Friday, August 31, 2012

I label my children

And now...let me present....

A. Josiah

B. Noah

C. Mercy

D. Caleb

E. Isaac (Noah in background)

F. Josiah (or Josie)

G. Caleb and Sam

H. Isaac, Josiah

I. Josiah

J. Noah, Caleb, Sam

1. Isaac

2. Josiah

3. Noah

4. Sam

5. Caleb ("Yes, I'm chubby, you don't have to stare!")

6. Mercy (Bless you, those of you who said that Mercy looks most like this baby.  You were absolutely correct!)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fun with Photos Full of Phillips

You know how some families have a certain family "look" to them?  Apparently, we have that.  With each new child, we hear, "He's certainly a Phillips child!" or "He looks just like the rest of them!"  Now, with the arrival of a girl to the tribe, people are more interested - no one's ever seen a Phillips girl, after all.  So the comments are a bit more varied.  They try hard to draw comparisons.  "She looks just like Noah!"  "Wow, she really looks like Josiah!"  "Oh my, she looks so much like Isaac!"  "I can't believe how much she looks like Sam!"  
Now, maybe it's true that all my children look so much alike that they all look like each other.  Or, maybe it's not.  I don't know.  They all look pretty different to me - sometimes the thing that's really noticeable to those outside the family escapes those inside the family.
So I'm asking you to put some thought into this.  Seriously, now.  
But first, we need to establish your credibility.  Can you tell my children apart?  And for a special treat, we have never-before-seen footage!  (This may or may not be due to the intentionally blurred effect, added of course, to ramp up the challenge for you.)










J. (extra credit!)


Okay, now that I'm--I mean, you are totally confused, let's think about are my six babies at approximately the same age Mercy is now.  Extra kudos to you for being able to name each baby - maybe you can come over and help me with my photo albums - but which one do you think Mercy looks the most like?





*Answers and results will be published in a follow-up post.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Do you ever have one of those days when you feel like they're all ganging up on you?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hobby for Hire

On his journey from boy to man, Sam now has responsibility of mowing the lawn.  Daddy told him that someday soon, when he's had a bit more practice, he may be able to hire himself out to the neighbors and earn even more money (Daddy's paying him $5).
Sam: "Well, I wouldn't really need to earn any more money.  I'd just still charge them $5 like when I do it now."
Daddy: "Sam, you need to know what your services are worth and charge appropriately."
Sam: "But Dad, you know, I'm not just doing it for the money.  It's also a hobby."

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Life in Duplo

It takes all kinds of people to make a world.  Which one are you?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sum right, sum wrong

We've been doing some summer math, and the workbook the boys have been plodding through is pretty challenging.  Yesterday, we were in the car and Sam was struggling to finish up a page before we got to our destination.  Caleb was actually coaching him along, having finished the same page earlier in the day.  Sam finally came up with an answer.
"Oh, it's 18."
My response, having said it to every answer he came up with, was automatic: "No!..........Oh wait, yes Sam, that's right."
Sam: "Yes!  Mom was wrong for once!"
The dad: "And it'll be another few years before that happens again."
Sam's immediate reply: "I can't wait!!"

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Summer smiles

Wondering what we've been up to this summer?

Making this little one smile!

Mercy Praise - just shy of 2 months