Archive for April, 2010

another hyams boy has been added to the mix!

congratulations are to be given to susan and louis for the birth of their second baby – this one a boy!

hello, pierce hyams!

the 3rd grandbaby for arnetta and the 7th grandbaby for pop (and pop, the general consensus is that he looks just like you!), this little one is the newest addition to our hyams clan.

jasper lilith is gathering quite the collection of cousins, isn’t she?

congrats again on your  new baby boy – many hugs from the three of us here in texas 🙂

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hit that paper mache head!

piñata time!!

now we know how many men it takes to put up a piñata!

(one more than it would take a woman!)

the girls get in line!  the boys run around in circles 🙂

hmmm…

the first hit goes to the birthday boy!

duncan took it down on the first swing!  but we let all the kids have a go anyway 🙂

jasper was stoked to get her turn!

and she mauled that paper mache head!  she had her whole body invested in each hit but none of us were surprised at how intense she was – we know who her daddy is 🙂

when the piñata actually breaks open, the kids dog piled on to that candy!  jasper grabbed a piece, popped it into her mouth within milliseconds and then stood back and watched…

but not for long!

jasper’s treat bag (well, all the kids treat bags) were straining at the seams by the time they got done with scrounging for candy!

happiness is a full soda and a heavy treat bag 🙂

happiness is also a little girl in a purple dress smiling her heart out…

unless you are a boy…  then happiness is sticking a beat-up piñata on your head and dancing around 🙂

huh, i guess girls like to do that too!

a fun day filled with fun people – happy bday again, duncan!!   i will try and forget that you just turned 8 years old if you don’t mind…

who doesn’t love birthday cake?

after the opening of the birthday presents, we moved on to cake!

the most important part of any party, if you ask me 🙂

they all look pretty busy sucking the frosting off the candles to me!

duncan, jasper lilith and kieran – all growing up way too quickly…

now down to the serious business of eating cake!

which duncan takes very seriously indeed!

(doesn’t take napkins so seriously though!)

the cake disappears and on to the next event!

happy birthday, duncan!

it’s not just my kiddo that is growing up (way easy to get family-centric, isn’t it?), it’s dave and heather’s too!

duncan cooper ambrose turned 8 years old on friday!

whew…  shake it off, shake it off…

so anyway!  they had his birthday party yesterday and let me tell you, jasper was so excited!

“duncan is 8???!!!  when am i going to be 8, mama?”

it’s of dire importance to her, obviously, but i am willing time to slide by just the tiniest bit slower…

the party was at a great park and it was a perfect day for an outdoor party!

and then when you throw in miniature water guns, too?  even more perfect!

i think jasper lilith enjoyed filling her little gun up as much as she enjoyed shooting it 🙂

well, maybe not quite as much…

(this is where i told her of The Cardinal Rule (that i just made up):  don’t shoot the person with the camera.

she can, however, shoot anyone else!  those kids did exactly what kids are supposed to do at a park – run around and scream loudly 🙂

this time, jasper had some daddy help…

or maybe i should say daddy protection!

jasper and duncan having a blast!

well, they are having a conversation but i don’t know what about…

and off they go; my pair of peeps…

jasper found a new favorite drink – hawaiian punch!

my little wild child with her long hair and her daddies face 🙂

we played a game of (as wendy called it) “anarchy kickball” and we quickly decided that jasper would be The Wild Card…

and she did not disappoint us 🙂

she might have been the smallest and the youngest but when has age and height ever stood in the way of World Domination?

a happy girl at a happy party!

and now another conversation!  this time with heather – heather, you look great!

and the opening of presents commences!

happy birthday, duncan!  we had a wonderful time!

serena times two!

mom, here is jasper’s homage to serena and baby brooke 🙂

when i came around the corner and asked what she was doing, she whispers, “shhh, mama!  baby horse is sleeping!”

(baby horse is the giraffe)…

i guess since your serena had a baby, jasper’s serena had to have a baby too 🙂

and then after i took the horses picture, jasper says, “oh, wait!  better get a picture of me with them, too!”

and so she climbs right on…  but doesn’t smile – it’s her serious face 🙂

and here are the real horses:  serena (the mom) and brooke (the filly)!

jasper can’t wait to meet brooke, mom!

she looks pretty comfortable, doesn’t she?

jasper lilith takes a moment to herself with the iphone…

how cozy is that 🙂

and then it was my turn…

we had such a good time playing with the boat yesterday that we went back early this morning for some more!

we went pretty early so the wind was down and i took the windless opportunity to get out on the water by myself and give the boat a go…

it is harder than it looks!  but also more fun as well – it is very satisfying…

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figuring the oars out here…

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and there i go!

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the water wasn’t glass smooth but close enough for me row easily all over the place – thank you, water gods!

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once i got comfortable, jasper lilith jumped in for a ride…

she is pointing to where she wants to go – “let’s go over there, mama!  over there!”

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ok, let’s go!

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and now we are back – my hands hurt and it is jon’s turn to play gondolier 🙂

we spent a large part of the rest of the morning playing on the lake – rowing the boat, fishing and more reading (while the fishing was going on)…

what a nice way to spend a sunday morning!