Friday, August 4, 2017

Summer Camp take aways

This summer we found the perfect summer camp for Ashton offered through the City of Frederick.  It's a little free range than I am used to, but he absolutely loves it!  Basically it is a playground camp.  I usually drop him off around 9 ish and pick him up a little before 3.  He basically plays all day!  One of the funny take aways Ashton has gained from the camp this summer is the knowledge that his is "white" as opposed to black or brown.  So funny.  One day he came home and he said to me, "mommy do you know I am white?"  Why yes I did, what color is mommy?  Your white too.  What about Lily?  She is brown.  What about your friend Nathan?   He is blackish-brown"  LOL 

Also we just came back from a fun trip in South Carolina with Grandpa Bob and Grandma Ginger, Uncle Greg and Aunt Cindy, and Ashton's 2nd cousins Hannah and Collin.  Ashton has been around Collin before but prior to this visit Collin has hidden behind his mama.  This time, the boys were best buddies.  It was so cute to watch them play together!

Camping with the family

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls from Rainbow Bridge

Horseshoe Falls, Canada
It's no secret I love adventure and new experiences.  I love taking my family on little vacations to experience something new.  This year I talked Olav into to taking a road trip with our camper.  Destination, Niagara Falls!  It was a long drive up but with a little bribery for good behavior the kids did very well.  Together we explored Niagara Falls on both the American and Canadian side.

We first walked across the rainbow bridge from the USA to Canada.  Then we spent some time walking along the Canadian side.  Ashton was afraid of standing too near the rails to have any photographs taken, but as time progressed he became more comfortable.

Watch out Canada here comes trouble!
Family picture on the Rainbow Bridge

We also went on the iconic maid of the midst.  Once again in true Ashton fashion he was reluctant to participate.  Initially he refused to wear his rain poncho and spent much of his time on the boat ride sandwiched between two "walled" sections of the boat.  Thankfully the boat wasn't too crowded so eventually he came out and even put on his rain poncho.

Maid of the Midst

On the boat!
Lily had really wanted to see the Niagara Falls movie.  Originally Ashton wasn't going to to go.  He's only been to the movies once, I think last summer and hasn't want to return yet.  He is terrified.  We talked him into to going and even though the screen was super large (IMAX) and the sound was super loud (surround sound), I talked him through it during the film and he did it!  I think he was pretty proud of himself too!

Ashton was super content at the campground to simply play on the playground with any friends he could find!  I'm sure he would of preferred that to any sight seeing or hiking that we did!!

He really wanted to find a beach to swim since the one at the campground had been washed out, but as luck had it, all the beaches along the coast of lake Ontario had taken a beating.  We found a small beach nearby our campground but it was basically rocks and uninhabited.  Besides the life guard, we were the only family there!

Our deserted rock beach

We did enjoy a hike down into the Niagara river gorge.  Both kids did great both going down into the gorge and climbing back out!

Ashton among the rock boulders

Lily and Ashton in the Niagara River Gorge

This summer Ashton has been attending a local playground camp.  He absolutely loves it!  For 90 bucks for the entire summer he gets to play at a local park with other city kids.  They feed him lunch daily and on Wednesday's they take him to the Baker Park pool.   I love that he loves it so much!!!!  Plus it gives me some much needed sanity!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

He can swim!

Ashton has finally learned to swim!  It started in May when we went camping with Aaron Michael.  Aaron taught him how to go underwater.  A few weeks ago he started doggy paddling and on father's day he swam for 11 seconds!  Go Ashton!  Now maybe we can give him swim lessons without him crying on side?  Do we dare go for bike riding with no training wheels this summer too???

Enjoying a the lake!

Friday, June 9, 2017

1st grader in the house!!!!

I can't believe it!  Ashton has completed kindergarten!  We made it!  The last few days he has had some bumps, but overall the last quarter has been a huge improvement!  He is a typical boy...all about poop and farting noises with his armpit!  The only thing missing is the burp!  I'm sure that will come!  Overall he's been super sweet at home, doing chores to "buy" a replacement kindle (he broke the other one).  I feel like these last day of school photographs capture little parts of his essence!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Chapter books

Our little guy has really gotten into chapter books!  Crazy for a newly minted 6 year old!  He got hooked at Christmas when we bought him a beginning chapter book about dogs.  Now all he wants us to read are chapter books!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Good reports

I was so pleased with the good report I received at school today for Ashton.  At this time we are still not sure if it's the medication or if Ashton has just decided to engage, but nonetheless, I thought he would have to have a behavior plan for the upcoming year, but when he was observed on multiple times by multiple people, they reported absolutely NO behaviors!  I am so incredibly thankful and shell shocked!  I do hope it continues into 1st grade!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Can you say obsessed?

Within the last year Ashton was introduced to Minecraft!  He is officially become obsessed.  He plays it whenever he can.  If left to his own devices he can play for hours!   He watches Stampy-Cat videos to learn and watch stampy cat play minecraft.  As a grown up I find this mind numbing, but he loves it.  He even writes letters to Stampy-Cat.  If he could only focus this great at school!

Letter to Stampy Cat