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

 

Family Reunions! May 22, 2020

Family Reunions! May 22, 2020

We went to my parents house this past weekend. For the first time in months the kids were able to be with Papa and Nana! My sister and brother in law came too! It was great to see and visit with everyone. In person!! A change in scenery and routine for a few days was welcome too. It’s hard to explain, but my mentality has changed dramatically this month. It’s like my brain said “Okay, enough. I’m going on vacation.”.Β  My students sent me their recital videos for their virtual recital. My own recital program is underway. David is officially finished with kindergarten. (What??!!! How is this possible?!?! Tissues Please!!) Summer vacation is at hand, and my brain is already there!!

We sat on my parents beautiful porch surrounded by a forest of trees, birds, and nature of all sorts! It’s really peaceful, except for when we are there! Haha! πŸ™‚ The kids loved riding on the back of the mower in the little trailer. Those pictures are so sweet! David of course had to watch a GodzillaΒ movie with his Papa.

David and Emma LOVE sleeping over at their grandparents houses! The funny thing is, and I just thought about this the other day… At home they always sleep in their own beds, and in their own room. However, when sleeping anywhere else, whether my parents or my in laws, they always sleep in the same room, and at my parents house in the same bed even. Maybe this is a situation that needs to be remedied? I don’t know if either one of them would be able to sleep anywhere else without the other. In one respect I love that they have bonded so, and despite their occasional arguments, they play and converse together all the time.

This is my mom and sister. Aren’t they lovely! Emma is so cute sitting in the middle on the porch swing. She didn’t really want her picture taken, and so this is what I got from her. Leah and Emma are kindred spirits. πŸ™‚ Leah was slicing strawberries, and Emma was eating… I mean helping. πŸ™‚

I made hair appointments for the kids and myself this week! I never could stomach up enough nerve to cut anyone’s hair, no matter how many youtube tutorials I watched. The salon’s around here have opened back up, by appointment only of course. I LOVE the kids haircuts. Cuteness overload!!

Today we had a family reunion with Andrew’s family! It was the first time since Christmas for us all to be together! The kids love playing with their cousins! They are all around the same ages, and so when they get together it is a lot of fun! It’s hard to get good pictures because they are running around, playing in different rooms, and doing their best to avoid pictures. πŸ™‚ The older ones especially! That’s why you don’t see David in these pictures. He is busy playing with his cousin Robbie. I barely saw him at all while we were there. Emma loves playing with cousins Henry and Oliver which are about the same age, and Samuel and Patrick are close in age too. Yes, that’s them kissing!! πŸ˜‚ They are kissing cousins I guess. 🀣 It’s so sweet!

My garden is doing really well so far this year! My cilantro bush has grown so big that I had to cut it back! So with all the cilantro I’ve been trying to cook some recipes that use cilantro! πŸ™‚ This is a Mahi Mahi with Mango-cucumber salsa. I love fish! Especially in the summer. It is very light and refreshing with this salsa! Just season the fish with salt and pepper, and grill on an oiled grill pan or skillet over high heat. For the salsa combine mango (peaches could also be used), cucumber, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nothing speaks summer time like strawberry pie! I don’t know about light, but it’s definitely cool and refreshing! πŸ™‚ I found this great strawberry pie recipe from Amy. I like it because it uses all fresh ingredients, no jello. I made my own pie crusts and baked them. After the crusts cool completely, then add the strawberry filling. It’s best to let it refrigerate for a couple hours before serving with a delicious dollop of whipped cream.

