Written by Jessica on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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Written by Jessica on Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Click here to see the pictures I took of the boys last weekend!

Written by Jessica on Saturday, November 06, 2010
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The boys had so much fun this Halloween.  They helped me carve the pumpkin... By 'helped me carve the pumpkin', I mean Brayden was stopped in to check on my progress in between football passes.  Carter directed me as to what to do Taylor popped in here and there between playing with friends and Tucker played with everyone. 

 Saturday we got dressed up and went downtown to the "trunk or treat" with Grandaddy and Mimi.  It was packed with lots of vendors and trunk or treaters, so we took it all in, took some pictures and headed back home to grill out.
 Brayden was so scared of Taylor's costume and it took him a long time once he  started screaming and crying for him to calm down.  Then when we tried to get his costume on him (a giraffe) he was equally as scared.  After a few bribes and a few pieces of candy, we got his costume on and he was fine.

The little boys embraced their costumes and really played up their characters.  They were so cute and would tell anyone who asked (and many who didn't) what they were dressed as.  They'd walk up to each door and say, "Twick-ah-Tweet, Tank you!" They were so stinking cute!  Taylor has a big time playing with his brothers and jumping out from bushes and scaring them. 

Written by Jessica on Thursday, October 21, 2010
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I've found a recipe that's too good not to share!  It came from Skinny Gina and I made it with adaptions that of course added lots of fat to a skinny recipe!  

Low Fat Baked Ziti with Spinach
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes 
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1/8th Points: 6 pts
Calories: 331.9 Fat: 7.1 g Protein: 17.5 g Carb: 54.7 g Fiber: 7.8 g 
  • 1 lb high fiber ziti such as Ronzoni Smart Taste
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic,minced
  • 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 8 oz fat-free ricotta (I used cottage cheese)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • 2 cups (8 oz) part skim mozzarella
  • I added 1.5 lbs of hamburger meat browned and drained cooked with diced onions and bell peppers.
Preheat oven to 375°.Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with oil spray.

In a large pot of salted water, cook pasta according to instructions until al dente. Drain and return to pot.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, add olive oil and sauté garlic. Add chopped spinach, salt pepper and chopped tomatoes. Season with basil, oregano, salt and pepper.

Add sauce to the pasta and combine the ziti. Add half of the mozzarella, Parmesan cheese and ricotta. Mix well then transfer to the baking pan.

Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Top with the remaining mozzarella.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until mozzarella is melted and the edges are lightly browned.

This can be made up to a day in advance and stored, tightly covered, in the refrigerator. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.

And VOILA!  Here's mine:

And this time of year... my favorite dessert:

Written by Jessica on Monday, October 11, 2010

Aunt Barbara - I hope you haven't given up on us!

ok - so when I lived within 30 minutes from a lot of my family I posted blog updates all the time - now that we're half a day away, I never post!  SORRY!

I still don't have a long post about life in SC in me right now - but I will post some links to some pictures I've posted on fb for my non-facebooking family and friends!

Our trip to the pumpkin patch - It was a small country farm in Martin SC - but the boys had fun!

or - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=71770&id=1577670409&l=cf574a3b18

We're headed to the Columbia, SC Zoo* next weekend to help the boys get into character* and then to Kackleberry Farms in Louisville, Ga the weekend after that then the next weekend is our great escape from the ZOO! 

*hint hint!

I don't think I ever posted Taylor's b/d pictures and our trip back home on here yet... So here they are:

or - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=68674&id=1577670409&l=3337822221

Written by Jessica on Tuesday, August 24, 2010

24 hours is not enough!!

I've neglected the blog lately as I've been getting used to working full time and juggling the kids schedules.  To make matters worse, we have a Verizon aircard as our only internet and we rarely get a signal out here in the boonies where we're living now.  That will all change Sept. 15 - we're moving into town to yet another temporary housing arrangement.  We went 10 years and never moved - now we're living like gypsies! oh well, you do what you have to do, right?

Taylor's a week into 2nd grade and he loves it. 

We finally have a pediatrician up here now.  Carter had to go yesterday because he had symptoms of thrush (white mouth).  I don't like going to the doctor, and rarely do.  Wouldn't have if daycare didn't require a note - but they did and so we went and the doctor was great and Carter did great.  He's in the 25th percentile for weight and 90th percentile for height.  He carried on conversations with the doctor, the nurses, other patients, me....he was quite the chatterbox despite not feeling well from a cold he has in addition to the thrush.  It was a good reminder that I need to try to get out with them more one on one.  He hammed it up and loved his "alone" time.

Written by Jessica on Friday, July 16, 2010
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I wanted to hurry and get an update out here before I start my new juggling act on Monday.  I’ll be back to working full time, with 4 kiddos, and baseball, and golf, and school, and homework, all the other fun stuff that I’ll have in the air.  ;)

The weekend before the 4th of July, there was a small Fair and a Celebration of Aiken County and Independence Day called Fire over Aiken.  After waiting for a few hours for the fireworks show, they announced that the storm earlier in the day and caused their computer to malfunction and the fireworks were canceled.
While we were waiting, we had fun though…
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The next weekend, July 4th, we went to the Augusta RiverWalk.  We had Mexican food near the Savannah River and listed the brave Karaoke performers before heading down to the river.IMG_5441
The view was something like this when we made our way to the river bank.  Still not quite dark enough for fireworks….IMG_5486
Still waiting on the darknesss…IMG_5485
Almost time…Patience was wearing a little thin…IMG_5479
Almost dark!IMG_5484  It’s dark…and we’re still waiting… We’re afraid it may be a repeat of last week, when at 10:45pm they were cancelled…IMG_5480IMG_5498
But, no, we watched a spectacular fireworks show that lasted about 30-45 minutes.  No pictures because we had to hold kids up where they could see them because people rushed down in front of us blocking the view we had.

We got home a little after midnight.  As you can see, Taylor still had lots of energy!IMG_5524 IMG_5525 IMG_5530

Written by Jessica on Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Click here to see the boys' facebook Father's Day shoot album.

Written by Jessica on Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fun at the park in Aiken:
Mother's Day at Mom's:
That's a corn cob in Carter's mouth that he carried around and rolled in dirt and ate on. 
Dad took time out from packing/moving to give the boys a little ride.
Last day of 1st grade:
First driving range adventure for the boys:
I left my computer at Mom's when we went home to get our house cleaned up and ready for the renters.  She mailed it to me with a gazillion peanut things for the boys to play with.   
Father's Day 2010 - We dropped the cookie cake face down on the ground and didn't get to eat it.  But, it's the thought that counts, right?
Wade and Taylor played at a course called Bogeyville, here in Aiken on Fathers Day.  They only got to play about 7 holes before a storm hit, so they have a rain check to go finish the back nine.