Tuesday, December 11, 2007
When I bought this carved olive wood nativity set in Jerusalem, I dreamed of my future child treasuring it and loving to see it come out each year as a special tradition. So when Joseph hugged each piece as I unwrapped it and explained it to him, I was in heaven. However, about five minutes after this sweet scene that I snapped a picture of, Joseph was turning a little more rough with the pieces--breaking the staff one of the shepherds holds.
Daddy likes to dress Joseph in red and green for Church during Christmas.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
- Watching old Christmas movies like White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn ...
- Driving around looking at Christmas lights
- Whispering about what surprise we have gotten for someone
- Stressfully fun trips to the store to find the perfect gift
- Sitting by the Christmas tree all lit at night
- Arguing about which baked goods are "tradition" (it is a joke at our house if you do it once, it is tradition)
- Making and eating too many baked goodies
- Caroling with the family on Christmas Eve
- Playing Christmas songs on the piano (I used to have a piano teacher who would start me practicing on Christmas songs in October; now the only time I play the piano is when I visit Missouri)
- Candle lit Christmas Eve dinner
- Christmas morning--lining up youngest to oldest and singing "Jingle Bells" as we walk into the living room
They've already done all the decorating before we get there this year. And we missed the annual trip to Pearidge Christmas tree farm http://www.pearidgeforest.com/ to cut down the Christmas tree, sit on Santa's lap and drink hot chocolate. And of course, the annual argument about which tree to choose. But I'm comforted in knowing that Hannah will make sure the traditions continue! While I'm quite happy with my small family of one child, I have to admit at Christmas, there is nothing like a big family!
I think Joseph might have some Moore genes in him, afterall. If I do something once, to him it is tradition. I bought a box of clementine oranges last week. When I opened the box, I sat down on a bucket near our trash can to peel it. Then I gave Joseph pieces. After that he kept pointing to the clementines on the counter. But he wouldn't let me peel it anywhere. I had to sit on the same bucket right by the trashcan. If I forgot, he patted the bucket and made noise . So until we're home for Christmas, I'll be busy with clementine traditions with Joseph!
Can you see us trying to contain this wiggly, happy boy?
Monday, November 26, 2007
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Thursday, November 01, 2007
Joseph was a cat for Halloween. He didn't say "Trick or Treat," but instead "Meow" which sounds more like "mow." Very, very cute. We went trick or treating in downtown Blacksburg with lots of other children on Halloween afternoon. I got to go in a lot of stores I've never been before, and the shopkeepers loved my little cat. The vegetarian restaraunt gave cookies, the theater gave popcorn and most everyone else gave candy. Joseph's favorite were suckers. He got the hang of it quickly--it is amazing how smart kids are! Then we met Marc so he could take Joseph to his evening class to show off.
Joseph playing in the backyard leaves with his costume on
Maybe a little better view of the tail
Marc and Joseph went along Blue Ridge Parkway at this perfect time of year for fall scenery. Here they are at almost the top of Mt. Mitchell.
Saturday night they camped in the car. They took out the seats (the backseat folds down) and put a mattress on the floor of the mini van. They were able to stay warm enough--and it looks like Joseph had a fabulous time!
Marc said it was a beautiful area.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Joseph enjoyed his time in the car too. In this picture he was playing--talking, singing under the blanket.
But he didn't want to be gone from the crowd for too long.
Look at this face! Before Rachel and Bryan arrived on Friday, Joseph took a bad fall and got a fat, bloody lip. Since Joseph never slows down, he re-opened the wound several more times during the weekend. Four days later and we're still hoping for a blood-free day!
Last Saturday, Rachel and Bryan were visiting us from DC and we took the trip to West Virginia to join masses of people at Bridge Day.
This is the platform at the edge of the bridge from which the parachuters jump.
This is what is below them when they jump.
We joined the spectators in watching these amazing feats!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Here are a few pictures of everday life.
Joseph reading one of his favorite books.
Joseph in his new train pajamas (thanks Grandma) watching out the window. Joseph watches Dad leave in the mornings from our front window and waves as he rides by on his bike. Speaking of trains, don't forget to ask Joseph what does a train sound like. He does a great "Woo, Woo!"
We took Grandma to our library so Joseph could show her the great activity center they have. Grandma found a book that Joseph can't seem to get enough of. It is a word book--with nouns and the picture, verbs and the picture, etc. Here is a picture of Joseph and Grandma reading this book.
We also took Grandma and Hannah to the park. As I've mentioned before, we live near an elementary school that has a playground. Everytime we pass it, Joseph squeals--and keeps squealing at least until you acknowledge that you, too, see the playground. Grandma felt badly for Joseph that we always kept on driving past the playground so we went to the "Caboose Park." It has a real Caboose--and lots of slides that Joseph enjoys.
In regard to squealing, Joseph also squeals when he sees our house upon returning from a walk or ride, when he sees our car after coming out of a store. He barks when he sees a dog; he tries to say bus "B" when he sees a bus, truck "Tu" when he sees a truck. All of these things he will say very emphatically until you respond. And my personal favorite, "Bease?" in his husky voice when he is trying to say please. How can you turn the kid down?
Marc and Joseph stop along the trail to throw rocks in the stream and wait for Hannah, Grandma and me who were trailing behind.
Toward the end of the hike, Joseph didn't want to be in the backpack carrier anymore so Marc carried him on his shoulders. In this picture you see Hannah beside Marc and Joseph.
Joseph escaped and was ready to keep on going. . .
Grandma helping Joseph pet the horse. Grandma is definitely braver than I am.
Joseph loved seeing the animals--chickens, pigs, turkey, sheep and little lambs, cows, a donkey, a horse . . . and perfect timing because he has really gotten into singing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" lately.
October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
There were also bands playing outside in a couple different locations. Marc snapped a picture of us dancing to one of the outside bands.
October 5, 2007
Joseph was so attached to Aunt Hannah. One day after Joseph got up from his nap, he was a little sad. I brought him downstairs and he immediately jumped from my arms and ran to Hannah who was sitting on the floor. He hugged her around the neck for probably 30 seconds solid--a record for Joseph.