Saturday, December 5, 2009

Entz Spelling Bee Winner

McKenna represented her sixth grade classroom again in the school spelling Bee for 4th-6th graders. There were 18 children in the Bee.

Her words for each round:

  1. Dollar
  2. Simile
  3. Strict
  4. Zero
  5. Menu
  6. Easel
  7. Bundle
  8. Dune
  9. Keen
  10. Daily
  11. Tamale
  12. Toucan (4 kids left)
  13. Polygon (McKenna and Dean left)
  14. Panic
  15. Idiom
  16. Balcony, at this one McKenna looks at me and smiles broadly because she missed it last year so we had practiced it a bunch. The pronunciation last year kind of tripper her up, it sounded like "bellcony" so this year she was right on that.
  17. Ravioli, Dean misses Macaroni on this round and McKenna has to get the next two correct to win
  18. Bandit
  19. Burrito
She didn't miss a single word and won Dean by correctly spelling the last two words. She goes to District sometime in the next little bit.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Harry Potter Six Party of the Decade

McKenna has spent the last year planning a small HP 6 opening night party. She practically had a heart attack when they moved it back from opening in November to this summer. I think she takes after her dad who loves to plan trips and parties, ironically he's a project manager but doesn't love that kind of planning that much anymore. Anyhow, planning parties is awesome and McKenna blew my mind with all the detail she put into her party, she didn't miss a beat.

Welcome to Hogwarts Jones Campus

Gimme my sorting hat back you muggle

The chef for the night


The Sorting Hat Ceremony, complete with fake-o sorting hat voice by Dad

Potions Class
Honeydukes Candy Store

McKenna made all of the stickers, posters, and bags etc for this party, some Berti Botts Beans above

The Knight Bus

Making some pygmy puffs
Finally, in the theater, we got the bar row, all that waiting paid off and nobody fell asleep during the movie

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Zane's incredibly stupid human trick

Zane has the most flexible wrists and fingers of anyone I have ever met. Tonight I was doing a little parental authority implementation by wrestling and demonstrating my superior strength and wisdom. Unfortunately when I showed Zane the game of "Mercy" where you interlock fingers and try to bend the other person's hands backwards until they say "mercy" or "uncle" he was unbeatable because of his freakishly dexterous hands. Here's a little video sample for posterity:

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Easton Jet Jones - Updated for 1 month b-day

Easton was born on April 29, 2009 on his Grandad's birthday, hence the name "Jet" for the middle name since that was Grandads passion, we liked the name, and sadly we already used his middle name on Aidan "Keith".  You probably wonder why we didn't use the name "Burnell", well, it just didn't work out, Jet did.

We are so grateful to have him with us and that he and Mommy are both healthy and happy.


Born: 4:20 AM

Weight: 9 lbs 8 oz - YOWZA!

Length: 22 inches

Hair: Dark and lots of it

And Easton on his 1 month birthday, unfortunately we didn't take many pictures on this day but the one we got was less than optimal, gratefully he's innocent still:

Friday, February 13, 2009


Alicia and I are just not the kind of people to toot our own horns, that may sound like false modesty blah blah but we just don't do it that much.  But hey since it's not really about us and it's about our amazingly advanced children LOL I decided it was time to do it.   We've had some proud parent moments and I figure the kids deserve some limelight in the glow of the blogosphere. 

Starting from Oldest to Youngest

Geography Queen
McKenna and her team in her "special" class at school engaged in a geography challenge at the beginning of the year over which they were to research various major American landmarks and writing information up about them.  They received points for the quality and quantity of their geographic notes and her team won first place, so nanny nanny to the rest of the brainiacs (tongue sticking out now), "My brainiac can beat yours at geography"(bumper sticker)

Pinewood Derby Domination
There comes a time in every Boy Scout Dad's life that he must buckle down and engage in the nightmarish endeavor of the dreaded derby, Pinewood Derby that is.   The only stated rules in this year's derby were to only use the components that came in the box (no aftermarket axles, wood blocks, or wheels).  I asked Zane to start this process by drawing a car design using the rough dimensions of the wood block.  .... Zane's first design had something like a helicopter rotor assembly in it to give it lift and boost, he was not happy when I kindly reminded him of the rules and the fact the design was impossible to build (imagine angry and upset Zane here).  The next design had a gigantic fin on it, again a joyous opportunity for me to burst his bubble.  My next strategy was to show him pictures of cars on the internet that were remotely feasible for us, that paid off, he picked a Pontiac Firebird design.  We went to my Uncle Gary's wood shop nearby and he cut the block, Zane sanded it and we were on our way.  

We found some cool stuff at Hobby Lobby in their "Pinewood Car" section which put me out another thirty bucks, a body "sticker" type thing for those too lazy to spend any time on painting it which worked out good for us (after my first attempt to put it on I got to spend another seven bucks on a new sticker which went on nicely).  We glued cool looking weights on, a motor, exhaust pipes, and a tail fin.  

Zane won 2nd place overall, his car performed amazingly well since I had no clue what I was doing when polishing the axles(that came in the box mind you) and sanding the wheels.  I really hate nailing the axels in, one was messed up but hey, it worked and apparently pretty well. Congratulations Zane, one down, 11 to go (4 boys X 3 pinewood derby's). 

