January 2008
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The room comes together

January 28, 2008

With a lot of hard work by Melissa and patience from the kids ... the paint is now on the wall, the beds moved back in ... and the little ones all snug in their beds.

Guess we will see how these first few night go ...

Posted by csb at 9:48 PM


The room looks great Melissa. Looks like Joe will be ready to go into business with his uncle Brendan before he's too old.

Posted by: Grandma Pat at January 29, 2008 12:21 PM

Had fun demasking taping things :) It looks great.

Posted by: Krishen at January 30, 2008 4:55 PM

Loved the room!

Posted by: Patrícia at February 7, 2008 4:19 AM

Painting a move

January 26, 2008

Welcome to our room

So, Owen is moving in and Joe wants to prep the place. Oh the fun with paint!

Working hard to ensure Owen likes the new room

Posted by csb at 9:55 AM


Will it ever end?

January 22, 2008

So ... now this is just getting annoying! Joe is now back under the weather, once again with strep throat ... Melissa's is finding the sore throat returning ... and Owen now has an ear infection!!!


Posted by csb at 1:04 AM


Ah, the joys of parenthood. Sometimes it seems like it is one continuous sick day. Hope everyone get better soon.

Posted by: John at January 22, 2008 11:12 AM

That's no fun hope you guys get better soon!
p.s Cam your going to kill me :S... We set the date...feb 21st 09

Posted by: Kari at January 23, 2008 7:32 AM

Kari, congrats on setting the date! Not sure if this is what you're referring to when you say Cam is gonna kill you but it's like right in the middle of our annual tradeshow :)

Cam, Melissa, kids... hope you all get better soon.

Posted by: Krishen at January 25, 2008 12:41 AM

Go fly a kite!

January 21, 2008

A relaxing afternoon with the family ... you can't have a better day.

Posted by csb at 12:38 AM


Love this shot.

Posted by: Krishen at January 25, 2008 12:50 AM

Well done Joe!!!! Love you.

Posted by: Patrícia at January 26, 2008 4:28 AM

Another one bites the dust

January 14, 2008

So ... now my sister is getting into the game. As if my brother wasn't enough!!!! Kurt ... your now the last hold out ... remain strong man ... remain strong!!!!! And in a indication of the times. No letter, no telegraph, no phone call ... not even an email. Nope! ... I have to find it posted to the web.

Well, congratulations to you both ... enjoy the next few (12, 24, 48?) months, hold on to them ... cherish them ... they are the last you have as you, for then you will be two!

Posted by csb at 10:08 PM


Least I havn't ruined my life like the rest of you dogs!!!

jk loool :P

Posted by: Kurt at January 14, 2008 11:54 PM

I guess that means I found out before you. Karin came up to bed last night and mentioned she had seen it on Kari's blog.

Posted by: John at January 15, 2008 12:18 AM

A little bitter?? lol Dont be Mom was really one of the only ones that got the call. You all knew it was happening anyways...I was the only one out of the loop (good job with the cover up(s)by the way). The internet is the fasted and easyest way to get word out when your heading out of town:)

Posted by: Kari at January 15, 2008 8:51 AM

I told you guys about this in victoria. You can't be given Kari a hard time for not calling you. Anyways we went out of town that weekend and haven't really called to many people about it anyway.

Posted by: Cameron(the real one) at January 17, 2008 11:14 AM

Getting back to normal

January 13, 2008

Owen starts in net ... big surprise eh?

Well, this year remained "interesting" upon arriving home ... while initially we thought we were getting better, the noses never really stopped running and the throats started getting sore once again. Melissa probably got the worse of it ... as the days went by things got worse and worse ... and the drugs were not helping. When Joe developed a rash it was time to see the doctor.

Diagnosis: Strep throat
And the rash? Well, that was Strep Throat induced Scarlet Fever ???

Well, it is a VERY MINOR variant of the fever - named for the colour of the rash. Essentially, the strep throat caused the body to go out of wack which in turned causing the rash. Don't worry ... nothing serious.

However, a little antibiotics and things have turned around nicely. Once again I leave this amazed how well kids handle being sick. They remain active and happy while their energy levels are up ... and quiet when the energy is drained.Joe and Owen rarely fuss ... unless your cleaning their nose.