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Love,

PK

 

Mothers and Things. May 9, 2020

Mothers and Things. May 9, 2020

Happy Mom’s Day!!! I wish all mom’s everywhere the best, most relaxing day ever! Here is a picture of my mom and I! This was taken a couple years ago I think…in a time when I had a haircut, and we were able to go places. πŸ™‚ Since becoming a mom I’ve gained a new appreciation for my mom! She made this mom thing look easy, like a piece of cake! I hope I do half as good a job! Love you MOM!!! πŸ’•

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I took this picture of Emma last Sunday. Every morning she dresses herself. She goes into her room, pics out her clothes, and comes out seeking my approval. A majority of the time she does really well! I praise her for it! I can’t take credit, picking out stylish clothes is something I still struggle with! It must come from her Auntie Leah! I think Emma and Leah share a lot of the same genes. πŸ™‚ However, sometimes she comes out wearing clothes that are not appropriate for the weather or something that just doesn’t quite match. It depends on the day/occasion whether or not I let it go. πŸ™‚ Emma is three and a half. Sometimes I forget that because she is so smart. She is definitely growing up so fast!

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Early in the week we had a very warm day. I decided to break out the sprinkler! David loves playing in the water. I don’t know how much Emma really remembers playing in the water from last summer, but she loved it. This was Samuel’s first time to play in the sprinkler. The reaction from all of them was priceless when I turned on the water! After a few seconds of realizing what was happening, Samuel became ecstatic and did a happy dance! David went crazy and ran right in it. Emma turned, ran to me and requested to go put on her swim clothes. After changing into the appropriate attire, she had the best time too! It was so funny, their different responses! They played in the water for quite a long time. We kept moving the sprinkler around the yard so as to avoid one huge mud puddle. It was a great day!

After that day the temperature dropped, and we were back to long sleeves or jackets. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ David decided he was going to have a “shop”. He found a few items he no longer wanted, or that mom no longer wanted, and set them up at the end of the driveway. I made him a “for sale” sign. A couple generous souls came by and bought a few things from him. It was really cute! He sat out there for a long time before getting tired.

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We have been finding ways to entertain ourselves at home. The kids have been playing outside as much as possible, and being really creative about it! They have been playing with their toy cars outside the last couple days. They made roads and garages with chalk! A few games of tic tac toe have even taken place. πŸ™‚

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I hope everyone is well, and giving their loved ones extra huggs!

Love,

PK

Carefully Venturing Out! May 1, 2020

Carefully Venturing Out! May 1, 2020

I went to my parents house this week! It’s not exactly what you think, I didn’t go completely rogue and break a whole bunch of social distancing rules. My mom had a foot surgery on Wednesday, and I wanted to go help out for a couple days. I know, technically I did break social distancing rules, but since we have both been quarantined for approximately seven weeks, we decided it was probably okay. My mom’s surgery went well, and she is on the path to recovery. It was wonderful seeing my parents again! It was almost a little awkward at first meeting. I was cautious about hugging them due to some kind of mental, social distancing hangover, but then it came to me how crazy I was being, and we hugged away! πŸ™‚ While I went to help her out, it also helped me out. I REALLY needed a break and change of scenery, even if just for forty-eight hours! It was refreshing for me, and I have the best husband in the world for taking over parent duty full time! πŸ™‚ The kids want to go see Nana and Papa so terribly, and so we are planning to go back next weekend and visit with the kids. I’m thankful that we are starting to carefully visit loved ones again! While it may be a while before we venture out into public places, I can handle that! It’s not being able to come into contact with those we love, that made this so hard anyway.

Other than my little adventure to MO, the last couple weeks have been pretty routine. We have been enjoying the weather and spending as much time outside as possible. We planted these flowers in our flower beds last week. Like with everything I plant, I worry and fret about their well being, growth, and ultimate survival. Please pray with me.

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The kids have been enjoying their sandbox. I’m afraid our whole back porch and yard is starting to look like a sandy beach. It even finds its way into our house, reminding me of our times on vacation at a condo on the beach. In this sense I don’t mind the sand! Crazy huh! πŸ™‚

The kids decided to make their own miniature golf course in our back yard this past week too! They were pretty creative! David retrieved items from our garage and made a five hole course, using buckets, jump ropes, storage bins, and other toys. They had a lot of fun! Last year on our beach vacation we went mini-golfing, and the kids loved it! There is also a Curious George book where George creates his own golf course. David wanted to try building his own miniature golf course like George did. πŸ™‚ I hope we get to go to the beach again soon!

