Mommy and Elijah


The apple of mom's eye
 





Disney Land, San Diego Zoo


Here are a couple of pictures from the summer trip Tressa and I took to California. The first one is of us on a Disneyland ride and the second is of the gorillas we saw at the zoo.

 





Meisha!


In May we went to Humboldt and bought a german shepherd-black lab cross and named her Meisha. I was thrilled as I've wanted a dog for a decade. Meisha definitely has a strong willed nature and can be a handful, but she is also very smart and snuggly, not to mention a speedster.

Meisha has given a lot of joy to Tressa and I. We recently brought her to a dog park and all three of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience. She is almost 50lbs now and though we usually do not pick her up anymore the picture below is a fun one.

 

Our Wedding


On October 27th, 2012 I married my beautiful wife Tressa (nee Kirstein) in Saskatoon with friends and family on hand. Tressa wedding gown

 

things are going well


Tressa and I had a nice vacation in Varadero, Cuba and now we are enjoying the summer weather. We are set to tie the knot on October 27th : ) The olympics are providing some exciting sports, my book is done and set to be published at the end of August. We were at a really nice wedding between our friends Scott and Kelsey over the weekend and saw a bunch of long time friends.

 

may-days


Well this weekend Tressa is gone camping with the girl guides that she leads at her school. It was some pretty cold weather today so hopefully it warms up tomorrow for them.

I am using this weekend spent alone to get as much writing done as I can. While I am doing that, I'm also going through several hundred recordings that I have made over the last ten years and getting rid of all but I favorites. I figure that I want to start recording songs again. I also have my eyes set on a new recording interface http://tascam.com/product/dp-008/overview/ (I spent $400 on a tascam u-224 about ten years ago so that was a good investment and this one is even cheaper)

Getting antsy for the summer as I need to take some vacation days : )

 

October News


Hello everyone. I am very busy at the moment, but here is a quick update of my goings on.

Yesterday, Tressa and I went to a Kings of Leon concert. We both thought it was pretty good but not exceptional. It was very nice to get out and take in some live music.

I am currently finishing a single chapter as a collaborative author for the upcoming book HTML 5 Games Most Wanted. This project looks very cool as it discusses several very distinct and current topics. The book does not yet have a cover image. My chapter will be entitled "Beginning WebGL" which is the Web Graphics Language.

Here's a hodgepodge of stuff: Wedding planning is going fairly well. I turn 30 on October 21st. Looking forward to Halloween - seeing Tressa's M&M costume and the Pipster's costume (whatever she is gonna be). And I hope to have some interesting news in a few weeks (no it's not a child)...

 

End of Summer


After the big event that kick-started the summer, the rest of July and August went by fast and without much excitement. We are busy preparing for next year's wedding and tightening up our chequebook. I went to OSCON in Portland, Oregon for a couple of days which was a great experience and Tressa went to Rocky Mountain House for a family visit. That is about it though in terms of travel.

Tressa is back at school teaching and enjoying it very much. I just finished a technical review of the upcoming Apress book Foundation HTML 5 Animation with JavaScript.

We are trying to get the most out of the beautiful weather while it lasts, going for some nice "strolls" in the evening and discussing houses along the way that we would hypothetically buy.

 

Engaged!


Engaged!

I am now engaged to my caring, beautiful, cute, smart and funny girlfriend of the past two years, Tressa Kirstein. If you know Tressa, then you know that she has a heart "two sizes too big", the opposite of the Grinch. I love her quirkiness as it matches my own nature.

And now the story of the engagement:

We have been living together for almost a year and a half. Though she is a bit of a neat freak, and I am more of a night owl, for the most part it works very well. We both bring out the best in each other.

Tressa has not so subtly hinted at marriage ; ) before. Several months ago we were in a mall and she joked that we should see some rings in a jewelry store. I think I shocked her when I said "ok" as her arm was shaking and hand sweating. All we came home with that occasion was a ring measurement and a somewhat flustered woman ; )

I know it frustrates Tressa sometimes that I am quite aggressive in some matters, while quite slow and cautious in other decisions. One evening at open mic night, watching my brother Robert and his wife Lisa perform some songs, I finally came to a decision, saying to Robert while Tressa went to the washroom "I think I am finally ready Robert. I'm ready to ask Tressa to marry me.". 

(As a side note, you should know that I have a history of not always keeping surprises. So the fact that only Robert knew before hand, and no one knew the exact date is impressive.)

Tressa finished working at the school at the end of June. July 2nd-3rd we were in Lloydminster visiting my sister's family along with my parents - it is my dad's birthday. Tressa's friend Ashley was in town and stayed overnight Tuesday. Another friend of Tressa's, Angie, was supposed to be visiting on Wednesday. Starting Friday, Tressa and her mom were to travel to Alberta for a week. So I told Tressa I would make supper for her on Thursday without trying to make too big a deal of things - as this was the date I decided to pop the question.

As it turned out, Angie had to cancel for Wednesday, and Tressa wanted me to make supper Wednesday instead. Her and her mom were to leave Thursday now. Previously in the day I had bought tickets to Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan for Thursday. I told Tressa that I would rather not as I had made plans for Thursday night...this almost ruined things as Tressa knew something was up. Humorously, she thought I had booked a hot air balloon - which actually would be awesome! Maybe as a wedding present from someone...haha.hint. I did my best to downplay things and rescheduled for Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 6th after work I cooked Tressa chicken alfredo - the first meal she ever cooked for me. Then I told her that we were going to Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan - "Love's Labour Lost", but not before singing her two songs. The play was pretty good but it was styfling hot. My plan was to propose at intermission, but I thought it was longer than it actually was (15 minutes). I did not know exactly where to go, but we went for a little walk along the river and at a spot I deemed ok, I went down on one knee and asked Tressa to marry me. I got her by surprise! And she got emotional and then said, "Yes, I will!". The second half of the play was tough to take in - Tressa was grinning ear to ear. Also it was Shakespeare...so unless you know what is going on or an old English major, you're lost.

We got home, phoned our immediate families, and texted our wedding parties (it was fairly late) then went to the Yard and Flagon for a pint of beer and an appetizer.

The aftermath:

After the proposal, Tressa and her mom delayed the trip until Monday which was nice. But I have not seen her since. She is actually twenty minutes outside of the city now, so yay!

We are shooting for a summer 2012 wedding, though the exact date is not finalized yet.

Beyond marriage..I hope to be able to travel with Tressa and hopefully have some children... but let's not get too ahead of things. 

I love Tressa! xo

 

Another niece, off to Jamaica


My sister Karen gave birth to her second daughter, Scarlett Eileen Code on April 18th. Congratulations Karen (and Lanny)! This is my third niece, and they amazingly all have their birthdays within five days of each other! Berlyn is turning the big three on April 22nd and Piper is turning one on April 23rd.

I have finished writing the initial drafts of seven chapters for a book I am coauthoring. Tomorrow night, Tressa and I are leaving on vacation for Jamaica! So we are really excited and ready to relax.