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3rd Place Finish @ City CYO Tournament. 3rd/4th Grade 105lb Division. Not too shabby for having gone to only one practice last few months… #basketballplayerwrestling

3rd Place Finish @ City CYO Tournament. 3rd/4th Grade 105lb Division. Not too shabby for having gone to only one practice last few months... #basketballplayerwrestling

Fishers 3rd Grade Travel Basketball Team. 2019-2020 @fishersboystravelbasketball

Fishers 3rd Grade Travel Basketball Team. 2019-2020 @fishersboystravelbasketball

Hang in there, it's almost Spring!!

Hang in there, it's almost Spring!!

Hoosiers… #latergram

Hoosiers... #latergram

Great win today for the 3rd Grade Fishers Basketball Team vs. HSE White. They even got to be Hickory on the scoreboard!

Great win today for the 3rd Grade Fishers Basketball Team vs. HSE White. They even got to be Hickory on the scoreboard!

Super Shootout Tournament Champs. Nice job boys! 3A @fishersboystravelbasketball

Super Shootout Tournament Champs. Nice job boys! 3A @fishersboystravelbasketball

When every choice is a bad one…

When every choice is a bad one...

Shot.

Shot.

Father. Role Model. Legend. Gone too soon. Much love from ballers old and young all around the world. #kobe #8 #24 @kobebryant

Father. Role Model. Legend. Gone too soon. Much love from ballers old and young all around the world. #kobe #8 #24  @kobebryant

Max and Malachi actually BROKE Pop-a-Shot.. Those two kids can shoot the rock!

Max and Malachi actually BROKE Pop-a-Shot.. Those two kids can shoot the rock!

Bad Boys.. Silly Bad Boys… For Life.

Bad Boys.. Silly Bad Boys... For Life.

Max working in with the Geurin High School Basketball Team tonight…

Max working in with the Geurin High School Basketball Team tonight...

Defense.

Defense.

Holiday Tournament Champs. Nice job boys! Beat Carmel, Whiteland and Zionsville in the 3rd grade A division.

Holiday Tournament Champs. Nice job boys! Beat Carmel, Whiteland and Zionsville in the 3rd grade A division.

SLDM Crew

SLDM Crew

Heading into Christmas break like…

Heading into Christmas break like...

Christmas time is here…

Christmas time is here...

Kitty by the fire.

Kitty by the fire.

Max Christmas Program Bass Xylophone part. Nicely done!

Max Christmas Program Bass Xylophone part. Nicely done!

These three cousins invented a new game to play called 'Rug'

These three cousins invented a new game to play called 'Rug'

Teamwork

Teamwork

3rd Grade Fishers Basketball Team had a lot of fun at the Varsity game tonight. They even outcheered the cheerleaders.

3rd Grade Fishers Basketball Team had a lot of fun at the Varsity game tonight. They even outcheered the cheerleaders.

Happy Birthday to @greg.counts from @cboogie_3

Happy Birthday to @greg.counts from @cboogie_3

Can you find the four cousins hiding in the leaves?

Can you find the four cousins hiding in the leaves?

Triple Mega Stuf Oreo… Too much…

Triple Mega Stuf Oreo... Too much...

Ballers.

Ballers.

Crashing the boards or just crashing? Bucket still counts. 11.2.2019

Crashing the boards or just crashing? Bucket still counts. 11.2.2019

Big win today for Fishers 3rd grade BBall team. A 39-33 OT victory over Carmel's top 3rd grade team. Nice Job Boys! (Max scored all 6 OT points)

Big win today for Fishers 3rd grade BBall team. A 39-33 OT victory over Carmel's top 3rd grade team. Nice Job Boys! (Max scored all 6 OT points)

Fast Break Finish.

Fast Break Finish.

put·back /ˈpo͝otˌbak/nounBASKETBALLnoun: put-backa basket scored immediately after recovering a missed shot. "he took the rebound for a quick putback"

put·back /ˈpo͝otˌbak/nounBASKETBALLnoun: put-backa basket scored immediately after recovering a missed shot. "he took the rebound for a quick putback"

Tournament Champs! Congrats Fishers 3rd Grade BBall!

Tournament Champs! Congrats Fishers 3rd Grade BBall!

Braved the frigid weather for trick or treating tonight. Warning up with hot chocolate.

Braved the frigid weather for trick or treating tonight. Warning up with hot chocolate.

Trunk or Treat!

Trunk or Treat!

Happy 9th Birthday to the high flyin' @maxdawg2112! Love you kid!

Happy 9th Birthday to the high flyin' @maxdawg2112! Love you kid!

Boat party…

Boat party...

Some of the biggest 3rd graders you'll see around the Fieldhouse…

Some of the biggest 3rd graders you'll see around the Fieldhouse...

Chicago @ night is pretty amazing….

Chicago @ night is pretty amazing....

Happy #nationaldaughtersday to this amazing daughter. Love you babe!

Happy #nationaldaughtersday to this amazing daughter. Love you babe!

Remembering these two from earlier this year…

Remembering these two from earlier this year...

Tip.

Tip.

Drink

Drink

5th Year at SLDM! School is off to a great start!

5th Year at SLDM! School is off to a great start!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitten

Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitten

Charity Sculpture

Charity Sculpture

1st Day of 3rd Grade! Here's to another great year at SLDM!

1st Day of 3rd Grade! Here's to another great year at SLDM!

Dribble dribble dribble…

Dribble dribble dribble...

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Lil Rock N Rolla

Lil Rock N Rolla

Walking to get ice cream…

Walking to get ice cream...

Grandma was is the parade!

Grandma was is the parade!

Cousins lake swimming this evening…

Cousins lake swimming this evening...

Max had fun again at Typhoon Lagoon. Lazy River, Wave Pool & Misadventure Falls Waterslide are his go-to activities.

Max had fun again at Typhoon Lagoon. Lazy River, Wave Pool & Misadventure Falls Waterslide are his go-to activities.

Max at Lecanto Pool

Max at Lecanto Pool

Max & Grandpa in the pool.

Max & Grandpa in the pool.

Yes, it does feel like 102.

Yes, it does feel like 102.

On vacation to take a break from the things you do all the time and…

On vacation to take a break from the things you do all the time and...

Cathedral '17, Fishers. ' 18, Hamilton SE '19… State Champion Baseball keeps on rolling! Congrats to all the HSE coaches and players!

Cathedral '17,  Fishers. ' 18, Hamilton SE '19... State Champion Baseball keeps on rolling! Congrats to all the HSE coaches and players!

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Vampire Weekend right now!

Vampire Weekend right now!

Having fun with a cousin…

Having fun with a cousin...

Working on his throw…

Working on his throw...

Here tonight for Avengers Endgame.. but excited for Detective Pikachu!

Here tonight for Avengers Endgame.. but excited for Detective Pikachu!

Happy Mother's Day to @charity_counts! Love you!

Happy Mother's Day to @charity_counts! Love you!

Happy Birthday Lincoln!

Happy Birthday Lincoln!

Post baseball hula something…

Post baseball hula something...

Very proud of this young man. Congratulations Maxwell on your First Communion!

Very proud of this young man. Congratulations Maxwell on your First Communion!

Sightseeing today with @zachhopkins

Sightseeing today with @zachhopkins

Congratulations on receiving 1st Communion to Max's buddy Patrick. Max is preparing for his this Sunday!

Congratulations on receiving 1st Communion to Max's buddy Patrick. Max is preparing for his this Sunday!

Goodbye California. You sure are pretty…

Goodbye California. You sure are pretty...

Remembering this crew… 7.3.2018

Remembering this crew... 7.3.2018

California.

California.

Witnessed history today…

Witnessed history today...

Flying to the west coast…

Flying to the west coast...

No good reason, but.. Dun duh, duh duh dun duh, duh duh dun duh…

No good reason, but.. Dun duh, duh duh dun duh, duh duh dun duh...

Apparently, it's baseball season…

Apparently, it's baseball season...

Max scored 10 in his first game with new Indy Hoops team + lots of great rebounds, blocks and even a few assists. Team got the win to start the season!

Max scored 10 in his first game with new Indy Hoops team + lots of great rebounds, blocks and even a few assists. Team got the win to start the season!

It's 70 degrees and sunny right now. These kids have the wrong idea about how to spend the afternoon today…

It's 70 degrees and sunny right now. These kids have the wrong idea about how to spend the afternoon today...

Max had a great day with one of his best buddies, Lincoln. The two boys grew up together as toddlers and always pick up as best of pals even after months of not seeing one another.

Max had a great day with one of his best buddies, Lincoln. The two boys grew up together as toddlers and always pick up as best of pals even after months of not seeing one another.

#zootrain #snaggletooth

#zootrain #snaggletooth

Rite of passage. Mortal Kombat with mom.

Rite of passage. Mortal Kombat with mom.

Max, the Wood Booger & Sophia.

Max, the Wood Booger & Sophia.

More of the Maxdawg2112 at Maxdawg2112.tv

More of the Maxdawg2112 at Maxdawg2112.tv

Happy Birthday Cameron

Happy Birthday Cameron

One of the many reasons this SLDM 1/2 Grade Team went undefeated this year was defense. We worked on it hard in practice, and these boys never let up. Very proud of these kids. GO CARDS!

One of the many reasons this SLDM 1/2 Grade Team went undefeated this year was defense. We worked on it hard in practice, and these boys never let up. Very proud of these kids. GO CARDS!

I'm thinking that Pamela may not really be Pamela…

I'm thinking that Pamela may not really be Pamela...

Spin.

Spin.

Also cousins…

Also cousins...

Cousins…

Cousins...

This kid loves to stream…

This kid loves to stream...

Sunday streaming… #fortnite

Sunday streaming... #fortnite

Madri de Montfort…

Madri de Montfort...

Drinks and cards with my boy is always fun…

Drinks and cards with my boy is always fun...

Edelman with the solo Victory Royale on a cold and frosty morning!

Edelman with the solo Victory Royale on a  cold and frosty morning!

Max saw Thaddeus Young from the Pacers before his game today. He was nice enough to take a selfie with him.

Max saw Thaddeus Young from the Pacers before his game today. He was nice enough to take a selfie with him.

Max gets the tip over another BIG 2nd grader. #indyhoops

Max gets the tip over another BIG 2nd grader. #indyhoops

Do you want to build a snowman?

Do you want to build a snowman?

Pretty much my lifetime fortune…

Pretty much my lifetime fortune...

Max colored his hair tonight like his favorite Fortnite player, @ninja.

Max colored his hair tonight like his favorite Fortnite player, @ninja.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2018 Best Nine

2018 Best Nine

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Ready for Santa!

Ready for Santa!

So…. three boys walk into a movie theater…

So.... three boys walk into a movie theater...

Oh my…

Oh my...

Practice

Practice

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We did it! We finally did it! #IoT

We did it! We finally did it! #IoT

65th Floor View

65th Floor View

Pablo

Pablo

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NYC

NYC

Love my childrens… Happy Thanksgiving!

Love my childrens... Happy Thanksgiving!

Victory Royale!

Victory Royale!

Max, you need to brush your teeth for a whole 2 minutes…

Max, you need to brush your teeth for a whole 2 minutes...

Happy Birthday Auggie!

Happy Birthday Auggie!

Fornite Birthday Chaos!

Fornite Birthday Chaos!

Happy Birthday Max!

Happy Birthday Max!

@daredevilbeer and @centralstatebrewing are on the menu for Max's 8th Birthday party tonight!

@daredevilbeer and @centralstatebrewing are on the menu for Max's 8th Birthday party tonight!

Who's ready for a FORTNITE party?

Who's ready for a FORTNITE party?

Crazy full moon to the east through the trees right now…

Crazy full moon to the east through the trees right now...

A few more pics from the Clinch (Coeburn, Norton, Wise, & Crab Orchard western Virginia) for @smallfortheyouth and @charity_counts

A few more pics from the Clinch (Coeburn, Norton, Wise, & Crab Orchard western Virginia) for @smallfortheyouth and @charity_counts

Look who we found in Kentucky!

Look who we found in Kentucky!

Glamour Shots by J

Glamour Shots by J

Cake or Death? Alright… Cake.

Cake or Death? Alright... Cake.

One way to get on the Fortnite leader board is to play after all the kids go to sleep…

One way to get on the Fortnite leader board is to play after all the kids go to sleep...

How much greater should we make America? This much!

How much greater should we make America? This much!

Just Dance

Just Dance

Kitty kitty…

Kitty kitty...

Battle Royale!

Battle Royale!

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Apple pickin'

Apple pickin'

Eating while being observed.

Eating while being observed.

View.

View.

Surprise fly by…

Surprise fly by...

Golf cartin' down the road…

Golf cartin' down the road...

Dinner

Dinner

Lunch

Lunch

Dinner…

Dinner...

Good morning sunshine!

Good morning sunshine!

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View

Whoa…

Whoa...

All around me are familiar faces… #Frank #donniedarko #madworld

All around me are familiar faces... #Frank  #donniedarko #madworld

Runnin' Down a Dream.

Runnin' Down a Dream.

This isn't a great picture, but I took it on October 15th, 2016 about 10 minutes before I met Senator John McCain. I was fortunate to have about 10 minutes with the Senator and began the conversation by telling him my story of being mistaken for his secret service protection during his last campaign stop before the election in 2008 at the Indianapolis Airport. I explained that I was there to assist the local Republican party with the operations and my suit and sunglasses were an exact match for all of his 'real' secret service protection. It was quite an event. I remember that he told me "I appreciate your service" and I didn't know what to say. What do you say to someone who is thanking YOU, but it's HE who has giving everything? He spent most of our time together telling me of his excitement for the work that we Americans could do together after an election victory. So much pent up demand for action from this world leader who had been held back for so long. He was an optimist first and foremost. But, undoubtedly he was a realist. A hero. A patriot. An American. The world is a bit colder without John McCain in it. Thank YOU for your service. A service that is near impossible to match.

