Yo Gabba Gabba in Seattle

Team Smith partied with DJ Lance Rock and the entire Yo Gabba Gabba gang at the Seattle Paramount Theater back on November 12th. We all had a blast with quality fun and great music enjoyable by all ages.

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I was impressed with how well produced and coordinated everything seemed and the variety of topics and audience participation activities. Accordingly, I highly recommend Yo Gabba Gabba Live to any family lucky enough to have the YGG come to town for a visit.

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Moving to Windows Phone Engineering

It has been 3 months since my last post. Mostly this is due to TB and I moving to less frequent Owen updates—which reminds me we still need to post a 2 1/4 year photo. We have also fallen victim to the Facebook craze which most our family and friends use to keep up with our latest goings-on.

However, it is also due to my recent move to the Windows Phone Division from the Developer Division. Good thing I began my switch to Windows Phone when it debuted last year, eh?

I spent my entire 13 years at Microsoft in DevDiv working on a litany of platforms and tools developers have used to build consumer and enterprise applications for mostly desktop computers and servers. Now, I am off doing pretty much the same thing, building application platforms, but this time targeting mobile devices. Phones are obviously an exciting place to be with all the buzz and tremendous growth surrounding iOS and Android. Having worked on several seminal products—including Visual J++, ASP.NET 1.0 and Silverlight 1.0—I am accustomed to being the underdog in the highly-charged race to woo developers to nascent technology. Perhaps I will start a series on what I think makes Windows Phone special having spent the last few years as an iPhone devotee. Stay tuned…

In other news, Owen started playing soccer in Arena Sports Lil’ Kickers. He’s in the Thumpers (2-3 year old) group where they mostly run around, kick stuff, and learn to follow the coach’s instructions. It is really funny watching him develop and a good way to get the family outdoors each Saturday morning.

Owen’s First Soccer Practice

Owen at 2 Years

We have a two-year-old. Wow!

Owen has had several major developments this month with his independence and maturity being the recurring theme. First, he refuses to sit in his high chair preferring a barstool at the kitchen island, instead. Second, he thinks he is too old to wear a bib though the messes he creates suggest otherwise. Third, he walks down the stairs without holding onto the railing. Also, he started calling TB and me by our first names. Lastly, he is starting to speak in 3- and 4-word sentences.

It has been amazing watching our little guy grow and we hope you have enjoyed following his development through his second year. The Owen picture posts will be fewer and farther between from this point forward. Getting him to sit stationary is nearly impossible and I imagine it will only get more difficult—well, at least until he is 25.

Owen at 2 years

Here is the headshot.

Owen at 2 years

Owen at 23 Months

Owen has reached his final “months” post. Going forward his age will be stated in years. I find having a near-two-year-old both rewarding and concerning. Rewarding because we have made it this far and it has been fun. Concerning due to how quickly the time has gone by.

Developmentally, Owen has become quite the conscientious and helpful toddler. He likes order and enjoys helping out. These are two of his toddler traits we hope he never outgrows. His favorite words are “no thank you”—typically punctuated with a stiff arm—when someone attempts to help him do something he wants to do himself or take something away he wants to keep. TB says he’s such a boy now: running instead of walking, climbing on and jumping off everything, throwing balls down the stairs, etc.

His favorite song is “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas (groan!) and he consumes berries and yogurt like a Dyson.

Owen at 23 months

Here is the headshot.

Owen at 23 months