Category Archives: Gavin

Criss-Cross Applesauce

Here’s a video of Gavin doing what he likes best: telling his little brother what to do (sit “criss-cross applesauce” and flap their “butterfly legs,” in this case).

And Jasper is doing what he likes best: doing whatever his big brother does.

It’s really a win-win situation.

A Morning at the Museum

Several days before Christmas, the four and us spent the morning downtown taking photos around the capitol, visiting the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and eating lunch at The Pit.

I asked the boys to stand in front of the sign. Of course, their interpretation of my simple instruction was slightly different…

Inside the museum, the boys demonstrate their immense talent at taking posed photographs. I don’t like to attempt posed photos, of course, and prefer to capture the action instead, but they were so quickly moving from exhibit to exhibit that I had to stop them a few times so that they weren’t motion blurs in every shot.

The frog exhibit was among their favorites…

We’ve visited the museum several times over the years, but not since the new Nature Research Center opened across the street. The enclosed pedestrian bridge across Salisbury Street was another highlight for the boys.

Gavin was excited to see his reflection in the mirrored hubcap inside this tire.

Not sure how these guys work this way. I would be so annoyed by having strangers gawk at me while trying to work all day long!

Jasper thought this man looked sad and kept hugging his leg.

The boys always love the butterfly conservatory on the top floor. The butterflies loved Jasper on this day and kept landing on his jacket. Fortunately, we didn’t arrive back home at the end of the day with any new pets.




Nothing makes me happier than seeing Gavin and Jasper playing nicely together. They bicker, annoy, and yell at each other a LOT so when they spend HOURS playing together without fighting like they did yesterday, it is truly a momentous occasion. They had been playing in Jasper’s room for a while (because Gavin lets Jasper play in his room … well … never) when I heard them talking in my office. I eavesdropped on them and realized they had heard a noise that they thought was made by a monster and that is where this video begins. Turn up your volume a little in the beginning to hear their voices off camera…

In case you can’t hear the beginning, Gavin says, “It’s not a monster.” Jasper replies, “Then, what is it?” And Gavin answers, “It’s just something with a hole in it. It’s not a monster. C’mon! Let’s keep ourselves safe.” I still don’t know what they thought was the monster!

Then, I just kept recording because they’re so gosh darn cute and I wish I could watch the Gavin And Jasper Reality Show all the time when they’re getting along and being so adorable together! Jasper is a little parrot imitating everything his big brother does and Gavin enjoys being in charge way too much!

Santa’s Workshop

In mid-December, our elf, Zuzu (full blog entry about her to come), left a project for the boys: complete custom-stamped tote bag gifts for their aunts. Jeff made construction machine stamps and applied the paint while the boys designed the construction site scenes on the bags and placed the stamps. Thanks for the great idea, Zuzu!

We got a picture back from afar showing a happy recipient.


Lucky 7

September has finally arrived! Summer is finally over! The reasons to be joyful about this season change are too numerous to list, but the start of football season certainly ranks near the top. So, we bring to you, the fifth annual football blog entry! This year, the Seminoles started the season ranked #7 so we’re hoping that’s good luck for a great season! We’re two weeks into the season already, but I’m behind posting blog entries, as usual, and these were taken the night before the first game.

This is the fifth year for the #6 jersey. Gavin wore it three years in a row and this is Jasper’s second year wearing Antone Smith’s old number. Jasper LOVES wearing his jersey. He was upset when I told him he couldn’t wear it to church the following morning.

Gavin wears #7 for Christian Ponder, of course. Here’s his best touchdown victory pose … or there was a bird on the roof.

Jasper continues his annual habit of eating the ball. I don’t see any yellow flags, but this doesn’t seem like a strategic play.

Touchdown, Seminoles!

Gavin still needs to work on catching the ball…

Gazing into the distance, dreaming of the perfect season … or still admiring that bird.