Saturday, September 27, 2008

Elliott's 6th Birthday Cake - by Brad

Just so we're not outdone by Jen's glorious birthday cake... this is what a cake looks like after 3 kids and 6 years of stressing over cake decorations....

We celebrated Elliott's 6th birthday last night and Lindsey let the kids decorate the cake themselves (I'm not so sure what Wesley is doing)...

Spencer was a little apprehensive about the experience...

Friday, September 26, 2008

If you like data... - by Brad

I stumbled across a website of a guy who takes data and organizes it visually. I thought this was interesting because I like numbers, data, and the Bible...

Chris Harrison

About the image - excerpt from his website...

The bar graph that runs along the bottom represents all of the chapters in the Bible. Books alternate in color between white and light gray. The length of each bar denotes the number of verses in the chapter. Each of the 63,779 cross references found in the Bible is depicted by a single arc - the color corresponds to the distance between the two chapters, creating a rainbow-like effect.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Boys Wrestling, Vol. 2 - by Brad

We got another wrestling match on tape. This time Spencer got a little more involved. I am pretty surprised at how much of a beating Wesley can take without getting hurt.

*** Updated Info ***
Approximate weights:
Elliott - 45 lbs
Wesley - 27 lbs
Spencer - 25 lbs.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Focusing on the Good - by Brad

Life has been a little crazy since Elliott started school... more so for Lindsey than for me. All-day kindergarten has been wearing Elliott out and causing him to not play so well with his younger brothers. Also, the pick-up schedule interferes with Spencer and Wesley's nap time, so they have been tired too. To top all that off, I am away all week at a conference for work. So Lindsey has to take on three difficult boys by herself for a few days. Hopefully all the boys will get used to the new schedule soon and return to their normal selves.

In the mean time, I was looking through pictures from the last month that didn't get posted. These were the rare cute times we witnessed...

Elliott and Spencer reading. I think we actually have video of Elliott reading TO Spencer, I will have to try and dig that up when I get home...

Elliott has been excited to learn card games and he nags us all the time to play cards with him. This morning, Lindsey said Elliott asked her if she would play Uno with him after school. I guess he was trying to get a promise in early. If we won't play with Elliott, he will eventually settle for playing with Wesley. However, he mostly ends up playing both hands I think...

Spencer's favorite sleeping position... "butt-in-the-air-and-a-limb-hanging-out-of-the-rails". Yeah, I think that's the official title...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Machine Gun Spence - by Brad

This past weekend we went to the county fair. Since we refused to pay the high cost of rides, the most excitement the boys received were a couple toy machine guns purchased by Lindsey's mom. Spencer looked the cutest playing with the guns, so we mostly just have video of him. If you think a minute of these toys is annoying, imagine two of them shooting constantly all evening. Fun for us.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

First Day of School - by Linz

Well, I am not sure how it happened so fast, but today was Elliott's first day of school. I think I said something similar to this about pre-school, but this is real, all day kindergarten!Elliott has been so excited to start school. As I was tucking him into bed last night he said, "In the morning I'm going to say, wake up, wake up, it's my first day of school." That didn't happen because I was up before he was, but at about 7:15 he asked if I would take him to doesn't start until 8:15 so he spent the rest of the morning looking through his backpack and waiting anxiously.When we got to the school there were about a hundred kids waiting in lines by their classroom doors. I looked and Elliott and his eyes got wide and almost concerned and he said, "what are we supposed to do now." We walked to his class line and waited for the teacher. He got right in line, said hello to the boy next to him and waved good-bye to me. I was so proud of his confidence and excitement about school. I on the other hand, didn't fare so well. As I turned around to leave, the tears came. I just can't believe that I am at the point in life where my son goes to school all day. I really missed him. But he told me that he had a good day and even though he was nervous at the first recess, he liked the second one! He is excited to go back tomorrow, so that is a good sign!