S: 2010 - A Family of Three
FC: a family of three | 2010
1: "Only love can be divided endlessly, and still not diminish." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh | So happy to be expecting Baby Boy Ashmore! Only Mommy and Daddy know your name, Little One, and we are excited to meet you in May.
2: February ~ Took a trip to MI to visit the Csapos family and celebrate Logan's first birthday and baptism. We love seeing Dan and Vickie and Derek, Erin, Cora and Logan Csapos. Also in February, Sarah flew to Omaha for the first of five (yes, five!) baby showers. | Mary Pat and Amanda Krahling, Sarah Donnelly | Tara Bridges and Melissa and Deborah Vanderhart
3: Dan had flowers delivered for Valentine's Day, and they came during the shower! | Mary Pat Krahling, Nicole Woodhouse, and Wanda Rockhold shared some motherly wisdom (below). | Candace and Krista Krahling | Sunitha Kallepalli, Lynn Scott, Susan Leight, Andrea Cooney and Joyce James
4: April: Down to Columbus for another baby shower and to celebrate Easter. He is risen! | James and Annah | James, Adrian, Violet, Lily, Lauren, and Abby | Becky
5: Baby shower #3 from Rea and Associates (Sarah's work). A fun party! Pictured, l to r, top to bottom: Laura Blystone, Tina Buser, Michelle, Charlene Meadows, Wendy Shick, Cheryl Inzano, Nancy Stemnock, Maura Snyder, Jackie Beckman, Liz Tilton, Lisa Schura and Sarah
6: April/May: Final preparations for baby: two more baby showers (one from Leroy Community Chapel and one not pictured at Tami D'Amico's) and a visit from Susan and Michael Patterson. | As a joke, Dan wrote "My baby's name is Sammy" on the wall of Dave's Cosmic Subs (it was a secret - we weren't telling!) and mentioned in passing to Michael that he did so. When they visited, Michael played detective, found the sub shop and found the writing! He and Susan kept it a secret until after baby was born, which Sarah was thankful for. It was funny after the fact!
7: ~ Ashmore Family History ~ 1759 ~ Joseph Ashmore, Halifax, Nova Scotia 1796 ~ Samuel Ashmore, Halifax, Nova Scotia 1827 ~ Joseph Ashmore, Halifax, Nova Scotia 1855 ~ Samuel Ashmore, Halifax or New York 1898 ~ John Ashmore, New Jersey 1927 ~ Howard Raymond Ashmore, New Jersey 1956 ~ Gregory John Ashmore, New Jersey 1979 ~ Daniel John Ashmore, New Jersey 2010 ~ Samuel John Ashmore, Ohio | Born May 20, 2010 at 2:24 PM. 7 lbs, 14 oz and 21.5"
8: Sammy had many visitors - so fun! We greatly appreciated our nurse Sandy (above). She was a huge blessing. | Poppy and Grammy Nana and Papa Sophie Sureau | Uncle Moo, Aunt Becky and Lisa, Julia and Naomi (inset) Vavpetic
9: We're Home!
10: May 24: First bath at home. Sammy wasn't too happy about it but snuggling with Mommy afterward helped a lot.
11: The many faces of a sleeping baby...
12: Around the house - first month | First nap in crib - what a big boy! | Memorial Day: Sammy and Dan take a nap. | Ready to go! | Onesie from Karen Davis - lookin' good!
13: June: Happy first Father's Day to Dan! We all enjoyed a visit from Greg and Sherrie and Matt, Amanda, Lily, Abby and Lauren.
14: "To the world you may be one person, but to me you are the world."
15: June/July: Visit from NE family and trip to PA to visit Gram and Pap Reitz. | Sarah's cousin Kate loved Sammy. | Sammy meets Aunt Melissa for the first time. | Silly Mike! | Sammy with Great-Gram Reitz.
16: Sammy enjoyed hanging out on the porch since it was cooler than the house (no AC). Pap Reitz even sang us some "old time" songs. | It was HOT! We knocked off some tasks on Grammy's "to do" list and enjoyed ice cream at The Cow - a family favorite since Susan was a little girl.
17: 4th of July weekend we spent some time at the cottage at Camp Sunshine before we went (cue Willie Nelson)... | ... on the road again!
18: Dan had to head back to Painesville (somebody's got to earn the paycheck) but Jeff, Susan, Joel, Melissa, Michael, Sarah and Sammy went on from PA to Washington, D.C., with stops at a few Civil War battlefields along the way, of course. (The Civil War is one of Jeff's interests.)
19: Susan contacted the office of Lee Terry, the Nebraska Congressman, to get us tickets for a tour of the Capitol building. Most of us also went up the Washington Monument, although Susan and Sammy stayed below and found a comfortable spot in the AC (did I mention the HEAT!) of a ranger station. | Joel, Michael and Jeff by the elevator shaft of the Washington Monument.
