Tuesday, January 22, 2013


We celebrated Oma's 61st birthday Saturday night with the Tucker family. Lisa baked a cake and we set it in front of Oma for the photo opp with the kids. All went well until the end of the song.

Look carefully at Zac.

This was snapped seconds before he stood up and announced, "Well no cake for me!"

If you don't know my son well, he has inherited a phobia carried on the Henderson side of the family. Other known relatives with the phobia are his grandfather Butch, and uncle Mark. There is no cure. You just eat less cake at birthday parties and frankly, never get sick.

Friday, January 4, 2013

A New Year 2013

Christmas was fabulous. Thankfully Santa chose well and we had a house full of happy Tucker kids. With the horrific event that just occurred in Connecticut, I am forcing myself to slow down and enjoy all of the laughter, the yelling, the running, the chasing, the tears, and all the fun. And we have had a lot of all of that this winter break!

New Year's day Eric and I had the crazy brilliant idea to take the kids (and the dogs) to Big Bear and attempt skiing for their first time. I'll save some time and recap it in report card style.

Zac Tucker, Third Grade, Age: 9 years
Grade: A+ Comment: It's as if you have been skiing all of your life. Great job!

Claire Tucker, First Grade, Age: 6 4/5 years
Grade: C+ Comment: Maybe with time (and ski poles) you'll build the confidence it takes to get down the mountain without the help of daddy and "NOT mommy!"

Luke Tucker, Preschool, Age: 3 1/2 years
Grade: F+ Comment: Next time you can go with your dad. Sitting in the middle of the mountain with your mom, screaming and crying for daddy is not the best way to accomplish your goal. See you in 5 years.

Eric Tucker, Age: over 30
Grade: A+ Comment: You'd think the 80's style ski suit and the fluorescent skis would have held you back. But no! It's like riding a bike. You never forget. Good job!

Maria Tucker, Age: feels like 50
Grade: E for effort Comment: Perhaps attempting to snowboard after 10 years in an effort to save money wasn't the best idea. Next time pack some anxiety medication and perhaps a flask. And don't worry, walking down the mountain carrying your snowboard wasn't that embarrassing.

Looking forward to 2013!

Church School Again

I should be posting about our wonderful winter vacation but this update needs documentation.

My conversation while driving Claire home from a birthday party last night.

Claire - Mom! There's a plus sign lit up with Christmas lights on the mountain!

Me - No Claire, that's a cross.

Claire - Oh yeah. I meant a cross.