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Spring 2014 Header

Unfortunately the kitchen floor is being ripped up again (as I type this they are banging away and the dog is barking) and not all the cabinets are installed yet so I can not feature the kitchen on the header image this season. Maybe by Spring 2015.

I guess the kids smiley faces will have to do. Thank you Disney Vacation for the rosy cheeks and big smile.



You can find more old headers here. They do not go back to 2006 when we started the blog because we have gone through a few different blog styles since the beginning.


Bear with me, this post is going to get a bit geeky.  After which, I promise to return you to pictures of Elise dancing like a princess.

I hope you like the site redesign.  It’s pretty significant in that instead of simply going out and choosing a new theme, we decided to build our own from the ground up.  Meg designed the whole thing, and I just put her ideas on the screen.  If I were left to design it, you’d probably be left with a white page with black text, and that’s about it.

The website redesign is also significant in that our theme was one of the last things on the site that wasn’t open source.  And this is where it’s going to get a bit geeky.

This site is running on a virtual server some where in Dallas, Tx.  The server is running an open source operating system (Linux),  and the operating system is running open source technologies to host this website (Apache, Php, MySql, WordPress).  This means that the code that is running this entire website is available to me to look at, modify, and distribute.  To most people that may not seem like a big deal.  Why would anyone ever need to see the source code if everything is running fine and doing what it needs to do, and that’s absolute true.  I would almost never need to even access any of the code running anything on this blog.  It’s written and maintained by developers far smarter and more capable than I am. 

So why go through all of the effort of building the website on these open source technologies.  Why not just use Tumblr, Blogger, or even WordPress’s own blog hosting?  Or even easier, why not just post all our pictures to Facebook?  Everyone’s on Facebook, right?

The reason is simply because this website is more than just a blog.  It’s really become a living scrapbook for us.  We have Michael’s first steps, and Patrick’s potty training, and Elise’s birth story.    And we (let’s be honest, Meg) add to it every week.

If I want to keep this scrapbook safe, then I need to control where the pictures and stories are kept, how and when they are backed up, and in 50 years I need to be able to still look back at them and have them.  Look at it this way, I know there are scrapbooks and photo albums out there that are older than how long Facebook has been a company. What if Facebook goes away?  I feel bad for all of the people who have dumped their memories into Facebook when that happens.

As for our scrapbook, it’s fire proof, and backed up in 3 geographically separate locations, and the entire website and the code running it can be reconstructed and rebuilt at anytime on any computer because it’s open source.

It’s a lot of work, but in the end, I think it’s worth it.

And now, back to dancing Elise:


The reason we do this blog is because I don’t want to scrapbook.

This is my scrap book to the kids. I blog their milestones. I post funny photos of moments that I wish I will never forget but I am well aware that they will fade to a fuzzy memory someday. I transcribe their fantastically, one of a kind kid quotes so they can laugh at themselves and each other when they are older.

I write this blog so when our kids have kids of their own they will have a smidge of an idea of what it was like for us to raise them. In return I expect them to shower me with praise and gifts for raising them to be such wonderful, well rounded, contributing adults in society. (Side note- I am well aware that they will also use this blog against me but I am hoping that the good out weighs the bad. Besides- by the time they start trying to bill me for their shrink bills they will be well aware that WE are Santa and if they are not good to Santa- Santa will not be good to them!)

So. I write the posts. If you want to contribute to this virtual scrapbook- COMMENT!

People who comment are cool. People who comment will forever be quoted on this site. When Michael, Patrick and Elise read these posts and roll their eyes at their mothers lack of editing while she tries to type out the stream of conscious that is dizzyingly scrambled it will be you – commentators- who bring yet another point of view and help make sense to all the crazy.

Do you have trouble commenting? Here is a quick how-to. If you don’t have trouble commenting, what’s your excuse?!

Find the comment button at the bottom of each post. Hover you mouse arrow over the button – it will turn green (because green is my favorite color and getting comments is my favorite thing). Click the button.

That will take you to the comment page.

Now this is the tricky part. The form is kind of funky in the way that it is laid out. It is hard to tell where and what you are suppose to fill in. Check out the diagram below for help.

You need to fill out the Name (this will be public) and your email address (this will not be public) and of course type in the comment box.

Then all you have to do is click “Submit Comment” and you are done.

Piece of Grandma Moo’s pie (not easy to make- super easy to over eat! The only difference is that if you eat too much pie your stomach will hurt. I promise you will never get a tummy ache from commenting too much. So maybe it isn’t at all like a piece of Grandma Moo’s pie… anyone else craving a slice her apple pie now? Yum.)

There is a tally of the most recent comments on the left hand side bar of the website and we also have a tally of the top commentors. Top commentors is all about quantity not quality. So don’t fear how you sound or your writing ability. Any comment is a good comment.