Prologue: Sept. 30th, 2017

Prologue: Sept. 30th, 2017

Hi! My name is Priscilla. I am the wife of a Methodist minister, mom of three, 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

 

Hard Work Pays Off! January 12, 2020

Hard Work Pays Off! January 12, 2020

David’s school had their nine weeks award ceremony earlier this week. We knew David had made the A honor roll because his grades had been brought home a few days before. David loves school and is doing excellent in his work. He has had a few days this year where his behavior gets the better of him, especially when there is a substitute teacher and he thinks he can get away with things. Boys will be boys! Notwithstanding we are very proud of David and pleased with his progress and conduct at school. He even surprised us with a couple extra awards. One I just hadn’t thought of, which was his perfect attendance. The other was the excellence in Spanish class award. David is all the time talking about things he learns in Spanish class and he has an obvious interest in learning the language. We are so proud of him!

I’m afraid we might blow that perfect attendance award for the next awards ceremony. When I picked David up from school Friday, something was visibly wrong with David. I usually get gigantic smiles and hugs that nearly blow me over. However, I only got a somewhat hug and hardly any smile. I asked him what was wrong. My first thought was “what happened?”, “did you get into trouble?”! Actually his day was the opposite, getting the highest behavior marks. When we got home he asked for a snack like he usually does. He wanted Oreo cookies. I conceded since he got such high marks at school. He only ate half a cookie and said he didn’t want anymore. Something was definitely wrong! Terribly wrong! I took his temperature and sure enough he was running a fever. He went straight to bed. It’s Sunday and he is still running a fever. Fortunately, there have not been any other symptoms other than a slight cough. When the Tylenol kicks in he even acts pretty normal. I guess we will wait and see what the rest of the day holds. Hopefully he will be on the mend by this afternoon.

I had my first week back teaching piano this week!Β  I much needed the three week break, but now I’m excited and ready to be teaching again. My students did well this week and I’m very glad to have a full schedule this semester. Hopefully I can inspire them to practice even more this year!

I tried some new recipes this week! This one isΒ Steakhouse Pasta By Ree! Mine looks slightly different from hers. I didn’t mix at all together. Our kids are a little picky sometimes, and I wanted them to be able to find something to eat. πŸ™‚ They probably would not have touched it if it were all mixed together. I loved the tomato cream sauce with the big noodles. The steak is also a very flavorful cut.

20200110_180103

Also last night I made rice, honey-soy glazed salmon, and roasted tomatoes! The rice is Asian rice cooked with some lime zest and cilantro. The salmon is seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled on a hot griddle with some olive oil. The glaze is made up of two tablespoons of butter, three tablespoons of honey and soy sauce, and juice of two limes. When the sauce comes to a bubble and thickens just spoon it over the cooked salmon. It tastes amazing! The roasted tomatoes where a list minute idea because I had several tomatoes that needed to be used. I had recently watched Ree roast some tomatoes on her show and they looked amazing. It was the perfect opportunity to try it out. I cut the tomatoes in half, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle some minced garlic on top. In a bowl, mix a tablespoon of parsley, half a teaspoon oregano and a quarter teaspoon of salt, along with a quarter a cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the tomatoes and bake at 400 degrees for about fifteen minutes.

Love,

PK

“Hindsight is 2020”! January 5th, 2020

“Hindsight is 2020”! January 5th, 2020

Happy New Year! You know the saying, “hind sight is always 2020”. Well, I hope that I can look back on this year without any regrets! While the future is somewhat foggy, I know that God will be with us every step of the way. He knows what the future holds whether we do or not! To see in this new year we celebrated with some long time friends of ours. We had an appetizer menu, and then I was forced into watching Star Wars. Yes, that’s right, I actually watched Star Wars. (most of it anyway πŸ˜‰ ) I can’t say I like it any more now than I did before. Sorry! If you’re an avid fan please don’t be offended. Star Wars is just now my type of movie. I was more about the food! We had a sausage and cheese plate, fruit tray, gyosa (I did not make these from scratch. We bought them frozen from an asain food store. I pan fried them), and then I made this queso fundido recipe by the pioneer woman. It was my second time to make it, and it turned out way better this time. The trick is to use a skillet that is not too big. You want it to fill up to the top when layering it. Also, the types of cheese you use are important. I used Monterrey Jack, Cheddar, and Velveeta. The recipe doesn’t call for Velveeta, but I love how it melts. Most important part, eat it while it is bubbly hot!