Aidan's Counting Conquest and Radical Reading
Aidan succeeded in counting all the way to 100 getting him into the "100's club" in his Kindergarten class and within a week or so he was also in the sight words club which indicates he can read some words like "you, my, me, and antidisestablishmentarianism" by sight. He got a green turtle for the sight reading club and some other animal for the 100's, he was very excited. 

Tate, hmmm, where to begin, maybe Tater's Terrible Twos?
Tate continues his really rockin fascination for Guitar Hero, he finds anything that works to replicate a musical instrument in structure or sound and gets down.  His favorite guitar is the hairbrush.  
Tate Complete with Air Guitar and Funky Hat

Tate's Lasceration
Split it wide open right next to his eyelid, luckily no stitches (or at least we figured he didn't need them so he didn't get them)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tate's Crazy Train

As with all good parenting, we try to instill in our children a respect for the arts and other fine hobbies.  We received a wonderful gift for Christmas that has broadened our children's appreciation for fine music and of course provided an outlet to stimulate and improve their right AND left side of their brains.  This joyous gift (which we really do love) came in the form of:

We're diggin it, I have to play late at night or Tate gets on and messes up my scores.  Tate is so into  rockin he puts is little leg up on the ottoman so he can copy his dad, even though it sticks straight out in a painfully contorted fashion. 

One thing my Sister and Brother - in - Law did NOT know is that this excellent gift contained one of our all-time favorite songs in the world,"Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne - BONUS!   I came to appreciate this song only a few years ago having avoided this type of music throughout my youth, however, I happened upon this song via a file share at work and came to love it.  It is now our favorite house cleaning song.  

Tate loves Crazy Train as well, here's a little clip of Tater gettin on the train:

You can sort of see Taters' "Wiggles" guitar in the video, he uses that for his Jam Sessions

If you don't know Crazy Train or are appalled to think of someone partaking of his lyrics, you'll find they are filled with peace loving thoughts, except for the fact that he can't handle it and is going off the rails anyway!

Crazy Train
by Ozzy Osbourne

Crazy, but thats how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe its not to late
To learn how to love
And forget how to hate

Mental wounds not healing
Lifes a bitter shame
Im going off the rails on a crazy train

Ive listened to preachers
Ive listened to fools
Ive watched all the dropouts
Who make their own rules
One person conditioned to rule and control
The media sells it and you have the role

Mental wounds still screaming
Driving me insane
Im going off the rails on a crazy train

I know that things are going wrong for me
You gotta listen to my words

Heirs of a cold war
Thats what weve become
Inheriting troubles Im mentally numb
Crazy, I just cannot bear
Im living with something that just isnt fair

Mental wounds not healing
Who and whats to blame
Im going off the rails on a crazy train

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Retarded Videos Edition

Well, I've been messing around with video editing and trying to branch out into new and creative methods of generating entertaining videos. Until recently my main fare was simply slideshows of the rowdy and boisterous type filled with edgy (yet old) rock music like "Jump" by Van Halen, or "Crazy Train" by Ozzy, although I always mix in something on the other end of the spectrum for the feel good portion of a video, like "Lean on Me".  I was able to incorporate a really old and cheesy song in a recent video called "Mule Skinner Blues", it's great.

As I started to say earlier I branched out to some live video instead of full stills, there's some additional entertainment benefit to seeing the kids running around and they like them even more than slideshows.  Here's a smattering of my most recent masterpieces... well let's stick with "pieces" and you can judge for yourself what kind of piece you'd like to call it.

Attack of the ShirtTards
This is what the boys do when Dad's neglect them in order to focus on Guitar Hero.  Videography by McKenna, ShirtTardedness by Zane and his cousins.  Song is called "Dance of the Mad Bast@&ds" by PWEI -Pop Will Eat Itself.  

"Wassup - Alien Edition"
Ok, my inspiration for this (if you can call it that) was the People Choice Awards website had a link to a new "Wassup" spinoff which is more of a political satire and statement on the state of our economy and the war in Iraq which I don't agree with but in general it was funny.   If you don't know what "Wassup" is than rewind like 8 years to the Super Bowl Budweiser Commercial (This is definitely not an endorsement junk).  The setting is various people saying "What's up", it's so cliche I don't blame you if you barf just being reminded of it.  Long and very lame story short, I decided to replace the actors in the video with scenes for the Aliens movie(all edited of course and rated PG).  Here's my feeble attempt.  Unfortunately live acting doesn't dub over with voices overs as well as cartoons but hey, I wanted Aliens.

All available thanks to YouTube on my channel:

Enjoy, keep a bowl handy. 

Friday, January 2, 2009

Windcave Hike on New Year's Eve

McKenna, Zane, and I went on a hike with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in the ward on New Years' Eve.  We had a great time.  We normally just go to the cave(if you can call it that, more like a big overhang) but on this hike everyone except a few people pressed on to the top of Pass Mountain.  It was a little tough going there for a few of the kids but they all did it without incident. 

Zane's "wound" when he slid on the trail, not a tear was shed!

Top o' the Mountain