Friday, December 28, 2007

Labels! - by Brad

I updated the Bjournal to the new blogger format so that it should load quicker than it used to (except that I posted a bunch of useless videos which are slowing it down). I did lose my weather widget because it is not supported on the new blogger format, but I am working on that. I also decided to utilize Blogger's labeling feature, so you will now notice labels at the end of each post as well as a way to filter for them on the sidebar.

On an entirely different subject... I was noticing that a lot of news websites are littered with "The Year in Review" type articles. To me, that just seems like an excuse to write an easy article. I know it's the end of the year and all, but that's almost as bad as when a TV series decides to do an entire episode of flashbacks instead of having to write a new show.

I think this post will probably get the label of "P-Jak Ramblings."

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Commercial Jingles from My Childhood - by Brad

A couple days ago an old Velveeta cheese song popped into my head. It is strange because I don't think I have had Velveeta cheese in 10 years. Anyway, it spurred me on to finding a few other Commercial Jingles from My Childhood...





Wednesday, December 26, 2007

When We All Get to Heaven... - by Brad

...I hope that God hands out omniscient statistical calculators. There are so many facts and statistics I wonder about that are impossible to know here on Earth. Such as...

How many keyboard keystrokes did I type over the duration of my life?

What was the exact percentage of my life I spent sleeping? Then I'd
compare that to the sleep-to-wake ratios of other people (such as the President, Albert Einstein, my wife, etc.).

How many times did I utter the word "um" during my life. How many
words did I speak? How many words did I read? What was my
words-spoken-to-words-read ratio?

Exactly how many stars are out there?

However, I am encouraged to know that when I get to heaven, I will have better and more amazing things to concern myself with than random statistics!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas! - by Brad

Artwork by: Elliott Posenjak

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Snowfall #2 - by Brad

Just as the last of the snow was melting from a couple weeks ago, we received our second installation of snow Tuesday morning. It was about 4 inches of the thick wet snow that's perfect for playing in. While I was at work, all I could think about was playing in the snow with my boys and building a snowman with them. The busyness had finally slowed down at work, so I decided to take the afternoon off.

Of course, Elliott loved the snow (as mentioned in an earlier post). He dove right in, and rolled around. He started throwing snow, so of course, I would throw back. I am constantly noticing small signs that he is getting older and I noticed one during our snowball fight. Now, if I accidentally hit him in the eye with a snowball, causing ice to go down his shirt, he doesn't freeze up and cry. Rather, he laughs, shrugs it off, and says that he is going to get me back.

To my surprise Wesley even enjoyed playing in the snow. After a little coaxing, he was running around along side his brother, throwing snow at me. Although most of his time was spent eating the snow, it was good to see him out there with a smile on his face!

Finally, the work product I envisioned came to fruition. We built an 8 foot snowman - including the top hat. I have to admit that I required Lindsey's help lifting the midsection... of course, since I am a man, I have to say that it was NOT because it was too heavy, but because the size made it awkward to lift.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Elliott's First Christmas Program - by Brad

Elliott had his first Christmas program this week. His pre-school class sang a few songs and had a little nativity play. I forgot to change the batteries in our camera before we went, so I didn't get nearly as much footage as I hoped. I managed to get video of most of the nativity play. Elliott is a wise man dressed in purple on the far left. I added the words so you can read what they are saying...

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Wintery Stuff (even though it's still fall) - by Brad

I feel that I have not been blogging much lately. On top of that, I haven't felt very creative. Things have been getting busy at work, and busy at home as we are entering the holiday season. Thankfully, I have been able to find time to play with my kids and catch a glimpse of my wife every once-in-a-while.

Last weekend we received about 7 inches of snow. Elliott loved it. Wesley, not so much.

Elliott was a trooper outside while I shoveled our driveway. He decided that he wanted me to bury him in one of the snow piles I was making.

We also went out last weekend and got our Christmas tree. We make sure to take advantage of our tall living room ceiling by getting an 11 foot tree each year. Wesley had fun climbing up and down the ladder. Elliott, not so much.

Elliott did like wearing the Santa hat. Lindsey snapped this cute picture...

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Boogies - by Linz

Here are some funny things that Wesley has said regarding...well, boogies. It's a disgusting topic that comes up far more frequently than it should!

WES: Mom, where should I put this?
MOM: Just a minute and I will get you a tissue.
WES: Oh, it's okay. I put it back.
MOM: Put it back where?
WES: In my nose!

WES: Now they are all in my throat.
MOM: That's disgusting
WES: Hee, I think it's funny!

Elliott had just drawn a picture of a house...
AUNT JULIE: Elliott, that kind of looks like a hut.
WES: Jabba the Hutt!
WES: Jabba the Hutt's from Star Wars. Jabba the Hutt is made of boooogers!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Snowy Day - by Linz

Number of minutes it takes to get ready to play in the snow: 8
Number of minutes spent playing in the snow: 4

....unless you give them snow shovels!

