Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Camp Eby, Round 1

Camp Eby, Round 1

Aubrey and Darla made the journey to Camp Eby for the first time this summer.  What was meant to be a two or three day stay turned into five day stay- too much fun to leave.
But when the rain came in Monday it seemed to be a sign it was time to head home.

Aubrey got to enjoy her first visit to the Culver Beach with Gangy and Mom.  She wasn't quite comfortable walking on the sand or in the water (those waves can leave a girl feeling a little nervous with her footing) but she did enjoy playing with her sand bucket and shovel.

We took lots of walks down by the Academy and watched the campers practice their marching.  The weather was hot so we had some good pool days but did have to share the accommodations with the ducks that have claimed the Eby backyard as their own.  Aubrey had fun swimming with the Baker's and Van Duyne's but mostly wanted to throw things into the pool.

Mom was happy to get her Drive-In food fix and Aubrey tasted her first twist cone.  The rain came in one afternoon, but the whole family made the most of it by driving out to the Marina and enjoying an afternoon cocktail.  Gangy had to leave us Sunday morning so she could fly to Denver and meet Sadie for the first time!  She is having a wonderful time holding and feeding Sadie and listening to all that Piper has to tell her about.  I think Gangy is having a much easier time understanding Piper's thoughts and opinions compared to Aubrey's:)

It's only Tuesday and it feels like we have had a full week already.  Aubrey and Mom went to the zoo today and enjoyed the crazy summer heat while spying on animals.  Aubrey has graduated from casual squirrel watching to trying to catch baby sharks and chasing birds in the bird sanctuary.  She also got to taste her first slushy- the moment it touched her lips she said, "Ohhh Mmmmm!  Gank-Gu!  Gank-Gu!"  (That means "this is yummy, thank you!")

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer Has Finally Begun

Summer Has Finally Begun

It seems like since the last post summer has finally begun in the Ashton household.  Mom Mom and Aubrey continued on with their daycare saga...and it looks like we have found our perfect fit.  Today Aubrey did a "test run" at the center- things went well so it looks like Kindercare might be the winner.  One of her future classmates already has taken a liking to Darla and called her Mom for the 20 minutes she stuck around to help get Aubrey settled.  Poor Eleanor...it was only her second day of daycare ever and it has clearly traumatized her enough to make her believe that any woman who walks into the room with a diaper bag must be her mother.  This in turn traumatized Aubrey as she witnessed another two year old crawling into Mom Mom's lap.

Last week Gangy and G man came to Indy for some summer concert fun- being the fantastic grandparents they are, volunteered to take Aubrey to the zoo the morning after.  But we all know Sandi Eby's luck and naturally it ended up being the one day of the summer that the zoo is closed.  Instead they settled on a day of walking the canal downtown and partaking in Aubrey's first McDonalds ice cream cone.  Aubrey did begin calling G man by name, but the pronunciation is a mystery to me and I can assure you it sounds nothing like "G man."

The canal sounded like so much fun that Eric and Darla decided to give it a try on Father's Day.  Renting a Surrey, we had a lovely day of biking up and down the canal.  It would have been a lot easier if Darla and Eric had actually started off the ride following the canal, but direction is never Eric's strong point and since he was steering this bike, we found ourselves going up and down a lot of hills in some not so scenic views.  Once we realized we were no where near the canal and needed to backtracked the ride seemed much prettier and er, flatter.  We finished with a delicious lunch at Creation Cafe which probably resulted in some very severe stomach issues for Darla for the following three days.  Of course it could have been all the beer she consumed two nights before on her back porch with neighbor man/family photographer Brent, Uncle Corey and Auntie Tricia.

It is so delightful having the summer off AND having a sister on maternity leave.  It means there is lots of time for quick phone chats and hearing all about the juggling act of raising TWO children.  Darci continues to be cool as a cucumber and took the girls to the zoo today.  Damn that Darci...I hate moms that act like leaving the house with their kids is so easy and fun. Darci will attest that packing a bag for both children is extremely time consuming and usually requires more time and prep than the actual activity they are leaving to engage in.  But she admits it without swearing or regretting it, so again, she always has me beat.

