Friday, November 22, 2013

1 month already

We took pictures of Madelynn with the football so we had to have one to compare.  Yes, our kids were both smaller than a football.

Not quite a month old here but getting so big.

Madelynn still calls her Lalaloopsie so we had to take her picture with the doll

Sisters playing together.  I can't wait to watch them as they get older to become best of friends

One month old and just over 6lbs.  I am hoping for 7lbs by 2 months.  She is such a joy (even when she is crying because I know these days won't last forever).  We are so blessed by this sweet baby and whatever God has in store for us.  I am looking forward to her first holidays during this season and making memories with family.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It's my baby sister coming?

This is what Madelynn asked me this morning as she learned for Disney Channel that it was October.  I have to admit, I am quite excited for it to be October also.  I have been waiting for this month to get here.  Granted my due date of October 28th is still quite a ways away.  So I had to inform Madelynn that is could be awhile still. 

The things she says crack me up.  I have few examples of conversations we have had lately. 
 This is our 1st football game of the season.  She had a blast, of course and kept yelling for the dad from the stands.  We told her he probably couldn't hear her so she said, "I will just yell louder."  I am sure the people around us appreciated that.
 Yes, this child is not normal.  This is her playing one day as I was cleaning the house.  She dressed herself.
It amazes me the things she can do herself and she is becoming quite the little manipulator.  One morning last week:
M: Dad, if you go get mom for me I will give you a fruit snack.
D: No, you go get her yourself.
M: Fine, you don't get a fruit snack.
 I know she looks like a sweet ballerina but that is not always the case.  The other night she wanted help picking up her toys, which I said I wouldn't because s
he got them out.  So she sang a little song while she cleaned up, "Mom, if you don't help me you don't get a snack.  You have to help me mom so you can get a fruit snack....."  The song went on but I informed her that I don't like fruit snacks so I didn't care if I got one.  Later that night while going to bed:
M: Mom, will you read me a book?
K: No, it is too late now.  We played for too long and it took you too long to pick up your toys.
M:  Well, if you would have helped me it would not have taken so long
K:  Well, I guess you better get started sooner tomorrow night
 These two have the best time together.  I love watching them play dolls together.  The rules are always so funny.
 But they don't always get along......
One morning she threw a fit because Bruce beat her to the bathroom to brush her teeth (we often race her to get her to do things.  No idea where she gets this competitive nature).  Bruce told her she can't always win and that sometimes others win.  Nothing worked.  She still threw a fit and wanted me.  He got her teeth brushed, which is hard to do when she is acting like this.  She came out to me pouting and said, "But I wanted to win."  Bruce gave up and said, "Then run faster next time!"
A couple of days later she beat him to the bathroom and replied, "Dad, I guess you should have run faster."
 Of course we had to stick our tongues out!

Keeping a little balance in and tutus!  I love it.
One other story.  While playing "school" one night she kept saying parts of the pledge.
M: One nation under God.   God is in heaven Mom, that is why it is under God.
Pretty good idea.
Well, it is October and I hope to have news to share soon, but not too soon.  I would like to work a few more weeks.  Even though I am super tired and my back does not feel so great at the end of the day.  That is ok, I will make it a bit longer.

Monday, August 19, 2013

My version of Love...

I can't believe that Bruce and I have been married for 10 years.  We met and started "seeing" each other when I was 19.  I just turned 34....Wow, how times have changed.  When I first fell in love with him loved looked like long, romantic kisses and snuggling during the movies, paying two checks at Wagon Wheel so we could save $4 instead of just $2, making fish sticks and tater tots for dinner.  We finished college and began our careers as teachers and love began to look like phone calls in the morning and emails during the day, driving  just to spend the weekend together and then turning around to go home.  I love to look back at some of those emails I saved just to remember how simple life seemed.
 Then we got engaged and love looked like a handsome man standing at the end of a row of all of our family and friends.  It looked like trips together to Mexico, New York, Greece and many other places.  It was about just the two of us learning what it was like to live together and share each other's lives.  Love was good and we enjoyed our time together and our time apart.

 Then Madelynn came along and wow, how love changed.  I never knew how much I loved him until I saw him hold our little girl for the first time.  It was amazing.  Love was right there in our hospital room.  So love began to change again.  It looked like him holding her and watching football, changing diapers, and helping me feel good about my post-prego body, love looked like a big football player picking out little pink dresses for his tiny daughter.  A hug when I just missed my dad so much I couldn't breath.  Love was all around us....
 As Madelynn has grown over the years, so has my love.  Love looks like a daddy holding his little girl's hand as we walk through the corn field or the parking lot.  Love looks like waking up early even though he is so tired just so he can spend 10 minutes playing, love looks like Friday night sitting on the couch watching Law and Order or Dateline or Disney channel even though she is in bed, love is getting to sleep in on Saturday morning because he got up with her or going to Wal-Mart by myself. 

