Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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.
May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
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"
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
"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
Thursday, May 08, 2008
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!
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.
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?