Our second year as a Va-LEND family has ended. This year we were matched up with a terrific genetic counselor (almost) Joyti. We first met back in September, and over the past eight months Joyti has observed Joe and us at home, in school, during therapy, out having fun and even by Facetime. We have no doubt she would have been an exceptional professional without us, but are glad we met her and hope the experience will make her just that much better in her career.
Best of luck Joyti – thanks for everything and we hope to see you again soon.
Each year little kids all around Virginia get together for Little Feet Meets. They’re affiliated with Special Olympics but organized through the schools as a chance for those too young to compete to get a taste of the Special Olympics vibe. Last year was Joe’s first meet, and it was cool. This year was even better – great weather, more kids, and a huge number of volunteers and spectators.
If you’re here, at JoeTremblay dot com, you came to see the boy. There are a few photos below, but first, take a minute and a half to watch this and get a feel for the gravitas of the day. These photos are all in a set on Flickr.
The hottest ticket in town last week? The Kindergartners performing live at the world-famous Tussing Cafetorium. It was a terrific show, expertly produced by the music teacher Mr. Souder. There are a bunch of photos of the event and other kids on Picsurge. All the good Joe photos are on our Flickr.
In one of her many brilliant moves, Lia bid on and won a silent auction months ago securing us front row seats for the show. It was a good thing, as the place was standing room only by the time the curtain opened.
Joe doesn’t sing yet, outside of some scatting when we do the Alphabet Song or beat-boxing to Twinkle Twinkle, but he was loving being on stage with his classmates. Thanks to Mrs. Lee for her help running him through the choreography.
We had a terrific weekend, mostly in Petersburg. The city hosted a half-marathon and 5K. I ran the 5K, then came home, scooped up the family and we all went to a little event at Colonial Heights H.S. (Hi Ms. Mott!). Then back to Petersburg where we met up with our friend Joyti at the Smokin’ BBQ Fest.
Then Joe slept well.
Sunday Joe and I went to Petersburg’s Battersea for the annual Revolutionary War reenactment. You could tell it was a reenactment because of the Smoothie stand. (We did a little video from our visit two years ago. Criminy, round-face-four-year-old Joe was cute.)
Hey! Here are some photos …
Joe sleeps with Pete’s leg in his mouth. Giraffe, an accountant, naps by his side, still exhausted from the long tax season. Off screen at his feet, Scout hums a mechanical lullaby. Up top, Bunk Bot and Muno keep watch, semper vigilans. Plush fraternal boncuğu.
Kites at Dorey Park today. Colorful, live music, lots of movement. Then Country Style Donuts. This was our first trip there. Damn! Those were some good donuts.
Lia puts suet on a little tree outside our dining room window. Lots of visitors stopping by this spring – I don’t know my birds but they’re cool to watch.