Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Sabbath is not a day of Rest!

My day began at 6:30 this morning with the sweet sounds of a wakeful baby. I guess the sounds aren't that sweet at this hour. I tried to go back to sleep but Hannah wouldn't let me. I was worried about waking Grace, who has come into bed with us the last 5 nights. Right now I am living the phrase "there is no rest for the weary". Sunday is the most hectic day of the week for us. Scott is gone to meetings before 7 am so I am left to get the three children and myself dressed in our sunday best and fed. It is a challenge every week and I am alway amazed that is takes so long to get ready, and that we ever make it to church on time. Thankfully scott is waiting at church to help us get seated. Sacrament meeting is always hectic but having the children in classes for two hours sure is nice. Unfortunately, we spent the rest of today struggling with whining and crying children. Needless to say Scott and I put them to bed early and by 8:10 they were all asleep. Our rest can begin!

I have spent the last two months helping organize the food storage section of an emergency preparedness fair our ward put on. This weekend it actually took place and it was great. It was a lot of work and I had some pretty stressful moments over the planning of it but to my surprise it all turned out well. It's pretty crazy to think how much there is to think about when it comes to being prepared for an emergency.

My brain just shut down and I have nothing left to say. This happens frequently. I think it is still baby brain! Until next time

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Erin's Quote of the Week

Erin: "Matthew, you can't jump naked on the trampoline. Put your shorts back on!"

Sisters

Saturday April 29th, 2006

I spent most of the day with the kids, while Erin did attended the emergency preparedness fair she's been working on so hard lately. I took these photos this morning in order to keep Matt from screaming after Erin left. How can the kids be so cute and so aggravating at the same time? Posted by Picasa

Saturday, April 22, 2006

RSS - Really Simple Syndication (Part 2) or What's the Benefit of All This?

In my first installment of this article about Really Simple Syndication, I showed that your blog content is also available as a structured feed. Melinda asks, "What's the benefit of RSS?"

The Benefit of RSS

Now that blogging has caught hold of all the Melchins, I'm guessing that you all have your daily routine of clicking through to check everyones blog for new posts. Right now you may have only a few blogs that you read, but once you really get into it, you'll find more that just family blogs -- you'll find blogs about blogs about cars, blogs about computers, and news blogs. I read 28 blogs on a daily basis -- only a few of them are the personal blogs of family members. Most of them are news and technology related blogs.

What if there were a way to have all the blogs you like to read, come to you in one place -- without you having to click all around blogger (and the Internet) to get to them. Sort of like subscribing to a blog you're interested in, and receiving new posts as they're made.

RSS Feed Readers

An RSS feed reader is a program that can consume thoses structured blog feeds I referred to, and present them to you, all togehter, in one place. There are dozens, maybe hundreds of RSS reader programs. Some are free, some have a modest fee. My personal favorite is called FeedDemon -- I've been using it for years. Here's a screenshot (click on the image below to see a lager view):


Here you can see a categorized list of all the feeds I subscribe to. Go ahead, download a feed reader, and give it a shot.

In my next installment, I'll show you how to subscribe to a feed.

One week later

Well this is my second post and it's been one week since my first. Life is a little crazy when I get on the computer unless the kids are sleeping so I don't post often.

This week has been full of appointments for Grace. First the eye doctor who says her eye is "perfect"! We are so glad we did her surgery and that she can see better. Then on thursday it was the dreaded dentist. She hates going to the dentist, even her uncle Sean. It's crazy!!! She has a few cavities that are past due for filling and we have tried to get them fixed four times and she will not stop crying or open her mouth. Sean even had her frozen the second time we tried but she wouldn't do it. On thursday after work I took her to Sean's office and spent an hour trying to get her to do an xray. She finally did it. Bless Melinda and Taz, they were amazing! Needless to say she is having another surgery on monday. This one to fix all her teeth. She has been referred to a pediatric dentist named DR. Vinsky. He's going to put her under and do all the work so she can't remember it.

