Thursday, January 29, 2015


This Year I got my act together and did a Back-To-School night. Our theme this year is “Shine Your Light” I made magnets for the girls to keep in their lockers (yes, even Reese in pre-school has a locker! Its for all their snow stuff). We had a super fun dinner and shared how we can shine our lights. Reese's comment was another heart warming experience for me when she said, “When we shine our light it will inspire others to shine their light.” I love this mothering gig.

 First day of 3rd grade!

 First day of Pre-school!

Summer Planning

I know we are in the middle of a snow storm but the girls keep asking how many days until Summer! So I have had Summer on my mind in this wintery weather. It reminded me I never blogged about our summer schedule. I am not a schedule person but I LOVED how productive we were and how much more fun we had because we had it planned out in a “schedule format”.

Camp Hilton was formed and we will forever call our Summers, Camp Hilton. I made a “command center” of sorts that kept the kids informed of their responsibilities and the fun that we would be having that afternoon IF they completed their responsibilities.

They each had to:
>>Read or be read too
>>Practice writing
>>Math Page (just a page out of a Costco book)
>>1 chore of their choice

The girls were super motivated to hop out of bed (and make their bedJ) and accomplish their tasks. I kept all their charts from each week and showed them at the end of the Summer how well they did! There is a sense of accomplishment when you can do something you don’t love 5 days a week for the whole summer.
SIDE NOTE: It actually came in super handy one day when Kylie was feeling down.  I pulled all these weeks worth of completed summer charts out and showed her what an amazing accomplishment that was.

Usually Monday was Water day, we got to scout out some amazing lakes and fun splash pads to play out each week. The kids LOVED this.
Tuesday we would organize a playdate, either at our home or at our lake. We still do this on Fridays.
Wednesday was Explore day! We would go to Henry Ford Museum or we even went to Sleeping Bear Dunes and once to Kalamazoo.
Thursday is Baking day, we still do this too. The girls (esp Reese) love to look through Pinterest or my cookbooks and pick things out to bake. They are becoming quite good and now after doing it so much I don’t have HUGE messes after baking with them.

Friday is another favorite. Craft and of course Family Movie Night.

Thursday, January 1, 2015


Tuesday, December 9, 2014


It's starting to get cold in the D!
Kylie's kindergarten buddy.
Witches night.
D sunsets.
Fiber mascara. Amazing. With and without.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Life is beautiful

I am continually blown away with the love that is shown by Kylie's extra curricular adults that surround her. Her church leaders, gymnastics coach and her wonderful school teacher all have her for precious time each day or week. That time and effort they spend building her, pushing her and being an example to her is such a blessing. She truly is surrounded by amazingly talented people that she is learning from. What a blessing in my life.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Our days

The girls finished swim lessons a few weeks ago. I kept forgetting to document this. They did so well! They could get over how fast Ky caught on to the butterfly stroke. And Reese moved up one class after the first day! Such little fish!
We went to the Wirthlin farm the other night for dinner and their s'more sticks are the greatest thing ever.

Reese gave her first primary talk last week. I had to bribe her with a Brownie.... But She did so well and besides the opening line she did it all by herself! 

We went to women's conference last week. It was so fun to go have refreshments before hand and mingle and talk with the women in my ward with Kylie. She is so mature for her age and is always so polite and right on with the stories she shares and the words she uses. Such an amazing little girl.
Walk with dad...
We went to Costco the other day for an eye appointment. They kept calling Conrad "Dr. Hilton" it was so weird to me. I think he is used to it from work but it is all new to me:)
Our walk home from school.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Happy birthday//Halloween

Conrad turned 33 on Halloween! He is seriously he greatest dad! such a hard worker and SOOO much fun to parent with. I love that I picked him;) we went over to a friends home for halloween and had a little party/ Halloween fun.
The kids got lucky one night and we carved a pumpkin. Conrad has been workin like a dawg so it's been the Jamie Show for the past few months. I was pretty proud of myself that we managed to carve 2 pumpkins. Seriously.
I am the room mom for Kylie's class and we put together the 3 rd grade Halloween party. 
I love how Kylie always wants to include Reesea and Nixon in everything when she is around her friends. Her friends love picking Reese up:)

We decorated cookies, had a parade and snacks.

Kylie has hands down the greatest teacher known to man. I can't get over how blessed we are to have her be with Kylie for 7 hours a day.

Our front porch:)
On our way to collect some candy. Man alive these people out here hand out the good stuff! Almost everyone gave out regular size candy bars or king size! 
Nixon was over the moon about going with Olaf!
I was in charge of our ward Halloween party with 3 other ladies. I was really happy with how everything turned out!
But seriously, this was the first Halloween that I caught the spirit of halloween and just the fun tradition and excitement it can bring into a home. It was a great way to kick off this holiday season!

Monday, October 27, 2014


You can't even tell Reese and I raked for an hour. But we are making a dent in these leaves:)

Nixon was a little counter productive in my efforts:)
Our friends came over and we rode the beast!
Then we roared mallows for family night. What a great day. Love this bunch.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Date night

We took up Pilates for one night. We loved it.