when it rains.. it pours.. the motto of our last two months. but… things are getting back to where i want them, (knocks on wood.. please no more surprises life! well, unless it’s winning the lotto or something then that’s okay) and i am even more grateful for family and friends. ashton is in this adorable phase called the “i can do it!” phase.. david and i are both hoping it sticks around until at least college, (or when he leaves home. i’m not big on pushing my kid into college if it’s not what he wants to do.. he still has to do something though.. no lazy no job kid is staying home with me…… though david is 100% pushing college on our kids). he’s always been a super duper big helper. but it’s starting to hit epic proportions! he’s going to be a great big brother someday, (no i am NOT pregnant.. we are going to disney in september and i fully intend on riding all the rides!). I JUST KNOW he’s going to be an awesome brother! lately he lovessss to do laundry.. notice i didn’t say HELP ME with laundry.. that’s because if i start it.. or he realizes it’s time to do them, (hamper is full) he shoos me away and tells me, “he can do it”. it’s been hard to get a picture of him in action because he really does NOT like me hanging around watching his every move! he knows he can do it the right way and doesn’t want to be constantly reminded that it needs to be done that way. the OCD in me is cringing, honestly.. he doesn’t separate whites and darks.. he puts it on hot and i am REALLY worried he will use the wrong soap or too much soap, (we have a very expensive fancy front loader washer that doesn’t like either of those things).. to get to the laundry soap he has to stand on top of the washer. ::sigh:: BUT I have to give it to him! he’s awesome with chores! maybe it’s time to start giving an allowance for extra work around the house, (he does need ice cream man money!).. which he already does.. he helps david with difficult yard work, he helps me bake my cakes, well make anything i make really. he is always ready and willing to give you a hand when you need one! especially when i am too lazy to get myself a cup of water.. he comes in handy i tell ya! i love this kid.. he’s so much more amazing then i could ever have imagined!
so, this morning he tells me for breakfast he wants a smoothie.. though it pained me thinking of the mess it could make.. i let him take control and do all of it.. in the end it was perfect.. no mess.. and one happy proud little boy.
after that he went to the laundry room.. unloaded the dryer.. took the washed laundry and put it into the dryer, (started the dryer).. and started a new load of laundry in the washer!…. i caught him unloading the dryer and took a picture. he heard the shutter on my camera and demanded i leave and shut the laundry room door.
You get so behind on work and life and then feel so overwhelmed when you finally come to. Good thing I have a great support system who help out as much as they can while I put myself back together! Feeling much much better though! I love these two images.. They were taken at the same time and same location. One facing west and the other east..
I hope. I have bronchitis and it’s been awful! Ashton seemed to be getting a bit better, then he got worse but, then bounced right back a few hours later.. not sure what to make of it. I am getting hot flashes like no other though! I guess that’s how my body is dealing with being ill.. it can’t make up it’s mind what temperature it wants to be, no fever thankgoodness. David is FREEZING because I keep turning the A/C on. Now I need to tackle all the laundry I neglected while “dying”. I made a joke to David a few weeks ago how I was so hungry I felt like dying. Ashton overheard me and started panicking how he didn’t want me to die and that I needed to see the doctor! Sweet Sweet BOY! Sure do love this BOY! I really did feel like dying this week. I can’t imagine people that have to deal with this all the time!
Just like my very unproductive dry hacking cough that keeps me up all damn night and won’t GO AWAY! Ashton had a mild cold a few days ago. I wouldn’t even have thought he was ill if it wasn’t for that nasty [I'm contagious stay 100 feet away from me sounding] cough he had. My cough is completely different than his.. it’s driving me insane! Ashton also went on a long bike ride with David Saturday night and this morning he couldn’t even walk! My mom, (a nurse) thought it could be a complication due to him being sick, (if he had strep. Which I don’t believe he does) but David insisted it had to be the bike ride.. Major Drama Rama this morning with him not being able to walk, (Ashton = Drama King). THOUGH now he’s walking and feeling better but seriously.. this weekend was kind of suckyducky.. David got the worst of it, he had to take care of both me and Ashton. Never really had a break.. POOR guy! Now it’s Monday and I am behind on everything AGAIN and still feeling like poop and not able to sleep because of this DAMN NEVER ENDING DRY HACKING COUGH! BLAH BLAH BLAH.
this afternoon David had to dig up a crape myrtle, (our HOA planted them all along out entrance to our community. They are beautiful and I love crape myrtles but they blocked you from seeing traffic and was very dangerous. Apparently I wasn’t the only one and several people complained to the city about it and now forcing the HOA to remove some of them). We originally told our HOA we were going to take two of them but after David spent HOURS digging up the first tree he said SCREW IT. Ashton wanted in on the action but because he couldn’t walk we had to wheel him everywhere in his stroller hahaha.
and while David grilled our dinner I played with Ashton for the first time this weekend, (that’s sad.. but that’s me sleeping my days away.. thanks again stupid cough!).. we dug out our old Spirograph. Ashton still has issues maneuvering it but he tried really hard and was super duper proud of his finished results..
My (late) father would collect coins and currency from all over the world, along with pins and keys. He stored all of it in a treasure chest. I remember going through it often as a kid. For some reason it always fascinated me that all the countries had their own money. It’s now just a box I store my coins in from the places I’ve traveled. It’s amusing to me to see history repeat itself as I watched Ashton going through it just as much as I did. Today he wanted to wear the fork pin. I don’t even know the story about the fork pin. It’s been in there as long as I can remember. He had been wearing it for awhile before I noticed it. He didn’t want to take it off so I let him wear it until naptime. Then I have to store the treasure WAY up high or Ashton would be in it everyday! Today he made observations about the currency. How most of them had a watermark that you could see when you held it up to the light. His favorite was my German Funf Mark that I saved when they changed over to Euros.
I miss the German currency. I miss ALL the countries currency. You go to France and you use Euros.. no more Francs. David and I still talk about the last day we were in Paris way back in 2000, (we have visited since then and let me tell you. I WILL NEVER GO TO PARIS PREGNANT AGAIN! MY legs almost divorced me!). We traveled with a bunch of other German strangers on a funfare bus. It’s cheaper that way. We were told on our last day we would be heading STRAIGHT back to Germany first thing in the morning.. Germans stick to their plans…. usually anyway. So we made sure to spend all our Francs up the day before. Well, as we were enjoying our last breakfast in Paris we were informed they would be making a stop to Versailles on the way home. Great and dandy for them but what about us stupid folk who used up ALL our Francs!? Needless to say we missed out on Versailles, (that time) and ended up roaming around the surrounding village for free.. which ended up being really lovely and a memory that both of us remember so well. There was this farmers market nestled inside the village.. We ogled all the delicious tarts, fruits, veggies, and of course bread. Even though we had breakfast it made us HUNGRY and David made a snide remark how we couldn’t even afford a loaf of bread, (which is pretty damn cheap over there). At the moment it was just funny and we both started laughing because we were in a different country with NO MONEY and that was SCARY! AHHA.. oh.. that trip was SO much fun! Would never have had that memory had we used Euros. David and I were only together for a year at that point. It was our first big trip overseas together too. We stayed an entire month! TO BE YOUNG WITH NO WORRIES! ::sigh:: I am really looking forward to our Germany trip in a few MONTHS (HOLY MOLY!). Though it will be Ashton’s THIRD time there I can’t wait to see how much he (still) LOVES it. The playgrounds, the food, the ice cream, the castles, the family, just EVERYTHING! the cakes! ugh. can.not.wait!