Archive for June, 2011

Brenna & the Dragon Boat Races

by on Jun.27, 2011, under Brenna, June 2011

Brenna was invited to and spent the day Saturday, June 25th with her friend Makayla and her family at the Dragon Boat races in Farragut.  She spent the day watching the races, making crafts, but unlike previous opportunities, she didn’t get her face painted.

She had a blast spending the day with her friend and enjoying all the activities the Dragon Boat races offered!

Now that we know about the event, we may all go next year!

Here is more about the event:


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Nicklas & Donovan

by on Jun.27, 2011, under June 2011, Nicklas

Nicklas had one of his classmates, Donovan, spend the night Thursday, June 23rd.  The boys spent most of the evening in the basement playing with the slot cars or the Nintendo Wii.  They also opted to sleep down there pulling out the bed from the sleeper couch.

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Nicklas, Brenna, & Michaela meet Kirk Maltby

by on Jun.18, 2011, under Brenna, June 2010, Michaela, Nicklas

Click on the link below to play the video.

Maltby @ Meijer

In the summer of 2010, Kirk Maltby hosted a cooking show and signed autographs afterwards at the Washington Township, MI Meijer’s.  If you watch closely you can see Nick, Brenna, & Michaela.  The music bed pulls down so you can even hear Kirk talking with Brenna.

Detroit Red Wings #18

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Nick & Brenna -Halloween Costumes 2010

by on Jun.16, 2011, under Brenna, Nicklas, October 2010

Nick & Brenna a.k.a. Mario & Luigi - Halloween 2010
Nick & Brenna a.k.a. Mario & Luigi – Halloween 2010
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Brenna’s Pumpkin – Halloween 2010

by on Jun.16, 2011, under Brenna, October 2010

This is the pumpkin Brenna carved by herself for Halloween 2010.
This is the pumpkin Brenna carved by herself for Halloween 2010.
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Nick & Brenna – Fall 2010

by on Jun.16, 2011, under Brenna, Nicklas, October 2010

Nick & Brenna in a paddle boat at the EnerNex Fall Party – Fall 2010.

Nick & Brenna in a paddle boat at the EnerNex Fall Party - Fall 2010
Nick & Brenna in a paddle boat at the EnerNex Fall Party – Fall 2010
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Updates and all that…..

by on Jun.16, 2011, under All, June 2011

Well, it has been a while since we have updated the site.  We’ve been busy with work, school, and adjusting to life down in TN.

Brenna was in pre-k and absolutely loved it!  She made many friends and has a really close friend named Makayla.  They were together constantly in school.  So much so, that they were given the “Reese’s Stick” Candy Bar award as they were always stuck together!  They get together now as much as they possibly can.

Nick was in 5th grade and he kept his grades up…..and down….but finished the school year with 3 B’s and a C.  He was on a basketball team through the Loudon County Rec department and when he could get the ball, he did very well.  There were two ball hogs on his team and they didn’t give the ball up very often.  Nick also participated in the Steekee Writers Fair and was awarded 2nd place for his piece.  We are very proud of him for that!  He went on a field trip with the 5th grade to Fort Loudon Middle School to see what it would be like for them in 6th grade.  He seems to be excited.  Nick tried out for the middle school basketball team and unfortunately didn’t make it this year.  He said he had fun and would try out again next year.

Michaela is taking a break from working full time and is staying at home with the kids.  She does baby-sit twice a week for a girl from Brenna’s class and her little brother.  It gives her a bit to do and Brenna has someone to play with at home.  Michaela has also gotten involved with the Tellico Community Players and worked lights for a play earlier this year.  She is currently working lights again for another one of the Players shows.  The Players will have a musical later this year and then at Christmas time, they will put on a version of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Paul is busy with work.  He has his hands full with a variety of issues and it’s generally never boring.  His company had a holiday party and it was very nice.  It was held at a country club and had a live band.  The food was excellent and the dessert table was over flowing.  Michaela fell in love with the red velvet cake.  A good time was had by all, including the kids who were home with a sitter.

That is pretty much it in a nut shell.  More updates will come during the summer and the school year.  Check back often as we will continue updating.





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August 2010

by on Jun.12, 2011, under All, August 2010, Brenna, Nicklas

  • Preschool & kindergarden starts the school year one week later than the rest of the school.  The preschool boys started school on the 16th & 17th.  Brenna and the rest of the girls will attend on the 18th & 19th.  The full class of girls and boys start the rest of the school year together on Friday the 20th.
  • We spent the weekend (13th – 15th) digging out from the dump truck of a moving van.  While we made great strides, we still have some work to do.
  • Mayflower arrived with all 11,000+ pounds of our stuff around 8:00 AM on the 12th.  Fighting rain clouds but never seeing the rain the crew of three had the truck emptied out a little after 3:00 PM.  Shortly thereafter the rain that had been threatening all day long finally made its appearance….in the form of a good ol’ southern downpour!
  • Nicklas started the 5th grade on Monday the 9th.  He likes his teacher and his classmates.  Let’s have a great school year!
  • Michaela & Paul drove to Loudon on Saturday the 7th.  By 4:30 PM we were finally all together under one roof again.  The kids were so excited they nearly knocked me over trying to get to Michaela to say hello!
  • The moving van arrived just before 9:00 AM on the 6th.  The crew of four cranked through the house in New Haven so fast things got onto the van that shouldn’t be going and were buried before we even knew they were on board.  The truck was loaded and on its way to spend the weekend in Sterling Heights by 4:00 PM.
  • On the 5th, the packers helped us finish getting ready for the moving van – which comes on the 6th.
  • Both Nicklas & Brenna were registered for school on August 4th.  Brenna is so excited to be starting.  Nick, well, another school year…ho hum.
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July 2010

by on Jun.12, 2011, under All, July 2010, Nicklas

  • Nicklas spent two weeks in mid July in a summer program at school.  The program was geared at giving him a leg up in reading and math for the 5th grade.  Frankly, he doesn’t need the leg up for math, he needs it for reading.  Either way, he did very well and enjoyed the entire experience….even though it was school.
  • We began moving into our new home in Loudon, TN over the July 4th weekend.  The bare essentials are there and we can survive on what is here but the moving van will be in New Haven August 6th.  It should arrive in Loudon, TN around August 12th.
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June 2010

by on Jun.12, 2011, under All, Brenna, June 2010, Nicklas

  • Nick & Brenna are spending a month in Michigan to see some friends and family!  They will be returning to Knoxville in mid July.
  • Brenna’s new Imagination Library book arrived for June.  This month’s book is: “Office Buckle & Gloria”.
  • Nicklas’ baseball team pictures are in!  The pictures are really good.  We will post one on the site as soon as we can…..
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