20191231_183620

I managed to stay awake past midnight, and this is how Andrew and I brought in the new year. I am yellow, so I’d say I started the year out pretty good. πŸ˜‰

20191231_231920

The kids (David and Emma) go back to school this week, and all the fun and games are over. Boo Hoo Hoo! I’ll miss the kids terribly. I’ve loved having everyone at home, watching them interact with one another, and spending time together. I also resume teaching this week. I’m looking forward to a new year of piano teaching, and I have a lot fun things planned.

Here are some pictures from our week. We went to the children’s museum and David, Emma and Samuel loved the theater. The kids dress up and then a song plays and they can see themselves on the screen as they dance. It’s so hilarious to watch! Emma LOVES Paw Patrol and the museum has a paw patrol play area right now. We had to visit that area twice!

David received two Lego sets for Christmas, both from the Ninjago series he loves. He worked diligently all week at putting them together. One is a helicopter and the other a cobra figure. He cracks me up with his love for all things scary. πŸ™‚

We had movie night last night (we watched Peter Pan), and the kids were sitting in the floor with their blankets and chairs. Samuel was so funny! He tried to be right in the middle!

I’ve also had some extra time this week to cook! The other night Andrew roasted a chicken and I made twice baked potatoes, biscuits, and green beans.Twice baked potatoes are awesome! I love them anywhere! Making them at home is extra special. Not because it is difficult, but because it takes time. Baking the potatoes takes about an hour or more, and then letting the potatoes cool enough that you can hold onto them while cutting and scooping out the potato is important. It’s best if you can prep them earlier in the day, and then at dinner all you have to do is bake them off. I also tried a new biscuit recipe. I was very impressed with it! It lends itself to being like an English scone, with a sweeter taste and airy texture, but man are they good! Perfect Homemade Biscuits by Trish!

Here’s to a new year of music and memories!

Love,

PK

Christmas Faces! December 30, 2019

Christmas Faces! December 30, 2019

Christmas morning I took quite a few pictures. I tried to catch the kids in live action without interrupting their activity. I did pretty good at catching David and Samuel with some intersting faces! πŸ™‚ HA! David was super excited about opening gifts, and he doesn’t hide any emotion. Emma was also enthusiastic about gifts, and this was her first Christmas to really understand what we were celebrating. She was a little more reserved during the opening of presents, but she has done nothing but play with her toys since. So I know she loves them! Samuel liked ripping the paper off his packages! πŸ™‚ He has enjoyed playing with his toys since they have been removed from packaging though.

Christmas eve we decorated our christmas tree! I loved watching Andrew lift Emma to put the star on top. It’s a very important and coveted job! πŸ˜‰ We then put ornaments on the tree. Many people and places are represented on our tree, and I love remembering them all!

Here are some more Christmas morning photos. We spent a wonderful, relaxing day at home. The kids did not wake us up early to open gifts! In fact, Samuel, who usually wakes us up early like an alarm, slept later! It was his gift to us!:) The kids stayed in their pajamas all day, and we had the best time. It was warm outside, and so they were able to go outside and play. We had some friends over for lunch. (We took the easy road out and bought ribs from the Rendevous! HA HA! Andrew did all the cooking for me! He heated up the ribs, and made fried potatoes and green beans for sides! We were blessed with desserts from friends, a decadent yule log cake, christmas cookes and more!) Then what, but an afternoon nap! We drove around later that evening and looked at Christmas lights. It was an awesome Christmas day!

On the second and third days of Christmas we celebrated with our families. Andrew’s brothers all have kids around the same ages as ours, and the kids love their cousins! Emma and Henry were so cute playing together. They even wanted to take a nap together, which just ended up being playtime. LOL πŸ™‚Β  David and Robbie love PokΓ©mon and shooting nerf guns. They spent a lot of their time looking at PokΓ©mon cards. I don’t know how, but David has become fascinated with PokΓ©mon. I know nothing about PokΓ©mon, and I don’t understand it. I am just going to have to try to learn, or just be satisfied with not knowing… Sigh! πŸ™‚ Uncle B is also a PokΓ©mon aficionado, and he gave David his first PokΓ©mon cards. So now that I think of it, this is all his fault! Ha! Just kidding. πŸ˜‰

I hope y’all had a blessed Christmas, filled with peace, love, joy, hope, and the celebration of our Lord Jesus’ birthday!

