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...

Friday, September 22, 2006

Why All The Y? - by Brad

With babies in mind, I came across an interesting website from the US Social Security Administration: http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames

On this website, I found an interesting chart (below) from which I propose some analysis (further below). I would like to forewarn you that my analysis should probably not be taken 100% seriously, so please don't cite my blog for a high school research paper.

Brad's analysis:

What I find interesting is that prior to 1940, the number of female births was greater than the number of male births. However, 1940 seems to be a turning point of when male births became more frequent than female births.

Now for the scientific part - including natural selection principles. Keep in mind that the father carries the chromosomes that determine whether the baby will be a boy or a girl.

In the early 1900's the United States was booming. Life was becoming easier. This lead into the Roaring Twenties and gave rise to the girly-man who apparently produce more girls. However, when times got tough - the Great Depression in the 30's - nobody wanted the girly-man, and the number of girl producers decreased. In the late 1940's the manly-men were returning from World War II bringing with them numerous Y chromosomes. After this, the large return of those manly-men created more Y-wielding males.

Since then, there has not been any event so great to have disrupted this trend. Therefore, the manly-men genes have been passed down to today's generation (even though there may not be any true manly men left). Thus explaining why I am expecting boy number 3... not that I am a manly-man, but the recipient of manly-men genes.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Chicken Nugs & Two-Faced Amphibians - by Brad

Well, I have been busy lately running around to conferences, training and what-not. Since I finally have a few minutes, I decided to post a few pictures from the last week.

Here is Wesley, I am not sure what kind of face he is making, but he really likes his hat that we got in Lincoln City. Yes, he is also sporting a chicken nugget in his right hand. We have a couple other pictures of him smiling with his hat on. However, the pieces of chicken nugget stuck in his teeth are not the most attractive.

The boys enjoyed staying in a hotel. Mom enjoyed the Starbucks next door, and apparently Elliott did as well.

After my conference, we visited my sister's family and went to the Reptile Zoo in Monroe. Elliott got up the nerve to hold a snake. I forgot what kind of snake this is... so extra credit points to anyone who can figure it out from the picture.

And finally... the two-headed turtle was one of my favorite features of the reptile zoo.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Livin' la vida hotel - by Brad

This is probably one of those stories where you would've had to be there to think it's funny, but anyway...

We are currently in Tacoma because I am attending a work-related conference. Lindsey and the boys decided to come along to visit the zoo and do a little shopping. This evening we decided to go to the Olive Garden for dinner and Elliott got friendly chatting with the waitress.

They were talking about the zoo and what animals he saw, when out of the blue he said,

"I get to live in a hotel."

My mind immediately pictured a family who got evicted from their home, so they packed up their old station wagon with all their belongings and are paying by the week for a run-down motel in the middle of the desert... while still choosing to eat at the Olive Garden. [not that there's anything wrong with that]

So I sort of chuckled and said, "That didn't sound good". I then felt the need to explain that we were in town for a conference and that we weren't really just living in a hotel.

Anyway, the conference is good (at least as good as a finance conference can be), and the hotel we are at has free internet, so I am able to keep up on the blogging... whether it is worth-while or not.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

iGot an iPod - by Linz

Whoo Hoo! I finally got and iPod! I love it!

My wonderful family and Brad all pitched in to get it for my birthday. It even has my name engraved on the back! We have been having a lot of fun with it. I think Brad likes it as much as I do.

So I am thinking about starting a new weekly post called "Music of the week"

This week the album "Plans" from Deathcab for Cutie has been a favorite. So you will probably be hearing a lot about music since I will be hearing a lot of music!

Thanks everyone for such a generous gift!