Archive for July, 2008


well, ladies and gents…  ok, mostly, ladies 🙂

my beautiful digital camera is broken so until we are able to get it fixed, the blog will be put on hold…  because words just don’t do justice to jasper lilith’s antics 🙂

thailand doggy…

i can’t remember if i already posted this nostalgic toy scene but just in case:

arnetta, here is jasper lilith playing with jon’s childhood thailand doggy toy (hmm, that was quite a few adjectives, wasn’t it?)…  she likes to pull it around on the tile floor 🙂

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she is saying, “dog!  dog!” in this picture… 

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we keep it out on the coffee table (in our big bowl of jasper toys) and i love seeing it – it makes me think of jon as a child and that just makes me smile 🙂

kieran’s birthday party…

keiran has officially turned six years old!  leigh, your baby turned 6 today – are you shaking your head in disbelief?

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there is kieran, the birthday boy, at the head of the table and then duncan and jasper chowing down on cake and ice cream…  i think those are rhys’ hands 🙂

we all had a great time at the party – it was a bounce house, cake-filled, kid party in the afternoon that morphed into an adult gathering once the sunset (and jasper lilith was put to bed!)…  the best of both the short and the tall worlds 🙂

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jasper lilith is checking her da out from the inside of the bounce house…  which she loved by the way – leigh, if jasper could verbalize her thoughts clearly i know that she was thinking, “how come we don’t have one of these in our backyard?  huh, mama?  huh?  i mean really, it just doesn’t make sense not to buy me one of these big ol’ bouncy things!  doesn’t mama know how much she could get done if she just let me play, eat, sleep and yes, even bathe in one of these houses?  sheesh, our house is so boring in comparison!”  “mama!!!”

yep, that is what she was thinking!!

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and here she is taking a quick break from being a cake-fueled, hyper little girl 🙂

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ah, the two second break is up!  of course, she is going up the slide and not down the slide but who cares?  it is a bounce house – no holds barred!

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she was full of laughter, squeals, giggles and shouts!  which is exactly how it should be…

happy birthday day, kieran!

the rain dance…

jon and jasper lilith experiemented with rain dancing today…  they danced many a boogie to some bad mtv videos (i mean they were both getting down – jon wouldn’t let me take a video of their booginess…  i was told in no uncertain terms that my life would be forfeit if i dared record the event – who knew jon was camera shy?)

anyway, so away they danced (while i rolled on the couch laughing) and then the rain came!!  yay for the rain!!

and then they went and danced in the rain, too…  i was allowed to take pictures of the dancing in the rain 🙂 

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and there is jasper lilith doing the lesser known rain stomp…

we were planning on going to the pool this evening once jon got home but the rain dancing nipped that in the bud…  not that it stopped them from getting all wet!

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wandering toddler in the rain…

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jasper liked running in the screen door and then out of the screen door – i guess she was feeling the heavy water fall off the roof?

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jon and jasper stomping around in the water on the patio…

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jasper lilith is telling and showing jon something but i don’t know what…  do you remember, babe?

i stayed dry this time around but they had a great time romping around and then heading straight to a warm bath…

that #@!%$ stool!

nothing is safe!! everything is within reach of the little girl climber!! no longer can i just move things to the middle of the kitchen counter, oh no, now she moves a bar stool to wherever, climbs up and reaches whatever it is that i.  don’t.  want.  her.  to.  reach!

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she wants to check out my mixer…  so she climbs up to investigate…  argh…

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later on the same day, jasper lilith wants some crackers that i have put “out of her reach“…  yeah, right…  so what does she do?  (argh…)

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she just moves the stool to where she wants to be, climbs up there, sits down and starts snacking…

now she has been using small stools, foot stools, various implements, chairs, toilets, drawers, boxes, drums and booster seats to get into high places before she could even walk (!) so y’all might be wondering why i am not used to this yet…  but!  these are the taller bar stools and she has recently started to carry/drag them all around the house that means that pretty much nothing is out of her reach!  

everybody say, “argh” with me…  louder, please, i can’t hear you!

