Posts Tagged ‘Mia’

Wow, I suck at keeping up with this blog.  Much apologies to the couple people (excluding my wife) that might happen to be interested in our life.

Well, a lot has happened.  We had our baby.  Harper Layne was born at 11:39 AM on 11/14/13.  She was 8.1 LBs at birth.  She’s over a month old right now.  Boy, how time flies.  It turns out our little Harper is a bit of a prodigy, having said her first word a little over 4 weeks of age.  A simple, “Hi”.  Don’t believe me?

Mia loves being a big sister and she’s somewhat helpful.  She finished her gymnastics season and she showed great progress throughout the year.  She’s able to do all the major skills; however, we need to work on the little nuances of her routine.

Jennifer is finally back to work as of yesterday from her leave.  She handled everything very well.  From the pregnancy, child birth and the 4 and a half weeks since.  She’s the best in the world at calling “dibs not it” when Harper has a stinky.  Although, she usually takes care of it anyway.

I know you are all wondering…”WHAT ABOUT GRIZZLY?”.  Well, he’s over 130 pounds right now and still a raging lunatic.  Still very much a puppy.  Which can be a challenge because he’s so big and strong already.  But, I’ve got big pipes and can still take him.  Although he’s a bit to “ruff” on the other dogs and they’re, as my wife says, geriatric.


Guest Writer

Posted: March 27, 2013 in Guest Writer
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I have employed a guest writer for my blog.  I have asked her to write one entry per week.  Hopefully she can come up with enough material and that she actually fulfills her end of the contract.  If not, I suppose I can take away her barbies.  Yep…my 8 year old daughter Mia has agreed to write once a week.  Needless to say, the material on this blog will probably improve.  As you can all tell…Eye aint the best righter in the world.  And as you can see, I make spelling and grammatical errors all the time.  But, I never proclaim to be a writer…or a very interesting person.

Excursion Day!

Posted: March 11, 2013 in Family
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Excursion Day!  Jennifer got her hair done on Saturday.  Which looks fantastic, BTW.  While she did that, Mia and I went to the MN Zoo.  It was a nice trip for Mia and me.


Bald Eagle

She said her favorite animal was the wolves.  I am partial to the Gibbon’s, or flying monkey’s as I call them.  I love to watch them swing from branch to branch.  Unfortunately, those lazy bastards weren’t in the mood this weekend.  I enjoyed seeing the bald eagle, the national bird of the United States.  Such a big and powerful bird.  I also liked the wolverine.  He seemed very agitated and was pacing back and forth along the glass.


Miss Teen Minnesota

While we were at the black and brown bear exhibit, we ran into Myah Lanoux.  Myah is the current Miss Teen Minnesota.  We were lucky to be able to get a picture with the future Miss Teen USA.

Last night, the place we are getting our puppy updated the pictures.  They are 12 days old and already growing into big Saint’s.  We also learned that they are shipping a puppy on the plane, so they will be able to bring ours to us.  That will save us a 6 hour round trip, which is nice.


Fish Photo Bomb

Tomorrow is one of the best sporting days of the year.  NFL free agency starts tomorrow.  We should be hearing rumors shortly of what players the Vikings are lining up to meet with.  As I say every year…this is the year the Vikes win it all.  Skol Vikings!

Lions, Tigers and Flying Monkeys!

Posted: March 8, 2013 in Family
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What?  Pardon me if I continue to ask you to repeat yourself.  You see, I went to a concert last night and my ears are still ringing.  There was some head banging going on and I even noticed a small mosh pit.

ImageMia and her fellow 2nd graders had their winter concert last night and they sang a bunch of songs about snow flakes.  After the winter we have had…and how long it seems to have dragged on.  The last thing you want to hear is how wonderful snow and snow flakes are.  However, the kids did a great job.  Mia even had a small speaking part before the last song.  That, in its self, is a huge stepping stone for her.  She’s an extremely shy kid and she did a great job.  She spoke loud and clear.

