Monday, August 31, 2009
(photos courtesy of Gwen)
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Joseph particularly enjoys his friend, Anderson, who lives on our street. Here the boys were trying out some adult-size rollerblades they found in our closet.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Joseph was not sure at first.
We packed so much in to our Missouri trip! In addition to all that I've blogged about, we also had:
- Dinner with Aunt Elizabeth and Uncle Bob
- Several visits with John and Catherine with plenty of good, deep conversation and debate covering everything from healthcare, Iran, the Equal Rights Amendment and more.
- Two trips to the MUNY--one of my all time favorite St. Louis attractions. I saw Godspell and Music Man. The weather was perfect. Thanks, Mom, for watching Joseph so I could enjoy the shows.
- Classic movies. Basically, almost every night after Joseph was alseep we either stayed up talking until late or watched an old movie like Charade with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. I'm not used to burning the candle at both ends anymore, but it is hard to resist.
The morning of our last day, my parents really wanted to take us to the zoo. I didn't think I was up for it--I simply cannot keep up with my parents!! But I agreed to go, and it turned out to be such a fun day. I'm so glad we went. This must be why they never stop--there is just too much fun to be had in life to waste time resting!
Our intense little Joseph focusing on some animals.
Those cheeks beg to be kissed constantly!
Tigers from our view out the zoo train
Sea lion show
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
To my beautiful, brilliant, generous parents: Happy Anniversary and thank you for your wonderful example.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Joseph and his cousin, Ben, in the "sprayground" section of Zachary's Park, which just happened to be spotlighted in the BYU alumni magazine this month.
Here Joseph poses with the girls. Ally, Lexy (who just won the Northern National Championship for her softball team), Gracie and Joseph.
Uncle Dan likes to take his four kids to Sno Biz for Hawaiian shaved ice. They invited us to join their tradition. They take the pick-up truck and the kids all climb in the bed of the truck to eat and play. Joseph was certainly won over by Sno Biz; last night as he said the blessing on dinner here in Arlington, he said, "bless Grandma Charlotte to go to Sno Biz tonight."
We had a wonderful visit to Missouri for two full weeks to visit my parents. The drive was a feat (14 hours stopping only for gas), but we made it--and it was definitely worth it. Joseph had a ball. And I did too. We felt so lucky to spend some really quality time with my wonderful dad. Joseph just adores him.
Joseph loved "helping" Grandpa mow the lawn (picture above) and barbeque (picture below).
And Grandpa is a great sport about playing with Joseph--which usually entails taking orders from Joseph!
My dad is known in the family for his love of chocolate milk. On the drive to Missouri, Joseph asked me if Grandpa would have any chocolate milk. I told him I thought Grandpa only drinks chocolate milk at Christmas time. When we got there, Joseph asked, "Why does Grandpa only drink chocolate milk at Christmas?" Of course, Grandpa immediately insisted on getting some chocolate milk to have with Joseph. Joseph and Grandpa also liked to share a root beer after playing tennis and basketball in the driveway.
July 15-30, 2009