After about fifteen minutes of trying to make a "snow fort" with two inches of rapidly melting snow, (and trying, without success, to talk Wesley into trading shovels) Elliott came to me with a very worried look on his face and said, "Mom, that snow shovel is useless, I need a more un-uselss one."

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Lots Going On - by Brad

So, we haven't blogged much lately since things have been busy. I have been swamped at work and Lindsey got the house ready for Thanksgiving and company, as well as squeezing Wesley's birthday in.

During Thanksgiving, Lindsey's sister's family stayed with us. The kids all had a great time playing. Elliott and Amy are only a few months apart (even though Amy is several inches taller), and they loved playing together for a few days.

We had Lindsey's family over for Thanksgiving. It was pretty stress-free since everyone else brought food. We only had to provide the space. There were a total of 16 kids and 17 adults. Below (from the top, left to right by stair): Wesley, Zeke, Ella, Eden, Hope, Abby, Claire, Hannah, Spencer, E.J., Amy, Lydia, Logan, and Elliott (Maisy and Madelyn are not pictured).

Then we had Wesley's 3rd birthday party on Saturday (even though Friday was his birthday). The cake is supposed to look like a "3" made of tools. It may not have been our best design, but it beat Elliott's cake a few months ago that was so bad it didn't make the blog.

Finally, today we got our first dusting of snow for this season! Not really enough for the boys to play in, but it lets us know that winter is on it's way. I guess we can officially move from the Thanksgiving mode into the Christmas mode.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Birthday Wesley! - by Brad

Wesley turns 3 today!

Then and now...


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Wrestling Boys - by Brad

So this video is a little on the long side, but I enjoy analyzing their wresting moves. I like how Elliott laughs the whole time, Spencer screams a lot, and Wesley throws a few punches and kicks. Now we just need some "stretchy pants"...

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Halloween 07 - by Brad

I guess it's better late than never... here are some pictures from Halloween (a week ago). Wesley wouldn't touch the pumpkin goo...

Spencer enjoyed chewing on the lid... he must have seen the pictures of Wesley from last year...

A little while ago, my sister gave us a bunch of dress-up stuff her kids had stopped playing with. For Halloween, we had the boys go to the dress-up box and pick what they wanted to be. It was a minimal thought process this year... and Spencer sported a recycled costume of Wesley's from a couple years ago...

Then Lindsey added mustaches...

She wanted to add a mustache to Spencer, but it would have looked out of place on little Yoda...

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Big Hunt - by Brad

This video was actually taken in February, but I took it in several sections and hadn't found the right program to splice them together until now.

Elliott and Wesley were pretending to go on a rescue mission. Elliott found my ski goggles and Wesley pulled out a pair of toy goggles and a hat that was too small for him... these help aid the oddity of the video.

My favorite part is where Elliott talks about his "Halo sword". If you don't know, Halo is a video game...Elliott thought it was really cool, but we made him take a break from playing it.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Elliott and Spencer Playing - by Brad

Elliott really likes to play with Spencer... however, he sometimes gets a little too close for Spencer's comfort. Here, Elliott was actually playing very well with his little brother. This is one game they both enjoy...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The best kind of conversation - by Linz

Elliott: "At preschool there is a science table and it just has all science stuff on it."
Mom: "Cool is that your favorite table"
Elliott: "No, I like snack the table best."
Mom: (laughing) Yeah, but what to like to learn about?"
Elliott: "I like learning about God. I love God"
Mom: (Smiling) "That's great Elliott."
Elliott: I already have Jesus in my heart! Now I will always love Jesus. I will never let go of my love for Jesus. Mom, did you say that prayer?"
Mom: "Yep, when I was just about your age I said that prayer with Grandpa Krueger."
Elliott: "Did you ever let go of your love for Jesus?"
Mom: "Never, I will always love Jesus"
Elliott: "Yeah, me too, forever!"
Mom: (Almost tearing up) "That makes me happy."
Elliott: "Yeah, that makes God happy too!"

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Mighty (dead) Mouse - by Brad

This morning Lindsey noticed "signs" that a mouse was living under our kitchen cabinets and making "appearances" under our sink and in our pantry. So like a good husband, I drove quickly to Safeway and purchased one of every kind of mouse trap.

This evening we were watching a movie and suddenly heard a SNAP!

I ran down to the kitchen and sure enough, we got ourselves a mouse! It was a little grey mouse all lifeless and dangling from the trap. Lindsey didn't want to see it, but I told her that it was pretty cute... it really was.

