Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Organizing that beast of a master closet under the direction of my mother.

For my Happy Birthday (coming soon in Jan) my mom came home with me from Christmas and showed me how to get things done in the closet. She paid for California Closets a LONG time ago and after one closet she said, "That's it! I can do THAT myself". And she did.

However... I had no clue, until now. It was so not hard to do and with Kennedy's help (ha) we were done in no time. It was an all day project, but we got it done in one day! (Okay we got it done in one day because Justin had MacKenzie and Grayson outta the house). Thanks Mom! I love my new closet.

And now I'm ready to rip out the rest of the closets in the house!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Is it an upgrade when you get a bigger clock?

The clock I had before stopped working a few months after buying it (stupid piece of junk). I went to get another clock motor thing except... it wouldn't fit! I was about to get one from Costco when I found this sweet deal @ Home Goods. It's huge. And now it's screaming for a new friend of a mantel. But for now it will have to make due w/ the reindeer and snowmen.

And not to let Rebecca take the show with her display of Christmas presents. I already had this pile started. It's just as cute as yours no? And just as spectacular!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Flashback Wednesday was nicer than "Old chubby pictures w/ bad hair"

I mean this is blow up and put it on the wall worthy. Looking at all the birth pictures it is finally starting to feel like a LONG time ago.

What a cute little girl she is/was!

Remember this? I notice Rebecca conspicuously hiding in the back with orange hair? Maybe it's just the lighting. And how old is Justin? 14, maybe 15?

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

hunting chucker

Justin's been hunting 3 times now and finally.... he got something! He was so excited.

They're kind of cute too. These little guys are called chucker. For those of you who already knew that we must not know each other very well. I'll let you know what they taste like later.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I couldn't resist. This might be my favorite part of Christmas blogging.

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Let the holidays begin

with a movie night. The house is spotless (so mom, Jenna and Kjersti when you come tomorrow and find it messy it's not our fault) and what better to do with a clean house? Lay down and enjoy it 'cuz it ain't gonna look like this for long. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

when did no turn into yes?

I don't like animals. I live in a family of people who don't care.

And this is not the same guinea pig twice. It's 2 different pigs that were "free". Right. Is anything ever free?

Friday, November 20, 2009

choose your pose

MacKenzie's cat pose.

And Kennedy's raccoon.

Can you see the sass vs. reservation?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

wood stack pic

I have been trying to think of a backdrop for a family Christmas pic and the idea came to me... do it in front of a huge pile of stacked wood. How earthy and festive. Except. I need TWICE the amount of pretty stackage and this pile alone about wore me out. (Or was it because I did it after I attacked the bushes in the back yard in effort to make them look like trees). However for kid pics I really like my little pile. What do you think?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fall activities

include making turkeys...

Going to the mountains to get wood in our new trailer. That's right Justin found a trailer on craigslist while we were in Fresno for Benjamin's wedding. He's been floating around the house for almost a month feeling "like a man" now that he has "manly things".

And what's fall without a little hint of winter. I found this tree at a yard sale a few months ago which means... we're puttin' up 2 trees this year! That's right 2! This one the kids decorated with stuffed animals. Total cost $0. Take that Tai Pan.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

He's 2

Grayson is the oldest baby I've ever had, usually there's an 8 month old crawling around somewhere. Can't believe he's 2. Can't believe we've lived here almost 2 years! To celebrate we had a big party and because I'm super organized mom we planned ahead for this kind of thing... 10am the morning of is planning ahead. It all began with the motorcycle.

That afternoon he dropped a can of pineapples on his big toe (which immediately turned his toenail purpleish-black). Poor guy has the party hat on with the expression of why are all these people here? I just want the pain in my toe to go away. Oh wait is that fire on the candles?

And toys! I don't have to share? Man this is getting better and better.

I'm sad to say, Grayson might own more purses than trucks. He was in heaven.

And what ever happened to pin the tail on the donkey? All Party City had was put the sticker-nose on the clown. The kids loved it anyway.

Well happy birthday Grayson. We love you. And your purses, I mean trucks.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Kennedy's first Primary Program

Today was Kennedy's first Primary Program. My mom & stepdad and Justin's parents came to watch her debut her big speaking part (we also threw together a quick birthday party for Grayson which explains the party hats).

From L-R Bruce, Kathy, Kennedy, Mom, MacKenzie, Manuel, Grayson, Katelyn on me & Justin.
Now for those of you who don't know, the Primary Program it's where the children ages 3-11 perform a 30-40 minute presentation instead of your regular "Sunday sermon" if you will. It is always entertaining and usually funny. This morning I was able to appreciate it as a parent.

As the program started the children were singing and all I could see was the back of Kennedy's head. Nice. The chorus began and she whipped around to sing all the words like a champ. That's my girl. Second verse... cat stretching for a few minutes until the chorus again where she starts singin' like a pro. Good job. (Insert proud Grandparents, Aunt Katelyn and mom)

Then she has her speaking part, "I lived with Heavenly Father before I came to earth". Said through her hand up to her mouth and her head turned to the side. My shy little girl. Aww. Cute.

Another song and they sit down. THEN... what is she asking her teacher? I see their little conversation and it ends as Kennedy walks down off the stage and is now sitting on my lap. Uh.
M: The program's not over, don't you want to finish?
K: No. I'm tired of sitting up there.
M: I'll give you some gum if you go back up there.
K: Um, no thanks. I'm done.

Well okay, what do you say to that? I don't know, but she sure was cute while it lasted. Thanks to the grandparents for driving all that way to see your granddaughter in her 5 minute performance. Next year is sure to be a crowd pleaser with MacKenzie though. She'd've sat up there today if we let her.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Look what my 4 year-old can do

I felt like painting the front door today, but soon realized I didn't have enough leftovers. Dang there goes plan A for the day. Hmmm, look at all these other colors of paint. There's some left over blue, I wonder if that would work in the kids room. Nope. Hey how about the laundry room? It's white. Let's try just a little. Alright maybe a lot. Okay I don't hate it, let's go with it.

