Saturday, December 19, 2009

Let it Snow!

We are expected to receive up to 20 inches of snow today. Already there are about 10 inches on the ground. Carter has already been out to play and soon Tay and Drew will head out as well to join him. Sledding, shoveling the drive way, throwing snowballs, and drinking hot chocolate are on today's agenda. Carter is so excited...he has been up since 3 a.m. We tried several times to get him to stay in his bed...after a while we gave up. Magic is falling from the sky and he doesn't want to miss any of it. This is suppose to be the biggest storm of the decade. It is beautiful outside and I am crossing my fingers that we have our first white Christmas since living in Virginia.

Post Edit: Carter & Tay played hard in our blizzard.

Carter didn't even complain when the bitter cold & wind did this to his face. The time outside was worth it I suppose.

Ashton and I stayed cozy and warm, perched from our front window.

Friday, December 18, 2009

My Taylor

I was in an other world reading a few moments ago....Tay needed to tell me something and I wasn't paying attention....I could hear her but I wasn't listening. I was trying to finish the last paragraph of an article and I was slightly distracted by the sound of a certain 10 month old through the baby monitor...he is playing instead of sleeping again. Tay got right up to my ear and started talking quietly, almost whispering to tell me what she had to say. Then she kissed my cheek with a big smack of her lips after wards.....she had my attention.

I should try that technique on Carter.

Taylor finally came to me last night and asked me some thing I have waiting forever to hear...

T: Mom, will you put piggy tales in?
M: Sure Tay. Do you really want them in?
T: Yes. All three piggy tales.

She is again sporting her three piggy tales again this morning. I couldn't be more proud.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Family Pow Wow

Carter, Tay, and I were talking the other day about family meetings. I was trying to explain that a family council is the same as a family meeting and since Carter learned about Native Americans at school last month, I tried to use an Indian chief circle as an example of a council of people who make decisions together....

M: Carter, remember Indians?
C: Yes
M: You know how you had a pow wow at school and everyone sat in a circle and talked about really important stuff?
C: Yes
M: So, that is an Indian circle right? You had a meeting...
C: (very impatient and he's told me this a hundred times) Mom. I don't know anything about Indians! You have to talk to Smera about that.

Smera lives down the street from us. She's in Carter's kindergartner class...she is in...her family is from India.

I couldn't help but giggle at Carter. Then I re explained everything using the words Native American and had we had a lovely pow wow. In our little family meeting we discussed having a media free week before Christmas. I then had to explain that in some family meetings there are no votes....the Chief decides.

Then Carter proceeded to karate chop me with his lightning fast 6 year old arm blades.

And then I had to explain to him that Indians...I mean Native Americans didn't karate chop their enemies.

My kids are going to grow up to be very culturally diverse.

Monday, December 07, 2009

I Never Thought

Six years ago when I was busy snuggling my newborn... it never crossed my mind that I would eventually be saying things like...

"If you shoot the Christmas tree one more time...." or

"If you shoot your sister one more time..." or

"If you make that noise one more time..." or


In other news...Ashton is pulling up on furniture and crawling up the stairs. And Tay is starting to wear clothes again.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ashton BaDashton

Ashton's first experience with laughing gas....

just was actually a breathing treatment. This virus has really kicked our Hilton bums.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Carter's Birthday Interview

What is your name? Carter Hilton

How old are you today? 6

What do you want for your birthday? A ds and a long dart gun that shoots really far.

What kind of cake did we make for your special night? An orange candy cake.

What is your favorite food? Spinach raviolis, corn on the cob, and watermelon…..

What is your favorite treat? Ice cream

What is your favorite color? Orange

What do you like to do? Play outside

What is something you are good at? Riding my bike and doing wheelies

What is something you would like to learn how to do? Shoot a tall basketball hoop (I think he means shoot a basket in a tall hoop)

What is your favorite movie? Ice Age

What is your favorite Primary song? Popcorn Popping

What do you want to be when you grow up? An army person

What is your favorite family activity? Movie night

What do you like most about Church? The sacrament (mom’s interpretation…eating the bread and water)

Where do you want to serve your mission? Where my cousins live.

What do you love most about Taylor? She’s really silly.

What do you love most about Ashton: That he can crawl.

What do you love most about Mommy? That she let’s me play out side.

What do you love most about Daddy? He takes me to the bus stop or school.

Carter, what makes you happy? When I get to go to Grandma Heidi’s house.

Happy Birthday Carter

Carter Andrew is 6 years old today!

Today Carter's kindergarten teacher asked
him what he is grateful for....he said "my dad".

Ashton is 9 months

Ashton is growing and growing. I wish I had a magic potion that would make him stay a baby forever. This past month has been full of changes....he got his second bottom tooth, he learned to sit and crawl, and he got his first hair cut. Ashton has a very sweet temperament and always has a smile to share.

Carter and Ashton before the cut...

and after wards....he looks just like Carter's baby pictures!!

He can be such a ham!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A long day

At this moment, six years ago today, I found my self in the shower on my hands and knees working through contractions that would bring my first baby into my arms. Boy that was a long day.....and it didn't end until tomorrow, six years ago.

