Wednesday, February 07, 2007

F-Files Letter February 2007

Dear Firl Family,

Here’s a quick update on our little family…

Carter: Carter is now a Sunbeam in Primary. It took a little bit of convincing that Primary would be a fun place to be but after a yummy pancake breakfast with his new class and a promise that he can talk into a microphone at church (ward primary presentation), he was sold! Carter is also taking a gym class at the local rec center. The name of the class is Tumbling Tumbleweeds… and even though there are 2 teachers for the 11 children, I think they should rename the class Hurricane of Tumbleweeds. It takes a lot of work on some days for the teachers to keep up with those active 3 year olds. I think even the mommies are ready for a nap when the class is over.

Taylor: Taylor is sick today. Poor girl! Actually, we are all sick with yucky colds but she is has it the worst. We can’t believe that she is already 7 months old. It seems time is flying faster than it did when Carter was this age. Tay is such a joy. Her favorites these days are: her pacifier, her pink slinky, her mommy’s hip, mashed bananas, avocadoes, and home made summer squash. She’s growing up!

Drew: Drew is just a busy man. He is enjoying his job and doing “manly” home improvement projects on the house. It is super cold here in Virginia so we have had to put a stop to painting the garage until it warms up again, but that is our most recent little project. Drew is quickly acquiring more callings and assignments at church. He is the ward co-organist, a committee chair for the elders quorum (it is pretty much the equivalent to compassionate service leader but for the men) and young men’s secretary…oh, and he is already starting to be asked to accompany people for special musical numbers. My goodness! In addition to his busy work and church commitments, he continues to be an attentive and wonderful husband and daddy.

Corinne: We’ve been in the house for 3 months now but I still feel like I am unpacking a little bit each day. There are days when I ache for “home” in Richmond, but I am really starting to enjoy living in northern Virginia. I am having fun exploring with the kids and look forward to the spring time when we can really get out and see the sights. I am slowly getting involved in the birth community in northern Virginia, as well. I have joined several organizations and may have the opportunity to be a doula apprentice at a birth in April. I seriously considered going back to school to become a midwife. I even met with college counselors at a couple of local universities, but I think that is for another chapter in my life, perhaps when my children are grown. For now I will continue to find joy in helping families have empowering and positive birth experiences in ways other than catching babies.

That is us in a nutshell. One of our goals this year is to do a better job of sharing family stories and pictures with everyone. To do that, I created a simple blog that our loved ones can go to for updates (www.happyhiltons.blogspot.com). Maybe one of these days I’ll have the time to learn html and create an actual family website, but for now the blog will have to do. Feel free to check it out and look at the pictures of our beautiful children. J We hope you are all staying warm this winter season. We think of you often, especially you parents of new little babies. It is such a wonderful time in our lives, isn’t it?!

Loves to everyone,

Corinne, Drew, Carter & Taylor Hilton

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