Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Congratulations, Marc!

Marc graduated with his Master of Urban and Regional Planning degreee from Virginia Tech this month. It is hard to describe in one little blog post all the sacrifice, hard work, and dedication he has poured into this degree. We are so, so proud of him.

I can't seem to make the link work where Marc is spotlighted--so I'll just copy in the text below. As you can see, he really was the shining star in his department.

From the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development December 2008 Newsletter:
Marc Oliphant will be leaving us at the end of the term after completing his master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Tech.
For any potential employers, he comes with our strongest recommendation! Known around the office as “the closer,” Marc was instrumental in a number of projects, most recently taking a lead role in analysis of the potential for the Landcare concept in agricultural and land management in the New River Valley Watershed. In that case Marc was a primary author on the project report and organized and facilitated a series of stakeholder meetings in communities around the region.

A native of Arlington, VA, Marc is married and has a 2 year old son. He enjoys many outdoor activities, including backpacking, sailing, cycling, and playing tourist.

December 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fun in Arlington

December 7, 2008

Can any fellow bloggers give me tips on what I need to do to be able to move my pictures so they don't always post in a straight line?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A visit to Arlington

Marc had an interview about 70 miles outside of D.C. in Front Royal so we made it into a weekend trip to visit the Oliphants. Grandma and Aunt Rachel took Joseph to a parade in Alexandria and on a metro ride. Marc and I wandered around looking at housing in the District. Lincoln and Donna ordered out a Chinese feast, where Joseph had his first sweet and sour shrimp. Part way through the meal, Joseph delightedly announced "Hey, everybody, look what is inside here: shrimp!" We enjoyed getting to visit with Missy, and Rachel shared her social life with us.

Cousin Missy gave Joseph his first Christmas present this year! He LOVES it! He plays with the jeep, wants to have the jeep in his bed at night. Thank you, Missy!

Aunt Rachel had a Christmas tree decorating party and invited us. It was a lot of fun. I'm afraid Marc and I visited with people more than we helped trim the tree. But Joseph certainly enjoyed hanging ornaments.

Grandma gave Mr. Bear two new eyes!

December 6-7, 2008

Decorating for Christmas

Joseph decided to wear the stockings

We're in the midst of graduating and packing and moving, so we're not doing a Christmas tree this year. Marc created this Christmas tree of lights and Joseph loves to turn them on.

November 20, 2008