Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Baby Jesus Woke Up! - by Brad

Like so many other blogs the day after Christmas, we too are posting pictures with a recap of the holiday weekend.

Saturday afternoon, we headed to Seattle to celebrate Christmas with the Posenjak's. Here are a couple pictures of the boys opening their presents... Elliott with Exo-force Legos and Wesley with Curious George paraphernalia...




This is our niece Jessie. It must have been the holiday season, but her name didn't quite click for Wesley. Sunday morning when Toby brought Jessie out of her bed, Wesley said, "Baby Jesus wake up!" He affectionately called her baby Jesus several times.


We drove back to Wenatchee Christmas morning (we did find a Starbucks for Lindsey in Monroe). We opened our presents at home and then went to the Krueger's house to spend time with Lindsey's family. Here Wesley was just chillin' out before we got around to presents.


Then we experienced, as Toby coined the phrase, "the traditional post-present letdown time of grumpiness."

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Oh, The Day - by Brad

Oh, the day.
Oh, the day that our BOYS will be able to shovel the driveway.




We got another six inches of snow last night. So far this winter we have had about 18 inches of snow here. Luckily each pile-up pretty much melts (or compacts into ice) before the next storm comes through.

And now we are off to Seattle for Christmas eve with the Posenjak side of the family and then we will return early Christmas morning to spend the day with Lindsey's side.

Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

[That was me being festive]

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Great With Child - by Brad

There was a request on a recent post to include pictures of Lindsey... especially in her 9th month! I made several attempts to collect photographs, of which only a few survived. Hopefully I do not face any wrath from the following.


This is a picture I took over a month ago (lest you be deceived by the current belly size)...


This must have been taken yesterday because it appears that Lindsey is helping me finish off my last minute office Christmas presents...


And finally, this was taken just moments ago while she was preparing for our church youth group Christmas party that we are having here tonight. Doesn't she look good in the kitchen? [I am probably going to hear about that comment later]


Hopefully I didn't say too much so I will live to see another blog.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Taco Talk - by Brad

This post really belongs to Lindsey. She emailed me this around 4:00 yesterday before I came home from work.


Lindsey to Elliott: "What would you like for dinner?"

Elliott: "I want tacos for dinner."

Lindsey: "Sure, we can make that."

Elliott: "Or Daddy could just go to Taco Bell."

Lindsey (skeptically): “I guess you could ask him when he gets home.”

Elliott: “I think he will, daddy always does all the things I want him to do.”


I learned something about how my 4 year old son sees me last night.
By the way... we had home-made tacos for dinner.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Seasonings - by Brad

Last weekend, we went out and got our Christmas tree... which reminds me I need to water it right now before I forget... I'll be right back...
Okay, I'm back now. Anyway, we took a few pictures while we put the decorations on. This was Lindsey's favorite of Elliott...


The boys, in one of those rare moments where Elliott has his hands around Wesley's neck and Wesley is still smiling.


Wesley (looking much older than he does in real life).


And finally, Wes and I at the top of our ladder putting up the star topper.


On another note, my sister is coming back from Papua New Guinea on Friday for six months. This is the first time in 3 years that she has in the U.S. for Christmas. It will be fun to have her around at Christmas... not to mention for Spencer's birth.

I actually enjoy the holiday season. I may not a big fan of Christmas music, but the rest of it is pretty good.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Really, It's Not A Scam - by Brad

I just read an article about how almost anyone who paid for long distance service can get an easy extra $30 - $60 from the IRS on your 2006 return... legally! I know this might sound like one of those weird scam e-mails you get saying that you are so special that the government wants to pay you for being you... but this comes straight from the IRS and it is definitely worth checking out.

Anyway, there has been a federal excise tax on your long distance phone bill that was ruled illegal. It has something to do with a tax initiated to fund the Spanish-American war, and for some reason it has changed forms to a phone excise tax. Through the courts, it was apparently ruled illegal, so the IRS is now giving refunds for this (wow, this really does sound like a scam).

I am not going to give any real tax advice here just in case you don't qualify for this and you end up getting in trouble (yup, sounds like a scam). However if you file form 1040 make sure you don't miss line 71. If you file form 1040A make sure you don't miss line 42. If you file form 1040EZ make sure you don't miss line 9. And as always, if you prepare your own forms, make sure you read the instructions.

I doubt that the IRS will highlight this credit or make it really easy to understand. Hopefully TurboTax will. Rest assured, this is not a scam, and I bet you will hear more about this as tax season starts.

