Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Let's Go Fly A Kite

We went to the tail end of the National Kite Festival on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Earlier in the day there had been all kinds of festivities. We made it in time to fly our kites, but without all the crowds. And just in time for a beautiful view on the bike ride back to the car.

That's our kite!Even though Joseph couldn't run after the kite because of his broken leg, he held the kite string from his bike trailer and flew his kite! And his competitive streak was not hindered in the slightest. There was a squid kite high, high in the air. Joseph kept insisting we fly our kite the highest--higher than that squid!

Successful kite flying!

March 27, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Zing! Zang! Zoom!

Aunt Rachel, Joseph, and I went to the circus again this year courtesy of Bryan. Joseph's cast turned out to be no problem--we wheeled him into the Verizon Center with his jog stroller, then carried him down to our seats.
The theme this year was magic! And I must admit that I was thoroughly impressed and amazed at the magic--turning a tiger into a person, sawing a person in half.... you know the kind of tricks I've only heard about. I saw them with my very own eyes and cannot figure out the trick!
Joseph has enjoyed creating his own magic tricks with a wave of his hand and "Zing, Zang, Zoom!"

March 19, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Visit from a Good Friend

When I was living in Utah--the time I followed Marc out there determined to get him to marry me--I had a great roommate, Julia Ehrhardt. Julia is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma and came to Utah to do research for a semester in 2004. We lived together in a great artsy house in south Provo. Julia called Marc "Elder," regaled us with her observations about Mormon and BYU culture, and was just an all-around great roomie.

Julia was in D.C. for a family wedding (and a personal viewing of some artwork at the Smithsonian for her research) and made time to come have dinner with us. We enjoyed seeing her, introducing her to Joseph, and catching up. One great thing about true friends--even after five years of not seeing each other, you pick up right where you left off. What a fun night!
March 7, 2010

Monday, March 08, 2010

Happy Birthday Joseph

Just a few days after his bicycle accident, Joseph turned four years old! It turned out to be a really fun day. It was his first day back to preschool (of course I went with him since he the cast is so limiting). His teacher Ms. Anita really made an effort to include him in as much as possible and made a big deal about his birthday. We brought in sugar cookies with sprinkles that we had made the day before. Joseph requested sugar cookies instead of the cupcakes I was hoping for. I felt my biggest gift to him this year was making cookies with him--he wanted to be involved in every process and wouldn't let me just sit him at the table and work from there.

I had statistics class in the afternoon, and Aunt Rachel came to watch Joseph. That evening we had a birthday party. I was stressed about trying to squeeze everything in. But, you know, it turned out perfectly. We ordered pizza and had a birthday cake. Usually we are pretty strict about presents for Joseph--trying to keep him from getting too spoiled or greedy. However, this year we went soft because we felt bad for the poor kid and his leg. He got all kinds of presents and was just in gift heaven. I must admit there is something fun about seeing your child so excited! For me, the night ended up being one of those rare moments when the world kind of stands still to celebrate this wonderful gift of a child. All the outside worries fade away and the house is filled with people who love my Joseph almost as much as I do.

We can't even remember our life before Joseph joined our family four years ago!
Grandma Donna and Joseph


Playing with a remote control car from Missy

Construction trucks from Grandpa Bill and Grandma Charlotte

A monster truck from Aunt Rachel
Joseph and Grandpa Lincoln
Our neighbor, Bob, joined us for cake and ice cream. He gave Joseph several thoughtful books including one about a dog named Marley.
We all love Missy!

Joseph believes you do not officially turn your new age until you have blown out the candles.

