Christmas

Christmas this year, of course, centered around Peter in this house. Bill, Kathy and Meghan came over Christmas eve to give Peter a few gifts. He loved them.

Opening a laptop with Grandpa Bill.

Opening a laptop with Grandpa Bill.

A dancing dog from my Aunt Mever.

A dancing dog from Aunt Mever.

Chillin' with Mimi.

Chillin’ with Mimi.

On Christmas day we went to Church early. It was sunny outside.

Smiling after Church.

Smiling after Church.

 

Later we went to Bill and Kathy’s to celebrate with the family.

Mom, Dad, and Peter.

Mom, Dad, and Peter.

On boxing day, Peter got a real treat – snow!

Peter and I enjoying some snow!

Peter and I enjoying some snow!

 

Peter’s Pi

Peter got his first computer for Christmas. It was supposed to be a birthday present as we were expecting it to arrive later. It is a Raspberry Pi (http://www.raspberrypi.org/). It is the size of a credit card and it cost only $35. It is meant to teach children programming. I started programming when I was 7 or so and write programs daily as part of my job. I am hoping Peter shares my interest and will get started even earlier. In the least, I hope he will use it to contribute to this web page when he is older. Below are some pics of his Pi (I got the case separate). Actually, it is my hope Kate and I will use this computer to share more pictures of Peter. It is working so far as I used it to create this website and have been controlling Oma’s internet frame with it as well.

Peter's Pi in its case. It is powered using a standard cell phone USB cable,

Peter’s Pi in its case. It is powered using a standard cell phone USB cable.

This is the keyboard we got for Peter. I have some ideas for games I can make utilizing the different colors. Right now, he just loves to bang on the keys.

This is the keyboard we got for Peter. I have some ideas for games I can make utilizing the different colors. Right now, he just loves to bang on the keys.

I had bought this outlet earlier thinking I would use it in the bedroom so Kate and I could both charge our phones at night plus something else. Turns out with the Pi you have to be very cognizant of the power it is getting. This outlet was the perfect solution as it meters it out as needed to maintain a nice consistent 5V.

I had bought this outlet earlier thinking it would be nice in the bedroom for charging cell phones etc. Turns out with the Pi you have to be very cognizant of the power it is getting. This outlet was the perfect solution as it meters it out as needed to maintain a nice consistent 5V. I am able to overclock the Pi to 950Mhz – wow thats fast!