This isn't a great picture, but I took it on October 15th, 2016 about 10 minutes before I met Senator John McCain. I was fortunate to have about 10 minutes with the Senator and began the conversation by telling him my story of being mistaken for his secret service protection during his last campaign stop before the election in 2008 at the Indianapolis Airport. I explained that I was there to assist the local Republican party with the operations and my suit and sunglasses were an exact match for all of his 'real' secret service protection. It was quite an event. I remember that he told me "I appreciate your service" and I didn't know what to say. What do you say to someone who is thanking YOU, but it's HE who has giving everything? He spent most of our time together telling me of his excitement for the work that we Americans could do together after an election victory. So much pent up demand for action from this world leader who had been held back for so long. He was an optimist first and foremost. But, undoubtedly he was a realist. A hero. A patriot. An American. The world is a bit colder without John McCain in it. Thank YOU for your service. A service that is near impossible to match.

Poke anyone?

Poke anyone?

Be careful out there…

Be careful out there...

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Max gets taken out by The Meltdown…

Max gets taken out by The Meltdown...

Hey Max, what do you think about going back to school?

Hey Max, what do you think about going back to school?

Last days at the (outside) pool this season.

Last days at the (outside) pool this season.

Playing "real" Fortnite… These guys are crazy.

Playing "real" Fortnite... These guys are crazy.

Neighborhood Viking Games

Neighborhood Viking Games

Fortnite adventures…

Fortnite adventures...

Ready for practice…

Ready for practice...

1st Day of 2nd Grade! Here's to another great year at SLDM!

1st Day of 2nd Grade! Here's to another great year at SLDM!

#toomuchFortnite

#toomuchFortnite

In honor of Shark Week 2018, I wanted to post a few pics from the beach we were at about 3 weeks ago. We didn't take these pics, but another person did who was there about the same time. It still seems surreal that we were swimming with these guys within 5-10 feet for most of the afternoon.

In honor of Shark Week 2018, I wanted to post a few pics from the beach we were at about 3 weeks ago. We didn't take these pics, but another person did who was there about the same time. It still seems surreal that we were swimming with these guys within 5-10 feet for most of the afternoon.

Crazy Fortnite happining in Max's lair right now…

Crazy Fortnite happining in Max's lair right now...

It's the most, wonderful time of the year… #sharkweek2018!

It's the most, wonderful time of the year... #sharkweek2018!

Having fun with Grandpa at TopGolf

Having fun with Grandpa at TopGolf

Max's latest NERF rifle came with a thermal scope. I can't quite explain it, but we both think it's the coolest thing we've seen. Also, I blame this on Fortnite.

Max's latest NERF rifle came with a thermal scope. I can't quite explain it, but we both think it's the coolest thing we've seen. Also, I blame this on Fortnite.

Getting some of the gang back together…

Getting some of the gang back together...

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Having fun. Coming home soon.

Having fun. Coming home soon.

Brain freeze!

Brain freeze!

Playing catch at the pool. Max is annoyed that he's too young to compete in the International Men's Belly Flop Contest coming up in a few minutes… Some day he can make us proud.

Playing catch at the pool. Max is annoyed that he's too young to compete in the International Men's Belly Flop Contest coming up in a few minutes... Some day he can make us proud.

One of my favorite Chihulys at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in Nassau. Also one of my least favorite Max expressions…

One of my favorite Chihulys at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in  Nassau. Also one of my least favorite Max expressions...

4th of July celebration at sea. Enchantment of the Seas RCCL 7.4.18

4th of July celebration at sea. Enchantment of the Seas RCCL 7.4.18

View for the day.

View for the day.

Chicken & Waffles

Chicken & Waffles

Light Saber practice at Disney Springs

Light Saber practice at Disney Springs

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Nightswimming deserves a quiet night…

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night...

Planning the activities for the day at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Planning the activities for the day at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

More from Bazaar Meat.

More from Bazaar Meat.

Ready for a meat-tastic experience…

Ready for a meat-tastic experience...

Dessert is served…

Dessert is served...

Vegas Room View… #nottooshabby

Vegas Room View... #nottooshabby

So, technically all the cousins can fit in the pool at the same time!

So, technically all the cousins can fit in the pool at the same time!

Cousins swinging…

Cousins swinging...

5.2 lbs of Cowboy Ribeye are on the grill for the Father's Day Feast.

5.2 lbs of Cowboy Ribeye are on the grill for the Father's Day Feast.

Pool time.

Pool time.

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Say baby…

Say baby...

A little bathtub practice for snorkeling in the Bahamas…

A little bathtub practice for snorkeling in the Bahamas...

Great first season of baseball for these guys. Max selected to play in league All-Star game. 1-2 Grade Astros HSE Sports Youth Baseball.

Great first season of baseball for these guys. Max selected to play in league All-Star game. 1-2 Grade Astros HSE Sports Youth Baseball.

Fish On

Fish On

Waking up with coffee in the back yard…

Waking up with coffee in the back yard...

Water fight!

Water fight!

Ready for the heat!

Ready for the heat!

Mama and her boy…

Mama and her boy...

Very cool that my wife is the commencement speaker at IUPUI School of Liberal Arts this year. Way to go @charity_counts!

Very cool that my wife is the commencement speaker at IUPUI School of Liberal Arts this year. Way to go @charity_counts!

It's @maxdawg2112 and @mcangrypants Jr

It's @maxdawg2112 and @mcangrypants  Jr

Having way too much fun playing Battleship…

Having way too much fun playing Battleship...

Free Orange Juice today in The Parks..

Free Orange Juice today in The Parks..

Driving music…

Driving music...

This one was NOT happy with me watching…

This one was NOT happy with me watching...

Opening Day

Opening Day

This pensive goddess said YES! on top of the acropolis in November of 2005.#luckyJ #athens #greece #swoon

This pensive goddess said YES! on top of the acropolis in November of 2005.#luckyJ #athens #greece #swoon

I was unaware that the front windows rolled down…

I was unaware that the front windows rolled down...

All I ever get to see of Texas. Love to @chutzpah and @indymle!

All I ever get to see of Texas. Love to @chutzpah and @indymle!

Toss up for things I've over-consumed in the last 4 days…

Toss up for things I've over-consumed in the last 4 days...

Went on a Haunted History tour of the French Quarter in NOLA. Caught a real ghost on camera!

Went on a Haunted History tour of the French Quarter in NOLA. Caught a real ghost on camera!

NO at night…

NO at night...

Today's work location has some unique sights and sounds…

Today's work location has some unique sights and sounds...

Charbroiled Oysters here are O-mazing…

Charbroiled Oysters here are O-mazing...

This kid had one day off from baseball practice… and was determined to find a field to practice. #forloveofthegame

This kid had one day off from baseball practice... and was determined to find a field to practice. #forloveofthegame

Max's first time picking up a 'real' baseball bat.

Max's first time picking up a 'real' baseball bat.

Max enjoying the Inn at Wise

Max enjoying the Inn at Wise

Snow on the mountain.

Snow on the mountain.

Max convinced his Virginia family to play Trouble with him. Double Trouble for sure!

Max convinced his Virginia family to play Trouble with him. Double Trouble for sure!

Post basketball game swim party…

Post basketball game swim party...

Starting the day like…

Starting the day like...

Bad ideas.

Bad ideas.

Collins is spying on her sister and cousin…

Collins is spying on her sister and cousin...

Max went 3-0 tonight at the last home meet of the year vs St Jude and St Mark. 4 pins highlighted here (In 1st period match keeps going until 2nd pin) And yes, that's me yelling "Drive!" and "Get on your toes!' Probably doesn't help.. Go SLDM Cardinals!

Max went 3-0 tonight at the last home meet of the year vs St Jude and St Mark. 4 pins highlighted here (In 1st period match keeps going until 2nd pin) And yes, that's me yelling "Drive!" and "Get on your toes!' Probably doesn't help.. Go SLDM Cardinals!

Video games with friends make lunch a lot of fun!

Video games with friends make lunch a lot of fun!

Max's favorite place to be…

Max's favorite place to be...

Here's the video instagram'd

Here's the video instagram'd

So… Max has always said he wanted to be an internet superstar. Apparently someone got ahold of a copy of this wrestling video from last year and uploaded it (with no sound) to the interwebs. You can see the # of views from various sources like Reddit and Google. Pretty crazy. We're still trying to decide what to do with the actual video.. It's much better with sound. For now, we'll share it with you all.. Check my bio for the YouTube link.

So... Max has always said he wanted to be an internet superstar. Apparently someone got ahold of a copy of this wrestling video from last year and uploaded it (with no sound) to the interwebs. You can see the # of views from various sources like Reddit and Google. Pretty crazy. We're still trying to decide what to do with the actual video.. It's much better with sound. For now, we'll share it with you all.. Check my bio for the YouTube link.

2 Gold Pins for Max this week. Great start to the season!

2 Gold Pins for Max this week. Great start to the season!

Who's bad?

Who's bad?

This is what two 80 lb 7-year-olds looks like….

This is what two 80 lb 7-year-olds looks like....

Great 2nd Place finish for Max today at the HSE Wrestling Open. Won his first match with a pin. Go Cardinals! #SLDM

Great 2nd Place finish for Max today at the HSE Wrestling Open. Won his first match with a pin. Go Cardinals! #SLDM

This kid…

This kid...

Happy Birthday to this lovely lady… If you know her, you know she's awesome! ️ @charity_counts

Happy Birthday to this lovely lady... If you know her, you know she's awesome! ️ @charity_counts

#2017bestnine

#2017bestnine

Windjammer Christmas Tree 2017

Windjammer Christmas Tree 2017

Baby, it's cold outside!

Baby, it's cold outside!

Uhhhhhh… #insertexorcisthashtaghere

Uhhhhhh... #insertexorcisthashtaghere

Merry Christmas! Video link in bio: Watch "Merry Christmas 2017" on YouTubehttps://youtu.be/1jHixptU6fw

Merry Christmas! Video link in bio: Watch "Merry Christmas 2017" on YouTubehttps://youtu.be/1jHixptU6fw

Won first round and lost in the semi-final. Great season 1st Grade SLDM!

Won first round and lost in the semi-final. Great season 1st Grade SLDM!

A lot going on here on a Thursday night with Max & Gabe

A lot going on here on a Thursday night with Max & Gabe

"There's nothing to be scared of here!" as the animatronic animals sing.

"There's nothing to be scared of here!" as the animatronic animals sing.

Mom's out of town and we're up late singing Les Mis…

Mom's out of town and we're up late singing Les Mis...

Post dinner cheese.

Post dinner cheese.

Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving weekend

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's a me! a-Mario!

It's a me! a-Mario!

Lunch

Lunch

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SLDM 1st Grade won both of their games in a doubleheader today vs St Simon & St Luke's. Go Cardinals!

SLDM 1st Grade won both of their games in a doubleheader today vs St Simon & St Luke's. Go Cardinals!

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Green spikes for 'Crazy Hair day' at SLDM

Green spikes for 'Crazy Hair day' at SLDM

Swim.

Swim.

Country baseball with Grandpa

Country baseball with Grandpa

Pool.

Pool.

Train.

Train.

Really?

Really?

The Joker (and his parents) had a great time at his birthday party last night. Thanks to everyone for coming!

The Joker (and his parents) had a great time at his birthday party last night. Thanks to everyone for coming!

Loving the new Stranger Things Skin Pack for Minecraft #upsidedown

Loving the new Stranger Things Skin Pack for Minecraft #upsidedown

Happy 7th Birthday Max!

Happy 7th Birthday Max!

1st practice SLDM Pre-CYO Indy Hoops.

1st practice SLDM Pre-CYO Indy Hoops.

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These boys had a great season and played well today. Go SLDM!

These boys had a great season and played well today. Go SLDM!

Max got to practice by the Guerin Catholic HS fields today. Perhaps follow his sister's footsteps there one day?? @lo.snyder

Max got to practice by the Guerin Catholic HS fields today. Perhaps follow his sister's footsteps there one day?? @lo.snyder

#sldmfallfest

#sldmfallfest

Max finished the season with a hard fought win to place 3rd in the city championships. Great season and Go SLDM!

Max finished the season with a hard fought win to place 3rd in the city championships. Great season and Go SLDM!

Only 5 kids in the K/1st/2nd grade – 70lb division tomorrow. City CYO Championship. Go Max and SLDM!

Only 5 kids in the K/1st/2nd grade - 70lb division tomorrow. City CYO Championship. Go Max and SLDM!

Max Vicious

Max Vicious

#squadgoals

#squadgoals

Long day and 4th place finish at McClellan CYO Wrestling Tournament. Bantam Group (2009, 2010 DOBs) 70lb weight class.

Long day and 4th place finish at McClellan CYO Wrestling Tournament. Bantam Group (2009, 2010 DOBs) 70lb weight class.

Waiting to go into the #nflcombine

Waiting to go into the #nflcombine

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Our best Batman & Robin

Our best Batman & Robin

Super heroes at lunch.

Super heroes at lunch.

Indiana Boat, Sport & Travel Show

Indiana Boat, Sport & Travel Show

Blue Raspberry Jello and PB & J is the most awesomest lunch a 6 year old can have.

Blue Raspberry Jello and PB & J is the most awesomest lunch a 6 year old can have.

So happy to have this guy to remind us of good friends far away… (dinosaur not the drink)

So happy to have this guy to remind us of good friends far away... (dinosaur not the drink)

Max had a fun trip to Chicago.

Max had a fun trip to Chicago.

Sunday morning

Sunday morning

Smooch.

Smooch.

Thinking of Jake & Elwood.

Thinking of Jake & Elwood.

Candy Chill @ D&B's

Candy Chill @ D&B's

Max wins his first wresting match 9-4!! SLDM

Max wins his first wresting match 9-4!! SLDM

Warming up for the first meet of the season. Go SLDM!

Warming up for the first meet of the season. Go SLDM!

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Building

Building

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Very proud of @lauren_snyderrr dance performances this weekend. Love you!

Very proud of @lauren_snyderrr dance performances this weekend. Love you!

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Not too hard to spot Max @ wrestling practice. #musicmindcontrol

Not too hard to spot Max @ wrestling practice.  #musicmindcontrol

A little something to get moving this morning. (hot chocolate)

A little something to get moving this morning. (hot chocolate)

Charity celebrates Chinese New Year with ICPAC: 2017 Year of the Rooster.

Charity celebrates Chinese New Year with ICPAC: 2017 Year of the Rooster.

So… the music was supposed to inspire the boys to wrestle, but instead turned Max and his partner into Hoppy McDancer Pants.

