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

 

David is Six! June 25, 2019

David is Six! June 25, 2019

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Six years ago today Andrew and I had our first baby!! A beautiful little (actually he was big, weighing in at 9lbs 11oz!) boy! πŸ™‚ We named him David after my dad, and Patrick after Andrew’s dad. He was also born on Andrew’s dad’s birthday too! Life immediately changed as we knew it, but we now cannot imagine it any other way.Β  Six years have passed and David is fixing to start kindergarten! David’s personality is a lot like his papas and his daddy. I’ve always told people that David may look a lot like me, but he acts like his daddy! πŸ™‚ Our sweet little boy is rambunctious, energetic, loves life and people, and has a kind heart. He loves legos, godzilla, bugs and insects, and being outdoors.

David wanted a Lego birthday party this year. He wanted to invite all his preschool friends and family, so we did. πŸ™‚ There was a great turnout, and David had a ton of fun! A few days before the party David and Emma went to my parents house and stayed with them until the party. This gave me a little extra time to get everything ready and cakes baked for the party. I had a lot of fun with the lego theme! I ordered the ‘colored block’ decorations and party favors online, I made the lego board that saysΒ David Is 6Β on it from David’s legos, I made the chocolate covered marshmallows with lego faces, and I made the cupcakes/birthday cake! One can get a little carried away with all the creativity that comes from legos! πŸ™‚

I made white cupcakes with buttercream frosting and chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting. The white cake recipe is the winner by far! I’m still disappointed with my chocolate cake! I don’t know why but I have not yet been able to find a recipe that I’m happy with. The search continues…. However, here is the link to theΒ vanilla cupcakesΒ recipe that I used. I also used the frosting recipe on this site. I used gel food colors to make the frosting into the colors that I wanted. I am not an artist when it comes to cake decoration! My little cake looks like David himself did it! LOL πŸ™‚ Oh well, David loved the cake and his party and that made all the effort worth it!

Today we celebrated again! We took David out to lunch and then to see the new Toy Story 4 movie! Andrew’s parents came and celebrated with us! The kids LOVED the movie! It was Emma’s first time going to the movie theater, and David hadn’t been in a long time. David used to not like going to the theater because he doesn’t like the loud sound. Today he covered his ears during the previews, but was fine during the movie. We left Samuel with a sitter, so I was able to go and enjoy the movie too. We had a fun time! The theater itself was pretty awesome. It had really nice cushion recliners!! Had there not been so much excitement around me I could have taken a great nap! πŸ˜‰

We love you David!

Happy Birthday!

Lost and Found! June 17, 2019

Lost and Found! June 17, 2019

I took the kids to the playground yesterday afternoon. Emma had to bring her “big Mickey”! Grand-mama and G-pa took the kids to build a bear while I was in hospital with Samuel, and Emma built Mickey. Emma LOVES THAT Mickey. We left the playground and went about our evening. Right before bed Emma says, “Where’s my Mickey?” I look at Andrew in horror realizing that we forgot Mickey at the playground! Andrew immediately got in the car and went to the playground to find Mickey. A little while later Andrew returns and says he could not find Mickey. When I tucked Emma into bed I tried to explain to her that Mickey was lost. I said, “We left him on the playground, and another boy or girl probably found Mickey. Mickey has a new home with them now.” Emma said, “I am so sad.” I say good night and closed the bedroom door. A little while later I hear her sobbing!!! I go into her room and try to console her. She is still saying how sad she is. It is terrible to see your child upset and not be able to do anything about it! I felt just as sad about losing Mickey as she did! Emma finally fell asleep. Today I couldn’t give up on finding Mickey! We returned to the park, and I got out of the car. There was a group of school kids on the playground. I asked them if they had found a mickey mouse? To my surprise, relief, and utter joy, they had found Mickey!!! When I returned Mickey mouse to Emma she gave him the biggest hug and said how happy she was again! πŸ™‚ Andrew couldn’t believe we found Mickey. He utterly swears that Mickey was not there last night! I told him not to worry, he probably didn’t see Mickey because it was starting to get dark. Andrew does have this habit of not being able to find what is right in front of him though! πŸ™‚ It has happened on several occasions when he is looking for something in the pantry. He will say he can’t find ___, and I will go look and it’s setting right there! Hahaha! I STILL love you, Andrew! πŸ˜‰

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I did a thing this week!! I had my hair cut, and I love it! For no logical reason at all, I have some type of phobia when it comes to going to a hair salon.Β  I think it’s because I’ve had to change hair dressers so often. Regardless, I decided I was going to do it. I was so tired of Samuel grabbing it, and always having to pull it back in a ponytail.

