Friday, March 26, 2010

William's First Day

Here are a few photos from William's first day! It was a busy day, and relatively fast paced. In fact, his entire hospital stay consisted of a mere 13 hours before we took him home. There are more photos, which will be featured in upcoming posts, or our monthly photo albums, but these are all about William.

The family is now four!

Opa and Omsie, with Charlotte and William.

Nanny holding William.

Checking out of the hospital!

William bundled up for the ride home.

Those "bananas" are one of the greatest carseat inventions, and totally beat anything that comes with your average carseat. No more flopping head!

A nice close-up of William.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Welcome, William Andrew Hoyer!

Our little William

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our baby boy, William, born on March 25, 2010 at 1:02am, and weighing in at a hefty 9 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring over 22 inches long.

Natasha is doing great and made it through delivery extremely well. It was a long, tough day, but in the end, it is all worth it and everyone is happy.

We'll stay at the hospital for 24 hours, then head home to continue the adventure!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Heading To The Hospital: Baby #2

We promised a blog post when the time came for us to head to the hospital for the birth of baby #2. Some people didn't believe it, but here it is nonetheless!

Contractions have been in progress since 3am PST, and we've reached a place where the trip to the hospital seems like the right move.

It's unlikely we'll have time for more posts before the baby arrives, but you can check Twitter from time to time, and once the baby is born, there will be an official announcement posted to the blog as soon as possible.

Got an interesting heading-to-the-hospital story? Post a comment and share it!

Stay tuned, everyone!


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thirty-Nine And A Half Weeks

Natasha, coming on 40 weeks!

We are waiting daily now for the arrival of baby #2! Natasha is feeling good, and we are both anxious to meet the new member of our family.

As always, stay tuned every day for updates! All important happenings will be blogged as soon as possible.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Northern Voice, 2010

Just a few weeks ago, this blog reached its 5th birthday. I guess that puts me somewhere in the range of being an experienced personal blogger, especially as I've taken the time to do extensive customizations to the blog over time.

More recently, with new trends such as Twitter, I'm also interested in social media when it comes to business. Businesses are jumping on board, and almost every company these days has a blog, Twitter account, and Facebook page. During the last ten years, my career has been focused on software development, but interestingly has been mainly for companies that are involved in marketing.

Further to that, as I'm beginning to write my own software, particularly for the iPhone, the power of social media to advertise those types of small ventures is unparalleled.

So, to try to boost my overall knowledge and skill with the latest social media tips, tricks, and ideas, I'm going to be attending Northern Voice this year in May. It's a two-day blogging and social media conference held at the UBC main campus in Vancouver, BC; The sixth year it's been running. I'll be attending the Saturday session only, but as I understand from my co-worker and social media guru, Nick Amado, it should be enough for a typical blogger such as myself.

The list of speakers and topics has not yet been released but is supposed to be posted in the first part of April. This event is still over a month away, but I'll post photos and updates when I attend, and probably even while I'm there.

While we're on the topic, why not head over to my Twitter page, and follow me for even more updates on what I'm doing?

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Time Change Tonight, Spring Forward!

For all those in regions that participate in daylight savings time, we move an hour ahead in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Set your main clocks an hour ahead before you go to bed tonight, then get the 25 or so other clocks you probably have over the next few weeks. Twice a year I am impressed by the sheer number of things that have clocks. Cars, computers, watches, cell phones, radios, stoves, microwaves, and even coffee machines!


Mid-March Update

The past few weeks have been busy, but slow at the same time. We've put together a list of things to do before the baby arrives and have been working through it. We've also been spending time with Charlotte, taking her to the park as often as we can when the weather permits, and generally just waiting as time passes until the big day arrives.

Today we slept in (Charlotte did too!), and we took her to a new park we hadn't been to yet. Charlotte had a great time while we sat back and sipped on our homemade french press coffee. It's really great because she can climb on most of the smaller equipment and go down the slide on her own without help.

Charlotte can go down the slide without any help.

This one was actually smaller than one she went on last week.

Charlotte discovered a fun new toy!

There's a funny story behind this one. When we first got to the park, we tried to sit her on it, but she just wanted to get off. A while later, some other kids came and she saw one of them riding this toy and enjoying it. As soon as it was free, she went straight over to it, we helped her up, and she was all smiles.

Keep close tabs on the blog over the next two weeks, as we'll be posting when we head to the hospital, and of course as soon as possible once the baby is born. We've acquired some great technology since Charlotte was born (namely, an iPhone), so we will have internet access immediately and will be able to post photos within hours.

Back to waiting, and BBQ steak with asparagus for supper!

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Friday, March 05, 2010

January and February 2010 Photo Albums

Once again we bring you an action packed update with two months worth of photos. We did a lot in January and February, and with the exceptional weather we were able to spend more time outdoors than we normally would have. Here are the album links, which will also be listed under the photo albums section in the sidebar.

January Album

February Album

New additions to Charlotte's corner



Monday, March 01, 2010

Charlotte's New Pets!

We took Charlotte to the pet store tonight, her first visit since she's been able to walk around and really understand what she's seeing.

Charlotte looking at the bunnies.

We looked at the rabbits and birds which she thought were pretty neat.

Charlotte loves the puppies.

The puppies, however, were her favorite. If you look closely, you can see her grin in the reflection. Unfortunately, we weren't there to buy a puppy but she got a good look at them and we moved on to the next section.

What did we get? You may have guessed already: Fish! On the weekend we set up a small fish tank to see if Charlotte would like it and whether or not we'd want anything larger.

Charlotte grabbing the fish bag.

Actually, she does seem pretty interested, especially when there's something moving around (the tank on its own was pretty boring).

At home with the new fish and tank.

"Where are the fish, Charlotte?" gets a friendly point in the right direction.

Mountain Minnows!

Here's a close-up of the tank and its three new additions! No puppy today... but you never know about the future!

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