Prologue: Sept. 30th, 2017

Prologue: Sept. 30th, 2017

Hi! My name is Priscilla. I am the wife of a Methodist minister, mom of two (soon to be three, coming December 2018!), a piano teacher and musician. I feel inspired to share with you stories of our family, especially our cute kids! I also want to include pedagogical thoughts, resources and theories about my piano teaching career. I hope you love the stories, enjoy the tips, and find some things useful.20171001_104215_hdr.jpg

 

What’s In A Name? Sunday, August 19, 2018

What’s In A Name? Sunday, August 19, 2018

When Andrew and I were talking about starting a family a few years back we decided we wanted to use family names for our children. (I think I’ve mentioned before how sentimental we are! ๐Ÿ™‚ )Later, we also picked out both a girl and boy name when we were expecting our first. David Patrick is named after both our Dads, and Emma Sue is named after both our mothers. When we found out we were expecting our third, choosing a name became a little bit more difficult. There are lots of great names in our families, and choosing between them…, well, let’s just say it took us longer to come to an agreement! We sat down and made a list of all the male names on both sides of our families (I went a little crazy and looked up the meanings of every name, and Andrew had to make sure the initials were appropriate ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and we finally have a name for our sweet little boy! Samuel James Kjorlaug!!! Isn’t it a beautiful name?! We hope he’s proud of it when he’s older. ๐Ÿ™‚

In other baby news, I have also picked out the theme for Samuel’s nursery! David actually helped me decide on the final theme too (It was between elephants, and Dr. Seuss)! We are going to doย One Fish, Two Fish, New Fish, Blue Fish,ย which is a play off of Dr. Seuss’sย One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish book!ย 20180804_163016

It’s one of those nursery in a bag sets. It’s going to be a while before it’s done because we have to paint, lay carpet, put furniture together, etc. I’ll definitely share pictures with you once the nursery is finished!ย  David’s nursery room was done in Eric Carle’sย The Very Hungry Caterpillar,ย and Emma’s nursery room is Lady Bugs. I was keeping with the bug/book theme in that there is a series of Books calledย Ladybug Girlย by David Soman and Jacky Davis. So I am happy that David helped me decide on the Dr. Seuss book theme. I am so excited!!

I have not had any weird pregnancy cravings, however, I have one enormous appetite and sweet tooth! I have a sweet tooth anyway, even under normal conditions, I just usually have more self control! The other day I was at the store and bought one of those frozen hershey chocolate pies! I love those things!!! However, normally I would talk myself out of buying it. Instead I just bought that pie, brought it home, and a few days later it is ALL GONE!ย 20180816_203137

The other night, (before I bought that pie) I was craving something sweet. I made Ree Drummond’s cake in a mug recipe. Find the recipeย Here! I have to say that this dessert was awesome! It may be the best recipe yet! For a couple reasons, one, it was easy to mix together and ready in ninety seconds. Two, It’s chocolate cake! I took the picture like this so you could see the cake in the mug, but as soon as I finished with the picture I put a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I have been trying to eat healthy things too! We made a grilled salmon recipe the other night that I am very excited to share with you! The flavor was spectacular! Ina Garten’s Asian grilled Salmon.ย The recipe calls for dijon mustard, soy sauce, olive oil, and minced garlic, all pantry ingredients! The only thing we did different from the recipe was we used cedar planks to grill the fish on. (this also means you don’t flip the fish halfway through cooking, you just let cook skin side down.) This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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I took the kids to the zoo on Friday, and we had a great time! We enjoyed watching the bears eat their lunch! Aren’t they cute! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 20180817_130627

Emma enjoyed the train ride, and David always wants to play in the water fountains!

It’s hard to believe that this is the middle of August, and all the kiddos are starting school!! Where does time go? Even though David starts preschool later this week and Emma will be attending the parents day out program in September, we will still be having some summer fun!

Here is our menu for the week!

Monday: Lunch, Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Dinner, Orange Chicken and rice.

Tuesday: Lunch, Sesame Chicken salad. Dinner, Lemon Basil Shrimp Risotto.

Wednesday: Lunch, Tacos. Dinner, Grilled steak with chimichurri sauce, Baked potatoes, and Asparagus.

ย Thursday: Lunch, Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. Dinner, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, grilled veggies.

