Saturday, January 31, 2009


1. go to your 4th folder where you store your photos.

2. select the 4th photo (no exceptions).

3. post the picture with an explanation and link it back to your tagger.

4. tag 4 people to do the same.

This is Meredith at a birthday party for her friend at Jump Zone. Oh how she loves the bounce house slide!

If you haven't played yet, consider yourself tagged :)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Bloggy Breakdown

It doesn't seem like almost three weeks since my last post, but the calendar doesn't lie. So, what has been going on in our lives? Just the usual......

Wii like to play

Meredith has come to enjoy playing the Wii this past month. My attempts at pictures, thus far, have resulted in little success, but believe me she really enjoys playing a few of the games. Along with her old favorite of Tennis, she has picked up Golf, and of all things BOXING! She likes to "wiggle" and puts her boxing opponent "to sleep." So, therapy may be in our future, but for now she gets really excited to play and maybe it will teach her some self defense skills?

In addition to Meredith's new found addiction, I picked up the Wii game "My Fitness Coach" for my personal enjoyment. Think animated fitness trainer computer program. I've enjoyed it so far (well, maybe not the weight and measurements part), but its been neat because you can set the amount of time you want to work out, a focus area of the day, and incorporate any workout equipment that you already own. I've already gotten a bronze cup ;)

An Old Man

A certain someone in our house celebrated his 30th birthday this past week. The kids and I supplemented his Rock Band collection with a wireless mic and Rock Band 2, as well as the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He's 30! Oh my goodness -- it seems like yesterday we were eating all-you-can-eat Waffle House with Jono, going to SWAT with the church gang, and Brooke and I were listening to all sorts of ROTC stories. Ah.....memories.

Getting into Trouble
Russ is all boy! This past month we have seen him try to push his boundaries a little more.

Issue #1: The TV controls on my parents TV - The TV at our house is up high, but the TV at my parents house has the controls right at Russ level. Mr. Smarty Pants figured out how to turn on and off the TV, and he knows that we will tell him "No, No" because he looks slyly over to the adult in the room, pushes the button, and then runs off in laughter as we try to redirect to another activity. Time out may be in our son's future sooner, rather than later. In the meantime, I've ordered the TV guard that is supposed to solve this problem.

However, he is enjoying his favorite things: his hairbrush, his toothbrush, and the dishwasher. Looks like personal and household hygiene is important to him!

Church Stuff

Upcoming flute performances have kept me busy with practices this month, as well as the usual Sunday School and Pre-K Choir activities. We have gotten back into the swing of things in both areas!

I just started the Beth Moore Esther study up at church, and trying to stay on top of the homework. As always, its been very good - and I look forward to seeing things develop throughout the study.

Living By the Book

The Cobles talked about this earlier this week, but I have also been reading Pastor Martin's read-thru-the-Bible daily devotionals and corresponding passage reading. What a blessing! If you have been looking for a way to stay accountable to reading God's Word, then I highly recommend this blog. I am trying to also use the passage for the day to correspond with my kids devotional (although, this will probably get a little difficult when we get to Leviticus and Deuteronomy in a few weeks). The link to the blog is

Monday, January 5, 2009

Winter Break Pictures

We sent Matt back to work today to "bring home the bacon." Here are some pictures from our winter vacation at home these past two weeks. Back to the real world today!

Russell "Cruise" Lipsey

Take my picture, please

Ha, Ha - Look where I got up to AGAIN!

I'm electrifying!

Fun in Daddy's shirt

Saturday, January 3, 2009

A New Year, a New Project - The Bathroom Remodel

So, our nice old house has a lot of charm; but also a few issues. We have put off the hall bath for about as long as we can, as Meredith REALLY can't fit into the Infant/Toddler bath ANYMORE (not to mention that the kids like bath time when we take them over to the grandparents).

I was taking the kids over to Matt's parents house so we could fix our small problem with a patch, but I come back to find that Matt has decided to take down the entire tile surround. So, here we are day 2 of our bathroom remodel. Demo done on the tile, and hopefully this blog will keep us on track so that I am not posting pictures of a nonfunctional bathroom for the next year.