Prologue: Sept. 30th, 2017

Prologue: Sept. 30th, 2017

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

 

Fall Is Here! October 15, 2018

Fall Is Here! October 15, 2018

The kids and I spent the weekend at my parents. We enjoyed so many things about this weekend! Most of all seeing Dad and Mom (also known as Papa and Nana πŸ™‚ ), and we also enjoyed fall weather and activities! The fall weather has definitely put us in the mood for scarves, sweaters, pumpkins, festivals, chili and soups, apple and pumpkin desserts, and… you get the idea!!

Friday afternoon when we arrived in Dexter (the name of my hometown) I took the kids to the park to burn off some energy! They had a blast and love playing at that park. I think the smile on Emma’s face says it all!

 

Saturday the town of Dexter was having a fall festival downtown main street. It was pretty cold outside so we should have worn gloves and scarves, but I didn’t exactly come prepared…, so we wore jackets. We still had a blast, even though by the end Emma was cold! There was all kinds of crafts and goodies, and activities for the kids. The kids rode on a little train and played in the bouncy houses. It was Emma’s first train ride by herself. I couldn’t tell by her face if she was happy or about to cry! πŸ™‚ They both loved the bouncy houses though!

 

After the festival we went back to my parents house and had a bonfire. We cooked hot dogs over the open flames. I don’t know why, but hot dogs taste so much better this way!! Maybe it’s the overall experience that adds to the taste. πŸ™‚ David and Papa enjoyed sitting out by the fire and eating their lunch. Us girls went back inside to eat after roasting our hot dogs. Emma was still recovering from being cold at the festival. πŸ™‚

 

Later that evening the kids carved a couple of pumpkins that Nana had bought for them. Or I should say, Dad and I carved pumpkins for the kids! πŸ™‚ David and Emma then painted their pumpkins. Green was the popular color. The pumpkins they picked out were baby pumpkins, so cute!!! They are both really proud of their pumpkins!

 

This is what the pumpkins look like after dark! πŸ™‚

 

As usual when going to my parents house, we ate and ate and ate and ate…. No complaints here, except for I probably gained another ten pounds! My mom wanted to make this apple tart dessert, and so we peeled and cut apples, rolled out pastry, and made caramel sauce. It was so delicious!

 

Because Emma’s birthday is at the end of this month, (WHAT? Already? Yikes! My baby is turning two in a couple weeks!) Nana and Papa wanted to celebrate her birthday early with some cake and a few presents Sunday afternoon. Emma had a candle on her cake, and she was looking at it like please remove this thing from my dessert! I tried to show her how to blow it out, and she got some good practice in for later this month. πŸ™‚ (We are just having a family birthday for her at home this year, but I will fill you in on that later.)

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We drove back home Sunday night, and today we have enjoyed the day here at home with Andrew! I worked on some routine cleaning projects, made out a menu/grocery list, and we went shopping. At the grocery store they had one of those signs that states for expectant/new mothers. I have never taken advantage of this before, mostly because I don’t really feel that I need it. Most stores don’t have them anyway. Today I told Andrew to park in that spot! πŸ™‚ I wanted to know what it felt like to park in front of that sign. I have to say, it was pretty cool! πŸ˜‰ It was one of those one time experience kind of things. It’s the little things in life. πŸ™‚20181015_124054

Here is our menu for this week.

Monday: Today I fixed pan fried pork chops, black eye peas and carrots for dinner.Β 

Tuesday: Lunch, Pasta alfredo (leftover) Dinner, Steak, butternut squash, and asparagus.

Wednesday: Lunch, Tacos. Dinner, at church.Β 

Thursday: Out…Date day!

Friday: Lunch, Turkey Chili. Dinner: Pollo alla plancha (chicken, black beans and rice)

Saturday: Lunch, Polish Sausage and Beans. Dinner: Lasagna.Β 

Sunday: Lunch, Chicken Enchilada Soup. Dinner: Sandwiches and soup.Β 

Last week I made Shrimp Pasta alfredo! I love anything pasta alfredo! I also made caesar salad, another favorite! The best thing about pasta alfredo is it is so easy to make! Seriously, all you need is butter, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, and fettuccine noodles!Β Here is the recipe!Β I took the liberty of adding some shrimp to my pasta sauce and letting it cook that way. I also made my own caesar salad dressing.Β Here is the recipe!Β I really like this dressing recipe. It does not use eggs, so you don’t have to worry about it going bad or anything like that.