one day i will brag about jasper lilith’s problem-solving skills and precocious intelligence…  maybe even tomorrow… but not today…  she ate all my crackers…

the dancey dance…

i had to take two videos of jasper lilith dancing just because i couldn’t fit all her grooving grooviness on one video 🙂

we always have music or music videos on in the house and it shows because this little girl is a dancing fool!   and then there is the “singing”…  no, we mustn’t forget the singing…

p.s.  please, ignore my laugh track laughing…  and my finger snapping…  ignore the finger snapping, too…  it sounds like my laugh is on repeat…  or maybe my laugh is a stuck record…  but anyway, forget my laughing – focus on the girl, people, the girl!

color my feet happy…

color on the paper or in the coloring book?  naw, that is for amateurs!  jasper lilith wants a more “interesting” canvas for her artwork 🙂

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her feet will do the trick this time…  i guess drawing on her legs and arms is old hat by now…

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notice jasper putting the top back on the correct color marker…  more on that in a minute…

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now adding some pink to her soles…  hmm, i could probably turn this into a sole/soul pun but i will spare y’all…

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now jasper lilith doesn’t always keep the tops on the markers – often the tops are strewn about all over the place – but when she puts them back on the markers, they are always on the correct color of marker…  always… 

and i can’t even take the credit – i don’t make a big fuss about how her tops go on – from the beginning, as long as she put the tops back on when she was done coloring, i didn’t care what color matched what…  but i guess she saw me do it the “correct’ way a couple of times when i did it and she decided that she liked the “correct” way better? 

i thought kids had to be repetitively taught to do something like this but i guess this is another instance of the all-powerful, mindblowing jasper litith observation and memory skills…  if she starts reading soon, i will let y’all know 🙂

a weekend at nana’s…

jasper lilith always has a great time at nana’s and this visit was no exception!

we hung out, went to the horse vet, fed and petted the horses, played with the dogs, ran around naked, visited with family friends (and ate a delicious meringue, peaches and whipped cream concoction!) – you know, the usual 🙂

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jasper lilith is reveling in the cold water…  or is she just enjoying the skinny-dipping experience?  they are both good things 🙂

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ah, here are jasper and heidi getting a bath…  well, really, heidi is the one getting a bath but jasper would never let her favorite 4-legged friend go through that alone…   plus there were bubbles…

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and the little escape artist is avoiding me as i try to catch her…  not that i am trying very hard, after all, i have to take the pictures 🙂

we love you, mom/nana!  and jasper lilith is still asking, “where’s heidi?”   and is very disturbed that i am not producing heidi out of thin air 🙂

all masked up and nowhere to go…

jon and i pulled our fencing masks down yesterday and look what we ended up with!  a couple of masked silly billies, that’s what! 

yeah, i said “silly billies”!  what of it?

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jon and jasper lilith in our masks…  is this weird or cute?  i vote cute 🙂

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aww, a father and daughter moment… 

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and a contemplative jasper lilith…  i think she is probably thinking about all the different ways she could use the mask to get up and into places where she isn’t supposed to be!

the 4th of july…

actually, our 4th of july was on the 3rd (we didn’t do anything on the 4th but relax) – the lake put on a big shindig with music, foods, bouce houses and much more…  the little festival was going on most of the afternoon but we waited until dusk to head down to watch the fireworks…  it was a very hot night and the walk to the lake was sweaty-going but once we got there, the breeze off the lake cooled us down…  and man, talk about a lot of people!!  luckily, david, heather and duncan got there earlier than we did and scored a prime spot on the grass right at the water – we had front row seats to the boat decoration contest and the fireworks!

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ok, so it is very fuzzy but the lake was filled with sail boats and motor boats all decorated with lights for 4th of july – there was a contest based on how loud the crowd cheered for each boat, but i liked them all and shouted for them all so i have no idea which one won 🙂

it was very very pretty though!

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here is dave and duncan hanging out and cheesing for the camera 🙂

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and my one lone fireworks picture!

we had a great time with our friends and jasper lilith loved the fireworks – she would clap and get all excited and she would also put her hands on her face and giggle alot when a particularily loud firework went off – it was hilarious!

happy fourth of july everyone!