Thursday, March 29, 2007

Check It Out !

A friend of mine sent me this . . . I wish they sold them in Adult sizes . . . I SO want one!

These are a must for Clare and Leah!

Sorry Andrew - don't think they come in your size either . . .

I'm emailing them right now to see if they can make one for me!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Rockin for Justice

Just a quick promo for the 3rd annual "Rockin' For Justice" concert to benefit The Michigan Association for Children with Emotional Disorders. It's happening April 20 at the Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak,Mi. This year's headliner is Michigan's own blues/rock sensation Larry McCray. Opening acts are ageless geezer rockers The Paisley Fogg and Tom's good buddy from New York singer/songwriter Rob Taube performing solo acoustic. Definitely the most varied and dynamic lineup I have booked in the 3 years I have been helping to realize Bro Dave's vision of a fundraiser that's not "incredibly boooooring". Many thanks for past and present support from the Birchler family especially Mom, Dave, Keith, John, Margie and their respective spouses and friends. Your generosity is truly amazing. If you have never been to this event, please join us. It is one great party for a very worthy cause. Call or email me for details.
Tom 248-722-1820
p.s. Thank God spring is finally here!

Plymouth Birchlers Update

This is just my first test to make sure I've done this right. We will provide information on our invasion of Disney World. Let's just say for now that we are probably the only family who not only had a child (Vaughn) bring a basketball to Disney, but then came home with two.

jackson's photo site

Hi Birchler Family!

I've created Jackson's own collection of photos on Shutterfly. This way you can order prints if you like...

I hope to be posting every couple of see how much he changes day to day..

Hope you all are well!

This is the site:

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Greetings from SLC

Hola extended family. I finally decided that since I no longer show up at family functions I should stop being lazy and keep people in the loop via Birchtales. As I'm sure most of you know I moved to SLC a year and a half ago to play in the mountains, I mean, pursue a PhD in bioengineering. I've been very successful at the former but not so much at the latter. My misadventures in graduate school have gone so well in fact, that I'm dropping out of the program come May and hopefully starting a master's in education (program acceptance pending). I've always had a secret desire to be a high school math teacher, and after 7 years of trying to make myself like engineering, I've decided maybe I should give up on that and go for the less glamorous, though hopefully more rewarding (personally...not financially) career.

But boring career development issues aside Salt Lake is fantastic. There is an endless supply of local mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, climbing, fly fishing, etc... With the exception of the Great Salt Lake to the northwest, SLC is one massive valley completely surrounded by mountains. It is an outdoor lovers dream (except for the occasional winter inversions that create the nastiest smog ever). I've had several great visits from the nuclear family. Pete came out for some excellent (though mosquito ridden) alpine backpacking and fishing in the High Uintahs last July. Ellen has been out twice for local climbing and hikes. Mom and Dad made it out last May and I took them down to Bryce and Zion NPs. I also try and make frequent pilgrimages to Fruita CO, and Moab, UT for mountain biking. In general, when I could actually extricate myself from my research lab, it's been good times. I've posted a handful of pictures from random adventures below for your entertainment. Hope everyone is well and I'll try to post at least once a year (ask my mom how much I maintain my personal blog... if you're bored). Adios,


Me catching the sunrise over the High Uintahs (in the distance) before hiking to the top of Mt. Timpanogos:

This hike is an excellent demonstration of why SLC is amazing. The trailhead was 45 minutes from my house. When you're on the east side of the Wasatch Crest, you become completely removed from the fact that there is a bustling metropolis usually just 30 minutes away. I drove to this trail with some friends late Saturday, hiked in, made camp, caught an early sunrise, bagged the peak, and was home Sunday for a late brunch.

A rare winter wonderland picture of the Salt Lake Valley (you can click on these for a bigger version by the way):

We get a lot of snow (hence the ski resorts), but it usually doesn't stick to the valley floor for long. Also, during the winter the air usually has a bunch of sooty smog hanging around (SLC's biggest drawback), so seeing it so fresh and clean after a big storm is always a treat.

Me hiking near Fruita, CO:

The hippie hair is gone now and I'm back to the semi-buzz look (much to my mother and sister's chagrin). I was supposed to be mountain biking this trail but my buddy broke his crank the previous day so we had to hoof it.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

How To Switch Your Blooger Account and Post to Birchtales

Hi Family,

I have received multiple questions on how to do this, so here are some instructions. Please give me a call or shoot me an email if you need help!


How To Switch Your Blooger Account
1. Go to:

2. Type in your Blogger username and password (check the Accept Terms of Service checkbox if you see it) and click Continue.

3. You will see a screen saying "we are going to upgrade these blogs" - click Continue.

4. Now you are on the Choose a Google Account page.

If you have a Google account already, login with it on the left.
Your Blogger logon will now be your Google account logon.
(Mine is my gmail email address.)

If you do not have a Google account, create one on the right.
Make sure you do not typo your email address!
Make sure you use a password that you will remember.
Fill-in the rest of the page and click Continue.
Make sure you read the summary page when the conversion is done.
It will tell you what your Blogger logon ID is now
(probably the email address you entered when you created your Google account).

5. Click the "Blogger Dashboard" button.
It will take you to the main Blogger page.
AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE, it will show your Blogger logon . . . Mine says my gmail email address at the top of the page toward the right.

After you have completed the above method, you should be able to post to Birchtales.
1. To post to Birchtales, click here:
2. Logon with your gmail address or your Google account (depending on which option you chose above).

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Essexville Reports
Last weekend Peter got to introduce Nickolas to Great Grandma Birchler. Keith met Nick's mom Amanda in Lansing on Saturday afternoon to pick the little man up and travel to B'ham. There we met up with Peter (who was working at Marshall Music all day) and crashed the birthday party underway for Tom and Stephanie. Great Aunt Terry made the most of her time with new Grand nephew Nickolas. Unfortunately Grandpa Keith wasn't together enough to get his camera out Saturday night. We all had a great birthday dinner topped off by graham cracker pie! Markie had fun pulling every available toy out of the toy chests in the rec room and I had fun playing legos with him and teaching him structural integrity(he got the word if not the concept).
Peter and Keith and Nickolas spent Saturday night with Great Grandma (Ethel and Ellen were in Washington D.C. visiting Ethel's sister beth and Ellen's best friend Katie). Nick didn't like the crib much and fought going to sleep but we did OK. On Sunday David and Dale visited and Dale presented
Grandpa Keith with a great story book for he and Grandma Ethel to read to their grandson. Later Margie, George, Claire and Leah stopped to meet Nickolas. Claire especially warmed up to her 1st cousin once removed and wants to be his babysitter. Great grandma of course couldn't get enough of her new descendant and was very sad when he left. She did get extra time though because the weather turned foul and Amanda told us to keep him until Monday morning. I didn't have to be in court Monday so I took him home Monday morning after Peter went to work. Below are some photos from the weekend.

Margie took this picture of four generations:

Great Grandma with Nick:

Father and son:
Remarkably Amanda was agreeable to sending us Nickolas two weekends in a row so Ethel and Ellen again met Amanda in Lansing Friday March 2d and we are enjoying our grandson all weekend. His Daddy is gigging tonight in Lansing to earn $ for diapers and formula but he was here with us today and will be back tonight and be here all day tomorrow. Peter is a very attentive Daddy. After seeing him with Nick last weekend Great Uncle Tom said to me "Peter is in love!"
Here are some pix of Nick today.

Ellen has some more photos she took today. Maybe I'll try to get her to do her own Birchtales entry with her pictures. Thanks for letting me be a proud Grandpa. And happy belated birthdays to Tom and Carol!