Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Halloween and Growing Up!

Okay, I think I'm all caught up on pictures now. Our little girl is just growing up too quickly and I am so thankful I get to spend quality time with her every day. Halloween didn't really feel like Halloween since Greece doesn't celebrate this day. However, I decided to wear an orange shirt and I found a Halloween outfit in Ashtyn's closet that one of my GAC parents gave to her. Well, we were going to my parent's house to say "trick or treat" and had to stop at the bank on the way. Well, we certainly got strange looks from people. Even the people who worked at the bank couldn't stop staring. They probably felt sorry for Ashtyn. What kind of a crazy mom would dress their kid like that!?! It was pretty funny.





For some reason Ashtyn likes to suck on her fingers backwards.





This is my friend Phaedra whom I have known since 3rd grade. We were neighbors growing up and she babysat for Ashtyn today while my parents are in England. It was great seeing her again!

Ashtyn loves to get into this tub of toys. She will sometimes dump the whole thing onto her lap!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More pics...

Ashtyn has two little teeth on the bottom and has two teeth coming in on top now.



Daddy and Ashtyn reading "Itsby Bitsy Spider" together.

Watching Simba play...


We took Ashtyn to Harding's campus in Porto Rafti for an education class. They needed several hours of observing an infant play and interact. She had a lot of fun and the college kids enjoyed playing with her.


At a restaurant near my parents house.



Ashtyn can clap, wave, point to your nose, give kisses (especially to her teddy bear, not so much mommy and daddy unless we beg for it!)


This is the view from our apartment on the second floor. You can see the ocean in the distance. On the other side of the balcony we have the view of the mountain.



Monday, November 10, 2008

FINALLY!!

Hi everybody!! Well, it has taken this long to FINALLY get internet, tv, and a phone where we can call long distance....so to say the least we are so excited! Now, that doesn't mean that the tv works whenever we turn it on...but it does work 50% of the time and we are able to get Fox News. We have so much to update you on so I will have to do it in chunks instead of a huge blog post. I'll briefly give you an update on what's going on right now. Matt started his Greek lessons today. It is 4 hours a day from 1-5pm Mon-Fri. This will last for 3 weeks. I am tutoring two children in English and it is going well. The girl is in 3rd grade and the boy is in 6th grade. It is fun and it keeps me in the teaching mode. I'm also teaching the children's Bible class on Sundays. We had 4 children last Sunday. Most of my time of course is spent taking care of Ashtyn. She is growing up and already has 2 teeth on the bottom. She now has two teeth coming from the top too. She loves to touch the power cords and she knows she is not allowed to go there, but of course she does anyway. She is so funny and she stares at us as she makes her way to the cords. When we say "no" she gets startled and will just stare us down. It is really hard to keep a straight face and we have found ourselves busting out laughing. We're going to have to get control of ourselves if any kind of discipline will work. She has finally come around to liking food so that is great! She is not crawling on all fours, but can basically get to where she wants on her elbows. The biggest challenge for me right now is the driving!! Greece has absolutely no structure or organization to driving and not an inch of space to park...so I have been very reluctant to driving. However, depending on Matt to take me everywhere is becoming very difficult especially when I have to go to tutoring on Mon and Wed, so I am being forced to learn how to drive. I have to learn two things: How To Drive In Greece and How To Drive A Stickshift

I'll let you know how all that goes. My parents are in London right now so I'm taking care of their new puppy, Simba. My dad bought Simba for my mom as a surprise birthday present!

So here are a few pics starting from 6.5 months and I will make my way up to 8 months in the next few postings.

At Mimi and Pappou's house when we were living with them.


Mimi's new puppy, Simba! He's too cute!!


At church, on potluck Sunday.



Ashtyn having a blast playing with Simba.


Hip Hip Hooray!

Ashtyn is 7 months old in this picture.


I'll try to post some more tomorrow!