Wednesday, December 8, 2010


December is for Disneyland?  What?!  Last weekend we went off to Disney with a favorite family from the Valley.

We just happened to be going to D-land the same time as our old neighbors, so we met up and experienced D-land together.  Truman's best friend is Drew, they've been buds since Kindergarten.  Quinn's best friend is Cooper and they've been bffs since they were 3. 

This picture is of me and my boys.
Don't ask where Rick is.
He showed up 1 1/2 hours later after getting DayQuil for Cole.
Long story.

I thought the boys were the only ones being goofs, I was mistaken.....did you notice my sweater?  I spent half the day with it buttoned like that.  You'd think I would know how to button my sweater correctly by now.  I'm pretty sure it's the boys' fault though.......

 Cooper and Quinn lovin' some honey.  They were initially boycotting splash mountain, that's why they were sitting with the kiddie honey pots. Once the others went on the ride, they grew some chest hair and went on the ride too.

Who took the picture, you may ask? Well, I don't have chest hair and it was too cold to for me to get wet.  Get real.
 I've talked before about how Rick gets in my, "head space".  Point in case.  This is me saying, "Hey, you're in my head space, cock your head to your left, please.

 What would an hour wait at Indiana Jones' be without watching, "Star Wars," on an ipod?!
 Truman and Drew, 'nuff said.
 Cole wasn't feeling great so he took a little rest on the island that used to be Tom Sawyer's, not sure what they call it now.
 Ah, the joy of a fake smile.  He still looks cute.
Truman, Drew and Brady sitting on lots of treasure.

Karen was the only one over 18 to join the tea cups with the younger boys.  That girls is a risk taker!

Okay, the best thing about this picture, other than we're almost all in it (except Karen), is that my sweater is buttoned correctly!  Thanks for that.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Thanksgiving with the Tiptons

It's taken a while for me to get these up on my little blog.  There was no cooperation with my computer in my endeavor, took me some time to figure it out.  Some time soon I'll have a computer savvy person come to visit it and he/she will make it all better. 

We had a very fun holiday with the Tiptons, 31 of them in total.  We only were lacking Cherrisse's family who celebrated Texas style in Lubbock.

Tiffany was the hostess this year and she did a wonderful job!  She set a cute table(s).
The preparations went on for hours.
Steven fried a turkey, Cajun style
while Tiffany cooked a traditional one in the oven.

Part of the day consisted of writing three things we were grateful for
and then trying to pick who wrote what.
Tiff even gave an Old Navy gift certificate to the one who
picked the most people.
I lost by one.

Here's our
"Thankful for" leaves.

Our great host and hostess.
I don't envy them.

This seems sick and wrong and yet we all do it.
When your belly gets big,
put it to work!

Our cute decor.

 Some of the first to be seated.  Jamie, my-sister-in-law, and me........I was hungry.
Papa, always a crowd pleaser with the kids.

Getting ready for our
Kick-Ball game.
We always play boys against the girls.
It can get ugly.

It was also cold!

Emily holding the last born Tipton grandchild who just turned one
while preparing for Winston's arrival in January.

The, "Day after Thanksgiving hike"
with the men and kids.
We women are smarter than you think!

 I think the kids had a great time!  After the hike, they went and shot guns and then we hit up Costa Vida for dinner and a movie then more shopping.

Sunday, December 5, 2010


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Sunday, November 21, 2010

School Picnic

Friday Quinn's elementary school
had a
picnic for all the families.
Like all good parents,
I got our picnic food from
In-N-Out Burger
as directed by my son.
I think all of the parents were there as well as
Winter Visitors!

We had a guest on our blanket.
Yes, an ant came to our picnic.
However, I can't see it anywhere in this shot.
Believe me, it's there....somewhere.
Maybe in the shadow?

Here's a view from our spot.
It was such a nice day.
Almost too warm.
Gotta love AZ weather in the Fall/Winter.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Emily's a Winner!

So Emily Zoe won this fashion type of review
from this really cute girl,
who runs a popular blog,
who lives here in the valley.
She ran a contest that Emily entered and was one of five winners!
The blog is:
It's super cute, especially if you're
well, of the younger type.
Em got to meet the stylist at
the best store ever,
for her style session.

