Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Let the Playoffs Begin!

The first-floor hallway of the Tapper house has been transformed!  Let the NHL playoffs begin!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Couple Malapropisms from Andrew

Andrew: "Mom, I need a chopstick!"
Me: "What are you talking about?"
Andrew: "My lips are all dry!"

Driving home together the day after the Boston Marathon...
"Mom, I heard that people are evaporating from Boston..."


Monday, April 15, 2013

Boys and their Trees

Found this list posted online in relation to educational institutions which are creating safety policies regarding tree-climbing:

The Dangers of Unsafe Tree Climbing
According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, “unintentional injury is the top killer of children under 14, ahead of cancer and birth defects.”
  • In the United States, more than 5,600 children die annually from unintentional injuries. (NCPA)
  • Each year in the U.S., 140 children die, and 3 million more are injured in falls. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Falls are the second leading cause of death from unintentional injury in the U.S. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Being a timber cutter is the most dangerous job there is. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Tree climbing is so unsafe, lumberjacks can’t buy life insurance. (Sierra Club)
  • 36% of all hunting accidents in Georgia are caused by falling out of trees. (Sierra Club)
  • A village in Zimbabwe is experiencing an epidemic of villagers falling out of trees. (Zimbabwe Daily News)
  • Children of Ukrainian farmers often died falling out of trees.
  • The majority of hunters are not injured by buckshot, but from falling out of trees. (Panama City News Herald)
  • Playground equipment over 8 feet [has] close to three times the injury rate of equipment under that height. (National Program for Playground Safety)
  • Professional tree climbing organizations such as Tree Climbers International do not recommend free climbing because it is so dangerous. They believe that encouraging a child to free-climb is life-threatening. (from http://www.fiftydangerousthings.com/news/some-thoughts-on-28-climb-a-tree)

On the other hand, I'm pretty sure this (below) was mighty good for some Tappers today!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Super Mom

Yeah, that's me...
Riding a unicycle on a tightrope...
With a carefree smile...
Impressing my very cool camera-toting sons...
(Gotta love the 200kg weight down below that keeps me very stable as I perform my stunt at the Montreal Science Center!)