First pony tail sighting!
Aubrey and Darla explored some water sports this week (well, let's agree that we are using the
word sport losely) through watering flowers and playing with the hose, hitting up the Splash Pad and visiting the public pool for the first time.  Turns out Mom Mom doesn't look so hideous in her bathing suit compared to the patrons at the public pool!  And Aubrey is back in the groove of voluntarily going under water and kicking her legs to swim...all the while clinging on to her mother for dear life.  But smiling.

Summer has begun- ice cream cones, bike riding, swimming, gardening and attempted zoo visits.  I'll leave you with a clip representing how each night ends in our household.  Nobody wants a summer night to ever end...

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Welcome to the World, Sadie Estelle!

Semi-naps, bandannas, dining al fresco and potato head glasses.
June started off very busy for the Ashton family.  Mom Mom and Aubrey visited three day cares this week, went to two farmer's markets, visited with a friend, and fought each other tooth and nail over nap time.  Aubrey is winning the battle everyday.  Mom took yet another dreaded test for grad school and spent a long time planting shrubs, flowers and grasses with Dad in the front yard.  We feel pretty confident about our choices and placement but next year will surely regret it all.

Saturday started off very exciting with a 5:30am phone call from Auntie Darci announcing that the baby had finally arrived!  Sadie Estelle came quickly and her poor mama didn't even have time to take a shower before getting to the hospital to deliver.  Sounds like Piper is in love with her little sister already and bossing her mom around on how to care for little Sadie.  "Sadie bed.  Sadie eat.  Sadie hospital."  We can't wait to meet her.  Especially Gangy.

Saturday afternoon also was cousin Jack's graduation party.  Gangy wasn't able to stay for too long (Grandpa Ron turns into a pumpkin if he isn't back in Leiters Ford by 7pm) but it was nice to be with family for a few hours.  Aubrey loves the slide and pool at Aunt Lisa's and was a little annoyed that she was not able to enjoy the accommodations while at the party.  Soon enough, little one.  Aunt Teri and Caroline came back the Ashton's for a nice drink on the porch and even got to hear Aubrey say an Aunt's name for the first time...."Ta-Ta??  Aunt Ta-Ta?"  (I have heard it A LOT since her departure.)  The biggest disappointment was Jack NOT allowing all the aunts to wear a championship ring on a chain around their necks while sporting bikinis at the party.  That Jack...he's just no fun at all.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

So Begin the Terrible 2s

For Aubrey's second birthday the Ashton family traveled north.  They had a nice little visit at Grandma Myrna and Grandpa Carl's to kick things off.  Poor Aubrey...she is learning the heart ache of having a great-grandmother who collects precious dolls and toys that are always on display but cannot be touched.  She so desperately wanted to play with a porcelain figurine of a girl with a duck, only to be told she would have to settle on plastic miniature soldiers instead.

Next it was off to Culver for the night.  Everyone enjoyed their first Drive-In meal of the summer and went to  bed early so they would be well rested for the birthday party the next day.  The celebration was held in the garage due to pending showers but this did not take away from the lovely lunch of burgers and hot dogs, followed by a Mickey Mouse birthday cake.

Aubrey received a wonderful gift from her Aunt Teri- a beach pass for the entire family to use for the summer!  (It really is the gift that keeps on giving if you consider the lifetime memories it provides...) Garrett handed down a movie that is sure to become a new favorite.  Gangy and G man had a slide and sand table delivered to the Ashton house this week but at the party they also gave Aubrey a baby stroller and doll.  As you can tell from the video below, she LOVED them.  She took her baby on a stroller ride around the block a few times and then decided it was her turn, so Caroline and Susannah pushed her in a stroller for a bit.  On the car ride home, she hugged and giggled with her new dolly.  What a wonderful way to spend a birthday.