Archive for November, 2011

natchitoches kisses!

after a jam-packed thanksgiving day, i headed on home (hello, black friday!) but jon and jasper headed on to natchitoches to spend the weekend with gram and pop.

lucky them!

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a happy jasper!

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gram and jaz share…  something.  apples, maybe?

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and now they share a kiss!

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i don’t know what jasper is doing here but i am pretty sure she is Planning Something Eventful.

she just has that look on her face.

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3 days to visit and Do Stuff is never enough time, is it?

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another sweet gram and jasper kiss!

no such thing as too many of those!

the thanksgiving turkey trot!!

the morning of thanksgiving day, we did our annual Gobble, Gobble Run so we can feel better about gobble, gobbling all that food down later!

it was chilly, early and still managed to be way more fun that it sounds…  i swear, it’s way more fun!

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what kind of face is jasper making here?  i almost don’t even want to know!

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jasper is impatiently waiting until its time to start moving towards the start line and by impatient, i mean, “mama, why are we having to stand here?  didn’t we come to run?”

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jon captures me in the crowd!

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and i?  i get to capture mom and jasper lilith!

we started off walking the 5K but it wasn’t long before jasper reminds us that she wants to RUN – “mama, i’m ready to be the tortoise now and then when i see the finish line, i can be the hare, ok?”

so we start running shortly into the course and i will be darned if jaz doesn’t run straight through the entire 5k!!!  3 miles of Running Jasper!

mom put the kabosh on running up the hills  so we all walked up the hills (yeah, there were, “why are we walking?” questions from the girl but she dealt with the walking in a mostly gracious manner) but the rest of the course was a steady jogging pace that mom and jasper set.

and so we ran!

and it was wonderful to run with my two ladies!

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the three of us!  the finish line!  a good combination if you ask me!

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look at those happy faces!

i tell you what,  the finish line is an exciting thing to run towards no matter what!  and when you are holding the hand to your minerature runner who is also holding the hand to your mother all while running towards your hubby who also happens to be standing at the finish line?  well, that’s a powerful combination.  EVEN BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE.

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just a note:  jasper’s cheeks are filled with post-race banana…  this is why she looks  like a chipmunk.

the rest of us, however, are banana-free and smiling!

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happy trails, kiddo.

our next mother-daughter run?  the jiggle butt 5k run in january!!!!!!!!

mom, you ready? (p.s. it’s  girls only!)

a playful kitten…

here she is!

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actually, this is jasper being a puppy…  my bad.

(man, does she look like a little, girly jon or what??!!)

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and there we are:  kitty ears!  jasper is putting on an impromptu, “kitty performance” for me.

lucky me 🙂

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and now the daddy dog (note the puppy-eared pink headband on jon’s head, please.  did you see it?  yeah, you did.) makes his appearance in the kitty performance and attacks the jasper-kitten!  hilarity and mayhem ensue.

(don’t worry:  no daddies or jaspies were harmed during the making of this video…)

because yes, there IS a video – did you really think that jon could don a pink headband with puppy ears without me taking a video of it?  plus they were  supercalifragilisticexpialidociously cute.

(but he won’t let me post it….  ‘cuz it is that cute, y’all…)

do you want to see a pretty bird?

ok, here you go:

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taaa-daaa!!!  another jon masterpiece!!

a beautiful brined and roasted turkey courtesy of my man (and alton brown…  oh, and jasper, of course)!

if you are wondering what a brined turkey is – well, don’t wonder anymore – check that link out and do it!

you will thank me…  or jon…  you will thank at least one of us!

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“daddy, that is a BIG turkey!  are we going to eat all that?”

oh, yes, honey bunches of sweetness…  yes, we are.

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as jasper said, it was a big turkey so the turkey carving and subsequent stripping off all the meat took forever

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at least, it seemed like it took forever…  but we eventually had that carcass completely stripped of meat and into the crock pot so we could make turkey stock!!!  yum!

i think i am set for lunch for some time now…

and yes, it is de.  li.  cious.  period.

milk. it does a body good…

but a cup doesn’t hurt either.  am i right?

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look at her!  staring right at me while she does it too!

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there is a slice of the main culprit right there!  jon!  totally over there egging her on and, in fact, showing her how to “do it right“!

if you ask me, doing it right would be using a cup but i was simply the wildlife photographer in this instance.


the ditto dash…

jasper lilith’s school had what they called The Ditto Dash last weekend and you had better believe that jon and jasper ran it!

the two of them ran the 1 mile fun run while i was bundled up on the sidelines cheering them in to the finish line!

i didn’t have time before work to run with them but i can do Cheerleader with the best of them 🙂

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all ditto-dashed up and raring to go!

(and what time in the morning was it, you ask?  why, i’ll tell you:  Too Early For A Saturday Morning If You Ask Me Time…  it’s true; that’s what my phone said…

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the three of us go out every sunday to the dam – jasper rides her bike while jon and i run beside her (or behind her when she is racing her “horse”) and the last couple of sundays before the Dash, we worked on jasper being able to run a full mile without stopping…  jon and she would run while i walked with the bike and then we would switch…  jasper and i would run together while jon got stuck on bike duty…  and she would do most of it, there was whining and there was whimpering but we would keep at it and it paid off because jasper run the entire mile during the race without stopping!

jon also started taking her to a nearby park with a little walking trail and practicing with her there after school – they had fun and she enjoyed coming home to tell me about her run!  usually it’s the other way around and i could tell she enjoyed the tables being turned 🙂

jon and i used the tale of the tortoise and the hare to keep her from starting out fast and then gassing out immediately and she got pretty good at running slow and steady…  and then when she could see the end point, we would tell her she could be the hare and run as fast as she could!

i wonder how many other running coaches have used the same teaching technique?