Joe would let christmas last forever

But as we heal we are finally getting around to cleaning the house. The tree has come down, the decorations are going away, and life is starting to get back to our day-to-day. While we are not able to re-drop the puck on 2008, maybe we will finally get to play a shift.

So ... the family is once again health. And notes for the record ... Owen is crawling on everything .. up on bags, standing up on the coaches, and now walking and pushing around Joe's Pooh-bear train. He is really moving ... and he couldn't be happier about it. (Mom and Dad on the other hand... ... ...)

Posted by csb at 3:53 PM


Turn the page

January 5, 2008

So, another year is done. And how have things gone?

Jan 2007:
This next year I look to continue our growth as a family. Joe will undoubtedly start chatting up a storm, go for his first ice skating experience, and I look forward to our first bike ride. Melissa is looking forward to completely moving into our house including a full paint job while I look forward to getting pictures on the walls. Simple goals right. With the move we are also going to rework our budget and get ourselves back on track - this last year was fun and now it is time refocus and plan for the future.

At work, I hope to bring a couple solid projects to completion and work on better managing my time and energy. I would like to regain control of my non-work time to spend both helping out Melissa at home and enjoying quality times with Joe. Daddy day is coming back ... right after March ;) I also look to bring "Little Joe" to market with an enhanced version 2.0 of the Screen Saver Menu.

Well, we did add to the family with Owen joining the ranks on June 13. We did paint and things really began to feel comfortable in our new home. Joe did get to go skating ... several times ... managing to go it along on single blades after just a few outtings. (Thanks Nana and Papa for the new blades - should keep him going this year too). We also, reworked ... reworked ... and reworked the budget - to not follow it at all.

It also wasn't until late October until I started spending more time at home with the family ... losing quite a lot of "home" hours. March ... you can only chuckle at this point. I also did not get to ANY of those personal projects that have in the past so excited me.

In the end it was a very hard year. However, there were several highlights. I travelled a little more, hitting Chippewa, Anaheim, Chicago, and Mainz (Germany) over the year. And while I did not get to "Little Joe" and the "Screen Saver Menu" update ... but there is always the new year. We also bought a new computer and a new car (told you we blew the budget) ... but somethings about life are much better.

So, what has 2008 got in-store? We will have to wait until Jan 09 to find out ...

1: Personal Projects
I have a stronger desire to get back to those "personal projects" ... you could almost call it a need. I have several ideas in mind and some on the books ... so you will just have to wait and see.

2: The Family Skate
Owen should be walking before the end of spring (he is already pulling himself into a standing position - already a first for this year) ... so I expect he will be skating with Melissa, Joe and I this summer.

3: Together as brothers
Joe and Owen will be moving in together shortly - just got to paint that room (ha, guess not all the painting was done).

4: Back to basics
Especially after this christmas, we are going to get back on budget. We need to.

5: Workaholic
While I have been slaving away for that past five years, 2007 brought our employment cards ... so Melissa will likely be returning to work part-time this spring.

6: Athletic times
It is time to get back into shape ... yes, I have been hurting. This year the bike gets fixed, Ultimate sees a comeback, and we start rollerblading again. Oh, I foresee road hockey in the near future too!

7: Musical Ear
It may be the year to get a guitar ... for Joe (maybe me too). Joe really seems to have a natural beat ... so, maybe we can help with that. Oh, the keyboard needs to come out from under the bed at some point too. (Melissa, log ear-plugs on the shopping list)

8: More travel
I really enjoyed getting out this past year, I hope that can continue. If I am lucky maybe Melissa and the family can join me too. We are already scheduled for a trip to Kamloops in August.

9: Organized
I must get organized ... at the moment it is hurting me at work and killing me at home. This is a year of clean-up, back-up, and set-up.

10: Family Ties
Joe and Owen need more of their Dad while Melissa needs more of her man. 2008 cannot be like 2007 ... this year the Saturday mornings need to come back - just father and sons ... and the evenings need to be mine and the families ... and Melissa and I need time too. It is not going to be easy ... there are going to be crunch times ... but the crunch times cannot be 10 months long.

11: Bed time
Oh! Yes, I need to get to bed earlier too ... guess I still need to work on that.

Melissa and I expect 2008 to be a tough year for us ... our last couple weeks have the little things taking the hard road. We have a lot of things that we want to get done, things that need to be replaced, and two kids ... it will be, at the very least, an interesting year.

A look at home from the top of Mt. Doug

Posted by csb at 3:24 AM