Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kylie is 8!

I can not believe the time has come that our oldest child will be baptized into Gods true church. I feel like Kylie is 100% ready to make a 2 way promise with her Heavenly Father. She is ready and understands her baptismal covenants. We have been teaching her the Gospel throughout her life but the past 12 months we have made more of a concerted effort to make sure she understands this important step she is taking and the influence she can have as a disciple of Christ. These are a few things we did that I hope we can remember to do with all of our children

Missionary Lessons:

She decided to take the missionary lessons about 2 months ago. These 2 sweet sisters came and taught even getting down on the floor with her and teaching her about tithing, they colored with sidewalk chalk to teach the plan of salvation, they read scriptures with her and taught her more about the commandments. These are all things we have gone over and taught her but sometimes I feel like it can sink in better when a 3rd party is doing the teaching:)

Drawing The Book of Mormon:
Each Sunday for about 5 months we chronologically took a scripture story from the Book of Mormon and drew it on a paper scroll. Art speaks to us Hilton girls and I loved how Reese even drew her version of it too. It was a great Sunday activity and I think it helped us understand and remember these important stories from the scriptures.

Bought her a white dress:

I am not into silk dresses for my kids. I've never really seen one that I love so I don't buy them. But Kylie LOVES them and thinks they are so beautiful. So one day at Last Chance I saw pretty much a wedding dress for a 8 year old girl. I knew Kylie would be in heaven if she owned that puppy! So when I took it home and explained that it was for her baptism she was thrilled. It has sat in her closet for close to a year now (I bought a size up:). She has only worn it once to the temple open house but every time she looks at it I think I see stars in her eyes. She is so excited to look like a beautiful little princess that she is!

Temple open house:

What an amazing opportunity to go through the Gilbert Temple open house with all our children. This temple will always hold a special place in our hearts and especially the girls. Their favorite part was the celestial room and the chandelier! It was spectacular and such an amazing reverence in that room. I snapped this picture of it one night we went! I love it.

More on her FROZEN party tomorrow:)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter weekend

Happy Easter!

We had a blast at the Easter egg hunt at the Smith's in their orchard. It was a True HUNT!!

Tractor rides!
Yesterday we headed to Scottsdale and as we were walking through Sephora they asked if they could give he girls bunny make up! So cute!!
Then we headed to Scottsdale and the kids got to play in the stream
And we had lunch here:    Amazing!!

We went to Chandlers aquatic center on Friday. Such a great pool!

Gymnastics is wrapping up and the girls are growing SO much! Reese is working on her cartwheel and Kylie is getting her back handspring! So proud!!

He has been sleeping during gymnastics the past 2 weeks  and it is so super duper precious.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This and that

I forgot to put this picture up when I talked about my family coming for Thanksgiving and this happens to be one of my favorite pictures with my parents and my children. My kids are SO lucky to have them as their Nana and Bapa.

 A few months ago I was feeling so so so sick. Like I have never been this sick ever! It was not enjoyable. So my sweet friend came to pick Reese up for SEEL school and I caught a picture of Nixon running out to give Re a hug. XOXO
 So I was sick for like weeks! It was weird. Whenever the girls are sick I give them a silver tray (this one pictured) and try to pamper them like nobodies business! And it was so sweet how Kylie did just that to me! She was such a helper!
 We did manage to make our traditional sugar cookies for Valentines Day. This girl LOVES to bake!

 OK, so in Kylie's class they have fake money and you can bring something to sell to the other children for money and she decided to sell the SODA Explosion! Well, rumor has it that this is not a good item to sell at the class store because the principal got involved and vetoed it. Ooops!!
 We had a family night about our bodies.
 We had the letter X in SEEL school that week and we went eXploring.
 And looked at an X-ray of my sister because the day before she swallowed a bobby pin!
 Mmmm, this was around quite a bit over the winter. Man alive, I will sure miss freshly squeezed grapefruit juice!
 Nick and Mason stopping by for a little chicken fight:)
 She seriously loves baking!

 Valentines breakfast:
 Valentines Dinner: We have been eating outside quite a bit. I love that we do this.
 And our holiday painting was again a success with the girls!

December: Montana

Yes, STILL playing catch up! So for Christmas we headed out to The Hilton's home in Dillon, MT. Cowgirl boots and all.

I had to document this, Nixon played with these jelly stickers for soooo long and it really saved our bacon on the plane. Because boy does this boy have a ton of energy! And we love that, but maybe not on long plane rides:)

As soon as we got home the kids jumped on the 4 wheelers. I love that we just park them right outside their front steps and we can hop on them and zip on over to Great grandmas or to the homemade ice skating rink.
Chase and me!
Chase in all his amazingness with his iphone snapped this picture. I love it.
This is Conrad's elementary real life fire escape. I am so sorry but I can not get over this! I love it.
Part of The Hilton's property flooded this fall and froze in the winter so we made FULL use of it. Ice skating, hooky bobbin, snowman building...

When we go to Montana Conrad never packs anything but underware. So its always fun to see what he pulls out of his dads closet everyday:) Check out The Beaverhead river!!! Pretty as a picture.
Christmas with the cousins.
The sky.

Matchy, matchy!
Yes this is a framer!

We got to attend Conrad's aunt and uncles mission reunion. So we got to take a jaunt on down to Rexburg!
Conrad's tiny grandma, grandpa and awesome mom!
They rented this house that was SICK!! The kids had a blast! They have 109 2nd cousins on that side!
We took the kids skiing and I got to wear Clint's 14 year old snow suit. I was stylin'.
Splits everywhere, anywhere.
Sweet Reese!

And then it ended and we came back to the cacti and dust.