Sunday, December 28, 2008

6 Years Ago Today...

I married my best friend.


And my dreams came true.
It was incredible day.  One I will never forget.

It has been a great 6 years.  
I am so thankful for Logan and the husband that he is -
I couldn't ask for a better husband.
I am so thankful for the father that he is -
I couldn't ask for a better father for my children.
He is amazing.
I love you babe.
Thanks for a wonderful 6 years - I am glad that I get to spend eternity with you.



Friday, December 26, 2008

A Very Merry Christmas!

What a Christmas!  We had a wonderful Christmas this year.  It was filled with memories, fun, and time with family.  We love our family and enjoy every moment we get to spend with them.  The kids had a blast and weren't disappointed.  The anticipated day was worth the wait!  We spent time reflecting on the birth of our Savior and the amazing sacrifice our Heavenly Father made by sending his Only Begotten Son down to earth to atone for our sins so that we may have eternal life and live with him again.

We spent Christmas Eve (or Christmas-Steve as the kids called it!) at Logan's parents house.  We enjoyed cousins, food, games, and good conversation.  The kids even acted out the Nativity Scene and did a wonderful job.  It was a fun night.


Collin was Samuel the Lamanite

Zach and Clarissa were Joseph and Mary

Sophie was an angel

Teddy was a Shepherd
 Naomi, Emanuel, and Maya were the Wise Men.
Ruby was supposed to be the baby Jesus, but she decided that she was hungry!
It was a great performance.

The kids surprisingly went to bed well that night, and soon (maybe too soon) Christmas morning came.

Santa was good to us this year.




The kids enjoyed opening presents and playing with toys. 


Both sets of grandparents were here for all of the action, and we enjoyed a yummy breakfast together.  After several hours of playing with toys, we loaded up the kids and visited Logan's parents house and then later my parent's.  We ended the night early to allow the kids time to play with their new toys before going to bed, and we made it home just before the BIG snow storm.


Ruby was a little angel.  She survived her first Christmas and didn't complain even once about all of the travel and shuffle of the day.  She is such a good baby.  And did I mention how cute she is?  

And now that Christmas is over, we are moving on and looking forward to the next holiday!  I have heard Sophie say several times "I want that for Easter!"  I guess she has to have something to look forward to!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


I am excited for tomorrow!
Too bad I am overwhelmed by all that I have to do today.
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Festivities!



Twas FIVE days before Christmas
and all through Grandma's House
people were partying
and filling their mouths.

Grandma read stories
of the babe and his birth
We all sang some songs -
some with more girth!

Presents were opened
and smiles were seen
the kids were overjoyed
and loved everything!

Thanks Mom for all your hard work and putting on a great party for the family.  We had a blast!


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Pics of My Cute Kids

I finally got around to editing my pictures that I took forever ago
So Here They Are...
(and sorry there are so many)

*The Beautiful Princess*









*The Handsome Rascal*







*The New Little Lady*






Wednesday, December 17, 2008

First Bath

Ruby had her 1st bath today!

She lOvEd every minute of it.


Oh wait...
those probably aren't tears of JoY

But it was necessary.
She was beginning to stink!
(like spit up)
Now she is my SwEeT smelling baby again!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Birth Announcement



I just can't get over how
AdOrAbLe 
my baby girl is!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Big Brother

Collin is such a great BIG Brother!


Today while I was eating lunch he decided that he wanted to hold Ruby and tried to take her right from my arms.  I set him up on the couch and he sat there for a long time just loving her.
When I tried to take her back he panicked.  He was not done yet.
  
He is so sweet with her.  
He always wants to kiss her 
(or make out with her!)  
He tries to give her a binky when she cries
He always wants to know where she is
He holds onto her car seat in the car
He gets her toys
and 
He always lets me know when she needs something.
The other day I was getting ready and he ran in and told my Ruby was crying 
(I of course already knew that).  
When I came into the room, he had piled stuffed animals on her, had her binky in his hand, and was rocking her swing with his hand.
Such good intentions.

I am sooOo glad that he loves his little sister.

Sophie is also so SwEeT with Ruby
She loves to give her tender touches 
But hasn't been as interested in her as Collin has.

It is crazy how different Sophie and Collin can be!

Thanks Collin and Sophie for loving you new little sister.  She thinks you are pretty neat too!

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Stockings Are Hung

Finally!
I have been a little slow at getting our 
Halls Decked
for Christmas this year!
But I finally got the tree up 

(That is Sophie's cute little hand.  I love the decorations she made at  preschool last year)

along with all of the other decorations!



I even managed to dress the baby for the holiday today!  
Isn't she sooOOo cute?
I know that I am biased, but I think she is the cutest little lady there is.



Now all I have to do is address the Christmas cards.
Whew!
I feel like I accomplished a little bit more 
than nursing the baby!

It has been fun getting in the Christmas sPiRit!
I think the snow today helped!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ruby Jane Phipps

Presenting
Ruby Jane Phipps

Ruby made her entrance into the world on December 1st at 8:21 am.  
She weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and was 19 1/2 in. long

I was scheduled to be induced that same day, but Ruby had plans of her own.  I woke up to painful contractions around 1 am.  I pretty much ignored them until 3 am when I realized that I hadn't been sleeping and that I was in more pain than I had ever been in with my labors of both Sophie and Collin.  So, I started timing contractions.  They were about 7-10 minutes apart and very painful.  I was so hesitant to go to the hospital.  I wasn't sure if this was the real deal.  Finally around 5 am I broke down and decided that it was time.  On the drive, my contractions were right on top of each other and I felt as if I was going to die.  We got to the hospital at 5:45 and and Logan immediately told them that I wanted my epidural.  They said that I needed to have a bag of fluids first.  At this point they checked me and I was dilated to a 6.  Holy cow!  I couldn't believe I was a 6 already.  They got all of the questions out of the way  and got my IV going after multiple painful tries (and Logan leaving the room because he was light headed).  They checked me again and I was an 8.  Things were moving fast.  I was finally able to get my epidural when I was at a 9.  I think they thought I was nuts to get it at this point.  I had almost made it natural.  But I wanted it sooOOo bad.  It was wonderful to have some relief, although I could still feel contractions on my right side.  The next thing I knew, my water broke and I was getting ready to push.  I pushed 2 times and Ruby had arrived.  

