October 2006
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October 27, 2006

Well, Carolina returned to town ... and we returned to watch. The last game did not go so well, so our boys better pick up the pace, find a little more heart ... and win those pucks.

This time we got down much closer to the action, and things were much more exciting. The game was quicker - the passes crisper - and the action was right there. It is not often that we get to sit lower level ... but when it happens you just need to suck it all in. And Joe was doing just that.

The game ended 5-1 for Tampa, which leads Melissa to comment on how things are rigged. The game was almost an exact replica of the previous game - just switch the teams. The big difference, a natural hat-trick for Martin St. Louis ... all goals within a 7 minute span of the second period. Wow ... that was fun to watch.

And Joe's favorite part? ... yea ... you guessed it!

I wanna drive the Zamboni

Posted by csb at 1:49 PM


Lol Awesome


Posted by: Kurt at October 27, 2006 2:23 PM

In 20 years Joe will be driving the Zamboni for the NHL, you just wait! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun, i haven't been to a game in a long time :(

Posted by: Brendan at October 28, 2006 8:33 PM

Looks likes Joe takes after his auntie Kari with the love of Zamboni's:)
Love you!

Posted by: Kari at October 30, 2006 10:34 PM

The taste of life

October 24, 2006

Think I actually felt my arteries clog-up

Posted by csb at 4:52 PM


With the number of jalepenos on there I don't think you'll be tasting much of anything

Posted by: Krishen at October 25, 2006 8:37 AM

Nice lol

Posted by: Kurt at October 25, 2006 9:54 PM

Whats all on that dog? or is it a smokey? All i see is jalepenos and onions? I don't know how that looked appetising.

Posted by: Brendan at October 26, 2006 6:35 PM

Chalked full of CHILLI :)

Posted by: Cameron at October 27, 2006 10:48 AM


October 23, 2006

This wall mom?

Seems like Joe got some inspiration after visiting the art museum on Saturday - so he figured he would lend us a hand in painting our white walls.

Posted by csb at 12:54 PM


He looks like a real pro. Just practicing for the new place! He definitely has been watching mom.

Posted by: Grandma Pat at October 24, 2006 6:33 PM


October 22, 2006

(Click to enjoy more pictures)

Joe and I enjoyed a wonderful day wandering the grounds of the Ringling museums here in town. Krishen and Louis had invited us along on their photography outing, and one can't pass up a free trip to the circus. We toured the miniature circus reconstruction, the circus museum, the John & Mabel winter mansion, and the Ringling Art Museum. We grabbed a ton of pictures today ... enjoy.

Posted by csb at 2:19 AM


Ice time

October 19, 2006

Look at these two ... trying to stir up old rivalries

This past Monday night we were able to snag a couple tickets from Darren, who has a whole collection this year, and make our first game of the season. The Lightning did not play well and lost the game 5-1, but we had perfect seats to watch Mr. Cam Ward stone the Lightning bence over and over - he is actually quite good.

Anyways ... it was a blast to get out and catch a game. Joe really seemed to enjoy it ... especially the noise makers and crowd chants ... so exciting for him. And ... the next day he recognized the hockey highlights playing on TV and pointed it out to us ... makes a Canadian Dad proud. Guess it is time to get those skates ordered and head to the Igloo. Every Florida child needs to learn to skate before they are two :)

Posted by csb at 11:07 PM


Do I need to come down and teach him?
because we all know you can't skate

Oh snap

yea I went there!!

Posted by: Kurt at October 20, 2006 6:09 PM

Well yeah....good to know that you remember your canuk roots...good to see you in that red shirt Melissa!!
Way to teach the kiddo....

Posted by: Brenda Hemphill at October 25, 2006 3:07 PM


October 17, 2006

So I thought today I would get a little chance to tell you all a story. And as with all good stories it revolves around a girl.

See, the other night I was strolling down the beach minding my own business

... when I came upon this beautiful lady ...

See, we were both out enjoying the night sea breeze and watching the sunset. It was fate that we met. We talked about everything ... it was so freeing to have someone who understood me. We inevitably spent the evening talking, playing, and enjoying this friendship.

Before we knew it the sun had set, the mood was out, and it was time to go home. Was this night just chance luck? Was it fate? Was it orchestrated by a higher power? One would never know. All we know was that we both had a great time.

So, like a gentleman, I passed along my number, politely said my good-byes, and went home. Hoping that I would get to see this princess once more.

DUH! How did that get it there. It isn't me ... gah! Dad!!!!!!

Posted by csb at 7:31 AM


Joe is just going to /love/ you when he gets older ;-)

Posted by: Krishen at October 17, 2006 4:03 PM

Cute story! Mrs. Conn always said you had journalistic talents. If only she knew about your blog.

Posted by: Grandma Pat at October 19, 2006 12:55 AM

Great story, I especially like the ending with Joe caught shirtless.

