Saturday, May 21, 2011

Remembering our Baga

(I originally intended to have this post on Grandpa Hill's Birthday-May 16.)

I was blessed with the most wonderful, loving father-in-law. 
When my own dad passed, I truly looked to Alex as I would my own dad.
Now both Grandpas are in heaven watching over our little family together! 
Alex was always so positive and supportive of every little thing that I did and made me feel like I was such a good mom and wife and daughter. He would ooh and aah over my homemade bread and rolls. I loved making them if he would be in town because he would make me feel like I was the greatest cook in the world. 
I remember he passed away a few days after my birthday. A few days later I found the birthday card from him that I hadn't opened yet.  Needless to say I cherish that card and that last writing of his to me.

Here are just a few pictures. 
We miss our dad and grandpa experiencing all the events of our lives with us. 
On our wedding day....
Jackson's birth
Grandpa Hill adored babies- just like Kirtis does. :) 
With baby Avery
We'll never forget the sound he would make when he would play with our babies. :)

 We love and miss you Baga!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thinking of you, dad

I have to repost this post from a few years ago. It's been 3 years since my dad has been gone, and I don't think it matters how old I get, I will always miss him. I will always be his little girl, and will never forget what a wonderful father he was to me. My faith in the resurrection is strong- and I know we will be able to be together again as a family. I just wish that my new friends here in VA could know him and what a great man he was.

______________________ Originally posted in October 2008_______________

Me and Dad. 1981
Me and Dad, 1981. Okay, Avery looks just like me as a baby, don't you think?
Me and Dad 1985. I still have chubby knees!



Last night, a friend mentioned that Avery would be going into nursery next year at church (she teaches nursery and was adding up how many children would be joining the class next year when they turn 18 months). I was in absolute denial that that would ever happen. I was actually SHOCKED that in less than a year she would be old enough to go to nursery! That combined with telling several people in casual conversation that my dad had recently passed away, seemed to leave me in a pretty volatile emotional state for the evening! I got home a wreck, my heart bursting with happiness and sadness at the same time. NO! I told Kirtis. Avery will NOT grow up! She cannot. It is not okay with me. She will stay a perfectly heavenly baby forever. My dad held her on his lap while we pushed him in his wheelchair. He held her as a newborn. When I found out Dad had passed, I had her sweet soft fresh skin to press against my tear-stained cheeks. Her new fresh-from-heaven eyes have been my connection to my dad, my gift from a loving heavenly father to help ease the pain of my dad's passing.
But life moves forward. Babies grow up. Parents die. All of this growth is part of an amazing eternal plan. But for now, we hurt and miss and ache because we love and have loved.

Dad, October 2006

I miss you, Dad.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Other ways to tell I'm pregnant.

Besides the fact that some people think I am already 9 months pregnant by the size of my belly, (I still have 3 months to go!) here's a few other ways you can tell I'm pregnant.

Yesterday we couldn't find the aluminum foil, I sent hubby to the basement for another roll. The next day I found it in an obvious place.....the fridge.

I put a load of clothes in the dryer and heard a very LOUD clunk-clunk. I opened the dryer up, wondering WHAT could possibly be making that loud of a noise. It was an entire bottle of Shout Stain Remover. I really have no recollection of it!

The morning after a late-night ice cream binge, I found the gallon of ice-cream in...... you guessed it... the fridge.

Don't hold me accountable for anything important, people!

And please PLEASE tell me I will get my brain back!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Another random post with thoughts on our life.


Lately, life has been TOO crazy. I want to slow it down, but I'm not sure what could change at this point. 

I have been SO spoiled by almost THREE years of Kirtis having a "low key" job. He works hard at it, but it has been extremely flexible and he's been able to work from home a ton, and when he has gone into the office, he has been able to come home in the afternoon rather than the evening hours, before putting in a few more hours after the kids are in bed.
For the past month he has been commuting to DC and has to put in A FULL EIGHT HOURS in an office downtown. I know this is everyday life for most people- but I have to admit- I just don't like it! We like our daddy home! In addition, he is taking a business course at Georgetown- and it's 2 days a month (all day) but comes with reading/projects/papers etc. It just adds one more thing.

Then, his car broke down, and the repair was going to cost almost as much as it was worth. While we have been trying to figure out what to do- Buy another hybrid?-- (their prices are SO infated right now) try the one car thing for awhile? I can take him to the train station on the days I need a car?
Needless to say, it's been a lot of EARLY mornings and late nights dealing with transportation issues.
Yesterday, Kirtis found a car he was interested in, negotiated the price on the phone- then I picked him up from the train station and we went and test drove it and bought it! We SOOOO did not want to buy a new car. We have been trying really hard to live the "Dave Ramsey" way- saving until you can afford something, not relying on credit etc. We had a good run with both cars paid for. Oh well.

Also, we did get away for the weekend last weekend for our anniversary. (Honey, can you email the pictures from your phone?) We had a lovely weekend in Savannah Georgia. It was lovelier than expected and perfect for my tired pregnant body. Not too much to do- so I didn't feel guilty spending a few hours in the hotel watching TV/resting every afternoon. We have been married SEVEN years and I have to admit- although life has its bumps- our life is BETTER than I ever imagined- because I truly am the luckiest lady to have Kirtis by my side and the 2 cutest kids hugging and kissing my #3 in belly. :)

Cherry Blossoms

It seems I have 5 minutes about every 2 weeks to blog. I know it's all about priorities- maybe this just needs to be higher on the list. 
These are pictures from when we went to see the cherry Blossoms in DC on Conference Sunday (That was only a MONTH ago! Not bad!) 
It was pretty much a DREAMY day. Just hanging out as a family and the kids were just happy as could be and wanted to climb every tree they saw. Also, maybe it's pregnancy hormones, but when we got under all those blossoms by the tidal basin- I nearly cried from the beauty of it all. I can't believe we missed it last year. We will be sure to see it again next year!
Also, we planted a lot of cherry trees this year- so some day we can have our own cherry blossom festival!