Monday, May 23, 2011

He's growing up.



Ashton had his end of the school year, preschool picnic last week. We went to Mrs. Maum's yellow house and we explored her beautiful yard. We had hot dogs and chips. and played a water game.

I can't even explain to you how much he loves his teacher. she's a celebrity in our family.



and he really adores his friends. I love how he loves.
















One of his best buddies, Eric. (Who is also our neighbor). A lot of conversations begin and end with the name, "air-wick" lately.

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We had a day of cousins on Saturday.





It is quite the difficult task to get 5 cousins to all look at the camera at the same time.

Exhibit A.



Exhibit B.



Exhibit C.



Exhibit D.



So, you give up and try two at a time.





We had a sun shower that afternoon that didn't last very long. When it was easing a bit, I captured the kids as they played in the puddles and mud.

Beautiful.



















I love how Ashton has a big handful of mud he's about to throw at his unknowing cousin, Roby.



After all of the mud, we ran through our makeshift sprinkler. I guess it's not always a bad thing when your hose springs a leak.









The sky was beautiful that night.


*insert the sound of over a thousand crickets chirping here.*

After church on Sunday, we prepped our garden for the seeds and plants we are putting in the ground this week.







Ashton was quite determined to gather every last worm and grub he could find



Grandpa, Mema and Ri Ri's stopped by for an afternoon barbecue too.



and the kids continued to have fun in the dirt after dinner.







Ashton's last day of school is on Thursday and we'll be off to Maine on Friday for the Memorial day weekend. I hope you all have fun! Summer vacation! Woo hooo!



xoxo, Jessie

Monday, May 16, 2011

Dandelions



When you look at a field of dandelions do you see a hundred weeds or a hundred wishes?





We spent all of our time last week basking in the warmth of the sun.




It is nice to see the sunny side of spring.





We did our painting underneath the umbrella of our little picnic table.



We had a basket of cut up vegetables and marshmallows to use for our art.



How they love art.















Then, we took our leftover paint and swam in our pool.









You know you want to try it.















It was good fun. and I do believe the neighbors were staring.







After we took our showers via water hose, we ate barbecued chicken and had smores for dessert.













It felt as if summer were here already.









see the little rainbow to the right?





The next day, we did very much the same things. Running barefoot in the grass & spending much of our time poolside.















bare feet!



Sometimes in photos, I see Ashton as a teenager. and it terrifies me.



He's liking this, "cooking US dinner" thing.


I've never had a better hot dog.

It's nice to see this in the yard again.



and we've been seeing the moon out much more during the day.



Ashton has been excited about riding his big wheel more then ever lately. We're thinking he needs to graduate to a real trike this year.









On Friday we visited the railroad bridge. Just about a few footsteps away from where Josh and I had our first apartment. It brings back such good memories.



Ashton's favorite place in the whole wide world.





I watched the kids stare in amazement as the bridge vibrated and the trains thundered below.







Later, we went to visit the falls for the first time this year.









Ashton loved the leaves.



Amd Josie enjoyed catching some air.



I love the trees here.



I spy with my little eye a moon.



Rest assured, we'll be back again.



On Saturday, it was a bit overcast but the weather was still perfect for the beach.











....and there you have it!

I have more to share with you but perhaps that will be saved for another blog. For now, I leave you with this...

If you hear a voice within saying, ”You can’t paint”, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent Van Gogh



Going to keep on painting,
Jessie