Monday, June 30, 2008

Childhood Friends

Marc and Steve Huff were great friends as children, but haven't seen each other for years. Marc ran into Steve last weekend. He works for Virginia Tech. We had him over for dinner, and I heard all kinds of stories that frighten me about the future of Joseph's childhood (jumping off of bunkbeds onto concrete, big wheels in the street, treehouses for the club "YJK": Junk Yard Kids). It was a fun visit.

June 29, 2008

Blueberry Picking

We had a perfect day on Saturday. We took an early morning bike ride, then went blueberry picking, and swimming in the afternoon.

Joseph loved the blueberry picking. He "picked" them right out of our buckets and ate them. It was a beautiful little farm about 15 miles outside of Blacksburg. Gorgeous scenery, free range chickens wandering around, a little fish pond near the house.

June 28, 2008

10 Years Ago

10 years ago Marc hiked over 1100 miles on the Appalachian Trail--from West Virginia to Maine. We celebrated the anniversary of his AT start in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia on June 22, 1998 by taking a hike of our own on the Appalachian Trail. Instead of a hiking backpack, Marc carried 36 lb Joseph on his back for part of the trail. Joseph enjoyed running through the trail for a portion of it, too. We hiked up to one of the AT shelters where we met a couple hikers who were out for 7 weeks. It was a fun hike--and my two miles gave me a greater respect for Marc's 1100!

June 22,2008

Play Time

I found Jospeh reading this book to himself. Not just looking through the picture, but saying the exact words aloud. I guess he has memorized it. It warms a mother's heart.

This is what Joseph calls the parking lot. He also sometimes will line up 3 or four cars and calls them a happy family. You know I'm pathetic when I'm taking pictures of Joseph's toys during his nap!

Hokie Pokie

The Virginia Tech mascot is the Hokie bird. Joseph calls it the Hokie Pokie and can spot it or the VT colors on a sign or bumper sticker from any distance.

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Aunties Visit

Aunt Rachel and Aunt Elizabeth came to visit us in our new place. We hadn't even been here a week, but they didn't complain about the boxes! We had a wonderful time. We explored Roanoke, went to the Nature Preserve that had some cool caves, went to the Summer Soltice Festival downtown Blacksburg, ate at the new Olive Garden, and wandered around Virginia Tech campus a little bit. We watched a cute, sappy movie and ate ice cream and potato chips. A vacation for all!

At the festival, someone was giving away free kittens. Joseph was entranced and didn't want to leave.

June 21, 2008

Angel Missy

Marc's cousin Missy came down from Washington D.C. to watch Joseph for us while we moved out of our old place. What a lifesaver! Ever since I met Missy, she has always served everyone around her. I don't think I know anyone who looks for ways to help people constantly like Missy does. We love her and appreciate her help. She is also a lot of fun to be around. Joseph adores her. She read him books, took him to the library, went on walks to the park, tried to go swimming until the rain started--then played in the rain. What a fun day!

June 14, 2008

Home Sweet Home

We moved! We will spend our last six months in Blacksburg in this townhouse...

We will miss this big picture window and fabulous location of our old house, but we're finding things to like about our new house--like central AC and a membership to the pool. Our first night in the new place I told Marc that as cheesy as it sounds, it really does feel like home as long as we're all together.

Joseph found this rubber RAT in the bushes of our new home. He really loves the thing. Yuck!

June 14, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

To my Dad,
Happy Father's Day! I love watching you with Joseph and knowing that he loves you just like I do! I wish we were with you to celebrate today.

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Taking a Break

In Louisville, Kentucky we took a break from the 12 hour drive back to Virginia to explore a little. Joseph found this fountain with children playing in it in their swimming suits. We stripped him down to his diaper and let him loose.

The drive was actually pretty nice. Joseph is a great traveler. On the drive home Marc wanted to analyze what made me so happy for the whole time in Missouri. I think there are several factors. I love being busy, feeling productive and like a contributor to an "effort" or cause (it doesn't have to be fighting world poverty or domestic violence; a wedding is a great cause too). I enjoy spending time with my parents and siblings (and sibling in laws). I love always having someone to talk to. I enjoy seeing old friends and staying up all night talking. I enjoy the energy and the stress and the dropping into bed exhausted.

June 2, 2008

Catherine gets married!

Congratulations John and Catherine! We love seeing you both so happy and in love. Thanks for sharing your day with us. Everything was absolutely perfect--beautiful, delicious and fun!

Here are a few pictures. I will hopefully change these once I get more pictures from other family members (and Cath's professional pictures too).

The beautiful bride and groom: May 30, 2008

The "Moore Girls" minus Joanna who stayed in Texas with her five day old baby boy and Ayanna who was teaching her fourth graders on the last day of school in Liberty, MO and Lexy who had finals during the wedding. Ayanna took a flight in from Kansas City after school and just barely missed the bride and groom. Lexy aced her finals and was partying it up at the reception.

John served his mission in Italy so my Mom and Catherine found an authentic Italian restaurant called Erio's Ristorante which is owned by a man who immigrated here from Italy. (Now, in St. Peters, MO--that is quite a feat)

There was also a reception that night, but you'll have to wait for photos. You won't want to miss them, though. Joseph is still talking about the "cake man" from the French bakery who came to assemble the fabulous wedding cake. The bride and groom smeared that very cake on each other after cutting it. Marc commented that he is always surprised at the range of personalities among the eight Moore children.

May 30, 2008

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

A Pet

Joseph loved the porcupine that cleans your muddy shoes. He kept "petting" it. Now this is the kind of pet I am enthusiastic about!