Monday, December 29, 2008
First, Isaac's new word is "football". However, he refuses to say it when we want him to and makes us look like we are making it up! He can say it though... and it comes out like "put-ball", with his mouth in an "O"! Upon arriving home Sunday night, he proceeded to say it over and over.... isn't that how it always is with kids?!?!
Second, on Sunday afternoon on our trip home we decided to swing by the Gator Sports Shop at "The Swamp". Well, the road right in front of the stadium was closed, but when we were turning we saw a few of the football players standing in front of the stadium. David was in the car in front of us (too much stuff for one car on the trip home), so he missed it! But, before I could even spot them, Layla screamed like a girl... "TEEEEEEEEEEBOWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!" She was trying to get out of her seat belt while declaring that she MUST have her picture with Tim Tebow. Not just Tebow, but TIM TEBOW! LOL I made her stay buckled up until we could stop beside David, which as soon as we did she jumped out of the car begging him to take her to get her picture with him. Unfortunately, her Daddy wouldn't take her to try to see him, or any other player for that matter! I'm not sure it was even Tebow, however I think it was, but you all know my eyes are not the best! Anyways.... the Sports Shop was closed, so she didn't even get a "I LOVE TIM" T-shirt!
I guess David is raising her right............ Gators and football!
Unfortunately, no pictures to go with this blog to Layla's dismay!
Layla left cookies and milk for Santa, which he must have enjoyed considering the crumby mess he left on the hearth. He filled the stockings and left surprises for the children, much to their delight. Layla woke up "dark" and early around 6:30am and roused us all out of bed for the morning events. Isaac is still a little young to enjoy Santa and the ripping of paper without getting in time-out!
After opening the mounds of presents under the tree, we made breakfast to take to Me'em's house (David's mom). We enjoyed the morning with the kids, and of course more presents. Layla was extremely excited, more than words can emphasize, to find that Me'em had gotten her a Wii.
On side note, Layla went shopping with me before Christmas to get David guitar hero for the Wii. Well, she didn't know that she was getting a Wii. But, I didn't think about that when I took her with me shopping. We proceeded to grab the item off the shelf and go to the checkout. The guy started ringing up our purchase and Layla screams, "Wait!!!!!! You are getting the wrong one!" If you know Layla, you know how dramatic she is. So, I looked at her with a concerned face, probably more concerned about her screaming in the store than what she had figured out. And she proceeds to dramatically point at the box and say "We don't have a WWWiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!" At this point the poor checkout guy is looking at me like I have "STUPID" written across my forehead. So I say, like I'm cool and have had the answer in my head all along.... "Layla, I know we do not have a Wii, it is for Daddy to play at Me'em's house." She accepts this answer.... thank goodness.... and the checkout guy just smiles.
And now back to Christmas... it was hot and sunny, very much not like Christmas.... people donned flip flops and shorts.... which I know is common considering I grew up in Florida, but it just seems like it isn't Christmas. So, I ate extra gingerbread men and turkey to make up for it!
We all enjoyed ourselves, ate too much, laughed too hard, slept too long, and had too much fun!
Hope everyone else had a Merry Christmas too!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
He walked over to the carport, slid his little hands in David's flip flops and started walking back into the yard. My first thoughts were, "Oh great! Now he is going to crawl around the yard with David's flip flops on his hands, like he still does occasionally in the house with my high heels! But, as he started walking around, he started to fall and leaned over to catch himself with his hands. At that point, he looked up at me and grinned! And then I knew what he was thinking...
It turned out adorable... everyone knew who they were when they walked together! Although, when Isaac was by himself, he was called an elf and even an Oompa-Loompa! (A lady, whose English was not perfect, exclaimed to her horde of kids, "Look, it's a Oompa-Loompa!" And then started singing the song!)
Happy Halloween 2008!!!