So... the music was supposed to inspire the boys to wrestle, but instead turned Max and his partner into Hoppy McDancer Pants.

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#2016bestnine

#2016bestnine

Max requested suspenders today, which apparently turned him into a crazy evil drummer.

Max requested suspenders today, which apparently turned him into a crazy evil drummer.

Waking up at Grandma's house.

Waking up at Grandma's house.

This guy was wondering what I was doing in his backyard.

This guy was wondering what I was doing in his backyard.

Xmas Eve Boogie

Xmas Eve Boogie

Max saw 'Annie' for the first time this week and is still working on memorizing the words…

Max saw 'Annie' for the first time this week and is still working on memorizing the words...

Max hates his coat.

Max hates his coat.

Max is improving his wresting skills.

Max is improving his wresting skills.

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Hello Carlo.

Hello Carlo.

2016 YMCA 6-7 year old Badgers

2016 YMCA 6-7 year old Badgers

Bar

Bar

Restaurant Superheroes

Restaurant Superheroes

Check out these feet… #boogie

Check out these feet... #boogie

Max works on his wresting moves. (Paired up with a 5th-grader today.) Go SLDM Cardinals!

Max works on his wresting moves. (Paired up with a 5th-grader today.) Go SLDM Cardinals!

Collins eats a jelly biscuit.

Collins eats a jelly biscuit.

Happy Thanksgiving. Friendship Feast 2016. SLDM

Happy Thanksgiving. Friendship Feast 2016. SLDM

Uptown Funk you up…

Uptown Funk you up...

We interrupt this broadcast of Elf to bring you this presidential announcement…

We interrupt this broadcast of Elf to bring you this presidential announcement...

Roasting marshmallows with @mamaloon & @olewalleye

Roasting marshmallows with @mamaloon & @olewalleye

Wet, but having fun.

Wet, but having fun.

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We had quite the adventure hiking behind Windjammer!

We had quite the adventure hiking behind Windjammer!

Surreal Election Night. #election2016

Surreal Election Night. #election2016

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Never had one lesson!

Never had one lesson!

Mom reads the book Max's classmates made for him during his Star Student week @ SLDM.

Mom reads the book Max's classmates made for him during his Star Student week @ SLDM.

Go Colts!

Go Colts!

Max & Lincoln. Buddies for a long time.

Max & Lincoln. Buddies for a long time.

Pirate Family

Pirate Family

6 years old today! Love you buddy! @maxdawg2112

6 years old today! Love you buddy! @maxdawg2112

Best. 6 year old Birthday Party. Ever.

Best. 6 year old Birthday Party. Ever.

Max is ready to party…

Max is ready to party...

Two Five-year-olds…

Two Five-year-olds...

Hello Hippos!

Hello Hippos!

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Pumpkin pickin' on SLDM field trip.

Pumpkin pickin' on SLDM field trip.

Lacing up for practice.

Lacing up for practice.

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Who wants to go?

Who wants to go?

Under the bridge, downtown.

Under the bridge, downtown.

Uhhhhhhh….

Uhhhhhhh....

#3fictionalcharacters

#3fictionalcharacters

Dale & J.

Dale & J.

#tbt

#tbt

I think Max is a fan of the live music by moonlight… Hard to tell.

I think Max is a fan of the live music by moonlight... Hard to tell.

Basement B-Ball.

Basement B-Ball.

Backyard. #nofilter

Backyard. #nofilter

Look what I found! @chris_bly @centralstatebrewing

Look what I found! @chris_bly @centralstatebrewing

Max working on his QB skills.

Max working on his QB skills.

Still trying to film hummingbirds…

Still trying to film hummingbirds...

Just got into a Little Bit O' Trouble after lunch…

Just got into a Little Bit O' Trouble after lunch...

Picture Day!

Picture Day!

Ready for kickoff!

Ready for kickoff!

Ready for Senior year…

Ready for Senior year...

Bath

Bath

Backyard view.

Backyard view.

1st Day of Kindergarten

1st Day of Kindergarten

Creepy

Creepy

Stayin' alive…

Stayin' alive...

Guess what just happened? 7.31.16. Max said: "It's been wiggly for 10 days, but I kept it a secret because I didn't want anyone to know..even you."

Guess what just happened? 7.31.16. Max said: "It's been wiggly for 10 days, but I kept it a secret because I didn't want anyone to know..even you."

Watermelon at grandma's house.

Watermelon at grandma's house.

I got bubbles in my mouth…

I got bubbles in my mouth...

Night-time.

Night-time.

Sittin' on the porch, swappin' faces. #whensmomgettinghome

Sittin' on the porch, swappin' faces. #whensmomgettinghome

Pac-Man in the arcade.

Pac-Man in the arcade.

So far, this is the only use I have for Snapchat.

So far, this is the only use I have for Snapchat.

Cowboy

Cowboy

A Tauros in the parking lot @ The Fashion Mall? Kinda risky catching this one…

A Tauros in the parking lot @ The Fashion Mall? Kinda risky catching this one...

Found a Pidgey on Max's arm @ the Magical Pancake House.

Found a Pidgey on Max's arm @ the Magical Pancake House.

Our family as Sia. #cheapthrills

Our family as Sia. #cheapthrills

Ready for Kindergarten

Ready for Kindergarten

My apologies for this…

My apologies for this...

Face paint today. Max was Will Turner.

Face paint today. Max was Will Turner.

Insert #merica caption here…

Insert #merica caption here...

Chocolate Cake + Chocolate Malt.

Chocolate Cake + Chocolate Malt.

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Dinner…

Dinner...

While eating ice cream, a curious Max looks out at the Wave Runners heading out to the lake and says to his dad, "Can we do that?"

While eating ice cream, a curious Max looks out at the Wave Runners heading out to the lake and says to his dad, "Can we do that?"

The hills are alive with the sound of Maxwell…

The hills are alive with the sound of Maxwell...

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Boys of summer…

Boys of summer...

Sun + vino.

Sun + vino.

Tub

Tub

Max & Claire, out for a ride

Max & Claire, out for a ride

The long road ahead.. or A journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step… or Slow and steady wins the race… or….

The long road ahead.. or A journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step... or Slow and steady wins the race... or....

Birthday + tortoise

Birthday + tortoise

Thanks so much to @dloesch and @thechrisloesch for coming to Indy and representing the real rebellion. #punkrock

Thanks so much to @dloesch and @thechrisloesch for coming to Indy and representing the real rebellion. #punkrock

Book store fail.

Book store fail.

Max takes a photo of Uncle Tommy during our hike in the mountains of Virginia.

Max takes a photo of Uncle Tommy during our hike in the mountains of Virginia.

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Stampede.

Stampede.

Had a great time at these two places in the past 4 days.

Had a great time at these two places in the past 4 days.

Watching Shark Week @ 40,000 ft is something special. #sharkweek

Watching Shark Week @ 40,000 ft is something special. #sharkweek

Water fountain.

Water fountain.

Some theater to go with your shopping.

Some theater to go with your shopping.

Thank you, Wolfgang.

Thank you, Wolfgang.

If @charity_counts & @maxdawg2112 were here, I'd be #livingthedream

If @charity_counts & @maxdawg2112 were here, I'd be #livingthedream

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View

View

Party Popper + Wind = Funny

Party Popper + Wind = Funny

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He's getting the hang of it…

He's getting the hang of it...

Max likes Jurrasic Park stuff

Max likes Jurrasic Park stuff

It is well… With my soul.

It is well... With my soul.

Kids and Grandkids very proud of Grandpa!

Kids and Grandkids very proud of Grandpa!

Splash

Splash

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We're hosting a happy hour for Todd after work next Thursday. Come out and meet the next Senator from Indiana.

We're hosting a happy hour for Todd after work next Thursday. Come out and meet the next Senator from Indiana.

Yes, please.

Yes, please.

It's superhero day at Kindercare today, but we know that EVERY day is superhero day for Max

It's superhero day at Kindercare today, but we know that EVERY day is superhero day for Max

Ice cream ecstasy

Ice cream ecstasy

Max's recollection of our visit to the @WhiteHouse

Max's recollection of our visit to the @WhiteHouse

These two are growing up…

These two are growing up...

Killing time before flight back to IND

Killing time before flight back to IND

Cooling those feet…

Cooling those feet...

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With Max's 2nd favorite Lincoln…

With Max's 2nd favorite Lincoln...

Metro Max

Metro Max

Rockin' on the Hill

Rockin' on the Hill

Max just found out his share of the federal debt is $282,000.

Max just found out his share of the federal debt is $282,000.

Max made it! (We hope POTUS is still alive.)

Max made it! (We hope POTUS is still alive.)

Possible parenting error… but, oh well.

Possible parenting error... but, oh well.

J: Hey Max.. M: What?J: Ready to go to DC? M:

J: Hey Max.. M: What?J: Ready to go to DC? M:

Fishin'

Fishin'

Congratulations to a great season for JK/K SLDM CYO Soccer!

Congratulations to a great season for JK/K SLDM CYO Soccer!

A great start to the evening…

A great start to the evening...

It's almost summer.

It's almost summer.

Discussing Art

Discussing Art

Old pals, ready to bounce.

Old pals, ready to bounce.

Goslings in mirror are closer than they appear.

Goslings in mirror are closer than they appear.

Not sure who taught him this, but it's clearly an inappropriate use of a tortilla.

Not sure who taught him this,  but it's clearly an inappropriate use of a tortilla.

Storm

Storm

XY

XY

Max takes a brief break from his Nintendo DS to reflect on the beauty of nature.

Max takes a brief break from his Nintendo DS to reflect on the beauty of nature.

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Go @lauren_snyderrr dance!

Go @lauren_snyderrr dance!

Captain America & Hulk are ready to save the day. (With their etch-a-sketch map)

Captain America & Hulk are ready to save the day. (With their etch-a-sketch map)

Two views of one ship.

Two views of one ship.

Dinner at Grill 66 tonight. Here's a pic of the parking lot.

Dinner at Grill 66 tonight. Here's a pic of the parking lot.

Vue sur la mer

Vue sur la mer

#artbytwo (these two)

#artbytwo (these two)

Tulipanes

Tulipanes

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Party

Party

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Max watches Final Cut King (@zachking) ALL the time. Here he is reenacting a 'catching myself from falling' video.

Max watches Final Cut King (@zachking) ALL the time. Here he is reenacting a 'catching myself from falling' video.

At that moment, I immediately regretted letting Max watch the "Spear hunting in Africa" show on tv.

At that moment, I immediately regretted letting Max watch the "Spear hunting in Africa" show on tv.

Ninja practicing skills

Ninja practicing skills

Max having fun, and showing off, at Santiago's birthday party.

Max having fun, and showing off, at Santiago's birthday party.

Sharing space @ Windjammer

Sharing space @ Windjammer

#artbytwo

#artbytwo

Which of these kids is most likely to be a psychopath?

Which of these kids is most likely to be a psychopath?

Lunch

Lunch

Max has the moves..

Max has the moves..

Happy Easter Cousins

Happy Easter Cousins

Happy Easter Morning!

Happy Easter Morning!

"Indiana" Max heads off to daycare today.

"Indiana" Max heads off to daycare today.

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Drawing his story…

Drawing his story...

Mass today

Mass today

Ghost on Bourbon Street

Ghost on Bourbon Street

Lunch

Lunch

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Jazz on Bourbon

Jazz on Bourbon

Moon, over Bourbon Street

Moon, over Bourbon Street

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Walkin' Bourbon Street

Walkin' Bourbon Street

Checking in…

Checking in...

Breakfast of champions.

Breakfast of champions.

Great trip to the @childrensmuseum for the SLDM JK class!

Great trip to the @childrensmuseum for the SLDM JK class!

Max & Deadpool

Max & Deadpool

Onsite for 2016 NFL Combine!

Onsite for 2016 NFL Combine!

Cornbread & Mayonnaise Cupcake

Cornbread & Mayonnaise Cupcake

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One way to eat cotton candy…

One way to eat cotton candy...

Happy National Margarita Day!

Happy National Margarita Day!

Joker fires at Captain America's shield.

Joker fires at Captain America's shield.

Dream come true: Max is finally old enough to play Madden with me!

Dream come true: Max is finally old enough to play Madden with me!

Chinese New Year Celebration!

Chinese New Year Celebration!

Nice jump to start the morning…

Nice jump to start the morning...

Ready to rumble…

Ready to rumble...

Pancakes this morning @ the magical pancake house.

Pancakes this morning @ the magical pancake house.

Chinese New Year with @charity_counts

Chinese New Year with @charity_counts

Making turtles today @ SLDM

Making turtles today @ SLDM

Max disappeared down to the basement and came back with this. TRANSLATION: If you want to go to Caroline's, if you want to go there. Do you want to go there or do you not want to?

Max disappeared down to the basement and came back with this. TRANSLATION: If you want to go to Caroline's, if you want to go there. Do you want to go there or do you not want to?

What happens if I take too long to put my socks away…

What happens if I take too long to put my socks away...

The stars aligned today to allow a brief window for cooking out on the grill. May not happen again for a while… #wintersteak

The stars aligned today to allow a brief window for cooking out on the grill. May not happen again for a while... #wintersteak

High hopes for winter steaks on the grill this afternoon!

High hopes for winter steaks on the grill this afternoon!

Not exactly sure how this happens. They don't arrive at once. It's just one toy at a time until – all of a sudden – the table's covered in toys and Spiderman's to blame.

Not exactly sure how this happens. They don't arrive at once. It's just one toy at a time until - all of a sudden - the table's covered in toys and Spiderman's to blame.

Happy 100th day @ SLDM

Happy 100th day @ SLDM

Max chose today's outfit from yesterday's wardrobe addition.

Max chose today's outfit from yesterday's wardrobe addition.

Playing Snow ball today:Ready. Here's the pitch. Connect. Follow through.

Playing Snow ball today:Ready. Here's the pitch. Connect. Follow through.

Max met a barefooted buddy named Miles when it was 62 degrees in Central Park NYC on January 10th, 2016. They became fast friends and played inseparably for nearly an hour. When Miles' father inquired with us about meeting again in the future, they learned that Max was from a state very far away from New York: Indiana. It was hard for both boys to say goodbye, but they learned that great friends may be found anywhere. All it takes is an open heart and a mutual respect.