One of the foods we have been missing around here is Chinese food! So we decided to make our own! We made general Tso’s chicken, rice, steamed broccoli, and cream cheese wantons! Andrew cooked the chicken, and I cooked the wantons. This is a pretty labor intensive meal, but totally worth it to satisfy the craving! I’m thankful my husband is a good cook. He likes this cooking vlog show called Binging with Babbish, and so we used the recipe for General Tso’s Chicken from this blog. The chicken turned out amazing! I totally recommend using the arbol chiles in the sauce to add spice! We used a few, but were afraid of it being too spice. We should have listened to the recipe and used at least six.Β  I made the cream cheese wantons. I watched Ree Drummond make these on her cooking show quite some time ago, and wanted to try her recipe. They are super easy to make, however, it takes time to individually wrap each wanton. I believe one could make the wantons ahead of time and keep them covered in the refrigerator with a damp tea towel. Then you wouldn’t have to spend all that time trying to wrap wantons while preparing the rest of the meal! If you are having that Chinese craving, I totally recommend these recipes!

Samuel saw me using chop sticks, and wanted to give them a try. He is pretty smart, and after a while started stabbing his food onto the stick! πŸ™‚

Love,

PK

P.S. Did you notice how long everyone’s hair is?! It’s starting to get pretty serious! I may need some major help in the hair cutting department soon! Any suggestions or recommended tutorials? My other option is to just let everyone have long hair! That’s what I’m starting to lean towards! πŸ™‚

 

Growing! April 18, 2020

Growing! April 18, 2020

I believe this is week five or six of quarantine? These days I generally have no clue what the date is, or what day of the week it is! The only thing that is keeping me on track with time is the fact that I am teaching online piano lessons, and have to keep track of who to call when. Without that, I would be totally oblivious to time! Feeling a little restless, and naive to the state of the world, I decided it would be good to get out and go to the Home Depot to buy garden plants. (I’ve been looking forward to planting a garden for quite some time.) After all, the plants would be outside in the fresh air. We all piled in the car for the first time in over a month. When we arrived at the store I was shocked by what I saw. It was like a scene from a movie. First of all, there were a lot of people there! (I thought people were supposed to be staying home! How dare they get out, just when I wanted to go buy garden plants! πŸ™‚ ) Second, almost everyone seemed to be wearing face masks and gloves. It looked scary. We decided that it would be best to keep the kids in the car, and Andrew (who has been doing all our shopping lately) would go get the plants.Β  We then drove to one of our favorite restaurants, ordered take out, and drove back home to eat lunch. It’s hard to describe the emotions this all brings. It’s very similar to grief! I just keep telling myself that I have many things to be thankful for. Our family is safe and healthy. We have food. We have technology to help us stay connected, and so much more!

We all had a hand in the gardening this time! The kids are so excited about it! They loved helping to dig and remove the big grass clumps. After I worked up the first half of the garden, Andrew did the second half. David and Emma helped me plant and water the vegetables. I hope I can keep a green thumb and that the plants do well. David and Emma don’t realize how long it’s going to take for the plants to grow and produce, and they are constantly going to check on the garden. πŸ™‚

The kids have been really good at entertaining themselves this week. It’s amazing what entertainment a bunch of pillows and boxes can provide! They have built forts, played musical chairs (but with pillows), made their own bounce house, built tunnels, created a don’t fall off the rocks game, and some pillow fights too.