[What a dorky blog... taxes?... come on P-jak, how 'bout something interesting]

Friday, December 01, 2006

Meet My Ancestors - by Brad

Well, I was playing around on Wikipedia today and I found some interesting stuff about my great-great-great-great grandfather. I have heard little things here and there about him, but it was interesting to see it in context. Again I use the term "interesting" because his character may not be one that I will try to imitate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patkanim


I am glad that I didn't get his looks (if I did, just let me think that I didn't). However, Wesley may have been blessed with the same scowl.

The inscription says, "He fought for the white people." Is that really a good thing for an indian chief?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Little Guys Eyes - by Linz

Elliott and Wesley have been interested lately in a show called Little Einsteins. The cast has four characters, but only two seem to stand out to our boys...June and Annie.

A few weeks ago Elliott told me that he liked June the best becuase she wore a pretty dress. Today, Wesley was talking about the other girl, Annie. I asked him if he liked her and he said "yeah, girl, cute girl." They start so young!



Elliott's Girl

Wesley's Girl

Even as I was working on this post, Elliott came up and said, "I like the one on the top the best, the one in the green"

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Real Snow! - by Brad

This morning we awoke to 3 inches of snow! It snowed all morning long and now we are at 5 inches! I guess this is technically the second time it has snowed, but the first one didn't really count.

After church this morning, Elliott and Wesley helped me shovel the driveway. Wesley didn't last very long because he REALLY doesn't like to be cold. However, Elliott and I shoveled and played for an hour and a half.


After we finished the driveway, Elliott and I built a snowman. This was our first real snowman. Wesley enjoyed watching from inside.


If we only had another person, we might have been able to have our Christmas card photo today. Oh well, maybe some other time.

Wesley's 2nd... or is it 3rd? - by Brad

So, last night we celebrated Wesley's 2nd birthday.

It was actually his third birthday, but he is only two years old... you know, the 20th century is really the 1900's, blah blah blah etc...

...getting off my tangent... we had a Bob the Builder themed birthday. When I say "themed" I really mean a cake shaped like BTB's head, and Tonka toys strewn around the house.




Wesley received a light saber just like Elliott's, but blue. I am sure that these are going to be the cause of many bruises and fights to come.


So far, the birthday parties for our boys consist of our families. We enjoy NOT having 15 three year old's running all over the place and having to organize games and activities for everyone. It was an enjoyable evening with our families to celebrate Wesley life.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Thanksgiving - by Brad

Don't worry, this post doesn't have anything about "gifts," just ThanksGIVING. We went to Spokane to spend Thanksgiving with Lindsey's family. It was a nice relaxing couple days. It was also Wesley's birthday, but we are actually celebrating that this evening.

Wesley had fun showing off his newly found "Stinky Face" for everyone.




These are all of the grandkids on Lindsey's side.
Elliott, Ella, Eden, Wesley, and Amy Joy




Most of Elliott's posed pictures have a forced smile, but here, the kids were posing for a picture and instead of saying "cheese" the kids were asked to say "Star Wars!" It shows off his personality...




My favorite moment of Thanksgiving Day was the after-meal nap...

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Gifts - by Brad

As the holiday season approaches, I am reminded that it is better to give than to receive.

A few weeks ago, we noticed our neighbor's dog running around in our yard. A few days later, we notice a "gift" left by that dog. This morning, I went in our backyard (after not having been out there for a week or so) and I noticed about 7 gifts. Keep in mind that this is a German Shepard, not a beagle.

So I get a small garden shovel and start flinging them on the lot next door. [Don't worry, it's a vacant lot without a house built yet.] The little man standing on my left shoulder tells me to fling it in our neighbor’s yard, yet I resist. I didn't want to confront our neighbor over just one instance, but this is starting to get ridiculous. It seems like the dog is trained to poop in our yard. To anyone who has a dog, any advice is appreciated... my preferred method is apparently illegal.

Also, at the beginning of this week, I notice the first deer of the season trekking across the hill behind us. I had been watching for them since August, so this was pretty exciting. Last winter, we saw several deer right in our backyard. At that time, we just had dirt for our yard, so it was neat to see deer gifts all around. Now that we have grass, it isn't so cute.

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Star Wars - by Linz

Elliott and I spent the morning working on a "Star Wars Book." Elliott has been really excited about all things Star Wars for about a year now. I described how to draw the guys, and told him how to spell their names. He told me what color of hair they had and what color of light-saber they needed. He's quite the pro! The end result was so cute I thought I would post it for all to see!


"STAR WARS" with spaceship



Darth Vader


Anakin and yoda



Qui-Gon and a yellow spaceship



Darth Maul (two-sided light saber included)


Obi-Wan and "Roger Roger guy"

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Open Wide - by Brad

As you might have noticed, I spent a little bit of time today redoing the looks of the Bjournal. I enjoy dabbling with html, so I had fun trying out different colors, backgrounds, and other minor changes.

