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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
It was so cute to see all three boys playing together with this robot! Even Jacob was having a blast! In the end, Matthew & Noah started to fight a little over the remote, but isn't that what boys do?!
I LOVE my neighborhood- we have the best group of families here! Several of the ladies are fabulous at planning both family & "mommy" gatherings, and we recently started a book club that I am very excited about! Last night we all got together for a "cooking class" and learned how to make eggplant parmesan. We all went home with a 9x13 dish of food and it was yummy, so I wanted to pass on the recipe to my friends and family! And to all my wonderful Colton Lakes friends- I can't wait to do it again!! Looks like we have a great tradition! Here's the recipe and some blurry pictures (Sophie took them and I don't know what setting she had it on- sorry!)
2 eggplants, 2 eggs, vegetable oil, mozzarella cheese
2- 30oz. cans whole or diced tomatoes, 1 tablespoon oregano, 1 teaspoon parsley, 1 teaspoon basil, 2 cloves garlic, salt & pepper
plain bread crumbs, romano cheese, 1.5 tablespoons oregano, 1 teaspoon parsley, 1 teaspoon basil, 3 cloves garlic, salt & pepper
In saucepan, combine all sauce ingreds. and let simmer while preparing remainder.
For breading: grate cheese (a pile- this will be to coat the eggplant), dump bread crumbs on top of cheese (should be about 2to1 breadcrumbs to cheese), add all seasonings and stir. Taste it- it should taste good at this point!
Slice eggplant about 1/4 inch thick. Dip in beaten eggs then the bread mixture, then fry in hot oil.
In 9x13 pan, put a layer of sauce, then a layer of fried eggplant, then mozzarella and romano cheeses. Continue to layer until the eggplant is gone. Bake @ 350 for 35-45min. covered. Uncover the last 5-10min. to brown. YUM!!
We're gearing up for our first-ever 2-car road trip to Florida! We leave this Sunday, August 3rd, for a two-week trip that will take us to Disneyworld for a week. From there, we swing over to Destin for a week at the beach with Jenny's parents and return home Sunday, August 17th, with the kids starting school the very next day!! We have to take both our cars since we no longer all fit in the suburban, but it will give us lots of luggage space, room for the kids to spread out, and maybe even a little extra room for those treasures the kids find along the way! We're super excited and plan to take lots of pictures, so watch for those!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Our Baby Jake is "RTC"- ready to crawl! He can now push himself up onto all fours from his tummy and rocks back and forth. Yesterday he was able to scoot a little to retrieve his pacifier- won't be long now! And no, I'm NOT ready for a mobile baby- we have 3 seperate sets of staircases in this house!!
We just can't believe our 2yr&4mos-old child! He is not only swimming all over the pool (w/ the aid of arm floaties), but he is now putting his face in the water and swimming around! And yesterday, we were amazed when he requested goggles like the big kids! He not only wore them, but he also put his face in the water and was swimming around watching the kids swim beneath him! I kept saying to him "Hello, you're 2!!!" Watch out for him- he's going places!!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Here are a couple of pics from a our weekend at the lake for those who don't want to watch the whole slideshow!
We decided at the last minute to join some friends of ours for a short camping trip at the lake where they have a very nice boat! It took us 2 cars and 2 tents (and that's just our family), but we made it and had a GREAT time!! The best part was that I got to go "tubing" (my first time ever!), and the kids just could not believe I did it- I'm not THAT old, am I?!?
Monday, July 21, 2008
While we were in Billings we had Jacob & Luna's pictures taken at Kiddie Kandids. Luna did really well, but Jake didn't want any part of it!!! Needless to say, we only ended up with a couple of pictures of the two of them- maybe next year!
We spent the 4th of July holiday in Billings so that we could have Baby Jake and his cousin Luna (my sister's 11-month old baby) baptized together in the same church that both me and my dad were baptized in! It was a wonderful celebration!
We had a great trip to Billings over the 4th of July- it was short, but we did some fun things including swimming, a trip to Red Lodge for the rodeo, visiting with family and a hike in "the Rims!"
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
We were recently back in Billings for the Baptism of Jacob and cousin Luna, and the kids, Zack & Uncle Bas spent some time up in what the locals call "The Rims." It was fun to be back in our old stomping ground!