December 2005
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Quite the year

December 31, 2005

Last year, at this time, we found ourselves eating dinner at Whitespot in Calgary and talking about the year to come with Kurtis. That seems so long ago today...

Joe ran into the world at full speed and has not slowed down since. In the 8 months, he has learned to sleep, eat, smile, laugh, say "hi" and "dada", roll over, crawl, and now entertaining the idea of walking. He has started to grow hair, cut four teeth, and grown out of most of his cloths. He officially registered as a Canadian, obtained a SIN number, and enjoyed a Maple Leafs vs Lightning hockey game. He has really learn to capture the excitement in life ... and added so much to ours.

We also enjoyed the release of the Screen Saver Menu utility, finally one of my projects/ideas made it into the world ... and I have managed 3800 downloads and 44 sales so far. Work has already started on the next version which will add a couple more features and improve on the old ones.

Melissa had excitement in the purchase of her first car and it quickly become our main family vehicle. Now, if only we could "fix" that alarm ;) 2005 also brought us back home for the "Baby Bahan Tour" ... it was great to see everyone again. From old friends to family to our old stomping grounds, we just wish it was longer.

Otherwise, life continued much as is. Ultimate on Thursdays ... work during the week ... and otherwise "Joe time" (use to be family time). We have met several new friends in Christopher and Shannon, Jae and Cynthia, and Josh and Jenna which has been so wonderful. We seem to be getting together regularly which is so needed with first time parents (what do you do when he/she does this??? ... are they doing that too??? ... H-E-L-P!!!! ... etc), but it has also been great for socializing (both for us and Joe).

So what does 2006 bring...

More excitement I am sure. It is looking like I will be taking a couple lead positions at work which is great for my career (well, guess depends on how I do). So I am really excited about that. We are continuing to pay off our bills, which should be gone by the middle of this year if we budget correctly. And I plan to continue to keep you all up-to-date with the website, I have really enjoyed sharing all our activities with you. Creating the movies and snapping the pictures have been a blast ... so plan on more in the new year.

And as a family, here is a quick list of our resolutions:

> Get Joe out on the ice (with walking just around the corner ... this might happen before the season is over)

> Get out rollerblading again ... regularly

> Get back to the wild, we enjoyed camping and it is about time to introduce it to Joe

> Take Joe to the Kennedy Space Center

> Look at taking up hockey again ... just need the gear

> Get back on the golf course ... Josh has got me hooked again

> Catch a shuttle launch ... if they fly this year

> Complete and release another "project" as shareware

> Payoff our remaining debt

> Secure a down-payment ... and maybe even the house

> Pick up a new computer (maybe used ... but new for us)

> Next year, be with family for christmas ... we really missed you guys this year

And one wish we have for 2006 as 2005 gets recoded in the books and Zeta winds down in the Atlantic, less storms!

Snapped from the CNN storm page

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Posted by: pet sculptures at May 4, 2013 5:20 AM

3 steps forward

December 28, 2005

Needless to say, lunch was exciting today. While playing with mom in the living room, Joe decided to let go of her knee and take three ... count 'em 1-2-THREE ... steps towards me, who was quietly eating my lunch and watching TV. Well, so much for lunch. We spent the rest of my lunch break letting Joe attempt to walk between Melissa and I or walking him around the house. Joe was so happy with himself ... he was so determined to continue trying he did not even _want_ to sit down. Wow ... we are so proud. For note: he continued to manage to walk up-to three steps though we are still fighting balance. His body goes ... but the legs often fail to follow!!!! But I am sure he will pick it up in no time.

Growing by leaps and bounds ... leaps and bounds I say. And eating us out of house and home to keep the energy up. He polished off the equivalent of 3-4 baby bottles of peas, at least 1 bottle of carrots, and 3 Arrowroot cookies (Dad also had 2 ... yummmy!). And that was just for lunch ... AND he was still asking for more ... house and home I say!

Posted by csb at 1:43 PM


He's growing up so fast. Once he figures out how to walk, watch out. Climbing will be the next thing. Christopher is climbing on everything: Toys, Chairs, old cardboard boxes. You name it, if it's taller than the floor, he wants to be up on it.

