Friday, January 13, 2017

Elder Phippen's first taste of Cuy

The other day I received a wonderful e-mail.
I LOVE it when people 
from my children's missions Text me, facebook, or email
 me to let me know how my children are doing. 
 Here is the e-mail with these pictures.
We are touring our sons mission. He trained Elder Calle prior to completing in October. Elder Phippen is doing great. 
We all had our first taste of Cuy  ( google it). 
I am from Illinois so it is good to see a Midwestern Boy. 
Feliz Nuevo Ano  

A few days later a gal requested to be my friend on facebook.  I was unsure who it was but figured it was a Spanish name and written in Spanish could be from Ry's mission, I better except.  So glad I did. 
She sent me these pictures.

I responded,

Thanks for the pictures.  I love them.

She responded,

"No entiendo mucho pero thank you"

I am thinking, I need to start responding in Spanish;)

Thursday, January 12, 2017


It's funny how kids get parents to do things they don't want to do.

Over Christmas break, Ashlynn was having a "moment".  
She was crying about being bored.
 She begged to go to the ARL.  I finally agreed but it was 
understood we are not coming home with a pet.

 We didn't.  We came home with two pets.  
Anna and Elsa. 
 They were so adorable, they were sisters, they had to stay together. Plus, as Ashlynn put it, she needs these dogs, she has felt a hole in her heart since Riley left.  

Manipulation at it's finest:)

Well that FUN lasted until we had to start paying for them and cleaning up after them.
Then they would start wrestling each other in the middle of the floor like actual siblings. 
Then one decided to snap at the neighbor kid and that seemed like the perfect reason to put a STOP to half the insanity we just introduced into our lives.
 Problem was Ashlynn was in love with both dogs.

  Mom was worried the dogs would suffer depression if they were separated.  Dad didn't want any part of the non-sense we spoke of.  He said the aggressive dog is going back end of story.

 Ashlynn was in tears, mom called Dad about a hundred times as he was making the trip to return the bonded, four legged friend. I wanted to be sure this was not a bad choice. 
You see, dad is usually persuadable:).

 Turns out Dad was right.  Since we took the black dog back, our life of owning a dog has been much easier, and enjoyable.  Paige (we changed her name) has bonded better to our family instead of her sister she was suppose to be bonded to. 
That sounds awful of us I know.  However I studied it a little, it's not:).

It really is true a dog is a man's best friend. 
Everyone who leaves, Paige sees to the door and she 
greets them cheerfully as they get home.
Daxon loves teaching her new tricks
and taking her running.


Paige has come with some added work.
The smiles that she puts on all the kids faces 
makes it totally worth it.

December 19, 2016 in Arequipa

Week 9 
Riley has been out of the CCM for about 
2 weeks and is as happy as can be.
I am not sure if the hat is just a tradition of some kind or part of a Christmas play:).

In the Christmas play Elder Phippen was a candle because he is tall, skinny, and white!!!

 This is the view from the Arequipa, Peru Temple plot.
 Volcano Mt. Misti

Here are his lovely living quarters:).

The moment all missionaries remember,
The first baptism:).

 Everything Riley has to say about his mission is how much he is loving it.
That is not a surprise.  Riley loves people and life.  He follows Elder Worthlin's advice as well as anyone I know,


     'Twas the year 2016 and the Phippens had found
Christmas was a little more quiet
 with only 3 children around.

So many wonderful things surround this time of year.
The birth of our Savior being the focus. Love for others is in the air.
We continued with our tradition of taking treats to Hope Ministries,
and going to parties. This year Daxon tried his hand at making my Aunt Louise's hand made caramels and Grandma Briscoe's divinity.  I have to say, that boy has a talent for candy making.  They were SCRUMPTIOUS!
JD worked a lot this year, but when you get paid time and a half, plus holiday pay, it's hard to pass up :) .
One tradition I had almost forgot about this year (until I was talking to my
 Dad). He mentioned they were all getting ready
 to make gingerbread houses.

 This is always the most fun when we hot glue the houses, 
then cover them with frosting:)

 Funny story-We called the sister missionaries to join us.  They responded to the message with "Who is this?"  We responded, "Phippens, Sorry".  They responded, "No worries".  