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Tonight I made black eye peas to go along with our pork chops. Since I posted some side dish recipes in my last blog, I thought I would keep it up and post my black eye pea recipe. I cheat and use canned black eye peas. It takes less time that way. I start by chopping up a couple slices of bacon and about half an onion. Cook them both in a skillet until the bacon is pretty crispy. Drain and add the can of black eye peas to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let cook until peas are heated through.

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Love,

PK

Ear Infection! Sunday, October 7, 2018

Ear Infection! Sunday, October 7, 2018

In my last blog I talked about how we went to the zoo on Thursday with David’s class, etc. What I didn’t fully know yet at the time I wrote that blog is that while I was a winner parent in one aspect, at the same time I was unknowingly NOT!Β  Β That morning before the zoo trip Emma was super cranky! She didn’t want to eat her breakfast, she cried when I was drying my hair, and it was nearly impossible to get out the door! I passed it off as she just didn’t sleep well, and was having a bad morning. We went to the zoo, she had a good time, but I noticed even at the zoo she wasn’t quite herself. Usually Emma tries to keep up with the big kids, but she was content to sit in her stroller for most of the time. Later that afternoon after nap time, the same kind of crankiness ensued. At this point I was beginning to really think something was wrong. I noticed during her snack time at which she was not eating, that she was tilting her head to one side a lot. It was then that the thought of ear infection entered my mind. Andrew came home because it was almost time for me to teach that afternoon, and I had him take her to the walk in clinic. Sure enough, she had double ear infections and a red looking throat thought to be due to the ear infections. Poor, sweet baby!!! Had to put up with my insensitivity and un-awareness. I felt like the worst parent ever Thursday evening!! The doctor gave her some antibiotic, and she seems to be feeling a little better today. I feel like the ear infection is probably due to the beach vacation last week, what with all the wind, sand, and water. IΒ  get super worried when Emma doesn’t eat! She’s in the top ninety percent in height, and bottom ten in weight according to the doctor’s charts. So she doesn’t have any extra pounds or ounces to lose! She has started to eat better the last few meals. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers the next few days. I do feel that she is on the mend though.

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I have been working on painting an old chest for Samuel’s room. I was painting some finishing touches to it yesterday afternoon, and Emma was watching me. (She had been painting with finger paints prior, and they were left out on the table.) She then went into the kitchen with her paint brush and proceeded to paint herself. πŸ™‚ Look at that sweet, not so innocent face! πŸ˜‰

The toy chest turned out pretty! It was tedious to paint, but I love the finished product! Here is what it looked like before and after.

 

I hand painted all the black metal pieces! I didn’t know I had that much artist in me! πŸ™‚

Speaking of Samuel, he seems to be doing great! He does all kinds of acrobats, and I sometimes wish he wouldn’t wait until I go to bed to start them! I’m definitely feeling like it’s the third trimester. Pregnancy hormones seem to be rampant. I’ve been boo-hooing over nonsense happenings, wanting to clean everything (which isn’t too unusual for me anyway), and I just feel BIG and SLOW! I still have a couple more months to go! A nursery to finish, and I feel like I’m no where as ready for number three as I was the other two. Perhaps that’s because I have the other two! πŸ™‚

Here is our menu for this week!

I am planning on visiting my parents next weekend, so our menu is a little short.

Monday: Lunch, Ramen stir fry with steak. Dinner, Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs, mashed potatoes, and broccoli.Β Β 

Tuesday: Lunch, Polish sausage and Navy beans. Dinner, Shrimp Pasta Alfredo with caesar salad.

Wednesday: Lunch, Cheeseburgers and chips. Dinner, At church.

Thursday: Lunch, Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Dinner, Honey Soy Salmon, rice, and edamame.Β 

I usually blog about our main dishes, but decided to share a couple side recipes with you this time. Probably two of our most common sides are mashed potatoes and green beans. They go with a lot of main dishes really well. Andrew has the mashed potatoes down almost to a science, and so I just let him take over and make themΒ  while I’m finishing up whatever else we happen to be having.