Posted by: John at December 28, 2005 2:25 PM

Yep ... I sense that on the horizon. He is already having fun trying to climb on Melissa, myself ... or whoever/whatever he can pull himself onto. And with that devilish grin of his ... you know he is already plotting something :)

Posted by: Cameron at December 28, 2005 3:44 PM

The sleepers sliding off the feet can make walking difficult. Socks or bare feet work well. Brings back memories!!! Next he'll be learning how to climb out of his crib. At least he doesn't have a partner in crime (aka - a twin). Uncle Kurt and Auntie Kari had a plan all figured out and they couldn't even talk yet. Have fun. He'll actually be steady on his feet the next time we see him.

Posted by: Grandma Pat at December 30, 2005 12:28 AM

Wow... I can't believe how fast Joe is growing up.

Posted by: Krishen at December 31, 2005 5:43 PM

I'd like to see you walk in that jumper suit hahaha

So awesome tho!!! ;D

Posted by: Kurt at January 3, 2006 6:37 PM

Joe's First Christmas

December 25, 2005

And it was so much fun. Toys, cloths, games, movies, and more. A big thank-you goes out to everyone. We missed you all this morning but hope you are having a great day too.

We took some pictures to share with you. Love you ... miss you ... and Merry Christmas.

Posted by csb at 2:16 PM


That's quite a haul for such a little boy.

Posted by: John at December 25, 2005 8:27 PM

Wow, you must be exhausted Joe! Merry Christmas from Victoria :)

Posted by: Krishen at December 25, 2005 9:42 PM

Hi Joe!!I am glad you liked the present!

Posted by: Patrícia at December 27, 2005 8:02 AM

Night before Christmas

December 24, 2005

... and all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Except for pour Joe, who is both excited and ... and ... chewing on my toe!!!!! OUCH!!!!! And with that "two front teeth" wish coming true ... OUCH!!!! (two bottoms ... new right top front with the left not quite breaking the gums yet).

This afternoon we headed to the beach. Well, isn't that what you do on Christmas eve? (when in Rome, eh!) We took a little of Jack Frosts' touch with us to introduce Joe to a favorite holiday tradition ... and he enjoyed it ... he even tried a taste of the snow*. (non-yellow snow*)

Guess everyone needs a vacation...

Merry Christmas to all ... and to all a good night!

* sand used in substitute of actual snow

Posted by csb at 10:51 PM



December 23, 2005

Click on the image to load the movie

So Joe is back on the small screen just in time for the holidays. We have taken these clips over the last month and I finally got a chance to get them all together. As it turns out ... this movie is obsolete before it hits the screens. Tonight, Joe moved to all fours in full crawling motion and has also improved his one-hand walking greatly since these clips were taken.

Anyways, we miss you all this holiday ... here's to a safe and happy Christmas. Enjoy!

Posted by csb at 11:45 AM


How cute! Next thing you know, he's going to be running through the house terrorizing the cat.

They grow up so fast, don't they.

Posted by: John at December 24, 2005 11:41 AM

Haha that was awesome! Good job everyone :).

Posted by: orque at December 24, 2005 1:39 PM

Great video! You've definitely got a knack for these things Cam.. and wow... Joe! I look away for a week and you're almost walking!

Posted by: Krishen at December 25, 2005 9:45 PM

Rewatching the video made me realize what Joe's doing. He's practicing for his Day Care Swim Team dong the 100m Butterfly!

Posted by: John at December 26, 2005 12:56 PM

Melissa - what brilliant boys you have! Great moves Joe and great movies Cam!

We missed you all on christmas day - it sure is nice to have the pictures - and movies to keep us close!
Love you all, mom

Posted by: Grandma at December 28, 2005 3:10 PM

And good training by Mom ... and wife ;)

Posted by: Cameron at December 29, 2005 3:08 PM

'tis the season

December 19, 2005

"... roasting over an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose ..."

