Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Jimmy takes a stroll

Jimmy started walking awhile back. However, he never did so in front of an actual operating camera. Well, today, I finally got a video of him toddling out of our office. Pretty cool, huh?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

This just in....

Jimmy took his first steps today! I was sitting on the couch, stood him up in front of me(Jimmy has stood unaided several times in the past few days), held his Baseball Tigger in my lap, let him go and Jimmy, without touching or otherwise holding anything for support, took 3 or 4 steps towards me to get his Tigger. And he did it again a few moments later. Small steps for sure, but it's crossing another developmental milestone off the list.

We are so proud of our little Jim-Jim!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Jimmy update

Jimmy is 14 months old now. He hasn't "officially" walked yet, but he's getting real close. He's talking an awful lot too(The little chatterbox!). He can say Daddy and Mommy, and he's also said book and hi. Last week, something caught his attention on TV and he turned around and said "Who's that?" He also has said "I love you" and yesterday, when dropping Mommy at Auntie DeeDee's house, he said to Auntie DeeDee: "Go to work." In the grocery store parking lot, he said "Gramma."

He now has six teeth. Two up and four down. He crawls pretty fast, also stood on his own for a few seconds. He's a champion furniture cruiser and climbs better than Sir Edmund Hillary ever did.

He's getting really inquisitive, meaning that we have to keep our eyes on him at all times and, best of all, he sleeps through the night all the time now. (WOO HOO!)

Jimmy is our little miracle and we love him very much!

"Goo Goo to the hand!"

Happy Meissnerversary!

Today, my lovely wife Kim and I(Am I lovely too dear, or just ruggedly handsome?) commemorate our 4th wedding anniversary. (The actual celebrating starts tomorrow night.) She's my sweetie, my best friend, my other half and she's actually saved my life at least twice already. As that famous philosopher Rod Stewart once said:

You're in my heart, you're in my soul
You'll be my breath should I grow old
You are my lover, you're my best friend
You're in my soul.

I love you my darling!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Snoopy Boo!

Our eldest son, Snoopy Boo Meissner, is eight years old today! Snoopy has been with his Mommy since he was a little guy, and has been Daddy's schnauzer boy for the past four years. He is a wonderful boy, gets along great with his Chi-hua-hua brother Smoke and his human brother Jimmy and is a wonderful and greatly cherished member of our family.

Happy Birthday Snoopy Boo. We love you very much!

Snoopy and Mommy

Snoopy and Daddy

Snoopy and Smoke with Jimmy

Snoopy and Smoke

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Jimmy!

Today is Jimmy's first birthday. It hardly seems that one year ago at this time, we had just checked into the hospital in anticipation of his arrival. Now, one year later, our little guy is a growing, happy, healthy little guy, whom we love with all our hearts.

He loves to play with his toys, our dogs are great with him and Jimmy continues to charm everyone he meets with those gorgeous bluer-than-baby blue eyes of his.

He has a growing vocabulary, four teeth and he's becoming more adventurous. Just a bit ago, he slid his fun chair across the living room floor(Pergo is very baby-friendly), and parked it in front of one of the living room chairs. He then climbed in the fun chair, and used it as a platform to climb onto the living room chair. I only helped him when it looked like he was going to fall trying to transfer from one chair to the other.(Look for this adventure on the right hand side of this site, under John's Video of the Week.)

Happy Birthday Mister Baby. Daddy and Mommy love you very much and thank God each and every day for sending you to us!

This Day in History:

May 27

The first recorded execution of a witch reportedly took place in Massachusetts when Achsah Young was hanged.

St. Petersburg was founded by Czar Peter the Great.

The Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage, arriving in France four hours later.

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened.

British ships sank the German battleship Bismarck off the coast of France, resulting in the loss of 2,300 lives.

Nobel-prize winning dissident, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile.

After a year and a half of bloodshed, Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with the leader of the Chechen rebels and negotiated a cease-fire.

Slobodan Milosevic was indicted by the International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague for crimes against humanity.