Joseph and his special buddy Aunt Rachel

At four years old, Joseph loves trucks and cars, preschool, singing songs, playing in the sandbox. He still takes naps from time to time, but prefers "no nap days." He can spell N-A-P, B-E-D, and I-C-E for icecream. He loves to talk on the cell phone and will abruptly say "Talk to you later, bye" in the middle of a conversation when he is finished. He knows his phone number. He loves to be read to. He is as opinionated as ever--sometimes I can't even finish a book because he is arguing with me about a fact that is written in the book. He is kind and thoughtful and hates to see anyone sad. He loves to come snuggle in our bed in the mornings and give group hugs with the family. He likes to play UNO for family home evening. He is just adorable and we're constantly getting people who comment on how they want to "eat him up." (Just this week a lady at Costco and a lady at Marc's work). One friend who just had a baby boy asked me how to raise her son to be like Joseph. I told her he came with this personality--we've just enjoyed the big personality that came to us four years ago!
March 4, 2010

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Bicycle Practice

One of Joseph's favorite activites in North Carolina was riding his bike. He practiced lots and got really quite good.
This video was taken minutes before the big fall that broke Joseph's right leg. He was getting so good that he thought he was ready to practice hand signals and standing up while riding. That might have been a little beyond his ability. Immediately after the fall he said he needed a cane or a wheelchair. The fall was minutes before the group was to leave to drive back to Virginia. Joseph has a reputation for being a tad dramatic so they decided to let him rest in the car. After a couple hours he was wincing at every bump and crying in pain, they found an emergency room on the road. Joseph had broken his right tibia. They put it in a full leg splint, gave him pain medication, and told him to see an orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible.

The morning after: Joseph being his cheerful self while playing with his toys on Monday morning waiting for the orthopedic surgeon's office to open. As long as we didn't touch his leg, he was fine.

After a long day of getting a permanent cast (for six weeks!) We were so grateful that Joseph did not need surgery, did no damage to his growth plates, and was predicted to heal just fine. The doctor told us he was too little for crutches because there is too much risk for re-injury. That means six weeks of no walking and being carried everywhere. He can't put any weight on the cast at all--even when the pain leaves and he wants to put weight on it.
I was worried! My first thought was "Joseph doesn't stay still for six minutes, much less six weeks!" But, he has been amazing! The first couple days he was in quite a bit of pain and wanted to stay in his bed. He colored in his coloring book and looked at library books and listened to his "Mother Goose" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" c.d.s over and over again. One morning I looked at my active little Joseph coloring in his bed cheerfully humming a little song to himself--what a great sport. As the pain subsided, he had us take him downstairs to his toys. He has learned to scoot along the floor on his bottom pushing himself with his good leg and dragging the cast. Today we took him to church and used the jogging stroller as a wheelchair of sorts. Joseph even rolls the big wheels himself--with a little steering and speed control assistance!
March 1, 2010

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Happy Birthday Uncle Dave

Last weekend, Missy said she was going down to North Carolina for a surprise visit for her Dad's 80th birthday. She sent out an open invitation to anyone who wanted to go. Marc, Joseph, Roxanne, Rachel, and Missy all piled in our mini van to go to the beach! I was overwhelmed with school work and had to stay home. I told a friend from school that Marc and Joseph were going to be out of town for the weekend. She said that would be her dream weekend (she has two small children); I felt exactly the opposite. I was so lonely without them--and sad to miss all the adventures!
Singing Happy Birthday to Uncle Dave!
At 80, Uncle Dave is still going strong with his power tools

Playing mini golf with Missy

Joseph and Aunt Joyce reading the funny papers together

February 27-28, 2010

Life around our house

Joseph the fix-it man!

Oatmeal and the morning paper
February 2010

Happy Chinese New Year

We went to the Chinese New Year parade downtown on February 21 (one week later than the actual Chinese New Year). We saw some of the parade, heard the firecracker disply, got face painting, bought some snap-things you throw on the ground, etc.
The year of the tiger. These pictures are courtsey of Aunt Rachel.

Our little family--I think we had a lot more fun than we look like in this picture. But, at least it proves we were all there together. (Now, we just need a photo with Rachel!)

Isn't he just the cutest thing?

The kids really had the best view since they were on the shoulders of the dads. I like this picture because you can see Joseph, the dragon, and the restaurants with Chinese letters under the English names.