I realized I haven’t talked recently about Becca on here. My bad. So here’s some catching up…
The days of Becca consistently sleeping through the night are long gone. She’s in a phase now where the best expectations to make of her sleeping patterns are that she’ll be up twice a night. She goes down every night at 8pm, usually wakes up once right around midnight, and once more around 4am.
Unfortunately for Ryanne, she’s kind of taken on the role of caretaker, for every wake-up. I am a super heavy sleeper, so I don’t wake up right away when Becca starts making noises, even crying. Ryanne on the other hand, is up at first noise. She got tired of having to wake me up, so now generally just takes care of her. While I’m thankful that I get to sleep, I feel bad more often than not… like I’m not doing my part.
I feel that way more often than that though. For the first four months of Becca’s life I was around all the time. I didn’t have a regular income though either. Now, Becca is in daycare Monday - Friday, and then I work Saturday and Sunday. So I generally get to see her for a few hours each night, and then a few hours on weekends.
To be honest, I don’t spend a lot of time when I’m away from her thinking about how much I miss her. However, when I get to see her for the first time after a long day away, it’s the best feeling in the world when she gives me that huge smile of hers. Ryanne surprised me this last weekend and came to CedarCreek while I was getting set up for the 5:15 service and brought Becca… it was an AMAZING feeling to see her then.
She’s eating food now… level one stuff (carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, pears, etc). We’re feeding her mostly the Earth’s Best organic stuff, but we also just started giving her organic food from other brands. I’m not overly into the whole organic food thing, but I am willing to spend a few extra cents a bottle to make sure Becca eats the best possible food. We’ve toyed around with the idea of making our own…
Becca LOVES Sesame Street. 7pm is the beginning of the best hour of my day, if you ask me. We sit down together on the couch, Becca on my lap, and she’ll usually be pretty entertained by Sesame Street for at least twenty minutes (which is really long at this stage, ha). Abby Cadabby seems to be her favorite. It’s a good thing for me too, because I’ve rediscovered my love for Sesame Street, it’s really a hilarious show =).
She’s a sitter! We don’t really feel comfortable just plopping her down somewhere and walking away yet, but she’ll sit on her own power (with us within saving distance) for a pretty much indefinite amount of time. We only worry because when she does decide she’s done sitting, she has a tendency to face plant with authority =).
Still no teeth. And rolling over from front to back is still an isolated event. She’s got the rolling over from back to front down like a champ though =).
It really does seem like she’s learning something new every day. I was asked at the STORY planning meeting I was at last month to name something that’s inspiring me lately and I said that. The fact that my daughter can learn something new every day, makes me believe i can to.
The transition to sleeping on her back has gone much better than I ever could have imagined. Despite her sleeping issues through the night, she’s taken quite well to her crib.
When she giggles, I swear I’m experiencing a little bit of heaven.
We soft launched the iCampus this last weekend. For those of you not keeping up, the iCampus is basically CedarCreek Church’s Internet Campus. We broadcast live every service on the weekend from our Perrysburg Campus, including the music. We break in before and after each service with live video from our campus pastor (and my boss, the other guy in the photo above) Kyle Gray. It was a big weekend. Bigger still if you take into consideration we’ve only really been planning on launching an internet campus since Christmas. Yeah, we’ve got this up and running in under two months. In-freakin-credible.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been having a lot of fun since I arrived back at CedarCreek. I love my job, and it’s like I’m living a dream being back here. Still, all that said, I haven’t had that much fun working on a weekend in a long time. Everything was amazing. Regardless of any tech troubles, every time we turned on our ON AIR signs we couldn’t help but giggle in giddiness. What an amazing blessing we have, to be able to leverage technology to bring the gospel to people, quite literally now wherever they’re at.
Over the course of two days, we had roughly 400 people come through and help us test the services. Yeah, 400 people on a beta test, freaking nuts. Over 16 states were represented, and we even had people from Afghanistan trying to log in (they didn’t have enough bandwidth, unfortunately). Again, blessed is an understatement. We tested just about everything we could, calling audibles from one service to the next, trying different things to see what would work. I have a pretty long list of things we need to do this week, but none of it is insurmountable.
