Monday, November 03, 2014

Eight Year Referral-versary

Maisie referralI can’t believe that it was eight years ago today when we saw the first picture of our sweet little cue ball cutie, Wan Chun Miao.  It’s difficult to believe how quickly the years have been passing, my goodness she’s a little young lady of nine already and so grown up!  It’s difficult to remember a time before Maisie was with us.  Our A-Maisie-ing Maisie Miao Miao is the best daughter we could have ever hoped for and the absolute love of our lives.    We love you sweet Maisie!

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Halloween 2014

1900125_10152871434501663_8312959112576056581_nMaisie has never been much of a Halloween lover and trick-or-treating hasn’t held much appeal, but this year she decided that she wanted to go trick-or-treating with her friend Sarah and she actually wanted to dress up and match her.  So, presenting two of the most adorable little minions…Minion Sarah and fart-gun toting Minion Maisie!  The girls had fun going through Sarah’s neighborhood being escorted by Dr. Nefario (Sarah’s dad) and a banana (Sarah’s brother.)  Thanks for taking Maisie trick-or-treating, she had a blast!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Maisie turns 9!!!

1904136_10152840542166663_3330725821085472951_n How can my wee little Maisie Miao Miao be nine already???  Seriously the years are passing much too quickly for this Mama!  I will say though, I love the young lady my girl has become.  She is a sweet, kind-hearted, loving, fun, smart, talented, strong-willed and all-around fabulous kid and though she can sometimes drive me batty, I wouldn’t change one little thing about my A-Maisie-ing girl!  This year for her birthday party Maisie wanted a repeat of last year’s birthday, but instead of just having it just be a pajama party, she wanted to extend it to an actual sleepover.  

1920528_10152876372611663_4727812548619390525_nAs the girls arrived, they happily played in the yard.

10351386_10152876372856663_7526725044740305806_nThere was of course a bit of gymnastics.

10421227_10152876372761663_7639454868671919359_nAnd twirling around…and this was all before the sugar of cupcakes and candy! 

10801556_10152876372451663_7472995979460378578_nThe girls roasted hotdogs over the fire pit for dinner and then it was time for “happy birthday cupcakes” as Maisie calls them.


16175_10152875756046663_3138565960954537381_nSarah really gets into eating her cupcake!

10636283_10152875755916663_7229097762732865774_nNext it was time to open presents!!

IMG_2715Everyone in the picture!!

10153795_10152875755471663_6863743044475329707_nMaisie opening the gift from Briana.

10177455_10152875755781663_5114963882414492841_nAnother fun gift from Alyssa.

10689568_10152875755676663_6546175512566179146_nHugging on Aspen for her gift!

10352198_10152875755386663_6003352038530408338_nMore hugs, opening the gift from Sarah.    

1919664_10152875755296663_4905902269712744367_nAnd the biggest gift bag came from April!

10438572_10152875755211663_1558851149126873838_nMore birthday hugs!

IMG_2734(photo by Lisa F) A little more time was spent running through the neighborhood with flashlights and then it was time to roast marshmallows, for one last sugar high of the night.

554542_10152875755116663_6720190231188297583_nIt got cold outside for the girls so they happily changed into their PJ’s.

10730986_10152843976141663_6605542425190304458_nSarah gave Maisie matching pj’s!

10599523_10152876372281663_989619498109794283_nCute little twinnies!!

10402033_10152875754836663_8412495575093366821_nThe girls laid out their sleeping bags on some mats and happily settled in to watch Despicable Me.  The movie ended just past midnight and though Briana left for the night, all the other girls were fast asleep within minutes of the movie ending.  We were surprised that even Maisie, who still only and happily sleeps in bed with us each night, was fast asleep too…well until 1:23 am when I thought I heard someone heading to the bathroom only to have Maisie jump into bed with me, gleefully giggling and excited to be in her “safe and comforting” place.  In the morning when we heard the girls stirring, Maisie returned to the family room to join her friends. 

10712817_10152875754636663_7960356959728432698_nBreakfast was another sugar fest, donuts requested by the birthday girl.

10676254_10152875754751663_289736757455496685_nFor the first time ever, Alyssa found a food served in my home to her liking!!  And yes, she did finish all ten of those donuts plus a few more she begged off the other girls.  Then she topped it all off with two cupcakes leftover from the previous night.  Soon after breakfast she was picked up by her dad to go to Church.  Hmm…not sure if her parents will ever allow her to come play at our home again!!