PK

Celebrating Samuel! December 21, 2019

Celebrating Samuel! December 21, 2019

Samuel is 1!!! The year has flown by and it’s almost a blur! It’s amazing how fast babies grow and the things they learn during their first year! They go from not being able to do anything to rolling over, sitting up, crawling, and walking all in that short twelve months. Samuel is basically running, and his little personality is really starting to shine. He is so affectionate, loving, and sweet. His actual birth date was Thursday. We didn’t celebrate then, but I snapped a few pictures that day. Instead we went and picked out our Christmas tree. πŸ™‚ YAY! We have a tree! It is up in our living room, ready to be decorated on Christmas Eve as is our tradition.

We had Samuel’s birthday party today! The theme of the party was Dr. Suess’ Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish…. It turned out great! We have a tradition of ordering first birthday cakes from a specific bakery, grandparents treat. The bakery does a fantastic job in decoration and in taste. This time was no different! I also had fun with the lunch menu. We did ham and swiss party rolls, cat and the hat ca bobs (strawberries and marshmallows πŸ™‚ ), and summer berry punch. πŸ™‚

There is so much you can do with this party theme. One could go. all. out. and it would be amazing. I chose to keep it simple. It’s been a busy month and I didn’t want to be excessive in the amount of work required. πŸ™‚ Samuel was a little slow in discovering his cake. When he first tasted the frosting he made some sour facial expressions. πŸ™‚ He kept on tasting, finally reaching the cake part. I think it’s safe to say that he finally decided he liked it. He was messy, but Samuel is always messy, so that part wasn’t surprising. πŸ™‚

After cake, I took Samuel for a quick bath to remove all the red frosting. πŸ™‚ We then opened a few presents. With the help of David and Emma, Samuel is quickly learning how to open presents. The new toys were exciting, and there was a little squabble over taking turns and who’s presents they were. Emma especially wanted her turn. πŸ™‚ Samuel wanted to play with the balloons. So it all worked out! πŸ˜‰

A wubulous time was had by all!

In other news of the month. My students had their piano recital a couple weeks ago. They did a fantastic job! I always get more nervous when my students play than when I play. It’s because I want them to do as well as I know they can. It’s hard to explain. My studio is growing, and starting in January I will be at full capacity for my schedule! YAY!Β Aren’t they a good looking bunch!Β  So cute! πŸ˜‰

IMG_6860

That same evening we went to see the zoo lights with my parents. It was fun seeing all the lights. They had “snow” blowing all around at the zoo entrance. It was like a winter wonderland. So beautiful, it was my favorite part! David loved the singing reindeer lights. πŸ™‚

Sunday afternoon was the kids choir cantata at church, and my parents stayed to hear David sing. I dressed the kids in their Christmas best and we went to church. They looked so adorable, if only I could have gotten them to cooperate for a better picture!

David has done really well in all his singing activities this season. He knew most of the words, stood still and behaved accordingly. He is growing up too fast as well. I can see a difference in him from last year to this year. In a weird way I miss the unpredictability of that little guy from previous years concerts! πŸ™‚ My heart is breaking. Why do they have to grow up so fast!Β  The pictures below are of David’s school Christmas concert. They sang a few songs,Β Hot Hot Hot Chocolate, If I were a snowflake,Β and a few others. I am a proud mama! πŸ™‚

I want to wish every one a blessed Christmas season.

Love,

PK

 

 

Weekend Getaway!December 11, 2019

Weekend Getaway!December 11, 2019

20191207_145620

This past weekend I went to visit my sister and brother in law in Nashville, TN! We had a great time! I love Nashville! You may not know this, but when Andrew and I were first married we lived there for a year before moving to Boston. It’s a great city full of music, hospitality, and food! Leah and Brandon moved to Nashville about four months ago. I am so excited that they now live close enough to go visit over a weekend! We went shopping, eating, and then to a gig that Brandon was playing in at Woolworths! It was a fifty’s big band down in the basement of Woolworths! It carried a fifties vibe with music and dance. I was carried back to a time when people went to concerts and dances because it was how you socially interacted, with people! I loved it! It made me want to take ballroom dance classes! I asked Andrew when I got back home, and he didn’t say no! He actually almost agreed to it! I just have to figure out the logistics! I’ve always wanted to be able to dance! I’ve taken a couple classes in the past, and proven to be terrible at it, but I’m going to keep hope that I can still learn!