I also found out how to remove that blogger bar that used to be at the top. In case you are interested in doing the same, I found the instructions for editing your template
here.

On to the subject of this entry's title...

Wesley and Elliott were coloring with felt markers the other day, and this is what happens when you EAT the black felt-tip!


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

40 Years - by Brad

Full retirement age is currently around 67 years old. I just realized that means I have to work for 40 more years!

In other words, when our last child goes off to college I will still have to work 20 years before I retire! [Yes, I am assuming that Spencer will be our last]



Also in 40 years, we might still be waiting for Lindsey to blog again!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Ebay - by Brad

We have purchased a few things off of Ebay over the last few years... and I'll admit that most of what we purchased was not as cool as we expected. Anyway, we recently decided that we should get on the other end of these auctions, so in the last past couple months we have SOLD a couple things on Ebay.

The first item we sold was a four year old VHS video camera that we bought to take videos of Elliott when he was born. We have hours of video of Elliott when he was a baby, but not so much of Wesley... I hear that is common with second (and third) children. When the auction was all said and done, we were pleasantly surprised with how much we got for it.

That went pretty smooth!

The next item we put up for auction was our five year old Canon Rebel film camera. We were satisfied for how much it sold for... however, we didn't get paid for it (don't worry, we didn't ship it either). The person who won the auction said that he lost his job THE DAY AFTER he won the auction. How convenient! After a few light email exchanges with him (it is a binding contract after all), I decided to relist the camera.

There were two hours left on the auction, and one bidder... let's call him "Bubba" for now... had a minimum bid outstanding. In the last hour, two other bidders had a little bidding war up. [Bubba did not win.] Right after the auction ended, the purchaser sent me an instant payment through Paypal. Once again, I was pleasantly surprised, and it all worked out for an extra $30!

However, I then received an email from Bubba saying... and I quote, "Is it a coincidence that like your name the guys that ran up the bid are also european names???"

It took me a second to understand his odd sentence structure, but I then realized that he was accusing me of cheating by running up my own bid! I was somewhat speechless, so I just replied, "Apparently so. Thanks for bidding!"

Then he sends me back another email that saying... and again I quote, "JEANDOBLY...........JERK."

I have no idea what this means (except for the jerk part), but I hope it's not derogatory since I posted it on my blog. Anyway, I wanted to send back another email explaining that HE was one being a jerk, but I decided to let it drop, so I didn't respond.


If Bubba happens to stumble across this blog when searching for my last name, I would like to know what you meant in your latter email.

Or... maybe I don't.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Misc. - by Brad

Lindsey is on a little vacation this weekend. All the ladies in her family get together in Leavenworth to have a quilty-crafty good time. So... I am here with the boys today, and I thought I would post a few pictures.

We purchased the Lego Star Wars videogame for Elliott's birthday, so he has been entirely obsessed with that lately. It is starting to drive us nuts, so we are having to limit the time he can play it to about 30 minutes a day. Anyway, he talks non-stop about all the characters, especially General Grievous and Darth Maul. Hmmm, I think those are both bad guys.



Guess what? It snowed here yesterday! [ha ha ha - to all you Portlanders who read this]

It snowed all morning long. However, it was pretty wet and it didn't stick around very long, but the boys had fun watching some silver dollar sized snowflakes!


I am not really sure what's going on with Wesley in this picture. Maybe he's watched too much Star Wars and thinks he can use "the force". Lindsey doesn't recall taking this picture, and Elliott says that he didn't, so I am not sure the story behind this one. I think it's funny anyway.

Pumpkin Carving - by Brad

Last Sunday, we bought a couple pumpkins so the boys could carve them for Halloween. Elliott was very excited to carve a "scary face", while Lindsey was trying to talk him into carving a "funny face". After a little coaxing, Elliott got his hands dirty and helped remove the pumpkin goo.


Wesley, on the other hand, did not enjoy touching the cold pumpkin goo. I think we actually have a picture of him whining about it. Rather, we caught him EATING the pumpkin top!



AND THE RESULTS...



Lindsey was excited about a star pattern that she saw in a Martha Stewart article. This was the first pumpkin she ever carved!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Fun with Numbers - by Brad

At our church youth group on Wednesday, one of the high school guys shared a spiffy number trick with me. Take any three digit number, multiply by 7, multiply by 11, and then multiply by 13.

Do you notice anything cool about the result?

Come on... don't read any further until you try one!

At first I thought it must have taken a mathimatical genius to have figured that out, but then I noticed that 7 x 11 x 13 = 1001. Multiplying by 1000 adds three zeros to your three digit number. Then you add the three digit number on top of those three zeros. You don't fool me Mr. Not-So-Mathematical-Genius-Man!

