July 2007
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Owen gets a snuggle

July 27, 2007

Grandma has come to visit and take a load off ... renovating a house can wear you out ... but she brought pictures :) And it looks fantastic! You guys did a great job.

Posted by csb at 10:25 PM


Congratulations! Parabéns! Auguri! He's beautiful!!! Kisses

Posted by: Inês at August 1, 2007 12:12 PM

When it rains ... it pours

July 21, 2007

So, the rain came today. It has been a while since we had a storm that rocked the windows. Our "mud puddle" has once again has become a pond, raising at least a foot. We must have had 3 to 6 inches in only a hour ... but, once it was over it was time to play.

Posted by csb at 8:46 PM


Watch out for alligators in those Florida ditches Joe. Looks like you're having fun.
Love Grandma Pat

Posted by: Grandma Pat at July 23, 2007 10:38 PM

Puddle Jumping! what fun:) cant wait to join you!

Posted by: kari at July 26, 2007 6:24 AM

Better not be raining next wednesday when I head down there !!

Posted by: Kurt at July 27, 2007 2:18 PM

Hi Melissa. What beautiful children!! I was trying to find an email address to send you what Tanya is up to. (Mommy, is trying to get Tanya's music out there. haha) You can see Tanya'a music video, listen to clips off her latest CD , read reviews and even order the music on this site.


Other news, Albert and Kali are expecting #6 this month! (Emma,Aaron,Miles,Isabel,Eli, and ???) Don and I are well and so pleased to see you are tooxo

Posted by: Val Gillespie at August 3, 2007 12:25 AM

What are you looking at?

July 13, 2007

Owen seems to be settling into the house just fine. His first month has passed by quite quickly as we all get use to our newly expanded family. Mom is wondering if she is ever going to get out and see a movie opening weekend again? Dad is wondering if he is ever going to get back to his hobbies? And Joe is wondering if Owen is ever going to play cars with him? ... Joe tries each and every day.

At one month:

9 lbs 13 ozs
21 1/2 inches long
Worming forward with his knees
Lifts his upper body off the ground
Legs can support his weight
One feeding per night

Posted by csb at 8:52 PM


I believe the answers to your questions are something like the following:

1) Not until Joe can drive.
2) Not until the kids move out.
3) As soon as he can pick them up and put them in his mouth.

Congratulations! He's a good lookin' boy.

Posted by: John at July 14, 2007 1:37 AM

Studio Bahan

July 11, 2007

Melissa had fun today. After going to bed early both her and I got up early ... and yea, since Owen slept a full 8 hours we were well rested. So I headed to work ... and Melissa, well apparently she did too.

By 11 I was getting photos ...

Melissa played with both kids all day ... think she has a new hobby, and the little ones are on board posing as the perfect subjects.

Posted by csb at 9:45 PM


I love these photos... great work.

Posted by: Krishen at July 12, 2007 12:43 AM

Oh, what beautiful pictures you've taken, and your subjects are superb...
Congratulations again!!
Nate and Sara's little Austin has been doing well; I hope you all can get together sometime soon,
New Gramma-Brenda

Posted by: Brenda Hemphill at July 12, 2007 4:40 PM

What beauties...such wonderful little men...and pets! Looks like Joseph got a hair cut? Glad to see that Owen is waisting no time in catching up on his growing and sleeping!
Way to go Melis! Great work Cam posting them so quickly!! I still need your help Cam posting images on my site!
Love you all,
Mom (grandma bev)

Posted by: beverly booth at July 12, 2007 10:34 PM

Nice job Mis! Those are fantastic....the boys are absolutely gorgeous!

Posted by: Theresa at July 13, 2007 12:59 AM

What do we have here? Anne Geddes better stay on her toes and watch out for the competion. Great pics Melissa. Eight days and a bit, but whose counting?
See you soon.
Love Grandma Pat

Posted by: Grandma Pat at July 16, 2007 2:04 AM


July 7, 2007

So, for those who did not get the email we thought we would post a little snippet of todays adventures. We also took the evening and spent some time wondering the halls of a local mall and grabbing ice cream with Christopher, Shannon, and Tiffany.

I would also like to send a shout out to my mom and dad as it is their anniversary on this "lucky" day.

