Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Pirates II - by Brad

Lindsey sent me an email today after she read an online article (I assume) about odd baby names. There was one couple who named their child Pirate, so she asked me what I thought of that name.

Maybe we could stick with Spencer, but use Pirate as his middle name.

Spencer Pirate Posenjak.

On second thought, it would probably be difficult to take myself seriously when I am scolding, "SPENCER PIRATE... come here now!" I don't think I could be very stern if everyone started laughing when I said that.

It sort of reminds me of a name I heard my family joke about when I was growing up... Prunella Penelope Posenjak. I think that it was joked about as a name for my eldest sister, but I am not quite sure on the story behind it... I wasn't the most observant child in the world. Too bad we are not having a girl, huh?


Monday, August 28, 2006

Spencer - by Brad

Yes. That picture means...

(still in the womb though)

So it appears for now that SPENCER it is...
unless I decide that I want a junior.

Here is my third boy...

PGID No More - by Brad

Today we shall unshackle our unborn baby from the undesirable title of Spen-Dar.

This afternoon at 2:00 Lindsey has the gender-telling ultrasound. Since I don't have the technology for a podcast, I will try to post the results shortly after we find out what Spen-Dar really is.

I really haven't discussed whether I would like a boy or a girl. In fact, I really haven't thought about it much, because with two boys already, I just sort of picture the baby as a boy. Of course I would like a girl, because it would be a new experience, and for some reason baby girls just bring out the softy in me. On the other hand, another boy would be great. Four boys in the house would REALLY drive Lindsey nuts... all the wrestling and burping and farting.

So we bid adieu to the name Spen-Dar as we don a new title for our womb-sheathed child.

Stay tuned...

Friday, August 25, 2006

Kite flying on the coast - by Linz

Last week at this time we were with Mike and Becky in Lincoln City. We had a great time. Becky cooked lots of great food. My favorite was the blueberry pastry...mmm! We played games, shopped a bit, flew Elliott's kite. It was a nice, relaxing weekend. As it turns out however, we didn't really take many photos. I guess board games and outlet shopping don't seem like photo ops to me. The kite flying was the highlight of the trip for Elliott so that is mostly what we took pictures of. It was a great weekend!

Mike and Brad setting up the kite

The boys made up a game of trying to catch
the kite while it was flying. Elliott loved it!

Elliott was having a great time with Dad!

Elliott also had a great time with Mike!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

So Long Pluto - by Brad

If you frequent any news website, you probably heard this morning that Pluto is no longer classified as a planet. Over the last week, there has been much talk about a definition that would call all kinds of objects "planets". Under the previously proposed definition, not only would Pluto have remained a planet, but Pluto's moon would have been a planet, an asteroid would have been a planet, and numerous miscellaneous chunks of ice could have been classified as planets as well.

I really didn't like that definition because to me, none of those other items seemed to be planets. From the articles I read, the only reason they were trying to keep Pluto as a planet was to keep people happy. From the online polls that I saw, almost 80% thought that Pluto should remain a planet. I guess I like being in the minority. Needless to say, I was a little nervous that I would have to accept other planets.

So I am glad that they opted for a revised definition that kicks Pluto out as one of those numerous miscellaneous chunks of ice. And yes, I admit to being a little nerdy - because this morning when I saw the headline, I let out a little "whoo-hoo!"

For those who had a sentimental connection with Pluto, I am sorry.

Goodbye Pluto. Sorry you couldn't cut it with the big boys (and girls). Enjoy your orbiting as a "dwarf planet".

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Goggles - by Linz

I don't really have much to say in this post, but this picture was definitely blog worthy!

Wesley found these goggles in the box of outside toys and was quite happy wearing them around the yard. Note: we were not swimming at the time. He just really liked the goggles!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Nature and Guns - by Linz

We spent Monday morning hiking near the Icicle River with my sister and her 9 month old daughter. It was an easy hike since we had a herd of kids with us! Elliott loved hiking over the rocks, collecting sticks and seeing all the wildlife.

First we spotted a tiny chipmunk eating a snack on a huge rock. Elliott said "he's so tiny and cute way up there." Then we stopped to watch the salmon jumping in the water. They were huge fish that were just going crazy...pretty cool. On the way back Elliott pulled me aside to see a lizard that he found on a rock. Then we found a stick that looked like a handgun, so the duration of the walk back to the car was spent as a "Robot with a shooter gun." (Two things boys love, nature and guns!)

Elliott hiked along like a champ with the aid of huge walking stick my sister found for him. (It too became an imaginary gun before the day was done). I think it was actually more work for him to carry it all that way, but he didn't seem to mind. Wesley rode along in the backpack repeating everything that Elliott said. Ella, my niece, is too young to be excited about lizards and fish so she opted for a snooze.

What a great way to spend the day!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Nike Mikey - by Linz

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike for making Nike seem so cool to Elliott. Despite the fact that we already own 5 pairs of kid-size Nikes, we needed one more. It seems Elliott's feet are the only part of him that is growing!

I had a coupon for $10 off at JC Penny, so we ventured out to buy shoes. The first pair that Elliott wanted (as any boy his age would) was black Spiderman shoes that have crazy-blinking red lights. I was not of fan of this option and I mentioned getting a pair of Nikes instead. No problem, Mike wears Nike so it's cool! He had absolutely no interest in New Balance or Sketchers. Only Nike (and the kind of kid shoes I vowed to never buy)! So thanks Mike for saving us from a dorky shoe disaster!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Bedtime - by Brad

Please don't judge us just because our bed wasn't made by 1:00 on a Sunday afternoon. I am sure we [and by "we" I mean Lindsey] made the bed immediatley after this photo op.


...until Mom jumps in!

... and the love after the wrestle...

BONUS PICTURE: Since this picture doesn't fit with the theme of the post, you can consider it a bonus. We took the boys to a school playground and Elliott had fun hanging on the... uh... chin-up bar? What do you call those anyway? They aren't monkey bars, and all I ever had to do with them were chin-ups. I do remember girls spinning around on them, but I guess I don't remember what they were called. Anyway...

Chapstick - by Brad

After Wesley's bath the other night, Lindsey fixed his hair and he was quite playful so she took a few pictures. When I look at these pictures, I am amazed that he is losing some of his baby looks.

For some reason, his head is HUGE while the rest of him is pretty scrawny...

Then, mom gave him some chapstick to put on... or eat...

Whenever we ask him to make any face, he puts his hands up like claws and growls. I think he saw his brother doing that once... or twice...

This is what happened when Lindsey took his chapstick away... reminding me that he still has some babyish looks to him...