Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Max has started playing the ancestral game of peek-a-boo.  As parents, we see it as a fun game and, despite Jackie's recent studies in Educational Psychology, discard Piaget's research.

For our readers unfamiliar with the term, here is a definition:


peekaboo (uncountable)
  1. (games) A game for a small child in which one covers one's face, then revealing it and saying Boo! or Peekaboo!."

Without further ado:

Monday, December 5, 2011

Just for Fun

He can sit:
Sit, Max, sit!

He can push up:

Push, Max, push! (But please don't crawl yet...)

He can fly:
Fly, Max, fly!

He can look adorable in his Breton Sailor Clothes:

(He loves his Hat!)

Friday, November 25, 2011

O' Christmas Tree

The Biger and Sherlock clans went in search for the perfect Christmas Trees!  The Hockett Bros came along to help carry trees and corral kids.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Max had peas for the first time today:

Not. A. Fan.
He is a fan of napping with Uncle Kevin:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

First time swimming!

We went to Chicago for the weekend for the NCTE convention (I had the honor of presenting a paper).  Matthieu and Maximilian took advantage of the indoor pool for Max's first experience swimming (video to be uploaded soon).  
He did not like it at first:

But soon, got brave and kicked around!  

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy Six Months Maximilian!

Can you believe this guy:

Has turned into this guy in 6 months?

Monday, October 31, 2011


Anyone who knows the Biger Family knows that we love Halloween.  Dressing up? Crafts? Candy? YES PLEASE.  And, as Matthieu notes that Max is the "perfect accessory" we had to do it up in style.  
I have been wanting to be World Girl for years now- but the costume is MUCH better with my Captain Huggy-Face.  
If anyone hasn't seen Word Girl on PBS- check it out. My favorite cartoon! 

            Normal Monkey Pet by day.... CAPTAIN HUGGY-FACE by night.  

 Find Dr. Two Brains- the villain that must be stopped. 


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Merci les parents pour votre super visite!

                                     Dear readers,

Matthieu's parents graced us, Jackie's family and Greater Eastern Iowa with their visit, ending with their departure from O'Hare to Paris this past Thursday.

We had a wonderful time, and they have confirmed their great pleasure in visiting us, Jackie's immediate family and of course Max.  Pictures from the last few weeks have been added to Max's Picasa album (A link to which you can now find to the right of the most recent post).

We showed Grand-Père and Grand-Mère around Iowa City, spent time with Jackie's parents and Grand-Ma in West Des Moines and with her Grand-Parents in Indianola.  All parties involved enjoyed meeting in a more easy going and less crowded atmosphere than our wedding, the last time said family members had met.

After a trip spanning East/North East Iowa (Ames-Waterloo-Decorah-MacGregor-Dubuque-Davenport-Muscatine...), they came back for the 4th of July Week End and Iowa City's "Top 10 in the Nation" Jazz Festival. Fireworks in Iowa City drew "Oohs" and "Aahs" from all present.

Independence Day was spent in the Amana Colonies, with picnicking, antiquing, beer garden "visiting" and ice-cream licking on the menu.  We were graced with a wonderful sun-shining day and enjoying this first visit to this local attraction.

An all-around great visit for all, and tacit approval from Matthieu's parents of this Biger family living environment!

Happy Summer everyone!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Box 'o Books!

We received a very exciting package today in the mail, Max was intrigued:

I got teary-eyed when we opened to it to find this:

We had a wonderful morning of stories with the goodies inside:

Max loves his new hedgehog:

Thank you!! I miss you too! 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to the new generation of father:

And to the older generation! 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

One Month Old

Our sweet boy is already one month old.  He has gained two pounds and over two inches since birth.  We think Max is a genius as he hold his head up and turns it with no problem, can kick himself up, roll onto his side, punch over toys, and can hold onto his pacifier and put it in and out of his mouth. We also think he is super cute:  

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pauline has arrived!

Max's cousin arrived two weeks and two days after his arrival 
(although she was due two weeks before Max!)
  Introducing the beautiful Pauline Jacqueline: 

Here  is Great Grandma Hockett with the two cousins:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Max, two weeks old and kicking!

This week was very exciting in Maximilian's life:
- He met his maternal great-grand-parents, his uncle Keegan, his cousin Jameson

   - He gained a pound and weighed in at over 8 lbs first of many milestones :-)
- He woke up to sunshine and birds singing on a bright June morning!

We have also enjoyed our time with visitors and are grateful for all this love surrounding our recently extended family.

Pictures have been added to the album linked in our prior post.  Max's little toes, hands and ears are vastly documented along with the aforementioned visits and some very cute faces Max has graced us with.
Au revoir!

Friday, May 27, 2011

News worth a come back to BOTC! Max is among us :-)

Dear reader,

It is hard to believe that a year has gone by since the end of our European adventures, and our last blog post.

We have since completed our move to Iowa, landed jobs in Iowa City, enjoyed our time in the Midwest and...welcomed Maximilian Pierric Biger to the family.

Max was born Tuesday May 17th, weighed 7 lbs 2oz (3260g) and stretched out to 19 inches (48.26cm).  Such details seem to matter, so there you have it!  We learn more about our son every day, and have yet to determine whose features he borrows, but our opinion that he is cute and handsome was seconded many a time already.

The Picasa album entitled "Maximilian Biger's first photo album" chronicles the little man's life so far! It also showcases some of the wonderful people whom he has met so far, and some of the trendy clothes he has been gifted.  

Thank you all for your happy thoughts ahead of and upon his arrival.

More documented adventures to come ;-).

Jackie, Matthieu, Max & Admiral Dewi