Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hey everyone!

Hope you had a great week!

Well, the big day is almost here. Everything's great. We've been busy the past few weeks traveling for Hope's pre-Olympic training and games. We're in Kansas City right now, where she has a game, so she's been splitting her time between dancing, training and competing. I'm just trying not to be too distracting! I feel good with what we have, so the traveling and her maybe not being able to devote more time to dancing doesn't really worry me. She has the routine down. We really can't complain about anything. There's never a perfect partner as far as someone who's perfect and a perfect situation. There's always something — drama, injury, a difficult schedule or some type of problem. Having said that, I think we're in a good situation. We're not crazy. It's been quite calm and drama-free.

I think Val is nervous. He doesn't know what to expect yet. He's very verbal about how amazing a job we do on the show, but from the outside, you never get to see the rehearsal stuff. You don't really know what we go through until you do it. He's participating and now he's finally realizing all the things that goes into putting in the show. I think he'll do great and I'm hoping he comes up with his own trick to taunt Tom. Butt-pinching is mine! I can assure Tom it's not over yet. How can there not be butt-pinching, right?

Today is also a big day in our family. It's Sleep's birthday! He's two, so he's a big boy now. I'm going to take him to L.A. for the first time this year for the duration of the show, regardless of the outcome. I don't think L.A. is ready for him, but what are you going to do? I think it's time for him to come out. He's sad. He told me he doesn't like that Val and I aren't home a lot, so L.A., here we come!

I also want to quickly mention my jewelry line. A limited collection is currently out on Amazon.com and Endless.com. It's not the whole collection yet. We're looking to see how these will do. There will also be different outlets that will be distributing and we hope to have it out by year's end. The ones that are out, I know people are happy with and I hope you all can check it out!

That's all for now. I hope you'll vote for us this season. I'm very excited about the premiere, but at the same time, it's kind of a calculated excitement — not in a bad way. I know what to expect and I know I'm going to be sitting back and watching Hope's reaction as it all unfolds. I'm excited for her.

See you Monday!

Maks