Friday, April 24, 2015

five on friday…art work and stories

one of my favorite things about the girls being in school is getting the chance to see their creativity come to life in the form of art and in libbi's case, her writing. i go back and forth between being impressed, laughing hysterically, and sometimes being a bit embarrassed - ha! 
this week's five on friday features some of my favorite original pieces from some of my favorite girls. enjoy! 

this one is not quite an original artwork, but i definitely thought it deserved some recognition. 
laney's teachers do a survey each week where they ask the children in her class a question and then their answers are featured on their class newsletter for all to see. it ranges anywhere from "what's your favorite color?" to "what's inside the egg?" and everything in between. a few weeks back, the question of the week was, "what are you really good at doing?" and when i saw laney's answer i wasn't really sure how to feel. 
on one hand, i was proud of her for telling the truth. because she does, in fact, wake me up…every.single.night. and so i guess she is really good at it. but i also felt like i should explain that to her teachers (and all the parents!) lest they think my poor child has to wake me up during the day because i'm sleeping on the job. ha! i hope the other parents weren't feeling bad about themselves and their parenting skills after reading what laney is so good at. it's okay - the good lord gave us all different talents in life. laney's just so happens to involve waking me up. ;-)

here's one of laney's latest creations from school. the perks of having an older sister? you learn to color earlier and better because she forbids you to scribble scrabble. laney is our little color queen! 
and one of libbi's creations: 
and a funny little backstory about libbi's. apparently the assignment was to create a robot. after they completed it, the art teacher had a high school student recreate the kindergartener's robots out of clay. they were then displayed next to each other at the art show. libbi's robot was adorable and the high school student did an excellent job of replicating it. however… 
when i asked libbi about the name "boo boo" that was labeled on her robot, she seemed a bit confused. she kept telling me that was NOT what she named her robot. she couldn't understand why it was named boo-boo when that wasn't the name she had given it. i was a bit confused myself, until i flipped her paper over. once i saw her little kindergarten handwriting on the back, the name change suddenly made sense. there in her precious left handed scrawl were the letters b-o-o-b. that's right. boob.  i asked, "did you name your robot, 'boob'?!" and she very casually replied - "yes. mrs. xxxxx said we could name it whatever we wanted. so i did." 

and just like that, it all became clear why someone made the executive decision to change boob's name to boo-boo before he was on display for the entire community to see at the art show. 

the past few weeks have been such loooooong, rainy weeks. we've been stuck inside for a good part of it. but when it hasn't been raining, my girls have been outside. they love being outside. all three of them could stay out there for hours. they've really been into the sidewalk chalk lately. libbi and laney drew chalk outlines of their bodies and then filled them in. 
libbi decided to add ovaries to hers.
just kidding. they're actually pockets. couldn't you tell? ;)

reading libbi's stories that she writes and being able to see her imagination at work is so much fun! and i have to admit, it's sometimes a bit funny, too. one of my all time favorites has to be a portrait of jeffrey that she drew for "dad's day" at school. her teacher displayed all the pictures that the students drew and each dad was supposed to identify himself from the picture his child drew. 
as you can imagine, jeffrey wasn't immediately drawn to libbi's. haha! bless her.
i posted this picture on instagram, because all i can think about when i see jeffrey's portrait is maury povich saying, "the results are in…. and you ARE the father!" and the audience gasping because it's such a shock. hahaha!

and finally, i can't forget baby liza. she is growing up every day and changing so much! she is just the sweetest thing and has the cutest smile i've ever seen. the big girls adore her and she feels the same way about them. i love watching her discover new things each day. our sweet liza pig. and she loves to draw with sidewalk chalk just as much as she loves eating it. :)

i am so thankful for my girls and their creative minds. :)
happy weekend, friends!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

one direction, tony romo, and signs that i'm officially old…..

quite a random entrance back into blogging, huh? ha! :) 

unless you were living under a rock or just really didn't care, then you probably know that last week was masters week. the tippins family is quite fond of the masters…. although we each have our own reasons. jeffrey is the golf enthusiast of the family. he truly enjoys the masters for the love of the game. he loves the beauty of augusta national and could walk the course all day every day. if he were to ever play it? i'm sure it would rank up there in his top life moments. ever. i'm also pretty sure he imagines the entrance to heaven is similar to that of magnolia lane. ;-)

i can definitely appreciate the beauty of augusta national. it's truly like nothing i've ever seen before. and i don't play golf, but i don't mind watching golfers. i mean golf. ;) 

the delicious (and cheap!) snacks at the masters don't hurt either. i mean, where else can you eat a barbecue sandwich at 9am?! and the pink lemonade? sooooo good.

