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

 

Goodbye Summer, Hello Kindergarten! August 17, 2019

Goodbye Summer, Hello Kindergarten! August 17, 2019

I spent right up to the day before school started ignoring the fact that school was starting! The whole week before we lived like every day was our last. My parents came for a visit and we spent time with them. We went to the Memphis Bass Pro Pyramid. We went fishing and David caught his first fish. Dad and Mom babysat so Andrew and I could go on a date! I wanted to go seeΒ I LOVE LUCY in color in the theater! πŸ™‚ It was so awesome!! Andrew and I took the kids to the zoo. We went and visited Grand-mama and G-pa! We played outside and went swimming. One would think we hadn’t done anything all summer long! πŸ™‚

Here we are at the top of the pyramid!! Also that’s David with his fish! They actually caught enough catfish that we had a meal from it!

Here is me at the theater! I got an I LOVE LUCY poster! I am a huge Lucy fan! I can watch those episodes a thousand times and still laugh. πŸ™‚ Andrew was so sweet to tolerate it and go with me. He’s not the huge I LOVE LUCY fan that I am, but he LOVES his wife very much. πŸ˜‰

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Here are a few pictures from our zoo trip! Samuel is getting so big! It’s hard to believe that he will be eight months on Monday. I just love that smile! It happened to be a beautiful, not too hot, day, and we had a lot of fun! It ended with the kids playing on the zoo playground.

I took this picture of David and Emma playing outside together. They were holding hands and jumping in the water. They really do love each other, I think. πŸ™‚ I treasure these moments of kindness between them. So sweet!

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The day before school started we went to visit G-pa and Grand-mama! The kids had fun playing and visiting. Samuel is checking out Maggie! He loves animals! He gets so excited when he spots our cat, Zoe, in the house too.

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David’s first day of Kindergarten finally came. He was nervous about going to Kindergarten and I could tell because he didn’t want to talk about it. (He’s a little like his mama! πŸ™‚ ) He did really great though! He woke up, put his clothes on, made his bed, ate his breakfast, and went to school like a champ! I took him on the first day. I walked him to his class room, stayed with him for several minutes. By this point I was not doing so well. Hidden behind my smiles was a shattered heart! I could not really just be leaving my baby at school all by himself. I even turned to his teacher and said, “Am I just supposed to leave?”! It was the worst feeling ever, and I left a very sad and depressed mama. Three o’clock could not come soon enough! When David arrived home that afternoon he was so excited. He LOVED it! While it is still hard to send him, it’s a lot easier knowing that he loves going!

David had a great first week of school! On Friday I went to assist with lunch, and was able to sit with David during his lunch time. He has several friends already in his class! He had a corn dog with cinnamon apples. πŸ™‚ Thanks to everyone who prayed for us, and gave me encouragement during the week! Please keep it coming!

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Friday night we “camped out”. The kids had been telling me that they want to sleep out in a tent, so I bought them a tent. I told them all week that we would camp out Friday night. So last night after putting Samuel to bed, we got ready for bed, had some ice cream (because who doesn’t need ice cream before bed!), gathered our pillows and blankets and went outside to sleep in the tent. We got into the tent, put our bedding down, and everyone got comfortable. We read a couple “spooky” story books that the kids had picked out. I turned off the flashlight. In about five minutes David said he was scared, and wanted to go back inside. I took him inside, and then returned to the tent with Emma. Emma was slightly more brave. She stayed outside and tried to go to sleep, but every little bit she would say, “What’s that!”, or “There’s a scary shadow”. Plus Zoe kept creeping around outside the tent making noises. πŸ™‚ Finally after an hour of camping out, we ended up back inside. I was only slightly disappointed! πŸ™‚

Happy Weekend!

Love,

PK

Good Night. August 2, 2019

Good Night. August 2, 2019

Dear Samuel,

I love you more than you can know! You are nearly seven and a half months old. Why do you not yet sleep through the night? I am tired, and getting more so with each passing day. I’ve loved and cherished our sleepless nights together. I will never forget the dreamy smiles, your precious face as I rock you back to sleep, the nights where you cry because your gums or belly hurt, and the nights where you think it is time to play instead of sleep. While I wishes those days would never pass because I know they will all too quickly, I also know they must. It’s part of growing up healthy. I want the best for you. You are my third baby so I know I should know what to do, right? I should have all the answers by now, right? However, you, your brother and sister have proven that we are all different. David slept through the night around six months. Emma at four months. When will you reach that stage where you consistently sleep through the night? I love you so much! Please start sleeping all night soon.

Your loving, tired mother.

PK.

