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Wed, Oct. 1st, 2014, 08:41 pm
Though times

Wow, I can't believe my last post is 5 years old already.

I am not too sure of what happened during all the time, but I must say that I now have 3 boys who takes a lot of my time.

I just went thru a really difficult time when my wife got into intensive care for 6 days.  I manage it really well during that time, but then once she got back home and felt better, this is when the fatigue and stress kicked in.  I think you never realize, really, what is the most important thing in your life without something major happening.  This is really sad though, but I think this is the way it is.

My wife was in intensize care for 6 days because she was loosing constiouness multiple times during the day.  She didn't realize it pretty much herself, but when this happens you think of all the diagnosis possible..... tumor, epilepsy... cancer.. etc.  This is only for diagnostic but your think also of... what is going to happens with the kids.... how can i explain them, etc.....  I can tell you that the brain can think of a whole lot of things in a few minutes while you wait besides a bed in intense care.....

The good news is that the diagnosis is good... she has only a kind of message from her body that she must take care of herself.  An too low pressure and some though times at work, and probably at home too with 3 kids caused her system to kind of shutdown for a few days.... The neurologist told her.. this is a "good" sign... .some people will get to the cancer or the tumor before having a "sign".

All that being said.. we are pretty happy, and it makes me realize that it's not the amount of effort put at works or in my personal things that matter... but my familiy and my wife are what is the most important thing to me.  I will try to post a little more, because in thought times like this it helps a lot to put things in writing.. for now.. I still need to rest.

Fri, Mar. 27th, 2009, 08:12 am
Wonderful times

You never trully realize what it is to "live" until you experience the greatness of a baby starting to live once the mother give birth to a child.  I have the privilege to be part of the birth of my 2 sons so far, and even if it is a cliche, I will tell you that this is the most wonderful thing I saw in my life.  Both times, it was an fantastic for both of us.  Although with our first son, we had to let it go after a few minutes with the mother since he had a hard time to breath.  This time, we were together all the time, until we moved out of the birth room.

We are also lucky since for the 2nd time we can benefit from the new parental program offered by the Quebec governement.  This program let me spend the first 5 weeks with my wife and son.  This time though I am working for my own company, therefore I was able to get a little more.  I ended my contract on march 6 and will start a new one on April 27th.  This gives me 6 week of parental leave.

It was though the first time to decide to leave work for 5 weeks.  In my field of work, software development, 5 weeks is very long in a project that can last from 3 months to many years.   I never regreted it though, and this is why I am doing the exact same thing this time over.

Believe me, if you have the chance to live 5 weeks together once your child is born..... do it.

Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009, 08:59 am
The new baby boy is here

After 40 long weeks for my wife, she finally gave birth to our 2nd child last Friday at 3:21pm.  It took approximately 12 hours of work to see the little face of our second son.  His length is almost 21 inches and his weight was 8 pounds and 6 onces.

We left the hospital Sunday afternoon with the little boy and we are now happy new parents at home... home sweet home.  The first night at home was great even if the little one wants milk every 2 hours....

I will try to post images soon....

Oh yeah.. I almost forgot...

The name of the little one is..... Cedrik

Thu, Feb. 26th, 2009, 08:45 pm

Time is going so fast.... I can't believe how my little boy is learning and growing fast..... but not only physically, but mentally.   I have never thought that the kids were able to learn so much.....

In a few days... maybe weeks.. I will become a father again, for the 2nd time.   I am looking forward to this wonderful event like if I never been there since I think the 2nd time will probably be as magical as the 1st time.   Then, I will spend a lot of time home with my wife and my 2 boys for almost 2 months since I my contract ends this week and my new contract starts only on the 27th of April.

The company wanted to renew my contract right away and I negotiated a nice little increase..... and they accepted the offer... therefore, I will work again for the company ING Canada (now know as Intact Insurance) until the end of 2009.   I am really happy about this since during this economic crisis I will have a salary guaranteed.