I took Emma and Samuel for their first haircut yesterday! Samuel’s hair had reached the point where I could no longer tolerate it being in his eyes! Emma’s hair was needing shaped up, and hopefully it will grow thicker now. Her hair is a lot like mine in that it is thin and very fine. I did not cry! πŸ™‚ I’ve only cried one time, when David had a haircut around the age of three. The lady cut it WAY shorter than what I thought I had told her. It was practically a buzz cut. I wanted to cry the whole day! Thank God it grew back! πŸ™‚ Emma and Samuel did a great job sitting in the airplane chair, and the lady who cut their hair was amazing! I’m always so thankful when someone can cut our children’s hair with patience, kindness, and professionalism!

Hope y’all are doing better than I am about getting your Christmas shopping done! I am NOT. EVEN. CLOSE. to being done. SIGH! My student’s have their piano recital this weekend, and David is singing in the kids choir at church Sunday! I am super excited about both! I’ll let you know how it all goes!

Peace,

PK

 

Remembering the Reason. December 3, 2019

Remembering the Reason. December 3, 2019

Thanksgiving was wonderful! Andrew and I spent a lot of Tuesday and most of Wednesday cooking. Thursday, Andrew cooked the turkey, and all I had to do was make sure everything was heated up! I am so thankful Andrew wanted double ovens during our kitchen renovation! It made heating things up go a lot quicker! Still, it was no small feat! When it came down to the wire, I had two dishes heating in the top oven, and four dishes heating in the bottom oven. There was several minutes when I stood and prayed for the oven to do its job! It was working quadrupely (I know, it’s not a real word. HA) hard! The best part was spending time with family! My sister and brother in law came and stayed Wednesday night with us. It was great to spend time with them. We watched an old Disney movie that Leah and I love, “The Ugly Dachshund”. πŸ™‚ Our husbands love us a lot because they watched it too! πŸ™‚ However, we joke with them because it’s not nearly as terrible of a movie as some we have watched with them! (By the way, we have the new Disney plus app that has all the great movies on it, and I have to say that if you don’t have it yet, don’t get it. Trust me. If you do, you will spend way too much time watching movies you love out of nostalgia! You will also want to introduce to your kids to all the great shows you used to watch on tv out of nostalgia! You have been warned!)

Here are some family pictures! I love them all! Emma and Samuel were playing with Auntie Leah before the thanksgiving rush set in. πŸ™‚ Once everyone arrived, Samuel was kind of the star because he is the cutest little squeeze just waddling around the house! πŸ™‚ Plus the older ones where busy playing with their cousins! Cousins are awesome!

Feast Time!

Game Time! Also, there’s nothing quite like leftovers! David requested a turkey leg for his dinner.

Going backwards to earlier in the week. I decided to get out of the house and spend some time with the kids. Away from all the cooking and house cleaning. It was a relatively warm day, and so we went to the zoo. It turned out to be a really great decision. We had a wonderful time, and one of the highlights of my week was actually seeing the new baby jaguars, Lulu and Bella! They are so adorable, and are very entertaining to watch! We will definitely be going back to see them!

It’s hard to believe Samuel is going to be one in a couple weeks! He is getting big too fast! He walks really good now, and is into EVERYTHING! He has the sweetest personality. The wildest hair. πŸ™‚