20: Final stop in D.C. was Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before going back to PA for a few more days with Gram and Pap. | We spent the last day of the Patterson family visit at Chad and Lisa Vavpetic's house - or, more specifically, on their boat. The trip back to Nebraska began at midnight that night. What a fun visit!
21: July: Trip to Columbus and photo shoot by Becky.
22: Sammy and Aunt Becky | Violet, the birthday girl | Happy 1st birthday, Violet! | James, Lily, Amanda and Abby
23: August: Fun with family and friends | Whatchu lookin' at? | Sammy and his buddy Elijah Baker | Smiles and kisses for Sammy!
24: August: More fun with our friends Jeff, Sophie, Chloe and Charlotte. Jeff and Dan sampled the beer Dan made with Kip Green in July while Chloe entertained the rest of us.
25: We love summer! Sammy enjoys sporting his Nebraska Huskers and Detroit Tigers gear. We went to Taste of Painesville and Dan inhaled a tamale. Yum!
26: September (Labor Day): To Canada for Gramma and Grampa Colman's 60th anniversary. And pictures with Sammy, of course! | Delores (Gramma), Sammy, Dan and Sherrie | Uncle Garth and Sammy | Charles (Grampa), Sammy and Dan | Aunt Debbie, Gramma and Sherrie
27: Mid-Sept: Two week trip to NE for Sarah and Sammy, with Dan joining at the end. Sammy met Grammy Patterson (Joanne) for the first time and we loved watching Nebraska football with the family. | Jeff, Joanne (Grammy), Sammy and Sarah | Joel and Sammy Ashley and Sammy
28: Still in NE: Indoor soccer for Joel and his girlfriend Genai and Michael's flag football team recorded a truly epic win against their arch-rival, Lincoln - the first loss for the Lincoln team in more than two years! Sammy and Sarah also enjoyed lunch with Grammy and Aunt Helen Slechta.
29: Finally, we visited with Dave and Kelli Schoney (in Omaha) just after Kelli had completed radiation to send her breast cancer in remission. We're so thankful! | Sammy has developed a new talent: shrieking. It is LOUD! (See top face of bottom two pictures.) He thinks it is so funny. | Joel and his new wheels.
30: October: Back to Michigan! Sammy met the Csapos family and we all enjoyed a "fun day" at the local fire department. | Logan Csapos | Sammy got his face painted! The Spartan 'S' of course.
31: After visiting the Csapos family (and picking up boatloads of hand-me-down boy clothes!) we stopped to see Pat, Aleisha, Olivia and Natalie Leavitt. The girls (including Cora) all LOVED Sammy. He's a lovable little guy! | Sammy, Cora and Logan Logan and Erin Sammy and Vickie ('Ma') | Sammy and Cora Sammy, Olivia and Natalie
32: October: First solid foods for Sammy! He loved the rice cereal and ate the whole dish. We love our healthy little man.
33: November: Happy 5th birthday to Lily! | Greg, Sammy, Violet, Adrian, Abby, James, Matt and Lily James | Adrian, with Lauren and Violet (inset) | Dan and Sammy
34: Sammy + Mommy = Good Times!
35: ~Thanksgiving~ Trip to Nebraska - this time we drove overnight. With a nursing baby it took 15 1/2 hours. Yikes! | Sammy meets Ozzie. Fun with Sammy and Uncle Moo. | New shoes from G.G. Patterson! | Nana and Sammy
36: The classic Thanksgiving dinner in Nebraska - complete with Uncle Tom carving the turkey. Sammy even got to sample some of Papa's drink.
37: Since Ashley had to head home to work Black Friday, she and Sarah exchanged Christmas gifts a little early. Michael and Dan had a great time at the Nebraska football game the day after Thanksgiving.
38: And now... it's Christmastime! First we have to pick the tree, then decorate it, and finally exchange presents. Oh, and drink egg nog. Don't forget the egg nog! | Like father, like son. | Joel and Genai | Dan, Sammy, Sarah, Joel, Michael, Jeff and Susan
40: December: Bring on the snow! | Puffy suit. | Sammy loves his walker. | Our little elf.
41: Christmas in Columbus! Becky and Wren share some laughs while Lily cuddles with Sammy. Adrian, Matt and Sammy are having too much fun together.
42: James, Adrian, Peter, Annah and Violet Sammy and Sarah | Christmas kisses! Lily, Matt, Lauren, Amanda and Abby
43: Time for presents! Becky is Santa this year... with lots of little elf helpers. | Lots of loot! | What can it be!?
44: What a great Christmas! Sammy loved playing with the wrapping paper and watching his cousins open gifts. And Christmas dinner... mmm good!
45: To cap off a wonderful year of travel, we drove to Cape May, NJ with Greg and Sherrie to visit Nan Ashmore. A huge snowstorm blew through just before us, but we persevered! | Greg, Carol (Nan), Sammy and Dan | Aunt Gayle, Nan, Greg and Sammy | Praise the Lord for His rich blessings in 2010. Onward we go to 2011!