We have also been outdoors quite a bit this week. This is not the best picture, but the baby birds hatched! Their mamma has been doing an excellent job caring for them. πŸ™‚

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We were doing some art on the driveway, and I drew these hearts with our names inside. Then I tried to get a picture with the kids sitting in front of their heart. They weren’t too into it! Ha! I thought it was sweet anyway! πŸ™‚

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This is a picture of pizza crust dough. This crust recipe is from Ree Drummonds favorite pizza recipe. When Andrew did our shopping this past week he couldn’t find the pizza crust we usually buy, and so I decided to make my own pizza crust! It actually turned out really good! Way better than my past attempts at pizza crust. However, don’t be like me. Read the recipe, and notice that this recipe makes TWO crusts! I put all the dough into one big cookie sheet, and it was a little too much crust for our liking! It tasted great though! I learn from my mistakes! Apparently I was really an airhead that day because I also forgot to take a picture of the pizza once it was assembled and baked. I made it half pepperoni (for the chillins) and half buffalo chicken. So if you find yourself wanting a pizza, but don’t have any ready made crust on hand, I recommend trying this recipe. It’s very easy to make!

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Popsicle Faces!

Love,

PK

Unconventional Easter! April 13, 2020

Unconventional Easter! April 13, 2020

This was the first Easter I can ever remember not going to church! Being a musician and married to a Reverend, Holy week and Easter Sunday is usually one of the biggest weeks of the year for us. This year was quite unusual! We started Easter Sunday off with a lite breakfast, and then we put on our Easter best. In my heart, I needed to dress as if I was going to church on Easter Sunday. Times are unprecedented, at least I can control what I wear! After getting the kids dressed in their outfits, which was no small feat, we immediately took some pictures. It was definitely a three ring circus! I gave up! They are cuties anyway! This was before they had candy! πŸ™‚

Then we went outside to take a family picture. It had stopped raining momentarily. These pictures turned out slightly better. πŸ™‚

The kids were ready for their egg hunt, and despite all the threats I made about how they would not get any candy if they didn’t behave for their picture, I caved and let them hunt eggs. I’m a softy. I can’t help it. Does that make me a bad mom? Sigh!

This was Samuel’s first egg hunt! He found one egg, opened it, got a taste of the candy, and sat there the rest of the time eating his chocolate. πŸ™‚ I put a few more eggs in his basket. David and Emma are “all’s fair in love and war” when it comes to egg hunts!

Later we celebrated our Risen Savior by watching worship on tv, singing songs of praise, feasting, and taking a nap! I cooked brunch for lunch. We had bacon, pop-eyes, roasted asparagus with holondaise sauce, cheese potato casserole, and angel food cake with strawberry glaze and whipped cream for dessert. There is a reason we took a nap afterward!

I want to share the angel food cake recipe from Sally’s baking addiction. This cake is heavenly! (pun intended) It is so light, airy, and delicious! For the strawberry glaze I took approximately 1 1/2 lbs of strawberries, added 1/2 cup of sugar, and a splash of vanilla. Then roughly pureed them with the blender. The homemade whip cream is also very simple. It’s two cups of heavy whipping cream and approximately 1/4 to 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. (depending on how sweet you like it) Whip until desired thickness is reached.

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I hope y’all had a blessed and Happy Easter!Β  That you are staying safe and well, and giving those close to you a hug.

Love,

PK

Counting my Blessings. April 3rd, 2020

Counting my Blessings. April 3rd, 2020

This week has been more difficult for me personally. I am starting to feel the effects of isolation. Moments of sadness, loneliness, and edginess. The constant twenty-four seven routine, is starting to take its toll. There are moments when I can hear myself losing patience, raising my voice or taking a tone, and needing just fifteen minutes to myself. Yes, I just said I need a few moments to myself, in the middle of quarantine! I’m definitely going nuts! When I start to feelΒ  this way I remind myself to think about all the blessings in my life, and how much I still have to be thankful for! I’m thankful for my faith. I’m thankful for my family, and that we are all still healthy. I’m thankful for our home and plenty of food. I’m thankful for music, and that I can still teach via face time. I have so much to be thankful for that I can just keep naming things, and this is how I will get through this.

