back home.

It's no surprise that so much has happened in the last 3 months. We packed up our little lives in Utah, said some sad goodbyes and moved to Whidbey Island, Washington. Yes, this is the very place I grew up, folks. It gets better - I live in the very house I grew up in {my parents live two hours away but kept the island home} and work part-time at the very elementary school I attended 14 years ago. Weird, right? That's what I thought. But -great, right? That's what I think! It has honestly been wonderful. The 'wonderfulness' came with some 'craziness'. I didn't realize how difficult it would be leaving dear friends and a place I called home. Moving to another state, with a curious {translation: a need to get into everything} little boy has been interesting. I think this picture sums it up...
Boxes, toys, and an unsnapped onesie. Love it.

Bennett is finally adjusting and seems to like it here.

His favorite place to play is his room.

With all of his toys.

The ball bin is his favorite.

He love love love love love love love loves his "dars" {cars} and "tuts" {trucks} and naturally has one in his hand about 80% of the time.

The other day I caught him loading his farm animals into the car and driving them around the house. He is such a crack up.
I am seriously obsessed with him.

He also loves to help mom cook.

He thinks its great to be close to his grandparents and cousins,
of course. ;)

Oh, and don't forget the Friday night football games. He can't get enough of it.

One of his favorite things to do is go to the "pak" {park}.
The castle park. The one mom used to go to.

He has grown so much. I am loving everyday with him. He has become such a good listener - all you have to do is calmly explain why he isn't supposed to be doing something and he will listen. Seriously! For awhile he was a wild child, but after a month of saying "NO!" every two seconds we realized WE were the ones that needed to do some adjusting... and it worked! He has turned into an angel child. Lucky? I think yes.

Although we truly miss our friends and family back in Utah, we are starting to feel at home here.
{and no, that's not our dog - it's Bennett's Aunt "Braee" a.k.a. Brandie}


Rick and Kori said...

Wow! You have had so many changes! How crazy is that, that you are back in your old town, home, school and park!? Super crazy! Bennett looks just as happy as he did when I met him. He is such a smiley little boy!

Megan B. said...

Bennett is so big! Can you believe our boys are almost 18 months? I'm so glad everything worked out for you guys.

Torgersons said...

Bennett's little face looks like a little boy face now! No longer a baby, that's for sure. Oh, he's absolutely darling. I got your message and still need to call you. Life is crazy busy (you understand...work and child = crazy). So freakin happy that you updated!

Meghan said...

Wow, your little boy is so big! Such a cutie. Washington sounds fun! How are you liking being an SLP? How fun that you work in your old school. Enjoy!

Morgan said...

How fun for you to be back home. I love all the pictures, Bennett's such a cutie. I want to know your secret for having a good listener.

Trevor, BreAnne, and Nathan said...

Yay, thank you for the update!! I've been dying to see pics of your new home and the little guy. Bennett is saying so much! Nate is starting to catch on..although most of what comes out of his mouth still sounds gibberish. Tell Brandon hello and let's seriously talk. Did you change your cell number or is it the same one? My number is 303-981-2103...talk to you soon hopefully!

Josh Farnsworth said...

Hey Ash and Brandon,

Don't know if you remember us....but we were good friends of the Bingham's in Provo. I remember attending either Cami's or Monica's baby shower at Cami's and remembered that you made an incredible Fruit bouquet arrangement. I was asked to make one for a baby shower in a few weeks....so I watched a video off Youtube on how to make the bouquet. It was very helpful but I am struggling to find the tool that creates the rippled effect on the cantaloupe and honey dew melon. I started stressing out about it and remembered that you made one and maybe you could give me a tips on how to find one. Any suggestions?? Looks like your family is doing great!! We miss those great byu days and seeing you all. Thanks a ton!
-Laura Farnsworth