Saturday, December 31, 2005

We're Home Now

Whew! What a wonderful week! Hope you're having a great holiday. As you can see, we've been blessed again with another beautiful baby boy. We got out of the hospital last night just after 9 PM, so we were there only a day and a half! Not too shabby! We're home now, and things are going smoothly. We're ready for visitors! You can just email me ( if you need directions or just wanna come our way! I'm so amazed yet again at how God can create and place such blessings in our lives. It's almost too good to be true.

Oh yeah, and the pictures are up! Just click above on Gallery: The Life of Chance: 0 to 6 months.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Welcome Chance Michael Thier!

Chance Michael Thier was born December 29th at 4:05pm. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. The birth went very well. The birth was all natural and no extra help (yay... no suction!) was neccesary. All of Chance's vitals are great and Angie is also doing well. She was up and walking around this evening. The hospital was so crowded with new mothers that Angie had to share a room, and thus I had to come home tonight. If all goes well mother and child should be home this weekend.

Thank you all that have been praying for us. Also thanks to those family and friends who took time to come and help.

I have been up since about 3:30am this morning, and am very tired and must get some sleep. Please check back Friday night as I will try to have some photos posted of Chance!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Charlie's Latest Funny Moments

A couple of good stories have occurred lately that I should chronicle...
The other day as Chuck and I were talking, I exclaimed "Dang!" Well, wouldn't you know, our little parrot named Charlie immediately imitated it. Chuck started laughing at me, saying "Look what you just taught our child!". With classic timing, Charlie then exclaimed "Doh!". That was awesome, I hadn't realized he'd picked that one up from Chuck! He got us both!
Also, last week we attended a Christmas party at the home of some newly acquired friends from church. As about a dozen of us sat around the living room, Charlie decided to crawl on top of their coffee table and start dancing! As if that wasn't enough, his dancing turned from saying "Shake shake shake", shaking his booty, then he was "getting down" as we call it...Then he started spanking himself!!! I'd never seen him consider that a dance, usually he just does that to show me where his hiney is! We were telling him not to do it, but the roar of laughter in the room was enough to keep him going. It was so fun and so embarressing at the same time!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Charlie Met Santa Today

Ok, so I was feeling really bad about how Charlie's never had a picture with Santa...So today we stood in line for just over an hour (no easy feat with an almost 2 year old, I assure you!), and the whole time Charlie was so excited to meet him. He was all prepped to tell Santa "Ho ho ho." We finally get up to him, and guess what? He chickened out! He got scared and wouldn't let go of me! Although I'd dressed Charlie for the occassion, I hadn't planned on being in this picture. But I did it...I sat in Santa's lap, and Charlie sat in mine! (Santa's leg was probably numb from all the weight! I've gained 35 pounds with Chance so far, so he really had 3 people on one knee!) You can check out the pic under The life of Charlie: The Second Year. Santa gave him some M&Ms and luckily that got him to smile for the picture. Bribery is a tool I've never found so important! And you know he's Chuck's kid when food makes him do what you want. Ha! So Merry Christmas everybody, and "Ho ho ho."

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Chance is coming soon!

Today we had a sonogram and got to see his sweet little face one more time! It has a striking resemblance to Charlie, with puffy cheeks and lips. Imagine that! The doctor says he's already between 6.5 and 7 pounds, with 4 more weeks to go!! So we're going to wait only two weeks instead and induce labor (hopefully he won't be 8 pounds by then!!). December 27th, here we come! And there's great significance for me with that grandmother, who held on to see Charlie as she was dying of cancer, would've been 82 on that day. The anticipation is mounting... along with the stress of trying to get everything done in time, not to mention, celebrating Christmas! Yikes! But God has been so gracious to us, and we're so thankful for this happy season in our lives. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him!! By the way, I have a new album set up with a few pregnancy pics of Mr. Chance Michael if you wanna see...Just hit Gallery: the Life of Chance, above.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

In Memory of Pappy

Today, Sunday October 30, 2005, Arthur Villareal passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus, surrounded by his wife of 54 years, 10 children, and many grandkids. Under family events in the gallery, you can see our pics of him thru the years. Even in his death, our family was blessed, in that he didn't suffer long, and was able to say good-bye to everyone. Thank you, Lord.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Experiments in XUL - Part 1

I have had an interest in XUL for quite some time. It seems that I keep flirting with it, but never get a chance to spend the time needed to really wrap my head around it. A couple recent events have recently renewed my interest.

  • I read about NuFox which is an attempt to make XUL applications a reality using Python, Twisted, and Nevow. Initially this looked really cool, but there is a small problem. While I admire the work that the Twisted and Nevow guys are doing, it would require another steep learning curve on top of the steep XUL learning curve. Plus this isn't quite the direction I am shooting for right now.

  • A few days later, I found some cool examples of XUL. At this point I'm getting pretty excited as these are the first decent examples of XUL that I have found in the wild.

  • Then, I stumbled upon Bloxor, a blog aggregator written in XUL. It seems to be based off the code from the XUL examples above. I'm not certain if it is written by the same guy or not. This is the first web based XUL app that I have found to be useful.

  • The next day, the source code for Bloxor was released under the GPL. And there was much rejoicing in the land!

So not only do I now have some decent XUL examples, but I also have the source to a decent XUL app. Suddenly the XUL learning curve doesn't seem so steep. :)

My initial goal with all of this is to make it easier to write XUL based web applications. This will also serve as a proof of concept for some future projects I have up my sleeve. My initial attempts will be with Python as I have also been playing with several Python web frameworks (CherryPy, Turbo Gears and Django) lately .

I think I have mentioned enough buzz words for one post, so next time I hope to see how easy it is to serve up some XUL.

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Saying Giraffe and other things

Charlie's been developing skills so fast. This week he's been saying "giraffe", although it sounds more like "raffe". I think he picked that up from going to the zoo last week with Randi and Mari. This is one of the first animal words he's said, all the others are sounds (like "meow, woof woof, heeeheee). He does say "snake." He also started learning colors. He calls everything "blue." He tries to say "bite please" but it comes out "bite ez." He also loves to help me load the washer and dryer, and pick up toys. And he's really into using a fork and spoon at mealtime. He's also getting more social...everytime we go to a playground, he's bored unless there are other kids around. He also loves coloring with markers, and I think he uses his right hand most of the time... I guess we've got a right-hander! I'm still trying to teach him about the baby brother he has coming. I don't think he really gets it yet...

Check Out Family Events

Ok, I'm having too much fun here. Be sure to check out Family Events under the gallery, where I've posted all the highlights of all the events over the past few years!

Saturday, October 1, 2005

Things Are Changing! (again)

Okay... Hopefully I have settled, and we can start moving forward with our new website. We will now be using WordPress. I should soon have a gallery up and running soon so that Angie can start posting pictures. We'll see how things go.