Archive for August, 2008

what is red, white and retro all over?

we took jasper lilith to the park today to go run around on her new tricycle but first, jon had to put little blocks on the pedals so she could reach easier…

and jasper helped him…

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she watched him do the first block and then obviously thought, “i can do that!”  because she went and pretty much did the second block by herself…  jon had to help with the rubber bands (which holds the blocks in place) but that was just a matter of manual dexterity…  again with the wow!

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and this is jasper supervising to make sure everything is just right

how now, brown cow?

jon calls me to the back of the house with a “daune, come see this…” so i hurry over to him and peek around the corner to see this:

jasper lilith saying, “poo, poo!” and going about the business of changing her doll’s diaper!  not that the doll has a diaper on but that doesn’t stop jasper lilith, nope!

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step 1:  pull diaper changing pad on floor for easy access, then go to the drawer where mama keeps the wipes and pull box out…

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step 2:  pull one wipe out, shut the lid and put the box back in the drawer… (thanks, sugar monkey, for putting it back up!)

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step 3:  declothe the baby doll…

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step 4:  wipe the doll’s bottom while muttering, “poo, poo” and “pee, pee” to oneself…

step 5:  express disturbance that there isn’t an actual diaper to put on the baby doll but make do with getting mama to help put the clothes back on…

step 6:  ignore the picture-taking, guffawing mama and the da who keeps saying, “wow…  wow”  to the house at large and shaking his head in disbelief…

and cut!

the appley dress of goodness…

hullo, wendy!

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here is jasper lilith wearing The Apple Dress!  it is rather big on her but that is perfect for growing so it should last some time…

i want to eat her up!

a treasure box…

dad and barbara sent a Fabulous Box of Treasure for jasper lilith’s birthday!  the Box was filled with memorabilia from my childhood and some new goodies for jasper herself…  it was fun for both of us – she got to pull things out and i got to gasp when i recognized something!

there were some outfits from when i was the little girl (some i remember clearly and some i don’t), there was a knitted poncho (that jasper will definitely be wearing come cooler weather), an clock, what else?  oh!  dad and barb had several pieces of beautiful jasper (the stone) in there for me to wear until jasper is old enough to wear them herself…  this, of course, is assuming that i will be able to part with them when the time comes 🙂

there were old pictures of me and dad, of my mom and dad’s wedding (those were neat!), some studio shots of mom and my sister and i and oh, lots more!

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here is jasper lilith wearing a top of mine from when we lived in hawaii (is that right, mom or dad?) – and this outfit i remember very well!  it has some long bottoms (way to big for jasper) to go with it and i wore this all the time!  janelle has one similiar to it with a different colors and we were pretty freaking cute in them…  just like jasper is now 🙂

thanks, guys- we love you!

your face is going to freeze that way!

jasper pats my leg to get me to look down and when i do, i see this!

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and then she growls at me…  jasper lilith is quite the growler – you have the alligator growl, the bear growl, the ‘nake (snake, remember?) growl, the dog growl and the monster growl – all very, very different…  to her, i mean, to me they all sound like a cute little girl growling the same way every time but don’t tell her i said that!

a bubbly crown of bubbles…

jon calls me into the bathroom last night with a, “you had better hurry, it won’t last long!”and so i trotted in to see jasper lilith awash with bubbles!  lots and lots of bubbles that jon began to pile on her head!

so, of course, i ran and got my camera and was a bit surprised to find her still engulfed in bubbles but whew, she was!

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“da?  what are you doing?  can i see?  where is my mirror?”

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jasper lilith pats her bubbley bouffant ‘do…  maybe it is time to add some more bubbles, you know, for volume…

a “nake”…

jasper lilith’s new “toy” is proof that toddlers don’t need toys, they just need to use their imagination! 

this little piece of yarn?  yes, it is yarn – about 4″ long?  well, that is jasper lilith’s “nake” which means “snake” without the s 🙂

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so she finds this on the floor and proceeds to run around growling (yes, i swear, growling), “nake!  nake!  nake!” while she chases me!  once she catches me, jasper then pushs the “nake” into my leg, growls at me, squeals and jumps back very, very pleased with herself…  ‘cuz the snake bit me…

and then i squeal in pretend shock and she giggles and off we go about the house again… it is pretty funny and i don’t mind being the ‘nake victim at all 🙂

august 27, 2008…

jasper lilith turned two on that day!!  whoop, wow and wowsa!

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we didn’t do much – just a tiny little cake and a big fat birthday balloon – she knew what the cake was for though and ran to get the #2 candle that we used on the big party cake last saturday!  jasper lilith ran for the candle, went to the drawer with the lighter in it and once she saw the lighter in my hand, she ran for her seat…  giggling, “cake!  cake!” the entire way…

i think the 2 year old wants some cake…

the dog that barks, sits and walks… all without breathing…

maxine, she loves this toy dog! 

within the first hour of opening her present, jasper lilith had tried all the functions out and decided that she needed to feed the dog after working it/her/him so hard…

so she went and dug a bowl out of her kitchen drawer (we keep all of her dishware down where she can reach it – that way, i can say, “get a plate out, sweetie…”and she can!  sure, call it laziness but i chose to think of it as building independence!  oops, i sidetracked – ok, on to the story:

jasper lilith got a bowl out, went to the dog food bin and said, “dog!  food, food!”really loudly until i popped my head around the corner to see what she wanted…  well, she wanted some dogfood to put in her bowl so i humored her, curious to see where this was going, and gave her several bits of dogfood…  she put them in the bowl, walked carefully over to the little toy dog and put the bowl in front of it/him/her!

ha!  and then she proceeded to pat the head and talk to it – just like she does our dogs, by the way, while they are eating – which i am sure they appreciate 🙂

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here she is delivering the food…

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and here she is standing guard while the dog…  eats?  sits there? 

later, she puts the dog and the dogfood bowl on the table beside her supper and then pitches a true fit when i inform her that “dogs don’t eat on the table, they eat on the floor…”  man, she was not happy to hear about that – i am pretty sure that she accused me of separatism in her little tirade!

then today, jasper lilith continues with the “just like our real dogs” routine and gets it into her head that the toy dog needs a shower…  a.  shower…

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so she strips down to nothing, climbs into the shower and starts to “bathe” the toy!  man, this is good stuff!  better than what you find on tv these days!

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luckily, she was content to dry bathe the dog and just pretended to put soap on the toy – i was ready to step in to prevent that but didn’t have to…  of course, i wasn’t really supposed to be watching her – she kept telling me to, “go, go…” and would then shut the shower door in my face…  but hey, i can be persistent, too…

so maxine, you can see that your gift has already gone quite a long way to providing us all with amusement and i see no end in sight!

the barrettes…

lately, jasper lilith has developed a taste for barrettes…  lots and lots of barrettes…  worn all at once in her hair…

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she goes into her “hair” drawer and brings me her hair brush and a handful of barrettes and believe me when i say that this is a case where it is just easier to put them in her hair like she wants me to…  you know, instead of putting my foot down and explaining to a two year old why she can’t have a herd of barrettes in her hair…

of course, then i have to deal with people looking askance at her barretted head or even asking me about it but, hey, still easier!   and much more fun…