Thursday, July 31, 2008

Spence on the Porch - by Brad

A few weeks ago, Lindsey took several pictures of Spencer on our front porch. Since she never got around to posting them I thought I would. These are my favorites...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tractor - by Brad

My dad brought over a pedal tractor for the boys last week. It was a hit. Here are a few photos from the test drive...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Name Change - by Brad

I am ditching the P-Jak moniker for the simple and unoriginal... "Brad". I decided to change this because I stumbled upon the acronym "PJAK". It stands for Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistanê (or Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan) and it's considered a terrorist organization by the country in which I live.

Just in case, I would rather not be confused with a terrorist organization. So, until I can figure out a different screen name, I will just go by Brad (B-Rad, B-Dog, and B-Dizzle are all out of the question).

Sunday, July 20, 2008

On the Way Back - by Brad

I forgot to post one short dialogue that occurred on our drive home from Lincoln City. As usual, we stopped in Goldendale for a break and to grab a bite to eat. The boys got Chicken McNuggets Happy Meals with apples slices and caramel dip.

As we were driving and eating, Lindsey noticed that Wesley ate all his nugs and had only apples left. She told him to eat his apples and he replied, "I don't want them." She tried enticing him by telling him to dip them in the caramel. He responded, "I don't have any more caramel dip." I whispered to Lindsey that I thought he dipped his nugs in the caramel. When Lindsey asked him why he used that for his nuggets, he replied very matter-of-fact, "I had no ketchup."

Friday, July 18, 2008

Lincoln City '08 (part 3) - by Brad

Less talk, more pictures (again, most of them courtesy of Mike)...

From the house we stayed at, there is beach access a block away. On the hillside by the beach there was a little cave that had been dug out. The boys thought it was pretty cool and we took the opportunity for a photo shoot.

Lincoln City '08 (part 2) - by Brad

On Sunday we hit the aquarium in Newport. All of these pictures are courtesy of Mike.

Elliott and Wesley (and Lindsey's hair) watching the seals...

Spencer and me watching the seals...

The "touch-a-starfish" exhibit (I know there's a better name for that, I just don't remember it)...


Crazy skinny silver fish (yes, that is the scientific name). These fish were pretty odd... they looked like they were made out of aluminum foil and they were extremely skinny.

At the end of the exhibits, there was an old diver's mask that you could put your head in. Wesley thought it was awesome and Spencer liked it (except for me bumping his head a few times on the way in). Elliott didn't really want to put his head in there, but when he saw that everyone else was doing it... he gave into peer pressure... that's my boy.

(Left to right, E, W, S)

Just bear with me through part 3, and I will be finished catching up on Lincoln City.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Lincoln City '08 (part 1) - by Brad

Going to Lincoln City with the Bunches has been a little summer tradition for us the past few years (see 2007 and 2006). It's a long drive from Wenatchee, but it is well worth it.

The first big activity on our agenda was to drive up to Pacific City and let the boys play on the big sandy hill there.

It was a beautiful sunny day, but the wind was blowing pretty hard and it felt like a sand blaster hitting your legs. I ended up carrying Wesley and Spencer much of the time. They enjoyed watching the Coast Guard helicopter fly by...

Becky and Lindsey posing for Mike...

After Pacific City, we drove up to the Tillamook Cheese Factory and took the self guided tour. We forgot to bring in our camera, so we don't have any pictures to post. The boys (and their parents) were mesmerized watching the cheese being sliced, weighed, and packaged. We had some cheese samples, ate hamburgers while being stared at by a cow painting, and then had some ice cream. Who knew a cheese factory could be so entertaining?

We also had time to relax at the beach house we stayed at. We played a lot of cribbage and a version of Rummy Mike taught us. Becky was very gracious handling Elliott's constant nagging to play games with him.

I thought I would throw in this picture just because I thought it was funny. I don't remember what song Spencer was listing to, but he seemed to enjoy that I let him play with my iPod for a few minutes...

More Lincoln City posts to come...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Teeth - by Brad

This weekend we went to Lincoln City with Mike and Becky (there will be more posts to follow). While we were at the beach house there, Elliott was able to pull out his first loose tooth. It had been wiggling for a few weeks, and he finally played around with it long enough to get it out. Lindsey jumped to video the final moments of the extraction...

I thought it is kind of funny that we have one kid (Elliott) losing teeth and one kid (Spencer) gaining teeth. Elliott added that we have one kid (Wesley) "keeping teeth".

