Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Capture Eden

This past summer we found a really great photographer here in Asheville. The pictures turned out to be so much more than we could have imagined (I literally cried when she showed us the pictures for the first time). We had the boys photographed at the Botanical Gardens at UNC Asheville. It was a crazy, busy day, but Miss Michelle was there to help and the boys couldn't stop smiling at her!

Anyway, I know that was a LONG time ago. But, this morning I was checking out her updated website - - and a few pictures of my handsome boys made the site!! Davis is in her Gallery with the "Discovery" group of pictures and Drew is on the Info page. So cool!

I also wanted to share a few pictures that Kevin and I took at Falls Park in Greenville this past weekend (definitely not as impressive as the Capture Eden photographs, but we're learning!). We had a really nice walk on Sunday morning experimenting with our new camera.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Cowboy Spaghetti

We had the most fun at dinner tonight! I tried a new Rachel Ray recipe for my little cowboys and Davis was still practicing his new spoon/fork skills. Messy doesn't even begin to describe the scene at our dinner table!

Needless to say, we had a bath immediately after dinner. Never a dull moment at the Fleming house!

Here's the recipe for Cowboy Spaghetti. It was very simple and really good!

1 lb. spaghetti

1 tbsp EVOO

3 pieces bacon, chopped

1 lb. ground beef

1 medium onion

3 to 4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup beer

1 (14 oz.) can chopped tomatoes

1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

Heat a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add EVOO and bacon. Brown and crisp bacon, then remove with a slotted spoon. Drain off a little excess fat if necessary. Leave just enough to coat the bottom of the skillet. Add beef and crumble as it browns. Add onions, garlic and stir into meat. Season the meat with salt and pepper and Worcestershire. Add 1/2 cup beer and deglaze the pan. Cook 5 to 6 minutes more then stir in tomatoes and tomato sauce.

Add hot spaghetti to meat and sauce and combine. Adjust seasonings and add grated cheddar cheese.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

He'll Always Remember This Day

Drew had a big day today. This morning, we met his new guitar teacher. Her name is Anne (she's the arm holding up the guitar in the picture above) and she is completely understanding of how excited and impatient Drew is about learning to play the guitar. He wants to know everything NOW!!

Then, in the afternoon, we visited Musician's Workshop and picked out a Baby Taylor. I have to admit that his new "baby" is beautiful (it's the one in the second picture). He sat down and strummed on a few and picked out his first guitar - a pretty momentous occasion according to the other customers in the shop. Everyone was congratulating Drew and telling him that he would always remember this day. I, of course, started tearing up. He's in his room right now playing his new guitar and, by some miracle, is not watching TV. I love that guitar already.

So, who knows what will come of guitar lessons? If Drew gets his wish, he'll be playing in a band very soon. He tells us that, along with a few of his friends, I'll be his best groupie, Kevin will be his manager, Davis will be playing piano, Miss Brooke will be his sound engineer, Walt will be another groupie, and Neil will be his agent. Drew is looking for fortune and fame at 7 years old, but it's my hope that he learns to play an instrument that brings him much happiness through the years.

Monday, January 7, 2008

New Stuff in the New Year

Davis Fleming is some kind of kid!
I am so excited to see what he is learning everyday. I wanted to post some pictures of some of his new stuff.
Let's see...he's learning to use a spoon, but prefers a fork; he is learning not to stand in chairs; he really loves brushing his teeth (he makes the "ahhhhhh..." sound the entire time); and he has learned that when he smiles (much like the one above) he has his mom wrapped around his chubby little finger.