This is one of the outfits that was picked out for her.
Can't hardly see that 29+ week baby there.
I kind of invited myself to go and watch.
Is that weird?
My rationalization is that Pei Wei is right by
so it was an obvious choice!
Two birds with one stone.
I love multi-tasking!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fukuoka, Japan!!

Although I'm a little late in posting the news,
we're still really excited!
On Friday, October 22, 2010
R. Cole Tipton got his mission call
after waiting for
three weeks and one day to
That was a long time to wait.
But, it was worth it!
Who would have thought another Tipton was going
Not me!
I should have known.

Does this look like your typical missionary?
He didn't shave the whole time he waited for his papers.
Was it some form of protest?
Was it some form of hunger strike, except the shaving kind?
No, I'm most definite that it's just being lazy.
Pretty sure that's it.

Cole had the family meet down at the hospital 'cause
I was workin'.
My co-workers watched the scene on the surveillance cameras in triage.
A guy walked buy, obviously of the same religion, and said,
"Kind of a weird place to open your mission call."
Yep.  It was a weird place, but we still had lots of fun.

Once again, the computer's being dumb and I can't load any more photos.
I will get revenge.
Don't worry!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Country Club

Trying to find a place for my dad to live in that's safe, secure and will give him three hot meals a day.
No, not prison.
Just a little country clubish home with other older fellas like him.
This is an adventure in every sense of the word.
Can you say, "extended family"?

Monday, October 4, 2010


The other day I went out for a little shopping.
Of course I went to my favorite store
They were having a sale upon a sale.
Take an extra 40% off of the lowest sale price.
That kind of sales talk just screams my name.
After purchasing a lovely
Ralph Lauren shirt dress for myself,
I decided to go to the mens' section.
Timothy was there. (That's what his name tag said.)
"Nice to see you again. It's been a long time," he said
as he reached his hand out toward mine to shake.
"Nice to see you too," I said.
Should I be embarrassed that the salesman at
Dillards recognizes me?
"How was your summer?" He said.
"Oh, um, too long. It still feels like summer here."
He let me continue on browsing. I found a shirt for Rick and took it up to his counter to purchase.
"I like your hair," said Timothy, "It's very pretty."
I told him, "Thanks" and went on my way.
I know I shop at that Dillards fairly frequently but, come on, I didn't think I went there enough to be missed.
However, I'm a sucker for a compliment, wherever I have to get one.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

An unfortunate event.

Cole was leaving for school Friday morning.
He's studying film
Scottsdale Community College.
His transportation happens to also be his
first car.
It's a 1997 Mercury Tracer.
It's purple too,
Barney purple.
As Cole was walking out the front door he said,
"My horn honks randomly so I have to unhook the battery."
"What?"  I said, falling off my chair while I laughed my head off.
(I mean, I really laughed and laughed hard.
I'm still laughing as I write this.)
"Well, when I'm driving and the horn goes off,  I just hit the horn and it stops.
I can't do that when I'm in the house or at school so I have to unhook the battery."
Then he left out the door shaking his head to the sounds of my laughter.
Why is it I find his unfortunate event so completely
Could it be that it's as it should be?
I mean, he's an 18 year old boy with an old, purple car.
A boy who has given me more trouble than my dog Ted.
(That's saying a lot!)
I think it's one of those Universe things.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

He's the Man!

On Monday Quinn visited with
Dr. Bodensteiner
of Saint Joseph's Hospital
He's quite the doctor.
I know I've talked about him before but this time I have a picture of him too.
He's the one who diagnosed Quinn.
He's been following Quinn for the last 5 years now.
He's a good man.
I felt a little silly asking for a picture.
But hey, it's my job to take pictures for posterity, right?