Friday: Lunch, Cheeseburgers and chips. Dinner, Chicken Parmigiana and salad.

Saturday: Lunch (out). Dinner, Pork sliders, carrots, and apples.

Sunday: Lunch, Sour cream noodle bake. Dinner, Chicken wings and potato skins.ย 

Love,

PK

 

Piano Lessons this Fall! Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Piano Lessons this Fall! Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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The last few days I have been working on updating my site, and getting things ready to begin teaching again this fall. I am so excited to be starting back teaching piano again! (In case you don’t know, we moved a few months ago and I haven’t been teaching since we moved.)ย  Even though it has only been a few months, it feels like I haven’t taught in forever and I miss it like crazy!! This year is going to be different in that for the first time I am going it solo. In the past I have been employed to teach piano through various community music schools, which has it’s plusses and minuses. The biggest plus being that you just show up and teach. You don’t have to worry about the business side of things. This time I’m taking on the whole shebang! So I’ve been trying to make sure I have all my ducks in a row and ready to go! If you happen to live in my neck of the woods and want to take piano lessons, or know someone who does, PLEASE CONTACT ME! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would LOVE to talk with you about lessons this fall! Also, check out the pages on this website! I have information about piano lessons on my new “Lessons” page, and I have also created a new “Media” page! You can go there to listen to some of my recordings! Please help me spread the word and enroll students!! Thanks! You are Awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

PK

Throwing in the towel! Thursday, August 9, 2018

Throwing in the towel! Thursday, August 9, 2018

After three days of potty training Emma, I have thrown in the towel! I was cleaning up mess after mess.ย  I have some of her potty times down, like she almost always goes after meal time. I was taking her to sit on the potty every twenty to thirty minutes (assuming she didn’t have an accident in-between). She would have some success going on the potty, but I couldn’t seem to get her to make the connection of needing to go sit on the potty before the accident! Plus, there were times I noticed she would get excited about something or upset and have an accident. Overall I feel Emma doesn’t have the necessary bladder control yet, and maturity wise she’s not quite ready. While she was showing interest in sitting and using the potty, and would get excited when she had successes,ย  everything is a game to her right now. I’m not ready to pull the mom card of “you have to sit on the potty”, or “if you pee or poop in your pants you’re going to be in trouble”. (Oh the things we say as moms! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I don’t feel she would totally understand, and I don’t want her to hate sitting on the potty…. When David was potty training (around 26 months) we reached a point where I knew he knew what he was supposed to do, and was just being stubborn about going to sit on the potty. Then I had no qualms about pulling those mom cards!

While part of me felt like a failure in not sticking with potty training Emma, another part of me was relieved. I hate starting something and not being able to finish, it always makes me feel like I failed. That’s just my perfectionist personality coming across. However, I want to do what’s best for my baby, and hopefully in another few months she will be more ready.

In other news, I painted our front door!!! It looks beautiful!! We chose aย sea harbor blue for the color, and freshly painted the trimming a light grey! The only thing I’m missing now are some beautifully potted plants sitting around. (At this point I’m going to wait for the fall mums.)

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We had a nice summer rain shower yesterday. I just love those type of rain showers, where there is no storm, just light refreshing rain! The kids had a blast running through the puddles! ๐Ÿ™‚

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We also had lunch on the porch!!! We love our screened in porch!!! We bought a fan for the porch, which makes it cooler, and the heat more tolerable. We are going to be sitting out there quite a bit this fall!

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My sweet hearts!!! I was washing dinner dishes, and Andrew was in the living room with the kids. It is nice to be able to see from the kitchen into the living room while doing dishes! It gives me opportunity to watch the action, and snap pictures if I can get my hands dry from the dish water in time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Emma’s getting a “horsey” ride from daddy!

 

Love,

PK

Growing Up. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018

Growing Up. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018

How is it that you blink, and all of a sudden your kids are doing things that you don’t think they should be able to do yet? I have felt like this a few times this week. Every time I see David riding his bike up and down the street with his big boy helmet on, or sitting at the lego table all intensely occupied building legos I feel this way. Emma all of a sudden wanted to sit on the potty last night, and actually went! I was like, What? Could this really be it? Is she actually wanting to learn to use the potty? She can’t be big enough for that. Not my baby! I don’t know if the potty thing is going to stick or if it is just a momentary fascination, but I don’t want to miss my window of opportunity. She has been showing some signs of readiness, like not wanting to wear her wet/dirty diapers. There have been a few mornings recently when I have gone to get her out of bed, and she has already taken her wet diaper off! (Thank God they were only wet!) So we are going to work on potty training this week. Say a prayer for me because I’m going to need it!!!

