Archive for December 2009

Looking back at the year that was

A quick look back at the year that was, in photos:

January

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February

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March

April

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May

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June

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July

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August

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September

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October

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November

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December

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A quick look back at the year that was, in photos:

Wordless Wednesday: First Christmases

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Goodbye Christmas

Tonight we packed up the Christmas Decorations, including our tree. It seems a little strange to be packing up before the new year, but this year it just felt right. So now I sit here, writing this entry in our Christmas fee living room, all that’s left is a few of the new presents that are downstairs toys. We have Violets Fisher Price Singing toy and her Mail box. Jacob’s Motorized Marble Race, that isn’t really a downstairs toy but we were putting it together earlier and the box is still waiting to be taken to it’s home. We’ve also got new toy for Mommy and Daddy, a PlayStation 3. It’s on the PlayStation that I’m writing this post. I figured if I could write a post on a net book on Christmas day, why not use the PS3 today. So I plugged in a keyboard fired up the browser and headed over to my Blog. There have been some hicups, I lost the first draft of my post, It also doesn’t like the wysiwyg editior in wordpress so I’m using just plan text, and will probably tweak it on my desktop. But it’s working I plan on writing up my thoughts the PS3 in the new year, when I get a bit more of a chance to play with it. Over all I’lll really liking it.

It’s been a greate Christmas, Jacob has loved it. He face when he came down stairs christmas morning showed me it was worth all the hard work Melissa and I put in. Our kids are the most important thing in our lives and Christmas is for them and they both had a great time. Watching Violet open her first presants was special, she’s alot older then Jacob was for his first Christmas so it’s so different for her. She of course has her first birthday in Janurary and she’ll be able to use her new present opening skills again then.

It’s been a busy week and I’m glad to have a few more days with the family to enjoy with out any major events to prepare for. It’s nice to just relax and enjoy the spending time with Melissa and the Kids. It all changes in January, first Jacob starts preschool and them mommy goes back to work. I’m also hoping that Violet starts walking in the next few days, I missed her first few steps while as at work, I don’t want to miss when she finally releases that she can walk.  Of course I can’t make it happen it will happen when she’s ready and with my luck it will be on the morning of my first day back at work.

Random Internet Video: Don’t Smoke, R2!

With the Christmas rush over and our house mostly back together I had hopped to get back to regular blogging today, but when I saw this video I thought I had to share:

Images of Christmas Part Two

Nana’s house and our Christmas Day Dinner:

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Images of Christmas Part One

Here are some photos from our Christmas eve and Christmas morning.

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Christmas Day Experiment

Today is Christmas Day, a day for family, food and presents.  We started our day with Jacob coming into our room excited to go downstairs and see what Santa had left. We had a great time as a family sitting around the tree and opening presents. Jacob did very well, pulling the presents out from under the tree and watching and waiting while Violet opened hers. We took a bunch of photos and some video, but I’ve not had a chance to look at them yet.

After our family Christmas morning we packed up the car and headed over to Melissa’s moms place for breakfast, another round of presents and an afternoon of  family before Christmas dinner. It’s been a great day so far, right now both the kids are napping. Danny is playing Modern Warfare 2, Melissa and Lynn are pealing potatoes. I’m experimenting with one  Jimmy’s present. An Aspire One 10.1″ netbook. I’ve wanted a netbook for a while,  but was never sure if I would like the keyboard. Or if they had enough power for what I’d want to do with it. So I thought why not write a blog post on it and give it a try.

Here is what I think:

The screen is pretty good. It’s got a 1024 X 600 res screen. Which is pretty good. On a few pages I found it a little annoying to have to scroll, but I probably get used to that. The bigger issue is the keyboard. Though as I continue to write this post I am getting faster at typing but my hands are feeling cramped. That’s something I don’t think I would be able to get used too. So I’m thinking if a netbook is in my future it would need to be a larger model, with a larger keyboard. For now I think I’ll wrap up my post, perhaps another day I’ll put it through a few more test. For now I think I should join the family instead of sitting in a corner writing my blog.

Family Traditions: Christmas Eve

Tonight is Christmas eve and we tried to do expand our family traditions to include our youngest member of the family. Of course it’s taken all the evening and I haven’t found time to blog. I was hoping to just post some pictures, but as I went through them I realized that we took a lot and it would take time to go through them. So until I can find the right pictures you’ll have to be content with words.

Tonight was a great night with dinner at Melissa’s dad. There was presents for the kids and a good time was had by all. Then it was home for our Christmas Eve presents, a book and Pajamas. Then into the PJ’s and read A night before Christmas, put out the Milk and Cookies, hang the Santa Key and off to bed.  Which is were I should be heading soon. Stay tuned for more of an update tomorrow.

Wordless Wednesday: Something Different

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Cloud Gazing: Picnik

The thought of an online photo editor always seemed silly to me. Why waste the time uploading your images just to edit them. There are a ton of great editors for windows, why move it out to the cloud. That was before I really started using Flickr and other online photo sites. Even then I saw the online image editors as basic tools used for quick touch ups. Boy has things changed. The market is exploding with tools, you have picnik, Photoshop Online, Aviary and many more. I’m planning to do a review of  some the different products out there but that is for another day. Today I want to talk about picnik.

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