New Addition To The Family

It’s been entirely too long since my last post. The last time I posted I had just started my new job and was blogging about the experience and silly setup reminders for myself. It’s been about 9 months and I am still loving Expedia! I have a great management team supporting me. And they like to have fun; the company held an off-site in Las Vegas, at the Palazzo for three days. It really is the most challenging and rewarding position I’ve had in my career. However, outside of work, I’ve had a lot going on, to say the least.

In January, we welcomed our 4th child into our family. She has been keeping us all very busy. Now that she’s 7 weeks old now, she is just starting to smile and coo a bit. I just wanted to share a quick picture of one of those rare moments that her face just lit up.

Besides the birth, we recently listed our home for sale. It’s surprisingly difficult to fit a family of six into a three bedroom house. We’ve also discovered that having four children causes you to outgrow vehicles as well. 🙂 Guess I’ll be shopping for a large SUV soon (or maybe a short bus, HA).

If that wasn’t enough, I’ve also been finishing up about a year long contract for some Business Intelligence software for a company in the SW US. With an extra 15-20 hours / week, it will be a needed relief to have it finalized. It’s a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) front end, C# middle, connecting to SQL Server database warehouse. I have to say I’ve really enjoyed developing WPF over Windows Forms. Working with XAML, the development cycle went very quickly.

Looking to the future, I have to admit, I’ve already got my next project lined up. I’m going online for this one and tackling the MVC pattern. Stay tuned. It should be a fun experience as I’m going to try to adopt the 37signals way of simple design. Their REWORK book has been bouncing around my head for a while now and I’d like to start a new project with it in mind.