Dec 12

Treecam is back

Posted by Matty

The treecam is live for another Christmas Holiday. If you want to get right to it, head over to tree-cam.no-ip.org and get started. You’ll need to type in guest as the user name and password to gain access. It should work on most modern browsers and smartphones.

The setup this year is about the same as last year, with the addition of a ticker that displays the location of the ten most recent visitors. It’s been cool to see people stop in from all over the globe! This was fun to code, and works by looking up the IP address of each visitor after they log in.

This year has been fun. Evie and Kaylee have both spent time playing in front of the camera, interacting with friends and family. Something new this year… I’ve been occasionally activating the microphone, so that family can hear Evie sing holiday classics like “Restless Sloppy Dog” (Feliz Navidad). The microphone only works in IE currently, but I may try to reverse engineer the activex control to bring the same functionality to other browsers.

We decided to use our old artificial tree this year, since Max and Lola both are actively trying to knock it over every night. Every morning, Nanc or I gather the fallen ornaments, and try to piece the tree back together. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to use a live tree again.

Since the resolution of the camera isn’t great, here are some snapshots of the different items that you can interact with.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Sep 7

This weekend, we drove up to Northern Missouri for Christina and Jesse’s wedding reception. There are pictures at the bottom of the page.

There’s a little backstory here…

We’ve been friends with both of them for many years. Last year they sat down with us for an important discussion. Christina said that she and Jesse both treasured our friendship. Uh oh. I knew that she was buttering us up for something. They said many flattering things that my Midwestern sense of modesty will not allow me to repeat, but rest assured, we were very flattered. Then, they asked if one of us would be willing to become certified to officiate a wedding ceremony, and marry them.

I said yes immediately. Jesse and Christina are wonderfully matched. They make each other very happy and you can see it in their faces every time they are together.

In March of this year they came down to Texas and I married them in a small private ceremony, according to their wishes.

To celebrate their wedding, Christina’s Dad and Stepmom wanted to throw them a party. Plans were made, cakes were baked, and relatives descended on the small hamlet of Knob Noster, Missouri.

It was about a 1000 mile round trip. I was a little worried as to how Evie would handle such a long trip, but she traveled like a pro. For the most part, we tried to do the driving while she slept. We also made sure to allow time out for playgrounds, parks, and other places for Evie to stretch her wee tiny legs.

We left Texas Friday night, and made it up to Big Cabin, OK and then finished up the driving on Saturday afternoon during Evie’s nap.

Once we got there, we got to meet a number of Christina’s family that we’d heard about for years, including her Dad and siblings. We also got to spend some time with Jesse’s Mom and Stepdad who had flown in from Connecticut!

Evie had a great time at the farm, and has us rethinking our suburban lifestyle. She got to play with puppies, eat cherry tomatoes off the vine, and run around to her heart’s content.

On Sunday morning after a big brunch, we said our goodbyes, and got back into the car for the ride home. Evie napped in the car, and she woke up in Joplin, Missouri.

We’d done some research, and found a tiny amusement park on Route 66. It sort of looked like a traveling carnival that had stopped traveling and put down roots. Due to Evie’s diminutive stature, she was only allowed to ride on three rides, but she had a lot of fun on the train, carousel, and the birds.

After a few hours of activities and a steak dinner, she was tired out. We finished driving home, finally getting home late on Sunday night.

Dec 14

It’s treecam time again!

Posted by Matty

The holiday treecam is online again! It should be online through the holidays, for whenever you need a little extra cheer. Feel free to stop by and play with our decorations.

Stop by any time between 8am and 10pm CST.

Here’s the link to the streaming version

And here’s the “updates-twice-a-minute version” good for mobile devices and such.

Go nuts, and happy holidays!

Sep 3

Belly laughs

Posted by Matty

Every time I watch this, it makes me happy. *sigh*

Aug 17

She hasn’t even seen Star Wars, but Evie is already working on her Chewbacca imitation. I’m such a proud Dad.

Video inside

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Aug 14

EV woos the Yarn Harlot

Posted by Nanc

Plus a sweater debut!

Take the way back machine to see what I’m talking about…

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Aug 11

Wow! Nine Years already?

Posted by Matty

viva

In 2000, Elvis wanted to know if Nancy would be my teddy bear. Likewise, he wanted to make sure that she would never step on my blue suede shoes. So far, so good.

Happy Anniversary, Nanc!

Jun 16

The Natural

Posted by Nanc

We want to encourage creativity and music appreciation in our little girl, so we sat her down at our old, out-of-tune piano and let her plunk away.

Actually, it was pretty awesome.

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Apr 28

Um…

wow. This has been a crazy month (plus). I didn’t mean to drop my Pic-a-Day fun, but I plead motherhood… to an infant.

Anyhoo, no excuses. Thanks to Matt, here’s some pix from the past few weeks.

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Mar 5

It’s Video Thursday!

Posted by Matty

This is one happy baby.