It was quite a weekend. Friday night Melissa and I took Joe to see the Sarasota Jungle Gardens and their christmas light show. Joined by Tiffany, Jordan, and parents we enjoyed a pleasant walk through the display of lights in animal figures ... a marshmallow roast ... hot chocolate ... and a close encounter with some flamingos. Have we mentioned Joe's intrigue with wildlife? It has been really fun exposing him ... and he seems to enjoy it too. After we enjoyed a movie at the McCoy Theater - it has been far too long since we all enjoyed such a night out. Fun! Fun!

Saturday night saw Hugo, Patricia, Nkosi, Melissa and I fight it out over the "dot COM Edition" of Monopoly. The battle of wits ended with Patricia racking up over 13 Billion dollars in cash and company stock. Me ... I only able to make a single acquisition - from another player no less. Luck so had it that I feel victim to market insecurity. Awww ... the fun or make believe!

Early Christmas gifts from Josh and Jenna ... thank you!

And Sunday came and went with a trip to Venice for a BBQ at Josh and Jenna's new place. They finally had their couches delivered so, after many months, had their house warming. The "boys" snuck out for a little driving range competition before returning to enjoy some wonderful burgers and dogs. I must say it has been far too long since I have swung a golf club ... but on the plus side ... my slice is no worse ;)

Now ... back to work ...

Posted by csb at 1:35 PM


Santa time

December 15, 2005

This past weekend Melissa, Joe, Patricia and Krishen took a trip to Tampa to drop Nkosi's mother at the airport ... and on their way back they stopped off at the mall for a treat. It was Joe's first visit to Santa,

And I want ... and a ... and a ... and ...

Then Joe took them around the mall to show Mom what he told Santa he was looking for ...

... see Mom, isn't it great

But in other news, cooked up lunch for myself and Nkosi yesterday. Someone should tell Melissa to keep me out of the kitchen. By 4:00 I had a headache ... and by 4:30 I was "not feeling well". So, Melissa snagged me from the office and then dragged me down to the ER (grrr! ... I just wanted a bed).

They doped me up and I slept with an IV in me for the next 4 hours ... great fun. Thanks dear. Turns out shellfish can sometimes be a little hard on the stomach ... especially when you let me cook it in a fry pan for lunch and no supervision. Oh well ... today I am completely back to normal (maybe a slight headache - but I am missing coffee too) and the hospital visit was probably a bit too much. Yet, Melissa felt that shellfish can be quite 'funny' and it was better to be safe ... than well ... you know the story. She is probably right.

At least the staff enjoyed themselves. I apparently am a great demo toy (look ma'am I make mannequins for this). Plus, Joe is great at making friends wherever he goes ... so we were treated well.

Posted by csb at 1:36 PM


Great post -- very funny description of what I'm sure was not a fun experience.

(For those who are interested, I have an alternate blog now, while my main one is at the shop)

Posted by: Krishen at December 15, 2005 3:08 PM

I think that santa has a real beard!!

Posted by: Kurt at December 15, 2005 4:37 PM


December 9, 2005

Posted by csb at 9:16 PM


Hey, I'm not a lumberjack, or a fur trader....
I don't live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled....
and I don't know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada,
although I'm certain they're really really nice.

I have a Prime Minister, not a president.
I speak English and French, not American.
And I pronounce it 'about', not 'a boot'.

I can proudly sew my country's flag on my backpack.
I believe in peace keeping, not policing,
diversity, not assimilation,
and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal.
A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch,
and it is pronounced 'zed' not 'zee', 'zed' !!!!

Canada is the second largest landmass!
The first nation of hockey!
and the best part of North America

My name is Joe!!
And I am Canadian!!!

(Click here for the video)

Posted by: Krishen at December 10, 2005 12:32 AM

And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.

You get the best of both worlds, Joe. Don't forget that.

Posted by: John at December 10, 2005 11:20 AM

Christmas Party

December 8, 2005

Time to play dress-up

Once more it was time for the annual company christmas party. This year we changed venues to right downtown on the waterfront ... and wow ... it was a nice spot. Very relaxed, very social, and very enjoyable. Joe stayed with Jae and Cynthia while we went and played ... thanks guys, it is nice to get out as a couple every once-in-a-while.

Posted by csb at 12:01 PM


Melissa looks like she enjoyed the evening more than you did, Cam. Nice smile Melissa.