Due to the OUTRAGEOUS prices on ride tickets, which we are scared of anyways because everyone has seen the people that put them together.... Anyways, she had 3 sheets, which didn't last long... but we let her pick out rides, and if we deemed them safe enough, then she got to pick one of us to go with her! She really enjoyed this, and decided to really get Mommy and make her go on the rollercoaster. Well, I'm thinking that it is no big deal, I love rollercoasters, especially the big ones, so this will be nothing! Yeah, right.... Apparently I have either gotten older or have lost my desire to be in a small seat going up in the air and then spinning around while the rollercoaster takes a dive and then a turn! This particular one was a mix of a teacup and a rollercoaster which made it horrible!!!! I screamed... I held my breath... I yelled... I gripped the bar so tight that my knuckles were white... and of course, they snap a picture of you half way through... so after I peel myself out of the seat and grab Layla off the ride, we go down and wait in line to see our picture while I hold my stomach in fear of puking! And there it is... Layla and I on the rollercoaster... and I have my mouth wide open, so much so that you can see my tonsils... and there is Layla, smiling like a little princess with no amount of fear on her little face at all!
And then after we finally used up all the tickets, we walked over to sit down (finally!) and watch the Army Band. Well, the Army Band was late... we never did see them... but we did find a seat under a tent and took a break while we waited.... and Layla passed out! Her lollypop fell into her lap, her head bent backwards over the hard metal chair, but she was snoring! Luckily, the group leader called and said they were all ready to head to the bus about that time. But, I had to snap a picture first!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Or when Brayden looks on with envy because he can't eat Cheerios yet....
But, we managed not to loose any fingers or toes, and to have a fun time together! I imagine these three will be buddies for life! I can only imagine 5 years from now when they start kindergarten....
And a definite photo-op for the family... if only we could manage to get them all looking in one direction... or even all smiling!
Friday, October 24, 2008
And the Tooth Fairy came to visit her... and let's just say that the Tooth Fairy that comes to our house must not be the same that visits other little children in our small town. Because last year Layla exclaimed how rich the Tooth Fairy was in Reidsville because she brought Madison $20.00! Yeah, that Tooth Fairy might be rich, but she must not have our address!
So, here is my attempt to recapture my blog!
It has been a busy month in the Tucker household. I will attempt to recreate some of our memories, in separate posts as to not remove the importance of each individual event.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
First, Isaac is walking! Really walking, not just taking a few steps and then resorting to his knees. He prefers to walk at this point and after falling (which does still happen often since he looks like a little deer learning to walk) he will get up and try again! Such a big boy, my little one.
Second, Layla is doing well in school and has been having spelling words like evaporation and September. She is growing up too fast. She loves to learn, which makes life easier for us! Last night she read "May I have a cookie please?" all by herself!
Third, I am starting an online only degree program in January and am totally excited about it! I haven't really told anyone yet, well a few, but wanted to wait until I had it figured out. Well, it's figured and I am set on go... to the computer... which will save on gas and will allow me to continue my life at home and work without much adjustment. (If you are wondering, it is through the University System of Georgia, so it is accredited and legit.)
That is the good news in the Tucker household this week... we'll see what next week has in store!
Of course, if anyone knows my Mom, knows that she laughed about it, and was not hurt or upset by Layla's witty comments! Thankfully... which makes me think about other things that Layla has said which strike me as funny, especially coming our of my daughter.... so, here are some memories...
When Layla was about 3 years old she was reading a book about Dinosaurs. It was quiet in the living room, I was reading and David was doing schoolwork. And Layla says, "Do dinosaurs have coochies?" Oh my gosh........ what do you say? First of all, she MUST have heard that word from preschool.... Second, why would she even think of that?........ Third, how do you even attempt to answer? I remember looking at David and hoping that he could come up with something that would appease her without getting into anything sticky, and putting an end to questions like that!
Then, last summer she was in the pool floating on a raft with Mamaw and looked up, which happened to be Mom's armpit... and exclaimed, "Mamaw, you have pit fur!" (Sorry Mom... and for everyone else, at Mom's request, she does shave under her arms regularly and must have missed one stray hair... or so the story goes!) Oh my... where does the child come up with this stuff? Yes, she is obsessed with arm pit hair and shaving it! She frequently checks, and requests that I check her armpits for hair and she is only 6! Oh my... She has even requested that her Daddy shave his armpits because she thinks that hair is so gross! (Just for the record, I hide the razors, and quite frequently assure her that she does not have hair growing under her arms!)
