Friday, December 26, 2008

Well Christmas has come and gone and we are officially in recovery mode. We finished our fourth, yes FOURTH, celebration today with tired but extremely satisfied kids (and parents)! Eric and I feel so lucky to have such wonderful family that not only take such good care of us but spoil us as well. Although we missed having Mark, Susan, and the kids here this year, it was still a great one. We are so glad they got to be in their house wearing jammies all day long...because that is what you are suppose to do on Christmas. :)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Musically Gifted...?

This may only humor me because I'm her mother. But a few things come to my attention in this video. First the amazing genetic trait of sticking your tongue out of your mouth while concentrating. Otherwise known as the "Homer Tongue." Second is the outfit. It was my first ballet costume now being appreciated once again. And finally I'm impressed with Claire's musical technique. Again I remind you that I am her mother and extremely biased.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Things I appreciate about having a little girl:
She immediately says she's sorry if she thinks she's hurt you in any way.
She begins every answer with "because I..."
She sleeps in her favorite dress, shoes, and holding a purse.
She picks out a certain outfit claiming she has to wear it because it is "so cute."
She can sit in my lap at rest for extended periods of time.
We can shop together and get excited about cute outfits and shoes then she tells me how pretty I look.
She will sit and color.
She is so gentle and great at sharing...for a 2 year old.
She loves to hug and kiss and yet she can wrestle and play with Zac.

Now don't get me wrong, I love having a wild, imaginative, inquisitive boy like Zac as mentioned in previous blog entries! But last Sunday while Eric and I sat at church during Zac's choir rehearsal with Claire peacefully in our laps I watched my dear friend who has a boy the same age as Claire chase her son all around the room. I immediately giggle because, first of all, he is so funny. But then I stop smiling and put my hands to my stomach because...oh crap! I get to do that all over again! But I honestly can't wait!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Post Amendment

While putting Claire to bed the other night I asked her if she was excited to have a baby brother. Her reply, "No. I want a girl."
So much for her not having an opinion. Oh well, she'll adjust!

Monday, November 10, 2008


It is official. Baby #3 is definitely a boy. (See photo!) This totally shoots down the theory that you feel great with a boy and crappy with a girl because I have now felt crappy with both! But last week I started feeling much better and now tonight with this good news, and the fact that all body parts are accounted for, I feel fabulous! Claire really doesn't grasp the whole situation and doesn't understand why we can't have the baby NOW! But earlier today when I put Zac down for nap I reminded him that I was going to the doctor. He told me that he wants a brother! I reminded him that it may be a sister and how wonderful that would be... He said that he doesn't want a sister because they drool on him. Well now he is going to have the brother he wanted and I'm sure he too will drool on Zac!
Please write with name suggestions. We need help!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Zac's 5!

Tuesday November 4th, 2008 will be remembered forever as a historical day in history. Our country came together and elected a great man to be our president, Barack Obama! There are no words for how excited I am!
But yesterday was also my baby's 5th birthday. On Monday when I reminded Zac that it was his last day as a four year old, he told me that he would start listening to me tomorrow. Of course that didn't last long. Tuesday morning I did the mom thing and took cupcakes to Zac's classroom. As soon as I walked in the door he yelled, "I love you mommy!" I melted of course. His class was so cute and very thankful for the yummy cupcakes. I'm sure their parents were not that thankful when they came home with their faces stained with blue frosting. Oops!

That night we ate Zac's requested dinner of pizza and tried our best to celebrate while CNN played in the background. Claire went to bed at her usual 8:00 but we let Zac stay awake to watch Obama make his first speech as president elect. We attempted to explain to Zac how his 5th birthday is also a historic event. Eric and I watched the television and sobbed like babies. Zac just played with his new toys not understanding the enormity of it all. I'm sure some day he will "get it" and think it's as cool we do!
Happy Birthday Buddy!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Village Venture

Today marked the beginning of our week long Halloween celebration. Claremont had its annual Village Venture that begins with a costume parade through the village (downtown). I had so much fun dressing up all three kids today and meeting friends and family to show off our creations! My children were beautiful, scary, and frightening. I'll let you decide which adjectives go with which child! (And yes, Sara is wearing a costume.)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


The four of us went camping this weekend at Silverwood Lake with a group from church. I admit I was dreading it a bit since I'm, like, pregnant. The thought of hiking to the bathroom 3 times a night didn't sound like a treat. Not to mention that unzipping and squeezing out of a tent and then walking in gravel (insert sound effects here) can be a bit annoying to fellow campers. But all went well. The kids had a blast "exploring" the campsite that was so perfectly located around a large grassy area with lots of trees. Zac only got 2 bloody noses and Claire screamed about 20 minutes the first night for no reason and then kindly shortened it to about 10 the next. Thank goodness neither children woke Eric up during any of these episodes (insert heavy sarcasm here)! Overall a good time was had by all and we are anxious to do it again next year!
Check out the slideshow for pics.

Monday, October 20, 2008

God Anyone?

