Wednesday, December 3, 2008


So we haven't updated in a little while. I am still just a little too busy for this blogging thing. Work is going well. I actually enjoy being back at work, I really thought that I would hate it after having Carter. But I actually think that I like it even more, I know weird! I don't love leaving Carter but it seems to be working out really well leaving him with Emily a few times a week. McKay still has him a couple of times a week as well.

Last week I came home at lunch and Carter was outside in his carseat while his dad was working in the back yard. He looked so cute with his little brown beanie hat and cute shirt....then I took off the blanket and saw that McKay then proceeded to dress him in green plaid pants and green socks. I said, "what is this McKay?? This does not match at ALL." Usually McKay dresses him just fine but he just said "what? What's wrong with what he has on? The pants have blue in them and so does the shirt." I just thought to myself he can't be serious. Then after I gave him some crap he finally admitted that he saw the pants and saw that they were from Pottery Barn for kids and figured they cost way too much money. So he put them on Carter so they got at least one more use because they are getting too small. It is always about money...I was like seriously??? I paid like $6.00 for those. That is why I got them. Anyway as you can see in the below picture, Carter also wasn't pleased with the choice of wardrobe his dad picked that day! :)

Carter sporting a sweet outfit thanks to his dad!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We had a good one. We had a first, McKay worked at the Fire Station that day. So Carter and I got in the car and drove up to Park City to spend our Thanksgiving with McKay and his crew. It was really good. We had all the basic Thanksgiving foods and that was good enough for me. We were the only family that showed up, the other crew members families already had plans. So it was just me eating with McKay and his crew. It was fun though. It was nice to be able to just relax and spend time with McKay. Of course since we were at the fire station we took a couple of pics of Carter around the place.

Carter driving the Engine like his dad. Their Engineer was gone so McKay was driving that day.

Big shoes to fill!!! Here is Carter in McKay's boots.

McKay loves to balance Carter on his hand... I was a little nervous at first, but have gotten used to it. I tried it myself and realized that he is pretty sturdy.

Here's our little family by the engine Thanksgiving Day.

We were able to spend the next day with McKay's family, his sister was in town with her family so we all had dinner together. It was so good to spend time with all of them. After we ate, all the girls went and saw Twillight. It was pretty good, I didn't go in with any expectations, and I thought they followed the book pretty well. I am not one of those that really gets over the top about books and movies, so I wasn't even sure I was going to see this one. But now I am glad I saw it.

So things with us are good. McKay is busy trying to build up his side business. He is currently working on a remodel for some people in our ward and sounds like he's got a couple of other jobs lined up. He manages to do this as well as have Carter a couple of days a week, Fire and still does his glass installation job when they need help. Also did I mention he cooks dinner almost every night??? Seriously what a guy!! I really can't complain!

We are looking forward to spending the Christmas Holiday with my family in Portland! We are excited for Carter to meet the rest of his Uncles, Aunt, cousins and Great Grandparents!!! We are driving up, so I am hoping the decent weather we have had so far this winter will continue! I have never driven home at this time of year because of weather, but with Carter, all his stuff and 2 dogs, the decision was made to just drive. That way we don't have to dump the dogs on people when they already have to much going on for the holidays. And with the gas prices dropping so much, we are pretty happy that we made the choice to drive!!! We were paying $3.00 more a gallon when we took our trip this summer...that is just crazy!

Anyway we hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday!

Monday, November 24, 2008

One Word Game

"One Word Game".

Where is your mobile phone? Purse
Where is your significant other? Home
Your hair color? Blonde
Your mother? Alike
Your father? Kind
Your favorite thing? Vacationing
Your dream last night? Nothing
Your dream goal? Jeans
The room you're in? Work
Your hobby? Shopping
Your fear? Heights
Where do you want to be in 6 years? Caribbean
Where were you last night? Home
What you're not? Fake
One of your wish-list items? Coat
Where did you grow up? Portland
The last thing you did? Phone
What are you wearing? clothes
Your TV? DVR
Your pets? Dogs
Your computer? Mac
Your mood? balanced
Missing someone? Adam
Your car? Grey
Something you're not wearing? Earings
Favourite shop? Nordstrom
Your summer? Prego
Love someone? McKay
Your favorite color? Green
When is the last time you laughed? Today
When is the last time you cried? Blessing

To all of you who want to , play along and add this on your blog, but fill in your own answers (obviously)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The big weigh in...