We've had a lot of long days in the past week. We were all pretty sick but are mostly better now...except for our little Taylor. Just when we think she is improving, she spikes a temp of 104 F. You know your 3 year old is miserable when she asks for a nap.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

My Craftiness

Ok, so as I have mentioned before I AM NOT CRAFTY. You will likely not find any tutorials on apron making or cake decorating on our family blog.... I think my kiddos are my greatest (and only) contribution to craftiness that I can offer the world. My friend Kelly V has this button over on her fabulous blog....I wanted to share the button and her blog with you all. Good times.

Isn't it awesome? That is SO me!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Self Imposed Quarantine

I am not quite positive, but I think we have some of these running around our home.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Tay's Not So Deep Question

Tay: "Why do piggies have flues in kinda-god-en?" (some times Tay sound like she is a New York mobster)

Mom: "Hm. Piggies?"

Tay: "Yah- piggy germs"

Mom: "They just do." (don't you love the motherly wisdom pouring out of my mouth)

Tay: "Wees live like piggies, Mommy." (has she heard that one from me?)

Tay: "I need to find my piggy costume."

Mom: "Tay- you've been up for 3 hours and you're already on your 5th change of clothes!"

Not a word from Tay...she is on her way upstairs to find something to turn into a piggy costume.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Carter's Deep Question

Ashton is babbling a ton right now. He is a TALKER. When we are in the car and he is jibber jabbering away, I tell Carter and Tay what he is talking about. Every day I make up something new that Ashton is trying to explain or teach how to fix things, what good manners are, how to carve a pumpkin, etc. Well yesterday I told them that Ashton was trying to tell us about heaven, after all his spirit was most recently there compared to ours...and of course, Tay and Carter laughed and giggled about it as much as the time when Ashton shared his top secret chocolate chip cookie recipe...but later Carter was far away in thought...

Carter: "Mom, how old will Ashton be when he is alive after he is dead?"

Me: "Good question, Carter. I am not sure."

This is my answer for most of his tough nearly 6 year old questions...but seriously, what a great question about the resurrection! I am glad the gospel plan is simple. It makes parenting a lot easier even when I don't know all of the answers.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Good Reads

In the quiet of the night or nap time I like to read. Some times I read a book for fun. Some times I do research on health related topics, a couple of which I am struggling with. Some times I read the news, but not very often because it usually makes me grumpy. Some times I make my self a treat or pour a large glass of cold delicious water and snuggle in with my laptop. I pull up my favorite blogs and enjoy being a part of the lives of others. It is so much better than tv I might add. There are several that I enjoy but I thought I would share just a few....

1. Nei Nei Dialogues. This blog is about strength of character, faith, and true love. Take an hour and read through the archives- you'll be inspired! My favorite is when Stephanie writes about her husband Mr. Nielson. True love does exist people!

2. C Jane Enjoy It. This blog is written by Nei's older sister. It is funny and thoughtful.

3. SouleMama. This mama knits. I don't knit and probably never will. But Soula Mama shares funny stories about her family and beautiful pictures as well. She is a crafty one, that Soula Mama. And by that I mean, she makes crafts. I was never blessed with craftiness but sometimes I like to pretend I was. Maybe one of these days I'll take a picture of what I mean -that will give you a good chuckle!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Lovies

I just realized I never posted more pictures that the amazing Heather H. took of the kids this summer! Ashton was 4 months at the time and Tay had just turned 3 years old. It is amazing how they have all grown since then....aren't my kids adorable?!

September Pictures

I think my kids are amazing. Even on days when they are oh so naughty and driving me CRAZY, they melt my heart, make me laugh till I want to cry, and help me appreciate all of the many little things that Heavenly Father has blessed me with. These pictures do a great job of reflecting their funny, sweet, happy, some times frustrating, and lovable personalities...

This picture was snapped after Carter was found snorkeling in the sink.

Mommy & Tay out for a walk with our babies.

"Mom, take a picture of my bum bum!" (now repeat this 10 times)

Ashton is so squishy and sweet!

Oh my Carter, you are growing up in every way.

Mr. Fuzzy Wuzzy needs a hair cut.

Street kids. No yard necessary.

"Mom, look at me!" (now repeat this 50 times)

1st Day of Kindergarten

My big boy is a kindergartner! September 8th was a bitter sweet day for both of us I think. Carter was a little apprehensive about getting on the correct bus when it was time to come home at 11 am but when he stepped off that bus, the right bus, he was full of confidence and excitement for the next day. He loves his teacher Miss Franklin, and is thrilled when his class get extra minutes to play outside.

All of the kindergartners were so cute with their little classroom signs. They wore their signs for the first full week until they were comfortable finding their classrooms by themselves. At our bus stop were several very excited but NERVOUS little turtles and lions.

A Taste of Summer

I have had these photos staring at me on my desktop for a couple of months now. My hopes of clever posts and reminiscent stories are long gone. When I find the USB cord to our other camera, I'll have even more to post. Better late than never seems to be my life theme...

Carter at the BMX track.

