Posts from the ‘the things we do…’ Category

Fort Worth Zoo Field Trip!

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the white rock marathon…

jon has some Issues running but he finished and he finished while running…

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we saw him come around the corner and had our sign up and our cowbells going and yeah, there was totally shouting…

i almost got teary-eyed as i watched him run by!

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and then we met him coming out of the finish corral…  and a paramedic was nice enough to let us through the blockade so we could walk with him.

thanks, nameless dude!

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congratulations, baby!

it wasn’t the finish you wanted but you finished when most people would have called their peeps to come and get them.

we are ready!

what do you do when your hubby/daddy is running a full marathon?

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you make him a sign!  in fact, i’m pretty sure it’s a Rule.



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and what do you do when you are waiting by the finish line?

you drink cocoa, take pictures and…

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the little one plays on her phone and listens to music on her earbuds.

hello, technology!

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i am sure you understand how tempted i was to add a “.com” to this sign.

for obvious reasons.

happy thanksgiving, all!

every year, we do the turkey trot – maybe in dallas, maybe in tyler but without fail, we do the turkey trot.

i love it, love it, love it.

and this year was no different except that jon ran while mom and i walked and jasper, well…  jasper pulled at the invisible leash until jon ran back to meet up with us…  at that point, she and he took off!

mom and i did not take off.  in fact, we walked slower…  but talked faster 🙂

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what?  is the sun in ya’ll’s eyes?

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three generations, yo.

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after we stood there a couple of minutes and took pictures, jon reminded us that we hadn’t even crossed the finish line yet!  he and jaz had met up with us right before the line and we thought we had already crossed it!

that’s what we get for talking 🙂

so we figured we would make it Official and finish…  jaz herded us in the right direction…  or maybe she just wanted me to peel that orange of hers?

either way, happy pumpkin pie day to you all!

a thanksgiving feast… lunch room style…

jasper’s school had their Thanksgiving Feast that day – it was like thanksgiving dinner but cafeteria style…  and uh, cafeteria flavor as well…  not pretty, not filling but worth it!

lunch with the jasper is always worth it…  plus i got a vividly orange-dyed pumpkin cookie out of the deal.

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here she comes!

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oh, nice picture of jasper, jon!

i only had two to choose from and well, the other one was even more…  chewy.

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after the thankgiving lunch, they head to the playground and jon and i follow to enjoy the sun and chit chat.

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three girls!  (that’s a lot of pink and purple between the 3 of them, right?)

and yes, if there was any doubt:  she dresses herself.  every morning.  those outfits of hers?  all her 🙂

and although sometimes i wince and sometimes i groan a little (silently, i assure you), i kind of love what she puts together for herself…  more power to you, honey bunches of oats!

christmas crafts? already?

neena was in for the weekend and what did she bring?  a big ol’ box of crafts!

and i have it on good authority that they crafted it up all day!

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mom sent me this photo of The Industrious One…

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and then she sent me this one…

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and lastly, she sent me this one and it kind of made my day!

halloween costumes aren’t just for halloween!  (but y’all already knew that…)

happy craft day!

(what?  that’s a real holiday!  probably.)

the black kitty and the zombie…

dinner first and then trick or treating!

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so why not eat dinner with a black cauldron on your head?

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once the ambrose family got to the house (with their zombie boy in tow), it was mayhem!

the good kind.

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a vampire kitty!

or not…

hello, jack!

hello, all!  jack o’lantern time!!!

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jon has the cool one, jaspy has the kitty one and i have the basic one (it was done at midnight after sewing jasper’s kitty costume so my goal was to be done more than to be awesome (like jon’s pumpkin is)!

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right before we went trick or treating, jasper decided she wanted a picture of herself with the carved pumpkins…  and then she decided to drum on them!

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off we are about to go!  fill the buckets, watch the kiddos scamper in front of us and enjoy the night!

here’s hoping the guys will have the candy bowl emptied (by trick or treaters; not by them) when we get home 🙂

the ferris wheel…

jasper might have had three state fair requests (we checked off the cotton candy and the roller coaster but the winning the big, big, big toy was a no-go – those fair games are a scam!!  buy coupons to play game but first (!) buy a game card so you can even use the coupons to play a game?  i don’t think so…  you can shove that game card where the sun doesn’t shine, mr. state fair of texas…  stupid game card.  moving on…) but jon had only one.

he wanted us to ride the ferris wheel aka The Big Star…

so we did.

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that sucker was TALL.

did you know that this ferris wheel is one of the tallest ferris wheels in the country?

i believed it once i was standing at the base and looking up.

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windy, windy, high, high.

two things that i discovered about jasper that day:  she loves roller coasters and she isn’t afraid of heights whatsoever.

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hello, you two!

one thing i discovered about myself that day:  heights make me nervous when jasper is involved.  i mean, what if a giant eagle swooped down and grabbed her while she was waving all excitedly down at the tiny ant people far down below on the ground?  what?  it could happen.  have you read tolkien?

so anyway, after a little teasing from jon and jasper and a little loosening of my death grip on jasper, i relaxed and enjoyed myself…  although i kept an eye out of giant eagles.

cotton candy!

as we were walking up to the gates, jasper was breaking it down for me:

“mama, i wanna ride a roller coaster, win a big, big, big toy and eat cotton candy on a stick!  can we do all that?  what do you think?”

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coupons for cotton candy?  check!

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happy smile?  check!

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lick lippin’ good!

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sharing the cotton candy with mama and daddy?  check!

i’d say The Cotton Candy On A Stick Experiment was a definite check!