I was planning on updating this last week, but now that I am back to work that didn't happen. I am tired at night and usually have a lot more to do than update the blog. Tonight I thought I would take the opportunity between bath time and bed time to get this updated. So far going back to work has been okay. I hate leaving Carter every day but I am so thankful that I can leave him with Emily when McKay can't stay home with him! There is nothing like being able to leave your baby with one of your best friends, who you know is a wonderful mother to her own little girl. It deffinetly helps put me at ease while I am at work. McKay is able to be home with him 2 - 3 days a week, I am also so thankful for that. I think I would have a harder time if one person got to spend more time with Carter than I do! :) It is nice to be able to split it between the two of them! McKay has been great with the whole thing. Today I came home and dinner was ready, he worked one of his side jobs but got home just before Carter and I. Then he cleaned everything up so that I could just spend time with Carter. He really is a great husband, how did I get so lucky???

Anyway onto the weigh in. We took Carter to the doctor last Wednesday and here are the results.

Birth: 6lbs and 18 Inches

2 Months: 10 lbs 4 Oz and 22.5 Inches

The doctor said he looks great. He had his shots that day and did great. He slept the rest of the day, it was McKay's first day home with him and he didn't even want to wake up to eat. So it ended up being a pretty easy first day.

Here are a couple of pics that Erika took while she was here. She always captures great photo's with her nice camera. It so makes me wish I had a nicer one!

I love this one of my mom, Carter and McKay, it just captures McKay's constant goofiness.

Happy Halloween...

We didn't get Carter an official costume this year. Since he has no idea what is going on. We did find this great little owl hat though, so he wore that all day. This is just before bed time so he is wearing his Halloween PJ's that his cousin Jace picked out for him! Thanks Jace, Livie and Sonja for the cute PJ's. :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

2 months old today!

I thought I would post some pics I took this past week.  Carter is getting so big.  We go in this Wednesday for his 2 month appointment so we'll update his stats later this week.  In the mean time here he is in his car seat sleeping, his favorite thing to do in his car seat.

His feet really aren't this giant, it is the picture!

Here is Carter giving a pretty good smile for me.

Carter hanging with Griffin.

Here he is kicking back on MIles and Griffin.

One last picture of the boys hanging out.

I can't believe how fast the grow!!  Carter is 2 months old today...I go back to work Wednesday...I just realized that maybe I should have left him more often to get myself used to this transitition.  Oh well to late now.  I just realized today that I have only left him with McKay and only for a hour or two at a time to run some errands so this will be a hard week for me. :(  Anyway we'll update on life as we go.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

It has been a few weeks since I have updated the blog so I thought I would go a head and throw a few pics on here.  Carter is getting bigger every day, I can't believe how fast they grow!!  He is still small according to lots of people but he is over 8 lbs now so to us his parents, we feel like he is getting really big! :)  We are still enjoying every moment with him, especially since I am going back to work in a week and a half or so...Yikes.  I am very hesitant on leaving him for so much time.  I actually hate the idea but we are still going to do it and see how it all goes.  The first week I'll go back I'll go on a Wednesday and McKay will be home.  For some reason I feel like it'll be easier to not have to drop him off anywhere the first week or so. 
Anyway here are some pics from the past few weeks as well as from his blessing day.

Here is one I took of Carter and I because nobody ever takes pictures of Carter and I together I had to just take one for us.  I am usually the one behind the camera.
Carter about 5 weeks old here.

2 weeks ago I took Carter on his frist trip to the Fire Station to visit McKay:

McKay and Carter in front of the Ladder Truck

Carter laying on McKay's Fire Jacket

For those that don't know McKay is the Tiller which means he drives the back of the ladder truck.  Here he is in the back cab.

We blessed Carter this past Sunday.  It was great and McKay gave Carter a very special blessing.  We had a lot of people over after for food, my parents and one of my sisters and her family were able to make it.  It was nice to have them here for the weekend and so wonderful to have a little of my family at the blessing along with McKay's and some of our friends!  Thanks to everyone that came to share the day with us, we really appreciate it!!

 I wish I had my camera so we had more pics of everyone.  Below are a few pictures that McKay's dad took thank goodness!  Thanks Stan!

