Thursday, January 24, 2008

Spencer's First Birthday Cake - by Brad

Monday, January 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Spencer! - by Brad

Spencer turns 1 today! I thought about posting some pictures of his birth to remember, but since Lindsey did such a good job with her slide show, I decided to just repost it. Thanks for giving us such a fun year Spencer!




Saturday, January 19, 2008

Baby Fish - by Brad

Back in October, we noticed a tiny fish in our fish tank. Apparently our two black striped tetras bore at least one child. So, I scooped it out and placed it in a canning jar. It sat in a canning jar on our kitchen counter as we were waiting for it to die. A trusted fish advisor said the chances of its survival were slim, and I figured they would be even slimmer with my track record (in the past year we have purchased 12 fish, lost 8, and birthed 1).

All this to say that yesterday, I decided he was big enough to swim with the big boys (even though he probably isn't). He made it through the night without becoming breakfast. He will probably be eaten soon, but we were tired of having him on the counter.

Anyway, here's the new baby along side his proud father... or mother... I really don't know. I haven't checked.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Yup - by Brad

Friday, January 11, 2008

This Weekend (part 2) - by Brad

This follow-up post came much later than expected, because after Spencer was sick Sunday night, all the other boys (including me) ended up with the same flu. Needless to say, this was not much fun for Lindsey, and she is ready for a new weekend.

Lindsey: thanks for taking such good care of us all!

Anyway, LAST weekend, the boys had a great time playing at Lindsey's parents. I think this was the first sink-bath that Spencer has taken since he was two-months old! But hey, I think it's pretty cute to see a big baby sitting in a sink...




The boys got to enjoy the snow by getting in a little sledding at their cousins house down the road from the grandparents.






Spencer has really been getting into climbing on things. The other day, he climbed on his brother's bed, and then climbed onto his night-stand. He also has been falling off of things as well. Here is the proud little climber...




The other boys got to take a bath in the big bath. It looks like Elliott took charge of suds-ing up Wes... I am not sure who suds'd up Spencer.




Grandpa used several boxes to create a little fort maze. I don't think we have a picture of the whole fort, but they could crawl in one box go through two more, and come out a third box. I am not sure what is up with the ballerinas on this box...

Monday, January 07, 2008

This Weekend (part 1) - by Brad

Lindsey and I had a great weekend in Beaverton. We left the boys with Lindsey's parents and went to visit Mike and Becky. It was a very relaxing weekend and Lindsey and I enjoyed our 11 hours (round trip) in the car together. The drives were the longest dates we've had in a while.

However, the enjoyment turned south when we arrived home. It had snowed about 5 inches the day we left, so we returned to a large burm of snow/ice in front of our driveway left by the city snow plows. I had to shovel the burm just to drive into our garage. Apparently "burm" is not a real word, but what else do you call that large bank of snow left by a snowplow?

To conserve energy, we usually turn off the thermostat when we leave for a couple days. Well, when we got in our house, it was 54 degrees! I quickly learned that tiger barbs (tropical fish) don't like to live in 50 degree water. Surprisingly only our two tiger barbs were dead. The five other fish survived (so far), including the baby fish that was birthed in our tank! We have had our fish tank for less than a year. We have bought 12 fish... only 4 have survived (that's not a very good record). Anyway, once the temperature in our tank warms up, we will probably go buy a couple more fish to kill.

The dead fish were actually the highlight of my evening. At least I got a laugh out of it.

I went back outside to shovel the driveway. For the next hour and a half, I shoveled the front of our driveway trying to clear all the snow from the burm. At 10:30 I was called inside by Lindsey. Spencer had vomited in his crib, rolled around in it, and needed a bath. Spencer continued to dry-heave roughly every 30 minutes until 1:15 AM. Lindsey is still doing laundry from all the vomit-laden sheets, towels, and clothes (both Spencer's and mine).

Then this morning I woke up to another couple inches of snow... and another snow-plowed burm in front of our driveway. Luckily, it was small enough that I was able to drive over it. I think I get to shovel more snow this evening.

We will try to post some pictures of the boys' fun weekend in a more upbeat "part 2", once we get the pictures from Grandma.