Emma’s hair is also growing rapidly! I was able to fix it in piggy and pony tails this week. ๐Ÿ™‚ Too cute!!!

Andrew made it home earlier this week, and we were so excited for him to be back!! We went on a family date night Friday evening. We went to Dave and Busters, and “us” kids played games and ate way too many calories!! ๐Ÿ™‚ David has reached the age where he can actually play a lot of the games, and had a blast! He talked about it all day Saturday! ๐Ÿ™‚ This was his first experience going to a place like this. We have intentionally avoided such places until now. He compared it to Pizza Planet, which is the place on the movieย Toy Story that has all the food and games. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Emma had fun too however. She liked playing all the games that involved balls. She liked throwing them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Emma also liked pretending that she was playing the games.:)

Today was a rough morning at church. For some reason, both children decided they didn’t want to sit through the worship service. I would have to take David out, and then Emma would act up and I would have to take her out! I took them both out together. David was particularly aggravating because he knows better! (Or he’s supposed to any way!) The worship service itself was good, and Andrew preached a great sermon on prayer. The whole time I felt like I needed to pray more because of my poor parenting skills. :0) Let’s just say I needed a whole mountain of prayers this morning! Next Sunday will hopefully be better!

I tried a couple new recipes this week that I would like to share with you. They are definitely keepers! The first is a sour cream noodle bake. I was inspired by the pioneer woman’s recipe of this, however, I made a change to the recipe to fit our taste. Instead of using the tomato sauce called for in her recipe, I used a jar of tomato/basil spaghetti sauce. It gave the recipe more of a lasagna flavor. Also be careful when cooking the “No Yolk” noodles. They cook extremely fast! I didn’t even have to let my water come to a full boil before the noodles were al dente. Here is the link to the Sour Cream Noodle Bakeย recipe.ย We had enough left over to freeze for another meal!

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The other recipe was Pasta ai Quattro Formaggi, which means four cheese pasta. This was also inspired by the Pioneer Woman’s recipe. I however, only had one of the four cheeses recommended in the recipe, but she does say you can use any four cheeses, so I guess she’s right because it still tasted amazing! I had parmesan, monterey jack, queso fresco, and mozzarella in our refrigorator, and it turned out great!! Other than grading the cheeses, this is super easy to make! I also cooked some fresh shrimp (My new favorite way to cook shrimp is on a sheet pan in the oven! Tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh minced garlic! Bake at 400 degrees until the smell is amazing!)ย  and cut up a salad to go along with it. (i.e. Andrew cut up the salad) Here is the PW recipe forย Pasta ai Quattro Formaggi.

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Here is our menu for this week.

Monday: Lunch, Pizza. Dinner, Asian glazed chicken thighs, rice, and asparagus.

Tuesday: Lunch, Polish Sausage, navy beans, and peas. Dinner, Steak, mashed potatoes, and green beans.

Wednesday: Lunch, Onion-tended burger and fries. Dinner: Ramen.

Thursday: Lunch, out. Dinner. Spaghetti and meatballs.

Friday: Lunch, Chicken and cheese quesadillas. Dinner, Pan-fried pork chops, stewed apples, and macaroni and cheese.

Saturday: Lunch, Hot Dogs and chips. Dinner, Coq au Vin.

Sunday: Lunch, Beef Enchiladas. Dinner, Pork Sliders.