The day after I had Isaac, Layla came to visit me at the hospital. That afternoon Isaac started fussing and I told my sister to hand him to me so that I could feed him. Well, Layla hops up on the hospital bed. She was the new big sister and wanted to help with everything. Since it was only Layla, Mom, and Stacey in the room, I proceeded to start to prepare to breastfeed Isaac. Her little eyes popped out and she said "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?" I looked at her, knowing that I had already talked to her about breastfeeding while I was pregnant to prepare her, and said "I'm going to feed your brother." She said, still with her eyes popping out, "LIKE THAT?" I said, "Yes, remember I told you about feeding Isaac and that Mommy has milk?" (At this point, I am trying not to laugh.) And she says, "MOM!!!!!! YOU ARE LIKE A COW!!!!!!!!" At this point, we were all laughing so hard.... so much for preparing her for nine months as to how her sibling would eat!
For now that is all that I can remember, although I know there are plenty more! The child just comes up with stuff.... she must get it from her Daddy!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
...so proud she can ride without training wheels...
(and yes, if you look closely under her arm, you can see her little pink bra... don't tell her!)
...so intent on eating something....
Isaac can walk! No, he will not walk on command, or at times that would be opportune... but he can, in fact, move those two tiny feet and skinny legs in a walking motion. I had to get it on video to prove it!
I know it will not be long and I will scorn myself for wishing he could walk... but I cannot seem to help myself! David even made the comment that it is time that he walk, but he is too lazy. I'm not sure that lazy is a word that would be used to describe Isaac because he is a super active little boy, but so far, walking is just not his forte.
Hope you enjoy the following video, and that you do not get a neck cramp because I cannot figure out how to rotate it! (I'm still trying...)
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Isaac was born at 4:34 pm on September 4, 2007, weighing a healthy 7lbs. 4oz. He was so tiny compared to his big sister who weighed a pound larger when she was born! During the 9 months of carrying him, I constantly rubbed my tummy and said "You are going to be my sweet, cuddly boy... Mommy's boy!" It must have worked! First, we found out he was a boy... and then he was so snuggly.... and now he is "attached" to Mommy! I love it! Every minute of it, even when David complains. Layla loved her Daddy from the first minute she took a breathe of air, I carried her for 9 months, but she loved him!
Overall, Isaac is one of the best babies that I have ever known. I know, I'm biased, but ask someone else! He is on a schedule, he eats anything (sometimes this can be bad), he has slept through the night since about 2 months, he cuddles, he smiles, he giggles at everything and most importantly he is mine.
We had a party for him on Saturday with a Sesame Street theme. He woke up feeling yucky, wanted his Mommy all day and was extremely sleepy and sensitive. But, he enjoyed his party, he got lots of wonderful presents from people who love him, and passed out as soon as everyone left.
A few highlights from the day...
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Layla loves to go to the games when they are at the rec fields because they have playgrounds. She enjoyed swinging and sliding all day while we watched the games. Isaac has decided that he is too big for the stroller and he needs to "walk" everywhere. However, he still can't balance just right on those tiny feet and needs to hold your finger. As much as it was a nice day, it wasn't that nice of a day to be bent over walking around with an 11 month old, usually in circles, once the sun came out. It was hot, and the kids and I called it a day after Tattnall's last game.
I can honestly say that I never believed that I would be "into" softball. Anyone who knows me knows that I am clumsy and extremely un-athletic! Yes, I've fractured my leg while bowling... does that explain it? But, I find myself clapping and cheering and getting upset over loses and excited over wins! I admit it... when I was working the gate and the first team that Tattnall was up against came through, they were talking "smack" about how bad they were (granted, last year was their first winning season... ever!). So, what do I do? Text David instantly to tell his girls to get their game on!!