560167_10152875754576663_3520770808796000863_nThe party ended with the girls playing iSpy on the Wii.  

It was a fun 9th birthday and Maisie loved spending time with her friends and loved all the gifts.  Thanks everyone for coming to Maisie’s party and making her birthday so fun and special!

Monday, February 17, 2014

2014 GAA Mardi Gras Invitational

Yesterday, Maisie competed in her fourth meet of the season.

1926913_10152276387041663_214439054_n Sarah, Taylor & Maisie ready for the meet to begin.  The USA level 5 & 6 girls were in the same session so Maisie was delighted to hang with her friends.

1654336_10152276452781663_1191226937_nLaura, Jema, Emma, Sydney, Alexis, Madison & Maisie.  NMGC’s USA level 6 team, ready to compete.


Overall Maisie had a good meet and other than her vault, (which I only caught her second vault on video and is right at the beginning of the video) she was pleased with her performance. 

1619541_10152276930941663_427537833_n Sarah’s dad took a picture of Sarah and Maisie loving on one another during awards.

1797353_10152276936076663_1327845898_nVault:  8.55 ~ 9th place, Bars: 9.15 ~ 2nd place, Beam:  9.3 ~ 3rd place, Floor:  9.4 ~ 4th place.  All-Around:  36.4 ~ 3rd place.  Maisie displaying her Level 6 All-around 3rd place trophy and teammate Sarah displaying her Level 5 All-around 2nd place trophy.  (For the eagle-eyed among you, the trophies have incorrect plates, showing AAU, not the correct USA level, so new plates are being sent)  Congratulations Maisie & Sarah and to all the NMGC girls!

1010080_10152280839341663_289266051_n After competition it was pizza time for the girls!  Two more meets, then state meet and the season will be finished.  Keep up the great work my A-Maisie-ing Maisie!!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

2014 Atlanta Crown Invitational

Today Maisie competed in her very first optional meet as a USA level 6 gymnast.  This was a huge three-day meet with over 1400 gymnasts.  Maisie definitely was nervous but she still was my A-Maisie-ing girl!!

1495516_10152202678941663_293531467_n Maisie and her teammates, Laura, Jema, Alexis, Emma, Madison & Sydney, ready to compete.

1551635_10152202879686663_175134063_nThat’s my A-Maisie-ing Maisie warming up on bars.


A very good start to her meet season. Maisie medaled on three events and all-around. Vault:  8.425 ~ 6th, Bars:  8.4 ~ 3rd, Beam:  8.8 ~ 9th, Floor:  9.375 ~ 1st (tied).  All-around:  35.0 ~ 6th place.

1526195_10152203205346663_1351887141_n Congrats to the North Metro level 6 girls, 3rd place team!

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Seven year referral-versary

Maisie (1) Seven years ago today we saw the first picture of our sweet little cue ball cutie, Wan Chun Miao.  Our Maisie Miao Miao is the best daughter we could have ever hoped for and the love of our lives.  We love you sweet Maisie!

No real celebrating today as Maisie and I have both came down with colds and she has a good case of laryngitis starting.  Maisie did though get a nice massage this morning with Tony to work out all her sore and tired muscles, followed by all the chicken soup and popsicles she could eat.  Hopefully tomorrow we will both be feeling better.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

It’s Great to be Eight!!

1384397_10151990620696663_567661642_n So here we are again, another birthday for my sweet little Maisie Miao Miao.  And once again I’m feeling that the years are passing too  quickly, I mean seriously, where have they gone?  Each year I say the same thing, that it seems like just a short time ago when we saw her cue ball cutie face for the first time and she was just a scared little 14 month old being placed in our arms.  Each year I also say that I can’t believe how grown up and mature she looks though it’s the same sweet face from when we first laid eyes on her. 

995867_10152001155076663_2087429777_nMaisie is my sweet, kind, hard working, generous, smart, sassy, beautiful, caring, talented, athletic and loving girl.  She is excelling in and loving fourth grade and she still loves being at her gym and is having a fabulous time training for her upcoming USA level 6 season.  Each and every day I feel so lucky that Maisie’s my daughter and I adore watching her grow into the person she is and can only imagine the adult she’ll become.  Though I wish I could slow down time and keep her my wee little baby girl forever, I look forward to each new day with my girl, seeing all that she is, does and accomplishes.  She is my A-Maisie-ing Maisie Miao Miao.

