Thursday, December 20, 2007

Avery Hill - Video

Avery Kristine Hill has Arrived!

Hello All,

Just a quick post to show some pictures. Avery was born at 5:17 today. She weighed 7lbs. and measured 19 inches with her cone head. Everything went great! Gina did fabulous and didn't have any of the complications that she had with Jackson. Mother and baby are doing great and they are both beautiful. Special thanks to Grandma Hill and Lynette Watts for all your help today!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Approximately 36 hours

....Until I go in to be induced. I must admit I am getting the jitters as I think about the process.
So I am trying hard to not think about THIS part: (Me almost 3 years ago. Smiling naively, having never been through labor before!)

And to focus on THIS part: (This is sweet little one-day-old Jackson, almost 3 years ago.)

I'm trying hard to just think about the baby at the end and not about the way that she will get here! Wish me luck!

Friday, December 14, 2007

If you're cold...

try Stephen's Gourmet Wassail. We picked up a can at Costco and have gone through it pretty quick. This stuff is wicked good. Plus, it makes a cool fizzing sound when you pour it in.

Side note: Don't try to mix it with milk. I experimented and it didn't turn out well.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Why Gina is Still Standing

Hello Friends.

I thought this story was pretty entertaining considering Gina is only days away from her scheduled date to induce. I've been wondering how she walks.

Study: Evolutionary Change Lets Pregnant Women Stand Upright

WASHINGTON — With all that growing weight up front, how is it that pregnant women don't lose their balance and topple over?

Scientists think they've found the answer: There are slight differences between women and men in one lower-back vertebra and a joint in the hip, which allow women to adjust their center of gravity.

This elegant evolutionary engineering is seen only in female humans and our immediate ancestors who walked on two feet, but not in chimps and apes, according to a study published in Thursday's journal Nature.

"That's a big load that's pulling you forward," said Liza Shapiro, an anthropology professor at the University of Texas and the only one of the study's three authors who has actually been pregnant. "You experience discomfort. Maybe it would be a lot worse if [the design changes] were not there."

Read the whole story here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hope you're in a good mood mom.....

I'm sure this is what Jackson thought when I discovered THIS downstairs in our basement.
Jackson put me "down for a nap" today. Read me stories, sang me song and even gave me a blankie. I was soooo tired that I actually fell asleep in his bed for a few minutes and didn't think about the ramifications of my almost 3 year old so quiet and unsupervised.
Now I know why he said, "stay in your bed, mom."

Gingerbread house!

We built a gingerbread house for FHE last night. It was so fun and Jackson had such a blast sticking all the candy on!
Thanks to Costco for the all-in-one kit! And to Jen R for the idea!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

More fun in the snow.....

I know there's been a plethora of snow pictures lately, but my boys have really enjoyed their snowy Saturday mornings this month! These are just too cute not to share.

Jackson's first snowman. Dad worked hard on this one.

Don't I have the cutest boys?

Do you think this child could look any happier?

He's totally in his element with a "shobel" in hand.

I mean, look at that grin!


Fun chick read! I just finished it last night. Such a cute story! I'm definitely excited to read more Shannon Hale...

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Video Beta Testing

I think Gina was pretty mean. Does that qualify as spousal abuse?

Tis the Season

Hello All. I have just been informed that this is my blog too and that I have the ability to post content. I'll admit, I feel a little strange since most of you reading this are Gina's friends and some have never met me before. However, I am happy to say for the first time in history that one of my friends made a comment. So thank you, Jared Hosenfeld, for helping me claim the blog with my name on it.

We have decided to go a little Charlie Brown this year for Christmas. In years past we have always gone pretty traditional with a 6' full tree. But this year we decided to sacrifice branches for height.

We have a run down store down the road from us called Clems that usually sells almost expired produce and food. But last weekend there big sign read "Christmas Trees, $1.50 a foot". That's all the Hills needed to be sold.

It was snowing like crazy when we went to pick out our tree. And since it was "$1.50 a foot" that also meant dig your own out of the snowy pile.

Needless to say, we didn't look at too many.

But Jackson had a pretty good time.

Hopefully he's not scarred for life from the frostbite.

Friday, December 7, 2007

13 days to baby!

My mom came to town for my Birthday this weekend. We had a blast! She helped me finish the crib bumpers and skirt for the baby's crib, and also got the "sewing bug" into me again!

I had so much fun designing these flowers.

It's actually kind of funny. I really do love to sew, and I'm feeling more confident little by little. But the last time I really made something was when I was pregnant with Jackson, and here I am pregnant again and I'm sewing like crazy. I better hurry and finish these projects before the "sewing hormones" are gone!

Here's my first dress!

I still need to finish sewing the skirt on and also doing the buttonholes in the back. But I'm so happy with how it is looking.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Little turkey!

Okay, this picture made me laugh so hard! A friend took it while J was over there, I had no idea. What a fun surprise!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A Thousand Splendid Suns

This was a very "heavy" read. Don't read it if you're in the mood for a real "pick me up!" But I still found it fascinating. It basically follows the stories of two women during the past 30 years in Afghanistan. I was worried because I am admittedly very ignorant of middle eastern culture, and wasn't sure I would be able to really follow it. However, I was delighted by how intensely "real" the characters were and I kept thinking how alike we are as humans, regardless of background, culture and religion. If it were a movie it would probably be given at least a PG-13 for some graphic violence and a little sexuality. However, I didn't feel as though it was distasteful. I felt the author was providing us with the details of what it really was like to be a woman in Afghanistan during the different oppressive regimes.
Overall, I really liked it. I've put The Kite Runner, on hold at the library which was Hosseini's first novel, and I'm really interested to read it.