 

First, peel and quarter the potatoes and put them in a pot of water to boil. Depending on the size of the potatoes, I usually peel and cut about six. We like using the golden potatoes for mashed potatoes because they seem to come out more creamy. Let them boil until fork tender. Drain the potatoes. Add one stick of butter, approx. one cup of heavy cream, and a heaping tablespoon of sour cream. You can mash them any old way you prefer, but Andrew likes using the immersion blender. Salt and Pepper generously to taste. You can also add some garlic powder if you want garlic mashed potatoes. These mashed potatoes are creamy and divine!

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We LOVE fresh green beans! I can’t remember the last time we actually bought a can of green beans. The taste is just not the same. If you haven’t tried buying fresh green beans at the store, give it a shot! I don’t believe you will be disappointed, perhaps slightly more expensive, but they are just as easy to cook.Β  First, cut the stems off the green beans. Put them in a pan with some water. Boil until fork tender. Drain off the excess water. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.Β  Saute for just a couple minutes. They are ready to serve!

Love,

PK

 

Waffles and Things. Thursday, October 4, 2018

Waffles and Things. Thursday, October 4, 2018

It has been a while since I posted anything foodie, so I decided to up my game this week. That requires me to remember to photograph what I cook. This is a problem because it’s usually devoured by the time I remember! Such was the case with the waffles I made Sunday evening for brinner. πŸ™‚ We happened to have some waffles leftover which I wrapped up carefully, photographed, and put in the freezer. This was actually the first time for me to ever make waffles from scratch. I generally find it easier and obviously quicker to just use a good box mix. However, I decided to give it a whirl. I wanted to know what I was missing out on in life. Let me tell you I didn’t realize there could be such a difference in taste and texture. I mean after all, a waffle is a waffle, right? When cooking homemade waffles you can adjust the flavors, buttermilk or not, Vanilla flavoring or not, apple spice or not, the options are numerous. Not to mention the toppings!Β  I truly loved the homemade waffles, and will make them again. Don’t get me wrong, I will still pop out the box mix when in a hurry, but if I have time I will choose to make them from scratch. Here is the recipe:Β Ree Drummond Waffles!Β  Here are a couple of tips:Β Don’t forget to leave the waffles in the waffle iron long enough, that way they get nice and crispy on the outside! When trying to get the egg whites to firm up, use a mixer! Your arms will thank you! πŸ™‚ If you have leftovers, wrap the waffles individually in plastic wrap so you can pull them out as needed.

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The other recipe that I remembered to photograph this week is ranch style chicken. This is a favorite of mine, and I have cooked this several times. I love this recipe:Β Ranch Style Chicken!Β Here are some tips: You can use dijon or spicy brown mustard in the marinade. (Make sure to let the chicken marinade for at least an hour, and PLEASE use the boneless skinless chicken thighs like the recipe suggests!!) I cook the bacon on a rack over a sheet pan in the oven. When it is done, I then pour the bacon grease over my hot cast iron griddle, this way I can cook all the thighs at once. When the thighs are almost done, I add the bacon and the cheese and cover with aluminum foil to melt the cheese. I cooked mashed potatoes and green beans as the side dishes.

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When we got back from our beach vacation, David wanted to catch up on his school work. His teachers had sent home some worksheets for him to do. He really does like school! I’m not just making that up! πŸ™‚

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David’s preschool had a zoo field trip today. David was so excited he could talk of nothing else all day yesterday and this morning. He was thrilled to go to the zoo with his friends! David said, “There are going to be so many people and all my friends. I don’t think you will be able to see anything. I think you can wait for me at the exit.” I replied, “Oh really?” With a slight chuckle of amusement, shock and sadness. I said, “I don’t think so, I will need to go along with You and Emma.” I can’t believe he already doesn’t want me around! This isn’t supposed to happen yet! πŸ™‚ Knowing that he felt that way, I tried to not be that obnoxious mom today. I tried to hang back and keep an eye on him from a watchful distance. Only interjecting my voice to him when necessary. I didn’t embarrass him by giving him hugs or trying to take too many pictures. I can put myself on the good parent list today! πŸ™‚ Sigh! πŸ™‚

 

PK

Beach Vacation! September 29, 2018

Beach Vacation! September 29, 2018

20180924_161526~2In celebration of my birthday and as a family vacation, we spent the week at Dauphin Island, Alabama. It was a wonderful week!! I love the ocean and the beach. There is something calming, exciting, spiritual, mysterious and other worldly about the vast seas. The kids had a fabulous time too!! The last time we went to the beach David was around three years old. He was afraid of the water. This time he loved the ocean! It took holding Grand-mama’s hand the first time to get him used to it, but then he loved it. Just like David was the last time we took him to the beach, Emma loved the sand, but was unsure of the water. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because the only water they are really around is their bathtub, but they are both afraid of deep bodies of water. Neither one of them cares to go swimming in a swimming pool. I see swimming lessons in the near future for both of them. πŸ™‚