McKay, Carter and I.
McKay and Carter
My mom, Carter and I

Carter with his Great Grandma holding him

And just another sweet picture of our little guy!  I will post more pictures from the blessing day as I get them from Stan and Debbie as well as from my sister Erika.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

3 Weeks in...

So we are officially three weeks into parenthood today. So far things are pretty good. Carter has a night every once in a while where he doesn't sleep quite as well but those have been survivable. The past week he has been sleeping pretty good, he is getting up every three hours to eat still. So mom still gets a little tired here and there. It is nice to have so much time off of work, there is noway I am ready to be anywhere by 8:00am. I have a hard time getting out of the house by Noon right now. I am sure that once Carter starts sleeping longer at night that I figure out how exactly to get myself and a baby out the door by a certain time. For now I am taking advantage and trying to just sleep as long as he does in the morning.
We took Carter in for his 2 week appointment last week and he weighed in at 6 lbs 6 Oz and at 20 inches long.  We asked the nurse, you mean he grew 2 inches in two weeks, she said no, that the hospital doesn't usually get the best of measurements right after they are born.  So he was probably closer to 20 inches instead of the 18 they measured at birth.  They were happy with his progress since he is back over his birth weight but still pretty tiny!  He is slowly looking like he is putting meat on his bones.  It is hard to tell when you see him all day every day though.  Below are a few of the pictures we have taken over the past couple of weeks.

After bath time...if you think he is asleep he is not, I just put in his bink and when he is really upset and crying this is what he looks like once that bink is in place.

McKay has discovered that he'll latch onto his nose if he is really hungry.

I guess he is still pretty skinny by the looks of this picture. You can see Grif at the top of this picture smelling him.  The dogs still like to smell him a couple of times a day, or whenever someone comes over and holds him.

McKays Fire Captain and his wife came down last week on their Harley's, they thought Carter was so small he could fit in one of their saddle bags so we tried it out and he fit perfect.

He seemed pretty content once inside too.  No worries they didn't drive anywhere with him in there.  This is his Captain's wife's Harley, it was pretty nice.  It actually made me think twice about not wanting McKay to have one.  It would be fun to have, it may even be fun to learn to ride one myself!!  Maybe when I am a little older....oh and we have the money to get some sort of bike.
Well things really are going well!  I just had my first 2 days without McKay or my parents around, he went to work this week.  It went really well actually.  By the second day it was routine just like before I had a kid.  Now I have the company of Carter, Griffin and Miles while McKay is away.  It isn't so bad. :)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The home coming

I didn't add these to the last post because it takes to long to upload pictures, so I'll slowly add them as time and alertness allows.  So we made through week 1 pretty well.  So far Carter just eats, sleeps and poops.  Not so bad.  I have been really tired the last day or two.  I thought I was feeling up to some closet cleaning and a walk to Ripples which is just one block away yesterday but it did me in.  I am still extra tired today, I guess I didn't realize how much the whole c-section, lack of sleep, caring for a new little one can take out of you!  I can't wait to at least be past the effects of the c-section so I can at least get out for walks in the nice weather we are having right now.  Anyway below are some pictures of Carters home coming and meet and greet with Griffin and Miles.  

When we got home I came inside first since I had been gone for 4 days I thought it would be better if I came in and gave the dogs a little attention before McKay brought Carter in.
We just set him down and let them sniff things out.  It is really amazing how dogs can be different when a baby is around.  They would sniff him all over, and still do, but they never try to lick him.  If anyone knows Griffin they know that he tries to lick anyone that will let him.  I have been impressed with the fact that he has not once done that with Carter.
Time for the full evalution.
Of course Miles being Miles lost interest faster than Grif...I am sure there was some fly sworm he had to attend to.  They still have to sniff Carter out once or twice a day.

Just another sweet picture of our little boy.  I just can't get enough of him, as tiring as this whole thing is, it is the best thing ever!  Thankfully my parents are still here helping out, McKay went back to work yesterday, so it has been nice to still have some help!!

Speaking of that little boy he just yelled out for me, so back to the grind.

Monday, September 1, 2008

New Edition to the Wadsquad: Carter Adam

On August 27th at 2:38 a.m. we were blessed with the arrival of Carter Adam: all 6 lbs., 18 inches of him. He looked all gooey and gross at first and daddy wanted to throw him back because he was such a small one. However, the nurses quickly cleaned him off and under all that afterbirth was love at first sight. Like a butterfly emerging from a cacoon, a cute little boy emerged from something so alienesque. Denene and I are in for a grand adventure. Mommy's doing great so far, but daddy has a hard time with the diapers. When it's time for changing, every time without fail, daddy removes the old diaper just in time for Carter to switch on the pump and UH OH! FULL ALERT!pepe everywhere! I think he's going to be a fireman like daddy. Come to find out, sometimes the small fish are keepers! Carter Adam welcome to the family!