Speaking of differences, Samuel is also the most difficult baby at meal time. He hated sitting in his high chair. He would cry every time. I don’t know why, maybe he’s claustrophobic and doesn’t like being closed in by the food tray. So I put him in one of those little green pod seats that hooks to a chair, and put him at the table. That made him happier for a while. Now his frustration comes with not yet being able to eat like we do. He wants to eat what every one else is eating (he doesn’t have any teeth yet, so this creates a problem), and he wants to feed himself! I don’t need to point out the problem with the later. Samuel is so messy! I finely dice small bits of food and fruit so he can feel included. However, by the time he is done eating he has food all over the table, floor, chair, and himself. He pretty much needs a bath after every meal!

Our independent Samuel is also crawling like a champ and pulling up on furniture.

Here are some pictures of David and Emma with their caps and gloves before they went to the ball game with Andrew this evening. Cutie pies!

Sweet Dreams πŸ˜‰

PK

Hanging on to Summer! July 26, 2019

Hanging on to Summer! July 26, 2019

I feel like summer is vanishing before my very eyes! The month of July has passed so quickly it’s a blur! School is lurking around the corner, and while I’m starting to make preparations I feel that if I keep ignoring the fact that it’s in three weeks it will somehow take longer to get here. We attended the kindergarten kick off the other night at David’s soon to be school. He had a great time! The kids did rotational activities while the parents were in an informational session.Β  We took Emma and Samuel with us to the school, and while we were in the middle of the informational session Emma fell into the chair in the cafeteria and busted her mouth open. I knew immediately when she hit that it was bad. She cried of course, but only for a little bit. However, by the time she went to bed her mouth and face was swollen up. It just so happened that I already had a dental appointment scheduled for her and David the very next day. The dentist checked, and while her two front teeth were slightly loose, they should tighten back up. The bruising looks terrible, but should go away in time. Bless her! She’s such a tough little girl!

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I’ve been making my own preparations in teaching piano this fall! Every semester I try to make sure I have a refresh. I do this by updating my materials, working on lesson plans, and planning out recitals and events. I also make sure I myself as a teacher set certain professional goals. I’m looking forward to attending some teacher workshops, and recitals. I’m also hoping to do some more recording and performing as well. I find that doing all this helps me take a fresh look at things, and hopefully keep from “getting in a rut”! The second year after having to start over is always easier than the first for obvious reasons, and I’m feeling more established and ready to take on more students this year!

20190725_203530I’m trying to spend as much time with the kids as I can before school starts! We went to the Redbirds game yesterday evening, and stayed out super late! (It was 9:30 when we go home! πŸ˜‰ ) Today we went to the zoo! We actually do this quite often since we live so close. The weather this week has been amazing, and so we decided to go to the zoo.

Samuel is crawling all over the house now! I took the picture below because he and Emma were actually playing together. Or should I say, Emma was playing and Samuel was grabbing her toys and chewing on them. Either way, they were interacting! That sort of thing has been happening more frequently. The other day they were all three playing. I love listening and watching them. They don’t fight ALL the time. πŸ™‚

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Samuel is also wanting to sit at the table and eat like the rest of us. He wants to feed himself, and he does not want to sit in the high chair anymore. We have one of those pod seats that fastens onto a chair, and he sits at the table like a big boy. πŸ™‚

I’ve been trying some new recipes recently! The first is an Asian glazed salmon with fried rice and green beans. The salmon is delicious with a beautiful sticky glaze that is easy to prep and cook. I happened to have some leftover rice and decided to try making fried rice. I’ve done this before, but last time I burned the rice.:( That’s one of the things to watch out for when making fried rice. After scrambling the eggs and sauteing the veggies the pan is super hot. It doesn’t take long at all to fry the rice once it’s in the pan. Don’t be like me, watch the rice, stir the rice, don’t take your eyes off the rice! πŸ™‚

The second is a Hawaiian burger! This burger is tasty and colorful. There is basically a salad in between the bun! This recipe includes grilled pineapple and red pepper slices, thinly sliced red onion, tomatoes and lettuce, a seasoned hamburger patty with provolone cheese, and a special sauce spread on toasted onion rolls.

Happy Summer!

PK

Sink or Swim? July 15, 2019

Sink or Swim? July 15, 2019

David has never liked water in his face. Since he was a baby he would cry if water got on his face. When we would go on vacation and go swimming in a pool, David would refuse to get in and just play along the edge of the pool. Recently when taking a bath David would sparsely wet his hair to make us believe he had washed it. We would get on to him for this deception of course, but it wasn’t getting to the root of the problem which was his fear of water. This summer we decided it was past time for him to take swimming lessons. I spent the last week and a half taking David to and from his swim class. The first day went exactly as I expected it to. David hated it! He cried and begged not to go back. Later that evening Andrew worked with him on “catching a bubble” and sticking his face in the water. It took thirty minutes before he finally did it, and he was so proud. The second day of swim class actually went much better. He was proud of being able to stick his face in the water. Then the next few days came the problem of him being afraid to get his feet off the bottom of the pool. We went to a friends house to practice swimming in their pool a few days last week. We worked with him on kicking, getting away from the side of the pool, and getting his feet off the bottom of the pool. I can’t say we were successful at getting him to swim, but at least he’s no longer afraid to wash his hair!