Sunday night we spent the night in Jackson, MS and then drove the rest of the way on Monday. We stopped at a local grocery store in Mobile before crossing over the bridge to Dauphin Island. We rented a condo with Andrew’s dad and mom, and needed to have some groceries for breakfasts, snacks, and a few meals to cook in. The pictures below are from Monday afternoon after we arrived and settled into the condo. “Us kids” couldn’t wait to get down to the beach! πŸ™‚

On Tuesday morning I took the kids down to the beach and we played in the sand, caught some crabs, and looked for sea shells. There was a tide pool between the sand and the beach, and we were walking along looking. Suddenly we saw some saltwater catfish. There were about four of them and they were pretty small. David was playing around in the water chasing them. He did so for quite a while. Suddenly he started screaming. He had been poked by one of them on the hand. It didn’t even cross my mind that he would actually be able to get close enough to touch them, but he did! Poor thing screamed and cried for quite some time. I know that it hurt, because my dad has been poked by freshwater catfish before and he says it hurts! Once David finally calmed down (When David gets hurt he can become hysterical and often overreacts. My sympathy for him sometimes only lasts so long, due to the fact that he needs to learn how to handle these situations better on his own), and the sting went away he was ready to go back to the beach for some more action. He just didn’t mess with those fish anymore! πŸ™‚

On Wednesday the ocean shared some unique treasures with us! Jelly fish were washing upon the shore! Most of the moon jelly fish we saw on the shore were without tentacles, and we were able to touch the tops of them. Then we tossed them back to sea. We also saw another unique kind of creature called Blue Buttons. They were very unique and pretty, and for some reason I didn’t get a picture. There were tons of them washing upon the shore! Emma loved collecting them! We called them sea buttons. She would say “sea button” in her cute little voice. πŸ™‚ We also saw dolphins out farther from shore that day, but I was unable to catch that on camera!

 

Thursday was technically our last “beach” day, and so we made the most of it! We made sand castles, buried the kids in the sand, and just had a relaxing time. The ocean was more unsettled and we didn’t really see too many creatures. I took a lot of pictures! I love how cute the kids are in their beach clothes, sunglasses and hats! Too cute! Sorry for the overload of pictures, but I can’t help it. πŸ™‚

The island didn’t have a ton of restaurants to choose from, but we did try a few of them. They all had really good food, it was cooked “southern” seafood style. My favorite was theΒ IslandersΒ restaurant. Andrew and I went on a date! It was great to have Jim and Alesia there to take care of the kids for us that evening! The restaurant had a great atmosphere and the food was amazing! I actually had their steak special instead of seafood and it was amazing! My date was pretty great too! πŸ˜‰

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We took David out crabbing a couple nights in hopes of seeing one of the big blue crabs, but we were unsuccessful at spotting one. However, it didn’t affect the amount of fun that was had. David and Emma decided to lay down on the sand and make sand angels at night. πŸ™‚

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Like all vacations they have to come to an end. On Friday we packed up and checked out of the condo. We did stop in Mobile, and Andrew and David toured the USS Alabama. Emma and I hung out on deck, as neither of us really could climb up and down tiny steps and passage ways. πŸ™‚ David loved it though!! He loves ships, planes, and anything that shoots! πŸ™‚ We made it home today, unpacked, and Andrew went grocery shopping for me! We are feeling thankful and blessed, and hopefully ready to get back to reality this week! πŸ™‚

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PK

A Hullabaloo Time! Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Hullabaloo Time! Saturday, September 22, 2018

This being our first year here at Andrew’s appointment, we are unfamiliar still with some of the events and traditions of the church. Everyone kept talking about Hullabaloo with comments like, “The kids are going to love…, It is such a great time…, Make sure you…,”.Β  Hulla…what? This is what I thought anytime anyone would bring it up. I had to look up the word Hullabaloo on google. It means “a commotion, a fuss.” It turns out the annual church Hullabaloo is a giant fall festival/fund raiser! The event is named appropriately too!! There was a LOT of commotion at the church all week, between set up, the event today, and the clean up. The kids and I took part in the festivities today!! David was so excited that he could hardly stand it! πŸ™‚ He played games over and over, and came home with all sorts of little prizes. Emma played a few games, her favorite being the ducks in the little pool game. She didn’t want the prize, she wanted the duck! The nice girl working the game let her have a duck! She was so proud of that duck all the rest of the time! I enjoyed walking around and looking at all the silent auction items, the food, and visiting with people. It really was a Hullabaloo good time!! πŸ™‚

David had his face painted!!

