New iMac

At the Apple Expo Paris, Apple unveiled a new iMac. At first I thought this abandoning of the old almost living design of the most recent iMac was a mistake. I still love the old design but I have to marvel at this newest accomplishment-a desktop that is pretty much as portable as a laptop. Good work Apple. I’d love to see one mounted without the stand so it looked like it was floating mid air which I hear you can with an accessory.

I’m going to be happy

Don’t get me wrong I already am happy-in fact life seems very exhilarating these days, which is just what I mean, I feel so optimistic about the future. Everything it seems is on the up-and-up. I’ve started school and although I alluded to this event as “the last four days [before my] freedom [ends]” I’m pleased to be back. I have treated 2 patients since returning and had such satisfaction in it. Knowing that I like clinical dentistry is a big thrill because I know I will be enjoying my future career, a chunk of my life. Both of my patients needed treatment for things that were really bothering them and being able to eliminate or place them on that path gave me a real high! I love my wife. I love my kids. I love my parents and...

The Dylan Update: Maturity, Babysitting and Sex

My oldest son Dylan is 10 and entering Grade 5. Yikes. I’m always in awe of this kid because of his predominantly well-beyond his years maturity. For example you can offer that the kid stay up late and many nights he’ll say, “No thanks, I think I’m going to head off to bed.” Dylan has also brought our hiring of babysitters into serious question. When you get home and find out that he changed most or all of the diapers and put one of the kids to bed (more than Daria and I can do some nights) and made them KD, you start thinking what do I need Suzy So-and-So for? He doesn’t complain about this either, rather he informs us of these tasks as badges of honour. His undergirding message: I really love my siblings and I’m a great...

The Kid Update

I thought I’d give an update on the kids and there recent exploits. This week Brigham smashed his nose up real good. I guess he fell down the basement stairs and ended up not only gushing blood but scraping his nose. This was Monday or Tuesday and remarkably all of his scabs are healed and gone. I wish I had a picture because the turnaround time is totally amazing . Brigham has been walking for sometime now and traverses the stairs regularly but every once and while loses his balance. Daria said he gushed for a long time. So we instituted ‘The Gate’ at those stairs at the top when he’s upstairs and the bottom when he’s playing in the playroom. There are still a few drops of blood on the painted basement floor. I’ve left them...

Schools In

Well I have 4 days left of pure freedom until school starts. I’m excited for the school year as it will be a huge leap for my clinical skills in dentistry, but nervous about the craziness I expect this first semester. To get an idea of what I am talking about imagine going to the dentist knowing it was his first time performing a procedure on you. Now flip that around and imagine your the dentist performing the procedure! Now given I have practiced extensively, but as the Doobie Brother’s said “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing Baby”. Put another way-”Experience is something you get right after the moment you most need it.” I don’t need consoling mind you, I’ve always been very calm when treating a patient thus...

My new calling

Today was a wonderful Sabbath Day. August is a time of entrances and departures in the Church we attend. There is an influx of new families (usually students) and farewell of others (graduates). Today one of the most seemingly perfect families I know was leaving. Perfect is of course an overstatement, but you always get the feeling from each family member of sweet goodness, genuine caring, curiosity, a underlying happiness and a family on track. I like them because they demonstrate a powerful example of possibility. Another family left (also wonderful) and with that brought the need for a new Gospel Doctrine teacher. I’m thrilled for the calling and excited about my subject for this year—the Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ. We read...

Ever discover your mother was right?

Sure. I’ll admit it my mom was right about a lot of things. And now that I am raising my own children in my own marriage I can’t help but think about what was done in my parent’s home and now in mine. I’m sure all of us have picked at our childhood and said “I liked that” or “Never Ever will I ever (fill in the blank).” More recently, I have found many of those defining events at the Grandparents house where a parenting moment arrives. Sometimes these moments go by without hesitation on my part with total disregard for what anyone anywhere might think and mostly because I’m unaware or oblivious to observation. But other times I find myself assuming (a dangerous pasttime…I know) what those around might...

It’s Good to Be Home

After a 3100 km round trip through the Canadian Prairie and Rockies it is good to be home in Saskatchewan. I never dreamed I would ever think much of this province but after a couple of years and some cursory family history it is starting to feel like home. I really love the Church here and it too has made a large difference to our experience. My Grandparents Alex and Dorothy met in Saskatchewan and I’d like to visit some of the places talked about in my Grandmother’s history of Grandpa. I hope to someday publish the history to a family site I started building but am now overhauling in my spare time. The reason for our trip was a family reunion in Bridge Lake, B.C at Moondance Bay Resort. I hadn’t met some of the family EVER and the most recent...