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so needless to say, i was super-proud of my girl and my guy!

as the kiddos and parents mass up at the starting line, i get a cheerful jasper hello!

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and here they are!!!  they have run their mile and they are coming in to the finish line!!!!!!!!!!!

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apparently, she was telling herself throughout the race, “be the tortoise, jasper; just be the tortoise.”!!

in the third person, no less!

and then when she saw some landmark that made her realize she was close to the finish line, she asked jon, “can i be the hare now, daddy?”

and the hare she was!!  because they came in as fast as her little 5 year old legs would carry her!

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i swear, i was cheering so loud that if you stop for a minute?  you might still be able to hear me!

i was pretty stoked!

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there they are!  jasper is introduced to a standard After-The-Race Tradition – the stale bagel!!!

with water, of course 🙂

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i bet a stale bagel never tasted so good.

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and then she asked for a “tiny sip of coffee to keep me warm” and i said yes…  of course i said yes.

i totally bragged on her running skills for the rest of the day!

unashamedly, unequivocal bragging…  it was good stuff.

sugar mountain…

and then we were home!  for the Dumping of the Candy and the creation of what i liked to call Sugar Mountain!

‘cuz it was a lot of candy…  a lot of sugar…  just a lot of well, everything!

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jon is diligently on Daddy Duty and giving all the candy a good checking out…

as well as giving me a not-so-good eyebrow raise for allowing our girl to eat an unchecked piece of candy before he could look at it!

i sang him my, “breakin’ the Rules, breakin’ the Rules!” song but well, he seemed to like it much less than jasper and i did…  i wonder why?

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hmmm, candy!

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“oh, mama!  i have a sugar headache!  i better stop before i vomit.”

it’s good to have a child that self-regulates…  of course, she had only had 2 pieces of candy at that point so i was more amused than anything else…

the drama, the drama!

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after the kids had their candy explosions, they hung out on the couch while the grown-ups hang out at the table and the guys steal…  fine, “pick out” their favorite types of candy from the kids bowls…  heather and i?  well, we just watched longingly…  or at least, that is what i was doing.

those calories can’t get me if i am just watching another person eat candy, right?  right??!!

anyway, we had a great halloween night with great company, great jack o’lanterns, cute kids, nice weather and a beautiful moon.

thanks, moon!

trick or treat!

the night has finally come into being!  halloween night, that is…  trick or treating, dressing up, filling up the candy bowl and lighting the jack o’lanterns!

we were ready.

dave, heather and duncan came over as usual and we hung out for a bit before heading out to hit the kid-filled streets…

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the kiddos were both stoked to show off their costumes to each other…  she is feeling a little camera shy right now…

(yes, jasper is really wearing gray-striped tights and a purple velvet leotard…  and yes, those were her “decisions”…  it was a little chilly, that’s all the defense i can offer…  oh, and she thought she looked Awesome!)

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and she’s back…  in full posing mode no less…  because let me tell you, that is her Batgirl Pose.

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oh, dear.  what do we have here????

pssst, jon is wearing cat ears…  do you think he knows?  yeah, i think the more pertinent question is:  how long do you think i will last once he realizes i posted this adorable picture?

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our first door!  which happened to be our across-the-cul-de-sac neighbors…  yeah, that is a pumpkin spewing his guts up.

ah, neighbors.  don’t you love ’em?

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because Batgirl lives on the edge, that’s why!

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gone are the days when duncan and jasper walk hand-in-hand…

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now they would debate as to who got to ring the doorbell!

time flies.  it’s kind of tricky that way, if you ask me.

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our Very Pink Batgirl checks out her nights haul!

jon made A Rule:  bring the candy home first so he can “check to make sure it’s safe” before letting her eat a piece.

it’s a good Rule, isn’t it?  it makes sense, it’s smart, it’s cautious and yet, i totally caved…  i let her pick out one piece of candy from her bucket as this picture of my guilt was being taken.  it’s still a good Rule and after that one piece of candy, it became much easier to adhere to 🙂

breakin’ the Rules, breakin’ the Rules!

a kindergarten parade…

every school should have a costume parade if you ask me, and luckily, jasper’s school agrees with me!

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hello, Very Pink Batgirl!!!

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after we watched all the kiddos parade around their school, we headed back to jasper’s classroom and watched them be silly with each other.

hello again, Triple Pink Batgirl!

behold: our halloween decorations.

jasper and i did our halloween decorations before we actually got around to carving our pumpkins but they just weren’t complete until we could set the jack’s out and light them up!

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i discovered a love of fake spiderweb this year.  it turns out that the stuff is Amazing!

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the best part?  a 5 year old can help string the fake webbing around and it still looks Amazing!

we had a blast!

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our jack o’lanterns are placed in their jaz-determined proper places…

looking good, fellas, looking good!

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and voila, we have achieved Full Halloween Status!  we are ready for some trick or treaters now…  once i go buy the candy, i mean…  i guess i should do that before i am left with a choice between a bag of dum-dums or a bag of partially opened smarties.  yeah, i better get on that!

(jon’s egg shell eyes glowed most awesomely, by the way, kudos to him! )

we do love our halloween here, don’t we?