Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas 2009

Christmas has come and gone. Again. I seem to be getting out of my post Christmas slump. Seriously. Is it just me or does anyone else get a little depressed the week after Christmas? You spend so much time preparing (shopping, cleaning, cooking) and it comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Sigh! It seems like it should last for more than a day. But I am getting over it and excited for the new year.

Our Christmas was wonderful. Magical really. Bright and early Christmas morning both sets of grandparents came over to see what Santa had brought to the kids ... amazingly enough, we had to wake all 3 of them up this year. (Sophie was not happy about it. She had the best bed head and could barely stumble out of her room. But of course once she saw that Santa had visited she was good to go!) The kids LOVED all of their gifts this year and were spoiled by everyone. After the presents were all open we ate our traditional Christmas morning breakfast ... a breakfast casserole (my favorite), cinnamon rolls, and grapefuit. The kids spent the morning playing with new toys and watching new movies while Logan and I caught a much needed nap on the couch!

Later that afternoon we visited my parents house where the kids opened some more presents and we all ate a delicious lunch. After some visiting and relaxing, we headed off the Logan's grandpa's house were we were treated with more candy than you can imagine. And then we were off again to Logan's parents house where we indulged in fish stew, and played some rock band (our first time and we loved it).

It was a crazy busy day ... and every year we contemplate just staying home ... but really I wouldn't have it any other way. We love our families so much and are so grateful to be able to share in the holiday with them. Merry Christmas!

Sophie with her Santa loot : Collin with his Santa loot

At first Ruby just sat on the floor not really understanding what all the fuss was about ... until daddy brought her a bottle and then she came out of her morning stupor.

Ruby with her new jack-in-the-box
she loves all of her new toys

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Parties 09

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the time that we get to share with our families. This year was no exception. It is so wonderful to get together and celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The partying started the week before Christmas at my parents house. The food was great and the company was even better. This year my sis was in town and it was so fun to have her there. The kids had a blast playing and running around with cousins that they don't see too often. They only poked their head in the crowd to ask "Is it time to open presents yet?" My nieces put on a short remix of A Christmas Carol that had us all laughing our heads off. They were quite the actresses! And as always we read the Nativity story and sang Christmas carols together. Most of the kids (except mine) are getting too old to want to do this anymore, but I hope we never stop. I love watching my children engrossed in the story of the birth of baby Jesus and I always get teary eyed when the family sings all together. It gives me such a feeling of overwhelming love and warmth. Finally after all the productions, it was time for presents ... the moment my kids had been waiting for all night, and they weren't disappointed.

my mom reading the Nativity Story

Sophie shaking her bells during Christmas carols

Sophie sporting one of her gifts; her muffins!

Our next party was Christmas Eve at Logan's parents house. Again, great food and good company. It really is quite the houseful when the whole Phipps family gets together but always so much fun ... and the kids LOVE running around like crazy with all their cousins ... and I mean CRAZY!

The kids participated in a cake walk gift exchange ... so much fun! And the adults did white elephant gifts. There were some funny gifts and a lot of laughs ... good times!

the cake walk

Later the kids acted out the Nativity story.

Mary, Joseph, and the angels

Mary : Star

Sophie as a beautiful angel

the 3 wise men : Collin as a wise man

the scene

Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Seven great years. Jenn puts up with a lot from me and I'm so grateful that I've got her as my own. She is the love of my life. She makes every good thing better because I have her to share it with.

Here are a few of my favorite memories;

When I went to Europe with my sisters for six weeks Jenn came over to my parents house and walked my dog Luke nearly every day for me.
When we first started dating (if you can call it that, I think we only went on a few official dates) Jenn would write down a few conversation starters in case our phone conversations would get a little dull.
Before we were married we went to see monster trucks. Jenn and I spent the day making our own custom monster truck tee shirts so we could really get into the action. Jenn's shirt had a picture of "Miss-Behavin." I think that night Jenn was the biggest fan in the arena.
Jenn loves the beach. But not in the way that most women love the beach. She hates laying out on the sand, she gets bored. Jenn loves to swim and make castles. We've spent many hot summer days at Antelope Island skipping rocks and playing around.
Jenn loves to make up new phases for things. A couple of my favorites are; shurk face: any facial expression that makes Jenn suspicious, maniac bop: an aggressive tickle to a uncommonly tickled region.

