6/15/2007 Molly graduated from Kindergarten yesterday.
The festivities were great. I’m going miss Mrs Collins and Mrs Kathy. Thanks for all your hard work and congratulations Molly! – pictures!
8/11/2006 Some professional shots from Mike Cammeron - pictures!
7/29/2006 All Evan’s hard work just paid off! - pictures!
Evan cleaned up at his first bodybuilding competition. He won 1st place in the novice division and placed 2nd overall to a 39y/o that was much more massive than him. This was around 15 competitors. There was good competition. Evan's smile, posing and body won the crowd over. We were all there making noise for him.
At the pre-judging, they move you around in the line-up so the judges can compare you to everyone else. In the overall division they moved Evan right to the middle on the first switch. He never moved after that. They just put the other guys next to him to compare. It was amazing. Once they decided a winner from each of the classes the winners would pose down in front of the crowd. Even did this twice. Once in Novice and once in the Overall. The place was going nuts!
He brought home three 1st place trophies and one 2nd place trophy:
1st place Novice class 2
1st place Novice overall
1st place Open class 2
2nd place Open overall
Truly an amazing accomplishment. 22 years old, his first competition and he blows folks away. There was a women watching the pre-judging behind me. She started calling out his number and encouraging Evan. She'd never seen him before. After the round was over she yells out "Who gave birth to that boy?". I turned around and said "I did ... uh ... I mean my wife did!". She laughs, gives me a high five and says I was half of it then.
We were all whooping and hollering and whistling, Evan was moving around the stage posing like he'd been doing it all his life. The kid really was in his element. It was a great day.
8/19/2005 What a great bunch of kids we have
25 years ago on the 16th of August two kids got married. Most of the attendees of the Wedding said they would never make it; the poor souls being only 16 and 19 and pregnant. Those two kids were Andrea and myself. In the 25 years that have followed we have literally grown up together. We’ve been through a lot of good and a lot of bad but we’ve always been together. I love Andrea more every day we are married. She is my heart and my soul. However, the product of this union is our real treasure; 10 wonderful kids. Well, the first 6 of these children decided that they would put together a little surprise party to celebrate the events of that day so long ago. They worked very hard to organize the event and keep it a secret. We had a great time! Here are the pictures. Thanks Kids…
7/8/2005 Just when you think you are dealing with things…
Evan bought me a copy of Pearl Jam’s “Rear View Mirror”. This is a great collection of their best music. As I was listening to the two CD set I heard a song I don’t think I’ve listened to before called “Man of the Hour”. Anyway, the song hit me pretty hard. Here are the lyrics.
Tidal waves don’t beg forgiveness
Crashed and on their way
Father he enjoyed collisions
Others walked away
A snowflake falls in May
And the doors are open now
As the bells are ringing out
Cause the man of the hour is taking his final bow
Goodbye for now
Nature has its own religion
Gospel from the land
Father ruled by long division
Young men they pretend
Old men comprehend
And the sky breaks at dawn
Shedding light upon this town
They’ll all come 'round
Cause the man of the hour is taking his final bow
G’bye for now
And the road
The old man paved
The broken seams along the way
The rusted signs, left just for me
He was guiding me, love, his own way
Now the man of the hour is taking his final bow
As the curtain comes down
I feel that this is just g’bye for now.
5/30/2005 Closure II
Here are some pictures of Dad’s gravestone. The stone was put in place on Thursday. Mom shows us once again that she has great taste.
5/25/2005 Liam’s Spring Tea
Andrea had the great
pleasure of attending Liam’s Spring Tea at the
sun shine kindly here
Warm southern wind blow softly here
Green sod above, lie light, lie light
Goodnight dear heart, goodnight, goodnight
On the stone of Eleanor McCargo, poem by Robert Richardson
Recited at the grave of George E. McCracken 1931-2004
by his beloved wife of 52 years Delores E. McCracken 10/6/2004
Here is Dad’s obituary that ran in “The Barre Montpelier Times Argus”: http://www.timesargus.com/
Here are the pictures I have from our 10/23
get together up in
10/25/2004 A blog for Dad
Many of you know that Dad was diagnosed recently with Pancreatic Cancer. I’ve created a web log at: http://georgemccracken.blogspot.com/. I’m thinking this would be a really good place to share information and updates from home. Log on and check it out.
02/06/2003 Chinese New Year
Last weekend Casey and his
fellow students at 4 Seasons Kung Fu
11/03/2003 Kung Fu Video
Yesterday Casey and his
classmates at 4 Seasons Kung Fu
8/26/2003 First Day of School!
Ahhhh. Andrea got to wave goodbye to Casey and Aidan
as they started school today. Always a
good feeling. They were both quite
industrious this summer. Casey worked
for a custodian at a local School painting classrooms and cleaning. Aidan joined Meghann babysitting for a couple
Brigette will start next
Tuesday and Kallen will have his first day of Kindergarten 9/8. Generally, Kallen is looking forward to
school. He will be attending the
Andrea and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary on 8/16. We went out to eat and spent some time alone. As you can probably imagine that doesn’t happen too often. Aidan babysat for the four little ones. She did a great job. Thanks Aidan!
I traveled to
My diet continues to go well if slowly. I’ve lost a total of 35lbs now. I’m down to 200lbs for the first time since the early 90’s. I think 15lbs more will do it.
