Sunday, October 28, 2007

3rd Annual Haunted Halloween Party

We had a great time at our Halloween party. We saw a lot of great costumes and of course Jon came through once again with a very creative idea. Beck loved the music and strobe light. Happy Halloween!!!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Happy Birthday Gramps

Papa turned 49 !!! He is still really cool and young at heart:) We love you!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007


We took Beckham to a cute little Halloween spot. It was freezing cold! He rode the cow train and we took a haunted hayride in the dark to look at all the Jack-O-Lanterns. It was our first big adventure out with both kids. Dad was a good sport and entertained Beckham along with Aunt Candice. I am not sure how Halloween will go this year as you can tell even a pumpkin can frighten him. I guess there is one really good incentive to Beck NANDY.

Monday, October 15, 2007


A rare shot of Beck eating.

Beckham loves books and especially when Dad reads to him.

This is Great Grandpa Helm. Ira was born on his 74th birthday.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Poll Results

The poll results are in and we officially have a tie between Ira, Henry, and Griffin. Thank you for you input; I never imagined being so indecisive on my child's name. You can all hope for a girl on our next child (in many years) because that name is a slam dunk.

We called in the name this morning...Ira Robert Shipley. I love the name and Jess does not. I let her know last night that we had to pick a name by the morning. She woke up while I was sneaking out to work this morning and said, "just name him Ira." I know what you are saying..."Ira! I can't believe they named him Ira. He is going to have to go by his middle name." Well, I hope this is not the case and let me explain why I like the name.

I love the name because every Ira I have ever heard of has been a strong and honorable man. Ira Ames is one of our ancestors that crossed the planes and was friends with both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Come to find out, Ira Ames is a relative on both of our sides (which may explain the baby's webbed toe). Ira Milton Anderson was Jess's great grandfather. He died at age 32 leaving his wife with 6 young children. His eldest son whom is also named Ira quit school and went to work to support his mother and brothers and sisters. Ira Hayes was one of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima (on the famous picture of the second flag). He was honorable in battle and honorable when he returned home (as he felt it was his duty to let the parents of one of the flag raisers that was misidentified know that it was really their son), although he ended up trying to drown his battle memories in alcohol. Ira Fulton is successful and donates a lot of money to BYU, so he sounds like a good guy also. These are all the Iras that I know about. The bottom line is that I believe Ira is a strong name that will provide a great legacy for him to live up to.

Hopefully you like the name or are like Jess and hope to like the name some day. I'm sure we will get some comments on this one, so let's hear them.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Beckham #2

I thought I better post a few more pictures of our no named son before his prodigal brother returns to our house to rule and reign over us once again. I am beginning to feel the pressure of choosing a name. I actually have several perfect names but my husband seems to have strong opinions of his own. He has given me the option of naming this one if he gets to name the next. I don't think it is worth the chance as he did want to name this baby Cub. I think we could just continue on the Beckham pattern and this one can be #2.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

More No Name Pictures

Still no name...but more pictures.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

New Baby

He is here! And his name is...yet to be determined...Ira, Finn, Dean, Henry??? Opinions anyone? Well, whatever his name is, he was born on October 3 at 12:42 in the afternoon. He weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. The labor went well. Jess did great and it was much easier than the first. I believe it was about 6 hours from start to finish.

Onto the important part...the pictures.

Insert thought bubble..."So this is what my life has come to?"

That is right Dave, you made the cut.

More photos are coming...the hospital network does not handle uploading images very well.