Posted by csb at 11:47 PM


That made me smile :D

Posted by: Kurt at July 8, 2007 7:16 PM

Good Skating Joe!!!!!
I wonder if Uncle Kurtis recognized the skates.
Will you take me skating when I come down? Just 2 weeks to go. Love Grandma Pat

Posted by: Grandma Pat at July 10, 2007 1:18 AM

Congratulations Pat and Richard and Cam and Melissa on your anniversaries!!

Besides skating - Grandma Pat - you will need to tone up on your hockey skills for Joe! You will have fun!
Grandma Bev

Posted by: beverly booth at July 10, 2007 12:03 PM

2190 days and counting

July 6, 2007

... wow ...

Posted by csb at 11:46 AM


Yes? Are you planning to have the next kid in exactly 6 years or something?

Posted by: John at July 7, 2007 6:58 PM

Congratz you to on you 7 year mark!
love you both kari and cam

Posted by: Kari at July 9, 2007 10:26 PM

Yankee Party

July 5, 2007

After spending most of the day shopping and just hanging out - love the day offs - then we hooked up with Eric, Angela and Morgan who were heading downtown to the festivities.

They had a circus ... traditional Sarasota ...

Enjoyed some burgers ...

and of course, "soda" ...

As seems to be a July 4th tradition here in Florida, the rain came out and got us a little wet - or tried. Owen, Joe and I stowed away under our blanket ... Melissa joined us, but she was already wet :) But ... out of no where ...


It took a while, but Joe eventually relaxed and started to enjoy the show.

In all, it was a very typical american independence day celebration and good family fun.

Posted by csb at 11:18 AM


Canada Day BBQ - Happy 140

July 1, 2007

So this July 1st we decided to celebrate ... even if we were 24 hrs driving time from the nearest border. So we gathered bunch of our friends over ... heated up our BBQ ... and chowed down on burgers and beer; topping things off with some great homemade rhubarb/strawberry/apple crisp ... yummy!

Most people (including myself) arrived post the Sunday afternoon heatstroke workout we like to call Ultimate. And we spent the rest of the evening chilling and watching the kids tear around the house like they had too much pop (who did that I say ... who!!!). Anyway, it was an blast finally being able to open the house up to our friends for a get-together (it only took 9 months).

Anyways ... Owen continues to grow like a weed hitting 8lbs 12oz last week at the 2-wk doctor visit. Joe too continues to grow, adapting more and more to his role as older brother. It was strange ... we had a house full of children at our place this weekend and THEN realized that 50% were ours ... sobering.

Quick notes for our southern friends

  • France ceded the territories of New France to Britian in 1763, end of the "Seven years' war"
  • Britain ruled Canada between 1763 to 1867 as provinces
  • The French Habitants were left their religious, political and social culture
  • Canada was known as Upper and Lower Canada until 1840 and became the United Province of Canada
  • Famous 49th Parallel North was defined in 1818
  • Canada became a federation in 1867 (known as Confederation) in Charlottetown, P.E.I
  • Canada in 1867 had six colonies: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, the Province of Canada (now Quebec and Ontario) (see map)
  • First Prime Minister was John A. Macdonald, current (2007) is Stephen Harper
  • Rupert's Land was owned by the Hudson Bay Company (HBC), still around today - oldest commercial company in N.America (founded 1670)
  • Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) connected the east to west to north and solidified the country
  • Manitoba joined Confederation in 1870
  • British Columbia joined in 1871
  • Alberta and Saskatchewan joined in 1905
  • Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949
  • Nunavut was formed in 1999 as it split from the Northwest Territories, thus forming 10 provinces and 13 territories within the country
  • Current flag adopted 1865
  • Canada is the worlds second largest country in land mass with a population of almost 33 million
  • Canada fought the US in 1812-1815 (US National Anthem was written after the defense of Ft. McHenry 1814)
  • Canada saw two rebellions in 1837 and 1838
  • The Canadian National Anthem was composed in 1880, the words were altered slightly in 1968 and it was adopted as the official anthem in 1980 (see lyrics)

    (thanks to Wikipedia for the references)

    (And yes ... this was backdated)

    Posted by csb at 12:06 AM