Yearly Archives: 2016

Christmas Baby

What is more adorable than a baby at Christmas?  Not a lot!  Here are some photos I have taken of my beautiful babies in  case you are looking for some ideas for your little one.

This is Adeline in 2013 in a big stocking!  We have taken her photo in the stocking every year since.  It might have been cuter in a more plush stocking but this is what we found and I think it’s still very cute!

This is Arista in 2016 in a wrapped box.  We were actually playing around putting her in boxes when we decide it would be fun to wrap one up and put her under the tree.  The best gift!!

This is Arista in 2016.  I love her smirk.  She really, really, really wanted to eat the lights!  I did the black and white with color splashes using an iOS app called “Color Pop”. It wasn’t expensive and was easy to use 🙂

Merry Christmas 🎄 🎅🏻👶🏻

Christmas in Saint Louis

This year we did four fun Christmas events.  We went to see the lights at the Botanical Gardens.  We went to the Julbord at IKEA.  We road the Santa Train at Union Station, and we went to breakfast with Santa at IKEA.

By far the most fun, and also the best value, was the breakfast with Santa at IKEA.  We will absolutely be doing this again next year.  The cost was only $5 per person.  This price included breakfast (well… we had to pay like $6 extra total for several additional cinnamon rolls and pancakes.. but mostly all included), cookies and cookie decorating, meeting Santa (they had a very kind Santa who talked to the girls and didn’t just push them through the line too fast), a photo with Santa and a photo frame (in our case, two photos and two frames… one for the older kids, one for the littles)  Also, and this is the really cool part, Santa gave every chid a toy.  Adeline (age 3) got a big stuffed golden retriever, and for Arista (4 months) got some plush stacking rings that look like a penguin.  My oldest said she saw him giving tubes of candy to the older kids who might not want a puppy.

The other event we attended at IKEA was the Julbord (literally translates as “Christmas Table” in Swedish.)  We are studying Swedish as a family, and thought a traditional Swedish holiday meal be a cool thing to do.  It was!  The food was great, and we enjoyed it.   IKEA totally won Christmas this year.

The lights at the Botanical Garden were beautiful.  It wasn’t cheap thought, and I would recommend not going on the day after Thanksgiving.  It was super busy.  We will probably go again next year, but aim to go on a random weeknight.

We also had a chance to speak with Santa over by the hot cocoa and smores!

Finally, the Santa Train ride at Union Station.  I can’t even begin to tell you what a disappointment this was.  And not only was it the worst, it was the most expensive!  We did this two years ago when it was the “Polar Express” and it was pretty good but we thought it would be more fun this year now that Adeline was older.  The reality was, we no longer got a collectors mug, the train had less staff, our “hot” cocoa was cold, and the Santa was AWEFUL.  He nearly ran down the train handing the souvenir coins to kids, and not saying a word to anyone.  Adeline seems confused that her “friend” Santa didn’t talk to her or stop when she chased after him.  Not cool.  It was so disappointing, and I felt so bad for Adeline.  At least IKEA redeemed Santa a few days later.

On an unrelated note, the Santa at South County is really good! 🙂

Resize iOS Icons

When you release your app, you are required to provide your app’s icon in a lot of different sizes.  I had downloaded a program (called Prepo) that resized my icons to all the appropriate sizes, but now with stickers and other message extensions we need a whole new list of icons sizes.

I had used sips before to mass-resize everything in a folder, and I found code online  to resize icons to all the original iOS icons sizes.  Below is what I got when I tweaked it a little to work for the new message icons sizes.  This can easily be changed to whatever sizes you need.

if [ $# -gt 0 ]; then
	sips $1 -z 90 120 --out 60x45@2x.png
        sips $1 -z 135 180 --out 60x45@3x.png
	sips $1 -z 100 134 --out 67x50@2x.png
	sips $1 -z 110 148 --out 74x55@2x.png
	sips $1 -z 40 54 --out 27x20@2x.png
        sips $1 -z 60 81 --out 27x20@3x.png
	sips $1 -z 48 64 --out 32x24@2x.png
        sips $1 -z 72 96 --out 32x24@3x.png
	echo "Done."
    echo "You must provide the name of an image file to process."

So how do you use it?  Well that’s pretty easy!

First, save the code above to a file.  Mine is called

Next, open Terminal (it’s in your applications, in the utilities folder.)  Now you need to change to the directory that your file is saved in.  I tend to work on my desktop and then move files to folders later when I’m done.  You change directory by typing cd so I would type:

cd desktop

Now you run the script.

./ /Users/angela/Desktop/sites/goat.png

Notice the ./ before my script’s name, and the path to the graphic file after it.  You don’t have to type out the entire path to your graphic if you don’t want, after typing the ./ and a [space] you can drag and drop the file into terminal and it will automatically insert the path.

All the icon files will be saved to the same place as your file, in my case the desktop.

Hello world!

Over the years I have started (and eventually abandoned) a plethora of blogs.  Maybe it was because I tried to stick to a theme and lost interest.  Maybe life just got to busy.  Anyway… here we are again!  Here’s hoping to a long lasting blog… Hello Internet 🙂

Hello, I'm Ana (short for Angela.) I am a mother of four, programmer, gamer, vegetarian, trekkie, nerd, novice meditator, and science enthusiast. I like raspberries, tap dance, and my MacBook. And I write this blog. I hope you enjoy reading it.