Monday, September 1, 2014

August 25, 2014. First Day of School!

The kids started school! I for one was so ready. They were ready too although I'm not sure they would admit it! They all seem to have good teachers this year and we are looking forward to a great year full of lots of learning! Sophie and Collin had a great first day. Ruby however was totally disappointed in her first day. She had Kindergarten orientation and was only there a short time. She is loving school now, although I think her favorite part is riding scooters home with Sophie and Collin! Such smart kids I have. I know they are going to have a wonderful year!

We couldn't forget about Miss Lyla. She isn't going to Preschool this year but really wanted too! She was eager to get dressed, pack a lunch for herself, and wear her backpack! Thank goodness she was content with just dropping the kids off at the school.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Aug. 2, 2014. Collin gets baptized.

Collin had such a great baptism day. He was joined by many friends and family members that love him dearly. I am so proud of him and the choice that he made to be baptized. I love him more than he will ever know! Such a special day for a special boy. 

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!