Thursday, September 29, 2011

Baseball With Dad!

Today at school AJ had Baseball with Dad! Alex took her to school and then went outside onto the field and they did all kinds of baseball themed activities. They both had so much fun and Alex even got a few pics of AJ enjoying some of the action! Alex once again got a great portrait of himself and a story about him in her words! She made him some cute arts & crafts and they wore matching baseball name tags!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

33 & Loving It!

Yesterday was my 33rd birthday and I had such a great day! AJ couldn't wait to give me my cards and flowers in the morning and then couldn't wait to sing & have cupcakes after dinner! Alex worked from home, I got to go shopping for some new clothes and then he took me out for a fancy, kid free dinner at Cabernet! Alex reserved us a awesome big u shaped table so we could sit side by side, they gave me a rose for my birthday and we even ran into some fellow Mountaineer fans! We started with AMAZING fried lobster tails (SO SO GOOD) and then of course I had a bone in rib eye and Alex had a filet oscar - both were amazing. For our sides we shared some creamed spinach and asparagus - the asparagus was gilled and had had a little bit of a spicy-ness to them - different & delish! For dessert we had the cream brule & some vanilla ice cream which were presented to me on plates that said happy birthday on them in chocolate! I had such a special day & night! My 33rd year is going to be an amazing one - I look great, I feel great and I have the two best kids and the best husband in the world - I am one lucky lady!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hat Day

Today AJ had hat day at school, so what team do you think she proudly sported? THATS RIGHT - WVU - GOOOO Mountaineers!

Here's another without the hat, but too darn cute not to share-

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Puppy Love!

My goodness I love this kid - he causes all kinds of trouble at the doctors office - he had my blood boiling and then I find him like this and forget it all!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Southern Critters

These are our two new friends in the backyard-

This guy is cute-


OH, almost forgot to mention the "palmetto bugs" we have had in the house - we've had 2 in the past month and I hope to never see one again. Oh and the reason I put palmetto bug in quotes is because it's a fancy word for huge, ugly ROACH! Gotta love life in the South! I still have yet to get a pic of one - I am paralyzed with fear when I see these gross critters!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

School Spirit Day!

Once a month at AJ's school they have a school spirit day and have to wear these not-so-flattering-on-girls t-shirts. Well I found a way to make her look cute & girly in hers!

But I mean, come on, with a face like this and curls like that, how could she not look girly cute?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Class Trip to the Art Barn!

Today AJ had a class trip to the Art Barn. It was a cute little farm out in Canton and all the kids had such a great time! Farmer Sue was great - she had the kids help feed & brush the animals, took us on a tractor ride and had us paint pics of pigs! AJ loved running like crazy all over the farm with all her buddy's from school!

Here is a pic of AJ's painted pig-

Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 Year Anniversary of 911

Today was the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. It was super hard being away in GA and away from my whole family for the first time, but I was happy they posted lots of pics from the memorial and I got to hear from them about the day. I was so happy to hear that so many family members got to go into NYC for the memorial to honor my cousin this year. We love you, we miss you and we miss your smiling face more and more with each passing year - WE WILL NEVER FORGET! I also go the nicest flowers from some neighbors that really brightened up my day!

Today also happened to be AJ's first day of CCD, so heres a pic of the kids looking cute for Church & Sunday School!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

15 Bean Soup

For our first weekend of football we needed a good, slow cooked soup and this recipe for 15 bean soup is turned out awesome!

1 package of 15 bean soup (throw out the seasoning packet)
2 smoked ham hocks
1 large onion chopped up
10 -15 baby carrots chopped up
4-5 celery stalks chopped up
3 bay leaves
1 tsp dried thyme
1 big box of chicken stock
2 cups water
1 can diced tomatoes
diced ham steak

Heat your evoo in bottom of big pot and cook onions, celery & carrots over medium heat till softened. Add ham hocks and continue to cook for about 5 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, chicken stock, water, thyme & bay leaves - make sure all the beans are covered or add more water. Simmer on stove for about 5 hours or until all the beans are soft. Remove ham hocks and take off whatever meat you can get from them and add that and your diced ham steak back to the pot and ENJOY! This is a keeper on our house for sure - even the kids LOVED it!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

1st Day of Gym

I love AJ's school for so many reasons - one of them being all the specials they have. Once a week they get taken out of class and brought to another teacher for gym, music, religion, library & science. This is on top of all the other learning, arts & crafts, cooking projects & all time she gets to spend on both the indoor & outdoor playgrounds that goes on her amazing main teachers. Today was her first day of gym and she was super psyched to wear her new kicks that we got in NJ and boy did she look super cute in her purple & pink pumas that she fought me to get!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tiny Dancer

AJ was so super excited for ballet to start up again - thinking there may be some tap in her near future too! Alex, Dylan & I got there a little early to watch from the window and when she saw us she was so excited! She was happy to show us all her new steps the rest of the afternoon and we enjoyed watching!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pre K

Today was AJ's first day of Pre K! Can't believe my baby girl has only 1 more year left of preschool and then it's off to Elementary School! She was super excited to go and came home so happy!

Last week before we left for our trip to NJ she had her meet and great and was so happy to see some old & new friends and just get back to school!