Wednesday, July 29, 2009

good times had by all

For Family Night we had a picnic in the park and then took the kids through the carwash (which is like a ride at Disneyland for them). There were good times had by all!

See how excited David is about being at the park!

As a sidenote, we were going to pick up litter for our activity and talk about keeping the Earth beautiful and clean. Unfortunately (and fortunately) the park was spottless! I couldn't find a single piece of trash to pick up. So we decided to just make it a fun evening at the park and next week we will find somewhere a little dirtier to pick up litter!

Monday, July 27, 2009


Adam: Mom can I go ride my bike?

Mom: No Bud, it is Sunday and we don't ride bikes on Sunday, remember.

Adam: But I will stay on the sidewalk.

Mom: Sorry, but it is Sunday.

Adam: But it isn't Sunday.

Mom: Yes it is. You just got back from church.

Adam: Well, I am going to ride my bike in the garage.

Mom: Adam, that is still riding your bike and it is still Sunday.

Adam: No Mom, it is Friday in the garage and we can ride bikes on Friday!

I think at this point I figured that was a clever enough answer and I let him ride his bike in the garage; since clearly it was Friday in there!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

photography lesson, a movie night, & "the big guy"

The camera was out the other day and Lily really wanted to take some pictures. I was sitting on my chair holding David, with Grace squished next to me and Adam trying hard to fit somewhere as well (a common picture lately). I thought it would be alright for Lily to give it a try - I told her what buttons to push and I think she did a pretty good job. Here is the result (with a little cropping)...

While making a trip to Wal-Mart the other day in an attempt to get out of the house for a change in scenery I found they had "The Sandlot" for only $5. Because I consider this movie a great classic with many quotable lines I had to get it. I decided that Friday we would have a Family Movie Night/Slumber Party. The kids loved this idea. Scott and I told them that we wouldn't be participating in the slumber party portion of the evening, but that the three of them could sleep in the family room together. They thought that was pretty great. The movie was a hit (except Grace is too wiggly and doesn't care much for watching TV) and we had a good time together. David even joined us at the end when he decided it was time to eat (again).
Lastly, we had a really fun Family Home Evening on Monday that I wanted to share. It was discovered last week that my older children didn't know the story of David and Goliath. Since the newest member of our family shares a name with this great Bible hero I decided this would be a fun story to share. That day I drew a picture of a big, ugly, mean-looking head and taped it up on the wall at 9 feet. This was supposedly how tall Goliath was (I have my doubts after seeing just how tall that really is - remember we believe the Bible so far as it is translated correctly). The kids were so intrigued all day, and I wouldn't tell them what it was about. It made them pretty excited for FHE to come. That night I told them to story and at one point I asked them who they think would win the fight - both answered that they were sure "the big guy" would win. When I explained that they were wrong and that David killed Goliath by using his sling shot and a pebble which hit Goliath in between the eyes they were pretty amazed (don't worry, I did throw in the part about having faith in the Lord). For the activity we each got a package of M&M's and pretended those were the pebbles that David used. We each took turns trying to hit our Goliath in between the eyes (I got the closest). They loved this - who wouldn't love throwing M&M's at the wall (if I were to do it again, I would use Skittles - the M&M's chipped and I don't think Skittles would). Then we talked about how we will meet problems that will seem as big as Goliath (this is were Scott threw in the line about us all having El Guapos in our lives - from "Three Amigos" - thanks Scott for helping with the story in such a productive way). It was a pretty fun Family Night and I was grateful for my little David to come and inspire such a good time! (Subsequently, the kids asked what happened to David from the Bible - I told them he became KING! and we left it at that....)
David is two weeks old today!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

big love

I don't care what HBO says - Big Love isn't having more than one wife; it is what I feel for my little nine-day old baby and his three older siblings.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

baby talk

In keeping with tradition of posting the comical things my children say I thought I would add a few more along the lines of the baby.

Lily (to Aunt Michelle): My Mom went to the hospital to pick out a new baby.
Aunt Michelle: Oh really?
Lily: Yes....I hope she chooses a cute one!

Adam comes upstairs the other day and the first thing he says to me is: "Hey, where's the brother?" He keeps calling him the brother despite the fact that I have told him David's name.

Lily informed me this morning that I still look pregnant. Thanks Lil for the update. I informed her that I would probably look pregnant for a few more weeks, but with lots of prayers (and exercise) I hopefully won't look pregnant forever!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


David Joseph Hill.

He came five days early on July 5, 2009 (I think the fireworks started the labor). He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces. He is proving to already be the sweetest baby around...

Enjoy the pictures....

The closest thing to a nine-month picture. It was taken the day before at the Fourth of July parade.

Brand new

The big kids came to visit. They LOVED him!

The pacifier is almost as big as his head!

Going home!