Archive for July, 2011

the anderson farm…

jon and jasper lilith were in natchitoches this week and what did jasper get to do?

go to the anderson farm to play with turkeys and other such animals!

the girl does love her farms, doesn’t she?

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jasper told me a lot about the turkeys and their, “gobble, gobble, gobbling!” when we talked over the phone!

plus i was given some turkey feathers when jon got home as well 🙂

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arnetta and deborah took the jaspernator to the farm and by all accounts, deborah became jasper’s new Best Friend 🙂

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hmm, there seems to be some turkey-contemplating going on here, doesn’t there?
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and puppy love!!!  i heard a lot about the puppies the farm had as well!

she had a fantastic time and a Great Adventure with her gram and deborah!

and now jon is home but jasper is at her neena’s so it is on to the next Great Adventure!

hopefully, pictures will soon follow 🙂

our future architect…

we have had a lot of changes in the hyams house lately!  one of the main ones?  i went back to work.

this is good (nice to be out and about) but also stressful – as most of you can imagine 🙂

jon has had more contract work come through so he is officially working at home  now and  the timing couldn’t have been better.

we are finally settling in and getting out of the transitional stage which is nice…  although i imagine that will last until late august when jasper starts school…  then it will be back to square one but for now, things are gotten stable again.

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jon tells me that while he works on his projects, jasper lilith draws with him, plays on her laptop or keeps herself entertained in her room. (perhaps this is also why mocker has recently become in danger of being dressed in girl clothes?)

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jasper told me a couple of days ago that she was, “drawing buildings like daddy” and then she asked, “do you want to see my architectural plans?”

uh, do i ever??!!

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so she brings me her rolled up “plans” and proceeds to walk me through them 🙂

this picture was one of a hotel, no less.

teaching by example, huh, jon?

if we’re not careful, mocker will be next!

no, really.  i have already come upon jasper digging around in her closet for “mocky’s dog clothes that she can wear around the house” as jasper called it…

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this is what i found one day when i went in jasper lilith’s closet.  a fully dressed raggedy ann.

i found this a little creepy to be honest…  plus i am pretty sure she whispered my name.

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and when jasper wants to take her out of the closet?  i see this a lot.

the raggedy ann changes her outfit almost as often as jasper changes her own outfits!  between the two of them, they go through about 5 outfits a day!


happy birthday, pop! (almost)…

it’s not actually pop’s birthday until july 18th but since jon & co. and louis & co. were both in natchitoches, we decided to celebrate a little early.

with cake!

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happy almost birthday, pop!  we love you!

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we look like a lively bunch, don’t we?
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now that’s more like it!  arnetta!!  we caught you licking that spatula!!

we had a wonderful time in natchitoches with pop and arnetta like always!!   and louis & co. were icing on the cake (see my reference here?  hmm, can you tell what i am thinking about now?)!

alligators, oh my!

it might have been hot; we might have been sweaty but we went to the gator park anyway!

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do you think it’s supposed to look like the painted gator is eyeing your child up for his supper?

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well, this isn’t really the best picture of jasper lilith but jon sure looks cute, doesn’t he?

(you know you do, babe!)

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anybody up for a swim?  no?

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juliet shows her love!

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i don’t know what is going on here but it makes me chuckle 🙂

there are arnetta and susan hiding in the background!

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gram and the two girls feed the fallow deer.

in fact, i think that was jasper’s favorite part!

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or maybe they were feeding the goats…  do these goats look hungry to you?

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there’s my sweaty girl!
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hmmm, clearly jasper is thinking, “mama, it is TOO hot to be taking so many pictures!”

which is just not true at all.

