Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas!
This past year has been an exciting one for our little family. It has been a year of challenge, change, and blessings. Here’s a quick update. . .
Drew finished graduate school in May, took the Virginia Bar Exam in July, and began working for his father’s management consulting firm (Hilton Consulting Corporation) in August. He wears a number of hats, but his official title is Director of Marketing & Business Development. He’s excited to be working with his dad and learning all about how the business world works within the federal government.
Taylor (or “Baby Tay” as Carter calls her) joined our family in June. Her birth was a wonderful experience, and we were excited that Carter was there for her arrival. Taylor is just a bundle of sweetness. We feel so blessed to have had another very happy baby. In fact, she’s so happy that sometimes she even likes to play in the middle of the night! Unlike Carter who would always go right back to dreamland after eating at night, Taylor very regularly is up squealing and “talking” to herself around 2-3 a.m. each night. She is our sweet girl, and we love her so much. We didn’t think we’d ever have a girl, so we’re especially grateful to have her. She’s the perfect addition to our family. Heavenly Father sure knows what He is doing.
Carter is a busy 3 year old now. Sometimes we don’t know if we should be steaming mad at the things he does or laugh like crazy. Here’s a great example of a typical day with our little wise guy. . .Carter is a big boy now and goes to the bathroom all by himself, after which he washes his hands. Well, sometimes Mommy is busy with Taylor and can’t come immediately to supervise Carter’s hand washing. One day, Corinne heard the water going in the bathroom and assumed Carter was washing his hands like a good boy. A few minutes later, Carter was shouting for help, saying he was stuck. Hmm. Well, Mommy to the rescue! When Corinne came into the bathroom, there was Carter…naked...sitting in the sink (a pedestal sink mind you)...the water almost overflowing and his legs stuck under the faucet. Oh yes, and he had finger painted all over the mirror with hand soap! Corinne immediately said, “What are you doing?!” Carter simply responded, “I’m taking a bath, Mommy.” Everything seems to make sense when you are 3 years old.
At the end of October we moved into our first house. We’re home owners! We live in a small planned community about an hour outside of Washington D.C. We are enjoying our townhouse and all the blessings (and challenges) that come along with having a house. Even though it is brand new, we have definitely been initiated into the homeowners’ club! We have already had a visit from the plumber, the dishwasher fixed, found (and disposed of…thank you, Drew) a mouse on our kitchen counter, and put up Christmas lights. We’ve even changed a few of the doorknobs to prevent a certain little three year old from running outside at 6:00 in the morning. Fun times!
We hope each of you is happy and healthy! We think of our family and friends often. Thank you for the powerful influence you have had on us. We are grateful for this time of year to reflect on our blessings and remember the significance of the Savior’s birth. We hope each of you will feel of his love as you go about your holiday celebrations.
Corinne, Drew, Carter, & Taylor Hilton