4/15/2003 TAX Day!
Casey and five other students of his Kung Fu school competed in their first tournament. They were amazing. Five of the six students earned first place in for their open hand forms. The sixth student finished 2nd behind a fellow classmate. Casey earned two trophies; 1st place 12 – 14 Advanced open hand form and 2nd place 12 – 14 Intermediate weapons form. Check out the competition page at his school’s web site.
Finally another update J
I’ve got to get a scanner. I have the best pictures at home. I’ll find room in the budget somehow. Maybe after the taxes get done. As soon as I do I’ll update the pictures section.
Casey has made amazing progress with his martial arts training. His interest has only grown since he began his studies almost a year ago. Sifu Chris says “Casey is one of my best students” and “he has tremendous potential”. If only we could get Casey to pay this much attention to his homework J There are 8 belts in Kung-fu: White, Gold, Greed, Purple, Blue, Red, Brown and Black. Casey tested for and earned his Purple belt just this past Saturday. In his first year Casey has covered the Crane and Tiger forms as well as staff. One part of his testing was to complete the three forms back to back without pause. As a purple belt, he is now studying Snake and Broad Sword. Here is a picture of Casey with Sifu Chris. Way to go Casey!
Aidan joined ski club this year. She is taking up snow boarding at our local Ski Hill: Bradford Ski Hill. It’s a nice little place to learn to love the slopes. Aidan is having a great time learning and making new friends in the process.
Evan and Brigette have
started classes at
Even will be traveling to
Roary has found a job he really likes. He is apprenticed to a plumber and loves the work.
Emma is going to be 5 months old in a little over a week. She is growing so fast and is a really good natured baby. When she cries you know something is wrong.
Kallen will be starting school this September. He’s the first of the last four to leave the nest so to speak. Liam potty trained! Molly is doing well too.
Meghann is still busy as ever.
I started lifting again. In late November I started doing the Atkin’s diet. I’ve lost 25lbs so far. I’ve got at least another 15 to go.
Emma joined us yesterday. She was born at 12:35PM weighing in at 7lbs 5oz and 20” long. Emma’s entry into the world went very well. Due to her being breach (oh no, another daughter with no sense of direction J), the delivery was done via Cesarean Section. This means a longer recovery time for Andrea. I’ll be taking the rest of this week and all of next week off to help her through the early part of her recovery. When I left the hospital last night, both Andrea and Emma were doing great.
Because Emma didn’t descend through the birth canal, she looks like a baby a week or so old. She is truly beautiful. She has deep blue eyes that seem to know who she is looking at. She loves the sound of my voice and follows my face when she is awake. Another smart one, that’s all I need J
We are beside ourselves with joy over the arrival of our newest child. Five of our six oldest plus Andrea’s mother got to see the two of them last night. Casey had kung fu class and a lot of homework to get done, so he won’t see them until tonight. Meg took the day off from work and babysitting to watch the kids for me (Thanks Meg!). That let me spend all but a couple of hours at the hospital with Andrea and Emma.
We’ve hung up our baby making tools now. Andrea had her tubes tied while she was on the operating table. We feel very fortunate to have been blessed with ten healthy children. Living in this large family has brought us so much joy and fulfillment. I can’t imagine living any other way or without any one of them. I really feel that we are the luckiest people on the planet.
Here is an update on what everyone is doing.
Wow, it’s been almost a year since I’ve updated this page. Where does the time go? Here is a list of what’s been going on recently:
Ok, it’s been a while… I’ve been busy…deal with it J Finally I’ve gotten around to putting up the pictures I’ve been promising. There are three sets available: Roary’s prom, Christmas 2000 and Molly’s birth. Enjoy J
On December 31st
2000 at 7:47AM Molly Catherine McCracken was born at
Andrea woke up at 1:20AM and
saw some signs that could have indicated trouble. The trip to the hospital was rushed. It had snowed much of the day and the roads
were cleared but icy. Flying down Rt 113
we got pulled over by a Groveland MA cop.
He ended up giving us an escort from there. By the time we got to the hospital we had
picked up a rear guard from the Newburyport Police Department. Thanks again to both the Groveland and
Newburyport Police Departments for their help! After all was said and done we
had Andrea in a hospital bed at the
After an initial exam, Dr Newhouse reassured us that there was nothing to be alarmed about (It’s somewhat refreshing to find out that there are still things about having babies that we don’t know J). Then we settled in to wait and see if labor followed. Sure enough at 5:00AM Andrea started with regular labor pains and it took less than 3 hours for her to deliver Molly at 7:47AM.
Later that night we tried to
make it to New Years Eve together but were both falling asleep in her hospital
room by 9:30PM. I went home and crashed not
caring to see Dick Clark make his 29th annual migration to
True to form, Andrea insisted on coming home to be with “her kids” the next morning. She was home by 1:00PM roughly 36 hours from the time she left the house in the middle of the night. A much happier return after an anxious departure.
I plan to publish pictures of Molly and the kids shortly. Look back for the addition of a pictures page!
The kids are gonna kill me, but here is a summary of all of them:
Meghann Ann 22
Roary Michael 20
Evan Patrick 19
Brigette Lynn 17
Casey Sean 14
Aidan Elizabeth 12
Kallen Thomas 5
Liam Joseph 4
Molly Catharine 2
Emma Kiley 1
Last revised: April 16, 2002