Anyhow life is good other wise. It's a bit chaotic sometimes but we wouldn't do it any other way. My mother often laughs at the things she hears me say to my children while I am on the phone with her so I have decided to do and Erin's quote of the week or day depending on how often I can sit here without interuption. I am having a mental block for something to quote from the past few days but here are a few from the past month.

Said to Matt:
"Please stop trying to pick my fingernails off, it hurts." and,
"Matthew get your head out of the Toilet"
Said to Grace:
"Stop drinking the pickle juice, it will make you sick"
There is plenty more where that came from!!

Hannah, on the other hand, is a complete joy. We are so grateful she is such a calm peaceful child.

That's all for now!

Friday, April 21, 2006

RSS - Really Simple Syndication (Part 1)

Now that every single person I know in the whole world is blogging, it's fitting for the Blogfather to further enlighten the minds of my humble followers on a subject of real blogging import: Really Simple Syndication!

Really Simple Syndication (RSS, or a "feed" as it's affetionately known among geeky) is a protocol (read tool) for syndicating (read distributing) structured data (read blog posts).

Translation
: RSS is a tool for distributing blog posts.

Every Blogger Blog has structured feed for distributing your blog posts. The feed for my blog can be found at http://tuscan.blogspot.com/atom.xml, if you use blogger as your blogging tool, you can see your feed by pointing your browser to: http://insert-your-blog-namehere.blogger.com/atom.xml. Some will point out that blogger doesn't use RSS, rather ATOM for syndication, but we'll discuss that is later posts. For now check out your feed, and in my next post, I'll show you how to use a "feed reader" to access all the blogs you read from a single screen.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Best Blog By a Melchin, or a Melchin Relative

Ever since I won the Judy Taylor award for Best Blog by a Melchin, or Melchin Relative, I've been under such pressure to produce the consistent high quality posts that vaulted me to where I am today. I don't want to do, as many A-list Holywood actors have done, by following up an Academy Award winning performance with a dud. I promise my fans that I will not disapoint!

Detractors may claim that Judy has diminished this award with a string of posts trying to cover up her true feelings -- but I am not shaken. True genious is always criticized, then copied...

Still Other's have tried win Judy's attention by adding glitz. I am confident that Judy will not be taken by such superficial maneuvers. Real blogging takes passion, character, grit.

Alas, I am left, the Godfather of Blogging, to watch over my followers, nay -- my blogging children (my "blogchild" if you will), and continue to deliver!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

I've been sucked in!!

Well this is my first blog post. Everyone in the family seems to be doing it so I guess I will too. We woke up this morning to our alarm clock which happens to be Matthew. I tried to sleep a little longer but the interuptions kept happening. First Matt would leave Hannah alone in her bed. He is her alarm clock too. I think it is so funny how little children say "she's not sleeping, she's awake" with glee in their voices after they have just awakened the sleeping baby. Anyway, the thing that really woke me up was Matt got a hold of my cell phone and said "I'm calling someone" and when I asked him to hang it up he proceeded to drop it and cry then step on it over and over. There is never a dull moment.

After feeding the baby we reminded the kids that the Easter Bunny was supposed to have come last night so we all went down stairs and they found their baskets. I haven't even attempted breakfast yet. Chocolate and gum it is this morning. Breakfast of champoins! It's fun to see them get so excited about these things.

It's time to end this my first blog post because my son is freaking out at the door! Until next time!

Friday, April 14, 2006

April 14, 2006

Started building a gate today (or should I say, JD and Jeff Shipley started building a gate today, and I watched). We'll fininsh it off tomorrow. Erin is so pleased to have a closed area for Matt. I think this summer I'll stain the fence, and we'll start to have some semblance of a back yard. Likley no deck until next year -- maybe.

Matt had a great time outside with me today. He needs to be outside and engaged -- it's really good for him. When the digging was done, we had the Taylor's over for pizza (Shipley's were doing some Easter event). I think the kids had a nice time together.

We went to dinner and a movie with Sean and Libby Haslam this evening. It was nice to go out and have some personal time.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

April 12, 2006

Erin was sick today (mom's shouldn't be allowed to be sick). Mom helped out with Grace and Matt (I ended up going in to work really late). Mom took the kids to play in the MacDonald's playland, then for a Happy Meal. After that they went for a treat a 7-11. Grace went to school, and Matt went over to mom and dad's place. They all ended up a Lara's house to complete the afternoon.

