this is our first-born, josh. he lives in ottawa and is home for christmas. we love our three kids so much, and when he left after he graduated from high-school, it was like a friggin' death! we sobbed like babies. it is a huge event when he comes home to visit. we have another son, jesse, who's graduating this year and we're already preparing for another 'funeral' because we're sure he'll head off to discover the world too. casile, our daughter, has a few more years with us. it's been nice sitting around talking and laughing. today, he and his brother and friends are off to poley snowboarding, even though our grass is still green. snow-making machines in full swing.