Max met a barefooted buddy named Miles when it was 62 degrees in Central Park NYC on January 10th, 2016. They became fast friends and played inseparably for nearly an hour. When Miles' father inquired with us about meeting again in the future, they learned that Max was from a state very far away from New York: Indiana. It was hard for both boys to say goodbye, but they learned that great friends may be found anywhere. All it takes is an open heart and a mutual respect.

Having a great time in NYC.

Having a great time in NYC.

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30 Rock Selfie

30 Rock Selfie

30 Rock Lego Store

30 Rock Lego Store

Max is totally excited about the flight…

Max is totally excited about the flight...

Apparently, the actual Captain of our flight gave Max an announcement that was too long.

Apparently, the actual Captain of our flight gave Max an announcement that was too long.

Apparently, Max is flying us to NYC.

Apparently, Max is flying us to NYC.

Heading to NYC.

Heading to NYC.

Happy Birthday to my lovely wife, @charity_counts Love you!

Happy Birthday to my lovely wife, @charity_counts Love you!

Ohio Christmas Tree

Ohio Christmas Tree

#2015bestnine

#2015bestnine

Sleeping Ninja

Sleeping Ninja

With Grandpa in Ohio! Merry Christmas!

With Grandpa in Ohio! Merry Christmas!

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Max. Christmas 2015.

Max. Christmas 2015.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas 2015 http://youtu.be/Qi-OJ2jZy7A

Merry Christmas 2015 http://youtu.be/Qi-OJ2jZy7A

Max is in the Christmas spirit…

Max is in the Christmas spirit...

Just finished last swim before Christmas…

Just finished last swim before Christmas...

Happy 21st Birthday to my favorite daughter, @lauren_snyderrr. Love you!

Happy 21st Birthday to my favorite daughter, @lauren_snyderrr. Love you!

Sitting.

Sitting.

SLDM JK did a great job at 2015 Christmas program.

SLDM JK did a great job at 2015 Christmas program.

She's baaaaaaack!

She's baaaaaaack!

Max is practicing for… some sort of stage performance.

Max is practicing for... some sort of stage performance.

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Max & Sophia having fun on the Polar (bear) Express.

Max & Sophia having fun on the Polar (bear) Express.

Fun in Jammies for Polar Express Day @ SLDM today.

Fun in Jammies for Polar Express Day @ SLDM today.

Christmas Tree 2015

Christmas Tree 2015

Max 12.5.2015

Max 12.5.2015

Smart Max?

Smart Max?

Twinkle

Twinkle

Best Bass Player of all time.

Best Bass Player of all time.

Dear Santa, Please give me a skateboard and a umbrella and a sweatshirt and a Lego Wolverine.

Dear Santa, Please give me a skateboard and a umbrella and a sweatshirt and a Lego Wolverine.

It's too cold out!

It's too cold out!

View @ Russ Home Place

View @ Russ Home Place

CoCo!

CoCo!

Ready for Sophia.

Ready for Sophia.

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It's snowing.

It's snowing.

Max dressed himself today to look "cool." I think he was successful.

Max dressed himself today to look "cool." I think he was successful.

For Max, this is the sign that the holiday season is underway…

For Max, this is the sign that the holiday season is underway...

ND vs Wake Forest 11.14.2015

ND vs Wake Forest 11.14.2015

Tailgating in style at last home game of the season. #goirish

Tailgating in style at last home game of the season. #goirish

SLDM honors veterans tomorrow for Veterans Day. Thank you for your service to our country!

SLDM honors veterans tomorrow for Veterans Day. Thank you for your service to our country!

Fun in Art class for SLDM JK!

Fun in Art class for SLDM JK!

Cap'n

Cap'n

Max doing his own Trump impression from SNL

Max doing his own Trump impression from SNL

This superhero is ready to play outside…

This superhero is ready to play outside...

A few of Max's drawings from this weekend.

A few of Max's drawings from this weekend.

Some real firefighters came to visit SLDM today.

Some real firefighters came to visit SLDM today.

Play ball

Play ball

Happy Halloween Party from the JK class @ SLDM

Happy Halloween Party from the JK class @ SLDM

Brings back a few memories…

Brings back a few memories...

Max was on the Birthday board at SLDM this week!

Max was on the Birthday board at SLDM this week!

Happy 5th Birthday to my boy, Max!

Happy 5th Birthday to my boy, Max!

Max had a great 5th birthday party! Thanks to all for coming!

Max had a great 5th birthday party! Thanks to all for coming!

Who's with me?

Who's with me?

😛

😛

Max & Sun

Max & Sun

Likely the last picnic of the season here…

Likely the last picnic of the season here...

Getting ahead on our holidays today.

Getting ahead on our holidays today.

Halloween is coming!

Halloween is coming!

Exploring outside

Exploring outside

Post soccer cupcake.

Post soccer cupcake.

Great 1st soccer season for Max!

Great 1st soccer season for Max!

Cupcakes in the bathtub?

Cupcakes in the bathtub?

Max kind of stands out in a line up.

Max kind of stands out in a line up.

Oh yeah! I got a Pocket IQ Test!

Oh yeah! I got a Pocket IQ Test!

Happy Birthday Chautty!

Happy Birthday Chautty!

On his way to Chautty's

On his way to Chautty's

Apple pickin'

Apple pickin'

On our way to the Orchard for some pumpkin and apple pickin'

On our way to the Orchard for some pumpkin and apple pickin'

Summer… fading fast.

Summer... fading fast.

Max (#8) scored 4 goals in his first soccer game Saturday. Here's one of them.

Max (#8) scored 4 goals in his first soccer game Saturday. Here's one of them.

Fun with Super Grandparents.

Fun with Super Grandparents.

Max & classmate Patrick battle royale tonight at SLDM Fall Festival.

Max & classmate Patrick battle royale tonight at SLDM Fall Festival.

Max as the Turtles

Max as the Turtles

Max & Mom

Max & Mom

Reds vs Mets

Reds vs Mets

Hard at work.

Hard at work.

Max said, "This is called 'invisible training'."

Max said, "This is called 'invisible training'."

Ready to go swimming.

Ready to go swimming.

Window Boxing

Window Boxing

Max + Mjölnir =

Max + Mjölnir =

Jump

Jump

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Putting the little guy to work

Putting the little guy to work

Picture day

Picture day

Warming up for the first soccer match

Warming up for the first soccer match

Can't really explain this summertime guilty pleasure. #dontjudgeme

Can't really explain this summertime guilty pleasure. #dontjudgeme

Working on his aim

Working on his aim

Sunday church in Possum Holler

Sunday church in Possum Holler

Ready for a ride.

Ready for a ride.

Granny's

Granny's

Swimming before we go to Granny's

Swimming before we go to Granny's

Frosted Flakes in the car.

Frosted Flakes in the car.

Too late for anything but a toe dip tonight…

Too late for anything but a toe dip tonight...

Donuts with Dads @ SLDM

Donuts with Dads @ SLDM

Surprise

Surprise

C2 + Max

C2 + Max

Hello, kitty.

Hello, kitty.

Buzz.

Buzz.

Game time.

Game time.

Bath

Bath

Last jump (possibly) of the season…

Last jump (possibly) of the season...

We're encouraging Max to get an early start in the job market.

We're encouraging Max to get an early start in the job market.

Soccer is fun, but kisses from mom are better.

Soccer is fun, but kisses from mom are better.

Ready for soccer.

Ready for soccer.

Dinner

Dinner

#zombiedust

#zombiedust

Ok.. I'll serve on that board.

Ok.. I'll serve on that board.

Reality.

Reality.

Practicing a little too hard for picture day…

Practicing a little too hard for picture day...

Cousin Max is dancing to the beat of his own drum…

Cousin Max is dancing to the beat of his own drum...

Say "Cheese!"

Say "Cheese!"

Dinner before Max's first sleepover.

Dinner before Max's first sleepover.

Max has been looking at his hand regularly the past few days to see if he's still growing.

Max has been looking at his hand regularly the past few days to see if he's still growing.

This is how a typical 4-year-old Max story goes..

This is how a typical 4-year-old Max story goes..

For those chilly nights…

For those chilly nights...

Fun on the playground today @ SLDM

Fun on the playground today @ SLDM

Mrs. Oblazney's JK class St. Louis de Montfort 2015

Mrs. Oblazney's JK class St. Louis de Montfort 2015

Putt Putt with Lincoln!

Putt Putt with Lincoln!

Max, what is camping?

Max, what is camping?

8.12.2015

8.12.2015

Enjoying @centralstatebrewing tonight at the tap takeover Rockstone, Fishers. Props to @chris_bly & team CSB.

Enjoying @centralstatebrewing  tonight at the tap takeover Rockstone, Fishers. Props to @chris_bly & team CSB.

#tumblebus

#tumblebus

Such low expectations… I guess, at least, they won't be disappointed.

Such low expectations... I guess, at least, they won't be disappointed.

Meat marketing gone awry.

Meat marketing gone awry.

House Party

House Party

Whatcha doin' Max?

Whatcha doin' Max?

I remember this kid. He needed a hair cut. #tbt

I remember this kid. He needed a hair cut. #tbt

Cow.

Cow.

Dance.

Dance.

#tbt Baby Max with his first Other Mother, Ms. Tanya

#tbt Baby Max with his first Other Mother, Ms. Tanya

Long start..

Long start..

Splash park + Kona Ice Truck = Max Happiness

Splash park + Kona Ice Truck = Max Happiness

Looking out at the city.

Looking out at the city.

Water park… Drainage… Yikes!

Water park... Drainage... Yikes!

Splash

Splash

Picnic

Picnic

Cate as "The Joker"

Cate as "The Joker"

Chilly cousin fun at Red Robin

Chilly cousin fun at Red Robin

Post (blue) cotton candy at the Indians game.

Post (blue) cotton candy at the Indians game.

Ready for some Baseball

Ready for some Baseball

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CSB represent at The Pint Room @chris_bly

CSB represent at The Pint Room @chris_bly

Who are you?

Who are you?

Excellence in journalism…

Excellence in journalism...

These two are silly and happy to be home from vacation.

These two are silly and happy to be home from vacation.

Dinner

Dinner

Splash

Splash

Taking pictures in the OBX.

Taking pictures in the OBX.

Beach break for Sno-cone

Beach break for Sno-cone

Vacation Lego Project

Vacation Lego Project

Wave chase summer 2015

Wave chase summer 2015

Max & The Sea

Max & The Sea

Got Tubin' with @olewalleye

Got Tubin' with @olewalleye

In #OBX for #sharkweek!

In #OBX for #sharkweek!

Cap'n 'Merica goes for a swim

Cap'n 'Merica goes for a swim

Making Bricks

Making Bricks

Smooches..

Smooches..

Max swinging with @lauren_snyderrr

Max swinging with @lauren_snyderrr

Gotham

Gotham

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Flag.

Flag.

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Took this mystery woman out to dinner in Chicago…

Took this mystery woman out to dinner in Chicago...

#drevilcrew

#drevilcrew

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Good morning Orlando

Good morning Orlando

Sky

Sky

Down the holler.

Down the holler.

Playing at Granny's

Playing at Granny's

Watermelon

Watermelon

On the porch. #craborchard

On the porch. #craborchard

Max said this butterfly is beautiful. I agree.

Max said this butterfly is beautiful. I agree.

Whatever he's listening to, it's making him boogie.

Whatever he's listening to, it's making him boogie.

Not sure how to caption this…

Not sure how to caption this...

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Breakfast

Breakfast

Happy Birthday Sophia! #poolparty

Happy Birthday Sophia! #poolparty

Happy about ice cream

Happy about ice cream

These cousins love to play together. 5.17.2015

These cousins love to play together. 5.17.2015

Race fan

Race fan

Max's 1st trip to IMS

Max's 1st trip to IMS

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

See more of the lovely @charity_counts at @merle_pace and #merlepacephotography

See more of the lovely @charity_counts at @merle_pace and #merlepacephotography

Dinner.

Dinner.

Bourbon and cigar compliments of #nestormiranda #onelife

Bourbon and cigar compliments of #nestormiranda #onelife

One of Max's heroes is a Puss

One of Max's heroes is a Puss

What's about ice cream..

What's about ice cream..

#toobigtofail

#toobigtofail

Indiana Jones wields his whip

Indiana Jones wields his whip

Sunny moving day @zachhopkins' house.

Sunny moving day @zachhopkins' house.

San Antonio

San Antonio

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

What's this place again?

What's this place again?

#tequila

#tequila

San Antonio

San Antonio

#thinkimintexas

#thinkimintexas

In case anyone following supports unions, rogue governments or other cartels: Uber shut down in San Antonio. Well played lobbyists and taxi cab scoflaws!

In case anyone following supports unions, rogue governments or other cartels: Uber shut down in San Antonio. Well played lobbyists and taxi cab scoflaws!

Can't see, but Games of Throne is on the laptop. Is there a better way to spend layover in Dallas? #wittyhashtag

Can't see, but Games of Throne is on the laptop. Is there a better way to spend layover in Dallas? #wittyhashtag

Hmmm. Texas souvenir: Boots or hat? Boots or hat? Decisions, decisions.

Hmmm. Texas souvenir: Boots or hat? Boots or hat? Decisions, decisions.

Uhh. No.

Uhh. No.

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Paddle the canoe

Paddle the canoe

Spin

Spin

Max 4.11.15

Max 4.11.15

Country Breakfast

Country Breakfast

No way to spend a Friday night. He's fine, but has a nice bump on his noggin.

No way to spend a Friday night. He's fine, but has a nice bump on his noggin.

Iron Man & Ninjago: Ready for battle

Iron Man & Ninjago: Ready for battle

Easter chase

Easter chase

#wtf

#wtf

Playin' Ball

Playin' Ball

Yup.. It's @charity_counts

Yup.. It's @charity_counts

Max is still thinking about the waves chasing him…

Max is still thinking about the waves chasing him...

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Pool

Pool

Long day. Lot's of fun.

Long day. Lot's of fun.

Max, Al, & Charity. (look closely)

Max,  Al, & Charity. (look closely)

Back at the beach for one more round of 'run from the waves.'

Back at the beach for one more round of 'run from the waves.'