ALSO...

I finally got my junk email folder operating correctly at work. So for the fun of it, I didn't delete a single junk email since last Friday at 5:00.

I know you are wondering, "Just how many junk emails did Brad receive in 168 hours?"

The answer is...


760

In other words, over the last week I received one junk email every 13 minutes.


Okay, so I am just a big math nerd. Stay tuned next week for...
Fibonacci's Sequence!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

WWSLH (part 2) - by Brad

Thanks to Peaby and his photo editing skills, we have a clean picture of what we expect Spencer to look like at 2 to 3 months old. Again, this is after scientific analysis (or blind assumption) of Elliott and Wesley's features from their ultrasound pictures compared to Spencer's ultrasound pictures.

I will have to remember this photo in 5 months when Spencer is 2 months old. Then I can compare Spencer's actual looks to this projected image...

Sunday, October 22, 2006

We Will Still Love Him - by Brad

Here are several things to make up for my lack of bjournalling...

1) I am very frustrated with a certain Ebay purchaser. We were selling our camera on Ebay and the person who purchased it is not paying for it. He gave me the excuse that he lost his job the day after he bought our camera. Likely story. Now I have to relist it and go through a bunch of hassles. Aaargh!

2) Elliott has gotten very excited about football. Last week, while we were at Red Robin, we watching the Seahawks barely win over the Rams. On the way home from Red Robin, Elliott asked me who my favorite football team was. I told him I liked the Seahawks. He replied, "I like the Rams." What a difficult child! Today, he is excited to watch the Seahawks play the Vikings. Since Elliott is so excited to watch football, I can disguise my own laziness by saying it's spending quality time with my boy!

3) Yesterday my dad and I were able to finish most of the remaining exterior trim on our house. This still leaves a lot of interior trim yet to be done. Anyway, I was very satisfied to get something done that has been bugging me for a year. Thanks again Dad!

4) I had a few extra minutes this morning, so I took the ultrasound pictures from each one of our boys and put them side-by-side. With only 85 days until Spencer arrives, we are trying to figure out what he will look like. After our initial analysis, we think that Spencer will have Wesley's forehead and nose, but Elliott's mouth and lips. Take a look for yourself...



If we take an Elliott - Wesley combo we get...

Elliott... and Wesley...

... and Spencer?

Oh dear. Please pray for him.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Busy - by Brad

This is probably one of the longest intervals between posts for me. Not that this should really count as a post, but at least it makes me feel like I am doing something.

I have been really busy at work the last couple weeks, so this has not allowed my mind to wander into strange ponderances. So you are spared from my odd thoughts... for now. However, it has also not allowed me to take many pictures of our kids. So there are currently no new pictures to post either.

Anyway, today I am getting the assistance of my father to help me blow out our irrigation lines so they don't freeze and crack over the winter. We are also going to try to put up the last of the exterior trim on our house.

On another note, we can feel Spencer rolling and kicking around now. We can feel his little body and we can push him around. I feel an obligation to push him around a lot in the womb, since he needs to be ready for his two older brothers. We have less than three months until he arrives!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Nerds - by Brad

If only my kids were older, they could be REALLY embarrassed by the content of this blog. Elliott received a pair of straw glasses that, when used, make my sons look really nerdy. Please take the time to look at some of my other picture posts so that you don't leave permanently scarred.



And yes, that is just juice.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Kickin' & Honkin' - by Brad

So Lindsey was driving the other day and she said to Elliott, "I can feel Spencer kicking in my belly."

Elliott was quiet for a second and then said, "If your belly was really big, Spencer would honk the horn!"

Oh, the mental picture she must have given him...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Random Kid Pics - by Brad

Every once in a while I have to dump a few pictures of my kids rather than rambling on about planets or graphs. So here are a few pictures from September of our boys.

When I was at a conference in Tacoma, Lindsey took the boys to the Point Defiance Zoo. If I remember Lindsey correctly, this picture was Elliott's idea...




Elliott went to his first week at AWANA and passed his first section in Cubbies!! Since I grew up in AWANA, it was pretty cool to be able to see my son memorizing Bible verses too. I stink at memorizing anything, but luckily Elliott got his mom's skills. He will do great.




Wesley with his blanket as a do-rag...




And Wes with an odd look, an odd head lamp, and an odd socks & pajamas combo...




And finally, Elliott's 4th birthday party. I can't believe that I have a four year old son. It is pretty weird. We had a Larry-boy themed party, and yes, Lindsey and I made that cake. Lindsey seems to get very ambitious when it comes to decorating our kids' cakes. She tried fondant for the first time, and it worked out pretty well...