Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gabriel Harold Timothy Quenneville-Steele

Its been rather busy around the chateau the past 48 hours but as promised, Lisa and I proudly present.....

Gabriel Harold Timothy, 6lbs 10oz, 19.5inches
born March 30, 2011 3:32am,
Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, Fort McMurray, AB.
cute little brother for Tamara, Nicholas and Elijah

I can also add that we've also had a couple of "firsts" already - his first pee (on my leg) and his first bath at home earlier this evening.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


This is just a really quick post to let everyone know that the baby has finally arrived. Lisa and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our first child. Gabriel Harold Timothy Quenneville-Steele was born this morning at 3:30am at Fort McMurray Regional Health Centre weighing in at 6 lbs 10 oz. Both mom and baby are resting comfortably and doing well. Pictures and further details will follow once things calm down here a little bit.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Eviction Please

It's been a bit of a spell since my last post and I can report that there is still no baby, though I know by now Lisa is wishing and hoping it will all be over soon. It will be 39 weeks tomorrow making it her longest pregnancy.

We were sure the baby would come at around 36 weeks and true to form Lisa started showing signs of labour about 3 weeks ago. We were only at the hospital a short time before being sent home. To cut short a long narrative, we've been to the hospital 4 or 5 times now, each time with the same end result. I have to admit being a little perturbed at the state of health services here. While its one thing to read about how Fort McMurray has the busiest maternity ward in the province, its quite another thing to experience it first hand. Rather than go off on a tangent suffice it say that were we back in Ontario, I'm sure we'd have avoided a lot of the grief and aggravation we've had to endure.

On a more positive note,(we are expecting a bundle of joy here shortly after all) the decision was made a few days ago that should baby not make an appearance by this weekend that Lisa would be induced this coming Friday.

Yes, our baby may be born on April Fool's Day, which is kind of fitting, considering all the false alarms and run-arounds we've experienced the past 3 weeks or so.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pregnancy Photos From Week 33 For All To See!

Earlier last month Lisa contacted a local photographer for some pregnancy photos. This afternoon we returned from a doctor's appointment (which we were very pleased with) to find that the disc of photos had been dropped off.

I would have loved to have been there for the photos but I had work obligations and really, there's only so much editing you can do with my mug in the way. Here are just a few photos from the bunch.

Love 'em!

What Scaffolding Has Taught Me

Reading through our humble blog I'm sure life here can easily come across as one crazy adventure after another. But it's not always like that. Sometimes I make mistakes. Sometimes I lose my patience. Sometimes I yell. Sometimes I let the stupid minutiae of life get the better of me. Sometimes I screw up. Sometimes I screw up big time.

In scaffolding you need strong standards in order to build. Standards are one of the basic building blocks to which you attach your ledgers, braces, tubes, name it. All it takes is a defective rosette, a missing banana or perhaps a little rust and you could have a disaster on your hands.

Parents remind me in many ways of scaffolding standards. Without strong parents, a family buckles and collapses. If children are the planks then strong parents are essential building blocks for holding them up, for helping them to reach the next level.

Scaffolding is also pretty strong, durable stuff and trust me, I've seen some pretty beat up, bitumen- and mud-encrusted material in return racks. Care must be taken to separate the dirty and damaged parts from the clean, usable parts. They can never mix, at least if you want the results you're looking for. As a former educator, I've seen some pretty messed up, damaged families. This prods me to be cognizant of taking time to work on your family, to clean up the parts that need fixing, to have strong standards.

Strong scaffolding is important. It's used in all manner of construction. You can use it to build wonderous things. Strong families are important too. They help to build strong, healthy societies.

Soon enough, my family will be adding on our newest piece of scaffolding. I just hope and pray I will be a strong enough standard. Those little planks I hold up deserve nothing less.

Whacking Frogs

Give a boy a frog, a mallet and a target and you can have a lot of fun. Nick really got a kick out of this little game at WinterPlay.

Elijah was eager to whack a frog as well. As soon as he realized how the launching worked (thanks to Nick's many enthusiastic demonstrations) and that you can whack up to three frogs at a time, he just had to try.

While taking the photo below, I couldn't help thinking that this could only end badly given how Nick's hand is an open target. The whole idea of two-year-olds wielding mallets generally makes me a politician or lawyer ensuring you they have your best interests in mind sort of thing. Elijah was much more interested in hitting the frogs than hitting the target......and Nick's hand made it through okay. In any event, only rubber frogs were hurt during the creation of this blog post.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I'd Be Trailside If I Could

Earlier this month I mentioned the Three Forts Dog Sled Race due to take place here March 3-6. I mention it again for a couple reasons I suppose. Firstly, as much as I'd love to be there, I'll be working so I'll miss it. Lisa plans to take the kids down for the start of it though so we should wind up with a few pictures of the event at the very least.

The other reason for mentioning the race is that it turns out one of the participants is originally from my neck of the woods in Ontario. Reading through the WinterPlay brochure, I came across the name of Aaron Peck, who will be a musher in the race. Peck is a tried and true Albertan now but grew up in Coburg/Grafton, Ontario, not that far from my parents'.

Peck has participated in the world-renowned Iditarod and his participation will add some prestige to the event. Yes, this race isn't quite like the Iditarod (for one thing, it's only about one-tenth the distance) so anything that will bring more attention to our race here is welcomed. You can check out Aaron's website here.