Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Paige's Story

On March 25th I woke up having contractions on and off, and thought for sure that today would be the day Paige was born.  I got up in the morning and helped get Hunter and Chance off for school with the help of Geek and Dad and then we decided to go for a walk at the big dipper.  They always say walking will help induce labor, and because Paige was already 3 days late, I wanted to get her out of my tummy and into my arms.

So, we loaded Natalie up into the car and all 4 of us went walking.  The whole time we were walking I was timing contractions, but they weren't consistent so I wasn't even sure that they were even real.  I thought maybe I was just achy.  Anyway, I thought if nothing else, I would get some good exercise.  

When we got home from walking it was about lunch time, so we sat down and rested and Daddy made me some lunch.  So, I just ate my sandwich on the couch and took it easy while Natalie and Geek took a nap.  I did decide I was tired and wasn't really feeling any contractions anymore, so I went up to rest and read in my bed.  About 5 minutes after I laid down I started feeling like I was having contractions again.  So I read and breathed through the contractions.  Soon, I heard the boys arrive home from school and Dad brought them upstairs and tried to trick them and say I already had the baby.  His trick worked for a second, but then the boys figured it out.  

I decided to get out of bed, and just as I got up the contractions stopped again.  I was so mad!  I thought for sure Paige was going to be born that day, and now I had no contractions again.  The other funny thing is that Geek had to leave to go home in 2 more days, and we really needed her there to help with the other kids.  I also thought maybe Geek thought I was being crazy saying I was having contractions, but they wouldn't stay....

Anyhow, I was so mad that I had stopped having contractions again, so I got the vacuum, hauled it upstairs and vacuumed the whole house!!!  And guess what? It worked!!!  My contractions came back harder and longer, and more consistent.  I was pretty sure I was really in labor now, but I didn't want to rush into the hospital too soon because I didn't want to look dumb if I wasn't really in labor.  So, I waited a little while and helped Geek get bean burritos ready for dinner.  I even ate one just for some energy and protein in case I really was going to deliver this little baby girl tonight.

Around 7:30 or so, I told Dad that I thought we should head to the hospital.  So, we said goodbye and good night to Hunter, Chance, Natalie, and Geek.  It was our last time being a family of 5, because Paige would be here soon.  

When we arrived at the hospital, they admitted us and we went up to the room where they took all my information, and I got changed into a hospital gown.  Our Dr. Hogensen came in and broke my water and said it would be a little while, because I was only at a 7. She was surprised when I asked her if I could walk around a little bit to speed things up.  So Dad and I walked the halls and would stop every few minutes to have a big contraction.  Before long, I felt like I could push so we went and got our nurse and told her it was time.  So, she told me to climb on the table and she would hook me back up to the machines.  I got on the table and I told her like I felt that I could push.  She looked at Daddy and then smiled, and I pushed!  And I pushed her head right out!!!  She hurried and called the Nursery and our doctor, because two seconds later out popped Paige.  Dad said you just slid right out and it was a good thing the nurse caught you.   You were a big baby at 8 lbs 10 oz. 20 1/2 inches!  Born at 10:49 pm with blue eyes, and lots of brown curly mohawk hair!

Right after you were born, the Doctor came in and realized that she had missed the whole delivery.  The nursery team came in and were so surprised that you came so fast.  Our good friend Ginger Day got to help weigh and measure you, it was fun to have her there.

 My Sweet girl!
 Look at that hair!
We were all in love with our newest family member!

 Your sweet little "going home" outfit that I chose for you.
We named you Paige, because we liked the name, and your middle name Evelyn is after Daddy's grandma Evelyn Tibbitts.
You were a pretty mellow little baby who loved to cuddle and hug, and loved to nurse!
We Love You Paige Evelyn McGee!!
Our lives would never be the same without you.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

A little bit of everything....