Something else I like about Jenn is that I can't keep any secrets from her. After our 13 years as a couple she can always tell what I'm thinking no matter how hard I try to hide it. Often we find ourselves at gatherings of people having conversations with only the slightest body language.

It is wonderful to have you as my eternal companion Jenn.
Love You.

i ♥ faces- Hilarious Outtakes

I thought I was going to have a hard time with this weeks theme. Not because I don't have any outtakes ... because boy, oh boy, I DO! But because I have a habit of rapidly deleting them from my camera or computer as fast as I see them. But I was still able to find quite a few! Imagine that!

Some days my kids cooperate so well with my photography addiction, but most of the time they like to shake things up a bit, which usually results in frustration and tears (mostly from me!).

This is what I usually get from Sophie when I say "sit up straight and look at mom." She thinks that I can't tell her eyes are looking elsewhere! This one makes me laugh every time I see it.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Special Visitor

Last night Santa came to visit. The kids were playing and they heard some jingle bells outside. They were so excited about who might be at out door. Sophie couldn't believe he was at our house and she quickly went to the window to look for his reindeer. She wanted to know just how he got here. The kids must be on the "nice" list for sure to have such a special visitor come.

Ruby took one look at the guy and started screaming ...

Still not so sure, but at least she isn't in tears.

It wouldn't be a visit from Santa without a candy cane ... yummy ones!

We love you Santa!

When Santa was leaving she looked again for his reindeer. She was really worried about how he was going to get home to the North Pole. I told her "Santa Magic!"

And did you know ... Santa has a special key to get inside those homes that do not have a chimney. Sophie has been worrying about that.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Sophie calls her new ear muffs MUFFINS!
I love to hear her say it.
She gets so excited to wear them!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Hardware Ranch

Today we took a trip to Hardware Ranch for a sleigh ride through the elk. It was a long drive both there and back but I think it was worth it. It was a lot of fun and the kids loved it! They were so intrigued ... and could hardly take their eyes off of the elk.

on the sleigh

the elk

looking hard for an elk with horns

my cute baby girl
she loved the sleigh ride as long as it was moving
she would point at everything she saw

What a fun afternoon!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

More Lights!

A nearby city puts on a great light show every year. The kids love it ... we love it too! It is fun because it is one you can either walk through or drive through. We always walk through it at least once, and it makes for a good break to a stir crazy night so we drive through it a lot! Last night we bundled up and walked through.

sophie wanted to have her picture taken by all of her favorite animals ... which happened to be just about every one. she liked the unicorns the most though. the dragons were collin's favorite.

this rascal DID NOT want his pic taken. i had to practically twist his arm to talk him into this one.

Christmas Memories

There are so many little things about Christmas that I remember fondly when I was small. Eating on the Christmas dishes, wearing my rudolph sweatshirt, sitting at the top of the stairs with my sister waiting for my Grandma and Grandpa to come over on Christmas morning, family Christmas parties, anticipating various Christmas gifts, shaking wrapped presents under the tree, spending Christmas Eve with my best friend, Tiffany. The list really could go on. Just thinking of these things make me smile. But one of my all time favorites was helping my mom make the Christmas goodies. Every year we made Christmas treats ... fudge, toffee, and festive cream sandwiches. I remember that it seemed as if our dining room table was filled with the tempting goodies. So now to me it doesn't seem like Christmas without making and eating some yummy Christmas goodies! And trust me I have done more than my fare share of eating them.

This year I made some peppermint bark. Yum!

chocolate is so yummy!

the store i went to didn't have peppermint candy canes. seriously. tons on other flavors but no peppermint. so i had to settle on these instead.

The kids even got in on the baking fun. They made chocolate covered pretzels to give to their teachers as gifts. Collin was so good at it and stuck with me until all of them were done.

they both had a few ... errr a lot of tastes of the 'frosting'

these were so yummy too. any extras we had are now gone! and yes, it was me who ate the majority of them!

Soon we will be making gingerbread cookies. Sophie has been dying to make some for Santa this year so we will give them a try.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


It wouldn't be Christmas time without a visit to Temple Square to see the lights. I have been wanting to take the kids but have been dreading it at the same time just because it has been so cold lately. But I got up the courage to brave the cold and last night for family night we made the visit ... and it was cold! But we all had a good time and the kids loved the lights. Sophie liked all the pink lights and named almost every tree she saw "diamond!"

love the pink nose!