2 weeks ago I sat in church with Zac. We have been working very hard on sitting quietly in church so I handed Zac an empty page from the bulletin and a pencil. He tells me he wants to write a letter to God. I'm so impressed that I help him to spell the word "dear" and then let him go from there since the service was starting. Here is what we got...

Although I am impressed with the writing, I am concerned that the grandson of a pastor feels that God is gone and that God is responsible for God being gone. But he is sorry about it. Yeah. I'm confused too.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Friday Night

What happened to my Friday nights?
Eric was out last night (Friday) and I was actually looking forward to doing something fun with the kids. All day I planned the evening in my mind. I thought we could call a friend or go somewhere fun. By about 4:00 I decided on the staying home plan. I would make a great dinner and then we could go out for ice cream! By 6:00 I had the frozen chicken nuggets cooking in the oven while I made jelly toast for myself. The kids were bathed and in their p.j.'s by 7:00. I entertained them with the ice cream that was (thank god) in the freezer until I put Claire to bed at 7:45 and Zac to bed at 8:00. I think the last time I looked at the clock it said 8:17.
What happened to my Friday nights?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Woman in Training

I am so ahead of the game that I already purchased my kids Halloween costumes. Don't be that impressed. It hasn't worked in my favor since I haven't been able to get the costumes off my kids since. Claire especially. The poor girl has endured the spiderman costume until now. Now Cinderella has come alive in my home! Claire does everything in that dress (and the princess heels). She even took a nap in it. I am ok with all of this because I feel that it is my duty as a mother to teach Claire that a woman can do anything she wants even while wearing a ball gown and heels!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Last week we experienced a lot of firsts in this family. Zac started Kindergarten (year 1 of 2) at Vista where I teach. The night before I teasingly said to him that he wasn't going to be my baby anymore. He climbed in my lap, hugged me and said that he would always be my baby. Loved it! (Claire says that she is not my baby and not my big girl. She is just Claire!) I did well dropping him off until I turned to walk away and my friend and coworker asked how it went. That is when I cried. It is just so amazing how quickly time flies! He has enjoyed every minute of Kindergarten so far. I can't believe how quickly and easily he gets dressed in the morning because he is so excited. Now the big adjustment is for Eric and especially me. Now we have to do homework with Zac and ensure we are setting good study habits. And I have to deal with having Zac with me ALWAYS! He is now with me at work which used to be my time away to have adult interaction. NO more! Zac is in the office with me, in the classroom before and after school, sitting in staff meetings, and even the bathroom with me. Yes, I'm a bit suffocated. I'm sure I'll adjust!
Zac also had his first soccer game. He had fun although I still don't think he has a clue as to what he is doing. He just chases the ball and kicks it! And he only kicked it the wrong direction a couple of times!
For me it was the first soccer game I ever actually watched, cheered for, and enjoyed! Yea me!
Claire is taking all of this change with only a minimal amount of tantrums. She isn't quite sure where Zac is going and after spending most of her time at home this summer, she is EXHAUSTED after a full day at preschool. She is a trooper though. She manages to sit through Zac's soccer and Tae Kwon Doe practices 3 times a week with ease. Girls are so patient!
Baby number three is making her/his presence known by continuing to make me feel cruddy while trying to manage all of these life experiences. Good times! Don't worry, I'm thankful!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Baby #3!

So I feel that I can officially announce my pregnancy to the blogger audience. I dragged my extremely tired, nauseous, and now overweight self to the doctor this morning for the first ultrasound to confirm that very important heart beat. After a few excruciating seconds of that fun machine (*too early for the external ultrasound) the little "it" appeared! And yes, there is only one. I think I was really hoping for two so I could get some validation to my extreme weight gain. Oh well! I am happy for 1 healthy somebody!! Official due date is April 14th. I'm sure that he/she will be excited to share a birthday month with mom, aunt Lisa, and two of her cousins! We will all be broke!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Swimming Lessons

Zac finished his first of two sessions of swimming lessons today. I thought some of you would be interested to see the unique way the Claremont Club celebrates this occasion. So fun! You may be able to here Claire in the background who was extremely unhappy that she didn't get to join in! Next year Claire!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Two funny but not-so-cute Things

Yesterday - Zac is playing intently with his toys and I hear him say: Stupid!
Me: What did you say?
Zac: Nothing! I said Stew!
Eric: You know Maria. Like the soup!
Me: Oh yeah.

Today - Again Zac is playing, running in the back yard and he says: Shut up!
Me: What did you say?
Zac: I didn't say shut up, I said shutta!
Me: Eric can you translate that one?
Eric: Shout out!?
Zac: Not shout out, shuttu!
Eric: Ok, so I can't translate that one. I don't know what a shutta is.

Eric and I are trying very hard to fix this but it is sooo hard not to laugh.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to all of you! Or as Zac would say, "Happy July 21st!" ??? (This date also seems to be his new birthday as well.) We are walking with the church in Claremont's annual parade today. Sweet 2 year old Claire thinks we are riding in a fire truck. Hopefully she'll be satisfied being pulled in a wagon.

Hope your day is filled with fun, food, and fireworks!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Some sympathy please!