the girls don't really know much about the game of golf, but they do know their daddy loves it so therefore, they love it too. laney may or may not have referred to it as football a few times…but that's why we love laney. 

i told the girls jeffrey and i were going to the masters and libbi said, "oh….. because daddy is a master?" uh, not quite. i then asked, "do you know who our favorite golfer is?" and laney excitedly said "DADDY!" true. but i guess i should have specified that i meant professional golfer. ;)  

libbi knows that we're phil mickelson fans, but she still doesn't quite understand the whole fame/professional/celebrity type status. when i got home on thursday after our day at the masters, she asked if we saw amy (phil's wife) side note: libbi thinks we're phil fans because he looks like her daddy and his wife's name is amy, so in her mind we're basically twins. ha! anyway, she asked if we saw amy and i told her we had not. she said "did you ask phil where she was?" and i tried to explain that we don't actually talk to the golfers, but i don't think she quite "got it" as she then wanted to know if i had asked him where his kids were….

while walking around the course, jeffrey and i tried to guess if we'd see anyone we knew. in year's past, we've always seen at least a few people from home that were at the tournament that day, too. i just so happened to spot someone i knew on the first hole. none other than tony romo. ha! jeffrey didn't think that counted as someone i knew, but i sure thought it did! not only that, but he was with his brother in law, chace crawford. now THAT'S my kind of golf tournament ;-) 

as we followed phil's group, we started to notice that many of the same people were traveling from hole to hole with us. groups of people flocked to each hole to watch phil mickelson, rory mcilroy, and ryan moore. i noticed a group of young guys that were following rory mcilroy. from their accents i could tell they weren't from the south - so i figured they were either fans or possibly friends of rory's from back home. we walked together from hole to hole often standing right by them. at one point, i was sure i saw someone ask the blond headed guy for his autograph. i told jeffrey that i thought he might be famous, but i wasn't positive. he told me i should ask, but i said no since i would feel like an idiot either way. if he wasn't famous i'd feel stupid for asking and if he was, i'd feel stupid that i didn't know. haha! sometime during the day i heard someone mention that one of the members of "one direction" had caddied for rory the previous day in the par three contest…. and sure enough, that's who was walking right by us the entire round on thursday!

i had no clue who he was! oops. i told jeffrey that this was a sign we were officially old. we were walking around for hours with one of the members of the most popular boy bands in the world and had no idea. don't get me wrong, if it had been justin timberlake or nsync - i probably would have been removed from augusta national due to stalking - but one direction? not a chance.

we saw a few other nba players, athletes and even rory mcelroy's dad. it's funny because more than likely in any other setting, people like niall horan (the one direction member…. yes, i had to google him) would be mobbed. but at augusta national they can walk around like any "normal" person. cameras and cell phones are not allowed so there's no one to take their pictures or snap selfies with them. you basically have to be quiet most of the time so no one can scream their names. and honestly, the majority of the demographic at the masters probably couldn't care less who one direction is. 

the masters is a golf tradition unlike any other, and it's also a tradition for our little family. this masters onesie has seen six years of tippins sisters. even if you're not exactly a golf fan, you can sure look cute trying, right? at least that's our motto ;-) 
{liza 20 months, liza 9 months}

{libbi  22 months, laney 23 months, liza 20 months}

{top: left - libbi 10 months, right - libbi 22 months
bottom: left - laney 23 months, liza 20 months}

Monday, March 30, 2015

encouragement for the week….

i love that this song is a combination of a new worship song and one of my all time favorite hymns. the best of both worlds! :) 

"I give you my life
I give you my trust

You are my God
You are enough
Jesus, Jesus

My heart is Yours
My heart is Yours
Take it all, take it all
My life in your hands

I lay down my life
I take up my cross
You are my God
Whatever the cost
Jesus, whoa Jesus

My heart is Yours
My heart is Yours
Take it all, take it all
My life in your hands

All to Jesus I surrender
All to You I freely give
Oh I will ever love and trust You
In Your presence I will live"

Lyrics and Song: Passion - "My Heart is Yours"
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"And God is able to shower all kinds of blessings on you. So in all things and at all times you will have everything you need. You will do more and more good works.
2 Corinthians 9:8

Monday, March 23, 2015

encouragement for the week….

my prayer is that whatever circumstances i may face, i can fix my eyes on Jesus 
and proclaim "it is well" knowing that He is faithful. 

"Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
Seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well
Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
It is well with me

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can't see
And this mountain that's in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well it is well with my soul

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You Lord
Through it all, through it all
It is well with me."

song and lyrics: 
Bethel Music & Kristene DiMarco
"It Is Well"
click here to listen or watch below….

"God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.
Let the oceans roar and foam. 
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!"
Psalm 46:1-3