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July 2006 articles

July 30, 2006

Major post coming soon

Sorry for the Janney Family neglect, but the family was on vacation in Wyoming this past week soaking up the sun, literally, and enjoying the CFD festivities that take place in July.

This is a far cry from the official vacation rant that Sam will hopefully post tomorrow, but I will tell you it includes the following: Daisy's Baptism and first plane ride, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Wyoming heat vs. California Heat, our Powerball winnings, family, family and more family, Jennifer's allergies, the Thunderbirds practice, Rockies' baseball, our Red Lobster tradition and of course - photos.

Stay tuned. :)

Posted by paul at 06:54 PM in Paul rant

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July 11, 2006

Daisy Eileen 201

A while back I wrote a "Daisy 101" blog where friends and family could learn more about our sweet turnip, Dilly D. Well as most babies do, she is growing up and therefore I have an advanced lesson for you all called Daisy Eileen 201.

Daisy's vocabulary is growing like crazy. She now says: hi, hey, dad, dada, daddy, mama, go, oh boy, thank you and butt (my personal favorite).

Daisy can play her "toy" piano with one finger on each hand and sings while she plays her music. She does not bang on the keyboard like you would expect, she is extremely exact with which key she hits and when she hits it.

Piano Girl

Daisy is enrolled in a music class through Gymboree and she is the only baby in this class who sings along with the songs and claps her hands.

She has started to curl up on her side when she sleeps at night. I know this because most nights, after around 4am she is curled up asleep on my side of the bed.

Daisy loves to stand and is able to pull herself up holding on to our hands.

Daisy has started eating more solid foods including ginger snaps, apples, plums, crackers, ice cream (twist no less), yogurt, Naan (Indian bread) and the good old stand-bys veggie puffs and wagon wheels.

Daisy has two teeth on the bottom in front and three more are popping in up front on top. She is starting to look like a little Dracula.

Curious Daisy

She loves to go for car rides and sings along (in Daisy babble) with Johnny Cash, Ella Fitzgerald, Madonna, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, almost anything Motown and many many more.

Daisy is not a huge fan of sand.

Daisy's nicknames include: D, Little D, Dilly, Deedle, Dilly D, DD, Daze, Daz-i-leen, Stinker, Turkey, Turnip, Sweet Potato, Chicken... basically anything that pops out of our mouths can become a nickname.

Daisy's hair is officially long enough to put tiny tiny tiny barrettes and clips in - WHOOHOO!

Daisy is wearing mostly sz 12 month clothing, which is a big deal considering that she is "developmentally" only 9 1/2 months old. She is long and lean, just like her daddy.

Most importantly, Daisy is a happy, healthy, ROBUST (our peds word!), sensitive, loving little girl who enjoys just being with her family and exploring the world around her. I continue to be amazed by her fire, her heart and her sweet spirit.

Cutie Pie

Posted by sam at 03:45 PM in Daisy rant

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July 03, 2006

Happy Birthday Daisy Doodle!

It has come to pass, the infant formerly known as Daisy Eileen is now a soon-to-be toddling one-year-old. My daughter, my little two and a half pound baby is now an 18lb little girl. What a difference a year makes.

Look Who's 1

She woke up at 6 this morning after sleeping through most of the night so I brought her to bed with us in hopes that she might sleep a bit longer. She curled up on her side and slept next to me until 7 when she decided to punch daddy in the nose. So Daisy and I got up, I quietly sang "Happy Birthday" to her as I changed her diaper, then she ate her bottle. Soon after daddy came downstairs and it was time to decorate! Now believe it or not, I get a little snippy sometimes when I'm working, but Paul hung in there and we created an extremely "girlie girl" b-day room fit for a queen.

Afterwards we all got cleaned up and headed to the park. She played in the swings and daddy took her down the slide a couple of times. We sat in the grass under beautiful blue skies and then Paul gave her a horsie ride around the park.

Dad Daisy Slide

We came home (taking the long way so we could get a ride in) and Daisy snoozed a bit. When she woke up we decided it was present time! She wasn't too sure about tearing into the presents, but with some help from mom and dad she managed just fine. She made out like a bandit! Clothes, toys, DVD's, books... she definitely cleaned up.

Present Time

Paul put her new learning table together then we all sat on the couch to watch some baseball and relax. Daisy soon fell asleep and Paul and I decided we wanted Indian food for dinner. When Paul came home with the food Daisy woke up and was SO crabby, wow! I kept wondering where my happy baby had gone.

It took some time to get her to calm down and start smiling again, but after her solids at dinner she was in a much better mood. She ate well so it was time to bring out the cake! Originally I was going to make the cake, but the more I read about babies not really eating said cake I decided to buy a small one from the bakery. We weren't going to eat any so we decided to let her at it! At first she wasn't sure about the cake either, slowly but surely she started to pick at it, then eventually she tore into it like crazy!

Cake

It was EVERYWHERE, and she was having a ball. We gave her a little frosting, which seemed to be okay, and she even fed herself a big ol' hand full of cake - which made her gag and she spit up a bit. After she was done decimating the cake I whisked her away to the bath tub where she and I played with her fishies and cleaned the cake out from between her fingers, from behind her ears... it was such fun.

Now she is sitting with daddy, playing quietly with her new toys watching more baseball. SHEW! What a day! What a wonderful day. I am so proud of my little one-year-old. She has come so far, I can't wait to see where we are headed next.

Posted by sam at 08:16 PM in Sam rant

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July 01, 2006

Halloween.tv goes beta - your guide to haunted houses

It's with great excitment and pleasure that I share with the readers of Janney Family our latest web production - Halloween.tv [beta].

So what is the purpose of Halloween.tv you ask? Simple. It's an elegant solution for finding a Haunted House near you, utilizing Google Maps and Skype to make it easier then any other web site providing the same service. My hope is people, and haunts for that matter, will see this the same way and as a benefit to both parties.

To find a haunt, you simply pull up the map, find your state, click on an orange marker and from there you'll get all the details you want about that particular haunt. In addition, if a phone number is provided and you have the Skype client, you can click the phone number and "Skype out" - fancy way of saying make a call from your computer - to that location. It's that simple.

Going forward, we have plans on how we can provide more features and improved functionality when it comes to finding haunts, but also other tools and topics that would interest the Halloween community at large. With the support of a good friend, the back-end will also be more sophisticated soon as well. We should see increased performance and a cleaner way of managing haunt records. There's close to 100 records already in the XML file, which is pretty decent coverage across the US. New records are added almost daily.

Up to this point, the project has taken about four weeks and a few late nights that I'm sure Sam would rather forget. I'd been wanting to use the domain for awhile now, I've owned it for six years, and the stars finally aligned for what I felt would be a unique and fun project.

It's also been a great learning experience as I've gained exposure to the Google Map API and re-visited technologies I don't get exposure to as much as I did previously in my old role. We're also trying a different host for the site too, using mediatemple to handle the heavy lifting. So far, so good. If all goes well this summer with Halloween.tv, we might move Janney Family over.

On a final note, this project is in beta so we'd love to hear any feedback people might have about the site. So feel free to pay it a visit and drop us a line. And yes, the domain name Halloween.tv is no longer for sale.

Posted by paul at 09:26 AM in Paul rant

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