Some highlights from our week include story time at the library, going to the zoo, and kite flying! Emma loved the “Mom and Pop” show at the library! She danced and was really into it for about forty minutes! Then she got tired and we went and picked out books. πŸ™‚ We LOVED the baby ducks at the zoo! πŸ™‚ I don’t know if you can really tell from the picture, but Emma is holding the handle to the kite flying way up in the sky! It was very windy that day! Shortly after I took the picture of Emma flying the kite she let go of the handle!! The kite went soaring through the yard, through the neighbors yard, and over the fencing! Luckily it got stuck in some bushes across the fence and we were able to retrieve it. I probably looked like a crazy person, holding a baby and retrieving a fly away kite at the same time! πŸ™‚

I made this dessert for Andrew for Father’s day. It’s strawberry pie! I chose to make little strawberry pies in ramekins. They look so cute, and I like the individual servings! The recipe I used does not use jello or gelatin. You make your own by pureeing strawberries, adding corn starch, sugar, and water. Bring it to a boil till it thickens. Let cool.Β  I chose to make my own pie crust as well because I love my pie crust recipe, but you could use a store bought crust. I used the ramekin to cut the crust to size, and then placed it in the bottom of the lightly buttered ramekin. Fully bake the crust until light golden brown. Cool completely. Place the fresh cut strawberries on top of the crust and spoon the glaze over the top of the strawberries. Refrigerate for a few hours. When you are ready to eat, whip up some whipped cream. I use heavy whipping cream, a couple tablespoons of confectioners sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Whip with a mixer until desired thickness and fluffiness is achieved. If you want to make it fancy you can pipe it onto the dessert, or you could just be like me and spoon it on top in great big blobs! πŸ™‚

Love,

PK

Summer rains. June 9, 2019

Summer rains. June 9, 2019

Emma has been asserting her strong will lately. Never mind the terrible twos, I think she has entered the horrific threes early!!! She has been getting into trouble because she will just flat out say, “NO”, to us when we ask her to do something. The scary thing is that I see a lot of myself in her at times! The difference is that she is not shy about acting it out openly. I was always much more introverted about my actions than she is. This strong rebellious spirit is not necessarily a bad trait as long as we can teach her to be respectful and channel it in a productive way.Β  It can prove to help her succeed in the future. This is what I’m choosing to tell myself anyway. πŸ™‚

It rained most of the week here, and we had to find ways to entertain ourselves. We read a book about the Mississippi river! It seemed appropriate for a few reasons. One, we are always crossing the Mississippi when we go into Memphis. Two, water, Three, WATER! The kids did an art project after reading the book. They painted the Mississippi river with finger paints and glitter. Emma painted her water, and then went off on an artistic tangent so I don’t really know what her’s ended up looking like. πŸ™‚ David wanted to make his a swamp outlet, and drew several creatures that inhabit the swamp.

They also played outside in the rain! Nothing like jumping in some puddles!

We went to the Bass pro this weekend and went bowling! It was Emma’s first time to go bowling. David has been a few times before. We are not frequent bowlers, but we always have a great time when we do go. Despite our pitiful final scores! πŸ™‚ Emma loved it! She could barely lift the five pound ball. πŸ™‚ So cute!

LOOK AT THOSE CURLS!!! Samuel has a patch of hair on the top front that he has never lost, and it’s curly! πŸ™‚ It looks so funny and cute sometimes. I love it! Also, he has been my little practice buddy. He tolerates it a lot longer than the other two ever did. When he starts to get fussy and tired of me not paying attention to him, I will pick him up and let him sit on my lap and push the piano keys. He’s already my little piano man! πŸ™‚ I can’t believe that he will be six months old this month too! Crazy! He is getting so big already.

David and Emma found a bull frog in the yard yesterday. They played with it for a long time. I couldn’t stand to be around it, so I went inside and let them play. πŸ™‚ David is all boy when it comes to loving creatures! He is getting so big! I can’t believe he will be six years old this month! Starting kindergarten in the fall. Oh my heart!