Ibn Khaldun 1332
Cornelius Vanderbilt 1794
Amelia Jenks Bloomer 1818
Julia Ward Howe 1819
Wild Bill Hickock 1837
Arnold Bennett 1867
Isadora Duncan 1878
Dashiell Hammett 1894
Rachel Carson 1907
Vincent Price 1911
Hubert H. Humphrey 1911
John Cheever 1912
Herman Wouk 1915
Yasuhiro Nakasone (Japan) 1917
Christopher Lee 1922
Henry Kissinger 1923
Ramsey Lewis 1935
Lee Ann Merriwether 1935
Louis Gossett, Jr. 1936
Don Williams 1939
Cilla Black 1943
Bruce Weitz 1943
Bruce Cockburn 1945
Richard Schiff 1955
Eddie Harsch (The Black Crowes) 1957
Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie & the Banshees) 1957
Neil Finn (Crowded House) 1958
Cathy Silvers 1961
Todd Bridges 1965
Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains) 1966
Dondre Whitfield 1969
Paul Bettany 1971
Left Eye (TLC) 1971
Dre (Outkast) 1974
Jimmy Meissner 2008

Today in Music History

1822 - Composer Josef Joachim Raff was born.

1950 - Frank Sinatra made his TV debut on NBC's "Star-Spangled Review."

1957 - "That'll be the Day" by the Crickets was released.

1961 - Johnny Cash appeared on NBC's "The Deputy."

1962 - Bob Dylan released "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan."

1964 - Eleven boys were suspended at a Coventry, England, school for having a hair style like Mick Jagger.

1967 - Columbia and RCA Victor announced that they would raise the list price of mono albums by a dollar on June 1. It was the first increase since 1953.

1983 - Metallica finished recording the album "Kill 'Em All."

1987 - During a show in Rome's Flaminio Stadio, U2's sound system set off earthquake alarms in two neighborhoods.

1988 - Van Halen's "Monster Of Rock" touring festival opened at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin.

1989 - Stevie Wonder was given the Badge Of Solidarity from the Polish Labor Movement in Warsaw.

2003 - Liza Minelli sang an a cappella version of "Liza With a Z" with Luciano Pavarotti live via satellite for a charity show on Italian television. She had been hospitalized two days early after falling and breaking her right kneecap.

Today in Sports History

1873 - The first Preakness Stakes was won by Survivor.

1955 - Norm Zauchin (Boston Red Sox) got 10 RBIs against the Senators.

1968 - After 48 years as coach of the Chicago Bears, George Halas retired.

1982 - Three New Jersey businessmen bought the NHL's Colorado Rockies. They got approval to move the team to New Jersey and become the Devils.

1987 - Phil Niekro (New York Yankees) became the third pitcher to make 700 starts.

2003 - It was announced that Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) would announce his retirement from the NHL the following day.

Mommy feeds Jimmy his breakfast nums.

Jimmy loves his post-breakfast snackies!

Who needs a binky when a thumb will do?

Jimmy and Mommy

Jimmy watches Mommy go bye-bye to work.

Jimmy and Daddy

Jimmy practices his climbing skills. Nothing in the house is safe now!

"Look at how I climbed up Daddy!"

Jimmy with Smoke and Snoopy

Nap time after a morning full of play time. He had to get a new, dry outfit after going swimming in the dog's water and soaking the first outfit. What a silly boy!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Pookie Bear!

Today is my wife Kim's 45th birthday. She is my best friend, my love, my life, my protector and the absolute best person I have ever known. Ever.

I love you, my dearest darling Pookie Bear. You are my everything and the first thing I want to see, not only tomorrow morning and the morning after that, but each and every day for the next 40 years!

Happy birthday sweetie pie bear! Thank you for saying yes!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Presenting Mr. Two Toofs!

Our boy had a bad case of the crankies Sunday and, lo and behold, yesterday morning his second tooth had come in. So now he has the two bottom teeth. I guess the next ones will be the top teeth. Any experienced moms out there who can tell us, we would appreciate it.

Jimmy is getting to be a big boy! He's eating at least one meal a day of baby food now and sometimes two meals. And he's started crawling although he's still more in the "scoot" mode; he will make it up onto his hands and knees and go forward a little bit.

Jimmy is into everything so now we have to watch him like a hawk. It will certainly be a lot of fun when he starts walking. He is also every inch a boy. Trying to dress him or change his diaper is like trying to wrestle Jell-o; he's a wiggle worm. It's just so much fun watching his personality emerge every day as he goes from being a baby to being a little boy!

Kim, John, Jimmy, Snoopy & Smoke

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

He did it!

Early this evening, as I was sitting in my chair, Jimmy was facing me while bouncing in his horsey bouncer. After gurgling out something that kinda sounded like Daddy, he looked straight at me and said(and I quote):

"Da Da!"

Boy, did that ever make me feel special!

I love you Jimmy!!!!