Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Two for Sixteen - by Brad

Fish update: After a thorough aquarium cleaning, we bought a few fish to add to the four we already had. Within a couple days, we couldn't find one of our new fish... it apparently died. In my typical aquarium neglect I left the dead fish rotting under a log for a few days. Then a second new fish died (which I promptly removed), and our three tetras developed weird spots that looked like air bubbles. My guess is they didn't enjoy the flavor of decomposing fish.

For anyone keeping count, we have purchased 15 fish, birthed one, and killed 14 (including a mommy, daddy, and their baby fish). That sounds extremely horrible, but that's the reality. I'll admit that we're probably unfit fish owners. I hope nobody calls PETA on us.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wes at Work - by Brad

Since Elliott gets to do so many cool things like go to preschool, AWANA, and tee-ball, I decided to bring Wesley to work with me this morning. He had fun playing games on my computer, coloring, using the electric stapler, using a letter opener, and locking and unlocking my desk drawers. The Apple Blossom Festival is approaching and the food vendors opened this morning at the park in front of the courthouse. We took a walk in the park and purchased an overpriced funnel cake and stale licorice.

I even remembered to bring our camera so I could get a couple pictures of him...

However, a co-worker saw me taking pictures of Wes and demanded that she take a picture of both of us...

Monday, April 21, 2008

Petrified - by Brad

We decided to get out of the house on Saturday and do something the boys might enjoy. So we headed out to the Ginkgo Petrified Forest in Vantage. If you've never been to the hiking area there, it is just barren hills with some partially dug up petrified trees displayed under metal grates... the forest was buried under lava flows. To keep Elliott interested and an active participant, I told him to watch out for "metal cages", For some reason this was more interesting to a 5 year old than trying to find petrified trees.

Us boys sitting on a petrified log at the museum...

On our way home, we decided to stop at the Wild Horses monument. We have seen it many times driving by on I-90, but this time we decided to stop and hike up to it. It was getting stormy, but despite better judgement (my wife), we decided to make the steep hike anyway. We stayed just long enough to get a picture of us squinting from the wind and dust...

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Rookie - by Brad

Last night was Elliott's first tee-ball game. He is on the Crushers... well, the sponsor is "Highgate House Assisted Living"... nice... so they call themselves the Highgate Crushers.

Tee-ball with 5 and 6 year-olds is quite humorous. Most of the kids don't really know what they are doing, so it ends up being a bunch of kids chasing the ball aimlessly.

Lindsey could probably describe some of the hilarious situations, but I will just post a video and a couple pictures (thanks Amy for the use of your camera while ours is broken).

Elliott receiving instruction on which base to run to next...

Crossing home plate... after a little trouble finding third base...

In the dugout...

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Call Me A Fool - by Brad

Over the past several month at work, my department has been under construction for remodeling. We spent all winter down in a windowless basement. We moved back to our new space last week, and I finally have my own office with large windows and a nice view.

But that's not really what this post is about.

This morning when I came to work, it was the usual morning. Then, five minutes after I came to work, someone came into my office and pointed out that my name plate on my desk was upside-down. Ha ha... April fools I joked with the ladies in my office. Then I kept on working.

About 40 minutes later I needed to get into one of my file cabinets. Sure enough it was locked... and the drawer I keep my keys in was locked. Once again, ha ha April fools. They pointed to where my keys were and when I went to unlock my cabinets I noticed that EVERYTHING on my shelves was upside-down. All my pictures, books, binders, plaques, and even my garbage can were upside-down.

I just can't believe it took me 45 minutes to notice. Call me a fool... or just call me a guy.