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09/19/2018 - 12:51pm WAHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…


08/30/2018 - 8:30am Speaking as a loving, caring…

Speaking as a loving, caring, father of four kids with the youngest one being less than three weeks old, here is some advice:

-All crying stops eventually. 
-If you are being driven crazy, it is ok to set the kid down and walk out of the room to get a breather. 
-Listen to other's stories and don't be afraid to ask advice (like with this post!). 
-It is rough at times, especially with your first and when the kids are young. 
-There are a few ages where they require a lot less monitoring:  around age 2, age 3, and especially age 5.  
-I'm sure this isn't high on your list of things to think about right now but it DOES get much easier with each child.  My kids are 8, 6, 3, and 0 years old and it is incredible how much the older ones want to help out.  (They also are decidedly NOT helpful sometimes but that comes with the territory).  
-Speaking of helping out, let them watch you and try to engage them in whatever activity it is you are doing.  They may be lousy at trimming the bushes or cutting the grass (mine have been known to do so with scissors while I actually mowed) but before long they will actually be useful & then will want to help out around the house.
-According to some studies (or so my wife tells me) it is almost impossible to give them too much affection, especially before the age of six.  Sometimes I really want to tell them to "suck it up, buttercup!" but then realize saying "I'm sorry you have a boo-boo" and putting a band aid on it gets them on a much better path & probably has far less crying involved.
-At two years old, they don't need career advice.  If they tell you they will be a ninja when they grow up, tell them they'll be the best ninja in the world.  They'll (probably) forget about that eventually but don't forget you believed in them.
-Take care of your baby mamma.  There is a difference between asking "how was your day?" and "how are you doing?"  Make sure to ask her both questions regularly.  
-Enjoy!!!  Your kids can be an incredible amount of fun and so much of parenting is you being along for the ride as they learn about the world.  Encourage them and believe in them every step of the way. 

08/26/2018 - 9:27am Congratulations to all three!

Congratulations to all three!

08/20/2018 - 10:12pm Much respect for Grant…

Much respect for Grant. Excellently written.  We are better for having him on the team and I'm excited to see what he accomplishes in the world.

08/02/2018 - 12:42pm Pulling for you, Ace.  

Pulling for you, Ace.  

08/01/2018 - 8:45am One of my favorite players…

One of my favorite players from the Hoke years.  Hope you heal up quickly, Jake.

07/18/2018 - 12:37pm I'm here way less for…

I'm here way less for several reasons.  Yes, the lack of a mobile app, the odd formatting & white space is annoying, etc, but Brian's attitude towards any opposition to him saying what he wants politically equals banning really got me.  I'm far from Trump's & the Republican's biggest fan but the lack of willingness to have civil discussion or to tolerate those who do have those opinions makes me want to come back less.  It is Brian's site and he can do what he wants just as my clicks are mine and I can choose to not come here as often.  I hate having everyone taking sides and not having conversations but Brian made the line very clear and that is that.  I love Michigan sports and hope we'll be able to enjoy those together despite differing political opinions.  

06/06/2018 - 11:51pm As others have said, big…

As others have said, big thanks go to HUEL and the MGoBlog staff for working hard to bring us a better experience of something we love to learn and talk about - Michigan sports.  

To add my voice to the feedback, I also primarily consumed the information on the site through the mobile (specifically Android) mobile app and almost never use my mobile browser.  In addition, there is a lot of extra white space in both the regular and mobile versions.  

To Brian and company, many thanks for your efforts and thank you also for continuing to improve our enjoyment of what you produce.  

06/01/2018 - 11:20am SHOELACE!!!

Denard Robinson.  No contest.

05/25/2018 - 9:06am To those who gave it all, we thank you

Happy Friday, all!  Enjoy the freedoms which have been won for us!

05/18/2018 - 8:34am I'm just happy it's Friday

Carry on, mates!

05/07/2018 - 1:10pm My wife & I grew up in the middle of Ann Arbor

After a few years of marriage my wife & I got the great idea of moving to the country and homesteading.  Lots of fresh air, constant projects to do (including fixing up the house), and beautiful sunsets and wild creatures around. 

