Archive for December, 2008

when the two girls meet…

so i am going to try to time line this – i jumped out of order to shout out a merry christmas post but now it is back to an orderly formation of pictures and such…

that said, here is where jasper lilith and juliet met for the very first time… juliet was in love from the first, i think but jasper had some reservations…  mainly, the type of reservations that come from having to share constantly with someone else!

jasper had her doubts as to why sharing was Necessary but there were some awfully cute moments with the two of them…

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here jon has his arms full with his daughter and his niece…

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ah, jasper has her daddy back to herself for the moment…

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susan and juliet enjoying a quiet moment…  and look, they  match!

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and here jasper is desparately trying to talk me into sitting in that swing with her…  “sit down, mama!  sit down here! peese!”

sorry, little spark, i am very busy taking your picture!

merry christmas to all!

it is going to take me days to update the blog – we were gone for a while and i have tons of great pictures of all of us!  the hard part will be deciding which cute pictures of jasper lilith or juliet that i want to use!

speaking of loot (weren’t  we speaking of loot?  no?  well, look down!),  look at all the presents already opened and still waiting to be opened…   those two girls are in christmas present, wrapping paper and colorful bow heaven!

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the two dads and their little girls…  with presents…  lots and lots of presents…

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oh, what was under the tree wasn’t enough?  well, here are more presents!  stuffed in christmas stockings!

stay tuned to the jasper channel as i post more about our natchitoches christmas vacation!

i can promise tales of Good Times, Family Drama, Darling Girls Dressed Up In Darling Dresses, An Emergency Veterinarian Overnight Stay, A Bee Sting and oh, Great Pictures!

let’s not forget the great pictures 🙂

merry christmas everyone!  big hugs to everyone we love that isn’t in hugging range…

it is fireplace weather!

all this week, it has been cold enough for a fire and jon finally built one for us!!!  doesn’t it just scream marshmallows, hot cocoa, cozy blankets and snuggle bunnies?

jasper lilith loves when we have a fire in the hearth – she likes to sit by it and remind us that it is “hottttt!” if she thinks we are too close…

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our christmasy mantle complete with scottish piper…

once the fire is fully going, jasper starts chanting, “fire!  fire!  pretty fire!  look, mama!  look, daddee!  fire pretty!” while jumping up and down excitedly…

it surely is pretty, sugar plum!

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really, how warm and friendly does that look?  i think i am going to put this post on hold and go out to the living room to snuggle with my two peoples…

see you when the fire goes down!

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ok, i am back…  and here is jasper lilith!!  very excited about roasting marshmallows!!

i think she must have 1/2 a marshmallow on her face all ready 🙂

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yum…

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another yum!

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yet another yum!  this yum is so good, she had to shut her eyes to fully savor the moment…

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and here is jon imparting Very Important Advice…  all marshmallow-related, of course!

is that a parrot on my shoulder?

uh, no, that would be a jasper lilith…

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jon put her up there to mess with me while i was on the computer and, for some reason, jasper liked it up there…  and so there she perched until i had to forcibly remove her…  and then she was like putty!  all rubbery and loose and hard to move!!

hansel and gretel…

ok, so there isn’t a hungry witch…  or a gingerbread house…  or an evil stepmother…  or an oven big enough to cook a…  well, never mind – let’s forget the trail of crumbs that i was referencing with my hansel and gretel title and move on…  ok?  ok…

so!  a trail of marshmallows!!  that is what we have…  and a little girl who loves to eat marshmallows…  even if they are on the floor…  and suddenly laid out in trails across the house…  it is like magic!

what are we teaching her?  to follow the marshmallows, of course!

once she saw the trail, she was intent on popping each one of them in her mouth…  she wasn’t even chewing – she was just chipmunking them until the very end when she had a mouthful of the white fluffy things!  and only then did she start actually chewing them up 🙂

hear her at the end say, “hey, mama?  marshmallow all gone?” i love how she says the word marshmallow 🙂

jon and i had such fun watching her follow the marshmallow trail that when she was done with that one, jon laid another…   boy, a bag of marshmallows and our little spark of a girl and our evening is made!!

