Monday, December 29, 2008

Isaac's Big Film Debut

Isaac has been dying for a video camera of his own....and Santa delivered! Here's the product of his first finished video (with a little help from his talented father).
video

Quilting




Thanks to my awesome friend and neighbor, I have been a quilting machine lately. I managed to make a quilt for each of our parents for Christmas, a Hello Kitty one for Abby and a Cowboy quilt for a girl having a baby at Justin's office. Now I am starting 2 pirate quilts, per the request of our boys. Grandma and Grandpa Hill were happy that I have finally been putting that awesome sewing machine they got me 6 years ago to good use.

Christmas Morning

Grandpa Hill gettin' his EAT on!


Aunt Liz at the kiddie table

Stocking Boy


The Eyeclops!


Showing Miss Abby her new Dora blocks, this is just before she threw up on all her presents, sad :(

Ethan opening presents

Cute Boys!


The stash, they must have been really good!



Twas the night before Christmas....


Not a creature was stirring, not ene a restless cousin...


Matching Christmas PJs
We had such a wonderful Christmas! We even got to have cousins here that are moving to Utah from Maine. Having Grandma and Grandpa Hill here was just icing on the cake! Abby started throwing up Christmas Eve night and would say, "Mommy & daddy, I am so sorry." Poor little girl. Isaac woke up at 4 a.m. and begged to look into the living room and promised to go back to sleep. After an hour of him laying next to me all squirmy, I heard 4 little giggles from the living room. We woke up everyone in the house and by 5:30 we were on our way to opening all the presents! I did wake little Tweeter, as the thought of not sharing Christmas morning with her was unbearable. She opened a few gifts and then threw up all over the rest of her pile. It was back to bed for her! It's a Christmas we'll NEVER forget, that's for sure.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Hill Family Christmas Shin-Dig!

Great Grandma with her new ride!

Isaac with a "fake" santa...in his words

Is this a naughty face????



Showing Great Grandma Santa!


What a good girl!



Oh Santa, I don't believe it!



Look who Abby found!


Loves, loves, loves her Papa!

Family Nativity


Cheesballs!


Abby with her handsome daddy!


Joseph and a seemingly displeased shepherd


Christmas Party Marathon....











.....Three parties in 48 hours! That's what this weekend was for sure! We had several occasions to get all dressed up this weekend and go to some fun Christmas Parties with friends!



Christmas Tag

1.Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper for sure, I love to have a different ribbon on each and every package (crazy, I know...but I love the way they look under the tree).
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial-we put up 6-7 trees per year!
3. When do you put up the tree? Thanksgiving day...ALWAYS!
4. When do you take the tree down? New Year's Day
5. Do you like eggnog? No way....my kids think that's crazy talk!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Pink Huffy Bike with tassels on the handles
7. Hardest person to buy for? My boss and BFF
8. Easiest person to buy for? My husband...anything electronic or to do with movies
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, a cute one the Cleggs gave us last year while doing the 12 days of Christmas for us
10. Mail or email Christmas cards?MAIL...I was late this year but always get them out, it is my once yearly connection with some of my childhood friends
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Can't think of any...seriously
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Love Actually
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? In the fall
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Oh for sure....I work in an assisted living for peat's sake
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Sugar Cookies with LOTS of icing!
16. Lights on the tree? LOTS of Lights...only white
17. Favorite Christmas song? All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home for sure, I think it's important for our kids to have memories of Christmas morning at home
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Dasher, Dancer, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Ribbon Bow
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Kids get to open a bath set and pjs from mom and dad on Xmas Eve...this year a few things got discovered so they will get to open those oopses too!
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Stress....
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I have had lime green and purple on our tree for the last 10 years..weird, I know but people really love it when they see it.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Prime Rib (Jus hates it though)
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Modbe Jeans (got those)...Stainless Steel Trash Can (got that)
26. Who do you tag? Anyone who wants to play

Christmas Cookies


Rolling out the dough with daddy by her side

Even little pirates like to make cookies



He's on a roll!


Making the Gingerbread




The kids had a lot of fun making Christmas cookies with us this year. My mom got a little baking set for Abby and she has been carrying it around for days begging to make something. I even made homemade gingerbread for Mr. Hill (I don't care for it). Most of the cookies went into the frezzer and will re-appear when family gets here this week.



Let it Snow, FINALLY!






















Friday, December 12, 2008

Nativity

Isaac was getting ready for school the other morning and stressing about what to take for Christmas show and tell. He was particularly grumpy because the thing he wanted to take the most had been left by Ethan at preschool the day before. He encourage him to take this cute little nativity that his friend Jace got him last year. He said to me, "mom, I don't want to hurt your feelings but I am not sure if that is very Christmasy." I responded by saying, "well, I think you should just take it and then daddy and I will have a talk with you when we all get home tonight about the true meaning of Christmas." I am grateful to our son for the teaching opportunity to remember the birth of our Savior.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving












We had a nice, yet quiet Thanksgiving at home this year. I made everything from scratch except for the bread. I realized that baking bread stresses me out! My friend Becky is going to show me a new way so it's not so much work!



Bon Voyage!


I recently said goodbye to two of the special missionaries who have taught me. I felt very sad, really saying goodbye to them. I am sure that is a normal feeling. We will miss their visits to our house and all the fun we have had together. I'm sure the new missionaries will be great, but they'll never be quite as special as these guys.