Re-Posting Washington DC

Between the Congress bailout reports,
and the political races Obama vs. McCain
I've become a news junkie.
I scan all the news channels trying to get a glimpse of my
favorite places in Washington DC.
The same places that just a few months ago
Dean and I were hanging out around.

The other night on TV, Andrea Mitchell
was reporting live in front of the Capital Building;
standing in the very spot that Dean and I had stopped
for lunch while we were there.
For some reason I think that’s cool…
I’m weird like that.

I could go on and on about the beauty of Washington,
the “backstage pass” treatment we got from Josh, Will & Kim
and the generous hosting abilities of Amie & Gracie…
I’ll spare you though.

But I have decided to re-post some pictures from our trip.
Keep in mind, I was seven months PREGNANT!

One particular memory stands out…
It was our first day in Washington…within the first few hours.
We were at the Air & Space Museum,
which was hosting a display of American History artifacts.
Dean and I were walking around looking at “Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers”
and the “Lone Ranger’s Mask” when all of a sudden,
there it was…no big deal…We came upon “Abraham Lincoln’s Top Hat”-
the original- We both looked at it for a while, not saying anything.

Then it hit us.

I was so overcome by this simple, tattered item.
I felt like I was in the presence of something sacred.
I will never forget that feeling of gratitude mixed with patriotism.

We hope to one-day take the kids back with us,
and hope they would be old enough to feel some of the same feelings.


Ready or Not

I was assigned by my friend Randi to post
the 4th picture in my 4th file.
So in my unorganized files...
this picture here is what resulted.
If I remember right,
it snowed last year on the deer hunt.
It has been so nice and warm lately,
I almost forgot about the snow.
Thanks Randi.
Today I am trying to get the smell of
deer hunt out of everything!
How lucky could a girl get...
"You mean I get to un-pack from the
deer hunt all by myself, all day today?
I need a distraction...you too?
Go to Brooke's blog to see a movie that
Brett and his cousins made. "How To Be Jock"
It's definitely blackmail material!


I'm Flattered!

My sister-in-law Leisa, mentioned that she like the soup that
I made for Wades’ baptism,
and that I should put the recipe on our blog.
She liked it...she really like it!
It wasn’t even my best batch.
But thanks -
So here it is.

Tortilla soup:
Melt ½ stick of butter in large pan.
Add ½ cup of flour to make a paste.
Add two cans of chicken broth.
Add one large can of red enchilada sauce.
Add one can of diced green chilies (optional)
Add two large cans of diced tomatoes.
Add two cups of water.

(simmer uncovered for a half a hour.)

Then add four cups of cooked cubed chicken.
One or two cans of small black beans.
Two cans of *white Niblet corn.

Garnish with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and tortilla chips.




is our first born (Oct. 11th 1995)
was 7 lbs. 11 oz. when he was born (and had a little colic)
is a people pleaser...(good and bad thing)
has never had swimming lessons, but swims like a fish.
wants…needs (he thinks)…his own cell phone
looks like Dean did when he was younger
hates spaghetti, loves casseroles
shoved his front tooth into his gums when he was one
is left handed
is pursuing straight A’s
has lots of “crushes” but no “girlfriend”
sleeps so heavy, no alarm yet can wake him up
is great with kids…especially babies
can be very mischievous (reminds me of Uncle Josh)
won the Kiwanis Club “Terrific Kid” award in fifth grade
likes to know in the morning what we are having for dinner that night
is a good conversationalist
has a great laugh
broke his collar bone when he jumped off the stairs to me,
and I forgot to catch him.


Gosh, they grow up fast!


October 4th

Eleven years ago on a rainy Saturday morning,
Dean and I left our Spanish Fork home heading towards the hospital in Payson.
It was around 9:30 a.m. I had been up since 4:00 a.m. with contractions;
I can't remember how far apart they were, or how long they were lasting...
I just remember not being able to stand it any longer.
As we pulled onto 8th North we met Brooke in the middle of the road.
She was coming to watch Jared play football.
Dean rolled down his window so Brooke and I could talk.
Neither of us could say a word to eachother.
We just looked at eachother and cried tears of excitement and fear;
tears exchanged only between sisters.
Brooke mouthed "I love you Hil" as we drove away.
An hour and a half later, a nurse placed a sweet little baby girl in my arms.
The baby's name was Lauren Kate.


Say "Cheese"!

Well here is the big reveal......
New Family Pictures - courtesy of Jared Neves
I love them!

I want to incorporate a bunch of the pictures into my blog,
so this is just a sneak peek. THANKS Again JARED!


(a two minute video of the girl who needs to be everything)       So far my hobby has been micro-managing my kids and as rewardi...