Mud Bath Anyone?
They got to play in the garden plot, before it got planted this year.
They had so much fun!
 Sweet Little Sunshine Girl
 Loves Her Chickens!
 And her Daddy!
 Playing in the "silly hose"
 She loves the water!
 And her chickens.....(again!)
 Chance enjoyed doing some "milk art"
as seen on pinterest
 It turned out really cool- and it was fun to watch too.
 A rare occasion for Chance to fall asleep on his Dad. 
 This is what happens when your camera gets sneaked away from your supervision.....

 Blueberry Jam- is there anything better?
 The girls!!!
 And some more pictures from the sneaky camera sneakers.....

Six and Eight are Really GREAT!!

We got to celebrate a 6th birthday and an 8th birthday on July 30th.  We are so lucky to have these two crazy fun guys in our lives.

We started off the morning with the boys' traditional birthday breakfast.
Donuts and Sausage!!!
 It was delicious!
 We were even lucky enough to have Grandma and Grandpa Briner
here for birthdays this year.  The boys thought that was a really great treat!
 After breakfast it was time for some present opening.
 They each got an "Alaskan Grown" t-shirt in the appropriate colors.
Green for Hunter and Blue for Chance
 Then Hunter got a bb/pellet gun
 And Chance got a bb gun.
(Both will be used with appropriate adult supervision)
 They have had a good time with them so far!
 Fun with our Grandparents!
During the day we went to see Turbo, just mom, dad, and the boys.  It was fun and Chance especially enjoyed the show.  In the evening we went out to Shogun Restaurant and watched the guy cook our dinner and do a few tricks.  We were stuffed, but then we still came home and had......
 Birthday Cake!  Both boys just wanted plain chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
I sat down with each of the boys to do our yearly birthday interview, and here is the info I got from them:

Chance's Favorites
Color- Blue
sport- wrestling
song- Dirty Deeds
family activity- playing anything
toy- Turbo guys
Friend- Simon
Food- Pizza
Treat- Cotton Candy or Taffy
Breakfast- "flat eggs" (eggs over hard)
Thing to do- Video Games
The thing that Chance loves about himself the most is that he is a great artist!

Hunter's Favorites
song- Hell's Bell's
Family activity- going out to eat
Toy- x-box
Animal- Tiger
Friend- Logan
Food- Shogun
Treat- Hershey's Chocolate Bar
Breakfast- Pancakes, Sausage, Bacon, Eggs, and Hashbrowns
Thing to do:  Hang out with Dad
The thing that Hunter loves about himself is that he is good looking and handsome!

We are blessed to have these two guys in our family.  A mom and a dad couldn't ask for anymore- they keep us hopping, and laughing, and we are awfully proud of their accomplishments!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Fourth of July in Melba

We had such fun in Melba for the 4th.  It was fun for the kids to get to know their cousins, watch a parade, and watch the big fireworks against a dark night sky.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sweet Start to the Last Day of School!!

Hunter woke up to a Chocolate Lover's breakfast to die for.

What a great way to start the last day of school!
Triple Chocolate Waffles with Berries on top...YUM!

The Finished Product

Here it is... the chicken coop and run area.
Kelly did a great job, and the girls seem to be happy!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Just for fun! A compilation of some fun pictures of the McGee's

These are just a few snapshots of the crazy silliness that happens at our house.  This is our life, and we are happy to be loving it.

Chance wearing Willie's snowsuit
Hunter babysitting chickens so they can have some time outside the garage.

fly baby fly!
Best kitchen helper, always there for me whether I need help or not!
Couch cushion jumping.  For those who care, the couch is history (at least from our house)
Someone at the transfer site picked it up as soon as they saw Kelly unloading it.
It was a beautiful day, 60 degrees, and we were outside playing.
Natalie thought it was great and she had the best of both worlds.

We had to dig out the snow so we could finally put the trampoline this year.
Chicken coop- finally outside.
Miss Bundles
Natalie and her friend Mary Jo enjoying some "hug time"