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David and Emma funnies:

We watched the movieΒ Wizard of OzΒ this week. The kids were talking about the wicked witch of the west and how she melts at the end. Emma said, “She melts just like a Popsicle” ! Bwah-ha-ha!!!:) She sure does! πŸ™‚

We were walking outside. The sun was gently shining through the clouds covering the sun. David said, “Look mom, the sun is covered up with its blanket.”

Love,

PK

 

Week of Survival! June 1, 2019

Week of Survival! June 1, 2019

Andrew was gone to the United Methodist Conference this week. He left Tuesday and returned home Saturday afternoon. I spent the week trying to survive! πŸ™‚ It’s tough being a single mom of three! I really REALLY missed my other half!! I actually did okay though, and there were only a few rough moments through the whole week. Meal time was challenging because that seems to be when Samuel is most fussy. I gave myself permission to go get take out when I felt overwhelmed and unable to cook, but I only had to do that twice. I heated up leftovers, cooked strawberry pancakes, and tacos for dinner. The strawberry pancakes were a hit! The kids had just watched an episode of Daniel Tiger where they cook strawberry pancakes for breakfast. I decided we would have strawberry pancakes too. πŸ™‚ I would love to tell you I made these from scratch, but I used a good ol’ box mix, and added strawberries to it. I also fried some eggs to go with the pancakes. I like something to offset the sweetness of pancakes.Β 20190530_182431

I love summer! I love having the kids home together, but I am trying to come up with activities for them to do at home!Β  This week we did marbling with shaving cream and paint. It was a lot of fun! The kids loved it! We just used finger paints, but I recommend using water paint as it will probably work better. The kids paint the shaving cream with different colors making whatever shapes or patterns they want. Then place a piece of card stock onto the shaving cream. Remove and scrape the shaving cream off. There will be a pattern of colors! David and Emma love playing in the shaving cream. πŸ™‚

Also this week we read a book about clouds. We talked about how clouds are formed and the different types of clouds. We then made clouds. We used cotton balls, glue, and card stock. We went outside for inspiration, and David and Emma loved making their clouds! Emma just liked gluing the cotton balls, and David made his a cumulonimbus! He colored his cotton balls black and drew lightning bolts. πŸ™‚20190530_162634

The library has a great summer program and to kick it off they had a triathlon for the kids at the park Saturday. I took the kids, and David loved it! I had a mom fail though. I forgot to take his bicycle! oops! David didn’t seem to care! He just ran. πŸ™‚ The Memphis redbirds mascot was there! David went up to him and gave him a hug! It was so cute! Emma, however, was terrified of Rockey the Redbird! She would not even participate in the race because he was standing nearby! She did finally enjoy herself a snow cone!:)

We have been spending a lot of time outside. Emma has been learning how to ride her tricycle! She has gotten a lot better, sits on the seat properly, and can pedal pretty good! She still needs some practice on the steering part though. πŸ™‚ Samuel loves to watch David and Emma play. He will give them the biggest smile when they interact with him too. It’s so precious!

Andrew and I celebrated our eleventh wedding anniversary this week! What?! Has it been eleven years already?!! Where has time gone?!! We celebrated Saturday evening after he returned from conference. Some friends of ours offered to babysit the kids, and we were able to go out kid free! I LOVE our kids, but I REALLY NEEDED that after this past week! πŸ™‚ We went to the Rendevous in Memphis. This is where we ate dinner on our wedding night! So it was pretty awesome to eat there on our anniversary.

The kids and I made Andrew a red velvet cake today too! This was a multi-purpose cake. We made it in celebration of our anniversary, but also because our first year of marriage I made Andrew a red velvet cake for his birthday. It was a disaster! It tasted okay, but it looked horrific!! No Joke! So I wanted to revisit it and test my skill again! I plan on making him another one for his birthday and I wanted to practice! The cake turned out MUCH better than the one I made eleven years ago! πŸ™‚ I used a different recipe, plus I’ve learned a few things about baking in the past eleven years! First, always line the bottom of your cake pans with parchment paper!!!! This way you don’t have to worry about weather or not your cake is going to come out of the pan in one piece or not! Second, if a recipe calls for cake flour, go buy cake flour! It just works better than trying to adjust and make your own. Three, if a recipe calls for buttermilk make sure you use buttermilk. You can make your own by adding a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk if you don’t have any on hand. Four, follow directions carefully! I still need to work on this one apparently. The recipe I used today called for whipping the egg whites and folding them into the batter at the end. Well, I forgot! I made this cake recipe without egg whites!! Amazingly it still turned out really good. I’m curious to know how it will be once I use the egg whites! I’ll let you know next time! Here is the recipe forΒ Red Velvet Cake!

