Latest gong on

Been way too long! Here's what's happened: Jase is going to Ecuador on a mission, leaves Aug 3rd. Rilee is going to be a senior, loves life. Ansley is going to be a sophomore, plays soccer. Cole starts high school, loves to flirt. Delaney going into 6th grade, big kids on campus. Clay broke his arm, both bones all the way through, second year of pre-school. Robin broke her foot going down a water slide, sorry hun, first bone broken ever. Sean is tired, looking for a new job, loves his family!


Happy Birthday to Me

Thanks for the birthday wishes today. Whit, thanks for what you said, I love being your brother, as I love being all my siblings older brother. It is a lucky and wonderful spot to be in, in the order of family members.

Just so you know, raising our children has been the most wonderful thing in my life second only to marrying Robin.

Some wisdom from me as I am now a year older.

Cherish life, don't waste your time, be happy, be friendly, enjoy other's company, take time alone and meditate, ponder and pray, share your thoughts with others that they might learn from your experiences, don't think you are better than anyone no matter what they do or how they live their life, choose right over wrong always, show your love for those you love, be true to your beliefs and convictions, strive to be better every day.

Those are the thoughts that came to me, most of which I try to do and be. I notice people that try to live these or other good attributes. I can tell people that just don't care.

I appreciate you all, and love you,

Happy Birthday to me, and to you when it's your turn!


Go speed racer!!!!

Well, it happened. I don't think it suprised Robin or I, but Jase got a speeding ticket. Can you say Dumb! We warn, and warn, and explain, and warn, and explain, and beg, and get reports from others, and explain.....and he keeps speeding by. Well he got tagged by officer ticke giver yesterday going 47 in our neighborhood down the long curve.

Robin and I drove there tonight and had a hard time getting to 47. Robin called the cop and talked to him tonight, and he explained that he really was going 47 and he could have arrested him and charged him. Luckely he gave him a civil citation that he can go to traffic school for and it won't show up on his record.

So, what do you do in a situation like this. He's a good kid. The officer even said so, but he just won't get it through his thick skull that we know things. I can't believe I was the same way!!! lol. Why do we do this as youngsters? We don't really listen to what those who have been through it before, and hear what they have to say. We don't take advantage of the experiences and the consequences that our elders went through. We have to experience some things on our own no matter what was said to us.

Really, please, share with me what we should do, how do we teach these lessons. Take the car away? how long? will that actually work? I resent ever being on restriction? Open for suggestions.It probably doesnt' help that we have him driving a bright red car!

Hey, have a great week,


Been a long time

Hello all,
If anyone cares or even looks, I feel bad we have not posted in a long time. I have very active on Facebook lately, and have had to limit my time on the computer. Partly because my wife keeps track of how much time I spend in it, and the other part is that I just don't have the time.

Time was one of the subjects my Grandpa Dunn used to lecture me about. He would say "Seany, time is one of the things we can't make up", and then he would explain that time is precious, and we have a limited amount of it each day, and to make the best of it.

As I get older, time is going faster. I have more to do during the day, and it feels like less time to do it in. I also notice our children are getting older at a more rapid rate than before. I now understand why my Grandpa was so concerned about telling me about time. He understood the concept that it goes faster and faster the older we get.

I have loved being a father and raising these wonderful children. We now have a 16 year old that drives and dates, down to a 2 year old that wants to play basketball, and 4 others inbetween that have so many wants and desires and personality traits, and the need of my time. Don't get me wrong, I love giving my time to them and enjoy doing things with them. Even if it's just watching the jump on the trampoline, or wrestle on the floor, or sit around eating dinner and listening to them discuss the day, or friends, or whatever comes to their minds. I just wish the time didn't go so fast. Jase will be going on a mission in less than 3 years now. Rilee could be married in 5 years if she gets married when Robin got married!!! Crazy to think of this! The reality, so little time to do so much.

Moral of the story, enjoy every minute we have with whomever we have. Kids, spouse, parents, grandparents, loved ones, friends. First, we never know when that time will be up, and second, the time can not be made up!

Love life as it happens, work hard to make it good, but love it as it goes along! Those we spend the time with will appreciate it as we appreciate them spending their time with us.

Have a good week,


Christmas in California

Christmas for our family was a lot of fun! We drove out to California a couple days before Christmas Day, and went straight to my family's party held at a church building. This was new for my Mom and Dad, but it worked out very well. We had a great time being together, and the kids had a wonderful time running around and playing.

Christmas Eve we spent with Robin's family at her sister Shelli's house. She loves to cook, and had a wonderful dinner for us all. We had most of Robin's family and her Aunt and Uncle's family. It was nice visiting with all of them. We don't see them that often.

And here we are Christmas morning, in the Hill's home, a little different for us this year being away from our house. We had a great time though. This year, Christmas was a little less for our family. The kids were fine with this and I think understood why. It actually needs to be how it is every year, a little less for us, and maybe a little more for others.

And, what's Chrismas vacation without surfing down at Newport Beach!!! They froze their butts off, but they had fun.

All the kids had a great time being with cousins. This was one of the many happy times during our vacation. We miss all of the family and our friends we don't live by, even the ones we didn't see this year. This made Christmas very special for us this year, even though it was all different for us this year.

So, one great late Christmas present was the news from Eric and Bri, about her blood test. The numbers were very good. We are still praying that a miricle will continue, and that Brianna will have a full recovery. We wish all the best for Eric and Brianna and their wonderful and beautiful family that they have created.
May all the choicest blessings be with all, as we start this new year!