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tidbits - by Brad

Here are a few random pictures from the past couple months that didn't necessarily warrant a full blog post.

Lindsey and I had a nice overnight camping getaway for our 7th anniversary. We camped up Icicle Creek in Leavenworth. We have been learning to play cribbage lately so we took it camping with us...

Mmmmm... Spatula.

I fell asleep on our couch while the boys were playing on me. Apparently I was tired because the squirming kids didn't keep me awake. I don't get to fall asleep with a tiny baby anymore, but this was almost as nice...

Wesley is going through a phase where he tries to hide from the camera anytime we take pictures. We are trying to break him of that because it is very annoying... and rude. Here is a rare smile for the camera... he probably had to be bribed with something.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Swinging and Laughing - by Brad

Lindsey took this video at my sister's house. Spencer has recently developed the full on trying-to-catch-your-breath laugh. The first few seconds of laughing is definitly the best. Oh yeah, the loud squeeking is the swingset, not my knees.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Subpoenaed... now that's a funny word. - by Brad

So, today I came home for lunch and there was a business card from a Sheriff’s deputy stuck in our front door. Hmmm… what did I do wrong lately? Anyway, all we had to go from was that his phone number was circled. My thought was to ignore it and let the deputy contact us again if we really need to be contacted. However, Lindsey can’t handle not knowing something when she knows there is something to be known. So she called the deputy.

The deputy basically told her that he needed to deliver a subpoena for me. She asked what the subpoena was about and the deputy just rattled off the names of several other subpoenaed parties, none of which were familiar to her. By then she was wondering what type of drug dealing or fraud scheme I was involved with so she called me at work to tell me the good news.

Neither one of us could figure out why I was subpoenaed at first, but we finally figured out that it must be for a car accident we witnessed almost two months ago. We were following a driver who apparently tried passing and crashed into another car. The car that was hit was a Papa Johns delivery guy whose car completely rolled over off the highway. He jumped right out of his car and was perfectly fine. The other guy’s car slammed into a hillside and his face got cut up pretty good, but he was at least able to get out of his car (despite me telling him to not move). When the Sheriff deputies arrived, I gave them my name and phone number in case they needed any information.

Apparently they need more information. I am not quite sure what process the subpoena entails, so it could be a little adventure. Luckily, my office is directly below the District Court room, so it won’t be out of the way to fulfill my duty.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Evening Excitement - by Brad

Besides giving all three boys haircuts this evening, the most entertainment we got was watching the fire across the valley from our house...

You can actually see the flames in this picture...

Now as it is getting dark, it really looks cool...

Tis the season... for fires.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

5 Boys for a Week - by Brad

My nephews Ryan and Jake visited us for a week. We still haven't figured out if it was more work or less work having 5 boys instead of 3. The noise level was probably a little louder and it seemed like everyone was eating all the time. However, the boys played with each other more and stayed busy, so there were actually relaxing times as well. Our nephews pretty much took care of themselves, so that was also very helpful.

Anyway, Lindsey created an itinerary for the week so everyone knew what was going on. Sunday we went to church, stayed for a barbecue and then went to the river to cool down since it was 100 degrees. Monday, the the boys played on a slip-and-slide much of the afternoon and then we went to my parents house for dinner.

Tuesday morning, we went fishing with my dad. Ryan was the only one to catch anything. I think the fish is still in our freezer... I guess we forgot to send the fish home with him.

With the assistance of my middle son, our camera was dropped into a puddle of water in our boat. That is why there are few pictures of the following days. Our camera is now working, but it still has minor problems. Wednesday afternoon, we went to a water park with a couple slides, dinner at my parents again, and then home for movie night.

Thursday evening, we took the boys to a park, had a picnic dinner and played disc golf. Then yesterday morning they had to go home for their 4th of July festivities. With all the excitement, it wore out our kids and they slept in later than they have in a long time... that meant a little sleeping in for us as well. Let me clarify that "sleeping in" means 7:15AM.

We also had time to goof around...

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Nay! - by Brad

I don't remember what form of media Elliott was viewing, but a couple months ago he heard someone say "Nay" (in the Shakespearean way). He asked me what it meant, so I explained that it was an old way to say "No".

Several weeks went by and apparently this word was churning in the back of his mind. He decided to add it to his vocabulary and started replacing every "no" with "nay". The funniest part was when we would ask him if he wanted something and he would reply, "Nay thanks."

I know there isn't much to this post, and it might not be humorous at all unless you heard him, but it is a good way for me to document something that I might otherwise forget 5 years down the road.