Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Beach: Part 3

Marc took Roxanne out on his sailboat. He spent 2-3 hours a day sailing. And then sold it as we were leaving town for $100 more than he bought it.

Did I mention Joseph liked the sand?

Joseph telling me an animated story.

It was a little cold at some points, but we had a great time visiting.

Good times!

Memorial Weekend 2008

The Beach: Part 2

Hugging Daddy

Sailing in the sound

Swimming in the pool

Playing soccer on the beach

Chasing crabs

"The Beach"

We spent Memorial Day Weekend in Corolla, NC with Marc's family. Thanks to Aunt Joyce and Uncle Dave for hosting such a wonderful time.

Joseph loved the beach. When he put his "toes" in the first day, he fell over and got a little more wet, but didn't mind a bit even though it was cold, cold water.

Joseph loved playing in the sand. In fact, the first time to the beach he got out of the car, plopped himself down in the parking lot and started playing in the sand with his trucks. We laughed that he thought we'd driven 9 hours to play in the parking lot. We were excited for him to see the real beach--a sand box as big as you can see!

The reason for this trip was to see Aunt Elizabeth who returned from her mission in Los Angeles, California. We're glad she's back. Joseph enjoyed gettting reacquainted with Aunt "Lizbiff" and, as always, was delighted to play with Aunt Rachel.

Roxanne showing Joseph a baby crab that she caught. Joseph loved chasing the crabs all over hte beach. He had no fear so we were glad he didn't get pinched!

May 22, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Fun with Facial Hair

Marc's sense of humor ....

May 21, 2008

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Local Colors

We drove to Roanoke for the "Local Colors" international festival yesterday. We watched the "Parade of Nations," ate ethnic food and saw folk dance performances including Indian dancers, Polish dancers and belly dancers. Marc courageously tried kimchi (fermented vegetables) and a vegetable pancake from Korea. He wasn't converted, but luckily found a bratwurst with sauerkraut from Germany. I stuck with my favorite: falafel from Lebanon. I also tried a delicious spanakopita (spinach and cheese pie) from Greece. Joseph tried a little of everything we bought; his favorites were the bratwurst and spanakopita.

Marc wore his chacabana (shirt from the Dominican Republic) and talked with a Dominican woman who works for the refugee association. He was really feeling the international love...

The "Parade of Nations"

The Greek Orthodox traveling bookstore.

Look closely behind us and you can see the stage with Polish folk dancers performing.
May 17, 2008

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Morning of a New Day!

When Joseph wakes up these days, he shouts from his bed, "Mommy, Daddy: the morning of a New DAAAY!" He learned this phrase from his Richard Scarry book, courtesy of Aunt Rachel. He loves this book. I confess to hiding it from time to time because he wants to read it constantly. But I have to tell you, it has improved his vocabularly immensely. In case you haven't read it lately, here is a quote from page 6, "It is the morning of a new day. The sun is shining. Kenny Bear gets up out of bed." Or you could just ask Joseph the next time you see him.

May 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Random Stuff

Today was our last day of music class. Joseph has really enjoyed the 7 week "mommy and me" class at the community rec center. And everyone has really enjoyed him. His enthusiasm and energy are certainly contagious. He loves to play the bells, drums and guitar that the teacher brought in. He has amazing stamina--and a constant smile--for dancing. I love to hear him singing around the house. Here are a few phrases that you might hear him singing throughout the day:
"I feel, I feel, I feel like a morningstar"
"Shoo fly don't bother me"
"Dump truck with a heavy load"
**He will also do a rousing dance to "Shoo fly," but only if you join in the dancing, too.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Did you notice that my original post said "shoefly" instead of "shoo fly"? Well, since learning this song, Joseph calls flies "shoeflies." In my head, "shoo fly" had become a noun--I literally thought of a "shoefly"--whatever that is! Another example of the brain atrophy that I suffer as Joseph's mom.

We love to take bike rides together. With the weather nicer and Marc finished with his semester, we've taken quite a few. Our yard is adjacent to the Huckleberry Trail here in Blacksburg. Joseph loves to wear Marc's helmet whenever he can get his hands on it.

