"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Little Miss Maddie.....

So my sister Stacey said that I always post about McKenna and not very many things about Madison. So here is a post just for Maddie. She will be 10 months old on the 2nd and is growing like a weed! She weighs over 20 pounds (you can't tell by the cheeks can ya), has two teeth on the bottom and is getting two more on top. Her hair is super curly and I love it! I hope it stays tha way. So far it just keeps getting curlier and curlier.

She sits up really well and is trying really hard to crawl. She gets up on her hands and knees and rocks back and forth and can scoot backwards, but she has yet to perfect the forward motion.

Madison is saying a few words these days. She says Dad and Mom and thank you and stop and baba and she calls McKenna Nnna. It's pretty cute.

She loves playing with her toes. They are the best toy that we have. And if you put socks on her you can bet in two seconds she will have them off so she can play with her toes.

This face cracks me up. When she thinks something is funny she crinkles up her nose and laughs. She is hilarious. She has a really fun personality. She is very easy going and just likes to hang out. McKenna always had a real high pitched girly voice and Madison has kind of a smoker voice. It's a little lower and raspy. I love it!
But she definitely loves her sister. They have so much fun together. I'm glad they both like each other. McKenna can make Maddie laugh like no one else. They are way fun to watch together.

Monday, July 7, 2008

My big opportunity!

So last weekend while we were in Utah, I had an amazing opportunity. I went to a LDS music workshop. Most of you know that I had written country songs and had the opportunity to sing back in the day and passed it up to go on a mission. Well since I have been home I have written quite a few church songs and now want to really get into that. So I went to this workshop that was put on by Jenny Phillips and Tyler Castleton (both very prominent in LDS music industry) and tons of other prominent people such as Hilary Weeks, Peter Breinholt, Mercy River, Staci Peters, and more. Anywho, while I was there I got to talk to Bob Ahlander who is the head of Deseret Book Music. He is the head of there label and manager for some artists. I was able to give him a demo CD and in the process he gave me a way to get a hold of him directly and said to follow up with him in a month. Also at this workshop they talked about having an e-mail fan club and that labels look to see how many people you have when they are looking to sign you. So I guess I need everyone's help to sign up for my new little fan club. Hopefully I will have a website realatively soon, but for now please just send a response to stephaniehillman@gmail.com. Once you join I will send you a free song and you will get monthly updates on what is going on. Also if you are interested in booking a fireside with me also just send a request to that address. Thanks for everyone's help and tell all your friends!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Long time no post!

WARNING! This is a long post!

So it's been forever since I have posted anything so for that I apologize! Between being a mom, taking McKenna here and there for all her activities, doing the books for our company, coaching volleyball, trying to get my music going, keeping the house up to par, and occasionally finding a minute to myself to blog, my life gets a little busy. But I will try to do better.

This last weekend the girls and I and my sister-in-law Krista got to go to Utah. The main reason we went was for a music thing I went to (which I will post about in the future) but after that was over we got to see the sights.

We went to Hogle Zoo just for McKenna. She had tons of fun. I had bought her and Maddie these cute matching outfits and McKenna called them her "jungle pants' so we had to find the jungle at the zoo. They saw lots of animals and even got to ride the merry go round.

McKenna had so much fun having Aunt Krista along! Thanks for coming Kisy!

We found the jungle!

Then we went to the Joseph Smith movie. I have to tell you about a little moment McKenna had during that movie. At one point people are getting sick and dying and Joseph's friend brings his son to get healed. I looked over at McKenna and she was wiping tears away from her little cheeks. So after I asked her, "Did you like the movie?" She replies, "It was a little scary, but it made me feel really good." That was about the cutest thing I have ever heard! So when we walked out of the movie she saw the temple and all she wanted to do was go and touch it. So we did. It was a pretty neat experience.

Trying to get these two to look at the camera and smile at the same time is IMPOSSIBLE!

I love those cheeks!

McKenna just loved being able to be by the temple. It was sure great to see her there.

All in all it was a GREAT weekend!