Message_1575060605803

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Because Advent was so close to Thanksgiving this year it has taken me more time to get prepared and into the spirit of things.Β  This week I started by having the kids help make cards for our advent calendar. I decided that this year we would do an advent calendar with the names of Jesus! I am very excited about this! The kids love to paint the cards, and each day we write a different name of Jesus with a scripture verse on the back. We do it in the morning during breakfast time. It takes about three or four minutes, and it sets the focus for the day and the season! It also makes a great Christmas decoration. All you need is some twine, small clothespins, and some 5×7 cards. I bought a small art book with removable pages because the paper is thicker and holds up to the paint. I foundΒ  a website that has a list of names with scripture verses. For the Family has some other great ideas too!Β  Yesterday, I turned on my favorite Christmas musical, “White Christmas”, and put out our Christmas decorations. I love that musical! It’s quite long, so it’s great to turn on and watch while doing. πŸ™‚ Andrew and I have a tradition of waiting till Christmas eve to decorate our tree. I know this seems bizarre and unimaginable to most people, and when we first started talking about doing this, I wasn’t too keen on the idea either.Β  However, now I love doing it this way! It makes Christmas eve and Christmas morning even more special. Our tree decorations are not ornate, but we have a lot of very special ornaments that have been given to us through the years by people from various places and family members. I love taking the time to remember each one.

 

Wishing you Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love this season!

20191128_145723

PK

Thanksgiving Preparations! November 24, 2019

Thanksgiving Preparations! November 24, 2019

The last few days my mind has been racing with a list of everything that I want to be done before Thursday. I always stress about things that I know need to be done that are not done yet. It’s why I’m not a procrastinator. Friday I made myself put thoughts to paper. Making lists always helps to lower my stress level. I don’t have to worry about forgetting something if it is written down. I have a menu, a grocery list, and a cleaning list. All in hopes of having the perfect Thanksgiving. Okay, I probably have unrealistic expectations! Having three kids means while our house may be clean, it will most likely not be tidy. I can only hope and pray the food turns out tasting wonderful and is all put on the table hot. Thankfully while these things are important it’s not the most, or the best part of Thanksgiving. Spending time with family and friends, remembering our blessings, and having a humble attitude and thankful heart is what it’s all about! I pray everyone has an opportunity to do all these things this Thanksgiving.

Just in case you are still wondering what to fix this Thanksgiving, I thought I would share our menu and recipes!

Click on the links to get the recipe!

Turkey:Β I cannot stand by this recipe as I have never used it before, but I’ve done something similar in the past. So I hope I can give it rave reviews in the future! It’s also similar to how I roast a whole chicken.

Mashed Potatoes: I plan on making these on Wednesday that way all I have to do is bake them on Thursday!

Slow Cooker Glazed Carrots: This recipe is great because you can use the slow cooker and not worry about taking up space in the oven!

Green Bean Bundles: I had these at a church dinner not too long ago, and they are amazing!! I hope I can recreate the experience.

Cranberry Sauce: I’m generally not a fan of cranberry sauce, but even I like this recipe. Andrew really loves it! Also a make ahead recipe.

No-Knead Dinner Rolls:Β These are amazing! Make the dough a day or two ahead! Roll them out and give them plenty of time to rise on Thanksgiving before baking.

I actually do not have dessert totally nailed down just yet! I’m waiting to see what kind of fruit is on sale when I go shopping tomorrow. I want to make either a cobbler or some pies. Here are a couple of recipes I will most likely use!

Apple Pie: I have made this numerous times, and it is always delicious! It’s super easy to make too. You can either make your own pie crust or use store bought!

Blackberry Cobbler: I’m praying I can find a decent price on blackberries tomorrow! I’ve been craving this dessert for a while!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake: This is one of my favorite cakes. I rarely make it. I don’t know why. I should change that! πŸ™‚

I’m also having some help in the cooking department. My mother in law is bringing her most delicious sweet potato recipe. It could almost qualify for a dessert. Maybe that’s why I love it so much! πŸ™‚ My mom is bringing ham, deviled eggs (my parents raise chickens and have their own eggs!), dressing, pumpkin pie and pig pickin’ cake! Don’t let the name throw you off! I don’t know why it’s called pig pickin’ cake. It should be called heavenly cake or something like that! It’s one of my favorite recipes!

David doesn’t have school this week, and I’m looking forward to a week of togetherness. Last night in his bedtime prayer David prayed that his nine days off from school would go as slow as a snail going around the world. πŸ™‚ This made me laugh!

I pray everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving with much to be thankful for, and that it passes as slow as a snail going around the earth. πŸ™‚

I’ve been busy recording some music the last few weeks. It’s not complicated stuff, but I’ve had a lot of fun doing it! I hope you can enjoy it too! Check out my media page to listen to all my albums! Maybe play it for some background music this week!

