Posts by Bussman

Planes, Trains and Automobiles. . .

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Planes, Trains and Automobiles. . .

For almost 16 years, Thomas the Train has been a fixture in our house. Before Jacob’s first Christmas, Kelly and I had several discussions about what type of toys would last the test of time.   Of course the toys also had to be fun. . . for both Jacob and Dad! Christmas day came and a figure 8 track with Thomas the Tank Engine was under the tree.  Not sure who had more fun with that toy that Christmas. . . .Jacob or me.  Since that time our collection has grown. “We need more curve tracks.  And could also use some more straight pieces as well,” was often my advice to Mama when asking for...

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Around the Dinner Table. . . .

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Around the Dinner Table. . . .

For years it was merely a round table that sat in the corner of our family kitchen.   The significance wasn’t in the object but in what was done around it. Whether we liked it or not, family dinner was a fact of life.  Our seat order never changed.  There was no “skipping” dinner.  And the cardinal rules were:  take some of everything, clear your plate and be pleasant. This is where we had the “opportunity” to eat lima beans for Dad’s birthday, because they were his favorite vegetable.  This is where my radishes would strike up imaginary conversations with each other in order to liven up the...

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All Hands on Deck!!

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

All Hands on Deck!!

I hoisted the birdbath bowl over my head and walked to the office.  Minutes earlier, Mama had taken on the task of cleaning out the muck and placing it in the sun to dry.   Now, I placed the birdbath on the stand and realized thirty years ago the birdbath entered our family. My father wasn’t a supporter of child labor laws, but in my fifth and sixth grade years it certainly felt like he was.  Directly across the street from our home was a flower nursery.  Dad thought I needed to learn work skills.  My entrance to the workforce started with me punching a time clock after school at our...

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Buss Family Vacation!!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Buss Family Vacation!!

  Starting out at four thirty in the morning. Driving 700 hundred miles on the first day. Riding through the painted desert with no air conditioning. Two meals per day, breakfast and dinner, because there was no reason to stop sightseeing for lunch. These are just a few of the many memories from my childhood family vacations.  My parents took our family from coast to coast.  We were introduced  to multiple national monuments and historical sites.  All of this helped create the foundation for what I believed were “traditional” family vacations. Fast forward twenty five years and I find...

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Farts, Drums and Other Sounds of Life

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Spend time in any family for an extended time and you’ll be amazed at what you hear.  Our family is no different. With a family of five boys some of the common things we hear are centered on bodily functions or  personal hygiene. “Ok, who just farted?”  Followed by giggles and then howling laughter from multiple boys. “Did you brush your teeth. . . . in the last few days?” “If I can sit here and smell you, it means you need a shower!” “But I did shower. . . .”  Either Kelly or myself reply, “When?”  “Um. . . .last week.” “Use deodorant!!  A lot of it!!”...

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