On the other hand, Isaac should be voted best sportsman! He claps for everyone. He proudly claps his tiny hands together, showing off his newly learned skill, whenever anyone claps or cheers at the game. And, unfortunately, the game we were watching, there was not much clapping for our girls... but Isaac clapped for every hit or out!
I have decided that I need to try to take things a little slower in the evening, enjoying time with the kids as much as possible before bedtime. We have a routine, but sometimes just get rushed. So last night, I decided that Isaac could take a bath by himself instead of trying to save time and bathe them both together. Well, it didn't end up happening until after Layla went to bed. But, I stuck my little spaghetti faced boy in the tub and decided to slow down. I poured a capful of bubble bath in there upon realizing that he had never taken a bubble bath. Oh my! What a delight! It was worth it, even though I got to bed late and everything didn't get completed... He thought it was super cool that he had bubbles and was a clown in the tub. He would lift his arms up in the air, then slowly bring them down into the bubbles, then clap them together... laughing the entire time. The funniest part was that he would stand up in the tub - holding onto my hands - and try to get the bubbles off of his feet... Too cute! Anyways, here are a few pictures from the event. Layla was not happy this morning that she missed out on it, so I guess it is her turn tonight!
Okay, so now my title makes sense, right?!? Ball - softball season has started, Bubbles - Isaac's first bubble bath... and buns? I'm sure you've guessed! I couldn't help myself, they were so cute! (By the way, look how much his hair is growing in on the back... I'm so impressed! I thought we would have a hairy bodied, balding baby forever!)
Monday, August 11, 2008
Layla learned to ride her bike without training wheels this weekend. David took them off for her since she got a new bike for her birthday without training wheels. She wanted to learn on the smaller one! She just started riding. It wasn't some big deal like I thought it would be, it wasn't a day of tears, bruises, scrapes and then finally a goal reached. No, she just rode off on her bike, peddling around the yard like she knew what she was doing. The knee pads that she got for her birthday, still in the package inside. It was great! The only slight problem she seems to have is stopping... okay, so not slight! I'm waiting for the back of my car to have a bicycle dent and scratch. We are working on it!!!
On Thursday night we were riding in the car to Swainsboro to drop off Isaac with my sister and have dinner. (Yes, Isaac spent his first night away from his Mommy without any tears on his part, not mentioning the tears on Mommy's part now!) We were talking about something, David and I, and he let a "bad" word slip out. He glanced at me, waiting for Layla to say something. She did, of course. "Daddy, that was a bad word." He apologized, I scolded him with my eyes for her benefit. She smiled. And then, she politely says, as if she is the queen, "Dad, you are supposed to be a PROPER man!" It was very hard to control the laughter. Needless to say, David is working on becoming the "proper" man he should be... she hasn't started on me... yet!
Isaac is still not walking. He hesitates to take that step, knowing he could do it. He holds onto the couch, looking down at his feet, sticking one out, putting it back down, sticking the other one out, back down again... and then he looks up with the cutest grin... I wouldn't be surprised if he isn't running around the room when we aren't looking. I know he will walk soon, and as much as I am not ready for my baby to walk, I know I will be proud of his accomplishment.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
- Last night I was giving Layla a bath and we started playing "I spy". After a few rounds, she spyed something brown. I guessed a few times (of course trying not to guess the right thing right away), but I could seem to get it right. I finally admitted defeat! And her reply, "Mother, VISUALIZE!!!!" I looked at her and she said "A band-aid." I then asked her what "visualize" meant and she replied "when you picture something in your head, Mother." (And I thought she wasn't going to know what it meant!) My little girl's growing up...
- Isaac is still trying to walk... however now I think he is reverting to crawling again! See the picture below so you can "visualize"!! (And I will say that he can match because he picked out a matching pair in my unorganized closet! Even Layla was impressed at that!) This has become a habit, so you cannot leave your shoes unattended. He thinks he must have shoes to crawl around everywhere, so in my concern of germs, I've given him a brand new pair of Layla's flip flops for his hands! (Picture coming soon! And if you are wondering, yes, he puts on the flip flops just like you would on your feet!)
