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The Organ Needle

November 28th, 2010 1 comment

I am a sore man this morning.  Day two after hiking to the top of the Organ Needle sure feels good :)  We had a great time, and Michael has made history being the first of this generation of Giles to make it to the top (along with his cousins Megan and Brooke!).  There is a ton going on in life right now – about to move across the world, away from our friends and family to China.  It was a great experience to share with my dad, one of my brothers (Monte), and my oldest son Michael.  It took me back to my previous experiences hiking to the top of the Organ Needle, the last of which was the week before I entered the MTC as a missionary some 14 years ago (as far as I can remember).  The time and effort it takes to hike to the top of the Organ Needle and back down (basically a day) helps cement it in your life’s experiences, somewhat of an anchor if you allow it to be one.

Upon returning home tomorrow the next several weeks are going to be a whirlwind of activity, cleaning, repairing, packing, filing, signing papers, buying plane tickets, sending our belongings on boats (not to be seen again for two months), renting out our home, selling our cars, selling our furniture, selling our … , saying goodbye to friends, saying goodbye to family, spending Christmas and New Years with family before boarding our airplane to Beijing the first of January.  And in reality, the whirlwind then really begins to whirl…

Our family is in for an adventure that will change each of us, and the path our lives may take us.  We know we are doing what our Heavenly Father wants us to do, and because of that we are filled with peace throughout all that is involved in making this move.  Even so, I look forward to the next time I’ll be able to be with those closest to me, father, brothers, children, on top of the world through hiking to the top of the Organ Needle.  I’m grateful to have had this experience at this time in my life, to be an anchor to what matters most to me before heading out on this new adventure across the world in China.

Game On!  :)

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Making cookies…

December 23rd, 2008 No comments

… we had quite the cookie / candy making session. All the kids got involved in taking off the wrappers from the hershey kisses, while Jill and Brianna seemed to just turn out more and more cookies as the night went on.

After we got the kids to bed, I brought out an enormous supply of legos that I had acquired via freecycle (check it out if you don’t know what freecycle is). I washed them all – which took quite some time, but after I was done, we had a huge supply of legos that I’m sure will get much use out of them from the kids (and me) over the years to come.

Here’s a few shots from our activities:

The kids had a blast unwrapping hershey kisses for the cookies. I’m sure more than one got eaten ;)

Jill and Brianna making peanut brittle — turned out quite good!

Quite the process to clean tons and tons of legos ;)

Look at all those cookies — we made 340+ cookies when all was said and done. Most of which went to several families and friends that we know.

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The Chefs ;)

September 7th, 2008 2 comments

The Little Chef\'s

There were some little chefs (and a big chef) at our house tonight.  We were making a masterful meal for the queen of the home – our very own Mommy Chef.  It was Mommy Chef’s birthday, so what better way to celebrate than to make a meal for her!

Mommy Chef wanted to eat an Indian dish for dinner, so she searched far and wide, until she found two recipes that she wanted to make for dinner.  To the little chefs came the duty of making Naan.  This is a very special bread that we have never made before.  Boy was it fun to make!

There was an AWESOME chef named Michael.  He was a master of the sword (ok, the butter knife).  He wowed us all with his excellent skills – and he served as our master bread cutter for the night.  You wouldn’t want to run into him in a dark alley in the middle of the night.

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There was a super duper sweet chef named Kaylee Ann ;)  As you can see – she loves cooking, and especially flattening dough before placing into the oven :)  She added the sweet spices necessary to make our bread complete.

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Dough Boy could not keep the dough off his face / mouth / hands / etc…  He was excellent at kneading the dough, getting it to the perfect consistency before tossing it into the oven ;)

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And then there was Tiny Chef… kind of like our little wonder dog – he was watching all of us, and helping keep us all safe ;)  He even saved all the food from burning, at least that is what sweet chef tells me.

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After making a healthy batch for Mommy Chef to enjoy, we decided to make our own ‘lil masterpieces to cook in the toaster oven… yummy to our tummies ;)

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And that is the end of our story this evening… we hope you enjoyed this little episode of “Little Chefs”, we sure enjoyed being Chefs!