Tomorrow, while Jennifer is getting her hair done…I think Mia and I will be going to the zoo to check out some of the inside exhibits.  We generally hit the zoo a few times in the summer; however, we typically stick to the outside stuff since the weather is nice.  This is a good chance to spend some time checking out the things we usually skip.  Flying monkeys…Here we come!

Oh…we had our annual gymnastics meeting with the Head Coach on Wednesday and Mia is being moved up a level this June.  She will be in level 4.  Wait, wasn’t she a level 4 last year?  Yes she was.  Every 8 years they change the compulsory routines in gymnastics nationwide with new and more challenging skills.  So, the former level 4’s, across the country, were reclassified as level 3’s (our gym labeled them Level 4-Training Team).  However, come the new season she will be bumped back up to level 4.

Neverending Birthday Party – Part 2

Posted: March 4, 2013 in Family
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Finally Mia’s birthday is over.  Or should I say birthmonth and that is what it felt like.  We had her final party this past Saturday for her and her friends at the Holiday Inn swimming pool.  All together, 13 kids in a pool.  However, I must say they were all well behaved and I didn’t have to do any chasing around.

This week is going to be pretty busy.  We have a bit of a snow storm going on right now and it is supposed to go into Tuesday.  Mia has Gymnastics twice this week, rather than the typical three nights.  On Wednesday, rather than practice we have a conference set up with her coaches.  So, we should be finding out what their plans are for her for this upcoming season.  They will either be keeping her where she is at or moving her up a level.

On top of that she has a concert Thursday night for her school.  She also has a speaking part prior to one of the songs.  That should be interesting, as Mia is an extremely quiet and shy girl.  Except around us, that is.

A puppy is born

Posted: February 28, 2013 in Puppy
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So, yesterday was Mia’s birthday.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do much with her.  She had school; however, Jennifer and I met her there and had lunch with her (Subway).  After school she had gymnastics till 7:45 and Jennifer had to stay and sell pizza for the booster club till 8:15.  Tonight we will be taking her out to dinner for her birthday.  She wants to go to Red Robin.

I haven’t mentioned this yet, but we are getting a new puppy.  Our house is really quiet and seems empty without that big personality that was Kodi.  So, we decided a month or so ago that we would add another dog to the mix.


Jada & Yogi (mom & dad)

We found a place, somewhat local, that breed Saints and they actually had a litter that was expecting late Feb.  Perfect, I placed the call and we were placed 8th on the list.  About a week ago I sent a follow-up e-mail to find out if we moved up (we were worried she might not have 8 puppies) and to ask how Jada (the Saint mommy) was doing.  We found out we jumped one spot to number 7.


Jada and her puppies

Well, yesterday Jada had her puppies!  She had 7 of them on Mia’s birthday.  So, we took that as a sign that it was meant to be.  She had 4 males and 3 females, so we are almost assured a female as there are 5 ahead of us that have preference on males.  That was our preference as well.  But, it really doesn’t matter either way.

Since we decided to get a puppy…we have been thinking about male dog names and suddenly we have to switch that.  So, I went to Game of Thrones and came up with the following names:

  • Daenerys
  • Rhaella
  • Arya
  • Shae

Is one of these little Daenerys Targaryen?

Hopefully I can convince Jennifer to go with one of them.  She did say she liked Rhaella.  Although I prefer Daenerys and Arya.  But, that is probably more to do with how much I like those characters on G of T.  Anyway, that’s what’s going on in our world.  We will be getting our puppy in late April and that is going to change our world as we know it.

Happy 8th Birthday Mia!

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Family
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8 years ago today, Mia was born in China. Since Mia has gymnastics tomorrow and that doesn’t get over till 7:45, we will be waiting to go out to eat until Thursday. Mia picked Red Robin for her birthday dinner and she’s excited to get her free ice cream dessert from there. We will also be meeting her at school to have lunch with her today….that is if I can free myself from work.

Happy birthday Mia, we love you.