Mountains and School

Mountains and School

  We are getting settled into the house here in New Mexico and are enjoying being back in the mountains again. The people here are wonderful and we have already made some new friends and have gotten reacquainted with old ones. We went out last weekend on a trail ride with the horses up on the east side of the Sandia mountains. We had a great trip and the kids did great on their first trail ride in the mountains….

Read More Read More

Changes and More Changes

Changes and More Changes

We have been neglecting the blog and decided to give an update. After we accepted the new job in Albuquerque at Sandia National Laboratories, Derek successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation and finished his dream of getting his doctorate. It was a long road and it feels good to finally not have school to do anymore. Shortly there after Derek left to start the new job in New Mexico while Nichole stayed in Florida to wrap up the doctors appointments, the…

Read More Read More

New Job

New Job

I have some exciting news, I just accepted a new job at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a senior level research position. This means that we will moving around the middle of June back west. This a wonderful opportunity for our family and my career as I finish up my PhD this spring. We are sad to leave the wonderful friends that we have made in Florida, but as John Muir said, “The mountains are calling and…

Read More Read More

Out of the Deep freeze!

Out of the Deep freeze!

Hey all! We have been a little busy lately so have neglected the blog. ¬†Christmas was really nice, the kids enjoyed having Daddy home for almost 2 weeks. Heidi got a bike and James got a train set from Santa. Lots of smiles and pictures in the gallery. We spent most of January trying to stay warm and even ended up with some burst pipes in the barn. Derek had to replace and repair one of the automatic waters in…

Read More Read More

2013 A Wet Year

2013 A Wet Year

Last year my weather station recorded 98.13 inches of rain here, that is over 36 in above average. It really helped us get out of a drought and bring the lakes back up, but we had some really wet months. Hope everyone has a great New Year

Christmas Letter 2013

Christmas Letter 2013

December 5 2013 Volume 9 Dear Friends and Family, Merry Christmas again! It has been another busy year for the Tucker Family with lots going on!. The first major thing that happened this year was Nichole‚Äôs stay in the Hospital due to the blood clot in her left leg. The whole story is on the blog for those who have not read it yet, but she is doing much better now and is able to do almost everything that she…

Read More Read More

Week 21

Week 21

Hey all! Just updating the blog about the Dr. appointment that I have last week. It was the Ultrasound to double check my veins and to make sure the stints and filter were still in place and working. It went very well and everything is where it is supposed to be! The filter was clear so no clots were attached or flowing through, which is a very good thing. The other thing was that both of my legs were clear…

Read More Read More

Recover weeks 17 – 20

Recover weeks 17 – 20

Hey all! Things have been pretty busy around here with not much going on in the way of recovery so I have not posted much. I did have a follow up with the Plastic Surgeon and he said that my hip was healing up well. I have to go back and see him in December so he can check the progress but he does not think he will be doing any re-sizing surgery on it until February or March. I…

Read More Read More

Recovery week 16

Recovery week 16

Hey all! Well we have been enjoying some rain free weather the past few days which has made the mornings cooler and we are loving it! I did receive some news this week from the Hematologist about the test results from the blood work he did. He found that I have a clotting disorder called Protein S Deficiency. What this means is that my blood does not have the correct coding to shut off the clotting function in my blood….

Read More Read More

Recovery week 15

Recovery week 15

Hi! Well these past few weeks have been going pretty well for me. First of all I was able to shower normally which has been extremely exciting for me! It is so much nicer to not have to worry about the bandage getting wet. While the hip still does have a bandage on most of the time since it is not 100% closed it is getting much better with only a couple of spots that are being stubborn about healing….

Read More Read More