Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We're back!

While I may or may not be the WORLDS WORST BLOGGER, we are all still alive and relatively healthy believe it or not. This will hopefully be one awesome update for the last year!

Last November we were given the okay to try for another sweet baby lucky for me I am super fertile! In January we found out we were pregnant. Woo Hoo!!! Unfortunately those silly guys we called our doctors were not so informed on my condition which turned out to be not such a good idea after all to get pregnant. Fortunately for our little family they were none the wiser and we were able to add the sweetest little boy ever!

However this miscommunication led us on a very big adventure. After bouncing around between what felt like a billion doctors and many long drives across the great state of north dakota to see specialists, our doctors recommended our immediate relocation to an area with better specialists. (If I would have known that I might have gotten pregnant sooner :) )

This brought a whole new range of emotions. We were very sad to leave all of our amazing friends and surrogate family behind but knew it was the best thing for our family. Thank goodness for a Heavenly Father with an awesome plan.

We sold our home in 5 days and headed out in search of a new one (thanks to a fantastic Nana and Poppa who helped make it happen). We received our orders to Colorado Springs and off we went!

Sadly this meant the girls would also have to leave the most amazing ballet instructor ever!

This also meant that Mike would be saying goodbye to a job that taught him a lot about leadership.

The girls were very sad to say bye to all of there friends and so were we. Thankfully we know that because of our amazing church we had a whole new group of friends waiting for us. And that was exactly what we found when we got here.

We had the awesome adventure of buying a new home!

Our first few weeks in the ward were met with more offers of help and kindness than we knew what to do with (which was greatly appreciated considered the average of 4 doctor appointments a week).

We were also so excited to see Zoe start here first day of Kindergarten. She loves every minute of it and always tells me she wished it was all day. Ha guess I'm not as exciting.

Isa was very excited to get some mommy one on one time and a break from the big sister pestering.

We were all very excited to find out that Uncle Simeon would be getting married to Aunt Kayla (the girls sure love her especially Isa).

This exciting news also meant that we would be able to get 3 very pregnant sisters together. And of course some very excited cousins!

Soon after we were able to come back home and settle in and await our sweet baby. Though the pregnancy itself brought many concerns and scares along the way thankfully we had some fantastic doctors who stayed on top of all the medication changes nescessary.

September 19 Liam Michael Hall was born. We are all so in love with him that words dont quite do it justice. He was 9lbs and 21 inches at 38 weeks so we will definitely consider this move for health a success!

The girls still can't seem to get enough of him and I fear he is in for trouble with them (can we say dress up)!

We have finally hit our stride and are slowly getting our lives back to normal. My health is restoring well.

For those of you that remember Isa has struggled with the side effects of RSV and had been on quite a few medications to help treat her constant pneumonia. Thankfully we have been blessed and ever since we moved to Colorado she has not had one drop of any of her medications!

Unfortunately while we were in Utah in December Zoe had two seizures (scariest thing by far I have encountered). This sweet girl is such a trooper and it didn't phase her one bit. She told me on the way home from the hospital that she couldn't wait to ride in an ambulance again.......umm yeah I can!

Liam is the best baby in the world! He is so happy and loves to smile and coo. I am so thankful that our Heavenly Father found a way to bless us with him. He brings such joy to my heart every time I think of the struggle we went through to get him here and how much it was worth it! Isa is our little Diva! We love this little lady and all the spunk she brings from insisting that princesses dont wear pants to her contagious giggle she is a beauty and we cant get enough of her. Zoe never ceases to surprise us with her maturity and sweet understanding. She loves the chance to be a second mommy to anyone that will let her and she truly loves to make everyone happy. She has been so much fun to parent and watch and see what comes next.

Mike is loving his new job and cant seem to come up with words to describe it (ha seriously because he could tell ya but then he might have to kill ya). He has been such a trooper this year from being a Mr. Mom to helping with everything house. I love this man and could'nt have survived this year without him.
There you have it one fantastic year of craziness! My hope is to fall back into my blogging ways in order to keep myself up on me. I hope that my next entry will be some details about living with hypoparathyroidism and going through pregnancy with it. If your interested in what I have to say check back!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bringing style to the AL

So we were in alabama for 5 weeks and it was a lot of fun and a lot of crazy. We stayed in a one bed hotel room with a pull out couch and a kitchenette it was probably about 400 sq ft of chaos. The girls loved it and we didn't have to be without a daddy for 2 months. The set up was pretty good considering. There was a huge sand box full of all sorts of toys and a playground just outside our room. so as long as we didn't mind the smell of our own sweat at 100 degree weather than we were good to go. There was also an indoor playroom were the girls had a lot of fun destroying someone elses toys. We made so many good friends there! Isa still to this day talks about Addison and Yasmine and asks all the time when she will see them again. Zoe would wake up every morning there and say "mom we have to hurry so we can play with the boy friends". Seth and Gavin will be greatly missed because anyone that can keep up with Zoe is a friend worth keeping. Me and Mike made lots of friends as well and managed to sneak in a couple three day vacays with some of them. all in all a great trip though I just realized we were so busy having fun that we forgot to take pictures. We learned a few valuable lessons at thie hotel: 1: always check to see if the AC works before you unpack in case you have to switch rooms. 2: always request the top floor in the south. one word cockroaches! 3: never assume that just because you are lucky enough to stay at a "hotel" on base that it will be like a hotel stay. You know clean rooms beds made excellent service. All in all though a great trip!