I am a Mother

A quick easy read. Jane Clayson Johnson left her life at the Early Show to be a mom. Great perspective on how the role of "mother" has been degraded in our time. It made me realize that maybe I'm not the only one who often thinks this is one of the hardest jobs in the world!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

First Snow!

Today we had our first snow of the season. It's been a wonderfully warm fall with temps in the 60's and 70's until last week. I must admit that I have really enjoyed that!

Jackson and I both had a nap today. So needed. When we woke up, we could see snow falling out our window! So we got to break out all of his winter things for the first time this year. He was way excited to wear his new boots.

The first snow is always fun, but I must admit a little fear came into my heart as I thought of the many long cold winter days ahead. I need to move to Arizona. Or Texas. Or Hawaii. I'll let you know....

Here's Jackson in front of our huge Santa. Fa la la la la!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Potty training saga continued.....

After about 3 weeks of talking about and showing Jackson the toy helicopter he would receive if he went #2 on the toilet, he did it! It took a lot of poo experimentations in all the WRONG places, but finally he GETS IT! Hopefully he will keep continuing to get it. We have more toy cars to get him through the next 6 or so times, so we will see how it goes.
Just had to share the GREAT news, and that I'm a big believer in bribery. (Never thought I'd say that!)
Here's Jackson showing us his new toy.
Congrats Jackson! You did it!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Why the heck not?

So today is Tuesday. J goes to "see-cool" (preschool swap) for 2 blessed hours. I had my list of chores, cleaning I was going to get knocked out. But truthfully, I was exchausted. Instead, I took a 10 am nap! I barely woke up in time to pick him up. My house isn't clean, but I feel GREAT! If you have the chance, I recommend 10am as a great nap time.

Monday, November 12, 2007

The BEST syrup ever

This syrup is to die for. Even if you're not much of a pancake or waffle type person, you will want to drink this straight out of the pan. You HAVE to try this.
Aunt Jemima is going out of business with this one:

The best syrup ever:

1 cup sugar
1/2 stick real butter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. karo syrup
1 tsp. vanilla

I didn't have any instructions with mine, but here's what I did:
dump all the ingredients in a sauce pan, heat over medium heat. I took it off, right as it started to boil. Also, I couldn't find buttermilk at the store- I used milk and then I had some heavy cream in the fridge, so I added some of that to thicken it a bit. I bet plain milk would be fine too. Enjoy!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Now that it's mid November.....

Here are the halloween pics. So enjoy!

Jackson with his cousins at a work party for Uncle Alex at Omniture. It was like a mini trip to disneyland! The kids had so much fun!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Memory Lane

Well, since we got rid of our old slow crappy computer and transferred all our pics onto our sweet new Mac of a computer, we have been traveling down memory lane a bit.
And since my camera is currently holding pictures of halloween and our recent happenings, but is unfortunately hanging on our hooks upstairs, and our sweet new computer is located downstairs, I won't be showing you any pictures of anything recent.

So here's some cute pictures of Jackson back in the day.

Poor little guy was on antibiotics and they couldn't find anymore veins except in his head. His daddy was especially unhappy about that.

This was his first smile, no joke! He started smiling at me and I remember running for the camera. :)

Oh I can't wait for the smell of new baby, and for more pictures of daddy and baby sleeping. (And maybe some sleep in there for me too!)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Christmastime and spanks

Today I got almost all my Christmas shopping done! I just have grandparents and Kirtis left. So that is a big relief! Just 6 more weeks until our little Christmas baby comes! Yeah! I am getting so excited for the holidays, I keep thinking about all the food we are going to eat and what treats I am going to make this year! I can't wait!

Also, this is funny-
I was pouring a cup of juice for Jackson and the cup tipped over and spilled all over the counter and dripped onto the floor. As I'm cleaning it up, Jackson comes to me and says, "No mommy! Don't spill the juice!" Then, he starts SPANKING me! He keeps saying "No mommy, you don't spill the juice, okay!"

I was laughing so hard.

He went through a phase a few months ago when he would always take full cups of juice and milk and intentionally dump them onto the carpet. I guess we reprimanded him pretty badly for it, but at least he doesn't do it anymore! Hopefully he turns out okay and is not too damaged by our "winging it" parenting methods.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


Hey moms, what has worked in getting your child to poop on the toilet? I am ready to be done with all of this! We've tried incentives, toys, candy, etc, but its not doing the trick, any ideas?

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Funny things. By Jackson

Ooh. This is dewicious! (referring to Reeses cups)


I just like how he says Howdaween. I guess you have to hear it in person.

Book Review: The Memory Keeper's Daughter

I finished this book Halloween night, with the constant interruption of vampires, and transformers knocking at the door!

This was a great book. I enjoyed the fact that it was a little more "heavy" and "literary" than previous books. Towards the mid-end it was slow in parts, but I appreciated the fact that she took the time to truly craft and create her characters, expressing how no one is exempt from struggle and pain. I also enjoyed seeing the "ripple" effect of how one person's bad choice affected so many others. However, this book ends very hopefully showing that by the choices we make, we can either be redeemed in the end, or we can take our pain and guilt with us to the grave and never find peace.
Kim Edwards has also written a collection of stories called the secrets of a fire king. Has anyone read this? I think I will put it on my list to read.