Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Weekend in Review - by Brad

This weekend, Mike and Becky came up to visit. We thoroughly enjoyed their company.

Here is the rundown of events:

Round 1 - Mike.
Round 2 - Brad.
Round 3 - Brad.

Halo 2
Round 1 - Mike.
Round 2 - Mike.
Round 3 - Mike, Mike, Mike.

Disk Golf
Round 1, Mike.
Round 2, Brad.
This comment actually belongs on Mike’s blog, but during round 1, he got a hole-in-one! It was quite impressive.

X-Men – Last week, Mike talked us into watching the first two X-Men movies so that we could all go watch X-Men 3 in the theater. So we watched a lot of mutants this weekend.

Hiking – We hiked up the hill behind our house. This time, I did not take a camera to lose (see

Music – We set up all our musical instruments and Mike played acoustic guitar, Becky sang, Lindsey played drums, and I played electric guitar. All we needed was an audience and someone to pay us money!

Eating – Of course the weekend included a lot of eating. I seemed to be in a perpetual state of fullness.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

I'm Too Texty for this Blog. - by Brad

Since the Bjournal has been a little texty lately, here are a few pictures.

This is a picture from the previously mentioned camping trip... cold and eating.

And some photo ops with Lindsey and the boys...
On Easter...

And on Mother's Day...

Elliott and Lindsey "reading". Elliott is looking at the book titled "Seven Seasons of the Man in the Mirror". I guess that since he cannot read, he is just enjoying the text.

Here is a rainbow that came out yesterday on our anniversary to remind us that, "Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life." Mmmm... how romantic.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Five Years - by Brad

Five of the greatest years of my life… five years of new experiences whether exciting, sad, joyous, amazing, frustrating, or peaceful… these have been the first five years of my marriage.

I have been blessed with many, many things, but above all of them, I have been blessed with a wife who constantly works hard to make our marriage and family better.

Lindsey, thank you for being such a great wife! I am excited to go golfing with you today!

[For anybody else reading this, golfing really was her idea… because she wants to, not just because I want to!]

Happy Anniversary Lindsey!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Camping with Kids - by Linz

Friday night was our first attempt at camping with kids.

At this season in our lives, with two little ones, backpacking is out of the question. So we packed an unreasonable amount of stuff into our car and headed for the mountains. We drove about 15 miles up the Icicle River just outside of Leavenworth. We found a great campsite with a pre-existing fire pit and a bathroom. Not really roughing it, but good for a family camping trip.

We arrived at about 3:00 Friday afternoon. Elliott took full charge of the campground running around and enjoying the dirt and trees, watching squirrels and blue jays. Wesley was a bit more hesitant. With only a few months of walking under his belt, he hasn't quite mastered the uneven ground thing yet. Within the first twenty minutes he took a tumble and split his lip. But he settled in well and they boys ran around as we set up our tent and settled in. All was well.

Then Wesley got tired.

This is when the idea of taking a 1-year-old on a camping trip started to seem crazy. Of course, with a totally new place and so much action he had no intentions of taking a nap. So the rest of the afternoon was spent trying to keep him happy. He was pretty whiney and it started getting windy and cold. So as the night wore on, mom wore out! I think I may have even said, "we're never doing this again." (But I didn't really mean it.)

After a long afternoon we got a fire going. Elliott said his favorite part of the trip was watching dad "set it on fire!" So we roasted hot dogs and marshmallows...the usual camping stuff. Then bed time rolled around.

We were very ready for Wesley to go to sleep, but he didn't really feel the same. After a lot of screaming, he finally settled down. A few hours later Elliott came up and said "I'm ready to go to the tent with my flashlight now," and he was off to bed.

We had a bit of a restless night. At one point I woke to Elliott standing by my head yelling and crying. In the morning he told me that he had a dream that "the whole camp was on fire." I think that may have had something to do with it. Wesley ended up in Brad's sleeping bag. So needless to say, it was a long night.

The morning got off to a cold start, so we sat by the fire for a while. But when the sun came out we were able to go for a hike. Elliott was a trooper. He just ran along keeping up like a champ!

After the hike Elliott was able to do some much anticipated fishing. He got a fishing pole about 6 months ago and has been dying to use it. So Brad set up a line for him and taught him how to cast. I think he would have stayed there all day if we let him.

The moral of the story: 3 is a great camping age, 1...not so much! But it was a fun family memory.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Oh Canada... - by Brad

Well, tomorrow at 6:00 am I fly out for a business conference in Montreal, Quebec. I am told that Montreal is a wonderful city so at least the city should be interesting.

The conference is for the 100th anniversary of the Government Finance Officers Association. What could be more fun than a thousand accounting-type folks getting together for seminars?

The thing I find comical is that at the opening ceremony, they are going to have Chris Isaak perform. Wow, with so many accountants in one room, that place is going to be hopping! I hope that no mosh pits form, or else someone might stab me with their pencil, or hit me with their pocket protector!

I am not really sure who Chris Isaak is, but according to Lindsey, he was somewhat big back in the mid-90's. Apparently she likes a couple of his songs. I honestly can't recall any of his songs, so he may not be my type of music, but they probably wouldn't get Metallica for this type of conference... darn sterotypical accountants!

Anyway, I hope I make it back in one piece! Au revoir!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

It Came, We Sod, We Conquered - by Brad

Well, we received the sod at 2:30 yesterday afternoon - about 5 hours later than I hoped. Nonetheless, with the help of my dad, we worked until 8:00 last night and then I got up early this morning and finished it by 10:30.

Here are the fruits (or grasses) of our labor...

Front Yard:

Back Yard:

Now we have a whole lot of ground cover and other shrubs to decorate the other dirt patches. Then the next project will be touching up the exterior with additional trim and paint.