Baby #2 is on the way and it amazes me how love is still changing all around me.  Just this morning he was walking around the house singing Doc McStuffins songs and I knew the exact episode that was on.  Love looks like a daddy playing castle on the floor or dress up with dolls, love looks like building presents for Madelynn, endlessly going through lists of baby names, love looks like helping me get her ready in the morning and sitting on the floor of her room as we pray as a family at night.  Love looks like a daddy dancing to silly songs in the middle of the living room.  Love looks like saving the last cold Diet Coke just for me.

This is not the love that you find in the story books or in romantic songs, but it is real, everyday love that makes me smile and cry and laugh.  Growing up I thought love was love.  Simple as that, but it is evolving with every step we take in life.  I am excited to see how love will change in the coming months and years.  I know that that love will always be there for me to count on.  It might not look like it did on dates when I was 20 but I know it will be strong and steady and always there to pick me up. 

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Alaska trip

We had such a great time in Alaska and I have not been able to get my computer to cooperate to get some pictures posted.  We drove to Colorado Springs and then flew out of Denver.  Madelynn was a champ on the plane and really loved meeting all the people around us.  I was nervous about how much she was talking but those around us seemed to enjoy her endless chatter and excitement about the plane ride.
We got to Fairbanks around midnight and it looked like it was about 5:00 in the evening there.  It was crazy.  I could not get over the 24 hours of daylight-thing.  It was so strange and cool to experience.  Madelynn didn't seem to have trouble sleeping - once they finally went to bed - but I didn't do quite as well. 
We did some amazing activities; a boat ride through Fairbanks and leaned about history of the area, gold dredging, going to Santa's house - which Madelynn loved, camping in Valdez, AK, seeing all kinds of wildlife and beautiful waterfalls.  But most importantly we got to spend time with the Stitts!  The girls miss seeing each other and had a great time together.  I love seeing them play together and pray they will always stay close no matter where Meghan and Sam live. 
Please remember the great time we had with this next statement-----I have NEVER been that hot in my life.  Yes, I was in Alaska but they were having a heatwave and I was 6 months pregnant.  Nothing is air conditioned there because, duh, it is usually not that hot.  I loved when we had to drive somewhere and I could sit in the air conditioner in the car.  We took the girls to a movie to enjoy some cool air.  Again, it was a great experience, but I was quite tired when we got back because I was not able to get much sleep.  Maybe next time I should go in the winter :)
What wonderful memories we built and I am thankful for an amazing time with my little sister.  I am so grateful that we are so close so matter how far away we are.  And just like any good trip, it was great to be home.  Madelynn was so excited to see her daddy!
***I thought I posted this a long time ago and just realized it was still in drafts.  Oops...

Saturday, July 13, 2013

It's a girl...

On Madelynn's actual birthday we went to the doctor and found out we are having another girl.  Well, the tech felt very confident to say it was a girl, although she could not get a good view.  Madelynn is very excited to be a big sister and can't wait to teach her how to play.
After the appointment we went out with the grandparents to Chili's for lunch (we took Madelynn here on our way home from the hospital so we thought it was a good place to go for her birthday.

Here she is showing us how good she is at being 3.  It is amazing, it took very little practice.  Well, it had been a very long day already. 
Since finding out she was having a sister she has decided that we should name her Snow White so she can be Snow White's sister.  Seems logical.  I can't wait to see my girls together.  We are very excited and having fun getting ready for her arrival.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

My little 3 Year-old

I really can't believe that Madelynn is 3.  I remember every little detail from that special day and can't believe how blessed our lives have been.  She is such an amazing kid.  She is kind, loving, fiesty, energetic, talkative, stubborn, and always makes us laugh.  The last 3 years have been better than I ever could have imagined.  Our life as the 3 of us is about to change and that is hard to imagine.  As we have gone through the changes we have in the last 3 1/2 years I am so thankful Madelynn will have a buddy in life for these situations she will face.  I could never have made it through with out my sisters and now she will have her own sister to give her that comfort and friendship.  A few words about age 3:
"Don't talk to strangers,
You must comprehend;
I give you a warning,
Not all grown-ups are friends
I teach you about manners
and when to be polite,
But I also enlighten you
When saying "no" is all right.
You discover responsibility,
You master a first chore;
You learn to put your toys away
That are left on the floor...
You personality blossoms
More and More each day;
I like who you are
And all that you say."
Madelynn's wonderful Minnie Mouse cake.  I have to say, it was not only cute, it tasted amazing!

Our little family...we are so blessed

Madelynn and her friends.  Wow, we really are lucky people.  They had such an amazing time and so did I.

A little pin the bow on Minnie

Madelynn and Kyros...they are so funny together.