- David is in full swing coaching softball and teaching.... so we are all quite busy. Games start next week, so I will post some new pics then. Isaac loves to watch the games, so I'm excited that I will be able to go (only if it isn't too hot for him). And of course, he WILL be a left-handed catcher per his Daddy, so any game watching is good for his future! Layla prefers to play with the other kids than watch the game, but it keeps her busy. (I guess I should be thankful that Isaac isn't walking yet, or I would be chasing him everywhere!)
Well, I guess that is all the "news" in the Tucker household so far this week! Hope everyone is having a good week and staying cool. It is HOT in South Georgia!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
David brought it to our table and Isaac eyed it with curiosity. Well, when anyone puts something in their mouth, he thinks that he should have something in his mouth! So, I shared. He took a small lick, not sure of what he was about the encounter. And, then, deciding that it must be delicious, he proceeded to open his mouth as wide as possible and really get some ice cream! (Mommy doesn't usually let him eat anything like this... or too sweet for that matter...) I kept having to "fix" it after he took a "lick", which was really a bite! He was very antsy and didn't want to share. At one point, he even dove across the table for some more! David and I took some great pictures... and it was one of those little moments that mean so little at the time, but when looking back is a treasured memory!
Enjoy! (Isaac sure did!)
PS) Layla's first day of school went great! She loves her new teacher, her new friends, and everything about it! She was really excited yesterday because she is learning to jump rope! (Last year it was the hula hoop...)
PPS) Isaac took one small step last night on two occasions... I'm sure he will be running around the house soon! I'll keep you updated!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
In Pre-K, she adored her teacher, loved her school, and her daddy was right down the hall! She had no fears, she ruled the high school. We still frequently go places and people (not just kids) are waving at her and know her name! She knows all the teachers, they all know her... Her first "parent-teacher conference", which is required for all students, I attended because David was busy. Well, her teacher informed me that she was doing great in everything, and they were studying the family unit in social studies. I said "okay", and her teacher - petite, soft spoken woman - says "She really wants a baby brother!" Then later I found out that on the field trip to the zoo (unfortunately I was at the hospital with my grandfather) she informed her chaperone and teacher that her and her mommy really wanted a brother, but daddy said no. However, she thought that her and her mommy were winning!!! (I guess we did!)
In kindergarten, I nervously walked her to her class on the first day of school! She didn't cry, I did! Then, on the second day of school, parents may not walk in. So, I dropped her off in the circle drive, crying... I dropped her off 15 minutes early so that she had time to find her class and arrive safely if she happened to get lost. That afternoon, I asked her how school went. She said that it was great, but she was late! I, shocked, exclaimed that there was no way she was truly late. So, I asked her... where did you go when I dropped you off? Her reply, to get breakfast! (Which I had told her earlier to go straight to her classroom!) I replied that she had already eaten breakfast at home. Her reply "But MOM, they had donuts and they were GREAT!" Every morning after that I had to remind her that she was to go straight to the classroom and being late because of donuts was not a very good reason.
Who knows what first grade has in store for us... I'll keep you posted!
Two little "Chiclet" teeth... on a sad/mad face!
Okay, let me explain...... I know the above face looks like I'm a horrible mother for taking a picture instead of comforting my child! In reality, when you say "NO" to Isaac, this is the face that he makes. He sticks out his bottom lip, showing his teeth, and squeezes his eyes closed! He doesn't cry, he doesn't whine... just a quick facial expression like this... and then the moment is over! I wanted to capture that forever... not just the smiles and giggles, but the funny things he did too! And this just happened to be one that I loved! I finally captured it at the exact moment he did it... because once he saw the flash, he would grin! (Yes, I like to take a lot of pictures of him, and he knows what a flash is, and that means to smile!!!)
PS) I wish Layla would hurry home... I'm missing her so much!