McKay wrote the above so I am just going to add in some pictures.  We are so happy to have Carter here with us.  He is so cute and so sweet, we just can't get enough of him.  He is worth the sleepless nights.  For those that don't know I ended up having to have a C-Section because of some blood pressure issues that came up last week and then Carter's heart rate started to drop with each contraction I had.  Thank goodness I have a great doctor that wanted to ensure that Carter got here as healthy as possible and he decided a c-section was the best way to achieve that.  It is a lot to recover from but so worth a healthy, happy little guy.

Below are various we have taken over the past week

The dogs are doing great with the whole transition...they are just a little sleep deprived like us.

Dad and two handsome guys!
This is to give everyone an idea of how little our little guy is.

Naked sister Erika took a lot of these pictures while she was here and they turned out so good!!!  Thanks Erika!

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Hi everyone I am so happy to be here with my mom and dad!!!
Carter right after they got him breathing...he scared us for the first few moments.
Everyone wanted a prego picture of me...well thank goodness I had McKay take one last weekend or I wouldn't have had one to share.  This is me three days before Carter arrived.

I love this pic he looks like a frog!
Carter is looking a little grey, the nurses took him from us at this point to get him more oxygen.  This is our first family picture with me still getting worked on, on the operating table.
Final picture for now...Carter one day old.

Thanks for everyone that has been so kind to help us on our little adventure.  We are excited to keep you up to date with the going ons of the Wadley family.  We are truely blessed.  I have been so lucky to have 3 of my 4 sisters come this week as well as my parents.  With the c-section it has been so nice to have them here helping with laundry, baby, meals and advise.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Hi all...I know some people maybe checking this for updated pictures but as usual McKay and I don't really ever take pictures and to be honest I HATE all pictures of myself right now. I am sure most of you that have been this pregnant before can understand. For those of you that didn't really put on much weight, you may feel different and good for you for having some level of self control. I haven't turned down a sweet in months so you can imagine. :)
Anyway we are a little over two weeks away at this point. I am having weekly appointments now but this week they didn't "check" me so I don't really have anything to report as far as if I am dilated and all that. I don't really care to be checked for that sort of thing so if they don't ask me, I don't ask them. It is a great set up! Some people may want to know every week about their progress, but I have known people that go in and their doc says nothing is really going on and they end up having their baby that week. Then I know people that walked around dilated to a 3 for weeks and still don't have their baby until after their due date. So for me I am not so concerned. At this point if I could bet on it I would bet on going over. My two sisters that had boys first were over due by 2 weeks, well one was actually 18 days...YIKES! Good thing my doc won't let it go past a week over...the bad thing he won't induce any earlier either. :( So if this little guy doesn't come on his own, we'll have him around the 11th or 12th of Sept. I still like to go with the 4th in my head though, I haven't given up on that yet.
We still have no name...not even an official top three. I have always been a procrastinator, but I always thought that we would have something figured out by now. Oh well. Hopefully we can come up with something before we leave the hospital.
Well maybe if you are lucky I'll just take a picture of the belly progress with out my chubby face and post it. If not I'll post a pic of me in 6 months hopefully back to my regular self. :) J/k

