Archive for April 27th, 2009

a paddle boat experience!

and then it was sunday…ย  jon went fishing but jasper and i opted to stay at home and play with the dogs and cat – well, chase them around the house and the backyard anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

but it wasn’t long before we tired of that and decided to give the dogs and cat a break ๐Ÿ™‚

so we jogged down to the lake (jasper is a good jogging partner), met jon off a bank, climbed in to the boat and hung out with jon while he finished fishing the banks…

after he was done, we headed on to the beach and finally let jasper at the paddle boats!

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aย  smushed jasper and two laughing parents ๐Ÿ™‚

it was still very windy and jon kept telling us that “this is a bad idea” but jasper and i were determined!ย  so we started paddling and just pretty much paddled in circles fighting the wind and then trying to get back to the beach…ย  it was great!

we had a blast and were laughing too hard to be paddling very efficiently…ย  but that was ok ๐Ÿ™‚

jasper kept trying to steer the rudder and we kept trying to get it back from her so we could go in the right directions and again, we were giggling (ok, well, jon doesn’t giggle but he does chortle)ย  too much to be very good at that as well!!!

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wading at the beach and enjoying the feeling of the water on our tootsies…

mom, i can’t wait for summer!

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and another snapshot of the three of us…ย  i like this one because we are all doing three different things!ย  jon is kissing jaspers shoulder, jasper is pointing to the dock that we have accidentally paddled into and saying, “daddee, paddle hawder!” and i am the only one looking at the camera ๐Ÿ™‚

and then it was back to neena’s house for more hot showers, lunch and a car ride back to our house in arlington…

mom, we had a great time but jasper missed her “neena and wichawd”!!

she would ask where you guys were and we would tell her you were at a horse show and soon she would ask and then answer her own question:ย ย  “wheyah’s neena an’ wichawd?ย  at howse show?”

an afternoon on the tractor…

fishing, tractoring (what?ย  it is a real word!) and horsesย  – you would think we were out in the country or something ๐Ÿ™‚

while saturday morning was spent on the lake, saturday afternoon was spent out in the pastures and on the tractor…

the rain had stopped and the sun finally came out and it turned out to be sunny and warm – just perfect for some pasture mowing…ย  i guess…

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jon and jasper taking care of some grassy business…

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look at those two – two peas in a pod!

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i liked this picture because of jons smile – he looks like i caught him in A Good Moment, doesn’t it?

well, he does like to use the tractor and i imagine that jasper riding with him is just like icing on the cake ๐Ÿ™‚

really sweet, really cute icing…

so she knows what a coaster is for…

jasper loves binoculars – they probably seem like magic to a two year old ๐Ÿ™‚

here she is checking out some horses at a neighbors faraway pasture – mom, i think it was trip – she likes “twip” as she calls him ๐Ÿ™‚

“mommy, lez go say hi to twipย  now!”

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just checking up on all the horses ๐Ÿ™‚

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and mom, you will love this:ย  she is pretty good about knowing to use coasters and her pacifier was no exception!ย  i guess if a wet glass gets a coaster, then it makes sense that a wet paci would too ๐Ÿ™‚

the day of the fishes…

we spent the weekend at moms to dog, horse and cat sit while they were out of town and it was a great weekend!!ย  of course since when do we not have great weekends when we go to their house?

jon came prepared to spend much of the time down at their lake and the rain was not going to deter him at all!

we got down there friday and waited all the way until early (early!)ย  saturday morning to fish – what a wait for jon and jasper lilith!ย  i wasn’t sure if they would make it ๐Ÿ™‚

it was raining but didn’t stop us in the least…

and it certainly didn’t stop the fish either because jon and jasper caught plenty!ย  yes, that is right, i said jasper…ย  i said jasper ‘cuz jasper caught her first fish with her fishing rod!!ย  and then she caught another…ย  and then another…

they were both in bass and brim heaven ๐Ÿ™‚

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jon was out on the lake when we first walked down so jasper went straight for her favorite paddle boat but it was way too windy!

but once jon came back to the beach to pick us up, jasper got down to the business of fishing…

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and here is her very first, ever in her lifetime fish that she caught almost all by herself!!


i swear, as soon as jon threw her line out, a fish struck!!!ย  he passed it to me to madly reel in while i passed the rod to jasper!!ย  i was chanting, “oh my god, that was quick!”, jon was shouting at me to “give it to jasper!ย  reel it in!” and jasper was squealing, “a fish!!ย  my fishing wod, pease!!” but the fish was too strong for jasper and she couldn’t pull it in by herself so i held on the the rod and helped her reel it in…ย  it was several wonderfully madcap moments!!

jon and i were laughing so hard and jasper thought she had found the gold at the end of the rainbow – we were all pretty excited ๐Ÿ™‚

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not much longer after the first fish, jasper caught another one more to her size ๐Ÿ™‚

she was able to reel this one in by herself ๐Ÿ™‚

this little guy got tossed back (although that first one didn’t!ย  he was supper later that night!)

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her attention span lasted much longer on the boat – maybe because we were moving or maybe just because she had tasted the excitement of actually catching a fish but whatever it was, it made jasper ready to fish for a long time!!

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oh, she got a bite!!

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the rain and the wind finally started to take its toll and we shivered our way back to the beach to go home and take hot showers…

and then back at the beach, she and jon caught a fish together!!

again, the fish was big enough that she couldn’t reel it in herself so her daddy stepped in to help her out – and that makes her third fish of the morning!!ย  and two of them definitely keepers!!

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jon and jaspers bass fish and our saturday night supper!ย  pan-fried fish, corn on the cob, homemade tartar sauce and cornbread…

anyone drooling yet?