This year for her birthday Maisie asked to have some of her favorite girls over for a pajama, candy eating, sit around the fire pit & roast hot dogs and marshmallows, chalk, play together, gymnastics, decorate cupcakes, hang around like-big-girls party.  So that’s exactly what she got. 

Happy Birthday my sweet little Maisie Miao Miao, I love you more and more each and every day and each and every year.

-1Maisie, ready to celebrate with her friends.  (Thanks to Lisa for this and most of the pics in this post)

IMG_4384Briana was very excited for the party to begin!

IMG_4387 A little chatting and lots of candy eating, a great way to begin an evening.

IMG_4401Some games on the lawn.

1376322_10152001151906663_352934777_n Handstands.

1390563_10151997312271663_1849536697_n And headstands.

IMG_4402Let the hotdog roasting begin.

IMG_4407Yep, making the girls cook their own dinner!

IMG_4413Watching to make the perfect roast dog.

1375184_10151997312426663_154291677_nYummy!  Cooking your own food makes girls hungry.

IMG_4420A few hotdogs were dropped followed by a good number more which were “accidentally” dropped once they found out that they would be fed to the fish.

IMG_4427Working off some of their dinner with more games on the lawn.

IMG_4431Friends with chalk on the driveway.

IMG_4436Fun and easy playtime on a gorgeous evening.

996940_10152001154231663_1657893104_n April, Briana, Taylor, Maisie, Aspen, Alyssa & Sarah.

1378534_10152001155771663_1026156130_nThen it was time for dessert!

IMG_4437The girls at this party had to work.  Not only did they have to cook their own dinner but they had to frost and decorate their own cup cake!

IMG_4442Going for the sugar!

IMG_4444Ready to enjoy their creations.

1375693_10151997312506663_861292823_nYUM!!  Worth the wait and the work!

IMG_4464After the cupcake decorating and eating the girls all grabbed flashlights and ran around the neighborhood playing hide-&-seek.  Well until they needed more sugar…

IMG_4467More work for the girls as they had to roast their own giant marshmallows.

IMG_4468Some preferred them barely cooked, others burned and some just wanted to roast but not eat them.  Thankfully the adults sacrificed themselves and ate the roasted cast-offs.

1385853_10152010426821663_1081782765_n The girls did actually slow down long enough to settle into their blankets and watch a movie.

IMG_4472But Briana was the only one who stuck it out and watched to the end of the movie as the other girls ran off with their flashlights to play hide-&-seek through the neighborhood again.

1383618_10151997312616663_395395690_nIt wasn’t just for the girls, the adults enjoyed the evening too.  Sitting around the fire pit on the deck, drinking, eating and relaxing.  A fun night for all.

IMG_4477At 10PM it was time to hand out goodie bags and say good night to her friends.  It was exactly the party that Maisie had wanted but she was tired and ready for bed!  Thanks everyone for making Maisie’s birthday party so much fun!

I have to share these cute pictures of Maisie at her gym. 

1390583_10151990953496663_173864486_n Coach Johnny holding five-year-old Maisie by her legs after he plucked her from the pit at her birthday party.

1384179_10151991716961663_203418842_n Coach Johnny, three years to the day, holding eight-year-old Maisie, who by the way is wearing the exact same leotard.  Looks like they’ve both grown and put on muscle!!

I still can’t believe that my girl is really eight but here’s photographic evidence showing my sweet little Maisie on her birthday through the years.

IMG_5787e2 2012 ~ Maisie 7 years old.

IMG_1271e22011~ Maisie 6 years old.

Five years old2010 ~ Maisie 5 years old.

Four years old2009 ~ Maisie 4 years old.

Three years old2008 ~ Maisie 3 years old.

Two years old2007 ~ Maisie 2 years old.

MaisieWave.13 2006 ~ Our second picture of our sweet little Maisie Miao Miao.  Waving to us and waiting for us to come and get her.

Maisie referral 2006 ~ Our first picture of our cue ball cutie.  (she’s probably about 7 months old)

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