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Ohh yes – and Tiny Chef worked so hard… well – he fell asleep after all was said and done ;)

(Story typed by Daddy as told to him by the little chefs, and with a bit of his own creative license)

THE candidate for change…

September 7th, 2008 No comments

… a new candidate has hit the scene.  If you just can’t get yourself to vote for either Barack, or McCain – you might want to check this one out:

http://www.inews3.com/topstory.php?id=4d617572797c47696c6573

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High School Reunion – Tracking Alumni

September 2nd, 2007 No comments

I originally created a website / alumni tracking tool for my 10 year high school reunion (see http://www.mayfield95.org/) about two years back.  My wife, who also graduated in 1995, saw the site – and figured, hey – why not re-use this for my 10 year reunion?  Thus… I ported the code over for her 10 year reunion (see http://www.goddard95.org/).

One of my brothers is getting ready to help put on his 20 year reunion, and asked if he might be able to take advantage of what I did for our reunion to track alumni, get tickets purchased, etc… and so I figured I’d take the opportunity to make my code more generalized so that the next time I’m asked to port it for another high school – it will *cross your fingers* hopefully require only copying some files, copying a database structure, and then modifying a single configuration file.

Anyhow – so taht is what I did… the site looks awfully similar – but the code behind it is much more general pupose now (see http://www.mayfield88.org/ for my brother’s site).  Yup… leave it to me to spend more time just make the behind the scenes stuff look better w/no change to the front end :)

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Spencer’s Home ;)

April 8th, 2006 2 comments

We are now a family of six… It has been a fun week, as we begin to adjust to life with four children all five and under. Jill tells me she’ll be able to survive my returning to work on Monday – I hope she’s right ;)

Click here for some pictures from the first week… (NOTE — it requires a password to view the images, email me for access…)

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Welcome Spencer Griffin Giles

April 4th, 2006 2 comments

Our fourth child, third boy, arrived at 2:27 in the afternoon yesterday. Everything went well – and mother and baby boy are both doing great. Spencer seems to have taken after his parents — taller than all our others (21″), and also weighing in at the lowest of the four (7lbs 6oz). He is sure cute, and has the longest little feet and toes.

We are very excited, as are our kids. When I called home to report to Michael (our oldest at 5 years of age) he started jumping up and down cheering when I told him we had named him Spencer! He has a friend in pre-school named Spencer, and had been the strongest advocate for the name. He also told me how he got to announce to his preschool that morning that his “mommy was going to have a baby today” and that it was going to be named Spencer.

I’d better head back to the hospital ;) Time to pick up Spencer and Jill and bring them home. I guess we’re going to find out what life is like with four children. Should be fun!

SpencerSpencer & MommySpencer -- getting weighed.

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Joining the blogging world…

February 4th, 2006 4 comments

I suppose it is time to join on in, and start a blog of my own. I’ve enjoyed reading blogs written by countless others, and figure I might as well join in the fun. Plus, I’ve always thought my writing skills have been lacking – maybe blogging will help them get better? Only time will tell…

Hmm, so how do I begin? Where do I start? There is so much I could write about, yet I’m not sure what anyone would care to read. Well, since I haven’t even told anyone about the existence of this blog yet, I suppose it doesn’t really matter ;)

I guess I’ll start by talking a bit about myself. I am the fifth out of seven children – four older brothers; two younger sisters. I’m 28 years old, turning 29 later this month. I am happily married, and have three children of my own. Our fourth child (they say it will be a boy) is due on April 9th. Yes, I am a family man :)

I am also a computer geek. I love tinkering with them. I love telling them what to do, and then watching them do it (i.e. writing software). My day job is spent programming computers for the most part, as are my nights from time to time. At last count, there are six computers in my home, and they all get used quite often. I imagine this aspect of my life isn’t too uncommon amongst those who have joined the blogging world before me.

I’ll fill everyone in on the other aspects of my life as time goes on (sports, politics, other hobbies, etc…). This will have to suffice for my first blog. How did I do? I feel like I’m talking to myself… I guess I am. Ahh well… good ‘night ;)

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