Michael C. Wanderski. I am a professional software engineer with skills and experience spanning many disciplines (LinkedIn or Resume). I also occasionally blog about development on My Dev Bits Blog. I currently live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with my beautiful wife, 3 boys and our dog. I am currently employed by IBM in Research Triangle Park as a Mobile Developer with emphasis in Android, iOS and Hybrid applications specifically around MDM (Mobile Device Management) solutions. I previously worked as a backend server engineer working on many facets of IBM's social software portfolio including IBM Connections and Websphere Portal, among many others. I am also a licensed General Contractor in North Carolina and used that experience to build our family home in 2014 which we documented on our Price Creek Owner-Builder Blog. When I'm not working, I'm usually running to keep in shape, and do about 5 half marathons a year, as well as an occasional marathon race.
A few favorite moments through the past several years (more on Instagram)
"I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road." - Stephen Hawking
"A New Hope" - Starwars
Christmas this year was a good one, the kids where spoiled more than they should have been... yet again!
The Carolina Hurricanes is always a fun time with the family, but especially on Starwars night.
I had a great time running a 5K with Jacob, he is so fast for his age!
We took a Disney Cruise this year, and one of our favorite activities was swimming with the dolphins.
We went to the mountains for a quick trip this year and did some hiking around waterfalls.
I concluded the Big Ass Medals series which was running 4 HM at different beaches in NC.
Matthew has taken up soccer this year and is making a ton of friends in the process.
As a family we had a day long exploration of a local creek, what a fun day!
Noy and I found our faces on posters promoting the Bull City Race we participate in every year!
We spent a day on Jordan Lake with friends in a pontoon boat tubing with the kids.
Just lounging with the family at our favorite summer past time, at the beach :)
Summer time is Durham Bulls baseball time, and David just loves Wool E Bull mascot.
This year's Bald Head Island beach trip with the cousins during the 4th of July.
We attended a wedding in the mountains, what amazing views!
'Murica! Nothing like a beer under the flag after running a half marathon :)
Jacob is my little golfing buddy and he is very good for his age.
Summer time is baseball time for David, this year I'm coaching his team.
We have designated tickets to the Durham Bulls and try to make about 10 games a year.
Jacob has always been good at golf, but now I'm trying to get David involved.
I built a firepit in the yard for those cold nights.
We visited a real life retired battleship and took a tour on the deck as well as inside, totally awesome!
We are trying to get the kids involved in our running habit and getting them involved in local events.
Holy cow, Matthew has turned 10! It's all a blur, good thing we took a lot of pictures :)
Our horse, err, I mean dog, is quite the ham :) He weighs about 125 lbs now.
"When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life." - John Lennon
David and I had the opportunity to drive down to Charlotte and watch his beloved Panthers in person in the freezing cold :-)
I ran the Charlotte Marathon this year which was a brutal race because of injuries and being sick the final 2 weeks of training, but was still able to hit a 3:53 finishing time.
We got tours through the White House, what an amazing experience for both us and the kids!
We found a great spot to fish on Jordan Lake which is minutes from our house, great time for a quick family night outside.
David continues to love Baseball and besides being one of the smaller kids on the team, is one of the best!
Matthew has taken up Archery and in the few lessons he has had so far is doing really well.
Jacob has taken up golf lessons and become pretty good. Great way to spend Father-Son time :)
Beautiful sunset with Noy walking the dog around the pond.
We visited the Air & Space Museum in VA which was a great experience because it had 2 hangars of craft including the SR-71 Blackbird, and Space Shuttle Discovery!
Well, this one, just because :-) Face painting at a company event.
We went to BaldHead Island, NC for a vacation week.
Back to the ballpark watching the Durham Bulls on Starwars night.
We did a family run weekend at the Flying Pirate. Noy and I did the Half, Jacob and Matthew the 5K and David the 1 mile!
We went to Carrowinds amusement park for my 41st birthday.
The boys have started Tae Kwon Do class and are loving it.
