all of our kids were delivered in Evanston by Dr. Hansen...so, we didn't want to rock the boat...but circumstances changed and we had to find a local doctor...we were fortunate to be put together with one of the very best doctors in the area...Dr. Wheeler...he instantly put us at ease and we knew he was supposed to deliver baby Damian...
It was crazy I checked in at five in the morning and they started giving
me Pitocin around 8:30...Dr. Wheeler got there around 845 and broke my
bag and said I was Dilated to a 4 and could get my epidural at anytime...then they kept upping the Pitocin
and around 9:00 I still rated my pain at a 2 to 3...so my mother went
home to switch with Eric...by 915 it started really hurting and Eric
wasn't there yet so I asked the nurse to have the anesthesiologist come
for the epidural...he came quickly within 15 min...around 9:35...it was
Steve Croft, whom I was in scouts with...awkward...
but I asked to wait another 10 minutes to see if Eric would
get there in that 10 minutes it went from a four or five to like an
every contraction rated higher on the pain scale...Eric got there at 9:57 and I was fully dilated ...there was no time for an epidural...and Dr. Wheeler
came in and Damien's official birth time was 10:15!
He was ready...and there was no stopping him!!! Welcome, Damian Eric Phillips! Born June 17, 2015
The Card Max made me...when I asked where the sisters were he replied, "Are you kidding me....I was too stressed...I had no time to draw the sisters!"
Here is Damian at his one week checkup...he was already past his birth weight and was our only baby without jaundice!!! His circumcision went great and is already all healed and his belly button fell off at 10 days exactly... love our little "DD."
this year came and went with a blink of an eye....there was a neighborhood celebration of the school year coming to an end...and max loved each moment of it...
silly string was a must...
Max and Kiri fighting over a can...
I finally gave Max his own can to spray others*
*so long as I was excluded from said list of 'others'
Kiri and Lia Had a difficult time with the silly string spray and how tight it was...each time the can went off I would look over and see that she had accidentally sprayed herself or her sister!
after the initial festivities...I asked the girls to ride their bikes with me to get the mail...knowing that this would seem like a drastic let down...I was surprised and impressed by their eagerness to comply.
right as we rounded the corner and the bouncy house was in sight we were greeted by Max and a plate full of treats he had gotten for us..."see, mom, I picked the two pieces of bread with the most cheese for the girls,' because that's how much I love them. One worries as a mother that you are not doing all you can to train them to face the world...I believe this is proof that my mothering style is indeed love with/by food, just as my mother did...I remember the night before I got married...very nervous and full of questions...wanting desperately to have my mom calm my naive fears...her answer, 'let's make banana bread,' and went to bed before it was done baking...
cutest little Brighton.Ever.
You're my Popsicle, from the very first time I met you girl, you captured me!
I can hear Kiri saying, "I mean who doesn't like Popsicle?"
Max and Emme...aah, young love...
there's a ladder that goes from one cul-de-sac to the other bridging one house to our next door neighbors...
Emme and Max were my helpers in making some food for the block luck!
how could you have a bouncy house without some healthy (and totally safe and signed for liability papers) adult competition?! Here are some square offs that I captured!
they're laughing because I made them fave off like they do in the UFC match ups...
without a doubt a hit with all!!!
such fun friends and great food!!!
after the dads got off work it was great relaxing and felt just right!
then the water balloons came out...
...and the launcher...
my kids loved the balloons...no need to throw them...they just liked holding them...all night...
they were so cute....
How lucky we feel to be blessed to have such fun opportunities and happy times for our family, friends and kids!
I felt like this pictured some of the satirical aspects of the night...all the mom's watching over and caring for each others' children while the husbands are talking about...fishing? something about boats? We are all blessed with great husbands and partnerships in life...and I've always felt a partnership with absolutely no friction is not working together perfectly, just separately. What a wonderful way to start the summer!!!
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others
courtesy of Amy Harrison
Families are forever
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The King of the Wild Things...at least the king of our house!
Eric was born and raised in Wyoming and served a mission in Taipei, Taiwan. Eric did his undergraduate at BYU Utah. Aimei studied International Relations and Economics at UC Davis in California where she was born and raised. Through a series of events, we met when we were set up by Eric's Brother Adam...(and, no, much to people's disappointment, I was not some village girl he picked up on his mission)...and the rest is history!