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Happy Birthday To Mike! Thats right ladies he is now the big 31! We had a lot of fun this year and hardly have slowed down but somewhere in the middle we found time to serenade our way through Mikes birthday. We had a bunch of friends out to dinner at the alaska alder grill. We reserved one of their teepee's (sp) and had dinner with friends and the guitarist their came in and sang a bunch of songs for us. On the actual day of his birthday the girls and I gave Mike an IPOD ITouch. He is now addicted and we might any day have to stage an intervention. Happy birthday to a wonderful daddy, husband and friend. 'Holla"

We're back!

Thats right Zoe has finally reached preschool age. She started preschool at Our Redeemer here in town and she loves it! Her teachers are Ms. K and Ms. B. She was so excited to wear shoes that tie and to show everyone her new backpack. Notice the flames thats right Zoe picked it out herself and there was no changing her mind. She is doing so well and is loving learning new things.

Isa is our little Diva! She has the strongest girly emotions I have ever seen in a child. she loves everything girl and her favorite thing is to dress up with sun glasses. She also loves wearing headbands which I have decided are impossible to work with. We love this girl and all her girlie ways!

Grandma and Christian came to town! The girls were so excited to have their "big boy cousin" and Christian was a great sport about keeping them entertained. We went to the zoo, the pool, the splash pad and the state fair while they were here. The girls can never resist being a penguin at the zoo and even got christian in on the action.
Isa had lots of fun snuggling with grandma and I'm pretty sure grandma loved it just as much if not more!

We went to the splash pad and I think Christian had even more fun than the girls.
all in all it was a great trip and a lot of fun to have family in town. Thanks for visiting grandma and christian we can't wait for next summer!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wormy worms........Now thats my kind of pet!

A few weeks ago we had a really bad rainstorm that dropped a total of about 6 inches and 4 of those in less than an hour. Some of our window wells were completely full of water. After watching it poor rain for a while once it let up I decided to take the girls out to jump in some "puddles". When we got out there what did we find.....Oh yes it was like like Christmas! There were hundreds of worms floating down the street in the rivers so I got the girls each a bucket and told them if they caught a bunch we would make worm houses and they could keep them as pets. Yes i know disgusting but very entertaining. Needless to say Zoe jumped at the thought. Isa thought it sounded fun but was not about to touch a single worm herself so instead Zoe, being the awesome sister that she is, put every other worm in Isa's bucket. By the end we had probably a couple hundred worms. Along the way this is what Zoe said, "Oh mom arent they just sooo cute, don't you just think they are cute?" or "Mom don't you just love worms" and "Mom look I caught a big daddy worm!". This little girl is going to make some man very happy one day with her willingness do do anything dirty and disgusting. We got home got out some big glass vases labled one Isa one Zoe dumped some mud in and then dumped our worms. We covered them with wax paper and a hair-tie, those suckers can climb! We had those babies living on our kitchen counter for about 2-3 weeks. Yesterday I finally decided we needed to get rid of them so we dumped them into the garden to fertilize it, I did not expect them to be alive still. Well, I was wrong. I have never seen bigger earth worms in all my life....disgusting! I nominate myself mom of the year for this little adventure!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

V-I-S-I-T-O-R-S and Ballet!

Yes its true wait for it wait for it..........Someone other than my mom and Allee in my familia graced us with their presence and decided to brave the untameable weather of North Dakota. Cassie and Scott we would like to declare this moment to be your moment! All joking aside we had a blast they cam for four days and we accomplished a lot in those four days in fact we did so much that I only have one picture to show for it (oops!). We went to the zoo, splash down, darby land and yes oh yes we played us some guitar hero (Scott rocked it so until next time my man you are the champion). Apparently according to my faithful sister, splashdown is better than seven peaks so there all you non visiting Utahans! We had so much fun we didn't want them to leave especially since the girls played more hide and seek than ever. There was also an awesome dishes fairy that was here for that same time ........ hmmm (Cassie) and an entertain my kids fairy ........ hmmmm (Scott). Thanks for visiting guys your the best! And yes to my other McGee siblings this is a challenge to you to be the best also. Timing was perfect while they were here because Zoe had her ballet recital and it was awesome! Mr. Rinat is sooooo talented and choreographed an amazing night of ballet which I at times forgot was not professional. Zoe was an Angel in the prayer dance. They don't allow flash photography during the performance so I just have a picture of Zoe and the bows at the end! Zoe was so excited and couldn't wait to show what she had learned. The ballet went for three days so Zoe thought that at the end of every day she should get a rose (just like the first) good thing we came through for her! Anyway all is well and ballet is over for two months but we will resume end of July.