Friday, December 21, 2012

2012 Party!

On December 21 (the end of the world!), we had a party. We made tinfoil hats, watched the movie 2012, and had TEOTWAWKI food. Sloane invited her friend Rachel over.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Soccer 2012

This soccer season is great!
Andrew's team is the cougars. His coaches are really nice. His team is pretty good and win most of the games they play. They practice twice weekly and have 1-2 games weekly.
It was a good season and fun to watch the kids play.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Now that Andrew's 8, he joins cub scouts!

Andrew was so excited to join his wolf pack when he turned 8. The pack is small, but the activities are still fun. Andrea's first activity is making bird houses along with the bears.
He looks so cute in his new uniform!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Andrew's Baptism

We are so excited that Andrew is 8 and decided to get baptized. It was a great day with tons of family visiting.
Andrew was baptized and confirmed by his dad.
We had a pizza party to celebrate at a small party afterward.
Mimi and Papa are on their mission and Grandma and Grandpa are coming for Thanksgiving, so they each sent Andrew very nice letters.
It was a great day!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Andrew's 8th birthday Science Party

For the special day, Andrew wanted to have a science party. We went to work searching for fun ideas. Sydney made a paper mâché volcano and she taught them about what makes volcanoes erupt. They then all got a chance to erupt it with baking soda and vinegar (the vinegar killed the grass :( ). Of course we had to have a diet coke and mentos demonstration. We melted styrofoam cups and then shot off rockets using air pressure.
The kids all got lab coats and had Petri dish specimens and practiced making molecules.
What a great way to celebrate a birthday.
Friends that came were:

George and brothers
And a couple more....

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Finally, a front yard is coming together!

We have been working hard this summer trying to improve our curb appeal. Our yard was the ugliest on the block! I guess we could always have "wilderness" kind of landscape, but the weeds just were killer.
Scott has been quite a good, skilled worker. I am impressed. It all started with a Mother's Day gift to me (Scott put retaining wall around the front yard trees while I was out of town).
 The dogs were so excited! they didn't know what to do with themselves!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

2012 Mountain Tuff Mud Run

Scott had a great time this year running in the mud run. It's in Clay Springs, AZ and a blast.
Scott was in the first heat and kept a good solid pace the whole time. There was a group of teenagers that we're running around him, they helped pull him up out of the mud a few times, very good times! His time was 46.01 min.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Sycamore Creek "Manly" Hike

The Tipton Manly Hike this year was down Sycamore Canyon to Sycamore Creek. We had fun jumping off the cliffs (one was about 20 feet high!) and exploring an abandoned mine shaft.  Of course the camping and freeze-dried camp food was awesome as usual.  Scott slept in a hammock both nights, which was a "different" sleeping experience.  Overall it was fun and we would do it again!

Monday, April 30, 2012

April 2012 General Conference in Utah

We were finally able to take a conference trip this year. We drove up and stayed with Bethia and Jeremy in Orem.
It was really great to visit with them. We also met their dogs Julian and Mason. They are so awesome and trained well.
We spent a nice afternoon at the Church History Museum after attending the Sat AM session. Our seats were on the top balcony right in the front row.
We brought binoculars and could see the General Authorities up close. There was a strong feeling in the room when we stood for the Prophet as he entered.  After our session, we went across the street to the brand new mall and ate at Chik Fil A. The line was so long, I was sure they would run out of food, they didn't.
On our last day, we visited with Cici, Kye, Wesly and Marion. We went to Cici's house for breakfast before heading home.
In the car, we listened to The Hobbit on audio disc. We needed to prepare for the movie coming out this year.
All in all, it was a great experience to see the Prophet, Apostles, family and spending time together.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Linden Ward Valentine's Party

 This year, our ward had a party where you signed up with other couples and you were responsible for everything for your table.  We were with Scott and Heidi Hastings, Greg and Julie Dunford and Jerry and Joan Hunter.  The decor was nicer than any other we saw.  We ate malaysian chicken on wild rice, spinach salad with fruit, rolls and chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce. Delicious.  Joan's daughter is a chocolatier and made 8 special chocolates (sitting in the middle).
The conversation was very nice. We laughed much.  There was also a deejay and a dance following.  Scott and I danced a little, but mostly we were able to visit with friends.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Goodbye, dear Jojo

Jojo started to swell in her abdomen and get skinnier everywhere else.  She was quite old and couldn't run and chase after rabbits or go up or downstairs anymore.  The vet said that she had a tumor in her stomach, and it ruptured and she was suffering.  We were able to say goodbye to her before she was put down.
I have to admit, sometimes I was annoyed by her, she wasn't house-trained and shed like crazy, but she was a constant in the lives of our kids.  They couldn't remember not having her.  She provided protection for our family and was a great running companion.  She was someone to go to when you needed to cry, she sat and loved you (and licked your tears).  She was loyal to the end.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Kill the World..............With Kindness!!

This week at institute, the teacher asked if anyone of us had a family moto. Well, I very enthusiastically raised my hand and said "Kill the world, pause, pause, pause with kindness".  I sat so proud of myself.  A few others said theirs, and then it hit me, it sounded a little lame.  Sorry, family, it's really not lame but more of an inside joke that I couldn't explain in a religious class.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sloane's Ski Trips

Sloane asked Santa for skis this year.  Here she is with her Salomon 155s.  She goes with her Jr High on ski trips every Wednesday for 5 weeks.
I understand she shreds the slopes.  She goes up to the Black Diamonds and goes straight down at mach speed.  No fear, I guess.  I just hope there are no broken bones in store for her.  She prefers to ski while Scott and Sydney like to snowboard.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Andrew lost his first tooth!

Finally! We thought it would never happen. Andrew's tooth wasn't even very loose last night. This morning he woke us up telling us his tooth was out. He worked very diligently, hoping to get some $$ from the tooth fairy. BTW, he's 7 1/2!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

We welcomed the new year with fun, fun, fun.  Scott and I went to Ron and Lisa Reed's house.  There were about 5 couples and amazing food.  We watched Brian Regan's "I Walked on the Moon", laughed our guts out, then played canasta.
The Tuck family used to play canasta ALL the time.  In fact I remember when we were moving from Sioux City Iowa to Denton Texas, after the moving truck was loaded, we played canasta on the floor. 
We also played it in Taipei with Ralph and Lisa Thompson.  Good times...
Anyway, we picked it up again rather quickly and smoked everybody.
We really had a very good time!