Wednesday, July 16, 2014

For Collin

Dear Collin,

Last week you turned eight! I can't believe it. It seriously seems like yesterday we were celebrating your second birthday. It was Thomas the Train, and you still had a binky! How did you grow up so fast on me? You are such a great boy. Your smile melts my heart!

At eight years old, you are the best brother. I should say you are still the best brother because you always have been. You have a sweet spot in your heart for all of your sisters. I love the sweet voice you talk to Lyla with and I love the way you can hang with Sophie and Ruby no matter what it is they are playing. Everyone asks me if you are so excited to be getting a baby brother in October. I always tell them you are, but the truth is, I think you would be equally excited about getting a new baby sister. You love deeply and it shows in the relationships that you have.

Just about your favorite thing right now is video games and technology. You love playing Minecraft, Skylanders, and Mario Cart. You could spend all day playing them if I let you! You just saved up enough money to buy your very own tablet. It came in the mail today and you were so excited. The first thing you did on it was watch Minecraft tutorials on You Tube. You love finding new ways to perfect your game!

You are still racing BMX with your Dad. You advanced to intermediate this year and it is so fun to watch you race. It looked like you might be loosing interest in racing, but your interest has picked back up again and you are racing hard. I think the snow cones at the track may have something to do with that!!! You also like spending this one on one time with your Dad, and I know that those times mean a lot to him as well.

Collin you are such a smart boy! You finished up Second grade last month and did so well. You passed off all of your addition and subtraction facts and almost all of your multiplication facts. You are a great reader and love to read big books. The bigger the better! You have a love for facts and science. You always ask great questions. Questions that I often times don't know the answer to. Right now you are enjoying Summer, but I know that before too long you will be eager to start school again!

Your favorite things as you turn eight are: the color green, video games, pizza with sausage and black olives, playing with friends, and BMX racing.

Happy Birthday, Collin. I love you so much. I'm so proud of the young man you are growing up to be. You are such a special boy and a blessing to our family.
Love you.

July 10, 2014. Collin's Eighth Birthday!

Collin had birthday! 
He chose to have a backyard campout with a few of his friends. It was so fun and right up his alley. The kids ate hot dogs, painted birdhouses, had a marsh-mellow fight, played horseshoes, and roasted s'mores. We sang happy birthday to the birthday boy and ate some yummy s'more cupcakes. It was a great night full of lots of laughs!

Happy Birthday, buddy!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It's a...

We had our big ultra sound. It was so fun to see baby and watch his little personality inside the womb. Here is how we announced the gender to the kids. They thought it was so fun! I'm so grateful things look good so far!

Boy or Girl? from Jennifer Phipps on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

May 30, 2014. Last Day of School.

The kiddos had their last day of school. Such a bittersweet day! Neither of them wanted school to end, although I don't think they have been too disappointed with Summer yet either. Sophie in particular was so sad. She cried and cried that night because she didn't want to leave her teacher. I am so grateful for her teacher this year. Both kids had wonderful teachers. I'm so proud of these guys for the great year  of school they had and I'm so excited I get to have them home this Summer!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014. Last day of Pre-K.

Ruby had her last day of preschool today! She has had a great year and learned so much.  It's hard to believe that she will be going into Kindergarten next year. I always get a little emotional when my kids move onto a new chapter in their lives. But I know she is ready and will love it!

As always, I like to do a comparison shot of the 1st day and the last day of each year. I can't believe how much she has grown. Such a cute girl!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Little Shadow.

Lyla is my little shadow. She follows me everywhere and wants to participate in what I am doing whether it is cleaning the bathroom or sewing. Sometimes it drives me crazy, but most of the time I love it and wouldn't have it any other way. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

February 22-23, 2014. Moab.

Logan came home from work at 4:00 one day and announced we were heading to Moab and that we I had 1 hour to pack. We had talked about it a couple of days earlier but ultimately had decided not to go.  He knew that he was going to be getting super busy with work and that we needed this little vacation together, so I got busy packing. It's no easy task packing for myself and 4 kids in an hour but I got it done (although I did forget a few things!) and we left on time!

We got in late so we went right to bed in order to get rested for a fun day of hiking a head of us. We had a great time visiting Arches National Park. The kids are troopers and went on a couple small hikes with us. Our kids really do not like hiking, especially Ruby. Not even kidding she sat down about 2 minutes into our hike claiming her legs were exhausted and that she was not going to go any further! Somehow we convinced her and we made it to Landscape Arch. Later when we hiked to the viewing point of Delicate Arch she talked Logan into carrying her. 

The kids participated in the Junior Ranger Program, a favorite of theirs. Although Collin was the only one to complete it and earn his badge. They each got $10 to spend on a souvenir and were in love with what they bought.

One our way home, we stopped at Canyon lands and hiked around before the big drive. I really enjoyed Canyon lands and wished we could have spent more time there. It was beautiful and the kids were able to climb around more than they could in Arches.

Such a fun last minute vacation!