Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas, 2007!

Andrew & Natasha, Christmas 2007

We would like to extend our warmest wishes for the holidays to all our friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances. We hope you have a Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous 2008!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Happy Birthday, Natasha!

That's right! Natasha has made her way through one more year and looking forward to the next one which is sure to bring us a lot of new experiences and adventures. We aren't doing anything big today, but will be getting together with the family on Saturday for a combined birthday party with my sisters who have their birthdays on Dec 31st. Photos to follow afterwards.

Also, we went for Natasha's second ultrasound appointment this morning. This one was for detailed looks at the internal organs, spine, bones, and so on. Very likely to the doctors trained eye there was a lot to see, but for me there was only a little more than when we went a few weeks ago. Still, it's interesting to see what's going on in there. Almost halfway there now!

Natasha on her 26th birthday. 19 weeks pregnant!

She decided to open her gifts from me tonight. I bought her a Willow Tree (seen on the right), an automatic card shuffler, and three pairs of knee socks in various shades and patterns of brown. The Willow Tree on the left is from her sister-in-law, Debbie, and the one in the middle from her friend Erin. She also got a baby blanket and a necklace from her Mom.

A close-up shot of the new Willow Trees!

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tri-Dimensional Chess

Spock and Dr. McCoy play Tri-Dimensional Chess

As a person who has an interest in the game of Chess, I often watch for it in areas like advertising, media, movies, photos, and regular day to day life. You'd be surprised just how often a chess board shows up if you look for it.

In the photo above, Dr. McCoy and Spock are seen with a futuristic variant called Tri-Dimensional Chess. The basic concept and play is the same, with a number of additions to the rules because of it's three dimensional playing area. Naturally, the complexity of the game must grow considerably. Personally, I think the beauty of the board increases as well.

This is not something you can buy at your local toy store, but I am considering building a wooden set. It would make a great display, and perhaps a game here and there.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Ultrasound Photos

Natasha went for her first ultrasound appointment on Monday. I wasn't planning to be there for the first one, but due to traffic problems, I had to take her straight there, and stayed to see the baby. I guess we didn't expect to see quite so much, and were impressed at the detail already visible.

Not only will we have these pictures to look back on and share with our children, but you can enjoy them as well. Here they are:

The babies profile

The babies foot is visible. No squinting to see this one!


Monday, December 03, 2007

Leise Rieselt Der Schnee

Even here in tropical BC, we get the occassional snow storm. We had snow this weekend, most of which fell yesterday, and for a short while, everything was blanketed in the cold, fluffy precipitation.

Snowfall in the lower mainland, BC. Dec 2, 2007

The above is a photo taken by my Dad where he lives, but it looked the same pretty well everywhere around here.

Sometime during the night, the rain began, everything has turned to slush, and giant puddles cover the ground in many places. In most parts of the country, this snow/melt cycle takes about six to eight months. Around here, it's about 3 days.