Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I get to spend a lot of time with Abby. I'm not complaining.

[actual conversations/occurrences]

"Abby, what do you want for breakfast?"
"What kind of yummies? Do you want cereal?"
"No. Yummies."
"What kind of yummies?"
"Blueberry pancakes?"
Abby has a single freckle on her right cheek. If you're lucky you can SNATCH it up. When you hand it back to her she will quickly put it on her left cheek. Then, after realizing her mistake, she will pick it up delicately and return it to its proper home on her right cheek.

When someone leaves (mama/papa leaving for work, Abby leaving for the day, etc.) Abby likes to leave "parting thought" or things she wants you to think about when she is away from you.

"What should mama think about while she's at work?"

"What should Uncle Brett think about when we hang up the phone?"
"Uh....babies!" (Brett & Hill expecting next month)

"What should Gramma think about?"

Well, there has been a running theme with what Auntie Ashley should "think about". (My guess is there has been some brainwashing occurring.)

"What should Ashley think about?"
"Uh....A BOY!"

Thanks for the advice, Kid. :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

[a fine whine]

Hi, my name is Merlot. I was rescued by a kind lady that pulled over near an intersection. I was only three weeks old when I started my 3 week stay with a nice family. My hobbies include eating, snuggling, eating, whining, eating, sucking human necks, eating, sleeping, and eating. I will eat everything and will try to eat anything I can get close enough to snatch up! (formula, wet food, yogurt, cheerios, bread, waffles, syrup, cheese-its, pork). Today, I was picked up my my new family! I hear they have a dog, which means I'll have a new friend! I am VERY excited to be joining a great family!

Here are a few pictures that were taken during my stay with my first family.


Napping with Hernia, my manatee.

I don't take up much room.
My friend, Abby.
I love kisses!Abby calls me "my meow-meow"

I have fun stripes under this black fur.
Thanks for loving me!
Love, Merlot

P.s. I have a new name! You may now call me Heddo!

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Saturday was "Mormon Day" at Six Flags Magic Mountain! A total of 12 headed out for a fun day at the park. The weather was great, the company and conversations were entertaining and it was simply an all around GOOD DAY. It was my first "real" experience with big coasters and I LOVED IT! We waited 1.5 hours for X2 and it was SO WORTH IT! I was terrified in the best way (strange idea, I know). It was a completely different atmosphere in comparison to Disneyland, but is it really fair to compare the two?

Tara & Ash

Molly. Jon. Meriah.

Ryan. Tara. Patria. Juliann. Justin.
Tara. Patria. Rolo with a "M".
8/12 of the gang

"RUN DOWN!" -Patria

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


"The Adventures of HillMill & AshMills"
trampoline slumber parties
watching sunrise on main street
girls camp
magical stage make-up
provo & rexburg
snail mail pen pals
unfavorable haircuts
sweating to MJ
sparkly letters in the night
gelato on the beach
secret spying
cheap massages
phone calls from master wong himself
homemade gift wrap
leveling the language playing field
endless nights of chitchat
reading minds
taquitos on a bench
and of course, cheeky leprechauns
...and many more with much more to come.

Separated for 18 months, but always a letter away.
Work hard. Pray harder. Give them heaven.


Saturday, September 3, 2011


Hi, we're just some of the amazing members of the G7 ward.
Nice to meet you.