She is a beautiful baby girl 
with tons of hair
and a great appetite.
Something that I am not used to!
Lets hope it stays that way.

Things are going so well.
Sophie and Collin are thrilled that baby Ruby was born.
Grandma and Grandpa brought them to meet her for the first time yesterday.


Collin just adored her.  He wanted to hold her and kept giving her kisses.  He even sang "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."  
It was soOo sweet.


Sophie was more hesitant to get close to her, but thinks that all of her hair is really neat.  She kept asking if she could touch it.
She has the smile of a proud BIG sister!


They brought her a pink teddy bear
and were so excited to have her hold it!

Logan and I are so grateful that Ruby has become part of our family.  We feel so blessed.  We are also thankful for all of the love and support that we have received from our families and friends.  We are especially grateful to our parents for taking such great care of Sophie and Collin while we are in the hospital.

Monday, December 1, 2008

12/01/2008 8:21 am

7lbs 3 oz.  20 in.  So far so good.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thoughts of Thanksgiving

Sophie and Collin are ThAnkFuL for...

Grandmas and Grandpas
Thanksgiving
Swings
Jesus
Mommy
Dad
Pears
Book of Mormon
Apples
Kangaroos
Kittens
Blankie
Ice Cream
Airplanes
Bed and Bedtime
Turkey (but Sophie says she doesn't like to eat them)

Nov. 25, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bring on the TEARS!

In an attempt to get some 
cute 
photos of my adorable kids,
I had my own photo shoot.
This came about
after months of researching photographers online and stressing about the cost of getting your kids pictures taken
whether it be at your local Target or with someone much more "professional"
Finally, I broke down and decided to 
try
to take my kids pictures myself.
(Basically we are cheap!)

It was so hard! - now I know why I am not a photographer!

These are just some of the Out Takes
from the morning!

There were a lot of tears - from everyone!



I did however manage to get some that I actually like. 
I will post some of those later after I do some tweaking!

What Fun!
Afterwards was a promised trip to the dollar store.  
What one will do for a few cute pictures!

And OoOh how I long for a decent picture of my kids together.

Friday, November 14, 2008

This Girl

This Girl
is sooOOo silly!

While I was reading a book today
she was coloring. 
When I came into the room to 
check 
on her, this is what I found.

Ooohh my goodness!

At first I wanted to be upset
But then 
I saw how proud she was 
and I thought 
Does It Really Matter?

And hey!
It was the first time in a long time
that she actually 
looked
at the camera and 
smiled!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This Boy

This Boy
has been an absolute mess lately.

All he wants is his 
mommy.
I have to carry him everywhere
*
I have to be the one to get the things he wants
like make his juice
*
I have to be the one to get him out of the car
*
I can never leave his sight
I have to schedule appointments during his nap time so he doesn't know that I have left
*
Poor Boy!

I think he knows that his life is about to change
BUT
he has no idea just how much it will change.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Now That The Kids Halloween Candy Is Gone...

Well not all of their candy
just my favorites...


I have to settle for 
Hot Cocoa!
 Just the way I like it--
with 
Marshmellows!

Yum!

Perfect on a day like today!

I love hot cocoa.  It brings back so many great memories of being newly married, living in Logan, and freezing to death.  I would sit on the couch with an electric blanket, topped by another blanket, with a hot cup of cocoa in hand.  Oh the good old days!
(Freezing in Logan was not something that I enjoyed at all at the time.  Funny that I look back at it with fondness now.)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

We had a great Halloween this year.  
The kids seemed to enjoy every minute of it.  

We started out our morning with a neighborhood parade.  
Sophie loved walking with her friends showing off her Ariel costume.

Collin had fun also, but was a little unsure of what we were doing.
He kept asking
"Where we going mommy?"

We love our neighborhood.  They have so many great activities that are fun for the kids and keep everyone involved.

I of course took tons of pictures of my cute kids showing off their costumes.
Sophie was Ariel
Collin was Lightning McQueen 
Both were soOOo cute!









Later that afternoon we went trick-or treating at Grandma and Grandpa's 
and had a yummy chili dinner
Then we were on our way
The kids LOVED Trick-or-Treating
They could have gone all night

When we were all finished they each dumped out their candy stash on the couch
and dug in!
They were totally on a sugar high when they went to bed!
But Halloween comes only once a year
Right?


Thursday, October 30, 2008

(Pre)Halloween Activities!

Sophie is in LOVE with Halloween.  She has been looking forward for this holiday for months.  It has been fun to join in her excitement. 

We started our celebrating with 
a HaUnTeD hOuSe


It wasn't much of a masterpiece
but 
the kids had fun 


Dad had more fun decorating 
Collin!

* * *

Next we carved PUMPKINS
Sophie and Collin wanted to carve theirs to look like
themselves

Sophie now has huge eyes with 3 BIG teeth!


Sophie cleaned out her pumpkin seed by seed
until
she decided it was too slimy


Collin didn't mind the slimy goop!
He is a boy!

We even had a yummy dinner of
"Mummy Dogs!"
The kids thought they were neat!

We LOVE Halloween!