Monday, September 22, 2008

Bits & Pieces

Here is our little bruise-faced child. The bruises are a little hard to see in the picture, but last week it was one bonk after another and she had three nice sized bruises on her face. Bonk, bonk, bonk. Her legs were much worse. Seriously covered in brown, yellow, and purple. Poor Bri seems to bruise just as easily as her mother. On top of the bruise fest at our house, we've also all been sick. Bri kicked things off with a fun round of Croup. The doctor put her on steroids, which made my sick child hyper, jittery, and unable to sleep. Oh, and Don was out of town for work. It was a pretty fantastic few days. Don got sick next and now it's my turn. Lots of coughing around here, but we'll all survive.
Don's cousin Dave came to visit with his family. It was really fun to spend some time with them. We went to the zoo on Saturday and so did the rest of Portland. It was packed. We had to park in a parking lot a mile away and take a bus to the zoo, which ended up being both the kids' favorite part of the zoo experience. They were both seriously pumped that they got to go on the yellow school bus. Go figure.

Bri thought it was pretty funny to hold onto Dad's face instead of his neck and ya know, it actually was pretty funny.

Denmark is such a cutie. It was fun to have him at our house for a couple of days. Bri had fun with him. He is all boy and Bri is all girl so it was pretty entertaining to watch them together.

This bear was so fun to watch. He was swimming and playing forever.

I couldn't get Bri to smile for a picture so I pretended to cry, which apparently was hilarious.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


So things have been pretty busy around here. School started again for me. Middle schoolers are hilarious. Everything is life or death. Oh the drama and tears of the first week of school. Friends that are in different classes, lockers that won't open, teachers they don't like, and the list goes on. I have to say that I used to think people who worked in middle schools were just a little bit crazy, but I love it. I can honestly say that I never have a boring day of work. Those tweeners keep me thoroughly entertained. :)

Brighton has been cracking us up even more than usual lately. It's amazing how much she picks up on when we think she isn't listening and then she starts talking about something like a week later and we are like "what!!??" Our funny little sponge. Just soaking up the world. The other morning I discovered that she knows our first names. When she woke up, I went to her room and she said, "Hi Momma Ashwee, where's Don?" Then the other night at dinner she asked me if I wanted a drink of my water. I said "sure" and she lifted her glass, clinked it with mine and said "cheers!" Yeah, no idea where she got that from. I am trying to think if they do that in one of the Disney cartoons or something. It's so fun to see how fast she learns and to realize how much she already knows.

I am usually a super picture taker, but for some reason, just haven't taken many lately. Here are a few...

Bri on her new bike
At the zoo

Here's Bri on the train at the zoo. She wanted to ride it so bad so we caved. It ended up being 45 min long and all we saw were trees. No animals. Woo-hoo. She still had fun just being on the train though.

This guy looks like he's had a rough day

And here we have a little tickle torture clip...