We also decided to send Raphael to the daycare only 1 time a week so that we can really share this time together as a family.  On that side we are still waiting for a real place in daycare where Raphael could benefit from a big place with nice infrastructure and a lot of friends to play with.

Stay tuned for the arrival of Cedrik ... soon :-)

Mon, Nov. 3rd, 2008, 08:29 pm
family news

Seems like I don't really need to post to much these days.  Actually, this is not really bad since normally I need to post when I am not confortable and need to speak abou things.  When I need to post it is normally because I have something to announce.

So... I have to announce that we will have one more member in our family.   Karine is pregnant and we will have a new baby in march.

Now is the time for the guess... What is the sex of the new baby?

We currently have a little boy who is already 2 years old.

The next one will be

Make a wishCollapse )

Congratulations for your lucky guess !

Karine is fealing better now after the first 4 months like hell... She was fealing the exact same way in her first pregnancy.  We are now really settled in our new home and a nice task planning with our little boy who will end is 2nd swim lesson this Saturday.

Sun, Jun. 29th, 2008, 10:29 pm
house, house, house

believe it or not, we are still working on our house.....  When you build it yourself it has to be expected but now we are close to completion.

I am in the middle of 2 weeks of vacations where I should be completing the sidings of my house.  We are installing wood siddings ourself.  We should be pretty close to finishing it next week, but for now, we have one wall, at the back, halfway thru and 1 another side, the left one, at the quarter.  We spent most of the last week completing the stuff for the pool including the "cabanon". 

We now have a fully functionnal pool with a nice cabanon and some walls with siddings.... I am really thrilled about the fact that we are close to finishing this hard but so rewarding project.

We will post updated pictures soon.

Thu, Nov. 15th, 2007, 12:16 pm
Is it *really* so hard to...

I think I already went thru this a couple of time during my work but not I feel this is nonsense......

Is it really so hard to do the following things in a work environment:

  1. Be able to create a path for your good employees
  2. Define clear roles and responsabilites
  3. Promote good people that benefit the company
  4. ...
  5. n
I am tired of fighting to do what I do best...
I am tired of always exceeding expectations without getting any benefits...
I am tired of having my life affected by work stuff...
I am tired of manager leveraging everyone by the bottom because everybody is equal...

I am tired.....

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007, 01:58 pm
business trip

I am flying to Dallas in a few hours.  I am going to a conference for the CMS program the company uses.
I will be attending sessions tomorrow and Wednesday, and will be flying back home Wednesday night.

Regarding the week-end, we manage to do a lot even with the *crappy* weather we had.   Rain Saturday and busrt of wind Sunday.  With the work I have done on the house this morning, the roof is more than half-way done.

pffff looking forward to have the roof, the windows, and the doors on.

Mon, Oct. 22nd, 2007, 08:11 am
The roof is on

We manage to put on the framing of the roof this Saturday morning.  We leased a big crane to lift them one by one and place them at the right place.  Even with the winds that were speeding at around 40 to 60 km/h we did everything in 4 hours.  It was incredible and really satisfying once this was completed.  We did this with 4 persons (excluding the crane guy).  3 at the top nailing down the framing and myself down below chaining the frame to the hook and selecting the right one to lift next.  Saturday afternoon we took most of the afternoon to fix all the framing.

Sunday, we started to put down the aspenite on the roof.  we were able to put down the first row all around the top (4 faces), and a second row on 2 sides.

Once again a really satisfying week-end with the weather on our side.

Next steps:
Finish the aspenite this week.
Start putting on the windows this week.
complete the roof next week-end.

Wed, Oct. 17th, 2007, 10:05 am
House building

I am now back to work after my 3 weeks of *vacation*.  I spent the last weeks building my new house.

I must confess that it is real hard work, but so rewarding. 

We were able to complete the structure up to the 2nd floor during that time.  From the concrete up to there.  This week, my father-in-law and brother-in-law are completing the walls of the 2nd floor so that we can install our roof this week-end.

You can see pictures of this at the following url:


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