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As we head toward the happiest day of the year, Cheryl and I find ourselves looking past the GREEN HOLIDAY to Memorial Day Weekend.  Cole and Marcy will be tying the knot down in Port Aransas, TX.  We will be staying on the beach, sharing a house with Chad, Hayden, Zachary and Tommy.  Several other members of the SMITH and FINCANNON clans will be joining us, too.  We will host the crowd the night before at our house.  Marcy’s mom and dad have also rented a house, and will host the wedding reception.  The wedding ceremony will be held in a small chapel nearby.  Look for pics in June on the web.

Only our son, Tommy, has had much radically change in his life since this time last year.  His new duty station is IMF Bangor on Naval Base Kitsap.  Unfortunately, he is now hundreds of miles away from his daughter, Macey, who remains in San Diego.

For the rest of us, we are a year older, perhaps a bit wiser, but our day-to-day lives remain the same.  We stay busy, enjoy a chance to be with family and friends, and miss those who are far away.




Damian D'Andre Garcia‏, born 9 Jan 2009

Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, NM

s/o Kierstin Renae Townsend and Phillip Garcia



Kiley Anne McLean, born 21 Jul 2008

Lansing, Ingham County, MI

d/o Sara Renee Leahy and  Joseph McLean




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