Archive for September, 2010

happy birthday, jon!!

well, not today but several days ago, my man turned 39…ย  nobody believes him when he tells them this and that is because the lucky man can still pull off 29!

i wish i could ๐Ÿ™‚

several posts ago, arnetta and i discussed whether we could ever get jon in a “manly” apron and it turns out that with the right fabric, you can do anything!!

what a good birthday gift idea!

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jon is displaying both his apron and one of his guns ๐Ÿ™‚

just in case the apron confused you ๐Ÿ™‚

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happy birthday, babe – you are the youngest 39 year old that i have ever seen ๐Ÿ™‚

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now blow those candles out!

sausage anyone?

jon spent all day a couple of weekends ago making sausage…ย  a day of grinding and mixing and seasoning and, well, more sausagey stuff that i quickly lost interest in…

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but jasper didn’t lost interest that quickly ๐Ÿ™‚

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luckily, the venison sausage passed the jon and jasper taste test!

and now our deep freeze is full of coils and links!

doesn’t every girl like: fill in the blank…

almost every little girl that i know likes to dress up – they layer themselves with bracelets, necklaces, rings and lip gloss…

they load their purses with their cell phones and everything else they can fit in those cute tiny bags…

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they sit on the couch and go through said purses and aforementioned lip glosses to make sure they have every little thing they could possibly “need”…

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and only then are they ready to go ๐Ÿ™‚

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why wear just one bracelet to the grocery store when you can wear 30 bracelets?

i can only hope that quality will win over quantity when she gets older ๐Ÿ™‚

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but then there are the days when the little girls don’t need all that stuff – all they need are rain drops and bare feet.

and it is all good.

look what popped up already!

and three days later?

we have a bounty of morning glory seedlings!!

you had better believe that i hear, “mama, we need to water my garden!” and “mama, let’s go look at my garden to see it growing!” about 10 times a day!

i only let her water the little sproutlings in the morning but we go out and look at her green things every single time she asks – every single time.

that’s what it’s all about, after all!

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i water my pots and jasper waters hers!

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look, leigh, can you believe it?ย  all ready sprouted and looking good!

now jasper is wondering when they are going to bloom:ย  “mama, let’s go see if they are blooming yet!”

30 minutes later, she wants to go see if they are blooming again!

so out the door we go…ย  again…

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what a great birthday present ๐Ÿ™‚

a birthday present that keeps on giving…

leigh had a great idea for a birthday present for jasper – a potted flower garden all her own!

so leigh came over on sunday so that she and jasper could start that bad boy to growing!

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first came the tools, the “tool belt” (as jasper called it) and the gloves!

she was stoked to have a “tool belt” just like her daddy!ย  he commented on how his tool belt was leather and hadn’t any flowers but she didn’t let that stop her from continuing to refer to the little apron as “just like daddies!”…

to each her own ๐Ÿ™‚

and the gloves!!ย  man, she loves the gloves – and so do i!ย  now she doesn’t try to wear her winter mittens when she wants to wear gloves like her daddy is wearing – now she has real gloves of her own…ย  phew!

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then came the pouring of the soil…

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then the pouring of the seeds…

(purple morning glories!)

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and then the putting of the gloves and the tools!

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needless to say, jasper loved the “tool belt” as much as she loved the seeds but the entire experience was made even better by doing it with her “miss leigh” ๐Ÿ™‚

thanks, leigh!

beware: random cuteness

here are some random shots of The Jaspernator!

(side note:ย  yesterday at the park, i overheard jasper giving herself a pep talk while racing her daddy!ย  i heard her cheer herself on by saying, “go faster!ย  you are the jaspernator!ย  woot-woot!”)

i kid you not ๐Ÿ™‚

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jon steals a smooch!

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jasper quietly (don’t you love when that happens?) plays with her cars and truck…

susan, here is a picture of jasper in the outfit you sent her – she loves it!

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while i steal a quick nap…

what’s another name for a mom who is napping on the couch?

a parking lot!

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and jasper was well prepared for the torrential rains we had down here last week!ย  arnetta, the raincoat still fits her and in fact, she has plenty of growing room – it should last until next summer at least!

the bike in action!

you can imagine – jasper wasn’t content to ride her new bike in the cul-de-sac forever so finally, we made it to the park!

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we have found it easiest for jon to be on his bike while jasper is on hers (so one of us can keep up with her) and i just stroll along behind them or sit on a bench and stare into the water…

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our monkey and her fuzzy monkey hat!

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and when she isn’t biking, she is chasing ducks!

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it’s a shot of the elusive mom!

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another day, another biking expedition!

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the basket is a perfect water bottle holder ๐Ÿ™‚

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even jon will drink from a pink water bottle if he is thirsty enough!

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ah, here jon is saying, “you are taking a picture of me drinking out of that pink bottle, aren’t you?”

he knows me well.

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and now back into the basket it goes!

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pop and jasper spend a moment together before jasper takes off again.

it was a nice outing and it was made even nicer by grandparents!

ring around the table…

pop and arnetta spent labor day weekend with us…ย  that makes two weekends in a row – woot!

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after jasper was down for the night, we got to hang out at the table shooting the breeze ๐Ÿ™‚

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now what kind of smile is that, jon??!!

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arnetta, we caught you laughing!!!ย  jon, not so much ๐Ÿ™‚

we had a good time visiting with you guys again – jasper loved seeing her gram and pop for theย  second weekend in a row!

jasper has big plans for your next visit ๐Ÿ™‚

last night, she asked, “is gram and pop coming back again?ย  they need to see me ride my bike again!ย  and we can go to cracker barrel!”

just the two of them…

seriously?ย  i hope i never get tired of taking these kind of pictures.

also i hope that they never get tired of giving me these opportunities.

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i’m at the chopping block, jasper is stirring and jon is shredding!

dinner:ย  it’s a family affair!

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wait, what’s missing here?ย  i know!ย  jon’s apron.

right, babe?

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arnetta and i are in the front seat talking when i hear jasper tell her daddy to put his head in her lap…

i think “aw, how cute” but when i turn around?ย  i realize that cute doesn’t even begin to cover it ๐Ÿ™‚

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“i’m just loving on daddy’s head.”

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and when she can’t be out with her daddy, she hangs out at her window watching her daddy…

(who is mowing the front lawn)…

princess in boots…

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me:ย  “jasper, what are you wearing?”

jasper:ย  “mama, i’m not jasper!ย  i’m cinderella!”

me:ย  “ok, but why is cinderella wearing cowboy boots?”

jasper (exasperation clear in her voice):ย  “oh, mama.ย  princesses sometimes just have to wear cowboy boots.ย  it’s important!”

me: “…”