Having fun @ #KCA

Having fun @ #KCA

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Max @ #KCA

Max @ #KCA

Nice view @ #KCA

Nice view @ #KCA

We're here! #KCA

We're here! #KCA

Rollin' through Venice Beach

Rollin' through Venice Beach

On our way to #KCA

On our way to #KCA

Pre-show gaming

Pre-show gaming

Back in the lounge

Back in the lounge

Beach

Beach

Getting some ink for the show.

Getting some ink for the show.

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Chased by waves

Chased by waves

First look at the Pacific

First look at the Pacific

Casa del Mar

Casa del Mar

Ready to walk on the beach

Ready to walk on the beach

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Coffee! Yes!

Coffee! Yes!

Snack and hang out room

Snack and hang out room

Game room

Game room

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Arrived to our room at Casa Del Mar

Arrived to our room at Casa Del Mar

Now that I'm in Hollywood, I'm ready for my close-up.

Now that I'm in Hollywood, I'm ready for my close-up.

Max takes LA

Max takes LA

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

Max's 1st DS… Let the games begin.

Max's 1st DS... Let the games begin.

Hopkins Men

Hopkins Men

Someone should teach this kid appropriate table manners…

Someone should teach this kid appropriate table manners...

Coco

Coco

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

A rite of passage for Max with his cousin Gavin.

A rite of passage for Max with his cousin Gavin.

Anyone else notice that Cookie Monster is a terrible role model for children learning to speak?

Anyone else notice that Cookie Monster is a terrible role model for children learning to speak?

@charity_counts on TV this am

@charity_counts on TV this am

Breakfast

Breakfast

Max & Optimus Prime!

Max & Optimus Prime!

Killin' time. Waiting for mom.

Killin' time. Waiting for mom.

This little kid can be such a dork..

This little kid can be such a dork..

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

5 Bowls!

5 Bowls!

They're always after his Lucky Charms…

They're always after his Lucky Charms...

First on the list tonight at VIP Boombozz. Props to @chris_bly

First on the list tonight at VIP Boombozz. Props to @chris_bly

Happy (Chinese) New Year!

Happy (Chinese) New Year!

Dinner…

Dinner...

A inelegant Captain America tells Loki to "Never mind…"

A inelegant Captain America tells Loki to "Never mind..."

2.16.2015

2.16.2015

This morning, Max is a "Super Hero Fire Fighter."

This morning, Max is a "Super Hero Fire Fighter."

Katy #tbt

Katy #tbt

Partying with Dave at Super Bowl past #tbt

Partying with Dave at Super Bowl past #tbt

Birds in the nest

Birds in the nest

Happy Super Bowl

Happy Super Bowl

Max and Emmet @ Applebinns #momsoutoftown

Max and Emmet @ Applebinns #momsoutoftown

Reality and the world of Minecraft suddenly collide… in Max's room.

Reality and the world of Minecraft suddenly collide... in Max's room.

@jdawg2112 & @charity_counts figured out how to get an hour of "me" time.

@jdawg2112 & @charity_counts figured out how to get an hour of "me" time.

Snow flakes in the past tense

Snow flakes in the past tense

Torch

Torch

Walking the halls

Walking the halls

Max and Grandpa

Max and Grandpa

Caroline, Snowman & Max

Caroline, Snowman & Max

Steve?

Steve?

Bounce

Bounce

Evie's 4th

Evie's 4th

Buddies

Buddies

Fire Dept

Fire Dept

Muppet Treasure Island

Muppet Treasure Island

Snowman!

Snowman!

Excited for cake

Excited for cake

Claire on a skateboard!

Claire on a skateboard!

Max, the TMNT, entertains himself today at home.

Max, the TMNT, entertains himself today at home.

Do you want to build a snowman?

Do you want to build a snowman?

Happy Birthday @charity_counts!

Happy Birthday @charity_counts!

Do another pose…

Do another pose...

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Apparently, kids just watch Minecraft videos.

Apparently, kids just watch Minecraft videos.

Loungin'

Loungin'

Asleep after running like crazy at Nicolas' B-day…

Asleep after running like crazy at Nicolas' B-day...

Max + Grant + Yule Slide

Max + Grant + Yule Slide

Max & Grant connect four

Max & Grant connect four

Lots o' fun in mom's office…

Lots o' fun in mom's office...

Rest stop

Rest stop

Max & Caroline 'Just Dance'

Max & Caroline 'Just Dance'

Jingle Bells?

Jingle Bells?

Cousins in Walton 12.26.14

Cousins in Walton 12.26.14

Legos for Christmas

Legos for Christmas

Crazy for Christmas

Crazy for Christmas

Happy to eat cheese pizza

Happy to eat cheese pizza

Reindeer

Reindeer

Max Genius

Max Genius

Max + Santa

Max + Santa

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

St. Nick

St. Nick

Happy 20th Birthday @lauren_snyderrr Love you!

Happy 20th Birthday @lauren_snyderrr Love you!

Happy 20th B-Day dinner for @lauren_snyderrr Love you!

Happy 20th B-Day dinner for @lauren_snyderrr Love you!

Ho. Ho. Ho. Merry Christmas!

Ho. Ho. Ho. Merry Christmas!

Sleepy…

Sleepy...

Maxwell loves his jammies and he's big for his age. Here's a glimpse into the future of Max when he's sixteen:

Maxwell loves his jammies and he's big for his age. Here's a glimpse into the future of Max when he's sixteen:

Cleaning the choppers.

Cleaning the choppers.

Cousins

Cousins

This one is for @chris_bly and @chutzpah.

This one is for @chris_bly and @chutzpah.

Not too shabby for a 4-year-old.

Not too shabby for a 4-year-old.

Mom's out of town, so Max & Dad head to the pub for some darts.

Mom's out of town, so Max & Dad head to the pub for some darts.

Waking up on the ride to school.

Waking up on the ride to school.

Chomp! Thanks @jerrobinson44!

Chomp! Thanks @jerrobinson44!

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Chase!

Chase!

Wiggle Car!

Wiggle Car!

Thanksgiving in West Virginia

Thanksgiving in West Virginia

Drawing in the snow

Drawing in the snow

A typical Sunday afternoon for Max

A typical Sunday afternoon for Max

Cousins killin' time

Cousins killin' time

Max & Caroline 11.15.14

Max & Caroline 11.15.14

It's a race!

It's a race!

Swinging on a chilly day

Swinging on a chilly day

Gratitude and prayers for my Granddad Hopkins. Veteran, WWII.

Gratitude and prayers for my Granddad Hopkins. Veteran, WWII.

Max & the Tantrums

Max & the Tantrums

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Ice cream

Ice cream

Rainbow

Rainbow

Relaxing @ Relish

Relaxing @ Relish

Beer pong with Max

Beer pong with Max

L & M

L & M

L @ Dad

L @ Dad

IU Tailgate @lauren_snyderrr house

IU Tailgate @lauren_snyderrr house

Lego

Lego

Indy

Indy

Birthday Lego

Birthday Lego

This kid wants something…

This kid wants something...

Creepy Santa spooks Max

Creepy Santa spooks Max

With Mom on her way to the Persian Gulf, Max digs in to a very not-nutritious dessert with his dad @ the Stacked Pickle…

With Mom on her way to the Persian Gulf, Max digs in to a very not-nutritious dessert with his dad @ the Stacked Pickle...

Swing!

Swing!

Happy Birthday Max!

Happy Birthday Max!

A cold and snowy Halloween?

A cold and snowy Halloween?

Max's Rainbow Song

Max's Rainbow Song

Maxercise

Maxercise

Founders Park 10.26.14

Founders Park 10.26.14

Happy Birthday cupcake for Max #4

Happy Birthday cupcake for Max #4

Happy 4th Birthday Max!

Happy 4th Birthday Max!

Birthday cake 1 of 3 (at least)

Birthday cake 1 of 3 (at least)

Rock wall

Rock wall

Wiggle car race with Grandma & Grandpa

Wiggle car race with Grandma & Grandpa

Ready for Wiggle racer

Ready for Wiggle racer

Max loves Halloween

Max loves Halloween

Go Irish!

Go Irish!

Cookie

Cookie

Soccer medal

Soccer medal

Max's version of this: http://instagram.com/p/sNOB1kknGG/

Max's version of this: http://instagram.com/p/sNOB1kknGG/

… the Decepticowns

... the Decepticowns

For individual use only

For individual use only

Omelets in the library

Omelets in the library

Buddies

Buddies

@ Octoberfest Fishers

@ Octoberfest Fishers

Max's version

Max's version

Spiderman Popsicle

Spiderman Popsicle

Chalk

Chalk

Not ready for summer to go…

Not ready for summer to go...

Finding Jammies

Finding Jammies

Sun & tree

Sun & tree

Saturday am soccer with mom & max

Saturday am soccer with mom & max

Friday 9.19.14

Friday 9.19.14

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Just discovered cheese dip

Just discovered cheese dip

Straw

Straw

Terrible idea of the day

Terrible idea of the day

At least it's not McDonald's.

At least it's not McDonald's.

Hotcakes

Hotcakes

Warm up run

Warm up run

Saturday morning calisthenics

Saturday morning calisthenics

Spin

Spin

Pin

Pin

Comparing Bumblebees

Comparing Bumblebees

Luna

Luna

New bed

New bed

Max & Caroline get Married

Max & Caroline get Married

Chill

Chill

Chase

Chase

Wy & Max

Wy & Max

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Maya, Caroline & Max

Maya, Caroline & Max

Maya @ the pool

Maya @ the pool

Sail

Sail

Cousins Rockin'

Cousins Rockin'

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Swim

Swim

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Ice Cream brunch @ Lakeside

Ice Cream brunch @ Lakeside

Lake Erie

Lake Erie

Sunset @ Lakeside

Sunset @ Lakeside

Water

Water

Race

Race

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Lake

Lake

Swing

Swing

Slide

Slide

Splash!

Splash!

Max 8.19.14

Max 8.19.14

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Counts-Robinson Family

Counts-Robinson Family

Sky-Max-KiKi

Sky-Max-KiKi

Pace-Hopkins Family

Pace-Hopkins Family

Sibling stand-off

Sibling stand-off

Shark Week!

Shark Week!

State Fair

State Fair

Splash

Splash

Cooling down after hot safari

Cooling down after hot safari

Son of Shaq

Son of Shaq

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Adventure

Adventure

Nature hike

Nature hike

Max's First Trading Card

Max's First Trading  Card

Max gets Rowdie's autograph

Max gets Rowdie's autograph

One reason I love this kid.

One reason I love this kid.

Eating ice cream on a hot day in Orlando.

Eating ice cream on a hot day in Orlando.

D Duck & Max

D Duck & Max

The Socerer's Apprentice

The Socerer's Apprentice

Disney.

Disney.

Max is not ready to go to the water park.

Max is not ready to go to the water park.

Waterslide

Waterslide

It's a small world… Max & G'ma Russ

It's a small world... Max & G'ma Russ

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Off the deck.

Off the deck.

Ready for Philhar-Magic

Ready for Philhar-Magic

No way to describe what happened here. Except, perhaps for zombies.

No way to describe what happened here. Except, perhaps for zombies.

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Max really loved this pool.

Max really loved this pool.

Peanut butter and Green Machine for breakfast

Peanut butter and Green Machine for breakfast

Breakfast poolside

Breakfast poolside

Hmmmmmm

Hmmmmmm

Hyatt Regency Orlando

Hyatt Regency Orlando

Mickey Max is having fun

Mickey Max is having fun

Max's view from our room means we're heading straight to the pool.

Max's view from our room means we're heading straight to the pool.

Iron Man contemplates how water would affect his armor

Iron Man contemplates how water would affect his armor

Max has picked out his travelin' clothes…

Max has picked out his travelin' clothes...

Cousins playing

Cousins playing

Fire sticks! (sparklers)

Fire sticks! (sparklers)

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Captain America Eats a Pop Tart

Captain America Eats a Pop Tart

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Sno Cone @ the Fishers Freedom Festival

Sno Cone @ the Fishers Freedom Festival

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

This is odd.

This is odd.

Less than stellar attempt at the slip-n-slide.

Less than stellar attempt at the slip-n-slide.

Playing with water

Playing with water

Max practices kung-fu at Gigi's Cupcakes

Max practices kung-fu at Gigi's Cupcakes

Max & Caroline @ the splash park

Max & Caroline @ the splash park

Twins

Twins

A Cowboy and His Yogurt

A Cowboy and His Yogurt

There's soap in my eye.

There's soap in my eye.

Relaxing evening at home with friends. @echo900221 @sapphirelol

Relaxing evening at home with friends. @echo900221 @sapphirelol

Max's friends have come for dinner. @echo900221 @sapphirelol

Max's friends have come for dinner. @echo900221 @sapphirelol

Done shopping

Done shopping

Max made himself a cocktail.

Max made himself a cocktail.

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

Thanks Ketchup!

Thanks Ketchup!

If only we had an awesome friend who would let us park somewhere near the Fishers Freedom Festival! (@monica905)

If only we had an awesome friend who would let us park somewhere near the Fishers Freedom Festival! (@monica905)

Max the giant walks among other kids his age.

Max the giant walks among other kids his age.

Max & Sophia. 6.8.14

Max & Sophia. 6.8.14

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Back yard airshow

Back yard airshow

Mad Max

Mad Max

Learning to write in Chinese with @echo900221

Learning to write in Chinese with @echo900221

Max on the carousel #324

Max on the carousel #324

Big Breakfast. (with hotcakes)

Big Breakfast. (with hotcakes)

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

@lauren_snyderrr early 4th of July.

@lauren_snyderrr early 4th of July.

Gervasi Vinyard

Gervasi Vinyard

Gervasi Vinyard

Gervasi Vinyard

Gervasi Vinyard 5.24.14

Gervasi Vinyard 5.24.14

Gervasi Vinyard 5.24.14

Gervasi Vinyard 5.24.14

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Forest Adventure

Forest Adventure

Under the tree.

Under the tree.

Field of Dreams or Fields of Dream

Field of Dreams or Fields of Dream

I don't think you're supposed to do this in the sand trap.

I don't think you're supposed to do this in the sand trap.

Maxwell on the Green

Maxwell on the Green

Playing with Grandpa

Playing with Grandpa

(Cup) Cake

(Cup) Cake

Watching the race

Watching the race

Mom's out of town again.