Anyway, that was our excitement for the night. Hopefully there aren't anymore!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Fall Photo Shoot - by Linz

Spencer is absent from this photo shoot becuase I thought it would be mean to sit him on the cold, wet grass. Also, the camo hat is a recent gift from Grandpa Krueger, so it it featured in every shot!

Elliott looking quite grown up.

Yeah for fall!

"Elliott, look at that yucky stuff!"

I love you this much, mom!

What can I say? He's just cute!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Selected Spencer Snapshots - by Brad

I just realized that we haven't posted any pictures of Spencer since August 18th. Of course, he is growing up too fast. He is generally a very happy boy and I think he is falling into role of the youngest. We are probably babying him longer than the other kids, but isn't that what your supposed to do with the last child?

He has been curious about sticking his arms and legs in places where they could get stuck. He especially likes to fall asleep with his arms or legs sticking out of his crib.

He is such a fun and happy little guy...

Thursday, October 04, 2007

A Sticky Question - by Brad

Some scrapbooker or 80's sticker collector should know the answer to this question...

Is there a term for the discarded portion of a sticker? If so, what is it?

You know, the wax-papery stuff from which the sticker is peeled. The discarded shards of a band-aid. The backing for self-adhesive postal stamps. Does anybody know this?

Monday, October 01, 2007

Field Trip - by Linz

Elliott's pre-school class to a trip to the wheat fields on Badger Mountain last week. They gathered wheat and then took it back to the school and pounded it (by putting it in bags and throwing at the playhouse) to make bread. They also made their own butter. It was "B" week at school. Needless to say he has a very creative teacher!

Anyway, the kids were cute in their huge gloves and the setting was beautiful so I thought I would share a few photos.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Happy Birthday Elliott! - by Brad

My oldest son turns 5 years old today!
I can't believe how fast he is growing up!


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

First Day of Pre-School - by Linz

I am not sure where the last five years have gone but we, somewhat suddenly, found ourselves getting ready for Elliott's first day of pre-school. He was so excited about it that on the way to school he couldn't stop smiling and we when we got there he jumped out the car and ran to the door. For those of you who know Elliott that is not typical behavior. I was expecting tears and trying to talk him into staying. I realized as I watched him bolt to the door that I have a big kid now who wants to do big kid go to school. I am so proud of him!

Standard first day of school photo:

Standard first day of school photo (with a brother who thinks he is going to school too):

Smiling as we wait in the car:

RUNNING to the door:

WALKING back to the car:

I am not sure where my little boy went, but I sure do love the big kid he has become!

Monday, September 10, 2007

New Look, back to old, and back to NEW! - by Brad

Revision #2: I tried a different approach to the new look. I went back to the old blog format of html rather than xml. I even tested this with the Firefox brower to make sure it worked with that browser. Anyway... again, let me know if anything look odd. Thanks!

Revision #1: Due to technical difficulties, the old format has been reinstated until a few bugs can be worked out of the new template. Thanks for your input!

The Posenjak Bjournal received a makeover this weekend, so please let me know if anything doesn't display correctly. Thanks!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

On the Porch - by Brad

It's been a few weeks since we posted any pictures of the kids, so here are a few from July that we hadn't gotten around to posting yet.

Just relaxin' on the porch...

Until little brother jumps on!!

Good hugs!!

Hugging poses...

I like the bone-crusher at the end.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Living by the Poor Farm - by Brad

I was doing a little research for work and stumbled upon information about Chelan County's Poor Farm. I had heard the sayings such as, "you'll end up in the poorhouse." Well, apparently poorhouses and poor farms really existed. There is some interesting history about poorhouses at The Poor House Story.

Anyway, I was able to find some interesting information about the poor farm in in the Chelan County's annual financial reports between 1911 and 1935. The following is taken from the 1935 annual report, which was apparently the last fully operational year of the poor farm...

Before the 20's, the poor farm was located at a place called Springdale Orchards outside of Peshastin, WA. Sometime around 1920, the County bought 20 acres of the Red Apple Orchard Tracts. I wanted to know exactly where this was located, so I did a little research in our County's Recording Office, and found an old map that shows where this orchard was. Combined with some information in the financial reports, we figured out that this poor farm was right across the street from our current house! This is the view of where the poor farm used to be located...

I guess this means I can say that I'm not very far from living on the poor farm!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Lunar Eclipse - TONIGHT! - by Brad

Early tomorrow morning (August 28th) those of us on the west coast will be able to view a lunar eclipse. I blogged about it several months ago and thought you might like a reminder.

The only problem is that it starts early in the morning. According to an article in the Seattle Times, the partial eclipse will start at 1:51 AM, the moon will then be at full eclipse stage from 2:52 to 4:22 AM. The last sight of any eclipse will end at 5:24 AM. So you will have to be an early bird to see this one.

