We’re having a baby….


It’s a BABY GIRL!! from Emily Phillips on Vimeo.

Yeah, I just KNEW it was a boy before we went in, and really didn’t believe the technician, when she said it was a GIRL.
(Shows you how much I really know! 🙂 ) But the above video is the proof.

So, wow, a new baby girl to join our family. I just can’t wait for the pink and the bows, and all the other ‘sugar and spice, and all things nice’ that comes with little girls.

We can’t wait to meet you our little sweetheart!


Good-bye Clementine.

This blog is a place to record our lives. Including the not so wonderful moments…
Recently it came to light that it was no longer healthy or safe for Clementine to stay at our house. Her crazy stunts continued, she was going places that were not safe for her. She’s always ‘clucked’ when she layed eggs, or when she was in danger, but after goose died, she began crowing louder, and louder and earlier and earlier.

We’ve always tried to have Clementines best interest at heart, we purchased chicks to help with her loneliness, but to no avail. We wanted her to be happy, and felt it was time for her to be with other chickens.

Toph placed an ad online….and the phone calls started pouring in.

We felt fortunate in that this time of ‘parting’ we had a chance to say goodbye.




And them all…

Clementine found a new home with with Geese, Chickens and Ducks. A few acres of land, and a coop with a door that is on a timer, and open and closes in the morning and evening. We hope she is happy there, and like to hope that she’s been given a better life.


More than cooking and sewing!

Although my kids do love to cook and sew, they do love many other things, which haven’t been documented too much on our blog lately. But lest they think their childhood was filled with just these type of things, I am going to try harder to document more ‘manly things’. So with out further ado, one of their favorite things is fixing things with their dad.

Including our mailbox that has ‘tipped’ over for the second time since we’ve moved in. (Night games are played every weekend in our cul-de-sac, over the summer, by the neighborhood teenagers… And apparently our mailbox is the safe spot!) The mailbox is secured well….and what child doesn’t love wet cement?


More crazy antics

Of a one and a half year old.

–Obsessed with accessories

(especially hats, shoes and glasses)

–Climbing and moving everything he can!

(anything and everything he can climb!)

–Talking. This little boy is learning so many new words every day.

(His most repeated words are still Dad, Tucker, Truman, and Mom. Which of course makes my heart flutter.)

We haven’t seen too many of the terrible two behaviors come yet, and I’m hoping it stays that way, at least until he is two!



Keeping the children happy at home is much easier when water is part of the equation.

We slip n’ slide

splash in the kiddie pool


Jump in the ‘big pool’

spray each other with water guns

and Truey loves to use a frisbee as an instrument for splashing

And for some strange reason, Elliot loves to sit in my flower box, watch his brothers and warm up. (good things I didn’t get flowers planted in it!)

Summer would not be summer with out water. We don’t get away from the house much, but with water fun like this, who needs to leave? 🙂


Fathers Day 2010

The tradition of breakfast in bed continues. And must be recorded on the blog, for posterity sake. 🙂


Fishing with dad…

And the luck (or should I say, unluck) of last year continues…still no fish have been caught!

But the boys are still loving this time with their dad, and asking whey they can go again.

There is something magical about doing this with their father, they are lucky to have such a good dad.


it’s been over 18 months…

of this sweet goodness in our lives.

What happy, happy days they have been.


My word for the year…

In January, I chose the word..


July begins the 7th month of the year, we’re over half-way through 2010! July feels like an appropriate time to review/re-evaluate my goals. I have been thinking alot about where I am, why I am where I am, and what things I can improve on and what things I am doing good at.

During this time of pondering, I came across this quote which summarized how I am feeling about life right now…
ANNA QUINDLEN : Life is made of moments, small pieces of silver amidst long stretches of tedium. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves now to live, really live…to love the journey, not the destination.

I try to focus on this, and still feel time slipping through my fingers…keeping an eternal perspective, and my eye set upon eternal things has helped me immensely these last few months, looking for the little things, and enjoying them.

Unfortunately, I have not done so well at other things, like getting to the temple to renew my eternal covenants as often as I would like…but I still have a few more months to rectify these other things, right?

How are your new years resolutions coming along? I hope well and that you haven’t forgotten them completely.


today, I just stumbled upon this…

And made me cry.

Why? Because I am a mother? Because I am pregnant, and many things make me cry? Because I want to so ‘fiercely’ to teach my children how to write a good life?

I don’t know.

But it was powerful for me today…and I hope you enjoy it too.