Monday, April 19, 2010

Cambree's 2nd Birthday

I can't believe that my baby is 2. She is growing up so fast. Cambree is definately a very unique little girl. She is very stubborn, but also very very sweet. She doesn't say a word, but never stops making noise. Cambree loves to play by herself, but it is usually something naughty. I am so happy to have my baby girl. I love her so much. Happy Birthday Cambree!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Hudson's kind of new room

We decided to split our family room downstairs and make Hudson a bedroom. I am so proud of my work. That is work. I did about 90% of the work. Mike was working and went out of town for a while. Here are some pics of my horrible work.

Monday, February 15, 2010

the lives of the Chipman's

I am so very bad at updating this thing. I lay in bed at night and think about what I would write on my blog, but then I always forget when I get on here...if only you could hear me late at night. I am very witty and poetic.
So since I don't remember any of the witty or poetic comments, I will just update everyone on what is going on. I haven't been on here since around halloween, so I will start from there. In November we decided to go on a vacation to Yosemite, San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. We got up at 4 am on Wednesday to start our adventure. Mike took the first round of driving while the kids and I slept. We got to watch the sunrise in the Great Basin National Park. It was very beautiful. We made our first stop in Ely, Nevada for breakfast at mcdonalds. We let the kids play in the playland for a little while and then it was back in the car. This time it was my turn to drive. We drove for almost an hour until we were headed up a hill and the car started to do something funny. As we were driving down the other side of the hill it started to get worse, and we could both tell there was something very wrong. It looked like there was a little town in the distance, so Mike told me to coast as far as I could so we could get as close as possible to the town. As we coasted down the hill a little bit we realized that it was not a tiny town, but an oil refinery. We coasted as far as we could and then just stopped on the side of the road. I instantly broke down. We were in the middle of nowhere. 60 miles away from Ely and about 100 miles away from the next small Nevada town. Our phones didn't have reception. I knew the vacation was over, and I didn't know how we were going to get home. As Mike tried to calm me down a truck pulled up. When my life is a lifetime movie, this is the moment that there will be angels singing and a soft light glowing around the truck. A very nice young man named Ty got out of the truck and came to see how he could help us. The boys popped the hood and looked around...mainly to look cool because I don't think either one of them knew what they were doing. And then Mike came to the car to tell me that he was going to go to the refinery to use the phone. I told him we were all coming with. There was no way I was staying alone in the desert with the kids. So the kids and I climbed into the cab of the truck and Mike rode in the back. It was only about a mile to the refinery office. We got to the office and called my brother who had a trailer. He pretty much told us that he couldn't do anything until the weekend, but he would call vegas to see if he could find us a rental car. And he told Mike to find a rental car in Ely to go to Vegas. So we sat in the office, and I cried some more. Ty, our savior, came back in and said that they had a trailer that they could put our car on and he would take us to his house where we could figure out another plan. So we got back in the truck with him...this time it was an extended cab, so we all fit in the front. We started the drive back to Ely and finally decided to ask Ty what his last name was...It is Bundy, like the serial killer. But Ty Bundy is a genuine, sincere, kind man. He told us to stay at his house for as long as we needed. He let us use his internet and phone, he let the kids play with his kids toys. He let us watch his cartoons, all while he and his wife were at work. They let total strangers occupy their home trusting us completely. I had lost faith in people. I was sure that people only cared about themselves and that anything anyone did was for selfish reasons. Our failed vacation taught me otherwise. Ty Bundy taught me otherwise.
So after spending pretty much the entire day at his house, Mike decided that he would walk around to try to find us a hotel room. It was dark, in a strange town, and Mike left his phone charging. So after over an hour, he finally came back. He had walked up the road to the brand new la quinta inn. He had purchased a room and then convinced the young female manager that he did indeed have a wife and kids stranded somewhere. She got in the car with him and came to find us. Very brave woman. I am sure she didn't breathe until she saw me walk out the door. We had so many plans fall through in how we would get our car and us back to Utah. I spent the entire day crying...I don't think I have ever cried more in one day. Our final plan was that Pat, Mike's brother, would come pick us up the next day with the neighbors suburban and a uhaul trailer. We finally made it home around midnight on Thursday. A very long 2 days, and no vacation. We talked about trying to rent a car, but it would have cost a fortune since Ely only had 1 car. Someday we will take our trip. Hudson still asks when he will get to see the golden gate bridge. Our car would have cost more than it was worth to fix, so we sold it broken for $800 and bought my beautiful honda pilot.
Since that story was a lengthy one, I will just update everything else at a later date. I hope everyone is doing well. Later.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Halloween 2009

Hudson loves playing the wii. If he could play wii all day he would. He loves playing with his little mario and luigi action figures. So a couple of months ago we were all playing Mariokart and I got a brilliant idea. So for halloween we were Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Baby Peach. Hudson loved being mario...since he loves mario so much. He wore the mario costume for about 3 consecutive days. And he has worn the hat a lot before and after halloween. And Mike with his awesome mustache made a pretty good Luigi. All of the kids that we saw while we were out and the ones that came to our house all loved Luigi. My mom made my princess peach dress. I am glad that she helped because there is no way that I would have been able to sew it. It was quite difficult. I did sew 4 petticoats to go underneath. It was very puffy.