Then Kennedy picks up on my train of thought with, "MOM!!! I want to help!" Alright let's see how she does.

She did AMAZING. I was all busy doin' my side and when I turned around I saw little miss resourceful on the chair trying "to get up to the top". One little smudge on the ceiling, easily whipped off. Not a drop on her shirt or the ground. I think she's better than me.

You know we may not be doing pre-school or play school or whatever you want to call it, but gosh darn-it... that girl can paint!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Dinning chair covers

I just found some chair slipcovers and they look like a table cloth threw up on my chairs. I'll be taking them back. What's the cheapest best slipcovers?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

whatcha got in dat there purse a yours?

I'm walkin' along Costco (yes I'm feeling much better, I had Katelyn mop the floor this morning and I went to Costco this afternoon. Fantastic day.) Anyway I'm goin' down the isle for the sour cream when I realize, dang. I just passed it. So instead of turning the very large shopping cart (with Kennedy in it) around I just leave it there next to the gogurts and get the sour cream. Got the cream. Good. Look up and this couple about my age are staring into my shopping cart NOT at the Halloween treats that are bright orange, but at my purse!!! What the? This is Costco! You can't be tryin' to steal from me in Costco. Physco! They see me and keep walking as if nothing happened. To myself (who's had the swine flu and strep throat this week) I think how odd people have become in just a few days.

Outside I go to put the groceries in the car. Turn the car on to heat them diesel coil thing-ers up, put my purse in my seat, shut the door and open the back to load in all my stuff. As I shut the back of my car I turn to find this old guy staring in my window at MY PURSE! Dude! I'm right here! He quickly, yet slowly walks away. What are you looking for? Do I even look like I have any money?! You wanna know what's in my purse? I'll tell you. A credit card I don't use ATM that has recently been frauded and a hospital bill from when I took Grayson to the ER. You want the bill? Oh wait my water bill is in there too, you can take my bills. But really. What is with people today?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


The big wedding. Wedding number five. That's right my parents are done gettin' them kids out the door and into their own homes. My little brother Benjamin is officially a man or at least a grown boy paying his own rent and food bill. He got married in the Fresno temple which translated means, my sisters and I had a long overdue reunion. 5 years since we were all in the same state together.

Me, Khristie, Mom, Ben, Jessica, Rebecca, Julia

We carried our excitement right into the temple with us. Unfortunately for everyone else reverence and "Phillips girls" don't mix.

Here's a redo of an old pose.

I haven't had such a good time laughing in a LONG time! I almost peed my pants many times this past weekend and it felt good (not the pee, the laughing). I think Rebecca put it right when she said there's reason we all have moved to different states click here. Thanks fam for the fun weekend.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Box Car

There's a primary activity tomorrow. It's a "drive-in" movie and everyone has to make a car to watch the movie. MacKenzie's not really in primary, but do you think they'd notice if we left her?

These are my favorite part, the license plates.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

We've got a ho down

Well maybe not exactly, but that big pile of dirt is gettin' outta here! This is Brother Fekete, he's in our ward, and owns this sweet litte tractor. And for some reason he wasn't scared about leaving it in the hands of my husband.

After riding on the (whatever that thing is) Justin got a tractor driving lesson and didn't get off until 8pm. He was on cloud nine driving the tractor around. And this morning... my NOT morning husband jumped out of bed, put his shoes on and got to work again.

If only you needed a tractor to:
Lift up the toilet seat
Make the bed
and do the laundry

Monday, October 05, 2009

Curtains before and after


After my trip to Ikea and Ross.
Not to mention phone call of panic to my sister Rebecca when I realized I loved 4 completely different curtains. Which should I pick. I loved these better in the store, but I don't know. It's a lot of dark, but I still kind of like them now that they're up on the wall.

MacKenzie's new favorite song

Kennedy knows who Hannah Montana is, but MacKenzie's all about her brother Trace.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

my NOT rug

This is the pic of a rug for sale on craigslist. 5'x7' for $50. Okay it's not $5 Khristie (click here and here), but it's brand new so it was a pretty good price. I went to check it out today... I didn't love it. I've noticed in my rug shopping that there are patterns that are "out of focus" and "in focus". The fuzzy ones are lame. I don't like them. The crisp ones are SO much prettier and way more expensive. This one was out of focus. Dang.

The up side? The lady I didn't buy the rug from lives down the street from Home Goods! So I went to see what I could find. No clocks I needed. No pics for the walls. Almost bought that cute little Santa. But look at my little turkey salt and pepper shakers! Finally got a 4 cup measuring cup. The 2 cup business is driving me nuts. And Khrisite... you need this sister. Your frying pan is all scratched up and I'm pretty sure that teflon is part of your diet. And look, it's avocado greenish!

Thursday, October 01, 2009


The YW President before me was WAY more organized. She always had cute handouts, brought treats on Sundays, never forgot birthdays, knew who was getting ready to come into YW... blah, blah you get the point. Then there's me.
I STINK at being the President of anything! I have yet to make a handout, brought treats once and forgot we were getting a new YW until primary came to get us to get her.

Then there's my 1st counselor, she can do things like:
Throw together a luau
feed 10,000 people who show up
decorate everything
teach the girls to dance
have a cousin who can teach the RS to dance
get other YW to participate to get their personal progress done too

So who's really in charge here? Umm I helped vacuum. Does that count? Either way we had SO much fun at our luau. It was on a school night (mutual night) and the YW danced the night away. They were all fantastic and so entertaining. I think this might turn into an annual ward activity.