Monday, April 27, 2009

Tonasket - by Brad

On Thursday we drove up to Tonasket to visit Uncle Rick and Aunt Violet. They have 80 acres way out in the middle of nowhere. We had a great time doing a lot of hiking and a little ATV-ing around their cabin.

With all the hiking, and not much napping, Spencer fell asleep while riding on my shoulders...



There was a large rock that Elliott and Wesley had a fun time climbing.



Wesley is very confident on his feet. He was standing up next to the 6 foot edge and jumping up and down. We aren't sure where he got his fearlessness of heights... it certainly isn't from his parents...



Uncle Rick had a couple wooden guns that Elliott and Wesley were playing with. Spencer felt a little left-out, so Rick quickly made Spencer one also...





A highlight for the boys was getting to play on the ATVs. Rick and I took Elliott and Wesley for a long ride...





Then Lindsey and I got to go on a short ride by ourselves...



We saw all kinds of wildlife while we were there. White-tailed deer, wild turkeys, large ant-hills, and we even found two ticks crawling on Wesley and Spencer... good thing we saw them before they burrowed in. One of the most entertaining animals was this toad... or frog... or whatever it is...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Art O' Potty - by Brad

Spencer has a fascination with digging through the bathroom drawers and cabinets when we aren't looking. A couple days ago, he found three rolls of toilet paper, arranged them in the toilet, and then added a toilet bowl cleaner-handle-thing to the mix. Luckily the first two rolls of toilet paper soaked up most of the water in the toilet, so we were able to salvage the third roll. We might have tried to salvage the water-logged rolls, but an older boy had forgotten to flush before Spencer's artistic inspiration. While Spence was sitting in the living room awaiting his posterior consequence, Lindsey snuck the camera into the bathroom for the proof...

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Wetlands - by Brad

This weekend we took a couple hours and went for a walk in the nice warm sunshine. We went to the local wetlands park where the Wenatchee River meets the Columbia River. The boys always like the excitement of what they might see here.

Elliott and Wesley acting like they like each other... sporting (manly) necklaces Lindsey made for them earlier in the morning...



We were all impressed with the diligence of the resident beavers, who felled many trees in the park. There were also many trees with metal netting around them because the beavers were trying to take down some of the largest trees in the park. Elliott is sitting on a tree that was chewed down by the beavers...



Spencer has a little trick he likes to do where he walks looking up at the sky (or ceiling) with his eyes squinted. Needless to say he has incurred a few casualties in a house that is frequently littered with toys in the walking paths. Here he was pretty safe...



My matching babies...



While Elliott was looking through the binoculars, he was certain that he saw some frogs. It's not that I don't believe him... it's just that rocks in a marsh can also look like frogs...



The men surveying the layout and scanning for wildlife...



Spencer did enjoy himself, but I think for this picture he was just scared from how Lindsey was driving the stroller... oh shoot, that's me behind the stroller...



Me and Wes...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Easter '09 - by Brad

This may be almost a week late, but here is our Easter post.

Sunglasses are a standard gift in the boys' Easter baskets. They never last all summer. One pair already needs to be super-glued.



Lindsey thought it would be economical to put things in their Easter baskets that we were planning to buy them anyway. They all need beach towels for summer, so that is what they got.

Elliott excited about his towel...



Wesley excited about his towel...



Spencer... and his towel...



Wesley enjoying his breakfast of champions... Peeps...



Wesley being, um, I'm not sure what Wesley is doing. He is still an uncooperative picture takee (yes, takee, as in the picture taker and the picture takee).



After church we headed over to my parents' house for an afternoon with them them and the Smiths. (More pictures at my parents' blog). One of the highlights was the Easter egg hunt. My dad set up many eggs in their rock wall.

Elliott making the big reach. His hand was only stuck for a few minutes...



Wesley showing off his find...



Spencer showing off his find...



I think Spencer was making a statement that Easter is not about the eggs, but about finding the stone rolled away and the tomb empty.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Indoor Camping - by Brad

A couple weeks ago, Lindsey arranged a special evening for the boys... indoor camping and smores. She setup the kids tent in the living room...


Then she setup the toaster-oven and got out some marshmallows. Lindsey demonstrated how it was to be done, and the smores turned out pretty well.



The plan was to have the boys sleep in the living room for something different, but after about 15 minutes they all decided that they were scared and wanted to sleep in their own beds. Maybe it was due to the fact that they could probably hear us watching "Lost" upstairs (we are now up to season 3, episode 6).

Monday, April 13, 2009

In the News(paper) - by Brad

It looks like a picture of Lindsey, Wesley, and Spencer will be in our local newspaper today...

http://wenatcheeworld.com/article/20090413/NEWS04/704139978

Friday, April 03, 2009

U-Turn - by Linz

Thursday morning got off to a rough start in the Posenjak household. Spencer, once again, colored on the walls, smeared toothpaste all over the table, used my toothbrush, emptied out some cupboards, etc.* These are pretty common activities for Spencer, so I spend most of my day disciplining and cleaning up behind him. It's not the most fun I have ever had. Actually, this particular incident ended in tears for Spencer and me! I was feeling overwhelmed because it is Elliott's spring break, so I had envisioned tons of fun being had by all. But instead it was the same old (annoying) thing.

Shortly after the morning fiasco, I talked to Brad on the phone. He made the mistake of asking how my morning was going...oh dear. But being the sweet husband that he is, he reassured me and then when he came home for lunch, informed me that he wasn't going back to work for the afternoon. Instead, we were going to plan a fun afternoon. That is the absolute best thing that could have happened that day.

We started the fun by making some clay sculptures. Then we headed to the bowling alley. This is the ultimate exciting thing for my boys. But as it turns out, real bowling is significantly more difficult than Wii bowling...as reflected by the scores!










After bowling we went to the park for a while. We finished off with dinner at Red Robin and ice cream! It was a great ending to what was shaping up to be a pretty horrible day! All thanks to Bradley!

...I feel like I need to mention that while this was a great distraction it did not curb Spencer's bad behavior. He colored on the walls again this morning. Sigh... *

*I know, I know...why does he keep getting ahold of the pens and pencils? Because he can climb on anything, so nothing is out of his reach, he is stealthy...and also, because I just can't be there every second...and also maybe he got away with more than his brothers when he was younger and we are paying for it now!