Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Join the triangles of the sky"

It is 2pm: naptime/ rest time in the Ashley house. Currently I am listening to Nathan via the monitor singing Hark the Herald... (we celebrate Christmas year round here!) To quote Nathan:

"Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

Hark the herald angels sing
Gloria to the new born King
peace on earth and mercy smiles
God and sinners reconciled
Joyful all the nations ride
Join the triangles of the skies
With angelic host proclaim Christ is born in Bethlehem
Hark the herald angel angels sing
Gloria to the new born King!"

Sometimes he is too funny...mostly when he doesn't mean to be. So thankful for him...sometimes i just want to lay in his bed with him at naptime and talk and read books. He is usually a very pleasant kid.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cord of Three Concert- Eric the Rock Star.

If you look real close you can see Eric in the back right playing the bass guitar. For those of you that do not know that Eric used to play in a band in college and a little after, he played in a band called A Cord of Three. He started off playing the bass and then eventually graduated to acoustic. I really didn't know Eric in his COT days... i think i saw one small concert when we were dating. It is a chapter i never really knew a lot about...so it was neat to hear him and the other guys at this benefit reunion concert they did this past weekend. The kids came and enjoyed it....but Naomi was a little concerned to see him on stage with out being able to go run to him. So, she just asked me to take her to the potty oh 20 times! Nathan was mesmerized and kept saying to me "my daddy is up there... he is the blue one( wearing a blue shirt with some special lighting.) PaPa and GiGi got to come and be with us and serve me as they entertained the kids so I could enjoy it some.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Strawberry pickin'

Nathan and his buddies Jackson and Catch April 2009
April 2008
Naomi and her friend "Kay Kate"
Naomi and her strawberry basket
Naomi loving some strawberries
Elcee and her mom Elizabeth got to join us



So, i always look forward to a trip to Elliott's Farm to pick strawberries with our sweet friends- but this year i was a little apprehensive. Nathan has always had a very sensitive sense of smell. He threw up as a baby at any strong smelling food and can sniff out who has a dirty diaper in a room. Every morning we fight the battle of feeding Naomi fruit for breakfast (usually bananas and strawberries) and every morning he gags.... most mornings he asks to eat his breakfast by himself in the playroom. So, needless to say he was not very fun to be around in a field of strawberries and surrounded by the smell of animals and their bodily functions. We did get to go a hay ride pulled by a big tractor and that made up for everything in his eyes. Naomi on the other hand had a ball....she is a lot more fun loving and easy going than Nathan, so it is a good balance for each of them.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter 2009

Easter Morning! This is the only half way decent picture...it was definitely not a good picture morning- i guess this is right about when the sugar from the Easter baskets wore off.
Naomi and her matching hair bow that did not make it out the door...she was adamant about NOT wearing this thing!
One of many tries for a good Easter picture. Everyone was so goofy- including Jacob!
Again, another try!
Easter egg hunt after naps...everyone was in much better mood and GiGi, PaPa, Todd, Kathryn, Will and Alison joined us! This is Nathan "sharing" his egg after he gave it a good shake and assumed it was empty.
Naomi was very proud of herself in her cute outfit GiGi gave her.
After we ventured to die eggs. This is supposed to show you how dirty their hands were. Of Course Nathan was pretty neat...i had to keep Naomi from drinking the die!
Our crafty eggs!


Easter egg hunt with our Church. This was the story part..if you look closely Naomi is trying to escape and Nathan is staring at the ground.
Eating snacks with Jackson ( aka jac-kun from Naomi) and Mary Kate ( aka Kay- Kate)
Enjoying their treats...Easter cookies !

This has been a really sweet and fun Easter...it was the first Easter since having kids that I feel that I really enjoyed them enjoying the sweet message and fun of the season. On Easter morning we made "empty toombs" -which i was reminded about from my friend Kim. We put a marshmellow in the middle of a croissant and wrapped it up as we explained how Jesus was put in the toomb and rose again. After the croissants are cooked, we looked in to find that the marshmellow was gone. Trying to bring home the part of Jesus being alive... Nathan of course was very dissapointed that the Marshmellow was gone as he was longing to eat it. Oh well, maybe next year it will make more since. It really was a sweet time with family and friends. Thanks to everyone who helped me really celebrate Jesus being alive and real!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunday pictures

I love this picture b/c it really seems to capture their little personalities and they were both smiling! Ofcourse Nathan had to be holding a race car( that he is attached to these days!) and another toy.
This is a picture of me being held by my grandfather when i was around Naomi's age. Sad that i never really got to know him. But, my mom gave me this sweet little dress that i was wearing about a year ago. I have been waiting for it to get warm enough for Naomi to wear it! This picture reminds me of why i have not cut her bangs!
She definitely looks cuter in it than I did! I must admit it was a little short...it barely covered her fancy pants...but i figured it was ok for a toddler to wear a short dress.
This is why i was late to sunday school...they were in a great mood so i had to take advantage of it!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Fireworks and Farm

The end of the Cherry Blossom Festival
Both kids were in awe ... but Nathan had real mixed emotions about it and said when it was over " I don't wanna do that again." Naomi was fine as long as she was held. It was a fun time with friends!
Monday night we were able to go down to GiGi and PaPa's house for a couple days! It was some nice rest and fun to be outside... before the rains came down.
Miss Priss wanted her turn and cried and cried when she had to give Nathan a turn!
Pretending like she likes to play bat and ball... she really just likes to do what Nathan does (including going to the potty lately... which is a very unexpected treat for me!)
I just thought this was a sweet picture...i feel bad that i do not have good pictures of Nathan lately... but he is in such an awkward stage with taking pictures.

We are so thankful we were able to get away and be pampered for a couple of days. Thanks GiGi and PaPa...now we are trying to un-spoil all of us!