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Fear is a crazy thing. It makes us tense up and unable to perform the task at hand. I would say to David, “Relax and your body will float. Your tense muscles are causing you to sink!” He apparently doesn’t trust his mama because it didn’t matter what I said, he was not going to listen! We are going to try to make sure he is exposed to more swimming opportunities this summer, and he will probably take more lessons next summer. Honestly, I’m proud of him for getting his face wet and trying! This is actually a life lesson. If we could just overcome our fears we would be able to be and do amazing things! I’ve often dealt with this same sort of paralyzing fear when performing. I’ve learned that you can’t let fear get the better of you. You overcome fear by facing it over and over and over again. With lots of practice and self confidence one can learn to lock fear away, and channel the extra adrenaline to help you perform better.

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At least one of our children is not afraid of the water. πŸ™‚ Samuel LOVES the water! He loves sitting in that little yellow float tube. I actually think he could swim if I was brave enough to let go of him! He kicks his feet and basically floats on his own. However I could NEVER without the help of someone professionally trained perhaps, let go of him to find out!Β  My heart rate accelerates just thinking about it.

Samuel is almost seven months old! He has learned to sit up, and is now crawling! I cannot believe how fast they grow in the first year of life! The first picture above shows Samuel playing at the children’s museum. It was his first visit where he could actually play in the baby area! The second picture is just a bundle of cuteness having precious baby dreams!:) I know I’ve said this before, but watching your children grow, learn, and discover new things gives you an opportunity as a parent to experience the magic of discovery and learning something for the first time all over again just by watching them. It truly is a precious gift!

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We visited the library on Thursday after swim class! They were having the Arkansas game commission as their special guest. Last year we went, and they had fish. This year was turtles! David and Emma love anything nature and were excited to see the turtles! We had just caught a green slider turtle in our yard only the week before too! It was a big turtle so we didn’t keep it. The turtle was happy to swim away in the pond!

PK

Birthdays and Celebrations! July 7, 2019

Birthdays and Celebrations! July 7, 2019

Andrew turned another year older July 1st! I tried to cheer him up by telling him he is not old, and that we still have babies so he has at least twenty years to be young and active! I don’t think I helped! πŸ™‚

For Andrew’s birthday he wanted to cook. Most people want to go out and enjoy a dinner they don’t have to prepare themselves, or clean up after, but not Andrew. He wanted to cook! He grilled steaks, boiled sweet corn, and steamed some green beans! He did an amazing job! We had enough steak left over that I made steak and cheese quesadillas for lunch the next day too! I made homemade vanilla ice creamΒ and chocolate cake for his birthday dessert. I wish I could say that the cake turned out perfectly and that it was the most stunningly beautiful cake I’ve ever made. I baked four layers of deliciously moist chocolate cake. I made homemade chocolate frosting. I was in the middle of frosting the layers and stacking them. Something wasn’t right. My frosting was too runny. I needed something to keep my layers from sliding. I got up to go get some skewers to hold it in place. I heard something and turned to see the top two layers of my cake in the floor. I stood in horror for a moment before bursting into tears! I was so disappointed and frustrated! Andrew assured me it was okay, and that two layers would still be enough. He is such a sweet husband! I finished frosting the two layers and we had a delicious two layer cake!Β  I learned a few things, so next time I make it I think it will turn out pretty near perfect! πŸ™‚

We had a fun time celebrating Independence day! We spent the day at my parents house visiting with family and eating! Andrew smoked ribs. Mom grilled hamburgers, cooked baked beans, fried squash, and cheesecake. Dad made a bomb fire and roasted hot dogs, and my aunt Sharon made potato salad and a strawberry cake dessert. The best meals are those where everybody has a hand in it! πŸ™‚ Later that evening after arriving back home, we watched fireworks from our back porch. Emma was excited about seeing the fireworks! David doesn’t like the noise so he watched from inside. I’m so thankful for our freedoms and our blessings!

In other news of the week. Samuel sat up for the first time today! He can get up on all fours. He doesn’t yet have the coordination to crawl (he army crawls), but figured out how to sit up. I can’t believe how big he is getting so fast!

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The kids are enjoying summer! They have been playing on their slip n slide, riding bikes, hunting bugs, fishing and swimming. David is taking swimming lessons. I will share this story in my next blog post. Just pray we survive this week of swim lessons! πŸ™‚

Happy Summer!

Love,

PK

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