Oh yes, and the inside had polka dots.  I have to say I was quite proud with the success.

The dress-up caddy Bruce made for Madelynn

Our Minnie Mouse toes to get in the theme

My little 3 year-old and all her Minnie dolls.  She is so cute!
Bruce said we were quite the 1950's family for her birthday this year.  I made her cake and dress and he made her dress.  It was really quite cute.
I know time goes so quickly so I am trying to savor every moment and remember that this is the last summer it will just be me and Madelynn.  We have a trip to Alaska planned and many trips to the pool.  Here's to the next amazing year with your sweet girl as we get to experience another wonderful stage in her life.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Crazy little princess

Our crazy little princess in the pink chair her daddy bought her.  How can she be so cute and make us so crazy at the same time.  It amazes me everyday the vocabulary she has and the things she remembers.  The other day I asked her to do something for me and she said, "Wait I have to finish this, it is really important to me."  I still love it that she uses "last day" for everything that happened in the past.  She has a great memory so it could be months ago she is talking about.  She loves Lunchables lately.  She has only had them a few times but she asks for one every time we go to the store.  She wanted one last night at the store and we got one but I told her she would have to wait to eat it.  She had already had dinner.  I told her she would have to wait until tomorrow, after she had gone to sleep.  So, sure enough, she woke up this morning came into the bathroom and said, "Mom, I took a nap.  Can I have my Lunchable now?"  So that is what she had for breakfast.  She loves to dress up right now.  I plan to make her a thing to store her dress up clothes in for her birthday.  Any suggestions for what to stock it with would be great!

Pregnancy so far

This was an email I sent to a few of you last week, but I had to share it here also because it is just too funny!
I had a bit of a crazy night. I couldn't sleep; totally not normal for me. I was up reading around 2:30 for about an hour and during that time a huge thunder storm started. Peanut, going crazy of course. All of a sudden Bruce was startled by it and came bursting out of the bedroom - crazy guy, it was just thunder. Then Madelynn started to cry. I thought she wanted to sleep with us but when we got her in there she cried, "I don't want to sleep like this!" - kind of funny. So we took her back to bed and she went right to sleep. I finally fell asleep around 4am only to have Madelynn walk in happy and talkative at 6am!!

So, I started the morning tired. Trying to get dressed, nothing really fits, running late. I put on a pair of maternity pants that were ok but just real big and bunchy in the front but I this point I had no choice.

So, I am finally at school, my throat hurts and I just don't feel that comfortable in my own clothes. I had to run to the bathroom real quick and that is were my day got better.....I realized that my pants would fit a whole lot better and I would look better if.,........I put my pants on THE CORRECT DIRECTION!!!! Yes, my pants were on backwards...
I hope this gives you a good laugh for the day. And if you are having a bad day you are probably already doing better than me because at least your clothes are probably facing the correct direction :)

Since this I have been wearing a lot more skirts becuse I don't have to worry about the direction they are facing. 
Jessica wanted a pic of how I have been growing, and here we are already sticking out there!  This pregnancy has been a little different so far that is forsure.  I have crazy dreams, awful congestion, and I am already sticking out.  I can't wait until June 12th when we get to find out what we are having.  Madelynn is so excited.  She things it's a girl but I think it's a boy.  I guess we will have to see....

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Another thought....

So, if I am no longer coaching can this blog really be called the Life of Two Coaches????  Do I have to change the name of my blog?  Can't decide.....

My Last Track Meet

Madelynn helping me at track.  She is so funny and bossy....I have no idea where she gets that from :)

My 1600M Medley team - they set a new Basin record with a 4:42.61
I can't believe that I have been coaching for 9 years.  At my wedding 10 years ago I met a guy named Coach Satagena and he introduced himself and then in the same breath asked me if I wanted to coach track in the spring.  I later learned that this was totally normal for him; he LOVES track.  Well, the next year I gave in and said yes and the rest is history.  Since then I have coached 7 seasons of Girl's soccer and 9 seasons of track.  Do you realize how many bus trips that is with noisy teenagers???  What was I thinking?! :)  No, all in all it has been an amazing experience.
Well, with the baby on the way and a VERY active 3-year old (almost), I have decided that it is better that I don't coach anymore.  It it tough to have both parents coaching.  By the end of soccer season Madelynn was complaining about going to practice everyday (granted as soon as it was over she wanted to go to soccer, go figure).  I had already quit soccer back in the fall and lamented about that in another post.  So, here I am at another crossroad.  I am sure as the season starts I will be sad to not be out there, but it is nice not to have that pressure anymore.  It will be nice not to have to deal with some of the parents (who ruin it for everyone).  It will be interesting to see how different our lives are going to be and what will fill that time.  I am sure it will fill quickly, it has just been such a part of my life for so long that it seems strange right now.
What a great end to a season though; my girls setting a new Basin record.  I was so proud of them.  Bruce helped me cut some time off their hand-offs and then I think the adrenaline drove them the rest of the way.  They beat the record by a whole second and in the wind (if you don't do running that is a significant amount.)  The record was 19 years old, set in 1994 by a Shiprock team.  My last season was not quite how I imagined it but it was still great.  
And here we go, onto another chapter....What will God have in store next?   

