Written by Jessica on Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I've been looking for fun ideas to help our family slow down and remember the things we are thankful for. We are so blessed and so very fortunate and this year I especially want Taylor to learn and understand the meaning of this holiday season. I want him to be thankful and grateful and have a full heart. I found this activity at Skip to My Lou and I knew we had to do it! Each day we all write something we're thankful for and hang the leaf on the tree, by Thanksgiving we'll have a full tree and we can read all the things we're thankful for to eachother. I thought it may be hard for Taylor after a day or two, but he is more thankful and understanding of the things he has than Wade or I either one are. Wade and I are certainly blessed to have a son like Taylor. This is definitely a tradition that we'll continue year after year.

Written by Jessica on Sunday, November 23, 2008

I know, I've been a Sundee Supper Slacker lately. I hope this make up for it. Here are some fave Thanksgiving recipes.

Cinnamon and Spice Pecans

1/3 cup melted butter
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 pound pecan halves

Stir all ingredients and bake on a cookie sheet 275 for ??30 mins or so, taste for doneness... (I haven't made these since last Christmas and I can't remember how long to cook them...

Yellow Squash Casserole

4 cups sliced squash
1/2 cup chopped onion
35 crushed Ritz crackers
1 cup shredded cheese (plus a little more -yum!)
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp salt
ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400. Cook Squash and onion in a skillet with a little water until tender, about 5 mins, drain.
In a large bowl mix together half the cracker crumbs, half the cheese, the onions and squash, beaten eggs, and milk, butter and salt and pepper.
Spread in a 9x13"dish. Sprinkle with remaining crackers and cheese and dot with butter.
Bake for 25 mins, or until golden brown.

Greek Pasta Salad I (adapted from allrecipes.com)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1 /2 tsp. dried basil
1 1 /2 tsp. dried oregano
3/4 tsp pepper
3/4 tsp sugar
2 1/2 cups COOKED bowtie pasta (or any pasta)
3 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
15 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup sliced bell peppers
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 (4oz) can black olives
3/4 cup sliced pepperoni
pepperocini peppers to taste
Broccoli Casserole (from allrecipes.com - Laura Baker)
3 tbsp. butter
1 chopped onion
2 10 oz pkg frozen broccoli
1 10.75 oz can of cream of mushroom soup
1 cup shredded cheese
1 cup mayo
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp garlic salt
salt and pepper
1 1/2 tsp season salt
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
12 Ritz crackers, crushed fine
2 tbsp butter (for top)
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Melt 3 tsp butter in a med skillet over med high heat. Saute onion until golden.
3. In a 2 quart casserole dish, mix together onion, broccoli, soup, cheese, mayo, eggs, garlic salt, pepper, season salt, and lemon juice. Sprinkle crushed crackers over top and dot with remaining 2 tbsp butter.
4. Bake uncovered 45 mins or until heater through.
More to come...time for bed! = )

Written by Jessica on Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My boys bring me so much joy. I've never been happier than I am now, and I owe it all to them. They are so happy and free. The world is so new and intriguing to them. The babies are curious and carefree; they spend the day just taking it all in, exploring their new world. Taylor is so imaginative and he thinks so differently than I do now. When we read books together and I ask him his 'critical thinking' questions afterwards, he comes up with answers that are so simple and so correct, yet, I never come up with the same answers. He makes me laugh and smile when he's explaining the story to me and he can't understand why. I see me; I remember what life was like at his age. I want to learn to think like that again.

Hopefully in time he will teach me to remember all the things I've forgotten from my childhood. I want to remember how simple things were and how wonderful things are.

My kids have taught me patience and love. They've taught me joy and happiness. They've taught me what's important in life and what's not. I hope I can, in return, teach them a thing or two along the way.

Time is a thief and gives nothing back, so enjoy every moment you have, you'll never get it back. As Thanksgiving approaches, take a moment to think about what you're thankful for and remember that and let it be the reason you celebrate. If the mood strikes you, leave a comment, telling me what your thankful for and I'd love to hear of any Thanksgiving traditions you have.

We're starting a new tradition this year, the Thanksgiving tree, I'll post pictures and tell more about it later.

Tucker is asleep at the photography studio sucking on the head of a rubber duck like a paci.

Brayden is so tired and the other 2 just won't leave him alone!

I thought I'd try to see how the boys would do for their pictures that were the following day, so I laid them out and tried to get a few pre-picture day pictures... Yeah... not good. The pictures you see above are the beginning, Carter and Tucker picking on Brayden, then Brayden spit up so I went to get a rag and I came back to this:

...they were supposed to still be laying together, picture ready...

Tucker just wants to roll, roll, roll! It took him a while to figure it out, but now that he has, there's no slowing him down!

Written by Jessica on Tuesday, November 18, 2008


bottom left. and it's sharp!

pictures of the boys playing and some we took today while waiting to get our pictures taken...

Written by Jessica on Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Both Carter and Tucker have started rolling insanely. ...Like across the room in 30 seconds. ...I'm talking serious rolling ....to get where you're going style rolling. And wouldn't you know, they always go in opposite directions! That is, after they get done chewing on each other. Yes, there are some serious chewing battles too. Like Brayden getting Carter's foot the other day and holding it with both hands chewing while Carter kicked and started the alligator roll to get loose... yeah - SO MUCH FUN!

I never know how I'll find this boy (Carter) in his crib, I just pray he's in there somewhere!

Brayden's trying on his hat for me before we go...

The shoes I made for the boys


Did I mention it was a 7 mile walk??? With a triple stroller?? ...that weighs over 100lbs with babies...

I can't wait to do it again next year!

I'm still working towards my goal of $250 for the March of Dimes. If you want to donate, or buy something from the Crafting 4 a Cause blog, click here.