Tuesday, October 30, 2007

gardner village

I made a great discovery today - it is called Gardner Village. I loved it! It is this fun place with cute and creative shops. For Halloween they have it decorated with witches - it was pretty much the cutest thing I had seen all week. I tried to take pictures, but my dumb camera decided to poop out on me. So instead I am posting their logo. As a side note, I am telling you - I love Utah! There are such great things to do here - I haven't been able to figure out why everyone doesn't move here.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Have you ever Googled yourself? Well, I did this afternoon and found an interesting mix of people and organizations with my name. Here is a list of only a few (afterall, with two names as common as mine, you might imagine how many there really are):

In Singapore there is an organization called Emily Hill - you can go to http://www.emilyhill.org/ to find our more information - it seemed quite innovative. My biggest question is why is an organization in Asia called Emily Hill; a very English name? I might actually e-mail and ask.

In Australia there is a seemingly successful porn star named Emily Hill. I didn't really dig to deep for any other information. I am sure you can guess why.

A writer for "Spiked" online is named Emily Hill (other than the organization, she came up the most for various articles that she had written).

One of the main characters in Alfred Hitchcock's 1931 film "Rich and Strange" is named Emily Hill.

And lastly, there was a woman named Emily Hill who translates notable German literature into English.

So, there you have it. You ought to Google yourself. It is pretty fun to see who else is out there with your name.

Monday, October 22, 2007

surf's up.....or not

The beach house. It was amazing.

The view of the waves from the house - as you can see they are not really surfable.

Football on the beach - Scott is the one is royal blue running.

This last weekend Scott and I went on our annual surf trip to the Oregon Coast. Every October and bunch of friends and us rent a beach house in Seaside, OR and we go surfing. This year the surfing was a bust - the weather was bad and the wave were even worse. So no surfing for us! But the house was amazing and it was such a blast to see our friends. We played volleyball and football on the beach, ate some good food, roamed around Cannon Beach, and stayed up late not having to worry about our kids. With or without the surfing it was still a great weekend!!! We can't wait for next year.

The meshing of two worlds - Scott is wearing the surf shirt from 2005 and I am wearing this year's (Uhh...about the pose...I think I was trying to model the shirt and still look skinny).

This is Heather (the organizer of the surf trip) with her 7 month old baby Orion. I thought it was funny how happy he was folded up with his feet sticking out.

Monday, October 15, 2007

family picture time

On Saturday we had my sister-in-law take some family pictures of us. The lighting was great and except for the fact that Lily hates to have her picture taken it went okay. We haven't gotten them all back yet, but here are a few of my favorites from the ones we have gotten back.

Friday, October 12, 2007


Anyone who knows me well, knows how much I want twins. In fact I am just planning on having them next. I
have wanted twins since before I can remember. When Renee and I were in high school I used to trick her into dressing the same as me (I would wait to see what she was wearing that day and then a minute before we would leave I would appear in the same outfit - sneaky, sneaky). It used to make her crazy. So, I am now doing it to my two girls. They don't seem nearly as annoyed with it as Renee was. And really they only have to put up with it until my twin girls come.

let me count the ways...

I am a terrible wife. Scott got an e-mail from his sister the other day saying she knew everything that was going on with me and the kids, but there was never any mention of him on the blog. Karen, thank you for helping me realize that I need to talk about Scott a little more. Afterall, he is pretty much the dreamiest guy I have ever known. Upon hearing about this, my cousin Erika tagged me. So here is everything wonderful about Scott...

