Out to the ballgame

The cousins came to town for the weekend. We hit the arcade last night, and today it was the pool followed by a Richmond Flying Squirrels game. Joe sometimes bounces around in his bed for awhile before falling asleep. Some nights he rolls over and makes clicking noises for a few minutes. Tonight he just closed his eyes and was out.

Our man Joe.
Ballpark

Joe expertly blocks an otherwise mediocre shot of his cousin.
Joe photobombs Dixon

Dixon putting some mojo on the ball.
Ballpark

My wonderful sister-in-law singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” as Joe laughs at the barbershop quartet behind us.
Ballpark

Abigail is shocked … Dixon’s mojo has worked! The Squirrels win!
Ballpark

Goodnight ballpark.
Game over

Banjos, fiddles and friends

Joe made friends with some musicians a couple of weeks ago at the Petersburg Farmers Market. This week they were playing a benefit for wounded warriors, so we stopped by to listen to some good old music. Joe rushed the stage at the first chord, then after a few songs worked the crowd.

Music and friendly people can’t be beat.

Thanks to the Virginia Folk Music Association for putting on a great show!

Bluegrass

Bluegrass

Bluegrass

Bluegrass

Joe hits six!

Happy birthday Joe! Cupcakes at school, cupcakes at home. Cards from his terrific grandparents, including a Grandpa Mike original story about racing. Spot-on, as his big present was a fire-engine red Schwinn.
Chromed fenders, handlebar tassels, bell. GO JOE!

Thanks to everyone for the fine birthday wishes and surprises – Joe loves you all and so do we.

Sixth annual boy with cupcake photo. For the past five, check out last years blog post.

Joe's Sixth Birthday

Taming his new ride.

Joe's Sixth Birthday

Joe's Sixth Birthday

Joe's Sixth Birthday

Another great weekend

We jam-packed the long Memorial Day weekend. Us adults went to a baseball game on Friday night, then on Saturday we all three went to Colonial Williamsburg. Pretty cool place, will be very cool in a few years when Joe gets more interested in these things.

His two favorite parts of the day were predictable – he loved interacting with a few lucky strangers and thought taking a ferry ride to get home would be a terrific way to end the day. As usual, he was right.

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

Jamestown Ferry

On being Joe’s mom

Joe is a superpower. He multiplies good things by his presence. Lia has always been thoughtful, articulate and ready to rally for a cause. Add Joe and you get things like this video.

Lia was asked by our friend Mike, a pastor, to speak at his church on Mother’s Day because she has a unique perspective on being a mom. A little late for Mother’s Day, but it happened yesterday and took a little time to put together.

Our boy lucked out with his wonderful Mama. Or he picked her. Either way, they both win.

It’s not fair

It’s Faire – with an ‘e’!

The Virginia Renaissance Faire to be precise, good lords and ladies. That’s where we spent much of today. And Joe got knighted, so we got that going for us. Which is nice.

Aside from attempting to woo the queen herself, Joe’s favorite part was by far the juggler.

Thankfully our friends the Tolberts and Murphys met us there. They’re all pretty sane and made it fun for us adults – otherwise it could have become a game of dodging middle-aged drama kids and third-string English accents. Cris & Diane & Mike & Chris & assorted children – it was great seeing you!

Mackin’ on Liz.
Renaissance Faire

Receiving his Order of Knighthood. There’s a storm coming …
Renaissance Faire

Larksalot the juggler
Renaissance Faire

Joe watching Larksalot. He was amused.
Renaissance Faire

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