changed the pin since the original Xmas lights shared an SWD pin, turned on the WiFi chatter in the psoc code and streamed UDP traffic to the board. works great.!
The esp8266 as i noted before is the wrong orientation (derp), however you can attach it to the back instead.
so just one last step in figuring out the best way to handle the two 3V CR123As and we should be done for this version of it.