What is his name? Scott David Hill
How long have you been together? Seven years in December
How long did you date? 4 months
How old is he? 30
Who eats more? Scott (especially if I make something sweet-he has no control)
Who said I love you first? Me
Who is taller? Scott
Who sings better? Me, but he also has a really nice voice
Who is smarter? Scott
Whose temper is worse? Oh, totally mine
Who does the laundry? Me, I am picky about how it is done
Who does the dishes? This is a source of contention between us - I would prefer to just do it alone (I get it done more quickly), but he thinks it is more fun and efficient to do it together.
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? It depends, whichever side is further from the door then I sleep on that side (I'm weird). So right now Scott is on the right side.
Who pays the bills? I do.
Who mows the lawn? We take turns
Who cooks dinner? Ususally I do, but sometimes Scott does - he is an amazing cook
Who drives when you are together? Scott
Who is more stubborn? That is a toss-up
Who is the first to admit when they're wrong? Again, a toss-up, but I think it might be me.
Whose parents do you see the most? mine
Who kissed who first? We aren't really sure, it was pretty mutual and the moment is hazy in both of our memories. Although I think it was him.
Who asked who out? Scott called and asked me out the day after we met.
Who proposed? Scott
Who is more sensitive? Me; only when it comes to him - he is the only person who could really ever hurt my feelings - I don't care what everyone else thinks.
Who has more friends? Me
Who has more siblings? We have the same amount of kids in each of our families - mine has 5 girls and 1 boy and his has 5 boys and 1 girl - weird. But we fall in line in very different spots - he is the oldest and I am the 5th.
Who wears the pants in the family? I don't like that question. I am definately bossier and more particular about things, but he is definately the head of our family. So I guess we both do.

So, there you have it. Oh, and for Karen's sake and anyone else who might be wondering, Scott is doing really well. He seems to really be liking his job and he is LOVING the sunshine. I am a pretty lucky girl to have ended up with someone so wonderful.

P.S. the pictures are in order from oldest to newest - here is what they are of: Engagement picture, leaving reception in his Bug, our trip to Hawaii last year (two of them), Oregon Coast Surf Trip last year, and Gracie's birth

Monday, October 8, 2007

ring, ring....hello 21st century

Scott and I have entered a new phase in our lives. The commitment is big and the decision was tough, but we decided to go through with it. We have now arrived. We are cell phone owners. Not just that, but pink cell phone owners (Scott's is gray - BORING). I have to be honest with you, I have no clue how to use it - maybe there is a course offered at the local college. Luckily my sisters own the same type and have been able to give me a few tips - you know, like how to make a phone call. So wish me luck on this new adventure into the modern world.

wait....that isn't what I asked for!

So, I have been starting to look a little Pentecostal lately and thought maybe it was time to trim my long stringy hair. It is very thin after having Grace and it was starting to look bad. So I went and told the girl what I wanted and amazingly enough I didn't get what I asked for all (big shocker there). Instead she gave me the "mom haircut." I shouldn't have told her I have kids - because apparently when you have kids it means you want to look frumpy. The nice thing about hair is that is always grows - in the meantime I just get to look like a dork!

P.S. Don't you love the lame corporate apartment furniture in the background?

the amazing polka-dot cake

Last week was cousin Isabel's 1st birthday and my sister Renee made the most amazing cake for the celebration. She insists that anyone can do this, but I am convince that she is either incredibly gifted or has traded her soul to the devil for this fabulous talent. She does it all from scratch (she even makes her own fondant from scratch) and is so creative. You should have seen the frog she made a couple weeks ago. Oh, and those "ice cream cones" behind the cake are actually brownies with whipped cream. How clever.

chuga-chuga, chuga-chuga, choo-choo

On Thursday the kids and I decided to take a trip on the train. It was such fun. We drove to the Sandy TRAX station and rode into Salt Lake. We met Scott for lunch on Temple Square and then the kids and I spent the afternoon playing around there. Lily and I had such fun looking at all the brides (it was weird how many people were getting married on a Thursday). The train was such a fun way to travel and cheap too - for all four of us it was only $6 roundtrip.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

good times!

Good times for all.
Need I say more.

the gateway center

We love Salt Lake City! I have had more fun taking the kids around and exploring. We went to the Gateway Center in downtown SLC the other day. This is a beautiful shopping area with a really fun plaza in the center of it. It is like a plaza/fountain combined. Lily had a blast running through the center of the plaza trying the avoid getting wet. Adam had fun running around the edge of it and Gracie just had fun sitting there in the sun.

rock-a-bye tubby!

We drove home late the other night from my parent's house and of course the kids fell asleep. Scott decided rather than just carrying Tubby (a.k.a Adam) in he would bring the whole seat. This is Adam outside the front door while we unloaded some things. He slept there through the whole thing.