Archive for February, 2008

laugh track…

jon was fooling around with mocker and it tickled jasper lilith to no end!¬† she was highly amused by the playful mocker and we were highly amused by the laughing jasper ūüôā

addendum to yesterdays post:¬† so i am sitting here with the little one on my lap and i go to her blog so that she may view herself in all her majestic cuteness and what does she do when she watches her laugh track video blog??¬† laughs some more!!!¬† sitting on my lap playing with her “bracelets” which are just hair bands that she likes to put on her wrists (ha!) and laughing, laughing, laughing!!¬† oh, life is good with this child!!

and now she is crying…oh, well…that is my cue ūüôā

houston, we have an 18 month old!!

as of today, in fact!! 

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here jasper lilith and family are all cuddled up…jon tells me to come over there and i walk around the corner to see everyone sprawled out – he says jasper made herself comfortable :)…

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and here jon is “carrying” jasper on the tops of his shoes…of course, once he started doing this with her, she kept trying to get him to only walk with her that way!¬† she would run in front of him, stop, grab his hands and try to step on to his feet and balance herself there…it was hilarious!

good times ūüôā

from my eyes to yours…

de wind, boss, de wind!!

it was a chilly and¬†blustery day but jasper lilith and i both bundled up to spend some time outside…and man, was it windy!!¬†

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we wandered around a bit and played on the bridge and in the rocks and then went home – it was too windy to stay out for¬†very long but it was nice to feel it blowing against us…

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see the bruise on her forehead?¬† she and the edge of the coffee table had a misunderstanding…there was crying…

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my little contemplative one ūüôā

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oh, and yay for me!¬†¬† i voted – early so there was not even a hint of a line – in the primary …jasper was shy and just wanted to stick right by me (thank you for that!) and then got a couple of stickers to play with…american flag stickers, of course, what else?¬† ūüôā¬† these stickers ended up on my face and in her mouth…also, of course…but they kept her hot little hands busy while i voted…

dog training…or jasper training…

i have been letting the dogs in for brief bouts of time during the day…jasper goes to the backdoor and lets me know when she wants them in (or herself out, she isn’t picky) and if i am feeling up to it, i let them in for a bit…and since everyone, dogs included, are behaving so well, i have been letting them in several times a day and earlier in the evenings…and man, oh, man, have we have been working on jasper lilith – dog training her, you might say – to not sit on them or hug them around the face or pound on them overly hard…you know, all the stuff that toddlers naturally want to do to dogs!

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there isn’t much we can do about the happy shrieking at this point (“inside voice” is a¬†sophisticated concept for an 18 monther) but we have been working on everything else…

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“be gentle” is the rule when the dogs are inside and lo and behold!!¬† i believe the little girl is starting to get it!!!¬† she isn’t perfect but we are getting there…jasper knows that she isn’t allowed to sit on them now so she just tries to sit as close as she can to them :)…and though she still gets overly¬†enthusiastic about hugging and petting them, all i have to say is “be gentle” and she stops what she is doing instantly and starts petting them very carefully while looking up at me with her big and very innocent blue eyes…boy, do those eyes slay me!!

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she gets¬†crazy excited when¬†mocker and roan¬†first come in but if they¬†behave, then i let them stay in for a while and¬†it isn’t long before every¬†doggy and child calms down and they all just go about their business…¬†

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the dogs themselves have been pretty good – mocker is still on the “shy” side but i think they instinctively know that i would eat them if they ever hurt jasper and so they are¬†careful around her…unfortunately, there isn’t much room for error when it comes to animals; it only takes one quick moment to hurt or scar a little kiddo¬†but we are on the right path…

ella fitzgerald and another beautiful day…

all my windows are open, my curtains are blowing in the wind, my chimes are tinkling, the dogs are in and out and ella is blasting through our house Рanother wonderful day! 

jasper didn’t want to sit in front of the drum and pound on it – she wanted to sit on the drum and pound on it :)…but she kept getting up to sit in my lap when she would see my camera come out!¬† tricksy little thing ūüôā

and here she is blowing a kiss to y’all – and then eating her own fingers…ok, then…

a day in the park…an absolutely spectacularly beautiful day in the park!

if the weather is being good to us we pretty much always spend most of our sundays outside Рat a park, at the zoo, at the botanic gardens, at a local festival Рyou name it, if it is outside, we are doing it!

so sunday the weather wasn’t just¬†being¬†good, it was down right taking requests!¬† gorgeous day!¬† we¬†headed out¬†and spent a wonderful day fooling around in the sunshine….stumbled upon dave, heather and duncan while we were there and¬†played with them for a while too…good weather, good friends, good children and good love – what more¬†could a sunday be?¬† well, maybe if there had been ice cream, too ūüôā¬†

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“are you taking my picture again?”

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“da!¬† come over here!¬† look at this!”

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jon and jasper lilith on the swings – they look like they are having fun, don’t they?

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duncan had a huge new-fangled frisbee we played with but all jasper wanted to do with it was put it on her head…

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and for some reason known only to jasper, she also wanted to lay on it and roll around…

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after a long day of play, jasper is tuckered out and just wanted to be held – here she is hugging jon’s head and giving him kisses…ah, we tired her out – that is an accomplishment!

one year blogiversary!!

or anniverary if you prefer ūüôā

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it has been one year since i began to record our gift to the world’s extraordinary talents, trials, tribulations¬†and giggles of delight – and what a year it has been!

jon and i have a¬†jasper lilith¬†that will be 2 years old come august 27th!¬† whoa…excuse me while i go pick up the pieces of my mind that just exploded with disbelief…

well, that didn’t take long¬†– turned out that there weren’t as many pieces to pick up as i would have thought…hmmm…

anyway!!¬† congratulations to¬†us for¬†making such a blog-worthy¬†kid (yeah, some parental pride peeking through) and thanks to everyone who reads and posts – you guys make it even better…

we love you all!

the duck pond…

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here jasper is petting the duck and letting it know that it has found a good home now…

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this picture is a little blurry but i couldn’t even conceive of not posting this picture – she is giving the big blue duck a kiss!

roan and mocker say hi…

when we were house bound last week, jasper lilith and i were outside in¬†the backyard alot¬†(weather permitting, of course) and she discovered that she really likes being out there…you know, in¬†our poo-covered backyard?¬†yeah, there…

anyway, she likes to love on the dogs which really means patting them, hugging their faces (eek) and squealing a lot and they like to lick her – roan will start from the bottom and work his way up as she runs around…i don’t really understand how she manages to avoid tripping on him but they work it out, i guess ūüôā

so now that she has a taste of the yard (ugh, i hope not literally!), she will grab my hand and pull me to the back door, try her hardest (there are grunts involved) to open it and then look at me impatiently like she is trying to figure out why i am not doing anything to help the situation…so i help her out and open the door (without the grunting, thank you!) and she is out the door in a flash!

she squeals, she runs, she chases, mocker avoids, roan licks, i try to keep her away from the worst of the poo-filled areas Рit is pretty much mayhem in the best possible way! 

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ah, here we have roan hitting the knee mark with his licking…

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oh my lord!  if this was a video clip, you would need earplugs!  i took this picture as jasper giggled and shrieked with delight!  very loud but music to my ears :)..

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her hand is caught in mid-pet and she has let off on the shrieking and moved on to the babbling…i believe she is telling roan that he missed a spot ūüôā