Love,

PK

 

Big Things!

Big Things!

It’s amazing how little ones can go from crawling to walking seamlessly over night! Samuel has been walking around furniture and things for several weeks now. Suddenly this week he gets the courage to let go, and he is walking everywhere. He looks so little and cute waddling around! Sniff, sniff! Where is my baby? He is growing up too fast! Speaking of doing things suddenly, the other day I walked into the kitchen to find Samuel sitting on top of the dishwasher lid! He first looked up at me like, “Ah oh, I’ve been caught” and then he gave me a big ol’ smile! He is such a cutie pa-tootie! πŸ™‚

I’ve been hankering to bake some cinnamon rolls, and so I did! I know I’ve said this before, but they turned out better this time than any before I have made! So I guess I keep getting better at making them. πŸ˜‰

I baked so many rolls that I decided to give some of them away as thanksgiving gifts! Notice I said some, we are also eating our fare share. I just love cinnamon rolls. They are so divine! Here is the cinnamon roll recipe by Ree.

20191114_183534

I also made Beef Stroganoff for dinner one night this week! I had not had beef stroganoff in years. I was looking for some hearty dishes to serve during this cold weather, and came across this recipe. This recipe by Ree is so good! It is hearty, delicious, quick and easy to make! I’ll definitely be making this again.

I took the kids to the children’s museum this weekend. When we arrived the parking lot was full and in overflow. I was lucky to get a good parking spot. Anyway, I didn’t check the events calendar on their web page before going, and so we were surprised to find out that it was puppy love day. They had a paw patrol play room, and other puppy play stations set up throughout the museum. For better or worse, we had let Emma watch an episode of paw patrol only a week ago. She had never seen it before. She loved it! That is all she has wanted to watch all week, and so to go to the museum and find paw patrol was right up her alley! We had a great Big time!

Love,

PK

 

Fall back, and all! November 9, 2019

Fall back, and all! November 9, 2019

Daylight savings time is a challenge for families with small children. I’m convinced that whoever thinks it’s a great idea to keep changing the time twice a year does not have children! The first morning Samuel woke up around four-thirty. I prayed for him to go back to sleep, and God answered my prayer. He went back to sleep and woke up around six-thirty, which is his normal wake up time. However, since that first morning, he has been routinely waking up at five-thirty! I lay in bed listening to him play and fuss, until I finally give in and get up around six. This is when the day begins around the Kjorlaug house! I have a dream that someday when my children are older they will learn to sleep longer, or at the very least learn to let me sleep longer!

David generally wakes up around six-thirty to six-forty-five, which is a good time for him to get up. This gives him plenty of time to eat breakfast and get ready for school without having to be rushed around too much. David still loves school :), and so I rarely have any trouble getting him to get up and get ready. This past week his grade had a field trip day to the zoo. Emma, Samuel and I went too! We all had a wonderful time, and I loved spending the day with my sweet boy! David was so excited, you would have thought he had never been to the zoo before! He loved being there with his friends! He has one particular friend that he has become good buddies with, and he hung out with us throughout the day. Emma had a good time keeping up with the boys. Samuel loved being outside riding around in his stroller! We were blessed with a beautiful day!

Samuel is playing at Barnes and Noble with the train table in the kids section. I had to take a picture because I have pictures of David and Emma doing the same thing when they were about the same size. It makes me feel all squishy and nostalgic! We used to go all the time to B&N to read books and play with the trains! Some stores have started removing the train tables, and that makes me sad. I love that the Barnes and Noble in Memphis still has theirs!

I can’t believe that Samuel will be a year old next month! Where has time gone!? He is such a sweet little guy. He has finally started taking some steps! Every once in a while he will get a surge of confidence and take off. He will go five or six steps and get so excited about what he is doing that he falls down. πŸ™‚ He can wave bye-bye, and can say Dada, Mamma, David comes out Dod, Emma comes out Ma, and Zoe comes out Z. He can also say ball and duck. πŸ™‚