I had high hopes of coming through this with a much cleaner house, but instead things are getting messier by the day! I can’t seem to keep on top of the daily messes, much less any other spring cleaning projects I want to accomplish. Oh well! At least the kids are having fun! We have been spending a lot of time outside. There are ponds across from our house, and so we have gone fishing a couple times this week. It’s hard to catch anything when I’m constantly having to chase after Samuel. (He likes to wander off, way more than I ever remember the other two wandering.) David and Emma like to play more than watch their fishing poles. So, we “go fishing”, but not a lot of fish are being caught. πŸ™‚

Today we went to the pond and there is a small sand bank along the edge. David and Emma decided to play in the muddy sand, and I don’t know, but I overheard something about making dinner, and buried treasure. πŸ™‚

This week was a whole new experience for me teaching piano! I taught my students via google duo! πŸ™‚ It’s a whole different world when you can’t be physically present to teach! I found myself thinking of ways to verbally express what I was trying to get across. I also learned a lot about my students, their pianos, and their practice environment. It explains a lot! πŸ™‚ It also makes me rethink how I might teach some things once we are able to do traditional lessons again. Teaching through face time is not ideal, but it’s better than nothing. I was very happy to see my student’s smiling faces, and hear their playing. I am so thankful for technology, and that we are able to continue in this way.

I tried a new recipe today!Β Maple Glazed Chicken Kabobs with Sweet Jalapeno Salad! This recipe by Ree Drummond was super simple and light. I used chicken thighs instead of breast. I also lessened the amount of jalapeno in the salad, but that is because I have littles that don’t like super spicy food. I told the kids it was chicken on a stick, and they liked that. I also served their salad on the side. They mostly just ate the pineapple. πŸ™‚

The kids were playing in the front yard the other day around our magnolia tree. I noticed a very unhappy mother bird, letting her voice be known. I looked and sure enough there was this beautiful nest. It was low enough I could reach up and snap this picture! The eggs are so pretty. I love the color of Robin’s eggs! Spring is here, and new life all around. I showed this picture to the kids, and there were amazed! They have been very careful to not bother the tree since.

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Hanging out together on the porch. I love these sweet faces! πŸ’•

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Love,

PK

“Nothing” Friday, March 27, 2020

“Nothing” Friday, March 27, 2020

This week was “spring break” week, and so we spent a lot of time doing nothing! πŸ™‚ Nothing is a word we just kind of throw around…, for example, Andrew: “Hi Honey, what have you been doing today?” Myself: “Oh, nothing much…”. When in fact I did a whole boat load of things! I digress! So in the midst of all our doing nothing, we played games, did some art, baked some muffins, played outside, etc.

We’ve been taking a lot of walks to the pond lately. The kids love throwing rocks in the water. I’ve never quite understood the fascination kids have with throwing objects in the water. However, they love it! David was super excited when he found this mussel shell by the pond! David and Emma know not to get to close to the edge of the pond. (I still keep a hawks eye on them though.) I walk behind Samuel hanging on to his coat hood or hand because I’m convinced he would step right off!

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The kids watchedΒ Toy Story 4 the other night. They LOVE Forky, and how he is always trying to get in the trash! It’s pretty hilarious! πŸ™‚ After watching it, I thought why don’t we make forky! So the next day the kids made “forky”. I didn’t have any sporks around so we used plastic spoons. The tricky part about making forky is getting his feet to stick to the spoon. I had the kids chew up some bubble gum! I know, it’s gross! It worked though! πŸ™‚

We made a bead bowl this week. We had a bunch of loose beads just sitting in a bag, and I saw this project on pbs kids. It’s super easy, and they loved it. Preheat oven to 350. Using a glass oven safe bowl (spray with nonstick cooking spray), press the beads down so that they go up the sides of the bowl. Even them out. Put it in the oven for about fifteen minutes. When it cools, the beads come out in the shape of a bowl! Emma especially loved seeing what happened to her beads. πŸ™‚