Tay enjoyed the mogul hills at the track.

Ashton learned how to roll and grab while in Idaho.

My sassy Taylor spent some time up here at Grandma's house...the best naughty/time out spot is one they can't get down from!

Ashton relaxing in the shade.

We spent a lot time playing in water.

Tay thought fireworks were a little loud.

Carter played with a gun of some sort ALL summer.

He also liked to ride his bike in swim trunks and farm boots at 7:00 a.m. on most days.

Tay & Carter loved swim lessons. 92 degree, salt water pool...need I say more?

We played a ton with great friends!

Ashton grew and grew.

Isn't Idaho lovely?

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Happy October

October 1st. Still no summer blog posts. BUT my favorite Virginia season is upon us. The temperature is cooling, the colors are changing, and Halloween decorations have been up for a week now (Carter LOVES pulling out the next holiday's decorations early).

It is nap time at the Hilton home and I am having me time at the computer. Tay is sacked out from feeling yucky (thank you Carter's kindergarten germs!), Carter is asleep because he can't play outside until he too is feeling better, and Ashton is squealing a way in his crib. He isn't napping much this week- teething and a little grumpy...but still squealing in his crib. On Tuesday September 29th, Ashton cut his very first tooth. It was also the day Carter tied his shoe first time by himself. Tuesday was one of those days that I wanted to make time stop so I could enjoy my little ones just a little bit longer. It is going oh so fast.
Three years ago this month we moved from Richmond VA to our lovely little neighborhood in northern Virginia. Come with me as I dive into our family archives...the Hilton family at Cox Farm, fall 03

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Follow up on To Do post

Life kicked me in the stomach this weekend so my to do list will not be completed by tomorrow but if I am lucky, maybe by Halloween. For all of you mamas out there that I love, I leave you with an inspiring read....entitled First the Babies at C Jane Run.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

To Do Lists

Ha! I bet you checking in were thinking you were about to view pictures of my adorable littles....not so, not so.

I have been thinking a lot about to do lists this morning. It is amazing how some days I can accomplish so much....I am close to solving world hunger and the American health care woes and on other days I am absolutely pleased with myself if my kids were fed and clothed (or at least had clothes on for some part of the day....Tay is still a little streaker).

Today is Wednesday and I have exactly one week until October begins. The following is a list of things I want to finish before September runs out...

-paint the inside of the laundry closet
-put up shelves in the laundry closet
-post & and hopefully sell some things on craigslist
-install a hanging shelf in the garage
-figure out a home office area once and for all (this topic deserves its own blog entry)
-make a mei tai so I can carry Ashton around on my back (the hiking backpack just won't due for times like cooking dinner and scrubbing toilets)....or order an Ergo (nice but pricey)
-buy a new lense for my camera (currently watching a couple on ebay)
-update this stinking blog with pictures from the summer!
-attend the temple (planned for Saturday morning)
-make a few very important phone calls and appointments
-finish some research that I have been working on regarding a few health topics (also deserving of a separate blog post)

What do you want to accomplish before October begins?


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Today Ashton is 7 months old...

Two months! I can't believe it has been two months since I posted last. Not good my friends. Not good. There is so much to write about that is is overwhelming to begin- the rest of our Boise trip, our adventure home to Virginia, end of summer delights in the neighborhood, how Ashton has grown and changed, Carter's very first day of kindergarten....and how Tay is coping with all of it.

As I write this, Carter is playing outside (which around here outside means the street) with a friend...with out a grown up might I add. Taylor and Ashton are taking their afternoon naps. I just had a bowl of cereal for lunch and I am looking around at my messy house thinking some one really should clean this up. When the littles wake up it will be time for snacks and outside play. Tonight Drew will be at soccer practice- he's coaching Carter's team- with Carter and Tay. Ashton and I will be at back to school night, then it will be bed time for all. I am still getting up with kids between 3 and 6 times a night...I am tired, exhausted, depleted. I am fog that drifts from room to room. Luckily it is mostly Ashton who is up. He likes his mama. I like him too. He is pure delight.

Please keep checking in my friends. I really do want to get this blog updated. I really do.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ashton is 5 months!

Today my sweet baby is 5 months old! He is just the happiest and calmest baby. We are so in love with this guy! He is in the grabbing stage and putting everything in his mouth. He is also experimenting with his voice and he does this really funny sigh when he is sleepy. Ashton can now roll from back to front and front to back but doesn't do it very often because is usually content to lay on the floor and play with toys. I love this picture of him- it makes me smile! Heather Humphreys did an awesome job taking pictures of the kids. I'll post them soon!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Tay turns 3!

On June 22th my baby girl turned 3! We threw a "pink party" for her and her uncle Tom (who also celebrates a June birthday). We had pink cups, plates, balloons, cupcakes, etc. She wore a special crown and pink feather boa while party attendants wore sparkly crowns too. It was a special day for a special girl!
This is a classic picture of she spends most days partially naked. One afternoon I found her quietly playing in Grandma Rhonda's kitchen. She was wearing her undies, my skirt, a baby teether for a crown and was pushing a truck around on the tile floor. I love this little girl!