2017 – A Year to Remember

I’m reflecting back on 2017 as we humans are prone to do at the end of the year. Overall, there was a lot of anxiety and uncertainty, but when I get down to it, it was a pretty good year personally. So in order to have a record of the goodness 2017 had to offer, I’m going to go ahead and write it down.

January: My husband started a new job at a place that he loves. We also had a one night getaway aboard the Queen Mary for his birthday.

 

February: Ah the school musical. After months and months of planning, shopping, creating props, rehearsals, and more, it all came together and we put on our last musical ever at Leffingwell Elementary. Pretty sure it was the best one ever.

 

March: Jessalyn was initiated into the Rainbow Girls Buena Park Assembly. It’s been really good for her. She’s made some good friends and great memories.

 

April: We managed to pull off a surprise birthday girls evening at Downtown Disney for a very dear friend. What a wonderful time spent showering someone so special with love and margaritas! (picture is of said friend, not the party because apparently I was having too good of a time to take pictures and put them where I can get to them easily)

 

May: We got to spend another weekend at the KOA in San Diego with friends. Our KOA weekends are truly one of my favorite getaways.

 

June: I had the privilege of volunteering at WordCamp OC and had a great time doing it.

 

July: July is always a fun month. We’re on summer break, we spend a lot of time at Soak City,  and there’s the annual 4th of July bbq and swim party. This year was extra because we had “boots in the house” as they say. My son came home from Okinawa and got to spend some time here before heading back east for training.

 

August: Jessalyn turned 12. Man, time sure is flying by.

 

September: Jason and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. We also got to run away to San Jose and see 30 Seconds to Mars and Muse in concert. We’ve seen them before, but never together. We’ve also seen both bands 3 times now. A week later, the three of us went down to San Diego and saw U2 play The Joshua Tree. We had a surprise airport layover with Christian. We got to meet him there and take him to In N Out before he boarded a plane bound for a far off land. And lastly, we started a monthly dinner and game night with my mom, oldest daughter and her boyfriend, and our family. Super fun.

 

October: October is always a fun month. Aside from 3 family birthday’s, there’s Halloween, which if I’m bring honest is my favorite holiday. We Trunk-Or-Treated, and Jess Trick-Or-Treated while wearing my old uniform from when I was in tall flags in high school.

 

November: We kicked off the month with a showing of Thor: Ragnarok. Thor is my favorite. We attended the annual extended family Thanksgiving dinner and then celebrated on the actual holiday with my family and bestie Christie and her family. What’s not to love? Oh, and Jess got to take her first airplane ride to Nashville for WordCamp US with her dad, which actually started in November but the bulk of the trip was December. Speaking of December…

 

December: That brings us to now. We’re currently on Christmas break, we just made it through all of the Christmas gatherings, presents were given and received, and now I’m preparing for our annual New Year’s breakfast in 2 days. This is my absolute favorite way to kick off a new year. Many of my favorite people gather in our home and we share a ridiculously delicious breakfast followed by a letterboxing adventure. Then whoever is still with us will have dinner here. It really doesn’t get better than that.

Anyhow, if you’ve made it this far, thank you. While the above in no way captures the entire year’s events, it’s a small snippet, a reminder that 2017 was a pretty good year for the Tucker family.

I’d like to wish you blessings beyond your wildest imagination for 2018. I wish you more ups than downs. I wish you peace, love, happiness, luck, grace, mercy, and more.

Happy New Year!

On This Day

First things first. Surprise! It’s been almost 2 years since my last post. What? I know! So why am I writing? Because I can.

Recently I took a peek back at the ol’ blog here, and underneath the layers of dust and cobwebs, I found some pretty decent writing. That’s not to say I’m going to win the “Best Writer Ever” award, but the posts were interesting to me even after all this time.

What does this have to do with Facebook you’re wondering? Well, nothing. So let me get on with the post and get to my point.

On This Day. If you’re reading this, chances are good you’re one of the millions of people who uses Facebook. Many of you have clicked over to see your memories over the years. I check it every day because it’s mostly super fun to go back in time.

Some days it shows me pictures of my kids when they were little. Some days it’s fun events we went to. There are days that were mundane and I’d write pointless updates about that too since I tend to over share. Some old posts are cringy. Others are painful.

Five years ago this month, our family was thrown into a chaos that we had zero control over. It was a super scary time for us, but we made it through. It’s not something we really talk about much anymore, and it’s not something I want to relive. Yet, every November that’s exactly what I do. While I never outright posted details, I can see the turmoil we faced in the request for prayers and good thoughts. I can look back and know a certain post (while rather vague) was actually about what we were going through. Each year for the past 5 years, I’ve been reliving it, and I’m done with that.

I’m deleting the old posts as they come up. It’s not that I’m trying to “erase our history.” I’ll never forget what we went through. I just don’t want to relive it every year for however long Facebook is a thing. I can’t.

What about you? Have you ever deleted anything that’s come up in your On This Day memory bank?

Ok. That’s it for now. Hopefully I’ll be back before another 2 years go by.

10 + 10 Part 2

Earlier in the week I posted 10 Things I like and 10 Things I don’t Part 1. You can see that here if you’d like. 

