Monday, October 22, 2007

Loving Life

The weather was beautiful this weekend. The trees have changed colors and are absolutely stunning. We enjoyed our time in the car soaking in the scenery.

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.

Even better than the car ride for Joseph was getting lots of attention from Aunt Rachel (and Bryan, too). Joseph was quite sad when they had to leave.

October 21, 2007

1-2-3

Joseph had a great time playing with Aunt Rachel and Bryan in the backyard

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!

Bridge Day

At the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County, West Virginia they have an annual "Bridge Day" celebration. The bridge is the longest steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere with a 1,700 foot span. It is the second highest bridge in the United States at 876 feet. Each year they close the bridge to vehicle traffic and open it to pedestrians--and have an extreme sports extravaganza. People can parachute, bungee, etc. off of the bridge.

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!




October 20, 2007

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Hanging Out

We just had a great time with my mom and Hannah here. It was fun to just hang out and talk.
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.

Marc was glad to have a willing tandem partner. He got both Hannah and my mom to take tandem bike rides with him.

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?

Cascade Falls

On Saturday morning we hiked to Cascade Falls. It was a beautiful (and steep) hike along a rocky stream.
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. . .

Pumpkin Patch

We visited a Pumpkin Patch, which we found out was really open to school groups that day. We were glad we didn't know it until after we'd gotten to see the animals. We couldn't get a pumpkin or go on the hayride, but Joseph didn't even know the difference.
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

The Floyd Country Store

With Grandma and Hannah here we had all kinds of fun adventures including Joseph getting to stay up way past bedtime to go to the Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store. In neighboring Floyd County, there is a country store that has local bands play on Friday nights. Both locals and tourists travel to the store for a great night of music, dancing, and old fashioned ice cream. The place was packed--standing room only. Joseph had a great time--you should see his clogging moves.

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 loves Aunt Hannah!

Aunt Hannah and Grandma came from Missouri to visit us! We had a wonderful week. Just a day before they arrived, Joseph fell face first into some brick pavers at the bottom of a few steps and scraped up his eye. You can see it a little bit in this adorable picture of Hannah reading to Joseph. He loved climbing ito Hannah's lap for a good book. I think they are reading Corduroy's Busy Street in this picture.

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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Homecoming Parade

We went to the Virginia Tech Homecoming Parade. It wasn't quite a BYU parade--and we missed marching with the BYU Sailing Club, but all in all, it was a fun Saturday morning. Our favorites were the bands-- school marching band, military bands, and the alumni band--which plays at all home games, too. Marc and I wish we had been part of a marching band.



September 29, 2007

Covered Bridge




On our way home from the campout, we discovered this old covered bridge. Joseph enjoyed throwing rocks into the stream.
--September 22, 2007