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(that’s it.  just a funny shot of a donkey).
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the bridge was segmented so it moved and swayed when you walked across it so, of course, that means jasper stomped across it.

and stomped hard.
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“oh, man, mama!  it stinks in here! pee-ew!”

yeah, i would have to say the reptile house did smell pretty funky.
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the pictures of juliet dancing her little heart out were all blurry but i did get pictures of jon and gram enjoying the show!
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you can’t hear me (or maybe you can) but i’m gritting out, “take the picture already! see?  i’m smiling!”

by this time of the day, i was in complete agreement with jasper – it really can get too hot to take pictures!
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ok, well, maybe one last picture!

thanks, gram for taking us all to the alligator farm!

sprinkler-happy girls.

i don’t even remember why jasper isn’t wearing her tutu-too much swimsuit!

but i don’t think the lack of it is cramping her style, do you?

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my guess that she is laying out the game plan to juliet here.

“ok, so first we are going to…”

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there is no such thing as too much spinning in the world!

(unless you are a 36 year old woman who has a husband that decides to spin her so fast on the merry-go-round at the playground that she almost pukes and then has to lay down to stare at the sky for 10 minutes until the world itself stops spinning…  that might be too much spinning.)

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jon gets in on the sprinkler action!  i missed the photo op that has the soaking wet girls climbing all over him while he looks at me for help.

(no, i did not help…  in my defense, i was too busy laughing to do anything at all).

the virginian hyams cousins…

and here we have a conglomeration of cousinness:

(yes, “cousinness” is a real word too.)

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so jasper lilith was the ring master, of course…  we have two girls (one dressed normally and one dressed…  well, she has her panties on top of her velvet leotard…  need i say more?)  with towels on their heads.  can you guess why?

don’t bother, you won’t guess why…  it is because jasper decided they needed “perfect, pink hair” and that meant (in her mind) towels…  with pink on them.

in fact, jasper’s towel fell off at one point and she got a little too sad about it (if you ask me) because then she didn’t have her “perfect, pink hairdo” anymore.

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what visit to a grandparents house is complete without licking the beaters?

and gram has the really, big kind of beaters, too!
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three cousins all in a row.

by the way,  i have been instructed by my four-footer to let everyone know that the ducks are peeing at us.  now you know.
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uncle louis, jasper lilith and juliet take the soccer ball out for a spin!

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aw, now this is a happy threesome!

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arnetta, your original tagline was so perfect that i am going to repeat it…  jasper is clearly thinking, “now what do i do with him?”

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and we have crawfish!!!!  a lot of crawfish!!!!!  and potatoes and corn and homemade hot water cornbread!!!  and what else?  i’m probably forgetting something else that we ate that night but man, it was all good!

i look pretty busy, don’t i?

you just can’t visit natchitoches in the summer without having a crawfish boil…  you just can’t…  in fact, i am pretty sure it is a law of some sort.

who needs a pool?

we might not have a pool but we have a sprinkler!

and that is enough for jasper!  (and me, too!)

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is it a tutu?  is it a bathing suit?  it’s both!

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oh, the body language says it all!  was there sass going on here?

need you even ask?

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Wet Girl Running.

(her newer native american tribal name)…

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and if the sprinkler wasn’t enough?  jasper lilith decided, “a picnic would be perfect today, right, mom?”


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so we had an impromptu picnic!

which is the best kind of picnicking if you ask me.

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a lazy way of eating an apple slice.

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she really likes her apple slices.

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i mean really likes them.

and me?  well, i just really like her.

(thanks, gram for going on the blanket hunt and helping us put our picnic together!)

oh, the hugginess of it all!

we get to natchitoches and the hugging commences!

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jasper and her pop do some hugging that is a bit more sedate.
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jon points out jasper home-made “charm bracelet” to pop…

it is beads and rubber bands ties around a hair band – she couldn’t get the tying down so she finally just TOLD me what to do…  exactly where she wanted that rubber band she cut in half and then exactly where she wanted that other rubber band as well 🙂

and then called it her “charm bracelet” and wears that thing everywhere.   everywhere.

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even her uncle mark gets in on the hugging action!

is there such thing as too much hugging?

(well, yes…  but for this post?  no.)

did i forget to pack something?

as we start the packing for our trip to natchitoches, jasper lilith reminds me of what is most important.

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as if i could forget!