Archive for May, 2010

finally! crawfish!

yes!  my fingers were numb and absolutely covered in crawfish spices (don’t rub your eyes!) and surrounded by family and friends – it couldn’t have been better!

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well, actually, more family and more friends would have made it better but this was pretty Good 🙂

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jon looks pretty happy to be right there at that very moment, doesn’t he?

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jasper lilith loved the crawfish!  her advice:  “don’t eat the red parts!  they are very too crunchy!”

too true.

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arnetta and deborah living it up 🙂

(i love this photo, arnetta!)

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jon and pop are almost too busy eating to talk – notice i said almost!

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deborah and jasper take plenty of time to talk to each other!

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is pop done?

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NO!!!  so we order another batch 🙂

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crawfish, corn and potatoes, yum!

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don’t mind me, i am too busy eating to take pictures right now…

but i guess jon isn’t 🙂

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when jasper lilith was done eating, she got busy meeting the other people in the restaurant!

no such thing as a stranger when there is a friendly 3 year old in the house!

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hi, arnetta!  you must be taking a breather from the crawfish here 🙂

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i’m not – i have to get it in while i can – this will most likely be my one and only chance for crawfish this season!

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now this sweet picture of my girl makes me very glad that at least one of us was taking pictures 🙂

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happy times!  happy crawfish!  and happy bellies!

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pop and jasper share a smile…

and here is the other side of the gram and pop coin 🙂

pop and jasper making up for lost time…

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why, they’re a cute pair too, aren’t they?

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pop and jasper lilith hanging out…  just content to be with family and each other…

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what’s so funny, you two??!!

two heads are always better than one…

we are in natchitoches for memorial day weekend and jasper didn’t waste any time getting down to the business of hanging out with gram 🙂

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they make a cute pair, don’t they?

the last day of school has arrived. i can’t quite wrap my head around that.

it is officially summer time!

it was jasper’s last day of school today – can you believe it?

i got teary-eyed when i hugged her goodbye at school this morning because all i could think of was how it seemed like it was her first day of school just yesterday!

kids are such a prime example of how fast time flies…  so very fast…

they had a picnic in the park for their last day so jon and i made sure to show up to celebrate their last school fling…

and it was hot.  and it isn’t even in the 100’s yet.  oy.

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kendra, kimia and jasper taking turns at the see saw…

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after a while on the playground, it was picnic time!  chick-fil-a, no less – yum!

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hot and sweaty will pretty much be the name of the game for some months to come, i think!

at least it will be until we get into the pool!

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sutton, ryan and jasper enjoying their lunches…

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how about those potato chips!

they look pretty good to me 🙂

we had a wonderful first year of school and by the time the next school year comes around, our jasper will be 4 years old!

ok, why did i even go there?  let’s just pretend i didn’t

the first fruits of our summer garden…

all right, well, not fruit per say but garlic!

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jon and jasper pulled up the garlic and our laundry room is about to have a ceiling full of garlic braids dangling from it – i say it makes the house smell like feet but jon says it makes the house smell earthy but either way, it’s worth it!  once the bulbs dry out, i will be roasting those heads in a heartbeat!  roasted garlic, yes!!

i went for a run while jon and jaspy pulled garlic – yeah, jon put jasper to work!  when i went out to say good-bye, jon was pulling the garlic out and giving it to jaspy to put in the bucket – they seemed to have their system all worked out 🙂

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showing off the harvest!

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hot and sweaty from chasing the dogs and helping her daddy!

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looks like it is bath time to me!

i guess i had better go tackle the bucket and start braiding garlic!

puppy house!

jasper lilith was being super diligent about doing something for a while and then i heard her go, “mama, you need to take a picture of my puppy house!”

she had pulled pillows from our beds and a blanket and had set herself up in mocker’s sleeping spot…

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and so she posed as a sleeping puppy ever so seriously…

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and then she curled up there for a while before going out to play with the neighborhood kids 🙂

sweet puppy!

daddy and daughter cameos…

i have been very lax, haven’t it?  it’s been busy but for some reason, i haven’t been very good about taking pictures of our busyness!

but here are some shots of jon and jasper being themselves and enjoying every minute of it…

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jon has been working on some armor pieces and what fits on jon’s arm is more like a leg piece for jasper!  at least, that is what she decided 🙂

and the cute part was that when jon had leather bits all around, jasper ran and got construction paper and scissors and ran back into the living room exclaiming, “i need to make some armor too!”

so she laid out and cut her construction paper and jon laid out and cut his leather and they both worked diligently with identical expressions of concentration on their faces – it was freaking awesome.

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jasper testing out jon’s arm piece 🙂

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big hugs!  a moment after this hug, she looked at me and said, “mama, we need to make a jasper sandwich!!” so i obliged her and we made a jasper sandwich!

which just means, of course, that she was squeezed, sorry, hugged between jon and i 🙂

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we don’t go out to eat much but we do love to go out for breakfast on the weekends and i, in turn, love to watch these two interact…

jon and jasper always sit on one side and i sit on the other which makes for some pretty perfect pictures if you ask me!

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smooshy faces!!