This is what he does when he's feeling pain in his shoulder.
Even in his sleep.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Just an everyday bra

On Monday I went to Victoria's Secret to
buy a new bra.
It had been some time since I performed this task.
So long in fact that the sales lady asked,
"What kind of bra are you looking for?"
To which my obvious reply was,
"A good one."
"So, you just need an everyday bra then," she replied?
"Yeah, I guess, just an every day bra."
Um I didn't know there was anything different.
Now I know.
I mean, I guess I've always known
but in my small, efficient world,
a zebra striped, sexy bra costing
a bundle just doesn't serve my needs.
Maybe someday I'll require more than
an everyday bra.
Who knows?

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Eagle Court of Honor

On September 11th, 2010
we finally had Cole's
Eagle Court of Honor
It took some doin' talking Cole into holding one in the first place.
But we have ways of persuasion
and finally he submitted allowing us to
go forward with the ceremony.
It was very nice.
A lot of family and friends came.

Cole had two mentor pins to give out.
One went to Eric Eaves,
who couldn't be there but we accepted the invitation on his behalf.
The other mentor pin went to his sister,
Emily Zoe
for keeping him on the right track and for putting up with him
when he was a ding bat.

She was surprised.
Surprised because she didn't even know
the significance of receiving a mentor pin
and she was surprised Cole acknowledged her hard work
to keep him from a life of crime.

Cole gave me the
mom pin
for the Eagle.
Dad got one too.
Rick presented Cole with the
Eagle pin and
Cole presented me with a dozen roses,
'cause I'm the mom of an Eagle now.

Only two more kids to go.
No sweat!

Friday, September 3, 2010

I figured it out.

Not until yesterday did I ever get the experience of watching a swim meet.
It was pure torture!
Picture this,
108 degrees,
a beautiful sparkling blue pool

that I couldn't touch.
I wanted to drink it!
I wanted to dunk my head and swim all over in it!
At one point, I thought to myself,
"They're not using this lane.
I can just put my feet in a dangle for a little bit."
It was probably the only time in my life that I wished
I wore a bikini to my son's dive meet!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

This Guy!

Truman is running for
Assembly Director.
For those of you uneducated souls, its
the new title for the old title of
Spirit Director.
Frankly, if
is going to be a Spirit Director,
I'd much rather the title be
Assembly Director!
Wouldn't you?!
He's running against
two girls whose moms are, well
I mean uber in every sense of the word.
Emily came over Sunday night to help launch his campaign.
Truman's campaign posters say
"Who has two thumbs and will be the best Assembly Director?
This Guy!"
Then we put googly eyes on his eyes on the posters.
(Got it?)
It's priceless.
Thanks Emily Zoe.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Today is my birthday!

This is my kindergarten picture.
I barely tuned 5 when this was taken.
I wore my
Flower girl
dress for the pictures.
As you may gather from the colors of the dress,
the wedding colors were
brown & yellow.
That's the '70s for you!
Ahhh, I loved it so!
I also had some
Buster Brown
shoes to go with.
They were shiny and brown and tan.
"What's that toothless smile?"
You may ask.
Well, my teeth were rotten down to the nubbins from being put to bed with a
bottle of apple juice nightly as a baby.
(Don't try that one at home!)
They stayed that way until I started loosing my teeth in
First Grade!
Don't think that wasn't attractive.

Monday, August 23, 2010


Yes.  This is a barf bag.
The exact type you'd get on an airplane
should the turbulence be too much for ones stomach.
I didn't get a lot of turbulence on this particular flight to
San Francisco,
but I did get to ride with the entire band
back when I was 16 years old!
Talk about a thrill!
The band was in
First Class.
I wasn't.
I knew this would be a once in lifetime opportunity so,
I walked up to
First Class with my
barf bag and asked
Steve Perry
for his autograph.
He said, "Do you have a pen, sweetheart?"
"Ahh," I looked around to the band members and asked,
"Can I borrow a pen?"
One of the members handed me one.
I got my autograph.
See it here?
It says,
Journey, Steve Perry.
Not only did I get to fly with them
but they also went to the
baggage claim and waited for their luggage.
I was thrilled!
I had been to their concert in
the night before where it was sold out for
three performances.
Now here I was waiting with them at the
luggage carousel.
How lucky can a girl get?