The goose is getting fat

Tonight was Petersburg’s Christmas Illumination ceremony. They had drums, music, fireworks and nice people. The Red Cross served hot chocolate and a super cool lady was making Santa hats out of balloons. Joe ate it all up.

We met some of Joe’s old friends, and he made some new ones. One woman was there with her kids, who recognized Joe from school. She said her son had just recently pointed Joe out in his yearbook and said “That’s Joe. He’s very popular.”

Petersburg Illumination

Petersburg Illumination

Petersburg Illumination

Petersburg Illumination

Thankful

My parents came down from the frozen north for Thanksgiving this week. Joe had a great time, and I think my folks did too. Joe is a lot more interactive each time they see him, and was constantly trying to get their attention. He’s got such a great personality it’s hard for anyone to resist him, especially his own grandparents.

Dad, Joe and I went for a couple of walks. We called my super sister Michele and passed the phone around. We didn’t do much else but eat and talk, but that’s why Thanksgiving is the queen of the holidays. Lia was the perfect hostess and I’m lucky and thankful to have her as my partner.

I love my parents – they’re great people and I miss them often. Thanks for coming down Mom & Dad!

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Paging Dr. Deuschtuff

For the past six Halloweens Joe has gone as something little and cute – a bee, skunk, lion, gnome, chicken and a dinosaur. This year he was a doctor because he’s getting to be a big boy.

Halloween 2014
I RESPECT AND VALUE NURSES AND OTHER HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS! EVEN THE GIRLS!

Halloween 2014
Joe visits some recent patients. “I’m six, they shouldn’t have let me scrub in.”

Halloween 2014
Have you met Harold Ramis yet?

Halloween 2014
Now let’s go get turnt and egg something.

Warbirds

There are a few World War II airplanes still flying. Not just air-worthy, but actually flying all over the country as mobile museums.

Last weekend Joe and I met up with a couple of them at the Chesterfield County Airport. We got to kick the tires of a B-24 Liberator and an honest-to-god B-17 Flying Fortress. Yeehaw!

Old Airplanes
This is why I take photos.

Old Airplanes
Joe running through his pre-flight checklist. Juiceboxes? Check.

Old Airplanes
It was a beautiful, grey misty day. It felt like we were in England, 1944.

Old Airplanes
That Rosie does nice work. You go girl.

Old Airplanes
That’s a big-ass propeller.

Old Airplanes
I’ve been to the factory in Connecticut that made these propellers. They’re still pumping them out for C-130s and other warbirds.

Czechs Mix

Virginia is a hotbed of Czech and Slovak folks – who knew?! Evidently, hundreds (thousands?) of people, because they were all in Prince George today for the annual festival. It was very Central European, meaning lots of cabbage rolls and polka. Mmm mmm good! Joe dug it, and we did too.

Czech & Slovak Fest

Czech & Slovak Fest
This woman, in her 70s, was tearing up the dance floor.

Czech & Slovak Fest
Wherever they’s a tuba, I’ll be there.

Czech & Slovak Fest
Joe eyeing the cotton.

Czech & Slovak Fest
Could be the beer, or may be the music, but this woman is content.

Face time with Joyti

Joe is participating for the second time in a VCU program called Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Through Va-LEND, people who will be working in healthcare are paired with families that include kids with intellectual disabilities to give the future pros a taste of what the families experience.

I like to imagine it was a cut-throat, Hunger Games kind of thing where a remarkable young woman named Joyti defeated a herd of pretenders for a chance to work with our boy. It was more likely just smart work on the Va-LEND team’s part. Either way, Joyti has now earned a spot on Team Joe – another terrific person who will grow and mature under his tutelage.

Tonight she beamed in for a quick visit. The iPads were cracklin’ with mutual admiration. Welcome to the team Joyti!

FaceTime

FaceTime

FaceTime

Since 2008

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 33 other followers