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.