Monday, October 5, 2009


So I was very brave and decided to try making a tiered fondant cake for my mom's 70th birthday. I had never made a tiered cake. I had never even made a round cake...wait no, I made one in high school. Anyway, I have only made fondant one other time (for Cambree's birthday). I blame Ace of Cakes on the food network. Mike and I are addicted to that show. They make it look so easy. So, I started making plans for a cake. My first step was to spend lots and lots of money on pans. Really I didn't spend a lot. I bought a set at JoAnns and used my 40% off coupon, so they were $28. Plus I bought a few other supplies. I tried a practice cake last week. It was a white chocolate cake and raspberry buttercream frosting. It wasn't very good. I used a raspberry extract...not good. So, I decided to make a almond butter cake with Almond Buttercream frosting. I didn't make a practice cake to see how it would turn out. Very brave. I think it turned out great though. I spent the whole day friday trying to put it all together. My abs are so sore from kneading the fondant for hours. It is a pretty good workout. There were a few things that were not quite as easy as I thought they would be, but for my first cake I think I did pretty good. I have learned a few things so the next cake will look even better. So if anyone needs a cake, let me know.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hello World

Wow, it has been way too long since I have updated this. Not that it really matters. So I just thought I would get on here. A lot has happened since April (last post). We put our house on the market only to not have a single showing. We are currently putting up a wall in the basement to make a 3rd bedroom in hopes of attracting some buyers. Plus it would be really nice to split the kids up. Last night we put the kids in bed (oh, they both just fall asleep on their own is a big miracle). Anyway, we could hear Hudson saying "Cambree, Cambree wake up...wake up...Cambree).
So the kids are doing great. Cambree started walking the beginning of August...yes, a little late. Now she can walk backwards and run. She still doesn't talk. She makes a monkey, elephant, dog and dinosaur noise though. She says uh-oh and uh-huh. She loves to get dirty and will play in anything that will get her dirty...i.e. ashes from the fireplace, bag balm, syrup.
Hudson is the same old cute little boy. He loves to play video games and would play them all day if I let him. He is starting to be nicer to Cambree and it is so stinking cute when they play together. We thought about putting him in preschool this year, but after evaluating the cost have decided to wait until next year.
Mike is always busy with work. He gets a lot of overtime, which is good for the pocketbook, but not so good for family time. Sometimes he goes several days in a row without seeing the kids.
I also am just doing the same old thing. I keep trying to do different things to keep me sane, or maybe they make me more crazy. Right now I am planning a birthday party for my mom who turns 70 next week. I am going to make a 3 tiered cake and decorate it with fondant. I will take tons of pictures of either my success or failure. I have only done one other fondant cake for Cambree's 1st birthday, but it was just a 1 layer sheet cake. So wish me luck.
Well, you are all officially caught up. Not really, a lot more has happened since April, but I need to start cleaning, so peace out.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cambree's first year

I can't believe that tomorrow is Cambree's birthday. It really doesn't seem like it has been a whole year. I still vividly remember bending over to pick up Hudson's diaper when my water broke one year ago today. Mike and I had joked about it happening all day. Mike was working a hockey game that night, and Hudson and I were on our way to watch the game. Mike had joked with his co-workers that his wife was going to go into labor. He was in the little boys room when I called him. 35 minutes before the game. Nobody believed him when he came back in and said that he had to leave because his wife's water had broken. I probably should have let him work the game. Nothing really happened for a long time. I guess a good way to celebrate Cam's birthday is to tell the story of her birth. So at the time I was baking the Rhode's loafs of bread every couple of days. Of course on this day I had one rising. I took it with because I didn't want it to sit on my counter for 2 or 3 days. I gave it to my sister-in-law Brandie who met us at the hospital to take Hudson. I don't think she baked it. I am sure it wasn't any good. My water broke at 6:20 pm. I arrived at the hospital at around 7:30. We checked in and of course the nurse, doing her job, was giving me crap about "are you sure your water broke". Yes, I was sure. When I bent over it felt like a water balloon popped in me. Plus the constant leaking after that. I knew I was there for the night. It was a very busy night at the new hospital. I had to stay in the check-in room until around 11. Finally they moved me to my own room. I was group b strep positive, so I had to get 3 doses of antibiotic before they would give me pitocin. Oh, I still did not have a single contraction and did not until they gave me pitocin around 1 am. About half an hour to an hour later they came in and took me off pitocin because they had a bunch of people come in and they couldn't monitor me like they needed too. I was pretty upset because things were finally happening. I was starting to feel very little contractions. I tried to get a little bit of sleep, but couldn't because I was uncomfortable and I was so excited to meet my little girl. They finally came back in around 4:30...I think to start me back on the pitocin. The first dose did nothing. So they came back in an hour later and gave me a stronger dose. It worked. I started having really painful contractions really close together. So, Mike and the nurse suggested the epidural. I was in so much pain that I didn't really think about it. Doesn't make sense, I know. So I got my epidural. The first dose didn't do a thing. I was still in sooo much pain. So the anestesiologist came back in. The guy was a jerk. He was so rude to me and I really just wanted him to feel the pain that I was in. He gave me a second dose. It still didn't work. The nurse had me turning over and changing my position, but it was still so painful. I didn't really want the 3rd dose because the guy was such an a-hole, but the nurse convinced me that if I was still in pain I should get it because I was getting really close to pushing. So one more dose from the a-hole. Right after he left the nurse checked me. She said I was probably around 5-6 centimeters and it would take a while still. She noted that on her computer and did a couple other little things in the room. Right before she walked out I told her that I felt a lot of pressure...down there. She didn't want to check me, but did. I was very glad she did. I had progressed to a 10 in just a couple of minutes. So in rushed the doctor. Two contractions and three pushes later I met my beautiful baby girl. Words can not even explain the rush of love and happiness that flooded me the moment they laid her on my chest. I am so lucky to have my two beautiful babies. They give me so much joy every day. I love them so much.