Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tucker's First Piano Recital

Over the school year Tucker has been taking piano lessons and he had his first recital.  I was really sad to miss it but Bob was nice enough to film it for me.

Tucker said he was nervous to go first but then Bob told him that if he goes first he will automatically be the best one so far.  After he knew that he wasn't nervous anymore.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tucker's 9th Birthday Photography

Ahhhh... somehow I am now the mother of a 9-year-old boy!  I can't believe it.  I feel ill equipped for this job.  Where is the training?  It wasn't the past eight years because I spent that time learning how to take care of a baby.  Now he is big and fast, he can actually catch me when we play duck duck goose, not that he ever wants to play it.  His preadolescent clothes look only slightly smaller than mine, and he eats more food than I do.

I feel like I've really gotten to know Tucker this year while homeschooling.  Spending day in and day out with your child kind of does that.  It is crazy to see him grow and learn.  He can multiply and divide and do other things that don't seem like little kids tasks.  

Tucker loves that he is the oldest child.  If I ever don't feel well or just say that I want a rest he love stepping up and taking care of things.  He will make everyone breakfast or lunch and loves that he can do that.  I hope he stays that way, although I know that isn't likely.  I'm prepping him for when he can babysit his younger siblings.  The sooner that days comes the better!  I honestly think he could do it right now, but I'm going to wait until he is a couple years older still, just to be on the safe side.

With the new star wars movie that came out this year Tucker has been obsessed.  He didn't watch it, but it is everywhere in the media and he loves it.  Bob also watched the older Star Wars movies with him and Tucker thought that was pretty awesome.  In fact Tucker got the piano music for the Star Wars theme song and he plays it nonstop!   Bob told me that when he got the Star Wars theme music on saxophone he played it over and over again.  Funny how these things come back.

Tucker also really likes to read!  I remember struggling teaching him to read and then forcing him to read everyday.  After he could read comfortably we let him stay up past his bedtime to read and because he wanted to stay up so badly he would actually do it.  But this past year he has really grown to love reading.  It makes me happy to see him sneaking away to read in his spare time.  When we go to the library he reads the whole drive home, and spends most of that afternoon reading all the new books he got.

Tucker also loves legos and screen time.  I let him do legos all he wants but I do limit how much time he gets to spend playing video games or watching tv.  Some days he gets about 30 minutes, some days and hour but a lot of days it is none.  He loves it so much I don't think he would ever get bored of it.  I'm sure he could go days without wanting to do anything but watch tv and play computer games.

Here is is looking "cool" in his sunglasses.

Tucker is pretty energetic and so we took this picture of him getting ready to run.  This was another pose he came up with on his own.

I love Tucker and am happy he is in our family!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Watch What I'm Wearing

Dress: eshakti

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Photo Booth

 Photo booths are so much fun.  We went to a high schooler in our wards graduation party and played around at one.  I wish I knew about these when I got married!  We would have had one at out reception for sure.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Eagle Watching

While the tide was low we drove out to Belfair to a known bald eagle watching spot.  It is something I've wanted to do for years, but you need to go during  low tide during the right time of the year and it never seemed to work out before now.

Just as the tide is low the eagles all hand out here.  Why?  I have no idea, but it is pretty cool to watch.

There were a few photographers there, all with ginormous telephoto lenses.  I do not have one of those, but had fun trying to snap a few pics anyway.
The kids thought they were cool for about 10 minutes.  Then they were done.  I think we sat in the car watching for at least a half an hour.

It was a nice quiet Sunday afternoon activity.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fire Safety Day

We live close to the fairgrounds so often we go to their family events.  Every year the city puts on a kids safety day and we make sure to go.  I think we would have a mutiny on our hands if the kids knew we purposely skipped it one year.
It is always super crowded and most of the time we walk around to the booths so they can get their little "passports" stamped and get the prize at the end.  For some reason Because they give out candy at the booths the kids love this.

I like it when they teach us about safety.
For example, I now know that in case of an emergency I cannot count on my kids to give me cpr or even correctly call 911.

We've practiced fire drills at our house every year since we've moved in but when they were asked what to do if the fire alarm goes off all the fireman got back were blank stares.  I guess it is time for another practice.  This year the kids went into the fake house where they put fake smoke in the air and everyone had to climb out the window.  As the kids were busy climbing out and not paying attention I turned around and walked out the front door.  We still met at the mailbox, they were amazed at how fast I got out.

The little size bouncy slides are perfect for Penelope.  Leon went in, and didn't come out for quite some time.  I'm pretty sure he got scared and one of my other kids had to force him down the slide.

Who knows maybe all these safety days will inspire one of our children to be a firefighter.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Penelope and Scarlett's frontier girls troop had their last meeting at SkateLand.  I have to say this place is getting more fun the older my kids are getting.  And it was nice that they rented out the entire building.

I've never done skating limbo before!  It was pretty cool.  Somehow Bob got way lower than me.

Under the legs.

We had a good time!