Archive for August 5th, 2008

red river adventures…

sounds like an outfitting company, doesn’t it?  well, still, i stick to my title…  after all, we were on the red river and we had adventures… 

we had such a good time that i was trying to figure out why we hadn’t done this before and then decided that we would just have to do this every time we went to natchitoches!  jasper heartily agreed with me!

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here we go!!  jasper lilith sat up front with me for a while but it wasn’t long before she wanted to go back to where all the action was – and where her da was, of course 🙂

and there she stayed for the most part – she would wander back up to me every once in a while but i suspect she was “visiting” the peaches more than me…

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we had a grand ‘ole time cruising the red river – we just puttered around the banks looking at cranes, egrets, kingfishers, dead catfish (ok, just one dead catfish but it was huge!), turtles and logs that really looked like alligators… 

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so jasper lilith looks like she was born in the little life jacket but let me tell you – the first time we put it on her (at the house, the day before we went – we thought we would get her “used” to it…  yeah, right…), that cute little girl screamed bloody murder!  i mean, you would have thought that jon and i were trying to put her in a strait jacket and she couldn’t get out of it fast enough…  due to the imminent implosion of our ear drums, we decided to cease and desist and got that thing off of her…  whew

so when we pulled up to the docks and saw that it was empty of people, the first thing i thought of was, “well, at least, nobody will hear her screaming as i put the life jacket on her…” but turns out it wasn’t even an issue…  she let me put the life vest on her like she had been wearing it all her life and could not even be bothered by thinking about it!  there was too much stuff going on around her for the life vest to be important – i mean, after all, there was water and it was looking like she was going to get to go on it!

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i should have put something beside our footprints for scale but you get the drift – my big feet and her little feet…  jon was fascinated by her dainty little footprints and kept getting me to take pictures of them 🙂

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we stopped at a little beach for peaches and a bathroom break but stayed much longer because we were enjoying the sand, the isolation and the running around…

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our intrepid little beach comber goes off on her own…

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did i mention the peaches?  because jasper lilith couldn’t get enough of them!

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arnetta packed five (count them, five!) peaches for us to munch on and jasper lilith ate them all!  all!  she did give us parents a bite every once in a while but she really got into that fruit…

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jasper is making sure that the boat is pulled up far enough on to the bank…  if this was a video, you would hear the grunting that was involved 🙂

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and there she goes!

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ah, and here she is!  and with her rubber band bracelets, no less 🙂 

jasper would faithfully apply as many rubber bands to her wrist as she could find each morning and wouldn’t take them off until she was ready for her bath…  i think she might be going through rubber band bracelet withdrawal now 🙂

once the weather cools down, we will be camping on that little beach, mark my words…  a cozy fire, our tent, maybe louis, susan and juliet (hint, hint), marshmallows and, of course, peaches – doesn’t that sound like a good night to be had?

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back by popular demand!

ok, so my camera is still broken – ho, hum…  but i hear and obey (jon, don’t snort, it isn’t polite…) by posting anyway!!  because lo and behold!  i have pictures! 

lilla, here is your blog fix 🙂 …  (by the way, the header pict that you have on yours is mouthwateringly gorgeous!)

ta da!!   these are pictures of our trip to natchitoches where i was able to use arnetta’s camera (thanks, arnetta!!) or use the pictures that she took (thanks again, arnetta!!)…  so at least i am able to post about this past weekend 🙂

we stopped over at nana’s the first night and jasper lilith got her nana, heidi (dog) and satin (horse) fix and then we headed over to natchitoches the next day…  it was nice to cut the drive in 1/2 like that – between a good audiobook that we listened to and leaving from mom’s instead of arlington, the drive to natchitoches flew by!

in no time, we were with gram and pop watching jasper lilith run around and be quite the cute little grandbaby! 

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here are jon and gram reading a book to jasper lilith…  or maybe that is jasper lilith reading a book to gram and her da?  it could go either way… really 🙂

see her beads?  jasper stayed in dress-up mode the whole time we were there!  and, yes, you can be naked or wearing only a diaper and still be dressed up – as long as you have good bead necklaces, plenty of rubber band bracelets and the perfect shoes… 

mom, when we come to visit you guys next week, we will have to do the same camera and picture exchange to get some jasper lilith pictures up on the blog!