Love,

PK

 

 

It’s Okay! Friday, May 24, 2019

It’s Okay! Friday, May 24, 2019

Lately, when Emma has an accident or does something she shouldn’t, like spilling her drink, pouring water out of the tub, or wetting her pants by not pulling them down far enough when going potty, she says, “It’s okay mommy”. I then have a very hard time scolding her! I’ve always tried to make sure our kids know that “it’s okay” when they have an accident. After all, accidents happen to all of use. We learn to clean it up and move on. I usually ask the kids to help clean up when they make a mess. I’ve learned that having them help clean up discourages purposeful mess making! πŸ™‚ Emma has learned that saying, “It’s okay mommy”, will prevent her from being in trouble. πŸ™‚ There has been a couple times lately when I’ve lost my cool, and said, “No Emma, it’s NOT okay!…”. Only after she has committed the same offence more than once in consecutive days though. I felt bad after saying it, however, she has stopped having “accidents”.

It has suddenly turned summer! I bought a slip n’ slide, and put it where the kids could slide off onto it from their playhouse slide. It is totally fun, wild, and dangerous! I didn’t think about the dangerous aspect until Emma hurt herself within about five minutes of playing. She recovered, and has learned to use caution when going down. πŸ™‚ David throws caution to the wind and slides everywhere! They love playing on it and it helps beat the heat!

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Real or Not real? Gotcha! I bought this snake for David at the dollar store, and I regret it! We were playing outside earlier this week, and David left this little guy laying in the grass underneath the slide. Well guess what? I was walking and I looked down and my heart jumped right out of my chest! I thought I almost stepped on a snake! Almost as quickly I realized it was David’s rubber snake. He thought it was funny! Imagine that! πŸ™‚

20190523_182704Β I smoked a chicken last night! We have a smoker that I bought Andrew for his birthday a couple years ago, and believe it or not, this was my first time to use it! Usually I leave the smoking to Andrew! πŸ™‚ The chicken was really good though! It’s super easy to make, and I recommend giving it a try if you have a smoker. I seasoned the chicken with some cajun seasoning (you can season however you like), and then smoked it with apple wood chips. It takes about one hour per pound, set at 225 degrees. This was a five pound chicken, and it took about five hours. The good thing about using the smoker is you can go about your day, occasionally adding more wood chips to the smoker. I then make cheesy potato casserole, and roasted asparagus as sides! Super yummy!

Happy Summer!

PK

The Greatest Adventure, Motherhood! May 16, 2019

The Greatest Adventure, Motherhood! May 16, 2019

I was happy to spend mother’s day weekend with my mom! When you are a kid you don’t really think of your parents as being people with a life. With a history before you. An individual you can get to know as someone other than your parent. I’ve thought a lot about this in recent years, with the passing of my grandparents. I find it more important than ever to spend time with my parents, and get to know them as people. I want to know trivial things about them, and hear their words of practical life wisdom.Β  I was blessed with wonderful parents who cared about me and my siblings. They sacrificed to make sure we had everything we needed and most of what we wanted. They did their best to educate us, academically and otherwise. They taught us by example what it meant to work hard, be honest, and to treat others with respect. Now that I’m a parent I am starting to understand how difficult of a job this is!

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Now that I’ve been all sentimental, let’s get back to mother’s day weekend! πŸ™‚ The kids had a blast. Emma couldn’t wait to see the chickens and the bunnies (my parents live in the woods, and have chickens and bunnies), and David wanted to go to the park and play, and shoot guns with Papa (My dad shoots at targets while David sits next to him and watches. David is fascinated and collects the empty shells. I suspect he will want to go hunting with dad when he gets old enough.) This was Samuel’s first time to go to my parents house! He did not sleep well the first night, but did better the next two. Overall he was a pretty happy little guy. He loved all the attention from Papa and Nana! πŸ™‚ He also had his first bath in the kitchen sink!:) This is a tradition with all the kids.

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Sunday morning before church, David and Emma told me happy mother’s day. They then proceeded to go through the house and find things to ‘give’ me. πŸ™‚ It was so sweet! πŸ™‚Β  We then went to church on Mother’s day, and David told his teachers what he wanted to write on his mother’s day paper. He’s so funny and sweet! πŸ™‚

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My mom made me cheesecake! She knows what I like!;) I’ll have to share the recipe with you sometime. It’s a lemon cheesecake.