 

Single Momness! Sunday, July 29, 2018

Single Momness! Sunday, July 29, 2018

Andrew has been gone since Wednesday on a mission trip to the Arizona/Mexico border. He won’t be back until Tuesday night, and we REALLY miss him!!! I have had a lot of help so far, making it easier and the time to pass much quicker. A dear, sweet soul from our new church sent over pizza Wednesday evening, which was a huge help, and the kids and I had a pizza and movie night! We watched Toy Story 3! ๐Ÿ™‚ I always want to cry at the end of that movie when Andy goes off to college! I imagine I’ll be like the mom in that movie about fourteen years from now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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My parents were also able to come and spend a couple days with us this weekend! You are probably getting tired of me saying this, but I’m so grateful to be living closer to home! It’s been over ten years since we lived this close to our families! I love getting to spend more time with them. Friday we went to the Memphis Zoo! We all love the zoo, both David and my Dad in particular. They share a particular fondness for animals. David can talk all day about snakes, insects, comodo dragons, scorpions, jelly fish, squid, octopuses,… you get the idea. I love that the zoo allows you to take your own picnic lunch! We packed sandwiches, chips, fruit, and drinks all in a cooler bag with ice packs, and enjoyed a picnic lunch at the zoo! It allowed us to stay longer and enjoy more of the zoo. (We hit the herpetarium at the time they were about to do the keeper chat. Guess who had to sit on the front row to see all the snakes!? That’s right, David and my Dad! Guess who sat in the very back!? Yes, my mother, Emma and I! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

 

 

 

 

In a previous blog I told you about our patio table and chairs, and a bench/chair we acquired from family. Well, I spray painted the patio table and chairs, and my mother reupholstered them for me. We picked out a picnic checkered material for the chairs (they were like a pickle green color). It is so cute!!! I love it, and it looks like a brand new set!

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The bench in the play room also turned out really cute! My dad cut plywood for the bottoms, and my mom cut the foam, material, and put it all together! Thanks Dad and Mom!!

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Someone else is liking her new bench too!

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We missed Andrew today, and it felt a little odd going to church and him not being there. However, I did get a chance to catch up with Rev. Dr. Michelle, my old boss from Wesley and clergy family friend! She filled in for Andrew today and then she and her family came over for lunch! I wish I could brag about the lunch I fixed for everyone, but it was kind of rushed because the kids were getting tired and cranky. The company was the best part! Also, I haven’t been able to find a pulled pork recipe that I love yet. The pork was tender and juicy, but the flavor I’m looking for just wasn’t quite there. I’m looking for more of a deep spicey bbq flavor, and all the ones I’ve tried so far have been more sweet and vinegary. (Is vinegary a word? It is now!) If you have a pulled pork recipe you love please share it with me! I would love to try it!

My precious babies in their Sunday best! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Here is our menu for the week!

Monday: Lunch, Club sandwiches, chips and fruit. Dinner, Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Tuesday: Lunch, Pulled pork and pineapple quesadillas. Dinner, Steak, risotto and asparagus.

Wednesday: Lunch, Cheeseburgers and Fries. Dinner, Chicken and Dumplings with broccoli and carrots.

Thursday: Lunch, Crispy chicken sliders. Dinner, Sour cream noodle bake with garlic bread and salad.

Friday: Lunch, Simple Sesame noodles. Dinner, Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and green beans.

Saturday: Lunch, OUT. Dinner, Pasta ai Quattro Formaggi with Shrimp.ย 

Sunday: Lunch, Meat loaf, mac n’ cheese, and broccoli. Dinner, Fish tacos.ย 

Can’t wait for my sweetie to come home this week!!! We are definitely going to have to have a date night soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

Love,

PK

 

Then There Were Three! July 24, 2018

Then There Were Three! July 24, 2018

I have been sitting on a piece of news that I am so excited to share with you!!!ย  Meet baby Kjorlaug number three!!!! We are due to meet this precious baby December twenty-third! It’s going to make for a very special and memorable Christmas!

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It’s A Boy!!!!

We found out today that we are having a boy!! We are ellated!

I had a pretty rough first trimester, and so I’m happy that the second one seems to have set in. The “morning” sickness was similar to when I was pregnant with Emma, and so I thought it must be another girl. I was almost convinced of it. I was wrong! Apparently the “morning” sickness really doesn’t reflect the gender at all. Oh well, it didn’t matter to me regardless. I just pray for healthy, happy babies!