Today I’m going to tackle 10 things I don’t like.

  1. Heat. I’ve already talked about the heat, but since it’s been near 90° the past several days, I thought I’d reiterate it. Because really? November is almost over. Why is it even this hot?
  2. Decorating for holidays. That doesn’t mean that I don’t love the decorations. I just don’t like doing it. And don’t even get me started on putting them away. Ugh.
  3. The fact that my grandma is 97. We have had a close relationship all my life, and just knowing that we’re living on such a short amount of borrowed time is hard to swallow. I try not to dwell on it, but she’s always reminding me these days that she doesn’t have much longer.
  4. Living in Southern California. It’s a love/hate thing really. Of course this is where my friends and family are, so I love it. But it’s getting hotter and drier, and it’s just so darn expensive. If I could pick up everyone I love and care about, and move them out of here with me, I’d be gone in a heartbeat.
  5. Opening gifts in front of people. I feel like my reaction is never going to be good enough. I feel awkward making a big fuss because that’s not me and is so fake. That doesn’t mean I don’t love what I’ve been thoughtfully given. I do. I promise. Please buy me things. hahaha I kid… Kind of.  Not really.
  6. Cleaning. I hear there are weird people out there that actually enjoy it. I am not one of them.
  7. Malls. And shopping in general. I can’t remember the last time I went to a mall with the exception of a few weeks ago when I tagged along with my friend. We had one store to go to, and were out of there within 15 minutes. Thrift stores and craft stores are an exception to the shopping dislike. I could spend hours in both. Alone preferably.
  8. Marshmallows. Because, gross.
  9. Queen Palm Trees. What a MESS those trees are. There’s one probably 20 yards from our front door. First they make these tiny white flowers that fall off by the hundreds (maybe thousands) and end up getting tracked all over the living room. Then they make these orange “fruits” that are about the size of say, a bouncy ball, that fall off. As they sit decaying on the ground and get stepped on over and over, they begin to smell like rotting pumpkins. That’s pleasant, right? No. And heaven help you if you’re walking under it when one of those balls falls off and hits you in the head. Yeah, that happens often.
  10. Coming downstairs in the morning and finding the trashcan in the kitchen has been knocked over by the dogs.

So there you have it. Ten things I don’t like.

I’m hoping to get a post up before Thanksgiving, but chances are, that’s not going to happen. So if I don’t get one up, please have a wonderful holiday however you celebrate it. Especially enjoy that food. Besides the being thankful thing, we all know Thanksgiving is really about the food and football.

10 + 10 Part 1

For no particular reason at all, I present to you 10 things I like and 10 things I don’t. Well, I guess that’s not exactly true. The reason is because I want to write and while searching for ideas, this one interested me most today. Today I will begin with 10 things I like.

10 Things I Like

  1. Soup. That’s right, I’m bringing out the big guns right off the bat. Haha! But seriously, there’s just something so wonderful about a big pot of soup. My family doesn’t really agree with me on this one, so I don’t eat as much soup as I’d like to.
  2.  Original New York Seltzer Vanilla Cream Soda. I might have a problem when it comes to this stuff. Those of you that were around in the 80’s might remember it. If you didn’t know, it’s back and I can’t get enough.
  3. Things that smell like coconut. Totally digging the Snowkissed Sugar lotion from Bath and Body Works right now.
  4. Cold Weather. I’m not the person that thrives in the summertime. I’m the one that doesn’t want to go outside for any reason when it’s hot. If I could turn on the AC and hibernate all summer, I would. Cold is relative though. What’s cold to me as a SoCal resident is not the same as many others. I don’t want snow thankyouverymuch.
  5. My job. I don’t do it for the money, which is good, because I don’t get a lot from it. I work when school is in session supervising elementary school kids during lunch. So it’s roughly 1.5 hours a day, 5 days a week as long as the kids are at school. Whenever it’s possible, I try to seek out the kids I see alone and talk to them or at least acknowledge them by asking if they’re doing ok. I look for the sad ones and let them know I see them and I care about them. I just want them to know that they’re not alone. I work hard to learn and remember as many names as I can and then USE their names whenever possible. I’ve given myself a challenge to learn 1 new name a week. We have over 600 students at the school. It’s impossible to know all of them. but I’m trying to learn as many as I’m able.
  6. Disneyland. I miss it terribly. We were passholders for quite a few years, but were priced out last year. It makes me sad that we can’t go whenever we want anymore. It was fun while it lasted though.
  7. Glass art. I am always drawn to beautiful glass pieces, especially if it’s clear glass infused with colors. It’s not something I collect though.
  8. Camping. We’ve always been tent campers, but now that we’ve become KOA members, we’re starting to take advantage of their Kamper Kabins. It’s just easier. Don’t think I’m ready to give away our tent yet though. I do enjoy tent camping still.
  9. My friends. My little tribe of people. I don’t have a huge friend group, but the friends I do have, I love dearly.
  10. And finally my family. I don’t think this one really needs an explanation does it?

I’ll be back in the next few days with the 10 things I don’t like. I know you’re anxious. It’ll be ok. Hang in there.