Friday, July 25, 2008


I have become a junkie! On our last trip to Northern Virginia, these are all the treasures we found to bring back to Blacksburg and sell on

Joseph finds plenty to do with the toys until we sell them. As you might guess, I was ready for this one to go.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Pesto and More

I made homemade pesto on whole wheat rotini pasta. It is a recipe I got from The picture didn't turn out well, so go to her website if you'd like to see some appetizing pictures.

Steamed Green Beans with Tomato-Garlic Vinaigrette

Pesto Vegetable Pizza

Drive-In Movie

We went to the Drive-In movie last night. We told Joseph we were going to have a treat and then take all his blankets and Mr. Bear and go to sleep in the back of the van. We got there and had some popcorn and icecream on the blanket outside the car. Then Joseph was excited to get his little bed area set up in the back of the van. But he wasn't interested in sleeping. We should have known better: Joseph went to bed at 11 pm last night.

Our family

July 19, 2008

Photo Shoot

We got Joseph a chacabana shirt to match Daddy. Then we wanted to take a picture of our twins. You can see what it is like trying to get a picture with Joseph...

July 19, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Weekend of Food

This weekend I tried some new recipes that we really like. They are from healthy cooking magazines (Cooking Light and Light & Tasty)and require ingredients I don't normally have on hand. In fact, I've never cooked with capers in my life until last night.

Tomato and Basil Topped Garlic Bruschetta (with fresh organic basil from the Blacksburg farmer's market)

Blue Cheese Spinach Frittata

For lunch today, we had these delicious Greek salads. Except Joseph who had leftovers of the frittata. Joseph will not touch salad. I made some black bean salad earlier in the week. He did not eat it the night I served it. The next day I was having leftovers for lunch and told him it was beans and corn; he asked what the cilantro was (making sure there was no lettuce) and then proceeded to gobble up the beans and corn (salad).

We're not spending the whole weekend eating, however. This morning we went on a bike ride. It really is beautiful in Blacksburg. I should take a camera on one of our rides--gorgeous Blue Ridge mountains in the distance, green rolling farmlands. Marc rides to work everyday and has long been an expert rider. He takes Joseph on his bike, but the added 36 pounds doesn't slow Marc down a bit. Joseph is always encouraging. If he notices me huffing and puffing up a hill, he'll often say "You're a good bike rider, mommy" or "You're doing a good job bike riding" Could I love this kid any more?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Book Recommendations

When I was a girl I loved Maj Lindman's Flicka, Ricka, Dicka books. When I was in college, my mom found a set of the series for me at Christmas. I've saved these books ever since. In our last move I found them and introduced Joseph. He loves them. We read them over and over again.

I've also found some other books in the library that I remember reading as a child...books by Robert McCloskey, the Curious George books, Caps for Sale...

What are some of your favorite children's books or authors?

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Joseph Says...

Joseph has stopped telling us when he has a stinky diaper; in fact, he has really been fighting having his diaper changed lately. Well, this morning we helped clean the church building. Joseph was having a great time running around the big, empty building. He didn't tell us he needed a diaper change, and he had been sitting in it for a while before we changed him. In fact, the way he was walking because his bottom hurt gave away the diaper!

Marc tried to change him; Joseph fought with all he had. Basically, you practically have to sit on him to successfully change him. It is amazing how strong a two year can be. While giving his physical fight, he was also crying and saying "no, no, no." All of a sudden, Joseph says "Absolutely not!" Just imagine it in his growling, raspy voice. If the poor kid weren't in so much pain, it would have been laugh out loud funny!

Sometimes we wonder if Joseph hears and comprehends. Apparently so. He hears when I tell him "absolutely not." He understands the context even. He just doesn't always heed the instruction!

Here's another:

Last night we met Marc up on campus and went to a community outdoor concert. Afterward, we dropped Marc off back at school. After the required good-bye hugs and kisses (and a quivering sad lip from Joseph), we drove off. And then Joseph says, "We love that guy so much."

July 12, 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Yet more fun!

Our happy family waiting to hear a "Music of Texas" concert as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Aunt Elizabeth, Grandma, and Aunt Rachel at the Folklife Festival

This fountain and a little golf cart that transported employees were the true hits of the festival for Joseph.

Aunt Rachel introduced Joseph to Sparklers.

July 5, 2008

Smithsonian Folk Life Festival

We visited the Folk Life Festival with Rachel, Elizabeth and Grandma. Joseph loved the featured NASA exhibits.

Real Life Remote Control Cars....

The country of Bhutan was another featured culture (along with Texas and NASA). This sand art is done entirely by hand--sprinkling sand with fingers!

Joseph liked to make his own art

Donna and I in the Bhutan temple

July 5, 2008

Arlington Ward Breakfast

This year, Grandma and Grandpa took Joseph to the traditional Arlington Ward Fourth of July breakfast. They said he clapped after the first song during the program and kept asking for more "meat" (sausage) when he was eating.

Worth the Wait

July 4, 2008

Fourth of July 2008

We parked and walked from Cousin Missy's place to the National Mall. We walked along the waterfront and stopped for fresh shrimp! The Air Force Band and the Gatlin Brothers band put on a concert and we waited out the rain.