Sunday, August 31, 2008

More Sadie...and Max too!

Well, Sadie and I are back home and we are all adjusting to our new family and schedule!  Max has spent lot's of time with my Aunt and cousins, and has had a lot of fun!!  Sadie is doing really well too.  The first night home was a long night, she didn't go to sleep until 4 am, but she's sleeping better now so we can all get some rest.  Here are a few pics from the last couple of days!

Max LOVES Sadie!!  He loves to kiss her, but isn't too sure about her when she cries.
Never thought I would like bows, but now I think they are cute!!
So sweet!
Great Grandma Halvorson and Sadie Rose.  The Rose in Sadie's name come from my Grandma's favorite Grandma.
This look makes me think of Max.
Max likes to rock her bassinet, a little too hard sometimes! :)
Grandma McLelland  gave Max some ketchup with his fries!!
What a face!
Cleaning up in the pool.
Big kiss!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sadie Rose Keough

Sadie Rose Keough born August 28th, 2008 at 2:24 PM weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces and measured 21 inches. Here are a few pictures of here for you all to enjoy.

Isn't she precious!

Mom did such a good job with the labor and here she is enjoying the newest addition to the family!

Dad holding baby Sadie for the first time!

Right after she came into the world!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Just a little update that tomorrow night around 11:00pm I go into the hospital so they can start to induce me!!!! HOORAY!!! For those of you who haven't seen what I look like lately, which is most of you since I refuse to take pictures, let alone post them on the internet right now, I am HUGE!! In fact, the doctor said we needed to get the baby out before she got any bigger!! :) When I went to sit with my primary class, CTR 5, on Sunday, one of the girls just stared wide eyed at my stomach and said, "You're stomach is SO huge!" Precious. I just laughed, because I love this little girl and she is so funny and spunky!! I am very excited and busy getting everything ready. I could never just go into labor on my own now, because I love being induced and being able to plan everything and be completely prepared. I've deep cleaned everything, washed everything, got a pedicure, am getting my hair done tomorrow, going to lunch for my aunt's birthday, and still have time to pack me, Sadie and Max (he'll be spending a few days out with family and friends while I'm in the hospital). I'll only be 38 weeks tomorrow, but that's about how early I was induced with Max also....and it's just time!! I'm having contractions on my own already, and walking in Costco for 2 hours today only helped I'm sure! So be looking for pictures in a couple days!! Sadie Rose is on her way!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The stuff dreams are made of.

Like most of the nation, and Olympic viewers, our household of 9 has been obsessed with watching Michael Phelps compete. This is largely due to the fact that my 11 year old brother McKay is completely in awe of him, and has been inspired by him to be an Olympic swimmer. After hearing how he started swimming at the age of 11, McKay knew it was the perfect time to start realizing his dream too. I took him to Target one day and he bought a pair of goggles and a swim cap. He followed the directions for preparing your swim cap on the package very precisely, so that his cap was perfect for racing. Then he went right out to the pool and swam laps for about an hour. He was so serious, and knowing McKay, I believe that in his mind he was not in our pool, but in an Olympic race. He and Aaron had a great conversation at lunch one day about what sacrifices need to be made to be at that level of competition, and McKay said he was fully prepared to make all sacrifices necessary, including giving up football this year, something he has been waiting to do since birth. Everytime all the cousins get together to swim, he organizes them into relays and races. He and our cousin Taylor even started swim lessons last week, learning to do all the strokes, turning, starting, and everything else they need to know. He really is a great little swimmer, so my mom wanted to get him in lessons while he was all fired up. It's stories like this that make me love the Olympics even more. Ordinary people who have worked extraordinarily hard to accomplish amazing feats...and the people, especially the youth they inspire. We need great role models for all aspects of life, and Michael Phelps has definitely inspired my little brother to dream big, and to work hard to accomplish that dream.

I convinced McKay to let me take a few pictures to document the beginning of his swimming career.

Megan and Dustin's Visit/Annual Family Lake Day at Shaver

We had so much fun with Megan and Dustin here!! I was exhausted when they left! :) Here are some shots, mostly ones that Megan took on my camera, which is why she appears in so many of them. :) We had a fun day at our annual family lake day and had a great family concert the night before. On a side note, once again, Aaron got a terrible sun burn, which he blames on my lack of skills in applying sun screen on him. I did a good job applying it, but I always forget to remind him he needs a second application half way through the day. He's healing, and peeling now.

Max in the future??

Our good friend Eric told me that whenever he sees this commercial, he thinks of Max. Now whenever Aaron and I see it we laugh pretty hard because it could be Max one day, especially having a soda problem. :) I guess we shouldn't be too proud, but the kid in the commercial is pretty cute I think. Check it out:

Friday, August 15, 2008

Max and his Daddy

I know I've said this before, but Max LOVES his Daddy!! Every day around the time Aaron is supposed to get home from work, Max and I wait and play near the window, so that we can hear and see him on his motorcycle as he pulls up. As soon as Max sees him he starts laughing and running to the door, so excited!!! I open the door for him and he runs all the way around the house to where Aaron parks his bike, and runs right into Aaron's arms, and then lays his head on Aaron's shoulder. It is so precious!!! He just adores his Daddy!!

I love this picture!! I took it as he was looking up to give Aaron a HUGE kiss!!! You can just see how much he loves his Daddy!

Baby Shower for Sadie Rose and Me

Two weekends ago Melanie, Aunt Holly and Aunt Tami gave me a WONDERFUL shower!!! It was so fun to hang out with the Halvorson Women and friends! And it was great to get to open such cute pink clothing!! :) Thanks to everyone for coming!! Here are a few pics:

Mom, Aunt Jane and Marley

Marley, in her adorable ballerina outfit was the star of the party!!

Yes...I am HUGE!!! Even bigger since that photo was taken!

Melanie and Marley Rose. Marley and Sadie will share the same middle name, just like Melanie and I do.

Grandma, Taylor and Abby. This was Taylor and Abby's first Halvorson Women event!

The great and beautiful food!!

Poor Cheryl and her broken elbow! :( Also my mom and Grandma McLelland

Katie and I

Aunt Jane and Marley

The most AMAZING cupcakes I've ever had!!! Great job Tami!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Max at the 2036 Olympics!!

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Aaron and I at the next Olympics!!

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Friday Target and Slurpee Night

Over the past month we have created a new family tradition. After Aaron gets off work, Max and I meet up with him, or pick him up, and we all go to Target. We all get Slurpee's, which Max LOVES, we try hats on Max, which he is loving more and more each time, and we pick up a few items of necessity. It's quickly become the best tradition we've ever had. Some families have deep traditions or really meaningful traditions...not us, we revolve around Slurpee's and Target, and I can't think of anything better!!! :) Here are a few snap shots from this week's outing...we actually had to do it a night early because Aunt Megan and Uncle Dustin are coming in from Boston tomorrow and we don't want to miss a moment with them, and we don't want to miss Slurpee's and Target!!!