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05 Jan 09 Welcome 2009 – Happy Birthday Karyn!

Wow, the holidays went by so quickly. We had a great time. It began with the arrival of Gwen on December 2nd. Karyn’s Mom (Gramma) spent the second week of December with us, followed by Dave’s sister and parents. We’ve spent the last week alone and today get back into our regular routine. Except today is Karyn’s birthday, so we have one last hurrah! Happy birthday Karyn/Mommy!

Here is a card that Dave and the girls made this week. Other photos from the holidays are posted on our Flickr profile.

We love you!

We love you!

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10 Dec 08 Daddy and his new little girl

Dave finally got a chance to get a photo with Gwen.

Daddy and Gwen

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03 Dec 08 Welcome Gwen Elena Bradfield

Happy birthday Gwen! Our third daughter arrived on December 2, 2008 at 7:13 p.m., weighing 6 pounds 15 ounces. Thanks to the staff at New York Methodist Hospital, and our friend Jess, the midwife we wish we’d hired.

Everyone is doing very well. If you want to reach Gwen, she can be reached via email.

A Gwen close up

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06 May 08 So many bloggable moments

Considering what Dave does for a living, we don’t update our blog as often as we should. I have to confess that this is mostly my problem. While I’m the one with more spare time, I have a strange neurosis when it comes to sharing my thoughts in written form. I’ve always loved writing, but even when I did it as a career, I hoarded my pieces until the last possible minute, unable to let them be read by others for fear that they weren’t perfect enough, or witty enough, or grammatically correct. Due to this craziness, so many bloggable moments pass us by without being shared with you. So, I thought I’d share a few of our most recent adventures with you today.

  • Dave and I recently spent an evening at a star-studded fundraiser for the New York City Food Bank. It was tons of fun. There were too many stars there to mention, but the highlights for me were meeting Michael Stipe from REM, seeing several celebrity chefs, meeting Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom, Blythe Danner, and taking a photo with Tom Colicchio of Bravo tv’s Top Chef. We’ll post photos soon.
  • Speaking of celebrity, the New York lifestyle must be rubbing off on us. The other day, as Nicole and I were walking in our neighbourhood, Nicole was stalked by the paparazzi. OK, it was just one guy with a wide-lens camera, but he snapped several photos of her, even as we continued moving, until he looked up and saw me. I guess one of the local celebrity moms must have been shopping in a store nearby. Once he realized who we were (or weren’t), he stepped back into his hiding spot and continued talking to his friend.
  • Last week, while attending a Verve concert in a theatre inside Madison Square Garden, we were able to sneak into one of the Rangers’ last playoff games. We only saw the first few minutes of the second period, but it was pretty fun to be there. As we all know, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a live playoff game. Maybe next year.
  • With the demise of the last standing Canadian hockey team in this year’s playoffs, I’ve been reminiscing about what it means to be a Canadian hockey fan. We saw a handful of Devils and Rangers games this season and at the most recent Devils game, I spent much of my time observing a pre-teen girl sitting in front of us. She was proudly wearing her Jersey colours and had a contagious passion for the game. She reminded me of my younger self, who was lucky enough to attend Maple Leaf games almost every Saturday. This girl’s passion and knowledge of the game made me realize that being a Maple Leaf fan is a part of who I am, as crazy as that sounds. And I’m not the only one. There are millions of Maple Leaf fans out there whose passion alone should be enough to catapult the team to the top. Alas, we must dig deep to find the patience to match the passion. Someone, please, please tell me, when will it happen?

Ciao for now.

16 Dec 07 Me? A published photographer?

A few weeks ago, we received an email from Schmap, a leading publisher of travel guides. They had found a photo on Flickr that I took while stranded in Denver on St. Patrick’s Day and asked to include it in consideration for their Denver Guide. My photo made the cut and is featured on the Schmap Denver St. Patrick’s Day page.

I had been there on business speaking at a client convention. The weather was beautiful in Denver, but a huge storm hit the east coast, shutting down most airports on the seaboard. I decided to make the most of my fate. I walked for miles around Denver on the Friday afternoon. On Saturday, I found time to take in the popular St. Patrick’s Day parade. I took the shot standing at the back of the crowd with my arm way above the crowd. Snap… Schmap.

Denver is a great city and I hope to return for another visit some day.