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I saw on Facebook this week about people making beautiful artwork on their fences, (Apparently people are doing it on their windows too, but I didn’t see that till later) and so we did a little sidewalk art. It’s pretty cool looking! The kids loved coloring in the shapes, and then they turned it into some kind of make believe house. πŸ™‚

I had some extra blueberries in the fridge that needed to be used, and so we made blueberry muffins this week. I used my favorite,Β To Die For Blueberry Muffins recipe! I had David read the recipe directions. It was a good lesson in understanding recipe shorthand and measurements! A cup vs a teaspoon, how many halves make a whole, etc. We may need to go over it a few more times! πŸ™‚ Samuel wanted to participate too, so he had fun eating/making mess of the extra blueberries.

We have been cooking non-stop, three meals a day around here, as I’m sure a lot of you have too. I wanted to share this easy mini-meatball pasta bake recipe with you. We have half of it left over in our fridge for another meal this weekend! It is inspired by the Pioneer Woman recipe, but I made a couple simplifications. For the meatballs, I use Italian bread crumbs instead of the rolled oats. I don’t know why, I have always used bread crumbs or crumbled Ritz crackers when making meatballs, meatloaf, etc. Do what floats your boat! The BIG thing is that I cheated on the sauce, and used jarred spaghetti sauce instead. SHHHHH, DON’T TELL ANYONE! Actually, I have made the sauce like the recipe says before, and it’s really good that way too. I just didn’t feel like standing over the stove to make sauce. The kids loved it! Which is always a win when all of them like a recipe!

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Here are some more pics of us doing nothing. πŸ˜‰ I LOVE the picture of Andrew reading to Emma. That sweet little smile. We have Sorry! matches going on. Emma won today, so she is currently the champion. πŸ™‚

Earlier this week David was able to zoom with his teacher and classmates. It was the sweetest thing! I loved his reaction to seeing his friends and his teacher. They are all so sweet!

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We are greatly missing our family and friends! I’m soon going to forget how to have an adult conversation. There is this awkwardness to meeting friends on the street or passing by their house. You want to stop and talk to them, but at the same time you don’t know if you should, or if they even want you to! Am I the only one who is feeling like this? I’m an introvert as it is, and so I struggle under normal circumstances to talk to people. What are ya’ll doing to help with the social awkwardness? Perhaps it’s just me!

Get ready for cuteness overload!! I took this picture of Emma riding Samuel on the back of her tricycle! It’s the heart clincher of the week for me!

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Love,

PK

 

 

Social Togetherness! March 20, 2020

Social Togetherness! March 20, 2020

It’s amazing what can happen in a week! In my last post things were just starting to unfold. Now it’s like we are living in some kind of movie or alternate reality. The corona virus has halted everything! No church, no school, no going to the zoo or museum, no eating out, no, no, no, no….!!!!! We were going to go to Chicago this weekend to the Music Teachers National Association Conference, and make it a family vacation, but that is definitely not happening! It’s very hard not to become stressed, depressed, and anxious about what the future holds, especially when you watch the news. I have decided to stop watching, except for important updates from government officials. Andrew watches enough of it for both of us anyway. πŸ˜‰ Instead I am enjoying time together with the family, practicing piano, cooking, (I would like to say early spring cleaning, but let’s be realistic here), and after next week I will be delving into the world of online piano teaching!