If you are wondering what motherhood is like I have an excellent example from this weekend! Monday afternoon we were fixing to leave my parents house. I had everyone dressed, the car loaded, and we were ready to go. I checked Samuel’s diaper to discover he had a poop explosion! He needed clean clothes and everything. While I’m changing Samuel I hear Emma at the front door saying she needs to wash her hands. I call out to my dad to go and help her because I’m in the middle of changing Samuel. He comes carrying her in the house, and she is covered in mud from head to toe! She had jumped in some mud puddle or something! I then had to go get Emma a clean set of clothes. Luckily David managed to stay dressed and somewhat clean! We finally got everyone changed and in the car! Motherhood is crazy chaos with a ton of love!

David graduated preschool this week! His graduation ceremony was so cute. They walked down the aisle and sang songs and quoted things they had learned throughout the year. They did an amazing job! In the program, they had typed up a paragraph from each student. You can read David’s below. It’s hysterical! Apparently he loves going to Papa and Nana’s so much he’s going to move there and live with someone, he just doesn’t know who yet! BWAH-HAHA!!! πŸ™‚ I love it!

I actually didn’t cry at his graduation. I keep telling myself we have ALL. SUMMER. LONG. I don’t need to think about Kindergarten….

I took these really cute photos of David and Samuel this week. Samuel LOVES it when David and Emma talk and interact with him. He gives the biggest smiles!

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Love,

PK

April Showers! Saturday, May 4, 2019

April Showers! Saturday, May 4, 2019

“April showers bring May flowers”! We’ve been getting quite a few showers lately. I took a picture of this beautiful double rainbow over our house a couple weeks ago. It was so close that we could see the end, supposedly! David wanted to go to the end of the rainbow. So we walked/rode as close to the end as we could get. Unfortunately we didn’t find the pot of gold! πŸ™‚20190425_181201_HDR

Summer is just around the corner, and I am reminded of this by all the lasts of May! David has his last day of preschool coming up. I can’t believe I will be the mother of a kindergartner this fall! Where’s the tissues?!Β  Β I have a niece graduating high school at the end of the month. This just makes me feel old! My piano students have their spring recital this month. Emma and I had our last day of Bible study class this last week. We will really miss it too! For months Emma has been singing a little song about her memory verse, “1 John 4: verse 7 says, ‘… for love is from God…'” I have been trying to figure out the tune. Well the kids sang for us at our last meeting, and I finally heard them sing their songs. It’s to the tune Old Mac Donald! πŸ™‚ Hahaha!:)

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I took some pictures of Samuel the other day. I was trying to get snapshots of him in poses similar to the ones I took of David and Emma around his age. He did well for the inside pictures, but when we went outside he was not interested in cooperating! πŸ™‚ These pictures are special for two reasons. One, the overalls that Samuel is wearing were my dad’s when he was little. That’s amazing in and of itself! Two, my mom made the blanket we are using to take the pictures on!

Here is my attempt at outside pictures. πŸ™‚

 

I finished my laundry room project!! My dad took out the cabinets that were in there and I replaced them with shelving. I love it! Our laundry room is rather small so I wanted to maximize the space we have. We actually have a lot more storage space with the shelves, plus everything is cleaned and organized. I still want to paint the brown pantry cabinet we have in there, but another time.

Check out my Media page! I finally posted my Easter recordings. Took me long enough, I know, I was really late, but I finished the year of recording church music. I am super glad I did this project. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. It’s a compilation of some of my favorite go to pieces. There is so much good music and arrangements out there that it’s impossible to record everything I love, but I did my best to pick out some of my favorites. I am making plans now to embark upon a similar project with a different genre of music!

We had family pictures taken last weekend. It was a hilarious five ring circus! πŸ™‚ If only you could have been a fly on the wall! I want to die laughing just thinking about it! The photo session went something like this: “David sit still please, and do as the lady asks. Emma can you take your thumb out of your mouth and smile. David sit still. Awe, Samuel is smiling, hurry, sit still and say Popsicle! David if you don’t stop you are going to get a spanking. Emma please sit still. Andrew, take a deep breath and leave the room so the lady can take their picture.” You get the idea! It wasn’t too funny in the moment, but it’s hilarious now! It’s amazing that there were no melt downs and we managed to get a few decent pictures out of it. There’s a reason we only do this once every two or three years! πŸ™‚

