New look

2014 is nigh. Joe will be six this year, starting kindergarten in the fall at a new school. Full of angst. Rebellion. Piss and vinegar.

Time for the blog to change a little, too. Welcome to the new Joe Tremblay.

Mood lighting

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A grand Christmas !

Joe’s Grandma and Grandpa spent a few days with us for Christmas. Lots of good food and hanging out, but for me the big story was Grandpa and Joe – they were like old pals the whole time. Thanks Mom and Dad for making the long trip and making this a terrific Christmas!

Buddies
Christmas 2013

Opening his loot
Christmas 2013

Cracking wise at breakfast
Christmas 2013

Finishing a long walk at Petersburg National Battlefield
Christmas 2013

The Cast:

Grandma taking it all in
Christmas 2013

Mama with a present
Christmas 2013

Joe post-eggnog
Christmas 2013

Grandpa post-eggnog
Christmas 2013

Dada post-eggnog
Christmas 2013

Lost at sea

We spent Thanksgiving afloat. The ship we were on, the Liberty of the Seas, is massive. It was the largest cruise ship ever from it’s launch in 2007 until 2009.

Lots more photos from the trip (and nine people for three days in one van) on Flickr.

Somewhere off the coast of Cuba.
Cruise 2013

Joe telling his new drinking buddy Francisco a salty tale.
Cruise 2013

Cousin one, Dixon.
Cruise 2013

And cousin two, Abigail.
Cruise 2013

Lia, dozens of feet above sea level.
Cruise 2013

Our young cruise director.
Cruise 2013

Almost sunset.
Cruise 2013

Movin’ on up

Joe has finally left the crib. He’s now in the perfect bed for him, and his particular set of skills acquired over the last five and a half years.

It isn’t enough to call this a “specialty bed.” This thing is a work of art. Hand built in Maine by a guy (and fellow Patrick) who designed it for his own daughter – it’s all padded and has a tough netting that zips closed, so Joe can jump and play when he wants, but can’t roll or crawl out at night.

I’m guessing within a week he’ll have diagrams, metal files, a paper mache dummy head and fake passport under the mattress. Just waiting for a new moon to make his move.

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