Today I want to share a little about life in the Aspnes home over the past week.
Most of these photos are captured with my iPhone, but I have also blown the dust off my Canon 60D, to take some of the shots.
My family have been here a week now, and after a bit of a rocky start, we're all beginning to find our groove. They've been dealing with jet lag and colds, while I have been having a bit of a struggle being surrounded by people again.
I've had to get used to spending a LOT of time by myself since Eric left for Maryland at the beginning of the year. I'm lucky to leave the neighborhood most days, and if I didn't have dogs, I probably wouldn't leave my house.
Needless to say it's been a bit of an adjustment on my part to be surrounded by so many again, and am re-learning to enjoy the company of others.
My Mum has been a bit of a rockstar in the kitchen, making family favorites such as Shepherds Pie, and dealing with our (mainly my dietary) restrictions. We're tag-teaming on feeding the family while my sister is pre-occupied with her babies. Even my Dad has grilling a few meals.
We just have to remember she's not getting any younger. She's been busy with her 4 Grandchildren and needed to be gently reminded to slow down a little last week when she passed out at the mall. She is fine but scared her enough to drink a little more at this high altitude and take a break once in a while.
My niece, Charlotte, is a little cutie. She does a lot of the fun stuff that almost 20 month olds do but my favorite is her eagerness to put the dog bowls away each day. She's not a fan of *mess* and is a fantastic little helper around here.
...Until it comes to walking the dogs of course. Those little legs have to move twice as fast.
Ella and Charlotte have bonded and are very sweet together despite the 10 year age gap.
Ella has done an impressive job at juggling her new middle school workload, extra-curricular activities (which currently include leadership student crew, as well as both art and drama clubs), and role as *BIG cousin.* So proud of her.
Luke on the other hand is gentle with the babies but not nearly as interested. He certainly likes their toys though, borrowed from various friends in the neighborhood.
He's generally hard work at the moment, is going through a period where he purposely likes to wind me up and take advantage of my distracted state. If he can fly under the radar, he will. I have to keep reminding myself that it's just a phase like all the others. I'm sure he's aging me 5 years for every one of his.
When he's not being difficult, he's spending far too much time on the xBox, usually up-side-down (and wrecking my bedroom).
Papa bought a new guitar which has revived music in the house. My Dad has been playing for the past year and practices daily. Ella took a break over the summer and lessons have resumed, but unfortunately she's reluctant to play in her free time. We're working on it.
Luke's also been back on his drums.
And even Charlotte has had a go...
Meanwhile, Ben makes a whole lot of noise of his own. He's settled down a lot from last week, but between teething, tummy troubles and being just shy of 12 weeks old....You just forget how much they do cry.
Hard to resist this sweet face though.
Not sure of what the dogs make of recent events. It's times like that that I wish I could speak *dog*. Rocky is pretty taken with Charlotte though, and vice versa. I love this action shot of them playing together.
And so the fun continues...