Andrew and I have not decided on a boy name yet. We had agreed upon a girl name, but have not yet been able to come to a consensus on a boy name. It’s a good thing we still have a few months. ๐Ÿ™‚

When we first told David that we were expecting a baby, he cried! ๐Ÿ™‚ He was upset until we started talking about how Andrew and I both have two siblings. I then had to reassure him that I would still love him, and spend time with him. Today when we asked David if he wanted a brother or sister he said he wanted a boy baby. He’s geting a little brother! ๐Ÿ™‚

Emma of course has no clue, and won’t care until the baby actually arrives. Then she’s going to care a great deal I’m afraid. I just hope she will adjust quickly, and want to “help” with the baby.

I’m not really into taking the preggo body selfies that seem to be popular. I always feel so big and bloated when I’m pregnant, and not really that beautiful at all. Andrew tells me I’m crazy, but he has to say that! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I will do my best to keep you up to date on all the other fun stuff though! Like baby names, nursery ideas and themes, and any other wierd pregnancy things I do!

Thank you for sharing in our excitement!

Love,

PK

 

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”. Sunday, July 22, 2018

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”. Sunday, July 22, 2018

Andrew LOVES baseball! He reminisces about watching baseball with his Gran as a very young child, and has some sort of connection to the sport that I couldn’t possibly understand. I have become acquainted with baseball in the last ten years and have come to appreciate it. I will never be the avid fan that my husband is. I like actually going to the game and watching the sport “live”. However, I’m pretty much that way with all sports. Andrew grew up watching the Atlanta Braves and is a Braves fan. I grew up in Missouri, so anytime the Braves are playing the St. Louis Cardinals I like to aggravate him by cheering for the Cardinals. ๐Ÿ™‚ A little competition is healthy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Speaking of baseball, we went to a minor league game on Saturday evening. The Memphis Redbirds were playing, and we decided it would be a good evening activity for our family. Andrew took this great picture of us at the game! It’s already floating around his facebook, but I decided to share it with you too.

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The kids had a great time, and loved sitting on the green space. There wasn’t a whole lot of sitting going on, but they had fun just the same. ๐Ÿ™‚

Since Emma was sick earlier this past week she has been eating like a bird. I don’t know if her taste buds still aren’t back to normal, or if she is going through some kind of phase, or if it is the one thing she knows she can control right now? It’s driving me crazy! I need my barely twenty-two poundย  baby to eat!!!! So I’ve been trying to make things I think she will like to eat. One of the things she loves is smoothies! She will inhale them. So I’ve been making smoothies and smoothie popsicles!

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This is a mango, pineapple, banana smoothie! The kids loved it! I ended up making it twice this week. I didn’t measure anything when putting it in the blender, but I can give you eyeball amounts, depending on how much smoothie you wish to make of course. Mine made approximately two full glasses shown in the picture above. Add about two cups ofย  mango, pineapple, two bananas, and a cup of shaved ice. That’s it! Blend it up. (Normally I add plain greek yogurt to my smoothies, but was out. The kids loved the smoothie so much though I don’t know if I would add it now or not.)

Here is our menu for the week!

Monday: Lunch, Tacos. Dinner, Meatloaf, broccoli, and mashed potatoes.

Tuesday: Lunch, Hot Dogs and chips. Dinner, Steak, Asparagus, (leftover) mashed potatoes.

Wednesday: Lunch, Polish sausage and navy beans with broccoli. Dinner, Pizza and Salad.

Thursday: Lunch, Chicken Nuggets, fries, and green peas. Dinner, Pot Roast, carrots, green beans.

Friday: Lunch, out. Dinner, Grilled Salmon, corn on the cob, and rice.ย 

Saturday: Lunch, Cheeseburgers and chips. Dinner, Oven fried chicken thighs, roasted carrots and cauliflower, fried potatoes.ย 

Sunday: Lunch, BBQ pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans. Dinner: BBQ nachos.ย 

 

Supermom, NOT! Friday, July 20, 2018

Supermom, NOT! Friday, July 20, 2018

This was one of those weeks where you try to take care of sick kids, and then you get sick yourself. The kids have no concept of course that mommy could possibly be sick herself! Us mothers just have to push through it, and basically be supermom. I couldn’t have made it through the day without my wonderful superhero husband! ๐Ÿ™‚ At the end of my last blog I mentioned that Emma had been sick. I thought she was doing better on Monday, but then early Tuesday morning she threw up again. She was very upset, and then literally was just laying on the couch. I was starting to get worried, so I took her to a local pediatrician. They tested her and found that it was indeed viral. This was technically good news. It meant that she should start feeling better in a day or two. However, bad for the rest of us! Let’s just say I’ve spent all the rest of the week washing and drying bedding, spraying lysol, being sick, and trying to de-germ everything!

