Sunday, February 14, 2010


We found out we were pregnant the morning of November 24 before work. I was so anxious to take the test I got up early (ish) to do so. When I got the positive result I jumped on James and was singing and dancing some awesome song I made up in the moment.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Telling the Family - McDonald's

Every year James and I celebrate Christmas in Okoboji with Jock, Chris, Shelagh & Joe, and Stuart. This year Grandmum McDonald was there to share in the festivities. Every year we start our dinner with "crackers". I wish I knew how to describe them, but I'm not sure. It's a McDonald tradition and I love it. One year Young Stuart discovered you could covertly insert items into the crackers that would fall out when they were "cracked". It was a great discovery as he uncovered this the year a deer decided to jump into my car and destroy it. Stuart snuck two deer whistles into James' cracker and we all got a good laugh out of that.

This year, James and I thought it would be a great idea to put a small baby rattle and baby bottle into Chris' cracker so that when we started dinner she would find the clues and put our secret together. Needless to say, it did not work as planned. The presents are notorious for flying everywhere and they did not fail us this year. The following is the progression of the McDonald's finding out about their soon to be grandchild. I laugh so hard every time I watch it. Stuart gets mad, Chris is confused and Joe catches on before anyone else. I love family dinners at the McDonald's. Enjoy!!

Take 1 - It Begins

Take 2 - What Did You Get?

Take 3 - Stu Gets Mad, Joe Gets It


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Telling the Family - Hackathorn's

We decided to tell Mom and Dad the news when we celebrated our Christmas this year. The date was December 20. Erin of course already knew. She knew the day we knew. Like I could hide it from her. I told Erin by showing her a picture of my positive test right before we went to see "New Moon". It was pretty awesome. She thought I found some random test in the bathroom at work. Once she put it together she was over the moon. I needed Erin to know for support and to help me hide the fact from others until we were ready to share with the rest of our family and friends.

Erin helped us share the good news to mom and dad. We coordinated a "joint" present for Mom and Dad from James, Erin and I. Luckily, mom opened hers first to find movie tickets for a date night. She was pretty excited. Dad opened his next and found the onesie we had gotten in Maui that reads, "Aloha Baby". Their reaction was luckily captured on our camera. It is a bit shaky because I was laughing and crying at the same time.

It was a great day! I think they would all agree.

New to Blogging

Okay, this is my first time blogging and I'm not sure if it will work. James and I wanted to start a blog so our family and friends could join us in our journey into parenthood. Baby McDonald is due August 7, 2010 and we are very much looking for to his/her arrival.