Archive for June, 2012

a garage sale…

we have been cleaning out and building up for a garage sale for several months now – our garage has gotten more and more full with Stuff as we built up items for the sale…  jasper was having a good time going through her books, toys, too small clothes, etc. to fill up a huge box just with her stuff!

we told her that anything she decided to garage sale had to pass muster with us first and then if we said “yes”, she could keep the money if it sold.  it turns out that is a pretty good incentive to get a kiddo to clean out her toys!

so we finally had the garage sale this weekend and by we, i really mean jon and jasper.

i helped set up and price the night before but they manned the garage sale both mornings.

jasper was quite the little helper, of course!

“mom, i’m going to help the little kids decide what books they want!”

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jon was keeping me updated on the results of the garage sale each day in the form of race results…

the jaspernator left the jonster and i (mommilocks) far behind in the race!

she made the most money with me coming in second and jon coming in at a far third.

a savings account is in her near future, i think.

it was fun to get the race results and when it got too hot and jasper got too bored, jon set up the pool in the front yard for her to play in while he continued the sale.

the garage sale was deemed a success by us all 🙂

happy faces…

the many happy faces of the jasper lilith!

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The Strawberry Banana Smoothie Face!

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The Krispy Kreme Rainbow Sprinkle Donut Face!

anybody hungry now?

you are welcome.

a sleepy monkeyhead.

jasper has been climbing into bed with us lately – she is prone to nightmares and “needs some company” after having one…

i love her clamoring over me – i know it won’t last forever so i savor it while it does…  a super cuddly girl all curled up between jon and i is a nice thing to wake up with.

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i can’t remember who gave this to her (barbara, was it you and dad?) but here is proof that she uses it!

not all the time but often enough that it’s starting to look well-loved 🙂

the other morning, she was trying to sleep in a bit later than usual (ah, summer time)  in our bed and the sun was not working in her favor: 

“mama, too bright!  i need my monkey mask!”

“ahhhh, that’s better.”

uh, huh.

a day in the life of…

one minute,  jasper lilith is…

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Superhero Kitty!!!

(jon sent this photo to me at work the other day and jaz had him make super clear that her “title” was Superhero Kitty.

not Kitty Superhero.  no…)

the next minute,  she is…

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a Girl With A New Haircut!!

and then the next minute (or day), jaz is…

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A Supermodel!

(“mama, don’t your heels look great with my dress?  take a picture of my outfit so i can remember to wear it again!”)

all these identities…  can you keep them straight?


while she is gone…

mom is really good about sending us pictures of The Jasper Adventures when mom has her all to herself.

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like catch tiny baby toads!

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ok, well she can swim at our house but not with lindsay!  hello, girls!

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i see you jasper lilith!

(jasper tried on 7 – count them – 7 bathing suits before settling on one she liked…  see how kids teach a person patience?

because i sat through 7 bathing suit changes – calmly…  and enjoyed the fashion show she was putting on.

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a bedtime snack of strawberries and creme!

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a swim in the lake!

sometimes a lake is better than a pool!

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perhaps because a lake can have lily pads?

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while mom and dan the horse trainer work with the horses, jasper hangs out under the trees and “makes art”.

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i kind of think that what jon and i made wins hands down!

(but her bead collage thingey is cool too)…

thanks, neena for taking such good care of our jasper and being such a good neena!

p.s.  big thanks for all the text updates, photos and bedtime calls!

a big hug from us all!

a week at neena’s…

jaz had a good week:  the end of the year party, the girl scout pool party and then the rio roca ranch expedition!

next up?  a week at her neena’s!

so after our sunday morning run (w/ jasper on her bike, of course), we rush back to pack up the girl and head out!

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she was so ready to go that she went to pack the car before we were quite ready.

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slow down there, kiddo!

one of mom’s goddaughters, lindsay (she is 7 or 8 years old, i think) will be out at mom’s place this week and jaz is very excited about having a play mate!

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we meet mom about 1/2 way between her place and ours so nobody has to drive too far.

jasper was super ready for pool time, horses, lindsay and neena and us?  well, jon and i were super ready for quietness, open-ended hours, date nights and running in the morning together.

‘course as i write up this post, it’s been several days of all that good stuff and honestly, i am ready to have our super-charged 5 & 1/2 year old back again…  but maybe i can manage two more days…  a girls night tomorrow night and another date night w/jon on saturday night might help pass the jasperless-time, don’t you think?

still…  quiet house.  too, too quiet.

a day at rio roca ranch…

jon and jasper went out to the rio roca ranch last weekend while i was stuck at work.

yep, totally stuck.

they took a guided tour of the architecture on the site and then headed off to town to check out some more architecture.

jasper was the only kiddo but she did great – kept the adults entertained when she could and kept quiet and observant when she needed to.

‘cuz she is awesome, that’s why.

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the main road in to the ranch was lined with ranchesque sculptures…

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a girl just hanging out.

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climbing the rocks around the buildings.

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they wander the historic town of albany (which is, apparently very picturesque) and hit the museums there.

they also get ice cream – which jon sends me a picture of while i am at the shop.

i vicariously enjoyed the ice cream as well…  miles and miles away.

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there are my peeps!  (and the found object horse is pretty cool too)…

they had a good day exploring!

the end of the year party!

i had planned on going to the graduation and then heading off to work but when i found out there was going to be an End of the Year Party too?  well, that meant a day off from the boutique and a day on with the jaspernator!

and i am glad that i did…

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because otherwise, i would have missed this!

they went from room to room and played different games in each room…

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here mom is helping jasper play bingo!  with skittles!
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come on, you guys know what this game is!!  musical chairs!!
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and after all the games, it’s time to head back to her classroom…  for?

drinks and ice cream sundaes!!!

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jasper is putting the skittles from her bingo game on her sundae – the rest of her table is going, “eww!  gross!”

and she is going, “try it!  you might like it!”

right on, kiddo.

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after all the games and the party, it’s time for the little kindergarteners to say goodbye to each other…

there was lots of hugs and lots of squealing.


luckily, there were also a lot of play dates arranged 🙂

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the three of us are ready to go home and get comfy!

hello, almost first grader!

a kindergarten graduation…

well, jasper lilith has gone and done it…  she has graduated kindergarten and moved on to first grade…

but i am going to pretend that she is still a kindergartener for about 2 more months.

i imagine that she will have something to say about that…

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yep, it’s official.

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hello, kiddo!!

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her name was called and she climbed up the steps and on to the stage with such dignity.

she shook her teachers hand…

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and then told her teacher where her mama was sitting 🙂

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getting antsy while she waits for her class to finish.

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and it’s done!  jaz has a choke hold my neck as she tells me a story.

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turns out it was a funny story.

after all the kindergarteners walk the stage, we all mill around the auditorium for a bit and then the kiddos go to change into party clothes…

because it’s party time now!