the Train” theme was the inspiration and she did an awesome job here. Watching her do her magic was enlightening, and it confirmed my thought that decorating is best left to those with steady hand and some kind of artistic ability, neither of which I have in great abundance.

I will post a few photos here for now and the majority will be put in the Gallery once I get home. I may attempt doing so from Kelowna but I’m thinking it may not go as well as hoped. Time will tell.

Here’s Madden after his first cupcake solo, no assistance required. There was some initial prompting needed to get him started but once he tasted the icing and cake he was smitten. I think he must’ve thought ‘I’ve died and gone to heaven’, or whatever a 1 year old thinks.

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I’m done, gimme more

Of course the story wouldn’t be complete without a picture of me with my lil buddy.

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I feel full

I believe a good time was had by all and I do have pictures to prove it. As I said, all (or most) of the photos taken will be posted in the gallery.

Being that Madden’s ‘real’ birthday is Mar. 10th this party was set up as an occasion that I could attend. I feel blessed Ayron changed the date for me, at least in part, as I will be out of town on the actual day and wouldn’t be able to attend if it was on the weekend of the 10th. I will be coming back from Tuscon, a trip I’m taking with my Mom so she can take in a book signing at the University. I’m sure proud of her, 3 books under her belt and more to come.

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Madden and Mom

Here’s one of her with Madden. Whenever she would hug him her hearing aid would ‘squeal’ and he would put his ear to hers and listen to the sound. Cute, of course.