Mom's out of town again.

Getting to know the neighbors.

Getting to know the neighbors.

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Chasing bubbles

Chasing bubbles

Moving

Moving

@ The Airport

@ The Airport

Max the Knight & Princess Caelan

Max the Knight & Princess Caelan

Laugh.

Laugh.

Max & Gabe enjoying their flight to China.

Max & Gabe enjoying their flight to China.

Gabe posing with panda, Max begging for alms.

Gabe posing with panda, Max begging for alms.

Looking

Looking

Sarah Cotta Warrior

Sarah Cotta Warrior

Indy

Indy

Fishin'

Fishin'

Iron Man likes chocolate cake.

Iron Man likes chocolate cake.

Everything?

Everything?

Wedding photo.

Wedding photo.

J & Sarah

J & Sarah

Barn.

Barn.

Wedding.

Wedding.

Keep your eye on the ball.

Keep your eye on the ball.

Max is ready to eat.

Max is ready to eat.

Authentic Chinese dinner being prepared. This guy was swimmin' an hour ago.

Authentic Chinese dinner being prepared. This guy was swimmin' an hour ago.

Off to school and work.

Off to school and work.

Bright light

Bright light

Not sure what Ivan Drago is doing in the Claw-Toy-Grabber machine.

Not sure what Ivan Drago is doing in the Claw-Toy-Grabber machine.

Country Livin'

Country Livin'

Spring's sprung.

Spring's sprung.

Rain, rain.

Rain, rain.

Lauren between sets

Lauren between sets

Max takes his dinner al fresco this evening.

Max takes his dinner al fresco this evening.

Easter Egg toast

Easter Egg toast

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

In the car

In the car

Cruisin'

Cruisin'

Ready for neighborhood Easter egg hunt.

Ready for neighborhood Easter egg hunt.

See you.

See you.

Max reenacting the opening scene from 'Frozen'

Max reenacting the opening scene from 'Frozen'

Mom's out of town…

Mom's out of town...

Spring training.

Spring training.

Cat

Cat

Kitty Danger

Kitty Danger

Practice

Practice

Max & Rex

Max & Rex

Story time

Story time

Stalking Kitty

Stalking Kitty

Spiderman? I guess so..

Spiderman? I guess so..

Lounging.

Lounging.

Skyzone

Skyzone

A new school begins.

A new school begins.

One way to get around on St Patrick's Day

One way to get around on St Patrick's Day

Max & Wil @ dinner

Max &  Wil @ dinner

Max & Wil do battle…

Max & Wil do battle...

Good morning, school bus.

Good morning, school bus.

Tenderloin on the grill today, snow day tomorrow.

Tenderloin on the grill today, snow day tomorrow.

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Race

Race

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

Hey creepy!

Hey creepy!

Treat

Treat

Teamwork.

Teamwork.

Ready for Sophia

Ready for Sophia

Hanging out with @lauren_snyderrr

Hanging out with @lauren_snyderrr

Big Breakfast

Big Breakfast

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

More Spiderman Numa Numa

More Spiderman Numa Numa

Get home soon, mom! He's learnin' himself some bad 'abits

Get home soon, mom! He's learnin' himself some bad 'abits

Dad's 'bad idea' present for Max #642

Dad's 'bad idea' present for Max #642

I asked him to smile.

I asked him to smile.

M – A – X

M - A - X

Pink Eye. Stink Eye.

Pink Eye. Stink Eye.

Max the Jester?

Max the Jester?

Take Us There

Take Us There

Crafts

Crafts

Max + Sophia 1.25.14

Max + Sophia 1.25.14

Max + SCUBA

Max + SCUBA

Let him eat cake.

Let him eat cake.

Shoeman

Shoeman

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Max @ Rockstone

Max @ Rockstone

Not sure I agree with "Fair."

Not sure I agree with "Fair."

Whiteout

Whiteout

It's snowing.

It's snowing.

Melancholy Carousel

Melancholy Carousel

NYE

NYE

Secret word game

Secret word game

Up 2 No Good

Up 2 No Good

Z & Twins

Z &  Twins

At play in Ohio

At play in Ohio

Max & Caroline

Max &  Caroline

Xmas 2.0

Xmas 2.0

Merry Xmas Falkor

Merry Xmas Falkor

On the road

On the road

Xmas Morning

Xmas Morning

Santa is treated well at Max's house: Milk, cookies, water, statue of honor, gift request list, "thank you" note, polar bear gift, & Mike the Knight to guard it all.

Santa is treated well at Max's house: Milk, cookies, water, statue of honor, gift request list, "thank you" note, polar bear gift, & Mike the Knight to guard it all.

#xanadu

#xanadu

Sprinkling Magic Reindeer Food

Sprinkling Magic Reindeer Food

Creating @childrensmuseum

Creating @childrensmuseum

Drums

Drums

Building Blocks

Building Blocks

Holiday. Celebrate.

Holiday. Celebrate.

Ninja Turtle

Ninja Turtle

Counts ladies on their devices.

Counts ladies on their devices.

Collins is ready to eat

Collins is ready to eat

Max is skeptical. He needs a closer look.

Max is skeptical. He needs a closer look.

Max watching Santa

Max watching Santa

Happy 19th B-Day on a throwback Thursday to my love, @lauren_snyderrr

Happy 19th B-Day on a throwback Thursday to my love, @lauren_snyderrr

El Maxtador

El Maxtador

Max calls his "the baby" stocking.

Max calls his "the baby" stocking.

Baby, it's cold outside…

Baby, it's cold outside...

Train ride

Train ride

The theater, the theater…

The theater, the theater...

Max's 1st 'official' swim lesson

Max's 1st 'official' swim lesson

OD'd on Spiderman

OD'd on Spiderman

Treats

Treats

Sour Apple Sucker + Ketchup =?

Sour Apple Sucker + Ketchup =?

It's that time of year…

It's that time of year...

Bat-SpiderMax

Bat-SpiderMax

Max & Thomas

Max & Thomas

Toy

Toy

Max + Mom + Zoo + Xmas

Max + Mom + Zoo + Xmas

Considering a new vehicle:

Considering a new vehicle:

Max + Grandpa @ dinner

Max + Grandpa @ dinner

Collins wants to play too.

Collins wants to play too.

Max +Sophia @ Mt. Olivet

Max +Sophia @ Mt. Olivet

Thanksgiving in Possum Hollow

Thanksgiving in Possum Hollow

Virginia Thanksgiving

Virginia Thanksgiving

Max + Sophia. Thanksgiving breakfast.

Max + Sophia. Thanksgiving breakfast.

Preparing the Naughty & Nice List

Preparing the Naughty &  Nice List

Max + Tree

Max + Tree

Santa Max decorates the tree

Santa Max decorates the tree

'Tis the season…

'Tis the season...

Ridin' the Range

Ridin' the Range

Proud Lego Builder

Proud Lego Builder

You wanna see this?

You wanna see this?

Happily eating cereal.

Happily eating cereal.

Max & Sophia. S is for Sharing.

Max & Sophia. S is for Sharing.

Harvest Time

Harvest Time

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Throwing the ball with Grandpa

Throwing the ball with Grandpa

Maxwell Alexander 11.07.13

Maxwell Alexander 11.07.13

Slide

Slide

Picnic

Picnic

1st Trick or Treat for Max.

1st Trick or Treat for Max.

Deconstructing the Hatter

Deconstructing the Hatter

Instagram Pic

Instagram Pic

Birthday dinner with Max and Mom

Birthday dinner with Max and Mom

Max is 3 today.

Max is 3 today.

3 years old tomorrow…

3 years old tomorrow...

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Instagram Pic

The Four Basic Food Groups (according to Max)

The Four Basic Food Groups (according to Max)

Fishin' (kinda)

Fishin' (kinda)

Spiderman and his web

Spiderman and his web

Sunday morning Hot Dog dance

Sunday morning Hot Dog dance

The Flash

The Flash

Max pitches to Sophia

Max pitches to Sophia

Spaghetti.

Spaghetti.

Max 10.12.13

Max 10.12.13

I build my house with bricks…

I build my house with bricks...

Warriors

Warriors

Rotten

Rotten

Rain

Rain

A pirate morning.

A pirate morning.

Super Hero Nap Time

Super Hero Nap Time

Stripes

Stripes

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Instagram Pic

Who knew? Scrambled Eggs + Chocolate Sauce = yummy

Who knew? Scrambled Eggs + Chocolate Sauce = yummy

Max's 'pooped in the potty' birthday cake. (#2)

Max's 'pooped in the potty' birthday cake. (#2)

Max had a dream about a skeleton and then he drew it…

Max had a dream about a skeleton and then he drew it...

Max's Fleet

Max's Fleet

Max likes to throw rocks

Max likes to throw rocks

Flash in the pan(ts)

Flash in the pan(ts)

3-2-1 Blast Off

3-2-1 Blast Off

What are they watching?

What are they watching?

Cake Pops are awesome

Cake Pops are awesome

Herr Max

Herr Max

Collins Mae

Collins Mae

CoCo Monster!

CoCo Monster!

These kids are bananas

These kids are bananas

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Instagram Pic

Max is a good writer, and apparently faithful.

Max is a good writer, and apparently faithful.

Max & Sophia 8.24.13

Max & Sophia 8.24.13

Max and Sophia "watch" baseball

Max and Sophia "watch" baseball

Choo Choo!

Choo Choo!

Riding the train to the State Fair today!

Riding the train to the State Fair today!

Sand

Sand

Milk

Milk

Flowers

Flowers

Chalk

Chalk

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Instagram Pic

Ice Cream.

Ice Cream.

Super Max

Super Max

Just Married!

Just Married!

Angry Trout

Angry Trout

Hide!

Hide!

Max's Jungle Adventure

Max's Jungle Adventure

Change O' Tires for Finn

Change O' Tires for Finn

Dad-Gum

Dad-Gum

Bears @ the Indy Zoo

Bears @ the Indy Zoo

Caroline and Max 8.3.13

Caroline and Max 8.3.13

Shopping

Shopping

Take Max out to the ball game

Take Max out to the ball game

Ready for the ballgame

Ready for the ballgame

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Instagram Pic

@hautedish

@hautedish

Civi-libation

Civi-libation

Throw

Throw

Fully committed to the Boundary Waters trip, Max falls asleep, fishing pole in hand.

Fully committed to the Boundary Waters trip, Max falls asleep, fishing pole in hand.

Kiddie Rope Course

Kiddie Rope Course

Ridin' with Grandma

Ridin' with Grandma

Coloring

Coloring

Looking for ducks on the water

Looking for ducks on the water

Bench

Bench

Excuse me…

Excuse me...

Tunnel Ahead!

Tunnel Ahead!

Happily On The Road

Happily On The Road

Summers on (the) deck

Summers on (the) deck

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Instagram Pic

Great food, Beer & Iron Man @teddysbrgrjoint

Great food, Beer & Iron Man @teddysbrgrjoint

SpiderBatMax

SpiderBatMax

Please DO NOT:

Please DO NOT:

Jumping at Fair Oaks Farms

Jumping at Fair Oaks Farms

Drinkin'

Drinkin'

Ready For Fireworks

Ready For Fireworks

1st "Fireworks"

1st "Fireworks"

Breakfast @ Starbucks July 4th, 2013

Breakfast @ Starbucks July 4th, 2013

Popping Bubbles

Popping Bubbles

Iron Man Rocks

Iron Man Rocks

Max has big feet. But, it could be worse…

Max has big feet. But, it could be worse...

Dinner @teddysbrgrjoint

Dinner @teddysbrgrjoint

Max's Ink

Max's Ink

Sno Cone

Sno Cone

Max Has Talent

Max Has Talent

Ice Cream Joy

Ice Cream Joy

H2O

H2O

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Instagram Pic

Max's Counts Toes

Max's Counts Toes

Max & Sophia 6.23.13

Max & Sophia 6.23.13

Max @ Dinner

Max @ Dinner

You WILL Get Wet!

You WILL Get Wet!

Splash Park

Splash Park

Going to the car wash

Going to the car wash

How to Annoy With Instagram

How to Annoy With Instagram

Saturday Summer Breakfast

Saturday Summer Breakfast

Madi @ Teddy's

Madi @ Teddy's

Props to my homies at TBJ

Props to my homies at TBJ

Grissom Air Museum

Grissom Air Museum

A good start to the summer.

A good start to the summer.

Morning at the Home Place

Morning at the Home Place

Wet-n-Wild

Wet-n-Wild

Max 6.8.13

Max 6.8.13

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Instagram Pic

L & Dad

L & Dad

Congrats Guerin Class of 2013!

Congrats Guerin Class of 2013!

Uh, Ribbit.

Uh, Ribbit.

Max & Wil

Max & Wil

Max is wet.

Max is wet.

Circus Maximus

Circus Maximus

Swing

Swing

Digging in the Dirt

Digging in the Dirt

Mouth + Ground = Boo Boo

Mouth + Ground = Boo Boo

Ready for the Race

Ready for the Race

Max & Caroline 5.24.13

Max & Caroline 5.24.13

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Instagram Pic

What happened here?

What happened here?

One way to kill time at the airport…

One way to kill time at the airport...

Max in Tree

Max in Tree

Dirigible!

Dirigible!

BatMax PJs

BatMax PJs

Running the Gauntlet

Running the Gauntlet

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Instagram Pic

Sleep

Sleep

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Instagram Pic

Celebrating Our Return Home with Sidewalk Chalk

Celebrating Our Return Home with Sidewalk Chalk

Close Encounter

Close Encounter

Intergalactic battle for ice cream

Intergalactic battle for ice cream

Max 4.30.13

Max 4.30.13

At Play in PA

At Play in PA

Young Jedi

Young Jedi

Making Jello

Making Jello

Max's 1st Lollipop

Max's 1st Lollipop

Last day surprise

Last day surprise

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Instagram Pic

Max & Dad on their own for dinner tonight.

Max & Dad on their own for dinner tonight.

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Instagram Pic

Max tames the beast

Max tames the beast

Kneeling before Spring

Kneeling before Spring

Cookie or Spiderman?

Cookie or Spiderman?

Hey, that kid has my Spiderman!

Hey, that kid has my Spiderman!