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

McKay's Triathlon

So McKay competed in his first Triathlon over this past weekend in Burley, Idaho. It is called the Spudman. It was a lot of fun to go up there with him and watch him participate. He did really well, especially for his first one. He finished in 2 hours and 22 minutes and I think he came in 27th in his age group, or something close to that, out of just under 200 people, so not too shabby I'd say. I don't know how he did over all, there were just under 2000 people who raced. McKay had so much fun he thinks he'll do another in a couple of weeks up in Ogden. So for those that don't know I believe there are 3 levels a Triathlons, the full, Olympic and Sprint. This one was the Olympic, so he swam 1 mile, then biked 24 miles and ran 6 miles. Most people know how great McKay and I are at always forgetting to bring our camera with us. Well when we were in Portland we did buy a new camera and I have recommitted myself to remember to take it with us. So we did not forget but when I pulled the camera out at McKay's first transition area and tried to take a picture I discovered that our battery was dead. Doesn't it figure??? I guess we assumed it was charged up well enough since we have hardly used it since we got it. So we have no pictures of this great event to share, it is a little disappointing. All in all the weekend was good...we camped while we were up there. Some people might think what camping with less than 6 weeks left in your pregnancy?? It really isn't so bad. We had a good time so any sleep I lost was totally worth it. They did have an incident at this Triathlon; they lost someone in the swimming portion. I had already been down and watched McKay transition from the water to the bike so I knew where he was so I wasn't worried. But unfortunately there was a 60 year old man that went down and they didn't find him for 30 minutes, needless to say he did not make it. I saw them pull him out of the water, it was kind of disturbing and I'll be interested to see if they report how he died. The people that did see him go down say that he waved his hands in the air, yelled help once, and went under. Some are thinking it may have been a heart attack because he just went straight down. The water was so murky from the all the swimmers they couldn't find him even though they had people in the water looking for him with in 10 seconds of him going down. It was pretty sad and all of us sitting there watching them search and then find him were pretty sad. They never had anything like this happen before in the 22 years of this Triathlon.Well I have been tagged by a couple different people so I may try to log on a little later and get to those. I hope this post makes since I am so tired today I am not sure it does. Other than being tired today I really have been feeling pretty good...ready to be done with this whole pregnancy thing, but not quite ready for baby so I guess I'll take the discomfort for now.

Much love denene

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

July 16th...another year has passed

July 16th….to some people it will just be another day in their lives. To me it will always be the day that I said goodbye to my only brother Adam Karl Hansen. It was three years ago today that we lost Adam to Cancer. A lot has happened in three years but not a day goes by that I don’t wish he were still here. I miss him so much but usually try not to dwell too much on his passing. I try more to remember all the good times that we had. I feel so blessed to have made the choice to move to Utah over 6 years ago, one major reason is of course I met McKay here and the other is that I was able to spend so much time with Adam the last three years of his life. Really I don’t know if I could have made the move had he not already lived here. The transition was a lot easier knowing that one of my siblings was just going to be living a few miles away.

This year I decided that instead of sitting at work on my computer looking at pictures and reading Adam’s Eulogy (yes I have it on my computer at work) getting all depressed, that I would do something a little better. So McKay had the day off and we went fishing all day. Last year we did this the weekend before the 16th, but I worked the 16th and it totally sucked. Anyway below are some fond memories of good times we had together and with the family.

Adam, Emily and I at good Ol' Bingham Copper Mine, who knew a mine could be so fun!

The last picture of the Hansen family all together was at my wedding.

This is Adam, McKay, Joe and William, with Olivia on the right.  We were having a great day up Spanish Fork Canyon sledding with the fam!!

One of our favorite pass times watching BYU Football!!!  Go Cougars!

So I just want to say that if they have blogs in heaven, I love you Adam and I miss you more than anything.  You were a great brother and wonderful friend.  Thank you for always being a great example to me, and everyone, of how important the gospel is to you and also how important it is to live it each day.  I will continue to hold your testimony close in my heart because it still helps strengthen me today.  

I know Adam hated country but the below song always makes me think of him and it does really state how I feel.  This song hits me the hardest when McKay is gone all weekend I am out walking on a Sunny Sunday afternoon thinking, I really should be at my brothers house in Lehi visiting with him and his family.... It is called Who you'd be today by Kenny Chesney:

Who You’d Be Today – Kenny Chesney

Sunny days seem to hurt the most,
I wear the pain like a heavy coat,
I feel you everywhere I go.
I see your smile, I see your face,
I hear you laughing in the rain,
I still can’t believe you’re gone.

It ain’t fair you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.
God knows how I miss you,
All the hell that I’ve been through,
Just knowing no one could take your place.
Sometimes I wonder who you’d be today.

Would you see the world,
Would you chase your dreams,
Settle down with a family,
I wonder what you would name your babies.
Some days the sky’s so blue,
I feel I can talk to you
And I know it might sound crazy.

It ain’t fair you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.
God knows how I miss you,
All the hell that I’ve been through,
Just knowing no one could take your place.
Sometimes I wonder who you’d be today.

Today, today, todaaaaaaaayyyyyy.
Today, today, todaaaaaaaayyyyyy.

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
Wear the pain like a heavy coat
The only thing that gives me hope
Is I know, I’ll see you again some day.

Some day…some daaaaaayyyyyyy……