Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Refuting a Lunar Misconception - by Brad

I am not sure why this popped into my head, but this morning I recalled a question that I wanted to verify. You may have heard the same question, "What is the only man-made object visible from the Moon (with the naked eye)?" The standard answer to this question is the Great Wall of China.

Well, according to NASA, the Great Wall may be visible from low-orbit space, but definitely not from the Moon. The NASA article quotes Alan Bean, an Apollo 12 astronaut, as saying, "The only thing you can see from the Moon is a beautiful sphere, mostly white, some blue and patches of yellow, and every once in a while some green vegetation. No man-made object is visible at this scale."

So there you go. It sounds like this claim was first published in 1938 in some sort of "believe-it-or-not" book. If you don't find the NASA article interesting, there is a better article about the Great Wall and its visibility from the Moon. This article states that, "from the Moon, even the continents are barely visible."

Apparently, the answer to this question has even been published erroneously on Trivial Pursuit cards!

Friday, May 25, 2007

AWANA - by Brad

Please bear with me as I am making up for lost time and am posting three in a row...

Elliott has now completed his first year in Cubbies. Last night was the AWANA awards night and on our way Elliott got a taste of his own medicine with questions from Wesley. As we were driving, the conversation went like this...

Wes: Where is Polly? (their cousin's dog)
Elliott: She lives at Amy Joy's house.
Wes: Where does Amy Joy live?
Elliott: She lives in Spokane.
Wes: Where does our car live?
Elliott: Our car lives at our house.
Wes: Where do we live?
Elliott: We live in Wenatchee.
Wes: Where does Mike live?
Elliott: Mike lives in Beaverton.
Wes: Where do trees live?
Elliott: Trees live everywhere.
Wes: Where do cars live?
Elliott: Cars live everywhere!
Wes: Where do trees live?

I am glad Elliott is now the one fielding questions rather than me.

Anyway, back to the purpose of this post. This was Elliott receiving his first year book award...

And this is the Cubbies group singing their theme song...

Misc. Photos - by Brad

We haven't posted regular pictures in a while, so here are some from the last couple weeks.

Elliott was "teaching" Wes about geography. I think he was misinforming Wes about Asia. Also, it should be noted that Elliott picked out his own Buzz Lightyear-dinosaur pajama combo.

Elliott was having a long chat with his Great-Grandma Pease. I think he was doing most of the chatting...

Lindsey was watching our niece Ella, who managed to find the boys' foaming hand soap. She seemed to have fun with it...

Takin' a Hike After Six Years - by Brad

Last weekend was our six year anniversary. Because I am weird, I thought up a few stats...

Years of marriage: 6
Children: 3
Houses/apartments lived in: 3
Vehicles owned: 5
States lived in: 2
Arguments I've lost: 0
(yeah, right)

Anyway, Elliott and Wesley went to Spokane with Grandma and Grandpa Krueger for their cousin's birthday party, so it was just Lindsey, Spencer and me. We had a pretty relaxing weekend, and thanks to my sister Gail, Lindsey and I were able to get away for several hours to go hiking around Icicle Creek in Leavenworth.

I figured I would post a few pictures from our little hike...

My lovely wife...

Her dopey husband...

And both of us, which for a picture taken at an arms-length, it didn't turn out so horrible...

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Six Years Ago Today - by Linz

Monday, May 14, 2007

Goof Ball - by Brad

Lindsey got some video of Wes being... well... dorky.

Just so you know, in Elliott and Wesley terms a "rodger rodger guy" is one of the battle droid robots from Star Wars. The reason being is that the battle droids respond, "rodger, rodger" when they are receiving instruction.

My favorite part is at the end, but it gets kind of blury. I don't know how such a tiny guy can even find an inch to pinch!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Room for Three - by Brad

Spencer grew too big to fit in his little cradle, so we decided to stick all three boys in one bedroom. We plan on keeping them this way until they are old enough to want their own room (and even then, we may keep them all in one room). I foresee a set of bunk beds in our future, but for now we will do with what we have.

So far, it hasn't been a problem. Spencer usually goes to bed shortly after Elliott and Wesley do. Also, when Spencer does wake up crying, it helps that E & W are very sound sleepers. Spencer has been doing well at night lately... he sleeps from about 8:30 until 5:00, sometimes waking up to fuss for 5 minutes.

Here is a (poorly spliced) picture of the boys on their first night together. It isn't the best picture of any of them, but it gets the point across...

Friday, May 04, 2007

Randumb Editorial - by Brad

When I was in high school, I worked in the produce department at Top Foods. In the evenings when things got slow, I would read books about produce... yes, I am that cool. One of the most interesting facts I read was about the tomato.

You have heard it asked, "is a tomato a fruit or vegetable?"

Many of us probably learned in elementary school that a tomato is really a fruit, not a vegetable. Well, well, Mrs. Elementary School Teacher, it's actually BOTH!

"Fruit" is a botanical term for the part of the plant that contains a seed (such is a tomato). Whereas "vegetable" has no botanical or scientific meaning, rather it's a culinary term.

The US Supreme Court even weighed in on this. The Tariff Act of 1883 placed a tariff on the importing of vegetables, but not on fruits. In 1893, the Court decided that when comparing the common terms "fruit" and "vegetable," a tomato is a vegetable.

I am not sure why everyone focuses on the tomato for this argument because the pea, egg plant, squash, cucumber, and pepper also fall under the same problematic terminology.

I have also heard it said, "avoid fruits, vegetables and nuts... after all you are what you eat!"

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Spencer's Birth - by Linz

I found a new "photo story" program on our computer and decided to give it a try.

Elliott and Wesley - by Linz