I went to Lara's house to pick the kids up, and like a dummy, I left the car runing. Dummy. Matt wandered out and got in the car, and managed to put the car in gear. He drove the car into the Freiberg's garage door. Fortunately his legs aren't long enough to get he feet on the pedals. Frieberg's door was damaged (not really badly, but enough to leave a dent). Dummy.

I took the kids out for a hike in the ravine, which always ends up with me carrying Matt home on my back because he's soaking wet. This time was no different.

I had another late night last night at the stake presidency meeting. We finished up at about 12:50 AM. I think this may be the last of the real late meetings. Nice to see Melinda and Judy are now blogging. If we could just convince Amy and Keri (and heaven forbid, Cathy) to start, then all of my extended family would be bloggers!

If you're interested...
  1. Elise & Kevin Wolff
  2. Marge & Robb Wolff
  3. Lara & Sean Freiberg
  4. Melinda & Micheal Palmer
  5. Judy Taylor
And my dad's old car blog, Cars of My Dreams

More photos of Matt

Erin woke up early this morning feeling quite ill. I didnt' go into work until quite late (later than normal) and mom came over and took the kids for the morning.

When Grace went to school, mom took Matt over to her place, so Erin could rest. Dad shot some really great photos while he was there.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Pictures Grace, Matt and Hannah

We had dinner with my folks on Sunday (as we normally do), and dad took some really great photos of the kids.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Friday, April 07, 2006

Isabella Meets Hannah


Isabella Meets Hannah
Originally uploaded by scott.wolff.
Here's a great photo taken of Great Grandma Wolff with Hannah. We visited grandma Wolff in the hospital shortly before she died. This was the first, and only time grandma Wolff saw Hannah.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Indefatigable

Sean and I at the top of Mt. Idefatigable in August, 2002. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Matt

Had dinner with the Melchins on Sunday. This is Matt sitting on a small table out in the play area. How can he be so cute and so agravating at the same time? Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Monday, April 03, 2006

Active Kids Photo Album

SmartFTP, or "Good Stuff is Better than Bad Stuff"

I'm a big fan of good stuff. Erin says I'm obsessive in some cases. I went looking for an FTP client today to upload some work on a website I'm working on, and I ended up downloading two pieces of FTP software. The first looked promising (it was a FireFox browser extention), but when I put it through it's paces, it kept locking up. This forced me to go looking for something else.

What I found was perhaps some of the nicest free software I've ever seen. SmartFTP, a program I'd never heard of, is hands down the nicest FTP program I've ever used. I just had to tell someone. Oddly enough, Kevin is the only person who will have the first clue as to what I'm even talking about.

Anyway, that's really all I intended to post, but if you've read this far, and didn't understand what I'm talking about, then here's a little bit for you...

Good stuff (be it software, car repairs, reclining chairs, customer service) is far better than bad stuff. Getting good stuff just knocks the socks off getting bad stuff.

I've had bad experiences at the following establishments, experiences that has led me to never patronize these locations since the experience. I can proudly say I haven't eaten at Taco Bell in well over four years (though I came close onece or twice).
  1. The Brick (furniture and appliance store)
  2. Tirecraft (Crowfoot location)
  3. Taco Bell (specifically the Montgomery location, but they're all the same)
  4. Vonage -- don't even get me started.
  5. HP Parts Store (Canadian location). This is perhaps the single worst customer service incident I've ever experienced.
I've told those close to me (whose activities I can monitor closley) that if I ever hear that they have frequented one of these establishments, I will not speak to them for a week.

P.S. I just got a note from Kevin saying that since reading this post, he signed up for Vonage while sitting in the waiting area of Tirecraft, eating his Double Decker Taco Supreme and perusing a Brick catalog.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

What Blogs Do You Read

I spent some time this evening rebuilding my computer and cleaning up my feed reader. I've eliminated all feed subscriptions other than the two dozen that I read most often. I'm curious to know what feeds other people read. Post a comment and let me know.