Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2 Months Already...

Yesterday we had Hadlie's 2 month check up.
Weight: 11 lb. 2 oz. - 50th percentile
Height: 23.6 inches - 86th percentile
Head: 38.5 centimeters - 38th percentile
Right now she is really starting to respond to our voices. She always smiles when she hears me (knowing that milk is soon to come) and always frowns at Ben (knowing that the milk wagon has left). She is cooing, and when she is on her tummy she is starting to lift up her head. Her favorite thing right now is to be bundled up like a little burrito and bounced up and down while we rock her back and forth...I know, very high maintenance, but she is so cute and her smile makes it all worth it!

Merry Christmas to us!!

We had a great Christmas this year...we are so fortunate to have sooo many things!!

Paden got the coolest airplanes to go with his Geo Trax train set!

This was our families favorite gift this year...Sweet little Hadlie!

Macie got an awesome dollhouse for her Barbies!

Here are the kids playing with Paden's new toy!

The grandparents came over to visit and drop off a load of presents as well...Macie and Paden got the Wowee Tiger and Lion that seem so real. Paden got a bounce back racer and Macie got a Little Mommy doll as well.

Paden found a yummy green cupcake to eat!

Macie having her favorite dinner...soup in a bread bowl.

Hadlie's 1st Christmas! As Ben says to her..."Hadlie, you have an unfair only had to be good for 2 months" Lucky her, Paden and Macie had to be good for 1 whole year!

Hadlie's Blessing

Here are a few pictures from Hadlie's Blessing...
Aunt Titi with the girls...Mylie looks like she could eat Hadlie!
Gummy and Bompa with Hadlie
Grandma Pat and Grandpa Craig
Grandparents and Hadlie
Mom and Dad with Hadlie

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Santa's Helper

Last Saturday night we had a family party where Santa came to visit. At the last minute Santa could not show up and Ben said that he would pinch hit for him. Ben pulled off the part quite well I must say...I think the key to getting him to open up is putting a red suit and a beard on him. Anyway, he was seated right next to Macie, the entire time that Santa was talking and giving out gifts, Macie was watching him quite closely. After he had handed out the presents and had each of the kids sit on his lap he soon left and Macie came over to me and said, "I think that was your husband." I was caught off guard and didn't know quite what to say. I asked her if she thought Santa could be everywhere at once or if she thought he might have helpers. She replied that he had helpers and that her daddy must have been really good all year to become one of Santa's Helpers! She handled it very well and after I told her that Daddy was a secret helper, she didn't say another word to anyone!
Cute little "Howie" in her Gingerbread outfit!

Hadlie slept through the entire Santa excitement.

Paden loves Santa and gets so excited each time he sees him!

Macie and "Santa"

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Healthy Cookies

On Monday night for Family Night we made cookies and had them with milk. While we were eating them, Macie said, "Mom, since cookies and milk go together, does that mean that cookies are in the Dairy group?"

Hey that sounds good to me! I have always wanted to have a reason to eat more cookies, now I just tell people that I need 4-6 servings of cookies a day!

Here is a healthy cookie recipe for cookies so you can have a few more servings a day too!

Healthy Cookies
1/2 c. of Margarine or 6 Tbsp. of Brummel and Brown spread (it's where the margarine is, it is just yogart)
1 c. of can omit this if you choose...(i don't)
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 whole egg & 1 egg white
2 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 c. low fat milk
2 c. Old fashioned oats (not quick)
2 c. Uncle Sam's Cereal toasted wheats with flaxseed (found in the cereal aisle of Albertsons or Walmart)
3/4 c. bitter sweet chocolate chips

Cream butter & sugar together. Add vanilla, eggs, then all of dry ingredients. Then add milk, oats, and cereal and chocolate chips. Put rounded tablespoon of dough on baking sheet and cook at 325 degrees for 9-11 min.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Picking the "Pretty Pedal"

My good friend Stacy and her sister Suzanne have an awesome bow buisness and I have had such a fun time with their merchandise! Here is my model, Hadlie sporting a few of her many flowers, bows, and hats!

Here is the link to her website if any of you are interested. She has so many more too, I just had to take a minute and show off a small fraction of our supply!

Counting my Blessings

This is one of my three greatest blessings that I have been given!

Monday, November 24, 2008

"Falling" in love with my Kids

Here are some really cute Fall pictures of the little ones!

Friday, November 21, 2008

No more Bad Hair Days!

One of my favorite things about having girls is that I get to do their hair. I have been so lucky that Macie is so tolerant of my fiddling around with her hair, all I have to do is stick her in front of the TV and she is good for a good while for my enjoyment! I was recently shown this darling blog that I just had to share...She Does Hair has so many different ideas of how to do all sorts of hair styles and gives you a tutorial of how to accomplish certain looks. From this blog there are many other links to different hair blogs that I have found many cute new do's to sport on Macie. I hope all of you enjoy it as much as I have...Macie will get up every morning and ask if she can get online and choose what hair do she wants for the day! Happy Hair Doing!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

First Tubby!

Hadlie's first tubby was not her happiest moment. She would get a sad face that could break your heart. She absolutely hates to be out of her clothes, and she is not afraid to tell you!
"What are you doing to me Mommy?"
"Whatever it is, please stop!!"

"Are you done yet?"
She has had it! Better get her wrapped up in a nice warm towel and end this torture!

Found It!

Finally, I found the cord that connects our camera to the computer so I could add some more pictures of Hadlie!
Macie holding Hadlie when we first got home from the hospital.

Hadlie getting ready to go home!
"Team Brown" Ben finally isn't the only one with brown hair!

Sweet little Baby!

Proud big brother Paden holding "Howie"

Monday, November 3, 2008

"We are Boys!"

We were a little worried about how Paden would do once Hadlie was here, and all in all he has done pretty well! I have to say that it is mostly because I have such an awesome husband who is so great with our kids. Ben will take Paden and do "boys" stuff with him so Paden has a little one on one time. The boys will do anything from play GeoTrax trains, "move" (mow) the lawn, clean the garage, or just watch a boy movie (Cars, Thomas, Mickey Mouse). Everytime the boys get together to hang out Paden says, "Dad, we are boys." They even have turned our office downstairs into "the boys' room". I am really glad that Ben and Paden have this special bond!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hadlie McKae is finally here!

Hadlie is finally here...this will be a short post, but I wanted to show everyone how stinking cute she is!
Here is the proud new mommy of such a cute little girl! I finally have a smile on my face, maybe just a little glad that she is here...
Macie has been Extremely cute with Hadlie. She really is taking her big sister job quite seriously. She can't get enough of her, I hope it lasts!

This is my cute cousin Kellie (Aiya as the kids call her) she is already spoiling Hadlie rotten!

Weight: 7 lbs. 5 oz
Height: 20 inches
Hair: Dark Brown!!! (that is right...not red) Ben finally has someone on his team!