Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas: 2010

Hello friends, family, and all of our readers. We want to extend our warmest greetings to you and wish you a very Merry Christmas! The last two days have been exciting and fun, with lots of food and great times with the people around us.

We are going to spend the next week relaxing, getting together with our friends, and generally just enjoying the holiday season; Ending the year on a great note.

Here are a couple of pictures from today. We broke our usual tradition of opening gifts on Christmas Eve, and did them this morning. There were many gifts, too many to list and thank everyone for here, but we do appreciate every one.


Before: The gift pile!


William's first Christmas gift opening.


Charlotte with her gifts.


William doubled his toy collection!

Hope you're all having as much fun as we are! We'd love to hear from you. Please post a comment to say hi, tell a story from your Christmas this year, or whatever.

Merry Christmas!

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William: Nine Months

William is nine months old today! A lot has happened since last month, most notably his new skill in crawling. About two weeks ago, he made his first crawling motions, and now he can get around quite well. He's even pulling himself to standing which lets him access at least twice as many things as before... and have twice as much fun!


William's cheeky, toothy grin!


Peek-a-boo, William!

He's getting more interactive all the time, which makes for some very entertaining family time. Actions such as clapping are happening more often, and he's really gotten to enjoy eating finger foods. Give him some kind of food he can grab and eat, and he'll sit happily for quite some time.

A mere three months until his first birthday. We are very interested in seeing how his progress compares to Charlotte at the same age. So far quite equal, although the differences are starting to show, especially in the last month or so.

Check back in January for the 10-month post!

Thanks to Shelley for sharing these photos, and Matt for taking them!

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Natasha's 29th Birthday

On Sunday, Natasha turned 29! Due to some scheduling changes, we didn't get to do some of the stuff we planned, but we switched it up and had a bit of a different birthday this year.

Natasha still got to open her gifts from the kids and I on Sunday night.


Natasha opening gifts with Charlotte's help.

Then on Tuesday, Natasha went out with a group of girls to Milestones for the evening. This was a great way for her to get out on her own for a bit, and spend time with her friends.


The girls!


Natasha with the dessert.

The dessert was a cake which Dianna made, it was delicious!

Next year is the big three-zero. I think we're going to have to plan something very special for that occasion!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

iCarc Lite

Just a few days ago, I released iCarc Lite, the free version of iCarc, "The Carcassonne Companion", to the App Store. It contains tile lists for the base game and a limited selection of expansion sets. It's the perfect way for users to try the app and upgrade if they want more functionality.

For details, and to download, search "iCarc" or "Carcassonne" on the iTunes App Store, or click the App Store button below.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Egg and Muffin

We ordered a new toaster online and just got it a few days ago. It's called the Egg & Muffin, and as its name suggests, it makes breakfasts sandwiches, along with all the other things a toaster usually does.

Here's how it works. First, crack an egg into the poaching cup after putting some water into the heating tray.


The egg tray.

Next, add your meat to the next tray and stack.


The meat tray.

Lastly, put your English muffins in the toaster, configure it to your liking, and away it goes. While the toaster is going, the heating tray boils the water, steaming the eggs to perfection.


Toaster loaded with English muffins and toppings.

Five minutes later, the eggs are cooked, the meat warmed, and the toast or English muffins pop up together.

Assemble, and enjoy.


The final product.

So the question is, who needs Timmy's?

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

iCarc v1.3

I've launched version 1.3 of iCarc, "The Carcassonne Companion". It contains two new expansions, and a set of powerful new features which make the app even more useful. The logo has been updated as well!


The new iCarc logo

iCarc runs on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, and has received great reviews on the App Store.

For details, search "iCarc" or "Carcassonne" on the iTunes App Store, or click the App Store button below.

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Mr. Grinch

The Christmas holidays start for most people in two weeks. Here's a little something to help get you in the mood, and through the next ten days of work! Enjoy!


"You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch", on the accordion.

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Gingerbread House

Natasha picked up a gingerbread house kit while at the grocery store last night, to see if Charlotte would be interested in building it. As it turns out, she enjoyed it a lot and seems quite proud of the result.


Starting the house, pieces all laid out.


Charlotte decorating the house.

In the end, Charlotte ate a few of the gummy's, but during construction she was really good about not eating them.


Natasha and Charlotte, with the final product.


The masterpiece!

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Belated Birthday

It was my birthday almost a month ago, and Natasha noticed we hadn't made a blog post of it. Highly unusual, but it was an unusually busy time and it just slipped away on us.

We were very pleased to have my parents here for my birthday, and we enjoyed a pleasant day around the house, eating some tasty food, cake, and of course, opening a few gifts!


Opening the first gift: pencil crayons

I'd asked for this gift, because Charlotte likes me to color with her, and the short kid pencil crayons are difficult to use. Also, this way, I can keep track of them all without having to worry about losing colors or whatever.


Andrew and Charlotte inspect the magnetic paperclip holder.

A cute gift from the kids, this little novelty holds paperclips magnetically (shaped like one of those Hallmark characters) and says "Take a clip, leave a nickel". I've had it on my desk at work for a month, and not a single nickel. Oh well, it's a great desk decoration anyway!

Then the big one:


Whoa! An iPad!

A very impressive gift from my parents: An iPad! I'd been asking for this, not in a serious way, and while I lightly suspected something was going on, it was still a great surprise. Natasha bought me a great looking case, and it makes for an awesome new addition to my Apple electronics collection. I've been using it almost every day, and a few recent blog posts have been written on it. The great thing about its size is that I can carry it in my backpack where my laptop requires a large case.

And not to forget anyone, Natasha's Mom took us out for lunch for our birthdays which are both at the end of the year.

Thanks to everyone for the great gifts, and especially for taking the time to come out to visit. We had planned some other activities with friends, but sick kids forced us to cancel, and we'll hopefully be able to make up for it soon.

Had a great birthday! Lots to do before my next one!

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