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Emma and I at the doctor’s office. Poor baby! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Monday night I made the pioneer woman’s chicken alfredo stuffed shells for dinner. Totally amazing, cheesy, and be warned that you should not make this recipe if on any kind of diet! However, it is totally worth blowing the diet for! We had it with a salad! ๐Ÿ™‚ There was enough for two meals, and so I refrigerated the leftovers and then popped it in the oven a couple nights later to heat it back up. You can find the recipe here:ย Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells20180716_185642

Here is a picture of the coconut cream pie I made too!

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This is one of my favorite desserts! Especially in the summertime! I consider this a family recipe because my mom has been making this pie for a very long time. I have no idea where she got the recipe from.

For the pie crust you can either make your own or use store bought. Be sure to bake the crust before putting the filling in it. For the pie filling: Heat 2 1/2 cups of milk in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Mix together 1 cup of sugar, 4 tbl spoons of cornstarch, and 1/2 tsp of salt. Add sugar mixture to warm milk, and 5 beaten egg yolks (save the whites for the merangue). Stir constantly and wait for filling to thicken! When filling thickens add 1tsp of vanilla extract, 1tbl spoon of butter, and 1 cup of coconut. Poor into baked pie crust, and let cool completely.

For the merangue take the 5 egg whites and beat with 1/4 cup of powder sugar, 1tsp of baking powder, and 2 tbl spoons of sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. You can then bake the merangue until brown tips form on the peaks of the merangue. I chose to use a blow torch over the top of my merangue. Refrigerate the pie for a few hours before serving. It is best cold!

I also tried two other recipes this week that I loved, but I was an air head and forgot to take pictures! I will have to share those with you another time! Sorry!

I started teaching David how to wash dishes this week. Let’s just say more water ended up on the floor than in the sink. ๐Ÿ™‚ I want our kids to learn necessary household tasks, and survival skills. It builds character. As a kid, one of our nightly chores was cleaning up and washing the dinner dishes. My brother and I had many a fight in the kitchen, some of which included the water sprayer and half wet towels. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t even remember what the fights were about! Ahh, sibling rivalry. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Since we were all feeling better and on the mend today, we decided to get out of the house for a bit. We went to our favorite bookstore! We used to take David all the time when he was about Emma’s age. It’s great to live near a Barnes and Noble again! Emma was very possessive of the trains. She did not want to share at all, and was having a cry fit. We ended up having to do a time out at the bookstore. I believe the terrible twos may be starting early! Sigh…!

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Here is an extra picture of my cuties! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Love,

PK

Weekend Happenings. Monday, July 16, 2018

Weekend Happenings. Monday, July 16, 2018

This weekend Emma and I went to my parents house for a couple days. It is so great to live closer to them! We had a blast! Emma loved seeing the chickens and riding the mower with Papa. Every time she hears and sees some one mowing their lawn she stops, points, and says “mower”.ย  She is really fascinated by airplanes, trains, and moving vehicles right now.

 

Mom and I went shopping together too! My mother is a fabulous seamstress and can do pretty much anything that’s crafty. We picked out some fabric for reupholstering some recently obtained furniture. Mom is going to reupholster them for me! (Thanks mom! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) A lot of our furniture has been passed down to us from other family members. Recently we were blessed with the rod iron table and chair set for our porch that used to be Andrew’s gran and gramps’ and a bench/chair set that belonged to his great aunt Audry, among other items. I will share pictures with you once the reupholstery is finished!

Andrew and David had some father and son time while we were away. They finished up the last night of vacation Bible school! I am thankful to be married to a man that can cook and take care of the kids! I can leave and not have to worry about them, too much. ๐Ÿ™‚ I may have to do a little extra nudging when it comes to household chores, but I still love him! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  My three loves, two cutie-patooties, and one handsome man!

