Monday, August 12, 2013

Fried Food on a Stick

This weekend the Ashton's ventured to the State Fair.  Turns out taking a two year old to the fair isn't as much fun as you would think it would be.  Though Aubrey enjoyed petting her first cow and seeing rabbits, goats and chickens up close (Bock Bock?!  Bock Bock!) she wasn't really into the heat or staying in her stroller through the crowds.  She did enjoy a corn dog though.  Eric bought her a dog with a walking stick as a souvenir and she is asking frequently to walk the dog.

Can't say I blame the girl...she is recovering from her first case of strep throat which pretty much kept her out of daycare all of last week.  She's been a trooper, considering.  She even managed to let me put pigtails in her hair most days.
Ponytails, see a goat, try to give yourself a bath, walk a dog.
Saturday we had a family dinner at Gramboli's since Aunt Elaine is still in town.  Aubrey got very excited when she noticed a little girl peering over her booth seat.  "Pi-puh!  Pi-puh!"  She went running to the booth and tried to climb up in it with a family of three.  Never mind that the girl looked to be about four years old with long blonde hair, i.e. nothing at all like Piper in real life.  Obviously the memory of her precious cousin is in the front of her thoughts lately.

We are also busy learning our letters, via the iPad.  We are going through another British cartoon phase with Guess with Jess.  And spending more and more time looking at people through the corners of her eyes with a slow head turn.  Many nights over the last week Aubrey has made a game out of "sneaking up" on mom and dad in the living room, which basically consists of her taking baby steps back and forth between us with a very sly smile on her face and then bursting into a full smile once we "realize" she is standing in front of us.  Amazing how entertaining that game can be (for all of us, really.)  Sometimes I see Aubrey smile and I just think she is the most beautiful child in the entire world.  Maybe Aunt Teri is right....maybe she is model potential.  Not that we would ever let her fall into that sort of rubbish.  She has been good about bed time lately, but insists that both baby dolls come with her.

Piper Turns 2!

Last week the Koelling's came to Culver for a long weekend.  Not long enough, but it never is.  It was Sadie's first trip to Culver.  Aubrey was very happy to see Piper twice within one month.  We celebrated with an Elmo cake.  We did some pool swimming, played in the sand at the beach, and took a wonderful boat ride on Lake Max.  Tried out a new movie maker called CuteCUT to capture the weekend...as you will see, the girls LOVED jumping on the bed with G-Man.  He really was super Grandpa with the girls this visit.  Thanks for the fabulous steak and rib dinner Saturday night, Gangy and G Man...YUM.


Featuring The Weepies, I Gotta Have You

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Ashton's Go West

Aubrey took her first true "vacation" this summer as the Ashton's headed out west and stayed with the Koelling's in Denver.  Each day brought 90-100 degree heat...but it was a dry heat, which had Darla and Eric convinced for a day or two that they should relocate permanently to the Rockies.  It was a glorious five day trip and a great way to end Darla's summer.  (Sidenote:  Going back to work in July just seems so wrong!  But it happened.)

I'm going to try something new for this entry- it's called Narrable.  Instead of writing the story of Denver, let's see how I do with narrating.  I would like to imagine it is going to come off like a Wonder Years episode, but will probably sound more like the narration from Laguna Beach...scripted and bland.  Also will load you up on many YouTube videos of the girls playing together and Sadie Bug.
Ok...that didn't turn out as beautifully as I wanted, but hey- it's my first time with Narrable.  Now for the YouTube clips.