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Committed husband, terrific dad and so-so public affairs professional running around the Petersburg-Fort Lee, Va. area.

Christmas 2012

Joe spent Christmas with his momma’s side of the family this year, in Fayetteville, N.C.

Christmas 2012
Here he is keeping an eye on things from his new chair.

Christmas 2012
Spending some quality time with his Nana.

Christmas 2012
Swapping stories with Papa.

Christmas 2012
Joe’s great-grandfather, Grandy, was the special guest for the holiday. We all celebrated his 99th birthday a few days after Christmas.

Christmas 2012
Joe hasn’t figured out the stocking thing yet.

Christmas 2012
Joe became a character in one of his cousin Abigail’s capers.

Christmas 2012
Like any good Christmas, food and presents led to a pile of spent bodies on the floor. Notice that Aunt Amy is smelling Lia’s foot.

Thanks for the hospitality Nana and Papa!

Blog Hijack: Date Night

This is Joe’s blog, but I’m hijacking it for a date night post. While Joe was hanging out with our friend Amanda, Lia and I wandered around Petersburg, Va., during the monthly Friday for the Arts.

The courthouse
Lia in front of Petersburg’s historic courthouse.

My new favorite photo of Lia, resting in an old chair. This was upstairs in the town’s biggest antique/junk shop. The upstairs has only recently been opened, and had only a few items of furniture, but the stairwell, hallway and rooms looked like it was once a beautiful office space, maybe for the store below.

Tattoo tree
The Petersburg Area Art League had Christmas trees put together by local artists and organizations. This one was from a tattoo shop.

Original Rock-Ola jukebox
An original Rock-Ola jukebox found in an antique shop.

Thanks Aunt Shelly!

Joe got a package yesterday, so we tore into it. It was a Christmas gift from Aunt Shelly on the West Coast.
Thanks Aunt Shelly!
It’s perfect – he loves to jump and it matches his room, which is already dominated by the tent and tunnel Aunt Shelly sent in the past.



Joe’s Grandma and Grandpa traveled a long way to spend a couple of days with us. Lia as always was a wonderful hostess, and dinner as always was terrific. Happy Thanksgiving everyonel!


Grandpa hamming it up with Joe.


Grandma and Lia working on dinner. Typical picture of my beautiful but camera-shy mom.


The lot of us about to destroy some food. (Lola photo copyright 2012. All rights reserved.)

Lola gets no love.

Lola’s been a daily nuisance for more than seven years. But other than getting in the way constantly and random, pointless barking, she’s really a good girl.

As she likes to say, “Has our house been broken into since I’ve been around? No? You’re welcome.”