Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Life With Joseph

On Sunday during the part of the sacrament prayer that references the blood of Jesus, Joseph blurts out "Blood? What blood?" We shush him and then try to quietly explain a little bit to him. Really, how do you explain it to a two-year-old. Then later that night when we were having a FHE lesson we showed a picture of Jesus blessing the children, and Joseph pipes up, "Where's the blood?" I was reminded of our friends, Brennan and Krista. Once we babysat for them before we got married. They told us to read a scripture story from the picture book to Tanner before putting him to bed. Then Krista added, "But don't read Abraham and Isaac; we're skipping that one." No kidding.

Joseph has outgrown ring-around-the-rosie, apparently. So for our activity instead, we turned on the "Buzz, Buzz" CD that Joseph got from his Missouri cousins for his birthday, and we danced to "I love to Dance" and "The Pretzel Song" by special request. This kid is adorable when he dances. I really love it. Maybe I think this because I've taught him all my moves! It reminds me of when my sister Joanna and I were roommates at BYU and we were at a dance--but dancing at opposite sides of the room. This guy came up to talk to me and commented how my sister was doing the exact same moves on the other side of the place. Now we're passing on the "Moore Moves" to Joseph! If you're really lucky, the next time you ride with Joseph in the car, turn on some music and start dancing yourself. If he doesn't say "Mom, STOP DANCING," you might get to see his carseat shoulder shimmy.

Yesterday I had a headache and was lying down on my bed. Joseph couldn't bear to be alone and joined me in bed. We read the beloved Richard Scarry book, made tents and tunnels under the covers and then finally Joseph brought in his Little Tykes basketball hoop so I could cheer him on from the bed. When Joseph had a dirty diaper, I got up to change it. Joseph asked me if my headache was better, and I told him that it was not. The next thing I know as I'm kneeling on the floor putting away the diaper stuff, Joseph puts his hands on my head and scrunches his eyes closed. I ask him what he is doing. He told me he was saying a prayer for my headache. I guess they learned about priesthood blessings in nursery. It was really adorable, though frightening how much he comprehends about what is going on around him.

Joseph: "What’s your name?"
Me: "Mommy"
Me: "What is your name?"
Joseph: "Selibg" (he is in the nonsense word phase)
Me: "Where did Joseph go?"
Joseph (in a whisper): Arlington

Week of September 14, 2008

Inspirational Reading

Have you read Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess lately? I highly recommend it. No matter our age, we all need to be reminded of these pearls of wisdom from time to time:

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go."

"Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don't. Because, sometimes, you won't. I'm sorry to say so but, sadly, its' true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you."

"But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go through the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak."

"And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed!(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.) KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!"

Thanks, Dr. Suess!


I had a friend who planted a wonderful garden. Then she moved. Her house is for sale, and the garden is still producing. She called me on Saturday morning and asked me to do her a favor. Go out to her house and pick from her garden and eat it. She said she doesn't want it to go to waste. My pleasure--this is my kind of gardening! Joseph and I drove out and had a wonderful morning picking tomatoes, spaghetti squash, cantaloupe, strawberries and raspberries. Then the neighbor rode up on his riding lawnmower and started chatting. He showed us his chickens, horses, beehives. He gave us fresh honey and fresh eggs. We had a great time and Joseph has been thanking Heavenly Father for it in his prayers ever since.

This same friend was the one who transplanted basil, oregano, spinach and a tomato plant for me before she moved so I could have a little patio garden (which is growing well). One of the last times we visited her before she moved, Marc drove out with us. On the way home we stopped at the New River where there is a little boat dock. An old man and his grown son were leaving to go fishing, and one of them handed Joseph a fishing pole and actually helped him reel in a fish while the other was launching the boat. I felt like I was literally in the middle of a country music song about hot summer nights, fishing, fathers and sons, memories... you get the picture.

Friday, September 12, 2008

More Mabry Mill

Joseph was really fun on our Mabry Mill outing. He enjoyed the sites and ran around having a great time.

Climbing makes anything fun for Joseph

Mill stones

Whiskey still

All worn out on the drive home

September 10, 2008

Scenic Virginia

We took a break mid-week, thanks to Rachel's visit, and went out to explore beautiful Virginia.

We visited the famous Floyd Country store and explored a great antique store in Floyd.

Even though there wasn't a band playing, Joseph decided to give the dance floor a try.

Next we took the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Mabry Mill which in addition to being beautiful had demonstrations of spinning, carving, milling...

September 10, 2008

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Daddy Time

This week I started teaching a social work class at Radford University. Marc and Joseph get to spend time together Tuesday and Thursday mornings until Marc's class. Since Marc has a class that overlaps for a part of the time that I am gone, we have a babysitting exhange set up with some friends who live across the street. Today when I went to pick up Joseph, I** immediately said, "Daddy dressed you today!" When I told this to Marc he said, "Really? I thought I had done a really good job. I consciously thought I was matching the colors. I was really proud of myself." Marc told me he matched the red stripes in the pajama/jogging pants with the orange the polo shirt.(Orange and red are close) And top it all off with his church shoes!

**And I am not a fashion plate by any stretch of the imagination so for me to notice means it has to be pretty bad.

September 4, 2008

Home Life

Here are a few shots of life at home.

We went swimming and then we grilled and had dinner on the front patio.

We have new neighbors in the townhouse next to us. Alan and Fernando are two adorable boys from Mexico. They are 6 and 9-years-old, and Joseph loves them! He goes outside and calls their names in hopes they will hear him and come out and play. Now the boys have figured out they can talk through the windows to each other--that is what the picture is of. Alan and Fernando switch back and forth from Spanish to English like pro's so I'm hoping Joseph will pick up some Spanish. Fernando is in fourth grade and is just the cutest little guy. Yesterday he brought over his insect catcher that is a clear container that has a magnifying glass on the top. Joseph was enthralled with the moth he had caught.

Joseph loves riding his tricycle (and we unsuccessfully try to keep shoes on his feet).

August 2008