We've boiled sap to get maple syrup, planted a bunch of fruit trees, chopped loads of firewood, and raised pigs.  First time we raised pigs I was almost terrified to touch them.  Now I think piglets are cute and cuddly. :)  

Moving to the country has been deeply relaxing and a welcome change up to my daily work in the city.  When work has been crazy, going home and being the last car on the road when I get to my driveway is a wonderful thing. 

Having work to do and a safe setting for my kids to play outside on their own has been terrific for them.  Country living is terrific!

05/04/2018 - 10:57am Prayers for you & your family!

Prayers for you & your family!

05/04/2018 - 9:06am Going on vacation next week


05/02/2018 - 12:32pm That was beautiful. All of it.

That was beautiful.  All of it.

04/20/2018 - 8:44am HAPPY FRIDAY, WOLVERINES!!!


04/15/2018 - 10:45pm This is my rifle, this is my gun!

This is for fighting and this is for fun!

04/04/2018 - 9:15am Best of luck, Ian, on the

Best of luck, Ian, on the field and in life.

03/19/2018 - 9:03am Best of luck, Moe!

Best of luck, Moe!

03/16/2018 - 11:40am Many thanks

The list of successful companies who have survived serial blood-letting is a short list...  

03/16/2018 - 8:54am More layoffs at work this week

Could really use a bang.

03/09/2018 - 8:47am Slept terribly

Let's get this day going with a bang!

03/05/2018 - 9:19am Thank you for sharing

Sending prayers for your dad, your family, and you, and Go Blue!

02/26/2018 - 9:39am 3/4ths of a gallon of syrup

Was cold & windy but also a lot of fun & got to play with fire. :)  Had some syrup this morning and it was oh so good!

02/23/2018 - 1:10pm Amen to that!

Thank you, good sir.  60 gallons of SYRUP, not sap, is no joke!  Very impressive.  We don't make enough to sell it but it sure is enough to enjoy it. :)  My 7 year old is great for entertaining the 2 year old and she is a help for other things when she feels like it!  My 5 year old son is a really hard worker and I'm sure he'll be awesome for many years to come. 

Best of luck to you & yours, as well!

02/23/2018 - 11:11am Haha!

My kids are 7, 5, and 2 (with another on the way) so they aren't much good for getting the buckets yet but they do love to come along.  We've gotten about 60 gallons already this year and expect to get a bunch more.  I hope so, anyway!  :)  Having 2-3 days above freezing has given us some good runs already & putting the taps on the south side of the trees helps, too.  We went to a local bakery & bought 5 gallon buckets for them on the cheap which has been great for collecting & storing the sap until we can boil it.  

Here is a video of my setup:


02/23/2018 - 10:25am I'm in Grass Lake, MI

We have 15 taps and have gathered well over 1/2 gallon of syrup from a few runs - one at the end of January and two so far in February.  This week I've already collected 25 gallons of sap and will probably have close to that same amount by the time Sunday rolls around for a boil.  Since the ratio is 40-1 sap to syrup, that should get me a full gallon more of syrup.  I cover the buckets pretty well but I'm sure there is some rain water in there but I bet I'll still get a full gallon this weekend.

As you may know, the day on the calendar isn't so important as having temps go above & below freezing to trigger the sap flow.  My understanding is the big sap farms start putting in their taps in January so they are ready whenever the weather goes above freezing.  I know you are farther north than I am so you may not have had as many good days.

Gotta say, maple syrup is delicious!

02/23/2018 - 8:46am Boiling maple tree sap for syrup this weekend


02/16/2018 - 12:25pm Feels like it sometimes...

Feels like it sometimes...

02/16/2018 - 8:53am Sales commissions got slashed at work this week

Bang me. :(

02/09/2018 - 8:08am Made it to work safe today

Kinda nice when there are so few people on the roads!  

01/31/2018 - 8:29am Good luck, Ian!

Thank you for what you gave to Michigan and best of luck to you for next year and beyond.

