Monday, June 28, 2010

I'm Out!

I'm going on vacation!

My sister and I, her 11-year old son and my two children (ages 2 and 8) are taking a grand road trip up the east coast. 11 days of shenanigans! Lots of time in a car with a toddler! Ack! We will visit family, an aquarium, we will watch fireworks and go to amusement parks and art festivals and amish country and a civil war reenactment and an Indian museum and we'll even see Rock City!

We have decided to blog about our trip - we figured out that we can e-mail blog posts (with pictures attached, even!) from our smartphones, so it is ON. Should you desire, you can visit the blog: The Tucker Girls' Great Northern Adventure. We can be sarcastic from time to time, be warned. Rest assured any statement regarding abandoning our children at rest stops or adopting them out to Bigfoot are only jokes.

We have been planning this trip for over a year, thus we had lots of time to contemplate. That contemplation led to the establishment of rules via the Constitution (rules for car behavior) and the Bill of Responsibilities (rules for being a houseguest).

We also created a scavenger hunt for the two older kids in the car to complete. And it's no regular car scavenger hunt - it's special. Check the list out here. It's epic. And trip-wide - it lasts until the kids complete all the items and/or we get home. And what do the kids get for their troubles, you might ask? Trophies! With their names engraved on them! (I recommend Crown Awards if you find yourself in need of a trophy - our trophies were $3.95 each, including the engraving)

Yay for vacation!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

(photos courtesy of Katie King,

Thursday, June 10, 2010

From my neck of the woods:

Contract workers cleaning oil off the beach (photo by Tony Giberson,

Oil clump on beach (photo by Tony Giberson,

The boats in the background are shrimp trawlers skimming for oil


A health department notice. This particular beach was the one I practically grew up on.

(unless noted, all photos by Bruce Graner, from