Thursday, May 21, 2009

Welcome, Summer!

The season of fun officially starts this weekend, but we kicked summer off a week early last weekend with our trip to Roanoke. Joshua proved himself an enthusiastic traveler - always a good Childress quality. He slept whenever the wheels were turning and took our busy agenda in stride.

Cousin Hannah offers to "hold him forever."

Anna was thrilled to reunite with grandparents, great-grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. Joshua got to meet everyone he'd been told about, and was a popular guest as the only boy at Aunt Faith's baby shower!

I think we've recovered from the trip and Anna can't stop talking about all those fish she caught with Papa, Daddy, Haley, and Uncle Ezra on Sunday. I wish I had photos, but they're being held hostage on Papa's camera.

We anticipate that the next few months will hold more adventures. Daddy is finished with school for now and is spending his time solving the issue of veterans' homelessness. (See He'll also be taking an evening course starting in July.

We've batted ideas around on how to spend our free time. John's proposal of a trip to India was countered with the suggestion that we wait until Baby Joshua is more adequately inoculated, like when he's 12 and Big Sister's 15, maybe. He agreed. I think we'll do some less exotic long-weekend trips here and there. Anna has already cast her vote for locations that involve sand and saltwater. She still remembers her trip to "Why-hee" last year and now thinks that every beach trip involves an airplane. While it's nothing like glorious Hawaii, we reminded her that another ocean isn't too far from Virginia. In the meantime, we're doing a little urban gardening, blowing bubbles, playing at the park with friends, taking field trips around DC, riding bikes; and Joshua is searching for his thumb.

Hoping for a good crop of strawberries and grape tomatoes.

Real men have their diapers changed on purple changing pads.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Yesterday I was tired. By the evening I had baby poop on my sleeve and spit-up on my shoulder. But I was so thankful to remember the wonderful, fun weekend we had with family, and prayed for a restful night.

Today is a new day and His mercies are new! Joshua only had me up once during the night and was giving lots of smiles this morning.

This morning HE reminded me that HE stoops down to make me great. Amazing. (Psalm 18:35)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Little Buddy's growing

Today was Joshua's 8-week check-up.

Weight: 10 lbs., 10 oz. (25th percentile)
Height: 22.5" (near the 50th percentile)

Healthy as can be! The nurses that gave him his shots were going gaga over his beautiful blue eyes and how much he "looks like Mama." At just 8 weeks, I think it is striking how much his features resemble mine. Sorry I don't have a good photo to illustrate, but hopefully we'll have some after this weekend. He's taking his first road trip today! We're leaving later this afternoon for Roanoke and then on Sunday heading to Charlotte for a baby shower for Auntie Faith who will be giving us another BOY cousin in September! We're so very excited. And Joshua can't wait to meet all his cousins, aunts, uncles, and great-grandparents this weekend. He's currently sleeping off the shots and resting up for the fun times ahead. He'll charm them all with those blue eyes and sweet grins.

Meanwhile, Anna is also resting up for the trip. She's been chattering away about her first fishing trip, being on the farm, and getting to see grandparents and cousins. She's even geared up with new sneakers for the occasion. Does the excitement ever end?!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Hanging out with Joshua

I got some video of Joshua and Anna yesterday morning. This is where Joshua finds himself quite often. Good thing he usually likes it. Watching the entire video may make one dizzy, but aren't they so cute?

And wouldn't you know, he gave a big smile right after the camera was turned off.