 

Love,

PK

Lost in Motherhood! Thursday, April 25, 2019

Lost in Motherhood! Thursday, April 25, 2019

I feel like it has been forever since I last blogged! It became chaotic the week before Easter! I made the horrific mistake of letting Samuel’s re-flux medicine run out. I thought to myself, “He probably doesn’t need it anymore.” Boy was I wrong!!! He became fussy and miserable, wouldn’t let me put him down, and would not sleep. I believe I was awake for nearly three days straight! The first couple nights I caved and put him in bed with us because he would not sleep in his bed. I did not sleep at all however! I’m always terrified something will happen and he will suffocate when he is in our bed.Β  Plus, it’s just plain uncomfortable! We took Samuel for his four month well checkup, and got the re-flux prescription refilled. He is doing much better now, and I will never make that mistake again!

It’s hard to believe Samuel is four months old! He weighs fifteen pounds nine ounces and is twenty-seven and half inches tall. He can roll over both ways, can grab at things, loves to smile and talk, is losing his hair (boo-hoo-hoo), is not ready to enter the world of baby food (in fact, he refuses to open his mouth if you try to put a spoon in it. Sigh! Guess we’ll try again next month!), and has begun teething.

I did not have a great start to my Easter Sunday. Samuel was so fussy Sunday morning I could barely get ready for church. I became upset because I wanted everything to be “the perfect” Easter day. Samuel finally settled down, and we went to church. He did well during the service and I was able to refocus myself on what was important. Jesus suffered, died, and then rose from the grave. He knows what we are going through and walks with us in every season of life. Yes, even when you are going crazy because your baby won’t stop crying! We came home from Easter Sunday worship and enjoyed the beautiful day with plenty of good food and family.

I love the picture with Emma sitting with the hymn book open. She loves to open the hymnal and ‘sing along’. πŸ™‚ We didn’t get a family picture with Andrew because he was very busy, and the kids had already changed into play clothes by the time Andrew made it home for lunch. We did pictures with Papa and Nana instead. πŸ™‚

I didn’t cook anything extravagant this Easter. We had a honey baked ham that a wonderful soul gave us. Remember the sweet corn I put away in the freezer last summer? I cooked about three bags of it! It tasted amazing! We also had fresh steamed green beans, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, and yeast rolls. (I made a batch of dough and used half of it for my yeast rolls, and then made a batch of cinnamon rolls from the other half of the dough.) I made an angel food cake for dessert. Andrew made fresh whipped cream, and we had strawberries with it too! The angel food cake was so light and fresh. It truly was heavenly. πŸ™‚ Here is the recipe forΒ Angel food cakeΒ !

We had a wonderful visit with my parents over the weekend! Dad took the cabinets in the laundry room out for me. (another project I have underhand!) He also finished putting the roof on the kids playhouse. They’re so handy to have around! πŸ˜‰

We went to the zoo on Monday. The weather was beautiful! We could not have had a better time together.

 

The kids and I planted flowers in our flower garden! David and Emma took turns helping me plant the flowers. I had to have a talk with Emma about not picking the yellow flowers from the flower garden. Only the ones in the yard. πŸ™‚ We had a great afternoon planting though.Β I hope the flowers take hold and grow. I don’t trust my thumbs. πŸ˜‰

Emma is so funny. She has been imitating with her Mickey Mouse what I do with Samuel. I found her on the couch burping Mickey. She sat next to me the other day, raised up her shirt, and said, “I’m feeding Mickey”. I knew it was probably going to happen sooner or later, since she sees me do it with Samuel all the time. She also wanted to swing Mickey in Samuel’s swing. πŸ™‚ She’s getting so big! (Tissues Please!)

Love,

PK

Springtime All Around!

Springtime All Around!

This is my favorite time of the year! I love when the weather is beautiful and warm, but not hot, and the mosquitoes don’t devour you. Flowers and trees are blooming, and new life is all around! I’ve enjoyed the sounds of David and Emma playing in the back yard until sundown this past week.

We visited the zoo last weekend. When we arrived we were walking and one of the zoo keepers told us that a baby giraffe had just been born. We immediately walked over to see! It was amazing! A once in a life time kind of thing. We saw the brand new, wobbly legged, baby giraffe and his parents. The mom was still licking him clean. I was glad we arrived a few minutes after the birth. I’m not sure I would want to have to explain all the questions that probably would have arisen from the kids if we had been there when the giraffe was being born. πŸ™‚

One of my favorite things about spring is all the flowers everywhere. Andrew and I were eating lunch at this cafe and they had fresh flowers on the tables. I love it when restaurants do this. I can’t wait to plant some flowers this spring. I will share pictures with you when I do.