Bumblebee Max

Bumblebee Max

Max + Les Mis = Dance!

Max + Les Mis = Dance!

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Instagram Pic

Max has snakes.

Max has snakes.

Morning at the Zoo

Morning at the Zoo

Happy to eat Mexican food?

Happy to eat Mexican food?

Hiding Cousins

Hiding Cousins

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Instagram Pic

Max & Vinnie

Max & Vinnie

Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese

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Instagram Pic

Chinese Velociraptor May Be Hazardous

Chinese Velociraptor May Be Hazardous

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Instagram Pic

Noodles

Noodles

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Instagram Pic

Max Cub3d

Max Cub3d

Max 3.10.13

Max 3.10.13

In my defense, I didn't think he would really eat all of the ketchup with his chips.

In my defense, I didn't think he would really eat all of the ketchup with his chips.

Snack Time

Snack Time

In the zone

In the zone

C, Max & SuperCroc

C, Max & SuperCroc

Gecko Eyes. Gecko Toes.

Gecko Eyes. Gecko Toes.

Graphic Novel Max

Graphic Novel Max

Sunday Morning Coffee

Sunday Morning Coffee

Maxwell of Arabia

Maxwell of Arabia

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Instagram Pic

M & Horton

M & Horton

Sponge Bob Square Bank

Sponge Bob Square Bank

Designing Custom Hot Wheels

Designing Custom Hot Wheels

Hi Happy Boy!

max

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Instagram Pic

Monkey in Glasses X 2

Monkey in Glasses X 2

Planning a Road Trip

Planning a Road Trip

Last Hurrah of the Season @ Founder's Park

Last Hurrah of the Season @ Founder's Park

Already too big for 3+ Mini

Already too big for 3+ Mini

Spider Max

Spider Max

4 Shadows

4 Shadows

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Instagram Image

Happy about first ladder climb.

Happy about first ladder climb.

Max & Wy

Max & Wy

L & M Xmas

L & M Xmas

Max 12.30.12

Max 12.30.12

Up to no good.

Up to no good.

Jump!

Jump!

Maxwell A. Hopkins 12.12.12

Maxwell A. Hopkins 12.12.12

Batman + Buzz Lightyear Hat

Batman + Buzz Lightyear Hat

Instagram Image

Instagram Image

Why does Max's mess = Dad's in trouble?

Why does Max's mess = Dad's in trouble?

T- 5 Minutes Before 1st Puke in Bouncy House

T- 5 Minutes Before 1st Puke in Bouncy House

L & M

L & M

Freestylin'

Freestylin'

Max’s (latest) Big Day

Max started his first day of school at the “big kid” house today. Too big to be with the kids his age… Here’s some pics to catch up

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See more at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/charitycounts/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdawg2112/

 

New Max Pics 2.25.12

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Ouch!

Max (and parents) had a pretty scary event last Sunday. After a nice birthday dinner at the Weber Grill at Circle Center in downtown Indianapolis, we went a-shopping in the Carson’s  department store. Long-story-short, we ended up flying out of the store to get Max to the Emergency Room with a pretty significant cut to his head. He’s feeling better now, but the 3 stitches he was given at Methodist Hospital took quite a toll from all of us. Here’s a few pics of the tough little guy, pre and post sutures:


Max @ 13 Months Pics & Vids

Max is 13 Months Old and going full steam ahead… a few current pics and vids:

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The Famous Dancey Pants Video:

Dancin’ in The Mall:

Max & Sophia @ Thanksgiving 2011

This one ends badly.. but we promise he’s ok:


Max’s Huge Birthday Celebration!

So many grand things this last week! Most importantly, Max turned 1 year old! (technically 1.75 years here on earth with us) Mom and Dad are now happy that we can answer people’s “how old?” question with out getting a surprised look. He had several friends and family attend his party at the new house and eat tons of food from Black Diamond Barbecue and birthday cake from Costco.   For dinner, Max got to go out to a new Mexican restaurant and eat tons of avocado. Quite a day.

Max also had his 1 year doctor appointment this week, where he had 4 shots (ouch!) was 34″ tall and weighed in at slightly over 30 lbs. No more bottles or formula for the Max Man. It is all milk and sippy cups from here on out. He also was cleared to sit in his car seat facing forward (but this was primarily because he is way to big to sit in the rear facing position.) He had a lot of fun on his first ride and is looking forward to more.

Pics below and some video from this past month. More to follow soon. We are way too busy with this guy!

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Snuggling Pillows

Max Loves to Laugh

Max in the Yard

Max Winding Down

Dad’s iPhone Pics

Mom is in LA, so Dad and Max are getting some quality “guy time” together.

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Max is 1 next Month!

Max is huge!  30lbs, 4 teeth of fury, and we can barely keep up with him. He is walking/nearly running all over the place, eating everything in sight and playing so hard all day at daycare that he falls right to sleep most evenings. We are looking forward to everyone (who can make it) coming to see him at his 1st birthday party later on this month. Mom’s doing a photo shoot for tomorrow, but for now, here are some iPhone pics and vids:

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Max Eating Peas

 

Max in the Tub

Max, Pop & Bottle

Max Exploring Treasures @ The Children’s Museum

Max Spelunking @ The Children’s Museum

Max-O-saurus Rex


Max is Walking and More.

So far, his record is five steps (that we’ve seen) and no video yet. His preferred method of transportation remains to be his lightning fast crawl. His front 4 teeth are pretty visible now and he loves to flash the cheesy smile.  He’s 34″ tall and 28 lbs and is eating just about anything we put in front of him. He has started to push away spoons, much preferring to pick up food and eat it himself. He even has some dance moves that he has been working on. Some recent pics and videos here:

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Sophia Gives Max a Ride:

Max and Table Corners:

 

Some Recent Max Pics…

So… We’ve decided that this has been such a busy summer, we will have to do one big summer update with all the pics, videos and stories from the past few months.. But here are a few pics to tide y’all over until we do.

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Max is 9 Months Old Today!

I was going to say that he has now matched the time alive on the “outside” as he was on the “inside,” but Charity would correct me that he did not quite make it to his Nov 4th due date! Max is doing great. As you may be able to tell by the lack of recent content on the website, he has been hard to keep up with. We’ve been capturing pictures and videos and will post soon.. That’s a promise!!

Seen here a week or so ago with his sister, Lauren:


Going to Carolina in my mind

I think that we originally signed up for the Outer Banks (OBX) because it sounded like a simple trip – some drive time but overall relaxing and uneventful. It turned out to be quite an exciting, somewhat busy, and an emotional journey for this family.

June 25, the day we arrived in OBX, was Max’s 8-month birthday. In a seven days following, Max reached some pivotal milestones. (And we mean pivotal… as in groundbreaking and mobile.) He finally figured out how to use his knees when he crawled, which meant that he could take the pressure of mobility off of his now huge guns. I am convinced that out of jealousy for his cousin Sophia’s abilities, Max began to pull himself up to standing using all nearby stable furniture. Once mastering the upward motion (and expressing his excitement for doing so), he began to work on the “jumper’s ledge walk” to get from couch to couch, table to table. It always seemed like he was headed straight for the most dangerous things he could find – pointy table corners, wobbly chairs, beverage containers, and wall outlets. I think that J and I realized (even Greg and Amy) that vacations would never be the same with a baby around. You are always on alert.

All the while, we enjoyed some other fun experiences with Max and the rest of the gang. Playing in the ocean, smearing wet sand on our hands and feet, splashing in the pool by our condo, giving Max graham crackers for the first time, sunshine….lots and lots of sunshine. Adults and older kids enjoyed boogie boarding and tasty dinners in and out.

On our final day, J and I were awakened at 2:00 a.m. by our coughing boy…who had the dreaded “barking cough” that our doctor described as one of the only reasons we would need to get to an ER on the weekends. He sobbed as we tried to wake him fully and get him to the only emergency place closeby – an ambulance stationed at the local fire department. After checking Max out, the EMTs said that they couldn’t diagnose Max but figured he had croup, which needed to be treated at the hospital. So, away we went. Max cried in sync with the siren as we drove off into the night, swirving and turning through the winding beach road to the only OBX hospital. After treatment and 4 hours under watch, we returned home….just hours before needing to be packed and checked out of the condo.

We had a sleepy drive home, with one stop in West Virginia to see Grandma and Papaw Counts. Banana bread and happy memories from the week carried us home from there.

And home sweet home it is..

Some Pics & Vids of the Trip:

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Max Pulled Himself Up To Stand For the First Time

It’s been a pretty big week for the 7 month old Max Man.  He just learned to sit all the way up on his own and now he has quickly parlayed that move into a kneel/swing-foot-around/pull-up and stand technique. He was able to do it three times last night in his Pack-N-Play and Charity and I were so excited we forgot to get any video footage! So, for now, here’s a picture of the boy. (He turns 8 Months old tomorrow!)


Lions and Tigers and Bears. Oh My!

Max had his first trip to the Zoo on Sunday and he had a great time. We got there in the late afternoon, and many of the animals were in “siesta” mode, but Max enjoyed seeing all of the people and had some good exposure to wildlife. More pics and video soon, but here are a few to get started:


Weekend at Max’s

Max had a lot of fun this past weekend. He had on his vacation clothes in this pic (he must be ready to go to the Outer Banks, NC in a few weeks!)

Max had so much fun with Lauren at The Children’s Museum on Saturday, he couldn’t stay awake for the picture.


Playing in the Water at Daycare Today

Max is playing outside in a “water castle” today at daycare. It’s basically a huge, inflatable play area with a sprinkler. He loves to splash in the pool, so I’m sure he’ll have a great time playing in the water with all of his friends.

Here he is, ready to go in his trunks, with Miss Tanya:

Update: Apparently most of the kids (including Max) were not particularly excited about playing in the water at 8:30 in the morning. Most got fussy and they bailed after a little while. Try Again soon!

Pillows Don’t Always work for Childproofing

We have now realized that we need to childproof much sooner than we expected. We are also having to childproof the childproofing. For example, we put the foam fireplace edge protectors on, but as soon as Max noticed the new addition, he immediately crawled over and began pulling and chewing on them. The double-sided sticky tape is no match for Mighty Max. Sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor seemed harmless as well, until Max crawled over to a chair and almost pulled it down on top of him. He’s not quite used to his own strength yet. We looked at the “top of the staircase” gates this weekend and realized we needed some precise measurements prior to making a purchase. The balusters at the top of the upper level are presenting a challenge as well. If you don’t know what a  baluster is click here. (I had to look it up too.) I’m thinking that we use large strips of pegboard or something similiar, but Charity may decide on something more aesthetically pleasing.

Finally, the baby cams for the crib cannot attach to the crib, or anywhere near the crib, for that matter. I could not keep Max from crawling over, pulling himself up and pulling the camera, electric cord and all, into the crib within and then chewing on them for good measure. I can see now that this is going to be much more difficult than simply spying on our cats.

Happy 7 Month Birthday Today Max!


Max Watching TV Animated Pic


Max Shoes

Max has two pairs of shoes and has worn shoes twice in his life (this is the second time.) He got a pair as a gift out in western Virginia, and Mom picked out this pair over the weekend. He seemed very happy to be ready to go out for the day. (Click on the picture for a larger version. If you look closely you can see his two teeth..)

Maxwell Two Teeth

Max now has a set of lower choppers that are fully functional. He’s still eating Gerber Stage 1 and Gerber Stage 2 foods, so he doesn’t have to do too much chewing..

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Max of the Wild

Max has had a lot of fun playing outside in the nice weather with Dad until Mom get’s home. So far, hats nor shoes bother him.

Max’s 6 month Check Up Stats

Max had his 6 month Dr appointment on Monday of this week and checked out great. All parts are working correctly and he is right in line for proportion. I believe the official medical opinion for Max is that “he is one big dude..”

His current stats are:

31 Inches Long/Tall (100th Percentile?) Chart

23.1 Lbs (98th Percentile) Chart

Proportion: (48th Percentile) Chart

 

 

Teething Chart

I was wondering when and how the baby teeth came in (and when they fall out.. ) Found this nice graphic online:


The Tooth and Nothing But the Tooth

Ok.. Here’s the pic I’ve been promising. It took Max falling asleep and some delicate maneuvering with his lip and the camera, but I was finally able to capture photographic evidence of Max’s first (and nearly second) pearly white… Feel free to click on the pic below for a view of slobber in High Definition…


Max’s Big Mother’s Day Weekend

Max had a HUGE weekend to honor his mother’s first Mother’s Day. He started everything off by popping a second tooth through his tiny little gums (with a little bit of help from his dad) Still no pics yet, but will have one soon. Tooth #1 is front and center now like a drool covered Tic Tac. On Saturday, Max went SWIMMING for the first time. We put on his Swimpers (or Swuggies as I can’t remember the brand) and put his cool board shorts over the top. He looked like he was ready to surf. He spashed in the shallow end and plunged in with Mom and Dad in the 4-5 ft deep section. As soon as he was submerged (not his head) he immediately began a little frog kick pattern that assured us he will grow to be quite the swimmer. He absolutely loved the water. He splashed and played and only dipped his face in the water a few times (by accident) Would have stayed for a long time, but Mom reminded Dad that Max may be getting a bit cold. Can’t wait to take him back!

From the pool, Max and fam went to the Children’s Museum via a Mexican food lunch. No work for mom today, it was all play and observe time for Max. We went straight to Dinosphere and we were eagerly anticipating Max’s reaction to the darkness, the flashing strobe lights, and the loud noises of the simulated thunder and lightning storm: didn’t phase him a bit. He appeared to be just as interested looking around at the other children and families as he was the giant skeleton of a T-Rex. After a closer look at Dale Chihuly’s Fireworks of Glass and a sojourn at Take Me There Egypt , Max was plum tuckered out. Have to ride the Carousel next time!

The weekend ended with a Sunday’s Mother’s Day Brunch of bangers & mash and other Irish fare with the kin at the Claddagh Irish Pub. Max wasn’t too much trouble as the rest of the family ate the buffet, though he threw his toys on the ground at least 157 times. He enjoyed the personal performance of the strolling fiddler and smiled devilishly while being doted on by a familiar waitress. You could tell by the look in little Max’s eyes that he would have preferred the Black and Tan libation of his father to his bottle of baby formula! (ok.. not really mom!)

