Monday, October 27, 2008

Yellow Belt!!!!! YAY for Noah!!!

Noah tested for his yellow belt on Saturday. It was so fun to watch all the kids. Noah was so excited. We practiced and practiced and practiced!!! He truly loves this sport/art. I can't believe it only took him two months to go from white to yellow. Here is a video of him breaking his first wooden board. We couldn't be more proud. Way to go big kid-- stay focused!


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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pumpkins, pumpkins and pumpkins!



We went to Berry Patch Farms yesterday and we had a great time. First we went on a hayride to the pumpkin patch. We walked all through the pumpkin patch and it was fun seeing the kids trying to pick up all the ginormous pumpkins. Than we did some face painting, had some homemade cider (Noah and Mags loved btw) and we had homemade ice cream. Noah and the kids had some boiled peanuts (yuck) and each kid picked a pumpkin to bring home and we are going to paint them this week. Here are some snapshots of the day.





















Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Phipps Santa!


This will be our 7th trip to see Santa (Kate went when she was 10 days old). I can't believe we have to make our appt tonight at midnight (we are shooting for early November)!!! Now I am on a clothes mission. Hard to think that it isn't even Halloween and I have to go pick out Christmas clothes. I can't quite get into it yet! This was our picture from last year!


Monday, October 13, 2008

Children's Museum and St. Joe's family picnic

We went to the Children's Museum to celebrate on of our favorite people. Our very good friends' Dottie and Todd's little boy turned three on Saturday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUSTIN!!! It also happened to be my dad's birthday too! So HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD/GRANDAD!

We went to Imagine it! We had a great time at the museum. Here are some pictures of the kids.




St. Joseph catholic School had their annual family picnic. Kate loved seeing all her friends and we made a few new ones this year. It is such a great thing to get out and mingle with friends.











Friday, October 10, 2008

My MEME post about me!

Ha I think this is funny as most of you know all about me already. My good friend Julie tagged me on giving 6 random things about me. So here goes:

1. When I was ten I had a paper route. The boy Sean Jones (ohh a good one to look up on face book), who lived down the street in my neighborhood in Indianapolis, IN had the route and decided to give it up. I begged my parents to let me do it. I was 10 and I looked about 8. My mom and dad drove me almost everyday as the bag was too big for me to ride my bike. Thanks mom and dad for the support with my first job. Also this was my first lesson about people not paying their bills.

2. I have played tennis since I was 12. I can't wait to get back to ALTA. Once Maggie is old enough for school I am rejoining my old team. I miss them.

3. This one is a toughy---When I was 22 my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. I was her main caregiver for 10 months. She died when I was 23. I quit college to take care of her and I don't regret it for a minute. I used to have to hook her up every night to a food supplement machine and monitor it all night and than disconnect it every morning. I spent 6 weeks sleeping every night in the hospital (St. Joseph's Hospital) with her. My sister and I played scrabble with her everyday and she kicked our butts even if it took her 20 minutes to make a play (she was on one of the highest doses of Morphine). When we brought her home to die I administered all her IV meds. I layed in her hospital bed (in our living room) every night and pushed the pain button every 15 minutes to help give her some relief. I found a healing priest (father Rookey) to help heal her and learned that you can be healed spiritually instead of physically. We said his prayer every night. I watched her take her last breath and it has forever changed my life. I miss her terribly. Her headstone reads something that father Lopez said Liz Bryant...courageous with a sense of humor. That was her in a nutshell.

4. I took summer classes in Montana. MSU in Bozeman and I hope to return there one day. It is the most beautiful place I have ever been.

5. Noah and I went to rival High Schools and never knew each other. We met 8 years after High School. We met at a party. He asked me for my phone number and I told him it was in the book and he looked me up that night and the rest is history.

6. My sister, Elizabeth, lives in the Chicago area. We talk everyday at least once and mostly three times a day. She is my rock and I can't imagine life without her. I wish she and I lived closer.

I am now going to tag 6 people. Sorry if you have already been tagged, but that just means you are very loved.

1. Kim Brown
2. Katie Harris
3. Antoinette Nichols
4. Brandi Greene
5. Amanda
6. Staci

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Donuts for Dads


Little Noah had a great time with his dad. Noah made a frame for his dad with a picture he drew in it. The teacher always asks fun questions and it is always great to see what the kids have to say.