Sunday, June 27, 2010

iCarc: "The Carcassonne Companion" v1.1

I recently launched an upgrade to my iPhone app, iCarc. It has all custom graphics, and a couple of new features as well. The app lets you track the number of tiles remaining in a game of Carcassonne, and more importantly, exactly which ones are left to be played.

For app details, see the Apps page on my website, or check it out on iTunes.

Free game draw

I've brought back the free draw now that the app is back on the app store. For full details on how you can get into the draw, see the bottom of the Apps page.

The easiest way to qualify, and the best way to help me out, is to click here to see the Facebook fan page, "Like" the page (which gets you into the draw, it's that easy!), then invite your friends to join as well.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

William: Three Months Old

Today is William's three-month birthday!

So far, William has been a very good-natured baby, smiling often with many "a-goo's". He's sleeping really well, some nights better than Charlotte, and recently he's shown a liking for blankies. It doesn't matter what blankie; Any one will do.

He's getting close to rolling from his back to front, and we are expecting that sometime in the next few weeks.

Charlotte's taking more of an interest in William (especially his soother) and held him for the first time yesterday.

Charlotte holding William.

Next update at four months, or anytime something important happens!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Weekend Trip To Harrison

On Saturday we took advantage of the nice weather (luckily, as Sunday was chilly) and made a day trip to Harrison Hot Springs «street view». We called up Nathanael and Shelley to see if they were interested, and we all headed out in the early afternoon.

Charlotte played on the beach, the boys made sand castles, and little William slept soundly. The adults relaxed most of the time, with the exception of chasing down Charlotte when she decided to go for a run down the beach.

Charlotte, loving the freedom of the beach.

Chillaxin', sort of.

Natasha, and Shelley.

William slept soundly, protected in the stroller.

After that, we went to a nearby park to BBQ some burgers and chat. A few showers started to come in so we got packed up and started the drive home. Everyone had a busy but enjoyable day, and the kids slept like angels.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day, 2010

Sunday was Father's Day #3 for me, and we all had an enjoyable day together. Natasha made me scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast, and I opened the cards from her and the kids.

For lunch we had "Steak Dinner For Two", a package deal from a local butcher and specialty meat shop.

Steak dinner for one!

This package comes with two steaks, two mushroom neptune (mushrooms stuffed with imitation crab and shrimp), two prawn skewers, and two stuffed baked potatos. As an extra treat, I picked up two zucchinis stuffed with feta cheese and sundried tomatos.

Natasha bought me a couple of nice gifts as well.

Bobby Fischer: The Career and Complete Games.

This book contains every tournament game played by Bobby Fischer along with commentary and analysis. Should be an interesting read.


Mancala is a game we recently picked up on the iPhone, and this will let us play at home, while traveling, etc.

Hope all you Dad's had a good Father's Day!


Sunday, June 13, 2010

April and May 2010 Slideshow

Some of our more observant readers will have noticed that the number of posts we've done has decreased slightly since the birth of William. Well, well, who would have guessed that things would have been busier with two than one?

Still, we catch up eventually, and we now present our photo albums from April and May 2010. Enjoy!

April Slideshow

May Slideshow


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Seattle Trip, May 2010

On the weekend of Charlotte's birthday, we decided to take an extra day on the long weekend and make a short vacation of it. So off we went to Seattle to stay at our favorite hotel, swim in the pool twice a day, eat tasty food, and take Charlotte to the Children's Museum.

Swimming was one of the highlights of the trip for Charlotte. She got to go to the pool four times and loved every minute of it. In fact, "swimming" has become part of her daily vocabulary now, especially when it comes to the bath.

Charlotte swimming with Daddy.

Charlotte in her cozy swimming robe.

William chillaxin' beside the pool.

After seeing posts by my sister about the Children's Museums in their area, we decided to try one in our area «street view» (the museum is in the center of the city centre complex).

Here are a few pictures of our adventures in the Children's Museum.

Charlotte trying out some instruments.

Charlotte driving a bus.

There was a lot of pushing and shoving by kids to get to the driver's seat.

The grocery store.

No picture of Charlotte here because she didn't really get the idea of pushing a cart and loading it up. She preferred just handling all the food, and grabbing it out of other kid's carts.

Charlotte playing in the water table.

The special area for toddlers was great and had all kinds of things to climb on, move around, and interact with. Best of all, way less pushy kids.

We all had a fun weekend, which ended with our birthday celebration with Charlotte!

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