I tried to get a picture of the kids together at Hullabaloo, and this is THE best of what I took. Neither one wanted to sit for their picture! It’s actually pretty cute though! πŸ™‚ Emma wanted a pumpkin, and David has his sack of prizes.

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All of the fall festivities has me in the mood for fall! The weather was fall like today too! When we came home from Hullabaloo, David wanted to help decorate the fireplace with his pumpkin. (David and Emma both painted little pumpkins at the festival.) So I got out the fall decorations and we decorated! Earlier in the week I also bought and planted some fall Mums for the front porch. I’m not sure why, but I am in the mood for fall earlier this year than usual!

 

I will not be posting a menu for this week as we are heading out of town on a vacation. I am turning a whole other year older tomorrow (YIKES!!! I’m no longer putting numbers next to my Birthdays! You’re only as old as you feel!), and I’m super excited to be spending my birthday week on the beach!! I am spoiled!!! I’m also super excited, and can’t wait to share some pictures of the kids on the beach with you! I did try a new recipe this week! I hadn’t tried anything new in a couple weeks because things have been too busy for too much spontaneity! Or it could be that I’m just pregnant, old and tired. πŸ™‚ I made Ree Drummond’s pasta alla Marlboro man!Β It is a super easy recipe, just my thing right now! The sauce in this recipe is amazingly good for the few ingredients it uses. The ground thyme is what makes it, plus don’t be shy with the salt and pepper. She doesn’t give exact measurements so I used approximately a teaspoon of each. I will definitely be putting this back on the menu!

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Emma has been doing great with using the potty!!! I’m amazed at how different this time has gone versus the first. She obviously wasn’t ready then, but is now. She of course has trouble with some of the logistics, such as getting her clothes up and down. She is telling me when she needs to go, it’s just not the traditional “I need to potty mommy”. She can’t really say the word potty yet. Instead she will grab at her pants and say “Uh oh, mommy”, even though she hasn’t had an accident yet. πŸ™‚ Oh well, the logistics will come in time. I’m super proud of her though!

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My two men went to the football game this evening. I asked Andrew to send me a picture, and this is what I got. It is the best!! I LOVE these two guys!!!

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DIY Weekend! Monday, September 17, 2018

DIY Weekend! Monday, September 17, 2018

I am so thankful for my parents!! Besides the fact that they are wonderful parents, and everything that goes along with that, they are wonderful DIYers!!! My dad is used to fixing things around the farm, plus it’s easy to tell they have owned a home for many many years. They are so amazingly talented when it comes to fixing and refurbishing!!! They are the opposite of Andrew and myself in that respect. We have just begun the journey of being homeowners and don’t really know ANYTHING. We are learning how to be diyers, but are thankful to have someone to call, or in our case, come and do projects for us! πŸ™‚

This weekend my parents came and helped us do some painting and landscaping around the house. We had several bushes that needed cut back, and I wanted a couple of shrubs removed from the front flower bed. (I plan on planting some flowers come spring! πŸ™‚ )Andrew, my dad, and the kids worked on the outside of the house while my mom and I worked on painting the inside. David and Emma were interested in helping outside. I had to peek through the windows several times while they were working to check on them, and it was so sweet!! They were really into helping Papa and Daddy clean up the limbs in the yard!

 

Mom and I painted an accent wall in Samuel’s room! The lighting isn’t the best and this picture doesn’t quite do it justice. The paint color is called scenic view, and it is like a turquoise/green color. It matches the bedding perfectly! I can’t wait to get the carpet laid so we can finish setting up the room! I will definitely share pictures of the finished nursery.20180915_105509_HDR~2

Mom also painted our guest bathroom cabinets for us! I bought some chalk paint, which is a new kind of paint that doesn’t require you to sand or anything! (I wish I had known about this paint when I did our coffee and end tables a while back!!!) This paint, while more expensive, is totally worth it!! I am in love with our “new” cabinets!!! I can’t stop going into the bathroom to look at them! πŸ™‚ They don’t even look the same to me. It is really amazing! I love them so much that I can’t wait to paint the cabinets in our master bath, and eventually our kitchen!!