Joseph is transitioning into big boy mode. He usually will not sit in my lap to read stories anymore. He wants to sit beside me. Even today at music class, he wanted to sit beside me instead of in my lap like he has always done before. I am going through slight withdrawal. Last weekend Marc went on a campout with his 11-year old Boy Scout group. When I went to bed, I took sleeping Joseph out of his crib and put him in bed with me for the night. He cuddled right up next to me. Ahh, my baby! I don't sleep well with Joseph in the same room with me (I wake to his every noise and movement). But, a mother's got to do what it takes to cuddle with her grown up baby.
This picture was actually taken one morning when Joseph climbed in to my bed to snuggle--which he still does sometimes. You can tell Marc has more time on his hands now that classes are finished. He now has time to take pictures of me when I'm still half asleep--all the while telling me to "look awake."

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Joseph was his usual adorable, active, overwhelming self today at church. The lady who sat by me in Relief Society told me how much she enjoyed watching Joseph during sacrament meeting, how cute he is and reminded me to enjoy this age because I will really miss it. She also said how Joseph reminded her of her 16-year-old son when he was that age. I happen to teach her son in Sunday School. Let's just say that was not a comforting thing for her to say to me. But of course, I smiled and said something about how at least that meant Joseph would learn to sit still through a meeting--and she said, "Yes, but possibly slumped down in his chair the whole time." Then she told me a story of once when her son got his head stuck (during Sunday School meeting) in one of those plastic church chairs with the square hole cut out in the back. I love how Joseph prompts everyone to remember the nightmare stories of their toddler. And yet, how can I complain when I know he is just imitating us. Joseph takes his chubby brown hands and puts one hand on each side of my face, looks me in the eye and says, "Listen to me."

Our ward had the Primary sing the classic Mother's Day songs today--your ward probably had it too. You know, when half the kids are overzealously yelling instead of singing and the other half are mumbling and a couple kids are just waving at their mom the whole time. We took an 11-year-old boy Marc hometeaches to church with us today. Since he is in the Primary, he went up to "sing" but just stood there with another 11 year old boy. Joseph did his usual clapping and "yay" routine and then as Ryan approached our pew, Joseph shouts out "Good Job, Ryan!" Ryan is a sweet kid; however, I realized if I think Joseph is hard now, I don't have a clue what I am going to do when he turns 11 and loses this zest for life or when he turns 16 and has a rude comment for everything I say.

Ahh, motherhood.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

More EU Day fun

Aunt Rachel treated Joseph to a ride on the Carousel on the National Mall. Joseph had a ball!

Rachel and Joseph; Sarah and Nick Racz outside of the Embassy of Belgium

Look closely: Aunt Rachel found a catepillar, and it is crawling from her hand to Joseph's

The Embassy of the United Kingdom had a famous author, Christopher Hitchens, speaking.

The outdoor area at the Embassy of Denmark. Joseph loved playing soccer here.

Our EU Day touring group included Marc, Sarah, Joseph, Rachel, Nick Racz and Bryan Banker. We visited the Embassies of Belgium, Finland, United Kingdom, Denmark (outside), Slovenia, Netherlands, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria (outside) and Luxembourg.

During our weekend we also visited with Ryan and Melissa Kigin, Krisin Love, had a family dinner with Cousin Missy who gave Joseph a ride in her convertible (that he calls a race car), and went to Lincoln's fireside talk on the Constitutional Convention. Marc and I also went out to dinner with Rachel on Friday night, and on Saturday night we went to the banks of the Potomac River where the airplanes land at National Airport and sat out on a blanket in the perfect night, talked and ate hummus and pita. What a perfect weekend!

2008 EU Embassy Tour Day

May 3, 2008
Last year we went to the day of open houses at the European Union countries and absolutely loved it. Since Marc officially finished his semester last week, we celebrated with a wonderful weekend with his family and enjoying this EU event.

Rachel, Sarah and Joseph inside the Embassy of Finland. It was absolutely stunning!

We particularly liked the Finnish Embassy because of its beauty (behind us in the picture is a wall of windows that overlooks Rock Creek Park), delicious food samples, and the fact that the Ambassador of Finland, Pekka Lintu, asked us if he could join our picture. So, we met the Ambassador. We had originally asked this woman dressed in beautiful traditional costume to pose with us. Now, I wonder if maybe she was the Ambassador's wife.

Our "happy family" with a dancer from Bulgaria

Here the Bulgarian dancers perform on the street outside the Embassy of Bulgaria.

We really enjoy this event. It has expanded to a 3 week period this year that will include countries from other areas of the world for the next two Saturdays--as well as international events during the week. We highly recommend it as a reason to visit Washington, D.C. The weather is perfect at this time of year. So, next year--any takers? Moore family?