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Yesterday, Sunday, was an interesting day.ย  I was happy to hear and see David sing his vacation Bible school songs at church. He was the life of the group. He had some great dance moves, and sang loudly on the words he could remember. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Andrew has been preaching some really great sermons! It is nice to be able to hear him preach for a change. However, I do really miss playing for worship! I am trying to give myself some time to adjust, but not sure if I will be able to, or if I’m even supposed to…. I’ll let you know what happens on that end. I’m also hoping to start back teaching soon. My plan is to start back after all the kiddos get back to school in August. In the meantime, I will be doing some planning, practicing, and trying to NOT go CRAZY. It’s hard to explain, but I feel as though piece(s) of me are missing when I’m not teaching or playing regularly.

I made some chocolate covered peanut butter crackers for a special treat yesterday afternoon! We love them! Ever since a friend shared some with us at Christmas one year, they have been a favorite. It’s like eating a homemade candy bar! I also got into a baking mood yesterday afternoon. I have a huge batch of pizza dough in the fridge for later this week, and I made a coconut cream pie (I still have to make the meringue to go on top though).

I would say that Emma liked her cracker, but she really just wanted to lick off the chocolate!

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Emma had a rough night last night! I don’t know if it was food poisoning or a stomach bug, but she threw up several times. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I HATE when babies are sick! So far today she has been fine. She will not really eat anything yet, but she is drinking. We are all tired! (except David, who has enough energy to go around) Pray our sweet Emma feels better soon!

Here is our menu for this week!

Monday: Lunch, hot dogs and chips. Dinner, Chicken Alfredo shells and salad. (I did not make this yesterday as originally planned)

Tuesday: Lunch, Pizza. Dinner, Steaks, Rosemary garlic fried potatoes, and asparagus.

Wednesday: Lunch, Turkey Taco Skillet. Dinner, Chicken florentine melt.

Thursday: Lunch, Chicken and Cheese quesadillas. Dinner, Shrimp and tomato sheet pan supper.ย 

Friday: Lunch out. Dinner, Pork tenderloin, baked potatoes, and green beans.

Saturday: Lunch, Tomato, pesto and mozzarella grilled cheese with homemade chips. Dinner, Meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and caesar salad.ย 

Sunday: Lunch, Pork sandwiches and potato salad. Dinner, Fish tacos.ย 

The Little Things. Wednesday, June 11, 2018

The Little Things. Wednesday, June 11, 2018

Let me just begin by saying how thankful I am for Google maps. ๐Ÿ™‚ What did people used to do before it? As a kid I remember my parents getting the giant paper map out when we would take trips to Florida, and highlighting the route in bright yellow. Now, with as much as we move around, I would spend half my time lost as a goose if I had to get around like that. Now all I have to do is a voice search for the nearest whatever I’m looking for. Push a button, and vwa-lah, it will take me right to it! (At least under most normal circumstances.) It’s the little things, that are actually big things if you ever had to do without them, that are important!

Lowe’s delivered our washer and dryer last week! Another thing I realized that I take for granted. As much as I complain about doing laundry, I am so thankful to have the luxury of not only the machine, but also the flexibility to do laundry here at the house on my own terms. I have actually done the laundry, folded and put it away the last couple times. Who knows if I can keep that up?

There was a rain shower yesterday! It lasted long enough to make some decent puddles in the driveway. Emma saw an opportunity to play. She first started stomping in the puddle, then she sat in it and began splashing. That was good entertainment for about fifteen minutes. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Lately when I practice piano I have had an audience. David and Emma will be playing around the house, and when I finish a piece (or randomly stop for whatever reason) they will begin clapping and saying “yay”! It is so sweet and cute! ๐Ÿ™‚ Emma actually started doing it first, and then it became a thing for both of them. Emma has suddenly shown a renewed interest in the piano. She will climb up on the bench and “play” her songs.

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Emma’s personality is really flourishing right now. She is also suddenly talking a lot more. When you ask her her name she will say “Emma”, with a big old smile! When she spills something, whether by accident or on purpose, she will say “I made a mess”. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is Vacation Bible School week! Andrew and David have been at the church every evening, and so our dinner plans have been all awry. Emma and I have been having dinner together, while Andrew and David have been eating at the church. David is loving VBS though! He has been bringing home some of his art work, and telling me about all the songs he’s been singing. I love his dramatic coloring of Lazarus. ๐Ÿ™‚

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