What does that even mean, I thought to myself. Do we wait for them or go ahead.  They never came.  Later I discovered it was not the correct number. LOL

 We had a great time eating and building .

 Christmas eve PJs are always a favorite.  
This year I went with funny Pjs rather than stylish:)

After all the kids had opened PJs Ashlynn was a little distraught that hers did not match the boys.  I had and extra pair that ended up not fitting in Rileys 
stuff so we let her put them on for pictures.

 Daxon watches Jon B fishing videos whenever he can.  
He had to have this shirt:).

 I love this picture of all the boys trying to figure 
out Britton's new toy.

 I think it is safe to say that Ashlynn loves her unicorn.

 I have to say I was very surprised when Daxon asked for a guitar for Christmas.  He has never shown much interest in musical things. I decided to not let this golden opportunity pass me by.  :)
 He has loved it and is learning quickly.

 I loved that I did not have to ask the kids to get ready for church at all.  
They just were ready and willing to go on time.  

 Ashlynn's toys never appeal much to her brothers.  It always makes me smile when one of them takes the time to play with her and her new treasures.

 The all time highlight of the day was the missionary phone calls.
We all loved getting to see Alyssa's and Riley's face and hear their voices.  
Last year we did not really have a rule on how much time we could talk so we talked for a very long time.
This year however, we were so concerned about following the rules that I think maybe we hung up too soon.  I realize no missionary, nor mother, is ever ready to hang up, so on Mother's Day I will let Elder Phippen decide when to hang up.

 I sure love these 2 kiddos.  
I love this picture. 
I love these smiles.

I love my new bumper stickers I ordered for Christmas:).
It was a wonderful Christmas. It makes me think of these words from the song 
Blessings (by Alabama)
Oh, The blessings, sent from above,
Oh, the blessings, a life full of love
When I look around I can see,
All that's been given me,
So lift my eyes up to the sky
'Cause I wanna give my, my, my, my, my
Thanks for the blessings

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

iMac Crash

This post will make me sound shallow.  I mean, we are talking about a computer, not a person for crying out loud.  I'm telling you what--when it is your family computer and you put your life on that baby, it becomes part of the family.  Shallow, yes.  I may be, but the unthinkable happened.  Our computer crashed about a month ago and it was a crisis for me. I cried about it, yelled about it, freaked out about it and may have eaten a little too much food to compensate my feelings:).   It put my life into crazy mode.

 I always think those people who back up computers all the time are crazy.  It's a computer, they are like magic.  In the movies you can get everything and anything off a computer.  Well, ours crashed and they could not recover it.  WHAT? How is this possible???  We lost a lot of stuff.  Files, programs, our budgeting system and a lot of pictures were lost.  Through it all, I discovered that I am a very spoiled person.  Tears flowed many times as I  tried to function without the iMac. I was so in love with my Mac.  I am still not fully functioning due to the things we lost.  I grow very attached to certain things.  Pictures are one of those things. Many pictures are on my phone still, thank goodness. I love pictures so much because,

"You never see the hard days in a photo album, but those
 are the days that get you from one snapshot to the next."

This awful event has a silver lining however. It reminded me that no matter what happens in life we are not alone.  We really do have angels among us who watch over us, love us and bless our lives.  
(Thank you Shari, Granny and Gramps for being our angel in this event.) 
I am thankful for the angels in my life who present themselves so often.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Do you want to paint a snowman?

 It would seem at times that I only have one child and her name is Ashlynn.  
This is not because I like her the best( I do like her a whole lot). 
 She is just the only one who still lets me take pictures
 and is happy to hang out with MOM!

 One of my favorite things about
 the holidays are the crafts and projects.
Ashlynn is happy to do anything where paint, glue guns 
and scissors are involved.

 We had so much fun putting together these little snowmen. 


Image result for moana
I took the kids to see Moana last night.  It was excellent.   It had a crab part in it that was a little strange, but we all really enjoyed it.  I loved the genealogy theme.  I found that as I sat in the movie with all 3 of my kiddos who are still home, I appreciated the fact that we were all there together.  At one time during the movie they all started to laugh. As I looked around at them eating popcorn, I felt so blessed to be sitting with them in that moment. It is funny. . .when they were all young I tried to avoid taking them to the movies. Now, I feel blessed when a movie comes out that we can actually all go together.