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Classic Football

The kids are having a hard time considering this a game. I remember loving this the year I got it for Christmas!

Tyler’s First Fish

Tyler caught his very first fish this weekend with the help of Grandpa Don! He was so proud and excited. He even threw it back in all on his own.

Fall Poem

Mazie had a homework assignment for fall poetry that involved having your parents write a poem and copying it in her notebook. Here is my poem.

The leaves had all gone
from the trees.

In the air
there was a gentle breeze.

My nose could smell
the freshness in the air.

The air is chilly
and the weather is fair.

The days are getting shorter
the harvest moon is tall.

This is my favorite season
I love the fall.


For years Mazie has been using this word that she made up. She decided that it meant “everything”. Quite specifically, everything. Any question she asked, if you answered with “shingadooties” it would be right. This wonderful word has no representation on the Internet so Mazie and I decided to fix that by defining it here. So a shingadooties this shingadooties post about shingadooties.


Jamie & Mazie




Mazie made it up.

  1. Every verb possible.
    I shingadooties all the way to school.
    The dog shingadooties around the backyard.
  1. Every noun possible.
    One time I got shingadooties for my birthday and it was awesome.
    I love my shingadooties!


Silly Faces




Having fun teaching Mazie and Tyler how to use a YoYo on vacation. Got myself a nice heavy one with low resistance and tons of spin.

Mazie’s iPad

We’ve crossed a big milestone this year. As of this birthday Mazie now has her very own iPad. No more sharing. It is also setup with her own accounts for email and calendaring. She’s a digital equal in the house now.

Mazie was ecstatic about it and has been having fun using it for a variety of things. I’m really hoping that she uses email and messages. She’s been playing a couple of games. She even was reviewing her calendar to see what was coming up this week. Nice!

Of course the immediate reaction from Tyler was to wonder where his is. Wait a couple years there.

Cool Like My Dad

I’m guessing this shirt isn’t going to make the cut in a couple more years. :-)

Family Bike Ride

We have been trying to get a good family bike ride in each day on the weekends. It was a great day today and Tyler got to get his first ride on his new Weehoo.  Tammy discovered the Weehoo really liked it. I’ve pulled the kids in the Chariot (now owned by Thule) as well as the Novara trailer bike. The Weehoo is heads and shoulders over both of them. The trailer bikes always feel like they are pulling my bike to one side. The Chariot was fine but the kids didn’t have a lot of fun.

The Weehoo is a wonderful mix:

  1. It is a recumbent design so the kid is safe, has a nice seat and a three-point harness.
  2. Because the kid rides low, the center of gravity is pretty low and it doesn’t tug on the bike.
  3. The way it attaches to the seat post is well done. It rotates easily and cannot come off.

Tyler loved it. About the only thing that I’m not very impressed with on the Weehoo are the pedal straps. They seem poorly designed and are a pain to get strapped together.

If your looking to go riding with your kid, even when they are still pretty little, give the Weehoo a serious look.

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