Posted by: Grandma Pat at December 8, 2005 4:38 PM

Who done it?

December 6, 2005

Patches the cat has requested the help of the general public in the hunt for her food thief. "One minute it was there ... the next it was vandalized, scattered, ... STOLEN.", says Miss Patches. The theft occurred sometime after 8:15pm when, it is believed, the culprit was placed on the kitchen floor to free his mothers hands while she cleaned up. Next thing she new there was cat food all over the floor and the suspect was making a get away.

If you have any information regarding this crime, please call immediately.

Suspect: blonde hair, blue eyes, ~27" tall

Posted by csb at 8:03 AM


Yep!!! You have to watch out for the cat/dog food. Bethany did the same thing and now Christopher is doing it. When the door is open to the laundry room, where the dog food is located, Christopher goes straight for it.

It's amazing how fast they can move when they are after something they're not suppose to have.

My only thing is why does Christopher want to eat the dog food when he will not eat his baby food or much of anything else?

Posted by: Karin at December 6, 2005 3:59 PM

At least it isn't Dirt ... Brendan

Keep it up Joe, scatter away, WREAK HAVOK !


Posted by: Kurt at December 7, 2005 10:16 PM

Joe and "The Girls"

December 5, 2005

The boy with his girls ... they've grown so much!

Last night we once again gathered with our Lamaze clique for a Christmas gathering. The girls all showed up sporting their fanciest dresses and Joe in his best suit. Man have these kids grown ... and each one has their own set of new "tricks" that kept us all entertained. We enjoyed good food while crafting a homemade ornament for the tree (a foot print with two hands makes a great Rudolph) and boasting about the latest achievements (or enquiring about the horrors of what is coming next).

It was a great time ... sadly this will likely be the last meeting of all six families. One of the little ones is making the move to Jacksonville early in the new year. It is sad to see them leave, but we know the opportunity is great and we are excited for them. It has been really fun getting to know you!

Getting into the Christmas spirit

On a side note, it seems like the west coast is getting a bit of snow. Which is never good in Vancouver (such a funny commentary - you have got to read it). But ... we really understand what they are going through ... this morning it was a chilly 20 deg celcuis, and tomorrow it is expected to drop to 16 - BrrrrrR! Time to pull out the winter jackets.

Photos by Christopher

Posted by csb at 9:41 AM


LOL that vancouver thing is hilarious

Posted by: Kurt at December 5, 2005 1:16 PM

oh poor poor you sitting at a nice warm 20°C, it's -10°C to -15°C here! And it's only going to get colder :)

Posted by: Brendan at December 7, 2005 8:35 PM

Brush y'r teeth

December 3, 2005

Posted by csb at 9:22 AM


Hockey subjection

December 1, 2005

Just because we live in Florida does not mean that Joe should miss out on the 'hockey experience'. So Darren, Krishen, Melissa, Joe, and I all headed to Tampa to enjoy the match between the Lightning and the Maple Leafs. We were a little late getting there ... well, a little late leaving and "problems" on the drive (apparently Joe decided he did not like his dinner ... after he ate!!!!)

Joe had his ticket

We did miss a large part of the first period (and Toronto's only goal), but we got to enjoy plenty of action over the second two. While the officiating still needs a lot of work, the game was a close one with lots of chances and great saves for both sides. And ... the most important thing ... Joe seemed to really enjoy the whole experience; the lights, the music, the game ... and the people! (He is such an entertainer!) Now ... when does the lake freeze down here ???

Photo's taken by Krishen ... thanks!

Posted by csb at 3:54 PM


Great pics! ;-)

Posted by: Krishen at December 1, 2005 4:15 PM

Joe looks like he's having a great time. Just don't let him eat his tickets. :-)

Posted by: John at December 1, 2005 7:42 PM

Hello Joseph:

You are so adorable and grandma misses your smiley face! You look so dashing in your christmas outfit with all of your little indication of things to come?

Give mom and dad a big kiss and hug for me, and tell mommy to give you one from Grandma,
love to all, grandma (and yes, we got snow twice Victoria!)

Posted by: Grandma at December 5, 2005 11:44 PM