2017, iPhone, Photography, Raising Girls, The Everyday

Our 2017 summer in bullet points & pictures 🙂 

The girls went into town and watched the Independence Day parade.
Days were spent by the pool. 
Emily and Audrey went to the Homeschool prom. It was pretty awesome. 
We took a family vacation to the beach late April early May.
We ate dinner at The Wahlburgers Restaurant at Myrtle Beach.
Audrey and I went to a Sam Hunt concert with a couple of her friends for her Bday. 
We also went to see Luke Bryan and Brett Eldridge. Pretty awesome concert. 
Emily graduated high school. How is that possible? 

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Gingerbread Houses 2016

We are counting the days down to Christmas! This is probably about the 15th year I’ve had little fun things for the girls to do each day as we near Christmas. And today was Christmas Craft Day / Let’s make Gingerbread Houses. 

Even though the girls are much older now they still get excited turning each tag over to see what fun thing we have planned for the day. It is much harder though with their busy schedule but I want to take advantage of every opportunity to create fun and happy memories for them to look back on when they are older. And who knows, maybe we’ll still be doing this when they are in their twenties! 

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Seventeen!

On January 21st Emily turned seventeen. SEVENTEEN! I have been a mom for seventeen years! Oh, my goodness! I’m supposed to still be seventeen!  winter 2016 (19 of 36)

We had a pretty low key day since she had to work and we were expected to get hit with snow. She got up and opened her presents from me, David, Audrey & Sarah then they all headed into work with David.  The staff ended up going out for lunch to celebrate her and another man’s birthday. Her favorite…… Japanese food. I remember being told when the girls were little, the days are long but the years are short. I never realized just how true those words are until this year. Two drivers and the baby just hit double digits. Wow.  24513514331_6d471115fb_z

Emily is not a big cake eater so we got a Baskin-Robbin ice cream cake. I can’t believe how expensive those things are. But after having a slice, worth.every.penny. Yum!  Untitled                           She had to humor her momma and pose for a birthday picture.          

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Hello, Blog! It sure has been a while

So, here I am again, back to the blogging scene. I’m forever saying, I’m getting back to it, but it just never works out. I really need to more of an effort into it. I love going back and reading old posts and remembering those times. 

So, here’s a little bit of what’s been going on the the Tuck house. Bullet style. These are mostly pictures from my phone, or ones I stole from David, so the quality may not be the best since I’m still learning how to edit, upload, and post those.  

We have a new driver! Audrey got her permit back in August. She is finally getting to where she wants to drive. Slow going at first. But when you have an older sister as your taxi driver, is there really any need?

 
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We took a little trip to the beach back in the fall. By far it was one of our best trips. Unfortunately, this is the only picture I could find. But hey, who doesn’t love color.

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 I finally got around to making homemade strawberry icing. ohmygoodness! It seriously is the best thing ever! 

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The girls each came up with their own Halloween costume. I’d say they pretty much rocked it! 

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Sarah wanted a little room makeover for her 10th birthday. We put up bunkbeds, painted, bought new things for her to hang and painted this super cool chalkboard on her wall. Love it!  Untitled  

Sarah out little cross fit girl.  Untitled 

The girls have fallen in love with crafting. Emily has really gotten into hand lettering, Audrey makes the most awesome wreaths, and Sarah just kind of does her own things, whatever she is in the mood for that day. 

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Christmas wreath by Audrey   

 

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Wooden plaque by Emily  

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Painted sign by Sarah 
(She is currently on the local swim team )

That’s pretty much what’s been going on around here. And school, of course. This year we have an 11th grader, 10th grader and a 4th grader. Yikes! I remember when the hardest thing for them to do was count to ten! Now we’re into all the hard stuff that is waaaayyyy over my head. 

Looking forward to catching up with y’all! 

 

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Winter Wonderland

 

I am so over winter. I hate being cold. And this has been a COLD winter. I mean, I get cold when it gets below 70 degrees so I’ve been freezing since summer ended. 

The girls did enjoy getting out in the snow yesterday. Unlike our last snow day, this was good snowman, snowball making snow. Audrey even made her a bowl of snow cream. She wanted to make it last time but there was too much ice mixed in. 

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With the trees covered in snow it truly did look like a winter wonderland. It was so peaceful outside too. Not a sound. 

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It is freezing here!! My goodness can we just hurry up and get to warmer weather!! This past week has been full of snow, ice and really cold weather.

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So, the big girl received her driver’s license. Just about everyone has asked if I’m nervous about her driving, just a little, but mainly excited because now I can stay at home! She can do all the running back and forth to all the places the kiddos need to go! Until she gets tired of it but right now I’m sure it will be fun 🙂 

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 Audrey has been playing around with the sewing machine for the past month or so trying to get the hang of things. She made the cutest little owls! Sarah now wants to learn to sew! I printed her out a couple of sewing patterns to practice on. She did really well. Both of the girls girls are much better at sewing than I am lol 

The girls doubled up on their schoolwork Monday so they could take a “snow day” on Tuesday. David took the girls out sledding while I stayed inside watching Netflix!! Here is a video that Emily made with her GoPro

Looks like they had lots of fun playing out in the freezing cold!  

ColorI downloaded the Project Life App for the iPhone and I’m loving it! Now I can just plug in a few pictures from our day and save it to my phone and flickr. Another great thing, you can have 12 x 12 pictures printed from the app! This will make it much easier for me to document what we’ve been up to. 

 

2014, on being mom, Raising Girls

Edited 2014 (27 of 37)How is it possible that this girl is going to be 16 next month?  Seems like yesterday she was just a little toddler running around the house talking gibberish. Well, not too much has changed there.  I’m constantly asking her, what did you say? She talks faster than anyone I have ever met!

She is growing into such an amazing young woman. I am so proud of who she is becoming.

It’s not been a perfect ride by no means. Lots of changes over the past few years. Some good and some not-so-good. Seems like when you have a teenager in the house, you go back to being the parent of a newborn you just brought home from the hospital….. you absolutely have no idea what you’re doing.

I’ll be honest, a lot of the problems we have faced have pretty much been because of me and my attitude. Still wanting to have that control over her. Sometimes I forget, even though she is taller than I am, that she is not 5 years old. No longer can I make her wear what I want her to wear.  No longer can I make her take just two more bites. Or only watch PBS kids and listen to the Wheels on the Bus.

I remember my mom telling someone, you need to slowly start letting your children go when they are little.  At times it has been hard  but as I look back I can honestly say I am glad to have heard that advice and have tried to put it in practice.

I am so thankful that God allowed David and me to be her parents. That He blessed us with such a loving girl, who has a servants heart, and is not ashamed to share the gospel with others. 

A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.
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