a couple of days later, i gave her some marshmallows again (just in a cup this time, the boring way) and she laid them out in a small trail and shouted for her daddy…  she then pointed to the first marshmallow and said, “daddee, bite marshmallow?”...  and when he ate the first one, she was satisfied and ran to eat the rest one by one!

hmmm, what have we started?

o tannenbaum…

our house is all christmased out!!!  we put our exterior lights up (pictures to come of our glowy house when i can remember to take them!) and our tree is up and the inside of the house is decorated and most of the presents are wrapped!!  i still have more wrapping but that can wait…

jasper likes the christmas lights so much that the first thing she does in the morning is run to the tree, dance around it and shout, “kissmas lights on!  kissmas lights on!” and if i don’t hop to it, she tries to do it herself!  so you had better believe that i hop to it!

the weather has actually been pretty chilly over here and the wind is killer – cold enough for a fire that is for sure but we haven’t had a fire in the hearth yet this season – maybe this weekend…

actually had snow flurries and ice today but didn’t stick…

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as jasper would say, “taaaaa-daaaaa!!!”...  and don’t tell jasper lilith that you can eat the candy canes!!  right now, they are just another pretty decoration that she Isn’t Allowed To Touch…  and i plan on keeping it that way for a while!

although, she has been very good about not messing withthe tree, the decorations or the presents…  the closest she has come to giving me the proverbial finger (two year old style) was over that little puppy down there (it is attached to one of her cousins, juliets, gift) and really, i was tempting fate by leaving the toy out in the open like that anyway…  but she did her thing, well, tried to, then i did my thing and we got the puppy issue straightened out – she stares at it longingly but doesn’t touch…

oh!!  here is a story:

when we were at cabella’s, jon and duncan (who we took with us so that david and heather could get some christmas shopping done) were going down some stairs ahead of us and jasper lilith and i were following behind them…  well, jon and duncan went down a little too fast for jasper and she did not like falling behind so she started calling out, “daddee! hey, daddee!  schtop!  schtop!  i’m comeeen!” (translation:  daddy, stop!  i’m coming!) but he kept going so after a couple more futile “daddee’s!!” called out, she cried out, “HEY JON!!  HEY JON!!  HEUH I AM!” (translation:  hey jon, here i am!)…

holy canoli!!

and you can believe he stopped at that!  a dead stop and slow turn around with a look of sheer incredulity on his face thrown in for good measure…

once i got over my own shock, i attempted to address the shouting part of her precocious cuteness but my “inside voice” reminder was useless given the fact that i was laughing too hard to get anything coherent out…

i guess she figured that since calling him daddy wasn’t working and mama always calls him jon anyway, she would give it a try… and turns out it worked!

little encounters of the third kind…

wow, have we been busy!!  the holidays are fully upon us and we are going a mile a minute over here…

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but here is jasper taking a little break…  on this night, when we told her it was bedtime, she ran to our bed, climbed up in it,  snuggled down amongst the pillows and pulled the covers up…  and then looked at us like, “well?  come on!  get in!” which we did, at least for a little bit before moving her over to her own bed…

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a remote control truck?  yes…  a marker and crayon holder?  yep, that too!

so jasper lilith filled up the back of the truck with as many crayons and markers that the truck could hold and then took it for a spin…  leaving a trail of markers behind her…

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we went to cabella’s over the weekend and here is jasper lilith checking out the big freshwater fish tanks…

the white fish that you see (looks like it might just be the flash but nope, it isn’t) is an albino catfish and it was the weirdest thing!!  both jasper and i were pretty focused on that odd swimmy thing but i suspect it was an alien of some kind…  no, i really don’t think it was a fish – had to be something else…

really, that “fish” was weird