20191104_205917

This time last year we were having a rough time with Zoe. She was suffering from anxiety and was going off at us like a bomb. We were distraught about it and had no choice but to put her outside. It has actually turned out to be a good thing for her, and she is doing much better now! She adjusted to being outside, and now she actually wants to go outside! She has gotten to where she comes in and out pretty much at her leisure. It’s not uncommon for her to sleep inside most of the day, and then go out at night. We keep her food and litter box in the garage, and she lets us know when she needs to go out! She is being very good with the kids, and while I can tell she doesn’t particularly enjoy their attention, she is gentle and never does anything to hurt them, particularly Samuel who can be a bit rough. πŸ™‚

20191108_105917

I had lunch with my little man at school yesterday! He requested that I bring him Wendy’s for lunch. He loved the food and the company, but I think he loved the toy in his kids meal the most. πŸ™‚ (By the way, Wendy’s has some awesome toys in their kids meals! I don’t remember toys ever being that cool when I was little!:) ) Actually, when I picked David up from school on Friday I asked him what his favorite thing about his day was, and he said “having lunch with you mom”. I know, I was fishing for it, but it still made me feel great! πŸ™‚

 

We are doing a lot of cooking in our new, amazing kitchen! I want to share a couple recipes with you that I’ve tried recently and love! The first is Hot and Sweet Drumsticks, by Terri. You will notice I did not use drumsticks, but leg/thigh quarters. You can use whatever cut of chicken you want. I just love the sauce/glaze recipe! It calls for apricot preserves, but I use peach. It taste awesome! I highly recommend trying this recipe. The other isΒ Perfect Potatoes Au Gratin, By Ree! Her recipes are always so large that I cut them in half most of the time. I also sliced my potatoes with my food processor instead of dicing them. It’s so easy to make and turned out great!

Love,

PK

Oh Boy! Happy Birthday Emma! October 28, 2019

Oh Boy! Happy Birthday Emma! October 28, 2019

Three years ago Andrew and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl! It was a Friday night, and we had finished dinner at the local diner. We went home to put David to bed and to watch our Friday night show, Blue Bloods. We love Tom Selleck! I was having some contractions throughout the evening. We had just begun to watch Blue Bloods when the contractions started getting serious and close together. I reached the point that I could no longer focus on watching the show. Andrew finally insisted that we go to the hospital. We arrived at the hospital around ten o’clock that night, and Emma Sue was born around two-thirty in the morning.Β  Β Emma is sweet, intelligent, red headed and stubborn to match. She loves playing with David and Samuel, and wants to keep up with everything David does. She loves Mickey Mouse, Disney princesses, and her favorite color is yellow!

Emma was very specific about the birthday party she wanted. She of course wanted a Mickey Mouse party! We looked through pictures of cakes to find the perfect cake that she wanted. We came across a picture of the cake that Mickey has in the episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse where it’s his birthday. That was it! It was the perfect color and everything! I was actually very happy she picked this one because it was pretty easy to make. I used my new favorite chocolate cake recipe with buttercream frosting! I used a nine inch pan for the head and six inch pans for the ears. I decorated the house with some mickey mouse streamers, and we had a party! We all had a hot dog time! (Sorry, I can’t resist! πŸ™‚ ) I love Emma’s face as we are fixing to have cake. πŸ™‚ Also, if you look closely at the first picture on the bottom, you will notice a little hand sneaking some frosting! Hahaha!! Since Samuel’s not old enough for cake and ice cream he had a frozen fruit cycle! πŸ™‚ I love that the kids had a great time! It got a little crazy during the opening of presents, and I don’t even know if Emma knew what was happening or what she was getting! I love it! LOL!

In other events of the weekend, there was Hullabaloo and trunk or treat at the church! We had a wonderful, crazy time, and we were all wore out by Sunday evening! Here are some of the pictures from Hullabaloo! (In case you are wondering, Hullabaloo is a like a big fall festival.) The kids LOVE playing the games and getting the prizes.

After Hullabaloo we went and got Halloween costumes for the kids. Emma wanted to be Mickey Mouse. Surprise! πŸ™‚ David wanted to be either a zombie skeleton or a lego ninja. He decided to go with the lego ninja because he wants to wear his costume to school on Thursday. At school their costume has to be a character from a favorite book. David is currently into Ninjago which is a show on Netflix that he likes to watch, but he also has some of the books. Samuel is the cutest dragon you will ever see! πŸ™‚ Here is a sneak preview of Halloween 2019!

Happy Halloween!

PK