BIRTHDAY to J.JOW!
To my best guy friend who continues to teach me a thing or two (or three)
about life, patience, understanding, and unconditional friendship~ wishing
you the very best on this special day! *BIG HUGS!*
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Ben and Liz!
was a really nice and relaxing day. Aric, Ashlyn, and I went to the
Spectrum...had lunch, watched Ashlyn splash in the water fountain, walked
around, shopped, played with the puppies at the pet store, had frozen
yogurt and funnel cake, and rode the Giant Wheel.
It was a lot of fun. Today was like the only day (out of the long weekend)
we didn't have any set plans, and that was a nice change of pace. =D
Due to the continuing heatwave, we headed home by late afternoon. My
back and shoulders are pretty burnt from being out in the sun all weekend.
SPF-45 just doesn't cut it for me. =(
Aric: "You need SPF-1000!"
Peg: "Well, damn...I might as well wear a jacket then."
Aric: "Yeah, that'll work too."
*shake head* Sad, but true.
we got home, Aric washed his car....as he's been doing every weekend.
It's turned into a ritual for him. He loves his car and takes so much
pride in caring for it. I think he takes as many pictures of his car
as I do of Ashlyn. It's sick I tell you! HAHAHA!
Ashlyn and I lounged around, watched TV, napped, and enjoyed the crisp
air that blew from the A/C vents. hehehehe
Ashlyn turned 21 months! She's taller, heavier, rougher, tougher, and
a lot more fun ...that's when she's not being naughty of course. Her
hair is coming in...oh so painfully slow...but it's growing. And she's
finally completed her set of primary teeth. *YAY!*
In the past month, Ashlyn's expanded her volcabulary by being able to
identify body parts (ie...eyes, nose, teeth, mouth, ears, hair, hands,
feet, toe, and tummy) and learned more names of food and fruit. She
continues to have a difficult time enunciating her words. Aric and I
joke about her "vietnamese accent" (because she never finishes
her words). For example:
nose - "no"
thank you- "dee dew"
Hmmmm...what else? Oh yeah...this
is a good one:
The Wiggles- "ah Wi-Go!" HAHAHAHA!
In the past month, Ashlyn has become more curious, more stubborn, more
independent, and more fearless...which made this month the most trying
(thus far) in disciplining
and teaching. She has also started showing possessiveness and jealousy.
She doesn't like it when Aric and I sit together or hold hands, and
she'll have a total crying-fit if I hold other babies. *sigh* With the
bad also comes the good. I enjoy the fact that she's no longer a baby-baby
and we can finally communicate and interact with each other. I like
that she can feed herself, tell me when she's hungry, thirsty, or tired,
and can help me during bathtime and getting dressed (her, not me...HAHAHA!).
I may gripe about her, but seriously, she constantly surprises me by
being able to reach the bar that I've set. Sometimes I can't believe
she's my child...it make me wonder what I ever did to deserve
such an amazingly sweet, good natured, laid-back, sharp, and tenacious
lil' girl. *deep sigh* She makes my life rich! =)
my father-in-law, Netty, Aric's grandmother, and my father-in-law's
friends came over. We hung out at the house for a couple of hours, then
went to dinner. Patrick met up with us at the restaurant.
It dawned on me tonight that I am very fortunate for the good relationship
I have with my in-laws. Growing up, my parents stressed the importance
of showing respect and hospitality for the generation above you...which
is a good thing, but not always natural, if you know what I mean. Through
the years (and with my parents' involvement with so many organizations
and such), I've gotten used to playing the part...the cheesy good-girl
bit. With Aric's family, I don't have to play that bit. They are accepting
and comfortable in "keepin' it real". Not to say that I chew
with my mouth open or anything, but I'm perfectly comfortable being
me. We talk, share stories, give advice, and joke as friends do...and
it's all good. I'm lucky...I know many who are burdened with awkwardness
and/or pressure when spending time with their in-laws. =/
dinner, everyone went their separate ways. Aric, Ashlyn, and I spent
the rest of the night in front of the telly. We watched "Law &
Order: Criminal Intent" and "Crime & Punishment".
While waiting for Ashlyn to fall asleep, I watched VH-1's "Ultimate
*YAWN!* It's late....I'm tired.
you all had a great long weekend!
Pictures from today:
Ashlyn at the water fountain
..and me, enjoying the view from the Giant Wheel. =)
self-portrait (with some help from Daddy)