Sunny weather permitted a long and lazy stroller ride through the neighborhood back at home and finished off the evening as always drifting to sleep in Mom’s arms…

This is a picture of the card and present that Max made for Charity’s first Mother’s Day:

 

Here’s an updated pic of Max’s plant as of 5.28.11:


Over the mountains and through the woods, to Granny Counts’ house we go!

This weekend, we took Max to the “Clinch” of Virginia to meet his great Granny Counts and his now-dubbed Papaw Counts. Max did okay on the drive to and from Coeburn, only adding about 2 hours to our trip each way. Spending a couple days in the green, green mountain landscape and enjoying laughs over biscuits and gravy was a great break for all of us. Here are some photos of Max with his mountain kin.

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Max Has a Tooth!

It must have been the western Virginia cornbread he was gnawin’ on, because Max sprouted his first tooth last Friday night! We took a trip out to Coeburn, VA to see Max’s kinfolk for the first time and the little guy took the opportunity to cut his first pearly white. It’s his bottom right front tooth and, as far as getting a picture,  it is about as elusive as the Loch Ness monster. We expect his bottom left to be popping through soon as well. Lot’s of great pics and videos of  Max and family in the hills of Possum Holler’ soon…!


Max & Sophia

These two had some quality time together over Easter. (In case you are wondering, Max didn’t  put the scratch on her face.)

Max’s Toppers are Bigger!

Ok, so it’s a cheap attention grabbing headline, but I was very excited to purchase some new Dr. Brown’s Baby Bottle Nipples in size 3 for Max today. He has been working very hard to get his B-Juice and Formula and now that he is officially 6 mos, he can graduate to the larger “topper” size.

Another happy pic of Max at Easter:


Max is 6 Months Old Today! Happy 1/2 B-day Max!


Easter weekend with the girls (Sophia and Caroline)

This Easter, Max got to spend some time with his cousins Caroline and Sophia. A bright cloudy day was a blessing and allowed kids to play with grass and bubbles!

 

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When Max found out his Mom was leaving for 2 days…


Sweet Potatoes

Max ate his first sweet potatoes this week. He is enjoying each new food and is very skilled at getting it all over his hands and face. He leads with his mouth, but still tends to grab at the spoon or push the food in with his fingers. He’s getting the hang of it…


A Few Classic Max Smiles


Max Ate Carrots!!!

Max really enjoyed his first carrots last night. His entire palette of cuisine now includes: B-Juice, Formula, Rice Cereal, Oatmeal, Green Beans, Peas, & Carrots! I think the only thing we weren’t expecting when adding this new orange colored food, is exactly what carrots would look like when they come back up.  He continues to grow and do new things every day. He has developed a fondness for the cats and watches them intently. He gets a chance to pet them occasionally, but needs assistance to ensure that he does not grab a handful of fur. Max has quite the grip. As you will see in the pic below, one of his favorite after-school activities is to hang out with dad, lounging around and watching Yo Gabba Gabba! Ni Hao, Kai-Lan, & the Wonder Pets on Nick Jr.


QR Code for MaxHopkins.com

 

I realize now that I should have put some info on this rather than just post it with no explanation. This is a QR Code that can be used by certain devices and applications to link directly to information on the internet. In this case, it is the MaxHopkins.com website. For those of you with iPhones or Blackberries you can use free apps like RedLaser to scan and process QR Codes. It’s a lot like a bar code only with more information. You can create these for free very easily at websites like this one.


Max in Blue


Max Ate Peas!

Max had his first vegetables last night and quite enjoyed the moderately warm peas. That increases his list of consumed items to 3 (excluding B-Juice/Formula): Rice, Oatmeal and Peas. He is rolling over at will now. Back to front, to the right and left. Front to back is still a bit more random. If he encounters an obstacle that prohibits his rolling over, his method is to keep wiggling until he finds an opening. 20lbs now and has outgrown his car carrier. Mom and Dad have new car seats installed and he seems to enjoy sitting up instead of reclined in the old carrier. A very happy boy, his day care has told us that he just laughs and flirts all day long.


Max’s 4 Month Check Up

Max and his parents made it through his 4 month doctor appointment. The hardest part is always at the very end when the nurse sticks two needles in one thigh and one in the other. Max only cried a bit and was instantly focused on feeding from Mom.

Status: Max is healthy and happy (big) boy. He measured 28.25 inches long and weighed just over 19 lbs. His weight is in the 97th percentile and  height was above the top line on the chart (so we assume that means pretty darn tall)

He has been cleared to begin eating baby solids, starting with vegetables, as he has been doing well the past few weeks with small meals of rice cereal mixed with milk or formula. We aren’t sure when we will begin feeding him carrots, sqaush and other fun things, but we are excited even to think about it. Our Dr also told us that she would consider Max to be officially “sitting up” because, while leaning forward over his legs, he can balance for brief periods of time before swaying to one side or the other.

Here’s Max not too long before the visit:


Max Pics 3.6.2011

At 4 months old, Max has rolled over on his own, laughed a hearty belly laugh, started wearing size 9 month clothes, and smiles so big that he gets a “chimple” (chin dimple). He grows and changes with each passing day. His personality is blossoming and his sense of humor is becoming more clear. These photographs even show that he carries the Hopkins “technology gene,” an insurmountable force defined by the bewitching effect of technology on the attention span of men in the family. Whenever a camera, iPhone, or other device is near, Max’s curiousity gets the better of him.

Our sweet, big little boy Max…..
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Max Movie Star Headshot


Max’s Big Weekend

Max just finished a BIG weekend. He ate his first solid food (rice cereal mixed in with the B-Juice), tipped the scales at 18lbs 6oz and was baptized at St. Elizabeth Seton. Family and friends were in attendance and we promise to get video up of these events soon… [nggallery id=14]

Max @ Dora & Diego Opening at TCM


Max’s Eyes?

At three and 1/2 months, Max’s eyes are still pretty darn blue (in Dad’s opinion) It does depend on the light and a close look reveals blues, browns, greys and greens swirrled together. The genetic lottery still heavily favors brown, but we’ll still love him whichever color the are.


Car Seat Max

Max is getting used to daycare and has began to laugh, squawk, and squeal with the other kids. He’s happy to be dropped off and happy to be picked up!

More about Max

So… Max turned 12 weeks old yesterday and tipped the scale at 16 lbs this past weekend. At his Dr. check up a few weeks back, he was in the 90th percentile for weight and “off the chart” for length. (25.25″) He’s also set some sleep records going more than 7 hours a few nights ago. (unfortunately for mom, this isn’t every night yet)

He had his first couple of full days at daycare last week and will have 3 full days in a row beginning tomorrow. He is a very happy boy. Howling, squealing, blowing bubbles, and sputtering variations of his favorite word ‘guh’ are some of his favorite things to do. His hands are often together, feeling each other and anything else that come within range.

He’s a big boy, but he’s not quite as chubby as he looks in this picture:


Max’s First Report Card

Max had his first full day at daycare yesterday and did quite well. You’ll note from his first report that he was ‘content,’ which I can only assume is better than ‘fussy’ and not quite as good as ‘cheerful.’ Does this mean we have an average kid? Absolutely not. He’s top notch as you’ll see in some of the forthcoming videos…

Max’s First Holiday Season

If there is one thing we learned this year, it is that Christmas and New Year’s Day are very different holidays when you have a baby. Traveling, dinners, movies, puzzles, games, conversations, naps, relatives – everything is different with the Max Man.

During his 8th and 9th weeks of life, Max saw a variety of Christmas lights, slept in a variety of homes, wooed his big sister, met his Southern cousins, became a fan of all types of entertainment (from bouncing to TV), took his first ride in a swing, got his first stocking to hang by the chimney with care, and made his first out-of-state trip to Ohio.

All at once during the holiday, Max became both easier to please and harder to manage. It took every member of the family to entertain him (all who have sore arms from carrying him around to look at things)……he started choosing whether he would stay awake and play or go to sleep, not us…..his clothes are bigger and so are the poos to stain them….and I have had to sacrifice some delectable treats, like ice cream and cheese, to help my boy sleep for long periods in the night.

Max has also started “talking” a lot. Never has someone’s voice made us feel so happy. His coos, shouts, and laughs make us giggle like children when we watch him swat at toys in his play mat. Max’s grandparents even seemed to take notice over the holiday – even Grandpa Russ got a little mushy over it!

Christmas was wonderful with Max. And on New Year’s Eve, we didn’t care that we weren’t out to celebrate or having a glass of champagne. For us, watching the countdown with Ryan Secrest, kissing our son at midnight, and sleeping for 3 ½ hours until the next feeding was perfect.

Here are some photos that may give you a little glimpse (or reminder) of the bundle of joy we call Max…. at 2 months old.

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Max Started Talking

Ok, so he only said the word “Guh,” but he said it several times and in direct response to inquiries from his very excited parents.  Two days ago (later the same day of his health exams) Max began to say his first “word” and we have been excited to repeat this with him since. It’s possible that he has learned to fill in the silence at the end of a question, or perhaps he has learned his first way to communicate with us other than cry or poop his pants. No video yet, but the typical Max dialogue goes something like this:

Parents: “Are you a happy boy?”

Max: “Guh!”

Parents: “Are you smiling?”

Max: “Guh!”

Parents: “Are you a good looking boy?”

Max: “Guh!”


Max Wishs Big Sister Lauren Happy 16th!!

Lauren & her two brothers on her 16th Birthday…


Diaper Change

Ok.. So perhaps the title of this post is a bit misleading. Max moved up a size in diapers yesterday from ‘n’ to ‘1.’ Charity and I realized that this probably should have happened a few weeks ago, but because we are both creatures of habit, it seems that we kept on using “the ones that worked.” The bigger diapers just looked “too big” for him. It wasn’t until several days of blowouts and noticeably strained red line on his thighs that we opted to just give it a try. I wonder if this is something that happens with all parents. Max has outgrown his first diapers and this is a significant milestone for him (though he was already born too big for most of his newborn clothes.) We are looking forward to learning whether or not this resolves the blowout issues. The red lines have gone away and Max seems happier with more “space to fill.”

Newborn size vs size '1'

Newborn size vs size '1'


Fun with Max in early December

From tubby time to nap time, we have lots of fun with Mr. Max. Here are some photos of some of our recent moments with him.

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The Adventures of Cap’n Poopy Pants

Okay, everyone loves a dirty story. Max, sweet and handsome Max, has many of them.

Throughout a [current] typical day, Max has many feeding-pooping-sleeping routines. I’m going to share two, with which I have grown quite familiar.

During the days at home, Max spends most of the day eating and taking shorter naps. But sometime between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm, Max will have an “awake” time, where he stares at the ceiling, toys, his rocking chair sides, lights, and now the Christmas tree…. licks the top of his sleep sack or his his hands….and exercises his little arms and legs. But, it’s also a time that Max keeps me nearby the changing table. Munch, munch, munch, kick, kick, reach, poop, poop, poop, stare, coo, kick, munch, munch again. No sleep for Maximus! But it’s sooooo cute how he let’s me know when we have reached a new phase in the cycle. Max uses a Bat Signal approach masked as a pterodactyl squawking sound……uh AH! Just one will motivate me, but if I wait…..uh AH! Pretty soon, it’s cries and tears. Time to take care of that diaper or feed that boy! (see The Text Book Max Meltdown post for a play by play video example of this…)

Overnight, he’s too sleepy to deal with much of anything, and these period require lots of time awake for me, Mommy. Max wakes up fussy (often with dirty drawers too). He eats a little, is changed, then eats again until he falls asleep in my arms. Then back to bed…..unless he has a build up of, well, a build up. The other night, he pooped, ate, was changed, pooped after the diaper was Velcroed, changed again, ate, fell asleep, POOPED AGAIN!! Uggh….it’s tough to be Mommy during those times. But it’s impossible not to want to wake up his father to laugh about it!! Max is truly Captain Poopy Pants!

How Max Spent His Time Last Week

Sleeping in his Sleep-Satahkah…

Watching  X-mas present wrapping by the fire… 

Turning into a zombie…

Max’s First Photo Shoot

This week – during some time when Max was wide awake but not too cranky – we had our first photo shoot. The goal was to capture Max’s many facial expressions. Mission accomplished.  

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Mom’s BFF, but Max will take a diaper change from anyone

This picture was taken in the back seat of the car in the Meijer parking lot. Max had been sleeping for more than 2 hours while we drove around town doing errands with one last stop at the grocery store. With nearly everything checked of the list, Mom had a cart full of groceries and Dad followed behind pushing Max in his stroller. Just before we made it to  the checkout… the Tornado Warning alarm went off (Max’s cry)

Dad made a break for the car while Mom purchased the goods. In the back seat, right after this picture was taken, Dad discovered one of Max’s signature diaper blowouts. It was a pleasant ride home.

Yawns are contagious. Especially Max’s.


Max Pics 11.13.2010

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Max enjoys shopping with Mom as much as Dad

Hallelujah Max


Max pics 11.07.2010

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New Max Pics 10.28.10

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Max is Here!

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Mom (C) taking picture of Dad (J)


Max’s Cousin Sophia Marie Counts…


Last Ultrasound!! October 8, 2010

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Can you believe how much Max has grown! He was wiggling all over during this Ultrasound. The technician told us that he kicked or punched wherever she put the probe!

5 weeks to go!

Max’s Cousin Sophia Keeps Getting Bigger


The Max Mobile I


The Max Mobile II

J Dawg’s Flickr Widget


Max’s big sister, Lauren Dooby Doo!

Homecoming week had “Movie Star” costume day…. Lauren chose classy canine style!

June 8, 2010 Ultrasound Pics

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nursery art gallery

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Some pics from Max’s Shower/Cookout!!

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Whatchu Talkin’ ’bout Willis?

Max’s mom thinks that he looks a little bit like this in some of his 4D ultrasound pics…. What do you think?


Max 4D Gallery

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Max’s Cousin Wy Guy

Big Sister is home from London!

Mom C @ 3rd Tri!

Sydney exploring Max’s changing table

Cousin Sophia has the good seat

First trip to Possum Holler (Max is in Utero)

Bad Habits

We hope Sydney does not teach her bad habits to Max

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Some early room pics

3 colors + white in the room. Zippy the horse waiting patiently.

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