We have been keeping to a relaxed schedule this week, and the kids have been doing great! Our day looks something like this:

Breakfast 7:30-8:00. Clean up time 8:30 (I do breakfast dishes, while the kids make their beds and put their clothes on.). Play outside 9:00-9:45. Snack time 9:45-10:00. Nap time/ school work time 10:00-11:00. Free time 11:00-12:00. Lunch 12:00-12:45. Play time (usually outside) 12:45-1:30. Naptime/quiet time 1:30-3:30 (David usually plays in his room and reads books. I usually practice piano!) . Snack time 3:30-3:45. Playtime 4:00-6:00 (This usually involves playing outside, and playing kindles while dinner is being prepared.) Dinner 6:00-7:00. Bed time routine 7:00-8:00 (Bath time, brush teeth, story, and tuck in.Β 

Of course I’m pretty flexible in all the routine stuff. For example, today Samuel did not take his morning nap. Instead we played outside, because it is finally not raining here today! Make room for spontaneity! Plus, this is a great time to catch up on some things! Reading, practicing, cleaning out that closet, or organizing something that’s been driving you crazy!Β 

Did I mention that it has been raining a lot lately?! We have had rain, and rain, and more rain. Our yard is like a marsh! Since we can’t go anywhere, I just let the kids play in the marsh! My laundry piles have gotten bigger this week! Samuel has fallen in the mud numerous times. David has hopped in the front ditch which is like a wading pool for him. Emma can’t stand to get dirty (Hmm..wonder where she gets that? πŸ™‚ ). She wants to change clothes the second the gets any dirt or mud on her. We’ve gone around a little about that this week. I tell her there is no need to change clothes until she is done playing outside, but she can’t stand it!

During our home school hour David does his take home AMI projects. While he is doing his work, Emma is learning how to write her ABC’s and learning their sounds. Then we supplement with fun activities, such as games, music, and reading. Sorry! is a great way to work on numbers and counting, and good sportsmanship too! πŸ™‚ David was inspired to write his own story this week. It’s called King Cobra vs. Komodo Dragon. Imagine that! 😁

The kids love scavenger hunts! It’s easy to make them up on the fly too! It can be anything like flowers, clover, dandelions, leaves, sticks, rocks, bugs, etc. I took pictures of these flowers by the pond. They are a beautiful sign of spring!

We have enjoyed eating out on our screened-in porch this week! In case you can’t tell we are having cheese burgers and chips for lunch! I also made a special dessert this week for the kids. Chocolate mousse with whipped cream and gummy worms. πŸ™‚ It’s really easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients. This is also a good time to try some new recipes!

What are some things you are doing to pass the time? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about things!

Stay well!

Love,

PK

 

 

Living Life. March 11, 2020

Living Life. March 11, 2020

It was Dr. Suess week last week at David’s school. David loves dressing up and being in the spirit of things! He loved every day, except crazy hair day! See that streak running through the kitchen in the picture below? πŸ™‚ I had fixed his hair by tying several of Emma’s rubber bands in the top strands. He was so embarrassed he ran through the house trying to avoid a picture, and then made me take them out. He wouldn’t wear it to school that way. On Thursday they were to dress up with a friend. For Christmas Andrew’s parents had bought the kids thing 1, thing 2 and thing 3 shirts because that’s what Andrew calls them sometimes. In fact, they even answer to those names when he does it. It’s pretty funny. I had them all wear their shirts because I wanted a picture. It was virtually impossible to get a picture! Samuel will not sit or stand still long enough. He got upset that I was making him sit for the picture. πŸ™‚

Samuel had his second hair cut last week. He has SO. MUCH. HAIR!!! It is so thick and curly! It’s beautiful, and I hate to cut it so I just tell them to keep the shag and trim the bangs. πŸ™‚

Samuel is growing so fast! We have had a few nice weather days, and he loves being outside. The other day he decided to lay down in the grass. It was so cute! I had to get a picture. Melt myΒ  heart! He has been expressing himself in more assertive ways lately. Like throwing food in the floor on purpose and then looking at me to see if I’m going to react. He’s also throwing tantrums. I believe we are hitting the terrible twos early!

My parents came for a visit this past weekend. We loved spending time with them and enjoying the beautiful weather. We went to the zoo, and did some fishing! There is a dinosaur expo at the zoo currently, and so we walked through and saw all the dinosaurs. I’m not sure who liked it more, David or my Dad! They both love dinosaurs!Β  When we went fishing I caught two catfish! Dad and David did most of the catching, and we actually caught enough to fry and eat for Sunday lunch! My mom and Andrew did all the cooking! I didn’t lift a finger.