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I love a freshly mowed lawn! The grass is clean cut, and a beautiful shade of green! I also happen to love the person mowing the grass! πŸ™‚ I don’t think Andrew was aware that I was photographing him while he was mowing. He probably wouldn’t appreciate me sharing this picture, but I can’t help it. I love the hat! πŸ˜‰

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Samuel has entered the season of teething. He’s been gnawing my thumb knuckle off! Poor little guy!

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I think I might have shared this recipe before, but I’m an air head most of the time and can’t remember. πŸ™‚ One day last week I made simple sesame noodles for lunch. I forgot how much I love this recipe! Emma loved it too! I like steaming some broccoli and carrots to go with the noodles. That way I feel like we’re having our veggies too. πŸ™‚ I also cut up some cucumbers and put them in cold vinegar water with salt and pepper. Nothing says spring like cucumbers!20190409_121217

Happy Spring!

PK

Eating Healthy. April 5, 2019

Eating Healthy. April 5, 2019

A few weeks ago Andrew had a gallbladder attack. It wasn’t the first time that this has happened, but this time seemed more intense. The doctor of course told him he needed to have it taken out. We are trying to prevent that from happening by watching our diets. Andrew especially has been avoiding fried foods. This is a very difficult challenge, as we LOVE to eat catfish, bbq, steak, etc. We have still been eating those things, just not fried or as often. We have also been eating a lot of fish, such as tilapia and salmon. I have a really great blackened tilapia recipe that I found. I love the seasoning mix! In fact, I used it on some chicken today and it’s great on chicken too! Click here for the recipe forΒ Blackened Tilapia!Β I love tilapia! The texture of the fish is not too much different than catfish. It’s a tad flakier, and has a lighter taste in my opinion. It pairs well with broccoli and rice as side dishes.Β 20190402_182601

Andrew has been doing better by the way since we have been watching our diets. So far, no more attacks!

I had the pleasure of making some brunch recipes for our Bible study group this week! Every month we have a brunch gathering before our session, and it happened to be my turn to help this month. I made Pioneer Woman’s french toast bake as one of my dishes. This recipe is awesome, not healthy, but it tastes so good!! It’s almost like a bread pudding in texture. It’s super easy and convenient to make too. You prepare everything the night before, and then all you have to do is bake it the next morning. I love those kind of recipes! πŸ™‚ Here is the link to theΒ French Toast Bake!Β Sorry I forgot to take pictures! Scatterbrained me! πŸ™‚ The other dish I prepared was breakfast burritos. I also prepared these the night before, and then heated up the egg mixture, and stuffed and rolled them up in the morning. The good thing about breakfast burritos is you can put whatever you like in the egg filling. I used onions, peppers, sausage, bacon, and cheese!

We took the kids to the children’s museum Monday, and they had a blast as usual. Emma LOVES to ride the carousel, and we usually wait and ride it last before we leave the museum. I took Samuel on his first carousel ride! We sat on one of the benches. πŸ™‚

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We then went to eat lunch after the museum. Look at all that cuteness at our table! πŸ™‚

Andrew took David to get his hair cut this week. You can tell the difference by looking at the picture of us above and then the one below! He needed it cut desperately! David loves his new haircut! Andrew took him one morning before school, and David’s teacher said she saw him catch a glimpse of himself in the mirror. He stopped and took a second look with the expression of, “Hey, I look pretty cool!” ! She said it was hilarious! πŸ™‚

We have had some beautiful weather days, and we have been loving the outdoors! I snapped a picture of the kids playing in the sandbox. (Samuel is watching of course. πŸ™‚ ) We have also had a few meals on our back porch already. I love our screened in porch! We can enjoy eating “outside” without the bugs! πŸ™‚

Look at this little guy! Samuel is able to roll over both ways! I love this picture! I have a picture of both David and Emma in this exact pose!

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I decided to do a little throwback! The first is David, and Emma of course has the bow in her hair. I think Emma and Samuel look a lot a like. I just realized that I took both David and Emma outside for their pictures. Since the weather is getting nice, I need to do this with Samuel too! I will have to share it with you when I do. πŸ™‚

Love,

PK