For the next few days the blog will be dedicated to our 5th granddaughter, Ashton Renee Hogue or as she used to say, Ashton Narae Hogue. Ashton has added so much joy to our family. We lived in the same city until she was 2 1/2 years old and then she moved to Pennsylvania with her family. We get to see her two or three times a year but miss her so very much. On June 26 she will be 8 years old and I can hardly believe it but her age is easy to keep up with because she was born in the year 2000.

One of my favorite stories about Ashton goes thus: She was in town visiting from PA and we were keeping her while her parents were gone. We decided to take her shopping and buy her some new dresses. They were quite fancy dresses but she decided that she wanted to wear one and not change back into her summer shorts and top. We had some more shopping to do and then had planned a trip to the park to play.

Larry went to the men's department and was trying on clothes. While he was in the dressing room, she was twirling and whirling and having herself a big time in her new dress.

She was standing near the entrance to the men's dressing room and a man came out and just passed her by without even looking at her.

In the middle of one of her twirls, she pulled up short and said with a pout, "He didn't even tell me that I look beautiful."

She was 3 years old at the time and needless to say I thought that was a real hoot. Typical woman!!

I am posting some of my favorite pictures of her taken that day.