Tuesday, October 21, 2014

it's hard to be three….

despite what you might have heard, its not easy being three. i firmly believe that three is the new two. ;) 
let it be known that when you're three, one of the main avenues of communication just so happens to be crying. sometimes tears are warranted, but most often that's just not the case. many times i have to laugh, otherwise we'd both end up in tears - ha! i read this post the other day and thought it might be interesting (and possibly a little humorous) to document some of the events that cause such emotional turmoil on a daily basis for my precious three year old. :)

reasons why my three year old is crying…. 

i gave her captain crunch in the car. after she asked for captain crunch.

i didn't enter her secret house through the right door. (aka going around the right side of the pillow instead of the left)

her teeth were squeaky.

her sister called her a pinecone (thanks, sheriff callie)

the my little pony wouldn't look the right way.

i wouldn't let her have smores goldfish for breakfast (even though she technically doesn't even LIKE smores goldfish…)

her pillow wouldn't listen

the captain crunch was on a shelf out of her reach.

i was singing along with the radio

there were bugs outside

the sun was shining

i "forgot" her upstairs. never mind the fact that she was sleeping in her room when my alarm went off and i made my way downstairs.

i cut her mini pancakes in half when she wanted them kept whole so she could make a "pancake sandwich"

i left her mini pancakes whole so she could make a "pancake sandwich" when she wanted them cut in half.

liza was looking at her.

i offered her a brownie.

her sister tooted and it "scared her"

oh, laney. you keep me on my toes every second of every day. you are going to do great things, i just know it. we love you, laylay.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


long time, no blog. so a bit of a catch-up on my current happenings….
loving:  seeing my girls happy. libbi and laney have rekindled their love for frozen as of late. they've been wearing their costumes constantly and reenacting the movie. word for word. it is both hilarious and so sweet. thankfully laney is a good sport and agrees to be anna, as libbi would never relinquish her title as elsa, the QUEEN! it doesn't hurt that the anna costume has a cape - and laney loves a good cape. ;) 

reading: i'm late to the game (as usual) but i just finished Gone Girl. and wow. it lived up to the hype, for sure. and on a completely different note, i'm also currently reading/working through the study, "Restless" by Jennie Allen. and it is also completely amazing, but for totally different reasons than Gone Girl - ha! 
images via google images
waiting for: a morning with no tears from the tippins trio. are mornings ridiculously emotional for anyone else??? we literally have at least one meltdown from each female under the age of 6 before we leave the house... every. single. morning. it's exhausting. today's tears were over one child's pants that looked "ogrey" (as in they resembled an ogre), one child not being able to drink chocolate milk, and another child's pancakes that were cut into triangles instead of half circles. all perfectly logical reasons to lose your mind.

excited about: the awesome parent/teacher conference we had with libbi's teacher this morning. i am SO proud of our girl and how well she's doing in kindergarten. she's reading, writing, following rules, and making friends. what more could we ask for?! :)

trying to: find my groove. even though we're two months into the school year, i feel like i'm just now getting into a groove of drop off and pick up times, different schedules and events, and everything that goes along with two kids in two different schools. 
working on: halloween and thanksgiving items for the shop! lots of cute stuff coming to the etsy shop. this year i'll be offering christmas cards, too! can't wait!!

enjoying: my girls. we had the best few days of "fall break." it was so nice to be home together with no plans. i'm pretty sure one of those days we didn't get out of our jammies. it was glorious. ;) 

using: ebates. for everything! i've already started a bit of christmas shopping and i make sure to use ebates so i can get cash back! if you've not signed up - you need to! it is FREE money!! :) instead of going straight to the site you want to shop at, go to ebates first, then click through to your destination site. when you check out, you'll receive cash back. it's as easy as that! you can sign up through my link HERE.

wearing: long sleeves. finally! we've had a few days with temps lower than 80˚ which means fall could finally be upon us! 

planning: outfits for family pictures. or i guess i should say the girls' outfits. i spend way too much time trying to find the perfect outfit for libbi, laney, and liza…. and then just grab whatever i have clean for me. ha! priorities, people. ;) 
needing: to make time to exercise more. or at all, really. i'm not getting any younger and this body is the only one i've got, so i might as well take care of it properly. ;) 
learning: that the true mark of obedience is trusting God under pressure. trusting God is "all" or "not at all" - i evidence my trust in God when i obey Him in all things, even when i don't understand. whew. that is tough stuff! 

