Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Charlotte's 1 1/2 Year-Old Birthday

Charlotte is 1 1/2 years old today (or 18 months). We are excited that she has reached this important milestone!

She is changing so much these days; Developing more personality and becoming more fun and interactive. We really enjoy playing with her.

One of her favorite things to do is read books with Daddy. She loves to point out all of the objects and animals that she recognizes.

Happy 1 1/2 year old birthday Charlotte! We love you lots!

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Board Game Event

Last Saturday, we held an afternoon board game event at the clubhouse in our townhouse complex. For my 30th birthday, I didn't want a typical party and we decided to invite our friends and family who have played board games with us in the past and have an afternoon of fun. Here is an illustrated report of the day's events.

Everything was prepped and ready for the games to begin.

Matthew, Leanne, John, Rose, Natasha
playing Ticket To Ride.

Anita, Naomi, Dianna, Martin, Mark, Andrew
playing Carcassonne.

Dave, Jeremy, Nathanael, Shelley, Gina, Eugene
playing Power Grid.

A game of Carcassonne in progress.

Some creative artwork with Power Grid by Dave.

The food. As you can see, gobbled up.

Some unexpected gifts! A wireless outdoor thermometer, and a new game, Alhambra (and an expansion pack).

Thanks for the gifts and especially to everyone for attending and making it a really fun event. Special thanks to Natasha for doing a lot of organizing to bring it all together. We plan to do this more often as it got a lot of positive feedback.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

And Now For More Charlotte!

It's been a long time, so we have two videos and two photos, all of Charlotte. We begin with a video of Charlotte feeding herself yogurt.

Learning to use a spoon.

Charlotte has taken a greater interest in feeding herself and is at times not happy unless she's the one holding the fork or spoon, even if it's us who puts the food on the utensil.

Charlotte is getting pretty big, and proud of it!

Goofing off for the camera!

Charlotte went on her first mall car ride today!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Cockman Family

On Saturday, November 7th, we went to a concert by the Cockman Family, a group we had both heard of and have been listening to for quite a few years. In fact, Natasha had met the family a few years back during her travels through the Eastern States with her family.

Bibleway Christian Academy brought the group in to have a fundraiser for the school, and the event was a big success. We bring you a video that Natasha made of their song, "The Promise". Enjoy!

As a further note of interest, Natasha was able to sing with Caroline (Cockman) Fischer the day after at Cloverdale Bibleway.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Remembrance Day, 2009

November 11th is the day on which major hostilities of World War I were ended in 1918. This was a brutal war in which 15 million people were killed, making it the 5th highest in the list of estimated human loss from wars and disasters.

World War II is often confused as the reason for Remembrance Day, and despite the historical inaccuracy, it is from this era that I have selected the following video. This is a clip from my favourite war movie, Band of Brothers, showing paratroopers jumping into Normandy on D-day.

Take time today to remember those who have fought and died in these wars, and the ones who continue to fight for us right up until today.

For more information on Remembrance Day, and the poppies which are distributed in Canada and some other countries, see the Wikipedia article on the subject.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Star Trek Humour


Saturday, November 07, 2009

10950 Days And Counting

The day has arrived, one I have been waiting for anxiously, especially the last few months. Somehow turning 30 years old seems like a milestone which demands attention and thought as to my overall life goals and objectives. Have I accomplished what I have wanted to? Am I going in the right direction? Am I doing the things I want to do? What steps do I need to take to get where I want to go?

Thinking back 10 years, my goals revolved around getting into my career, finding a wife and starting a family. I was a bit later than expected on those last two, but with a great wife and an ubercute one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, I couldn't be happier. Having all my kids before the age of 30 won't work for me as one is still on the way, but is certainly a potential goal for Natasha, even if we decide to have a third (gotta keep everyone guessing!).

Am I going in the right direction? I believe so. My career is at a point better than it has ever been. I'm starting to break out into new areas, writing games, and starting to do development work for the iPhone platform. We own a townhouse, hopefully someday a house. Life as we know it is busy, and trying to do a thousand things at the same time is difficult, but over time I think we'll be fine.

The future? Sorry, can't let you in on that yet. We have grand visions of where we'd like to be down the road, many of which include investments of time and money. Personal goals are being set as well, being worked on inch by inch as raising a family doesn't allow for much more. Whatever happens in the end, it will certainly be a lot of fun, and the adventure getting there is an important part of the experience.

I want to express my thanks to God for 30 years of health and providing for my family now and my family growing up. To family and friends, thanks for all you have given me and done for me in the last 30 years; I will never forget it. To Natasha and Charlotte, my closest family and friends, I look forward to the future with you. Just imagine what we might be doing and where we will be when I write my 40th birthday post!

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