I feel so lucky to have a team of people around me that are ready, willing and able to jump in with smiles and say “what can I do to help?” Seriously, without the talented tech people we have on staff at CedarCreek we wouldn’t be anywhere near as close to getting this done as we are. It’s amazing being able to to rely on electrical work, top-notch audio engineering, and everything that has to do with encoding for and the website itself all in-house. Kyle and I get to take a lot of credit and play with all the toys, but the guys who have done all the work getting it where it needs to be are the real super stars. I am seriously blown away by them.
So it looks like we’re launching officially this coming weekend. I’d LOVE for all my friends to stop in and say hello at some point over the weekend. It’s a pretty big deal for me =). Just check later in the week, www.cedarcreek.tv should update to it’s new look by then which will include the link front and center on getting to the iCampus. I hope to see everyone there =)
That’s it. The entirety of the CedarCreek.tv iCampus mobile video production studio. Well, technically there is one other bag (the light kit). So, I thought I’d do one of those “what’s in the bag” posts.
Nikon 85mm f/1.4
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G DX
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
(3) Nikon Camera Batteries
(4) AA Extra Batteries (for Zoom Handy Audio Recorder)
So we’re almost done with the construction of the live booth. With some (a lot) of help from Sean who is our Tech Director at CedarCreek.tv, we’ve managed to get all the electrical ran, mounted our backlight from the ceiling out in the auditorium, set up the other two lights, and put everything nicely on dimmers. The plugs and switch for our two “On Air” lights have been installed. Additionally, our switcher, monitor, iMac, and networking have all been installed.
The only things left as far as I know are to run the video cables from the output of the main service video into our switcher, and then back from our switcher to the live internet broadcast machine, mount a white board behind the main camera for notes, align the fill and key lights properly, and set up Kyle’s DPA and test audio. We left plenty of room in the workspace for my laptop which I’ll be using to monitor the chatrooms as well as the iCampus website visitor stats live. Additionally we’ll be using an iPad connected to our soundboard to spot mix music audio for the live broadcast.
So long as nothing catastrophic happens, we’re VERY close to getting this thing started. Very, very, very close…
So now that I’ve pretty much shared all of our gear, our social media strategy, and random goofy bits… I thought I’d take a moment and talk a little about what it’s actually all going to look like during the weekend services.
We’ve set up a live broadcast area up in our light booth at our Perrysburg Campus, which sits above the main auditorium. It’s open air, which was an intentional choice. Yes, we’ll have a lot of background noise, but we like the ‘feel’ it gives to it. We’ll be shooting live video of Kyle before and after each service with the Perrysburg stage in the background, with a three-point soft box light kit keeping him bright enough to see well on the stream. As if the lights turning on weren’t enough to let people in the auditorium know something was going on, we also purchased a couple ON AIR signs we’ll be displaying from the booth =).
We’ll cut in during the countdown clock of each service, probably somewhere around the two minutes left mark. Kyle will briefly intro the weekend, talk a little about iCampus specifics, welcome people, etc… and then we’ll cut back to the video feed from the main service. From this point on it’s just a matter of monitoring the iCampus chat channels, spot mixing of audio if needed, and overlaying lyrics onto the main video feed during worship. After each service we’ll cut back in with a live feed. Kyle will recap a little, do a few more announcements if needed, and send people off. The end =).
We’ll broadcast each of the five weekend services at the Perrysburg Campus live every weekend. We’re also talking about adding two-ish mid-week services as well (these obviously won’t be live, but instead a re-broadcast of the previous weekend’s service).
We’re still keeping our launch date under wraps until we can be a bit more definitive, but we’ll probably be doing a few soft launch test runs in the next coming weeks as we are able. Though I will say we’re hoping for a mid to late February launch.