Fun times with Papa and Nana!

Dad and Mom went to church with us yesterday! I always love it when we are able to go to church together. The children’s choir sang yesterday morning, and they were so cute! David was really singing the words (at least the ones he remembered πŸ™‚ ) !! 20180916_110957~2

 

Here is our menu for the week!

We had leftover burgers from last night for lunch today, and Tacos for dinner tonight.Β 

Tuesday: Lunch, Polish Sausage, navy beans, and broccoli. Dinner, Chicken spaghetti and salad.

Wednesday: Lunch, Cowboy Nachos. Dinner, (At Church.)

Thursday: Lunch, (MOM’S DAY OUT) Dinner, Pork tenderloin, apples, and Salad.

Friday: Lunch, Hot Dogs and chips. Dinner, Steak, creamy herbed potatoes, and asparagus.Β 

Saturday: Lunch, Spaghetti. Dinner, Ranch style chicken, baked potatoes, and green beans.

Sunday: Lunch, Pork slider sandwiches and chips.Β 

 

 

 

Separation Anxiety, For Mom! Friday, September 14, 2018

Separation Anxiety, For Mom! Friday, September 14, 2018

Emma had her first day of parents day out this week! She did very well and was pretty excited to go. She loved carrying her lunch box, just like big brother. πŸ™‚ She only fussed a little when we dropped her off. Because I’m mom, I wanted to make sure her teachers knew how to take care of my baby. I stayed a bit too long and Emma realized I was going to leave. She was fine thirty seconds after I left. (I know because I had Andrew go back and check for me!)Β  I, however, was not! I know it’s crazy, but I was a disaster. I had to sit on the church pew and cry!! I mean really? David was much younger when we started to send him to parents day out two days a week. I’ll never forget how painful it was leaving him that first day. I literally went home and cried most of the day! Emma on the other hand is almost two, and she is only going to PDO one day a week. I guess it’s just the act of leaving them, and the thought that they grow up so fast! I really do need to get grip though! If I’m this bad now, I can only imagine what I will be like when they go off to college! YIKES!

After I managed to pull myself back together, I went and filled my time with tasks. The thing about parents day out is that it is supposed to be “YOU” time, but I’m bad about filling it with tasks/chores that need to be done. I put together our guest bedroom upstairs that had largely been untouched since we moved in. That took me most of the morning. Andrew and I did go on a lunch date together!! We went to a Japanese Ramen restaurant and ate fancy ramen for lunch!Β 20180913_121911

In my last blog I posted a picture of tree frogs on our window…. We were outside today and David found another small tree frog. He LOVED it! He was holding it, playing with it, and letting it crawl and hop on him. I thought I was going to die!! I made him keep a good distance from me, I did not want that frog jumping on me!!Β 20180914_162712

The potty training saga continues! Emma has been doing pretty well this week overall. She is still sometimes stubborn about going to sit on the potty. Instead, she just holds it all in until she basically pops! At PDO on Thursday her teachers said they took her to potty a couple times and she didn’t go either time. She held it the whole time!! When I heard this I was like, “we better get home fast”!! When we arrived home I took her straight to the potty, and she went!! Poor thing, I don’t know if she was afraid to go for them or what?! I’m actually very impressed that she can hold her bladder that well. She knows what to do, it’s just getting her to take the time to do it. She doesn’t want to stop playing or whatever else she wants to do and go. I’m just going to keep up the routine with her and hope it translates into habit and her being able to go on her own. I am praying for the day! πŸ™‚

Side story: Emma has become especially fond of her plush Mickey, Minnie and Goofy toys lately. She wants to sleep with them, play with them, take them with her when she goes somewhere, and she’s even been showing them how to use the potty! πŸ™‚ I took Emma to the park the other day (which is just a short walk from our house) and she brought her Goofy. Emma, I guess, forgot about Mickey because when we got to the park she started pointing back to the house and saying, “Mickey”. I told her, “That’s okay. Mickey is still at home taking a nap. We’ll have to bring him next time.”. She then proceeded to play and go down the slide with Goofy. After that, Every. Time. she went down the slide she would point back to the house and say “Mickey”. I would then have to repeat the same statement over and over! πŸ™‚ Sigh!! πŸ™‚