Posted by: Darren at October 21, 2006 9:59 AM

The Ringling Estate is an excellent way to spend an afternoon as tourist. Melissa, Joe and Alicia humoured me when we were there...I just had to compare that historic site with Hatley Park of course. I sat in the very chair that Joe is sitting in on the terrace! Way to go Joe.
Great pics that brought back great memories.
Joe is not yet 2 and he had been to the Ringling Estate twice!!!

Hugs to all,
Grandma Bev (mom)

Posted by: Grandma Bev at October 23, 2006 10:32 PM

Oh the places we will go

October 10, 2006

The pegs are falling into place. Papers have been signed ... loan applications are being filed ... now we wait to see if the money train comes in :) Very exciting.

Even though we don't yet have the keys, Joe is already interested in showing his little brother or sister around ... yes ... you read that correctly. T-8 months now ... still early ... still unknown. But life could not be brighter at this time.

Posted by csb at 11:27 PM


Just wait, that first ultrasound is going to reveal twins.
How bright will life be then. ;)

Posted by: Melissa at October 11, 2006 12:57 AM

Did you find the right house? I am seing Joe is leading the search...be careful ;)

Once again Melissa congratulations! Twins...what interesting idea...don´t you think Cam?

Posted by: Patrícia at October 11, 2006 4:32 AM


Posted by: Cameron at October 11, 2006 6:37 AM

Hahah.... this is what I call a blog post on steroids... didn't even bother splitting it up! Congratulations on both fronts :)

Posted by: Krishen at October 11, 2006 6:47 AM

I have first hand knowledge in this twin idea. Trust me you don't want it!!

Evil twins!!!

Posted by: Kurt at October 11, 2006 11:17 AM

Congratulations are definitely in order, good luck with everything!

Posted by: Darren at October 11, 2006 11:59 AM

Wow! Congratulations :D. I can hear the money train now, followed by the brother or sister train...

Posted by: orque at October 12, 2006 10:24 PM

Congratulaions to you all on both counts!! A new home & a new wee one...now that's exciting!! We will be anxiously awaiting more news...

Posted by: Lynne & Alicia at October 12, 2006 11:29 PM

Holy cow you two, Dave and I go away for ONE week, just ONE week, and things just go side ways...North Korea, scandal in the white house, winter arrives, you buy a house, AND you two are expecting again. Well,...CONGRATULATIONS. Life does go on, and I guess Joe needs a play mate, huh?
Melissa, how are YOU doing? Any morning sickness etc? Hope the entire time is blissfull, and you feel wonderful. Way to go guys!
Dave and Brenda

Posted by: Brenda Hemphill at October 17, 2006 12:49 PM

Cheese Country

October 5, 2006

Turns out my brother is not the only one to take trips around the country. And while I have not made it to Washington D.C. ... I have now made it to Wisconsin. The air is crisp and has that nice, sweet, refreshing smell to the air. The trees are changing colours, so it looks incredible flying in.

And while I am not going to get a chance to see the area, it does feel nice to get the northern air back in the nostrils. I should be back home for Friday ... man ... am I going to have things to catch up on. Oh well, while in Wisconsin ... eat cheese!!!

Posted by csb at 1:18 AM


What in the world were you doing in Wisconsin?
And why oh why would a person want to eat cheese in said place?!!
Cam, maybe you need to come home to the Great Canadian North to straighten out some "issues"?
Have a great weekend - we'll be thinking about you all - lots of love to you too Melissa, and Joe, of course.

Posted by: Brenda Hemphill at October 7, 2006 4:24 PM

I'm still better than you

Posted by: Kurt at October 8, 2006 1:03 AM


Posted by: Krishen at October 8, 2006 7:24 PM


October 3, 2006

Last week brought Patricia's stay with us to a close. At least it made for a good reason for a party. We started the weekend with a co-worker and friends gathering at a local pub ... after that it was off to the dance club (thanks Christopher and Shannon for taking Joe) ... Friday Patricia cleaned out the last of her things. Then, by Saturday morning we had enough time for a First Watch breakfast before heading to the airport.

This past year was a lot of fun. We are going to miss you a lot, but - and I am talking to you Patricia - you have to keep your blog running so we can continue to keep an eye on you :) Keep in touch ... we will come visit as soon as we can.

Posted by csb at 11:30 PM


Thanks Bahan´s!

You are my family now and that even the distance can´t change! I love you and I will never be able to thank you enought for all you did for me.

I am waiting for you here..home is realy, dinner is ready, and of course Cam we have beer as well, just come... ;)

Posted by: Patricia at October 7, 2006 6:10 AM

And the river runs through it

October 3, 2006

Walked into the kitchen ... or should I say a small river last night. Quick action by Melissa and I held the damage to a number of wet towels ... but, we spent the evening cleaning up and taking apart the washer.

After opening it up we did not see any problems ... so we run a load - two - now three. Things seem to be fine. Melissa started the washing filling - but we got talking and forgot to fill it with a load, we suspect that this was our issue. Running a "SUPER" load without any cloths - guess that is bad, who knew?

Posted by csb at 11:11 PM