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Childhood is calling

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Fin’s first solid food and not to fond of it!

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Let the potty training games begin!

Finley – Five Months

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Happy 5 months old! I know I say this a lot, but my o my how fast this has flown by. I remember this being my favorite time as I am cherishing the infant years before you become a very demanding and active toddler. You are pleasant and happy MOST of the time. You have become very fond of mommy these days. You only want to be held, rocked, held, fed, held, played with, and did I mention, held by mommy. Although I am flattered by your undying admiration for the one who gave birth to you, you do have a wonderful daddy who loves you very much as well. You also don’t mind big brother coming around either. You are rolling over both ways now, sleeping through the night (most nights), talking, laughing, smiling, and eating a little bit of solid food.

I love how you smile and laugh all of the time, especially when you are tickled. This truly is music to our ears. I love how you gaze into my eyes when we snuggle as to say, “please never let me go!”. I smile each time that you reach out and touch Harley’s dog fur and track him around the room. But seeing you interact with Carter makes me the happiest. You adoringly stare at your big brother, taking in his voice, as he shows you his newest dump truck or as he reads you his favorite books. We pray that you and Carter will become the best of friends someday.

Though you give us fits some days right now, Fin, we love you with all of our hearts put together. I pray that God gives you the same kind of joy you bring us.

We love you more than you know,

Mommy, Daddy, and Carter

Finley – Four months

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You are now 4 months old. Around the corner and off we go! We went to the doctor for a check up the other day and you tipped the scales at 16 pounds and 6 oz. You are 27 inches long which pretty much makes you a very hefty little boy. It seems like we eat all of the time and there is no mistaking just exactly when you are hungry. You are all smiles and giggles one minute and then the next you let the whole world know with the highest, most shrill cry one’s ever heard, that it is time to stop everything and eat!

I love how easy it is to make you smile. You think the changing table in your room is the greatest place on earth. We strip you down to nothing often and watch you talk and giggle for hours. You are developing your own little personality and we love you more and more each day.

I pray a special scripture over you each night and one of my favorite’s is, may the Lord give you “the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control” (Galatians 5:21-23).

We love you sweet boy,

Mommy and Daddy

How I share Google Reader items in Twitter

So, I wanted to be able to tweet items from Google Reader. I know things like twitterfeed exist, but I decided I wanted to be able to tweet items from Reader, or share items into my standard shared items, or both. I found which descibed how to to it using a Greasemonkey script.

However, the script used tiny.url to shorten URLs. I wanted to use, so I rewrote the getTinyAndInsert function and added a function.

If you want to use this script, you’ll have to sign up for a API key. After you sign up, you should get a login and API key. Replace the getTinyAndInsert function in the Greasemonkey script with:

function getTinyAndInsert(event) {
  var thelongurl = url;
  var bitlyLogin = "BITLY_LOGIN";
  var bitlyAPIKey = "BITLY_APIKEY";
  var commandurl = "" + thelongurl + "&longUrl=" + thelongurl + "&login=" + bitlyLogin + "&apiKey=" + bitlyAPIKey
  urlinput.value = "making url tiny...";
		method: 'GET',
		url: commandurl,
		onload: function(responseDetails) {
			if (responseDetails.status == 200) {
				var myFoundArray = responseDetails.responseText.match(/[a-zA-Z0-9]+/g);
				if (myFoundArray != null) {
					urlinput.value = myFoundArray[0];
				else {
					urlinput.value = "error shortening";

Be sure to use your BITLY_LOGIN and BITLY_APIKEY. Save the google_reader_twitter.user.js and reload Google Reader.

The function can probably be improved, but it works for me. YMMV. Good luck.

If you use this, please follow me.

3 months

Dear Fin,

Happy 3 months old! You turn 3 months old and mommy turns 33 years today. We have enjoyed seeing you develop your own sweet personality this month. You smile and laugh all of the time. You certainly are selective as to whom you offer this precious pleasure. You definitely smile at mommy, daddy and your big brother, but it is extra special when you smile at Carter singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". I can't wait until you and Carter can run around and play ( and fight, of course). You love being held all of the time, preferably by mommy. I still cherish our quiet time in the middle of the night, however I am ready for us to just meet in the morning. 

I love how you suck on your hands like it is your last meal. I love talking to you on your changing table. I love how you cling onto our shirts as to say, "never let go of me". I love how you just know that we are your family and that this is where you belong. We pray for you every day that you will always know that this love and security is never ceasing. 


Blessings always, 

Mommy and Daddy