Love,

PK

 

A Zoo! Monday, September 10, 2018

A Zoo! Monday, September 10, 2018

I have been terrible at remembering to take pictures lately. I have been a little preoccupied by life, pregnancy, and crazy kids. πŸ™‚ The only pictures I have to share today are of weird and peculiar creations in nature. Saturday was not one of my best days. By ten o’clock in the morning I was ready for it to be over. It started out normal, with me fixing pancakes for breakfast. While I was cleaning up breakfast dishes Emma wet her pants, the cat threw up, and then the kids were playing and knocked one of my vases over and busted it. I was so frustrated, tired, and my nerves were about gone. Thankfully the weather was nice enough to get out of the house for a while. We ended up at the zoo for a few hours where we had a good time, and I started to feel better about the day, at least until I cooked dinner that evening. I then burned the fried rice and undercooked the fish. It was just One Of Those Days! Thankfully the last couple have been much better!

Sunday afternoon I was sitting on the back porch and it started to rain. I love a good rain shower! We’ve been blessed with some much needed rain over the weekend and also some cooler weather! There’s something about a summer rain that is peaceful and makes me want to take a nap. πŸ™‚ I wish I could include the sound of the rain fall with this picture. We’ll have to imagine it!20180908_151102

Because of all the moisture there have been mushrooms popping up in yards. I have always been fascinated by mushrooms! I love their shapes and spongy texture. They are so cute! Believe it or not I don’t like to eat them though.Β  I know, I sound crazy! When I told Andrew this he called me princess Toadstool! What? I had to go look up who princess Toadstool was. πŸ™‚

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I mentioned earlier that Emma had a potty accident. Well, we are potty training for a second time. She started asking to sit on the potty again, and she is actually doing much better this time. It’s amazing the difference a month can make when they are her age. She has MUCH better bladder control this time. This evening she started to have an accident and came to me saying, “uh oh” and holding her pants. I sat her on the potty and she finished going.Β  I count that as a win! We are a LONG way from saying she is potty trained, but I’m praying it sticks this time and that I have the patience to see it through.

We went to visit Andrew’s parents (G-pa and Grand-mama) and his aunt Sue Ellen who is visiting from North Carolina today.Β  We had a great visit with them and the kids always love to see Grand-mama, G-pa, and Maggie (their dog). Visiting with Aunt Sue Ellen was a special treat for all of us. The kids played and played, and we enjoyed having lunch together. David was so upset when it was time to leave that he cried! We promised him he would get to go back and spend the night with G-pa and Grand-mama sometime soon. πŸ™‚

The last picture I have today is of frogs. Yes, Frogs! I’m not as scared of them as some people, but I really don’t like frogs. As long as they remain outdoors I’m fine. They were, however, lurking on our windows the other night. I had to take a picture because they just look so weird. OOOOOUGH!Β 20180908_224200

I’ll try to do better with my picture taking in the future! πŸ™‚

Here is our menu for this week. (Sorry it’s late!)

Today we had chicken fried steak with roasted potatoes and green beans for dinner. Andrew did the cooking, and he did an amazing job!

Tuesday: Lunch, Macaroni and cheese with polish sausage. Dinner, Sirloin steak, baked potatoes and asparagus.

Wednesday: Lunch, Cheeseburgers and french fries. Dinner, at church.

Thursday: Lunch, BLT sandwiches and chips. Dinner, Roast chicken, crash hot potatoes, and roasted veggies.Β 

Friday: Lunch, Chicken Nachos. Dinner, Pot Roast, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, carrots and cauliflower.Β 

Saturday: Lunch, Pizza and salad. Dinner: (out)

Sunday: Lunch, Tacos. Dinner, Crispy chicken sliders and potato chips.Β 

 

 

Glucose. September 7, 2018

Glucose. September 7, 2018

Thursday I had an appointment to take the glucose test. (This is a common test during the middle of pregnancy to check for gestational diabetes.) I dread this test almost more than giving birth! πŸ™‚ 20180906_084050The sugary drink taste horrible!!! I can’t believe they can’t come up with a drink that taste better! Someone seriously needs to work on this. πŸ™‚ It takes about an hour to get from our house to where my doctor is, and they are supposed to draw blood one hour after you finish the drink. So I drank this horrible drink while I was driving the car on the way to the clinic! My facial expression while drinking this drink was probably much worse than in this selfie I took! πŸ™‚ Samuel seemed to enjoy the sugar rush though! He was doing flip flops for quite a while. πŸ™‚ My test results came back good!!! Yay! At least that part is over!