01/22/2018 - 10:47pm Best of luck, Alex

I hope you do very well there!

01/22/2018 - 12:17pm Welcome, Vincent!

Welcome, Vincent!

01/19/2018 - 8:50am Lots to complain about

But a whole lot of good going on, too.  Gotta be grateful for what we have, gents.  Happy Friday!

01/18/2018 - 12:51pm Prayers

Prayers for your uncle, you, and your family.

01/12/2018 - 11:57am Regardless of snow, sleet, or sun,


01/09/2018 - 12:10pm Thank you for sharing

We are pulling for you, Ace!

01/05/2018 - 12:49pm Very well done, Adam

Great article & great to hear about three men on the team, their families, & what brought them here.

01/05/2018 - 12:26pm Much respect, XM

I've enjoyed your posts over the years and respect your parenting, as well.  Thank you for your contributions to the MGo community!

01/03/2018 - 12:44pm Terrific!

Wouldn't have blamed him for leaving but thrilled he's staying!  Go Blue!!!

01/03/2018 - 12:13pm Wahoo!!!

This is terrific!!!

01/03/2018 - 12:05pm To be fair,

They are used as training missions so they are much more dual purpose than simply "lets make football fans happy."

12/28/2017 - 9:23am For sure

I'm guessing by your username you are in the Marine Corps (thank you for your service!) so you know a thing or two about shooting.  Many people don't understand eye dominace or how to work around it.  I'm a civilian who enjoys training and I have a range on my property so I can train often.  I often have new shooters out & establishing eye dominace and how to manage it is an early step.  

Partly because I'm a lefty, I really enjoy AKs.  The charging handle on the right comes quite naturally to me and I thoroughly enjoy hearing right handed people complain about something not being "setup for them." :D  (Of course, the Russians specifically train with using the trigger hand to charge the weapon but that conflicts with our Western sensibilities.)

12/27/2017 - 3:27pm Lefty shooter, as well

I still am amazed at how much of the shooting world is still not ambidextrious - I guess us left handers are too adapt at putting up with it. :)  Nice choice on the 6.5 Creed - incredible ballistics there.   Gotta love the Savage accutrigger!

12/22/2017 - 9:36am My family is healthy & safe

Lots going on in the world but I'm grateful for what I have.  Best of luck & health to my fello MGoBrethren and I hope you have a terrific couple weeks!  GO BLUE!!!

12/21/2017 - 12:38pm Merry Christmas, y'all!

Merry Christmas, y'all!

12/18/2017 - 7:35am Awesome measurables

I look forward to seeing him play in the Big House!

12/15/2017 - 12:10pm Baby #4 is on the way!

It's still early in the process so I can't tell anyone I know, so... I'll tell all of you!  Even though this is my fourth child, I'm still crazy excited to see this little one enter the world soon.  

12/01/2017 - 7:50am Be sure to remember your children

My wife & I have lost two children before birth - one was old enough we needed a D&C to have the baby be removed & buried.  The pain is real and the loss is lasting.  Don't try to pretend the loss isn't there but rather remember your children and don't be ashamed of being thrilled at becoming a father.  We have a small, nice wooden box of a few memories from each of them (ultrasound pics, the pregnancy test, a stuffed animal, etc) that is on on a dresser in our room and it is helpful to have those tangible memories of them.  

We now have three born children and we have shared with them about their older siblings.  Them bringing up their older siblings sometimes can be painful but it is freeing to acklowledge the truth of their being and the reality of your love for them, born or unborn.  

Learn from my mistake - it is ok to share your feelings with your fiancee & soon to be wife.  I saw my wife crying and tried to hold in my feelings to "be strong for her" but that just made her more concerned and worried about me in addition to being sad for the loss of our children.  

Last, but not least, know the pain does lessen.  Putting words to the pain is difficult but liberating.  Even saying the words "I am sad I never got to hold my child" is simple but helps define the pain and makes it easier to understand.  

My prayers are with you and my MGoBrethren who have lost kids.  Support the women in your life and never be ashamed of loving your children.