The kids love going to see the Carolina Hurricanes playing hockey, especially David!
"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears." - Nelson Mandela
Apparently we own a horse. This is my middle son riding our 120 pound Lab puppy less than a year old!
It was our 10 year wedding anniversary this year and we went to Mexico for an all inclusive week stay, one of the activities was paragliding!
I guess one marathon this year wasn't enough for me, it's addictive! This time hit a better time of 3:46:22.
Halloween is always fun, this year we got dressed up to go to a neighborhood party with like 50 kids!
The wife and I did the Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo in Durham together in a 5 mile run.
This picture taken during one of our yearly beach trips with some of the boys' cousins.
Trying to get the boys interested in golf before it's too late and they can actually be good unlike me.
Love this picture of the boys and I while we were traveling in Atlanta for a wedding, we are rarely this dressed up.
We took a quick weekend trip to Washington, DC to attend a wedding, but the cousins got to hang out together again and we did a bunch of site seeing.
Proud of Jacon our middle child for graduating Kindergarten, they are all growing up so fast!
This year's big vacation was to Disney World with the cousins and some of the grandparents.
The wife and I ran the Chapel Hill 10 Miler together again this year.
Happy 40th Birthday to me. I don't feel a day over 50.
This lab is getting huge at only 4 months old!
I competed in my first full marathon and beat my goal of 4 hours - official time was 03:54:27.
Amazing how fast puppies will grow, Dash is already 30 lbs at only 3 months!
The snow came down wet and in big flakes, perfect for making snowmen and having snow ball fights!
February brought a lot of snow to North Carolina, we had almost 2 weeks of snow days. At least the boys had fun :-)
Meet Dash, our new furry addition to the family. He is a charcoal Lab.
Fun day off at the movies with the family is always a great time.
"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." - Lao Tzu
Christmas time is my favorite, especially in warmer North Carolina!
Family photo at our Thanksgiving party we hosted at the new house.
The new house in the fall during November after the majority of the leaves have fallen and the weather has started to get pretty chilly.
The Wanderski-Small cousins at Atlantic Beach in North Carolina together again. Too bad I didn't get a shot of them all with Harper with the boys.
Our new home I built as the General Contractor was completed and we moved in at the end of June.
The boys and I enjoying a truck festival in Chapel Hill, around our new neighborhood.
My wife and I ran the Tar Heel 10 miler race in Chapel Hill together.
We did the Color Run in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with my wife's sister and her husband.
Ran the St. Patrick's Day half marathon in Vegas this year by Lake Mead with a time of 1:53:13. Heavy drinking and gambling ensued :)
Took the boys skiing at Snowshoe Mountain in West Virgina.
"Then make the climb... As the child did. Without the rope. Then fear will find you again." - The Dark Knight Rises
The at the end of the year for our family photo shoot.
First skiing trip with the boys was a complete disaster and it was way to hot, but overall I'm glad we did it.
My first competitive race after so many years of running solo. I ended up with a half marathon time of 1:58:47.
The cousins enjoy our yearly reunion trip to the beach, it's one of the funnest vacations.
Big family vacation to Disney World in Florida with both sets of grandparents.
Family and grandparent professional photo shoot was a success!
"Confidence is that feeling you have before you fully understand the situation."
We had a professional photo shoot done for our family, love the pictures!
Another pic from the photo shoot, but this one I particularly like because my wife looks so beautiful and the kids are so happy around her!
The annual beach trip has become a tradition and a great time for the cousins to get together for a week and have a blast.
Starting off the new year with my beautiful family, so happy and blessed!
"But I always say, one's company, two's a crowd, and three's a party." - Andy Warhol
We started going to the beach as a way to make sure the cousins stay in touch.
I can't imagine what trouble these three boys are going to get themselves into!
In the beginning...
Can I get any luckier than this?!?
We did the destination wedding thing, and had intimate family join us for our wedding in Maui, Hawaii.
The crew that makes life worth living! - Mike, Noy, Matthew, Jacob and David