There are good and bad things happening all around us. It seems that there is a lot more bad lately, with grave illnesses, people losing their homes or loved ones in storms, the pandemic that seems to be spreading, and etc. My thoughts and prayers go out to all these people. I feel blessed and know that as long as we have faith, family, and love, the world is a wonderful place.

Here is an Emma Funny!

One night at dinner David said he needed to tell me a secret, leaned over and whispered something in my ear. A little while later Emma says to me, ” Mama, I need to talk to your ear”. 😁

Love,

PK

 

Feeling Exhausted! February 29, 2020

Feeling Exhausted! February 29, 2020

This has been an exhausting week! It started with taking Samuel for his well visit at a new pediatricians office in Memphis on Monday. We were ten minutes late for his appointment because I have a serious deficiency when it comes to directions and finding places for the first time! No joke! We finally made it. I got the paper work filled out, while trying to keep Samuel from spilling and eating raisins off the floor.Β  We were called back, and the usual took place of weighing and measuring. Samuel is a big boy! No surprises there. πŸ™‚ We then waited for the doctor. We entertained ourselves quite some time, and then I resorted to watching mickey mouse on my phone. Finally, the doctor came in, checked Samuel’s heart, ears, etc. All of which Samuel was none too happy about. He wasn’t sure what to make of this person. Then the worst part at the end being his vaccines. Since Samuel is our third, I have long since learned that when taking the kids to get any kind of shot it is always good to have a surprise diversion on hand. I always make sure to have something they love, usually some kind of candy, or in Samuel’s case, fruit snacks. While he cried for a couple minutes, once he saw the fruit snacks the shots where quickly forgotten. At least for the time being.

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By the following afternoon, Samuel was feeling the effects of the shots. His legs were sore and he didn’t feel well for the next. three. days! It was a very LONG three days. None of our others ever had any major effects from their shots. So this was a new experience for us. Samuel ran a high fever, was miserable, and didn’t sleep at all Tuesday night. By Wednesday he was feeling some better, and this weekend he has been back to his normal happy self.

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Emma, Samuel, and I hanging out together. We were sitting on the bed in our playroom watching music videos. Samuel didn’t feel like doing much else that day.

Because it is really difficult to accomplish anything when you have a sick baby. Thursday I had tons of laundry and house work to catch up on. When I went in to sort the laundry this is what I found. Can you spot the cat? πŸ™‚

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This has been one of those weeks where you just feel tired. Yes, I’ve been physically tired from the lack of sleep, but also just mentally and emotionally tired. Friday night Andrew cooked a really healthy meal for us. Salmon, steamed rice, and green beans. He did a fabulous job. It tasted amazing! We were sitting at the table eating. Across the table from me David was eating really well, (He is usually our pickiest) Emma sitting on my right side just sat there and picked at her food, and Samuel on my left side was picking at, making mess of, and whining at me almost the whole time. This is not out of the ordinary by the way. It doesn’t matter what we have to eat, there is always at least one of them that doesn’t want to eat it.Β  It usually doesn’t bother me too much because if they don’t eat at one meal then they usually will at the next. However, because Samuel had been sick and not wanted to eat much the last several days, mixed with my exhaustion, it upset me. This is when I know I need a break! When things like this start getting to me.

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The kids are watching Andrew play a Mario game on his phone. Emma likes to tell Andrew when he dies. πŸ˜‰ Plus, they like the sound of the video game music. It’s moments like this that I look at and feel so thankful. We have three beautiful, healthy children! They are each unique, precious and sweet in their own way.

Yesterday and today we were able to go outside and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. Some of the best medicine there is is laughter, fresh air and sunshine! It felt great to be outside and let the kids play.

Love,

PK

p.s. Happy Leap Day! πŸ™‚