Thursday, January 12, 2017


     '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

1 comment:

  1. love the boys pjs and Ashlynn and her unicorn. glad you were able to talk to the older 2 for Christmas. love your new car stickers!