Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Lake Las Vegas
























A couple weeks ago we ventured out for a little sightseeing trip to Lake Las Vegas.

Even though we only live 5 minutes away, I've never been there before.

Mike's been a few times for business, so he took us to a few of his favorite spots.

Jasper was in love with the water everywhere.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Play Group at Mission Hills Park
























Jasper and I ventured out to our favorite park today for our weekly church play group.

We brought two of my friend's kids along for triple the fun. Megan is pregnant and isn't feeling very well.

We love her kids and we're so glad they came with us.

Jasper claps for himself every time he goes down the slide.

Hand in Hand

We've got a lot of stories to tell.

Updates coming soon!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!




















On Tuesday Jasper and I made our annual trip to the firm to hand out goodies for Administrative Professionals Day. We had a wonderful time. I like to drop our treats off the day before so that we are not competing with all the other gifts.

We had a basket full of different candy choices and some lotions and other items. I like to let everyone pick their own treat -- then they get exactly what they like the best.

Jasper was dressed in his best duds and was thrilled that some people were willing to share their peanut m&m's with them.

Some people asked if Jasper was unhappy, because he had somewhat of a smirk on his face all morning.

I quickly explained that he had shoved 6 peanut m&m's in his mouth like a chipmunk, and he was just trying to keep them from falling out.

THANK YOU to all of the support staff at Mike's firm! You are the best!



Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Everybody Needs a Friend

My friend June and her daughter Audrey came over to play at the beginning of the month.

Of course they just wanted to play in the dirt with balls. :>

Audrey and Jasper always have a great time together.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Friday Nights at the Park


















When we can tear Mike out of the office at a good time on Friday's we love to go to the park. Jasper loves the big kids play areas and especially the tallest slide at Mission Hills Park.

This was the first time he went down the tube slide. Until now that has not been his favorite. I think because it is enclosed and he can't see out. So Mike stood at the top, and yelled up from the bottom and he realized that he would eventually come out.

I love to watch Mike and Jasper play together and it is fun for Mike to see all of the crazy antics Jasper pulls at the park.

A couple short videos at the end here. Yes, I am video happy these days. :> video video

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Just a Babe

Mike's current computer wallpaper is a blast from Jasper's past.

I have to think hard to remember back to when this photo was taken -- during his first few hours here on earth.

He looks so tiny, so peaceful, so perfect.

It seems like a lot longer than 19 months ago.

What a great reminder to be better about my journal and our family history.

When We're Helping We're Happy



















Jasper LOVES to do chores!

He is currently enamored with the kitchen floor sweeper. He wants to vacuum all the time. He can even turn it on by himself. The above photos are of him sweeping after right he came home from church and first thing this morning after he got out of the shower. He loves to vacuum!

If you open the dishwasher, you better believe Jasper will make a mad dash around the island to help you out. Don't even think about unloading or the dishes solo. He takes it as a personal insult.

The videos below showcase his unloading assistance from a few days ago.
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Diaper Change Please

For the last month Jasper has been letting us know when he needs a diaper change.

I think this is a good step in the right direction towards potty training.

His cue for a diaper change is shown at the end of this video.
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18 Month Check-Up











































I'm over a month late here, but I wanted to record Jasper's 18 month check-up.

Height: 31 inches -- 10-25th percentile
Weight: 22 bs. 7 oz. -- 10-25th percentile
Head Circumference: 48 1/2 cm -- 50-75th percentile

We tried to keep busy while we waited for Dr. LaMotte by reading one of our favorite books: "How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?".

And our all time favorite source of entertainment while waiting around...the orange bouncy ball. Which we affectionately refer to as "Orangie".

I am posting video of Orangie the bouncy ball at the end of this post. I tuck this ball in my purse at all times just in case I need it to entertain Jasper. It is a lifesaver!

Mike met us for a nice lunch at Cafe Rio after our appointment at the doctor.

I always ask for limes for my water. Jasper tries to eat them and feed them to us. Silly boy!

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bandanna BOY

We set out to run 2 errands. One thing led to another, and we ended up being gone all afternoon.

I had no extra outfit packed, and by the end of the day Jasper's shirt a great big mess. So I dressed him in whatever I had in the car -- which was an extra bandanna in my gym bag. We were just driving home so I didn't think much about it.

We ended up running one more errand to Costco. The plan was that I would run in and grab a few things while the boys fueled up the car.

There I am, grabbing Dr. Laura's new book, when I turn around and see Mike and Jasper coming down the aisle. Yes, Jasper is in the store, clad in a bandanna.

After we left the store I told Mike, "Someone told me I have a beautiful daughter. They think Jasper is a girl", I squawked.

Mike quipped, "Well I am sure that had nothing to do with the fact that Jasper is wearing a halter top :>

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Give Me a Yellow Balloon

In my attempts to cure some afternoon boredom I blew up a punching ball balloon for Jasper and it did just the trick. He bounced it all over the house and had so much fun.

He was having so much fun that I got out the video camera and got some pretty entertaining footage. If Jasper keeps up these antics we may be on our road to "America's Funniest Home Videos". (The funniest part is near the end).

We have been playing with our exercise ball lately, and Jasper must think the big yellow balloon is an exercise ball videojust his size.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Ding Dong - Who's Home?

Jasper LOVES to ring the doorbell.

Mike usually indulges him a few times too many when they come home each night after walking down to the mailbox.

We snapped these shots on Easter Sunday. I am sad to say that they are the best photos we got of any of us! Not exactly your traditional Easter photos.

Traveling Family Home Evening

videoTonight we walked over to my friend Kerri's house. We gave her some yellow roses from our backyard and enjoyed having Family Home Evening outside in her backyard.

The weather was perfect and we enjoyed seeing the fruits of Kerri and her husband's labors in their newly landscaped backyard.

We had a lesson the Resurrection and then we went inside so Kerri could play "Jesus has Risen" for our closing song. Jasper had a great time plunking away on the piano with Kerri.

I am posting videos of Jasper at the piano for my folks. Enjoy!
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Helping Hands

Today I was standing at the island writing out some Thank You cards, and of course my little buddy had to get in on the action.

Jasper climbed right up on his stool and clamoured through the cards.

I decided the easiest way to help him feel a part of things was to trace his tiny hand on the inside on each of the cards.

Jasper was thrilled to participate and be in on things.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Favorite Reads


Jasper's current favorite reads are The Friend magazine and some Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme cards.

Jasper likes you to read him ALL 26 of the Nursery Rhyme cards at nap time AND bedtime. So...I now hum "Three Blind Mice" and whistle "Mary had a Little Lamb" all day long.

The Nursery Rhyme cards are 8 x 10 and laminated. Jasper can manhandle them with minimal damage. Which is good, because I think that Jasper has a crush on Little Miss Muffet. That's his favorite card.

His favorite part about The Friend is the "Friends in the News" section with pictures of other kids.

The neighbor girls are on Spring Break and they came over to play with Jasper today.

When I went upstairs I found all 3 girls and Jasper in his play tent. They were taking turns reading Jasper his nursery rhyme cards one at a time. It was really sweet. They also took him on a bike ride around the neighborhood, which he loved.

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I am full time wife and Mom. Jasper is my busy 3 year old who keeps us on our toes. I like to sew and craft and make our house a home. I love to be outside and play with my boys.