(Hey Mike... this might be a good photo op for you!)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Oh, to Have Just One Again - by Brad

After a long week of Lindsey helping at VBS every evening (and me watching the Wesley and Spencer each night), we were planning on a relaxing weekend. Lindsey's parents took Elliott and Wesley up to her uncle's cabin in Tonaskit (a few hours north of Wenatchee). It was fun to have a weekend with just one kid again. When Elliott was a baby, I didn't appreciate how easy it was with just one to look after.

Anyway, we were excited for a calm weekend that started off with Lindsey and her sister putting on a garage sale Saturday morning. It went pretty smooth for them, and they both did well for a morning's work. At least it was relaxing for me and Spencer!

We topped off our day by going out to dinner at a Mexican restaurant, and realized how easy a baby Spencer really is. It was great.

This morning we were planning on going to the annual Wenatchee Valley all-city worship service, but at 7:45 a neighbor knocked on our door and told us that water was gushing out of the rock wall and down the street. I quickly called to get our irrigation shut off and 45 minutes later, I was standing in a hole 4 feet deep trying to repair the irrigation line that is right behind our rock wall. Luckily it was pretty easy fix and by 10:30 we had the irrigation back on and the pipe didn't leak! After a long break for lunch, I went back out to scrape mud out of the road.

Even with all that excitement, the weekend was still more relaxing than having all three kids. Don't get me wrong, we are very happy to have them home. It sounds like they had a great weekend. The highlight seems to be that they got to ride four-wheelers with Grandpa and Uncle Rick. It's a good thing Lindsey wasn't there, or she might have had a panic attack!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

P-Jak's Meme - by Brad

Lindsey and I got wrangled into some chain-blog thing called "Meme" from Peaby and Brazenlilly. I think the line might fizzle out with us, but we'll see what we can do.

The Meme Rules: (1) I have to post these rules before I give you the facts. (2) Each player starts with eight random facts/stories about themselves. (3) People who are tagged need to write their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules. (4) At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. (5) Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

I am following rules 1-3, but I will probably break rules 4 & 5. Sorry to fail the prior meme-ers.

Anyway, here I go...

1. If I could go back to school and choose another career, I would be an astrophysicist. It would give me a great sense of accomplishment to help plot the course for space shuttles and figure out how to use gravity to slingshot satellites around planets.

2. I own approximately 30,000 baseball cards. Most of them collected between 1987 and 1993.

3. I like to listen to Enya every once-in-a-while.

4. After I got my drivers license, I was pulled over 10 times in 4 years. However, I only got one speeding ticket. Now, I haven’t been pulled over in 7 years.

5. I never flossed my teeth until a couple years ago when I decided I needed to create a schedule to ease myself into flossing. I now floss every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

6. The first song I learned on the guitar was House of the Rising Sun.

7. When I am talking, I often accidentally mix up the words “hundred” and “thousand.” Being a CPA, this is very annoying.

8. On the night that Lindsey and I started dating again (see #5 of Lindsey’s meme below), I lied to her about being cold so that she would share her blanket with me. It worked because we held hands under that blanket, and at that moment I knew we were going to get married… well I certainly wasn’t going to let her dump me twice!

Whoa... I'm weird.

Okay, so this was sort of fun... so in my feeble attempt to participate with this chain, I will "tag" my sisters Gail and Carol, Toby, and my mom... but don't feel any pressure. I sure didn't.

Linz's Meme - by Linz

Here are mine:

1) I can’t stand open doors or crooked pictures. I think some doctors might call this OCD.

2) In 1st grade a boy named Latigo France kissed me at the bus stop and I cried.

3) I enjoy irony and sarcasm

4) I like watching and listening to my kids play when they don’t know I am there. There’s just something about a conversation among a two and four year old that is so darn funny!

5) I married the only man I ever dated (after breaking his heart when I was 14 and taking a 3 year hiatus)…long, but sweet story!

6) I wish I was a health-nut, but I love candy

7) I have always wanted to be a gymnast (or at least be able to do a flip). I even asked for a Mary Lou Retton outfit for Christmas…and I got it. It was hot!

8) I love being outside

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Spencer Laughing... and some pics - by Brad

Lindsey was playing with Spencer before bed and she got him busting up laughing...

Also, we have some pictures from the last few weeks of our youngest. The first two are from a little photo shoot Lindsey had with him...

Somewhere buried in there is a little boy. Elliott piled up a bunch of toys on Spencer's high chair... and Spencer wasn't sure what to make of it.

We walked in on the boys a couple nights ago before we went to bed. Again, I couldn't resist this sleeping photo. Somehow, Spence managed to stick his pacifier behind his ear and fall asleep! Maybe he was saving it for a midnight snack...