This is my living room.

This is my kitchen.
(FYI - snake eggs)

This is my family.

This is my son when he has to stop holding the new baby snake after 1/2 an hour.

I am a good wife. ;)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Graduation 2008

So Zac is officially a preschool graduate! Last Wednesday June 11 we all gathered to watch a well rehearsed show at Zac's school. Now I realize that I need to put this in perspective. My child is only 4 (and 1/2 he constantly reminds me) and there are many more important graduations that lie ahead. I did try very hard to remember that but I found it difficult. I cried when I received notice of the beginning of rehearsals. I cried when I wrote the check for the graduation hat and shirt he had to wear. I didn't sleep at all the night before and I arrived 1 1/2 hours prior to showtime to save our seats. But it was all worth it when my adorable little boy walked out on stage to the traditional graduate march. He found us in the audience and smiled a huge smile and waved! I was a complete wreck. I couldn't even hold the camera still to get a decent pic. (Notice the shaky video I took.) Thank goodness Eric balances me out and calmly videotaped the entire presentation. Even Claire was way into it and kept yelling "Hi Zachary" at full volume. The show was short and sweet. A poem, some songs, a dance, and of course the receiving of diplomas. At the end they announced the graduating class of 2008 and we clapped and cheered our hearts out. Too cute!
Zac's Preschool Graduation

Monday, June 2, 2008

First Communion

So after a rare late night out for me I reluctantly dragged my two children to church alone. (I hope golfing was fun guys.) We hadn't been in 3 weeks and the guilt was setting in. (And the underlying meaning from RoRo's question, "How was church?" when she knew I hadn't gone was getting annoying. Love you mom, but I'm on to you.) Now let me preface this by letting those of you who don't sit in church with me and my family that it isn't a very calm, relaxing, or quiet experience. Zac has no concept of whisper and Claire feels strongly about using the damn pencils in the back of the pew to write on everything. They usually sprint down the aisle and choose a seat that I don't want them in and I have to quietly shoot them dirty looks and beg them to move where I need them to be.
So, this Sunday I walk in and immediately run into the children's choir director who asks me to sing with the "family" choir and hands me music. I mentioned I didn't have anyone to watch my kids and she tells me they can stand up there with me. Obviously she doesn't know my kids. Well to my surprise, this went well. A friend held Claire and sang and I held all 45 lbs of Zac. (He only covered up my mouth once while I was singing. Oh so cute.) By now I am only sweating a little.
When we get back to the pew, I calmly settle both children in and they are actually being great. Then they call for the chidren's sermon. So we are up once again and Zac decides to sit way over on the side where he can't see or hear anything. So cute again. I smile through gritted teeth and pretend to listen attentively to the sermon about communion. They call all the kids up to the communion table and after everyone is already gathered around Zac decides to join the group. I glance at the congregation to see a variety of different faces. Some with smiles, some with pity, and some totally annoyed. Oh well. Now I am in a full sweat and feel like passing out. (Could be the beer from the night before?)
We go to the pew and now it is time for communion. I am alone in the pew with Zac on my left and Claire on my right in the second row. We start reading this extremely long testimony about communion when Zac starts not whispering that he is hungry and when can he go to church school. I tell him that he is going to get to eat bread and drink juice. He got so excited. So I went with it. I then tell him that this is called communion and it is an important thing we get to do at church. "I've never done it."
"Well today is your first time. The bread represents Jesus' body and the juice is his blood." I say this while trying to think of a great way to explain the whole thing and nothing fabulous is coming out of my mouth.The bread comes and Claire pinches a little piece of bread for herself, I get mine, and Zac pinches a tiny piece. He seriously almost cries because my piece is bigger so I quickly traded with him to avoid any drama. Now Claire starts eating hers and decides she's thirsty. She is very self sufficient so she opened up my purse to get her own sippy cup. I look at Zac and he is rolling his bread into a ball and he says, "Is this Jesus' skin?"
I didn't quite know what to say. "Well yeah, we are pretending it is."
He looked at his bread and said, "I'm going to save it and drink it with the blood."
"It isn't real blood Zac. We are just pretending it is. It's grape juice."
"Well I'm going to call it blood!"
Whatever. The blood, I mean juice, comes and all is well. Claire starts chewing her cup and it splits open to create a very loud echo in the sanctuary. Then the choir starts singing. Zac says, "Now are they singing about Jesus?"I truly couldn't understand what they were singing about but I just told him yes.
With that, we were dismissed to church school. After drop off I came back to sit through the rest of the service. I have no idea what the sermon was about. I was coming down from our first communion high. :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I know what you are thinking. We shouldn't let him climb like that in the house. But you have to admit it is pretty impressive!

Here they are. Z-Tuck and little C getting their groove on. We actually had a rainy day this week and at an attempt to excercise the little ones we enjoyed a dance party courtesy of I-tunes and YouTube. If you are familiar with FloRida's (overplayed) song, you will notice that my kids are getting "low, low, low, low..."

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Tucker Clan

So we have decided to join the world of bloggers! Yea!