listening to: sadly, the number one song on repeat at our house right now is "the gummy bear song." if you've never heard it, consider yourself lucky. it's so annoying, albeit very catchy. my girls are obsessed with it. and watching the youtube video of it just about sends them over the edge.  
doing: laundry. it's a never ending chore 'round these parts. 
dreaming of: if i'm dreaming big, i'm dreaming of planning a trip to disney world for the girls. it's overwhelming how much information is out there! but if it involves princesses, they'll love it. if i'm just regular old dreaming, then i'm dreaming of a day spent lying in bed catching up on all my dvr'd shows (and where calories don't count, obviously). 

this is me. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

memories of firsts: walking...

big things are happening at the tippins household…. liza girl has started walking!
i would love to say she took her FIRST steps towards me….but that's not the case. i had just flipped on mickey mouse and she popped right up and took off.  liza loves her some mickey and minnie mouse!

libbi took her FIRST steps the day she turned 11 months old. laney waited a bit longer to take her FIRST steps - she was just shy of 13 months. and liza girl waited even longer and took her FIRST steps at 14 months.

i caught a quick video of one of liza's FIRST attempts. a small warning, you may want to turn the volume down. unless you'd like the dogs in your neighborhood to start barking in response to my high pitched scream. sorry…. i was excited :)

and of course i had to go searching for videos of my other girls' FIRST steps. i found libbi's, but couldn't find any of laney. so sorry, laylay. we do love you. and i know i have some sort of footage of your FIRST steps….somewhere. i'm just not sure where at the moment. just don't let this be the FIRST thing you bring up in therapy, mmmkay? ;-)  #middlechildsyndrome

here's a small clip of libbi's FIRST steps.
again…. the volume. my screaming. apparently the excitement was just as great the FIRST time around as it was the second and third.

and even though i can't find the video of laylay walking - here's a picture of one of the FIRST times she stood on her own. i can't leave out this sweet girl. :) 

it's going to be a busy month for the tippins girls! 
happy october FIRST, friends! 

Friday, September 26, 2014

friday favorites...

i'm linking up with some fun blogs today to share some of my "friday favorites"…..

1. fall tv!! woo-hoo. i am SO happy that fall tv shows have started again. SVU is probably my favorite of the week - i set my dvr to record it since jeffrey was out of town on wednesday night and i can't bring myself to watch anything "scary" while he's gone - ha!  instead i stick to educational programs like real housewives and teen mom.

2. i am loving these toms booties. the herringbone is adorable! i'm seriously considering them…. i just have to make myself buy them. for some reason i have no problem buying all sorts of precious little girl clothes, but when it's time to stock my own wardrobe, i always hesitate. i'm sure it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that i'm covered in food, babies, or other substances throughout most of the day. (also, shout out to laney for leaving a broken orange crayon in her pocket. in case you didn't know it, those things melt in the dryer. i have a (now orange) shirt to prove it.) 

3. cool weather. can i get an amen?! i think i'm most excited that we won't have to endure any more 1000 degree soccer games on saturday mornings. thank goodness it's cooling off! 

see? H-O-TTTTT! 

4. sweet little kindergarten handwriting. i love that libbi is phonetically spelling words. it just cracks me up. and i have to let you know that i do have secret talent…. i am fluent in phonetic writing. i can decipher almost any piece of kid writing. it's a gift. ;) 
"my apples are juicy." 


this is hysterical to me because while studying the five senses, i guess they did a "smell" experiment where they had to guess what was in a canister based on what it smelled like. it makes me laugh that libbi seriously guessed, "skunks" and "garbage" and believed that her teacher used those scents - haha!

5. another recent favorite is having libbi and her cousins at the same school. actually, my brother and sister in law are there, too. it's so much fun watching the girls attend events with their cousins (who they adore!) and even simple outings like ice cream after school are enough to make their little lives complete - ha! i love it! 
in case you can't tell, that's libbi's "thumbs up, wink, cool kindergarten girl" pose. :)

last week's homecoming parade. don't worry, i think liza has forgiven me for not letting her sit with the big girls. 

6. and what would a list of favorites be without these cuties?! 
we've had a busy week, but these girls have been troopers! liza girl is trying her hardest to walk - she's allllllmost there. 
laney had her tubes removed and handled it like a champ! 
libbi passed her blue sight words at school, met her reading goal, and is just all around rocking at kindergarten. 
i couldn't be prouder of all three of my girls! 

have a great weekend, friends!