Friday, September 27, 2013

Happy Birthday, Tucker!


Tucker turned six a week ago, and this is the only picture I took at his party.  It wasn’t mere oversight: it turns out have lots of five and six year-old boys indoors for a party on a rainy day is a bad idea!  No one got hurt or lost, thankfully, and Tucker had a fabulous time.  And as for the adults--well, it was memorable. 

Tucker is loving school, especially gym, recess and lunch.  (I hear a lot about lunch especially.)  He enjoys the other kids in his class and is making lots of friends.  He says it’s even better than preschool.  He isn’t as tired as I’d imagined he’d be when he gets home in the afternoon.  And he isn’t as bitter as Austin used to be about how much school cuts into his free time.  He is making great strides with swimming and riding his bike and his favorite things to do these days are to construct elaborate forts and make paper airplanes.  Fishing and playing soccer are also high on his list.  He and Austin are reading through the Swallows and Amazons series now which he loves (lots of sailing, camping and adventures!).   

At the beginning of the school year, his teacher asked parents to share some of their child’s strengths and weaknesses with her.  Tucker’s strengths are his enthusiasm, his kindness and what a long attention span he has.  This little boy can focus!  (I was reminded of this at the party last week… so many other little boys could not focus!)  He has such a sweet spirit, too.  He was telling me the other day how he and his friend Gray will hold hands from when the bus drops them off to walk back to their classroom together.  Awwww….

I love you, Tucker!


Quotes of the Day

The school bus comes into view, to pick Tucker up.

Me: Can I give you a kiss?

Tucker: Yes, this is a good time.  You can’t kiss in school.


Yesterday, Molly picked out my skirt to match hers.  She was disappointed that I didn’t have a pink flamingo on it like she did, but she settled for the fact that both of our skirts were green.  She paired her green-and-pink skirt with a yellow, white and orange flower shirt, and pink cowboy boots.  I selected a plain white shirt and light blue cardigan to go with my green skirt.

Molly: Mommy, you not match.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quote of the Day

Molly and Tucker were playing hide-and-seek yesterday.

Tucker finds Molly hiding behind a tree.  “I found you!” he says.

“I found YOU!”  Molly replies.  “Hug!”

And they hug in the middle of the yard to cap off their game. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Tucker's Thoughts on Faith - Summer 2013

Tucker has a camera that will also record video.  He sometimes plays around making videos of himself during rest time.  Sometimes they are very sweet.

Quote of the Day

Tucker is a big fan of Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world.  He and I were watching a tape of the world championships from Saturday.

Tucker: I think Satan Bolt has already run.

Me: Who?

Tucker: Satan Bolt.

Don’t worry, we’ve clarified that his hero is NOT named Satan.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Quote of the Day

I was helping Tucker comb his hair for school yesterday when I noticed some dried on gunk. 

Me: When’s the last time you washed your hair?

Tucker: Ummmmm….

Me: You know, when you take a shower, do you ever use shampoo?

Tucker: No.

Me: Can you remember the last time you washed your hair?

Tucker: Ummmm, three weeks ago?

[Tucker has no sense of time, so this was a pretty funny answer that mostly indicated he thinks he probably washed it sometime this year.  I did confirm later that Austin had helped Tucker wash his hair within the past two weeks.  So that was a little consolation--but I think we’ll be teaching shampooing skills in the shower now that he prefers that to baths.]

Monday, September 2, 2013

Quote of the Day


Molly: I married.

Me: To whom?

Molly: Henny’s church.


Molly: I married.

Me: To whom?

Molly: To me.


She has a different answer each time she tells us she’s married—I’ll let you know if she marries anything else interesting.