Thursday, May 2, 2013

My Sassy Little Girl

I can not believe how grown up Madelynn is getting.  She will be 3 in just over a month and I swear she is going on 13 more and more every day.  Some of my favorite things that she says right now:
When you ask her if she wants something, like fruit snacks, she says, "Well, of course."  Like, I can't believe you would even have to ask.  That kid will do anything for a fruit snack and things everyone should have them at their house.  When she stayed with Whitney last week she seemed very put out when she found out Whit didn't have fruit snacks at her house. 
She talks all the time.  I mean seriously, doesn't take a break.  From the time she wakes up in the morning until the time her head hits the pillow she is talking.  Sometimes I just need a break, but don't seem to get one.  She has an amazing vocabulary, or so I am told by other people.  We only have one kid so we really don't know any different. 
The other day she told me not to touch her books.  Of course being the brat that I am I pretended to touch them.  She said, "Don't touch, that is illegal!"  I dont' even know where she comes up with this stuff.  If you ask her to do something she doesn't want to do she replies with, "Nope!"  We are working on the respect issue here but it is still really funny.  She loves to go boxing with Bruce and to Zumba with me and does great at both.  She copies everything we do at Zumba and she is so funny to watch.  Bruce took her to boxing and now she wants pink boxing gloves.  I don't think most people have to have this conversation with their 2 year-old, "Now remember, you can only throw punches with Daddy.  No hitting anyone at Miss Ruth's house.  Do you understand?"
At night during prayers if we forget to say, "Thank you for Madelynn" she gets upset and says, "You didn't say my name!"  So we have to be sure to be thankful for Madelynn everynight. 
There are so many other funny things that she says right now and I just can't remember them right now. 
She is so excited to have a brother or a sister.  Sometimes she says the baby is a girls and sometimes she says its a boy.  She doesn't seem to care either way at this time.  She loves kissing and hugging my belly which is super cute.  I know she will be a great big sister, she just doesn't seem old enough. 
She told me the other day that she is going to teach the baby to play.  I thought that was super sweet.  I know she will just be wonderful and our house will be crazy, but I can't wait.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Changes at the Hatches

Life will never be the same around the Hatch house starting in October.  We are adding a new little "hatchling" and couldn't be more excited.  Madelynn talks non-stop about her brother or sister and how we have to buy them clothes and baby boy bottles.  (Her sitter is also having a baby in July so there is a lot of "baby talk" in her life right now).  She is so excited, not that I am really sure she understands, but I know she will be an amazing big sister.  She doesn't seem old enough to be the "big sister", isn't she still my little baby?  Well, don't you dare let her hear you call her a baby because she will correct you in no time.  "I am not a baby!  I am a big girl!"  or if I tell her she is cute she says, "No, I Madelynn!"  My brother-in-law says we are going from having a smart pet (our 1st kid) to an actually family, which always makes me laugh and is probably very true. 
I am so thankful for this blessing that we have been praying for for quite some time. 
"I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD."1 Samuel 1:27–28
A baby is always a blessing, but I know this baby couldn't come at a better time for our family to focus on the wonderful blessings God has given u,s even during these difficult times, and to remind us that life does go on.  As one life ends another begins and that is something we have to thank Him for. 
So, here we go on our next adventure.  I will no longer be coaching, but I will be the mom of two kidos...a whole new chapter....

(Please keep this of facebook for now.  I have student's parents on there and I am not quite ready for them to know...although I know we live in a small town and it will happen.  Thanks)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring Break fun

Making Playdough and having fun?

Who has the Type A personality?  Madelynn, believe it or not.

3 kids in a tub. 

Fun at the jumpy place!

Playing in Durango.  Their imaginaitons are really developing.

More fun on the slides

Brayden getting in on the action

My little bakers.

Watching them bake.

Such a little cuttie!
 We had such a great time during Spring Break.  There were only a few fights, along with some tears, very few time outs, and just one night of throwing up....oh, and the kids did well also :)  Just kidding.  Kennedy did get sick the last night, not sure what it is about her trips to NM, poor thing.  It is just amazing to see how cute they are together.  Madelynn loved playing with Brayden and helping out with him.  Both girls were so excited about the trip, it was all they talked about for days leading up to it. 

Jess and I were both tired by the end, but had such a good time. I can't wait until we can get them together again.