Here is the picture of David with his pet turtle, Sheldon. David has been helping clean out Sheldon’s box, and giving him fresh water and lettuce. Sheldon seems to be a pretty happy turtle. (We’re going to turn him lose before the cold weather starts to set in. David seems to be okay with this.)20180907_162549_HDR

David has also been doing well at and enjoying school! I am very pleased to hear that he behaves at school and church! Am I the only parent who has a puzzled look of amazement when your kids teachers brag about how well your child behaves? Does this mean I am a terrible parent, and have horrible parenting skills? Or is this normal? Whatever the case, I am very pleased that he listens and does well for his teachers!

Emma had an eventful morning! We were playing in the living room, and she stepped on her butterfly net which went sliding out from under her. She then went face forward onto the floor! She hit hard, and at first I was afraid she maybe knocked out some teeth or something, but there was no blood. Later a knot emerged on her forehead though!Β  Poor baby! She was pretty cranky for quite a while after. She is happy again in the photo because we just ate her favorite meal, spaghetti, and she had a cookie for dessert. You can see the knot though!Β 20180907_125518_HDR

Emma is still showing interest in using the potty. She takes her diapers off when they are wet and she has started waking up dry in the mornings. She will even sometimes ask to sit on the potty and will actually go! The thing is she is so stubborn! Emma will only use the potty if SHE wants to, and if she doesn’t want to sit on the potty, there is no making her! She Will Not Go! I am trying to be patient and not pressure her about it. I’m hoping that letting it be her idea to go, that she will eventually just learn to do it! HELP!

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Growing Pains! Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018

Growing Pains! Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018

The last few days Emma has discovered that she can be loud. By this I mean, she has discovered screaming! She thinks it is funny too! Yikes!! πŸ™‚ I try not to react to her shrill, high voice loudness, as it only encourages more. The other new thing she has started doing the last couple days is saying, “oh mama?”. It’s actually pretty cute! When she wants help with something, she will go through the house looking for me exclaiming, “oh, mama?”! Then she expects me to help her. πŸ™‚

David has been reacting to Emma’s new discoveries, by thinking he can do things just because she is doing them. For example, Emma was making a sing-song voice today in church, so David started making sing-song noises in church too. I guess he thinks because she doesn’t get in trouble over some things, that he shouldn’t either.Β  I have explained to him that Emma is still a baby and doesn’t understand yet that she shouldn’t do some things, and that he is a big boy and knows how to act. However, I get the I’m going to ignore you and do what I want attitude from him. When did he become a teenager?! Yikes!! Why do we have such strong-willed, stubborn children?!Β  (You know who you are, please don’t answer that! πŸ™‚ ) Lord help us when Samuel arrives on the scene!

We were able to spend time with family this weekend! My sister and brother in law came up to our parents house, and we went to visit with everyone. I love spending time with my sister, and wish we could do it more often! She took this great picture of us sitting on the porch swing!

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Leah and I also spent some time shopping together on Friday afternoon! We love perusing the old down town, and spending time together!

David and Emma loved seeing Papa and Nana!

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Bedtime stories with Nana!

Emma loved the chickens! (Leah, who is like a professional at photography took this photo of Emma.)

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David had fun riding Papa’s new tractor, and hunting turtles. We came home with a pet box turtle by the way. His name is Sheldon. πŸ™‚ I’ll have to share a picture of him next time, as I forgot to take a picture to share.

Andrew took these photos, and I love them!!! So I had to share. It’s funny that Zoe is watching us through the window. πŸ™‚ I LOVE this picture of my sweetheart, times two!!!

 

I started teaching piano lessons this past week! It feels great to get back into teaching. I’ve really missed it!! I’m excited to be sharing this learning adventure with my students. If you are in the area and want to take lessons, just send me a message! I’m still looking for more students!

Here is our menu for the week!

Monday: Lunch, Roast beef sandwiches. Dinner: Tacos with rice and beans.

Tuesday: Lunch, Cheeseburgers and potato salad. Dinner, Pork Steaks, apples and squash.

Wednesday: Lunch, Spaghetti and salad. Dinner, at church.

Thursday: Lunch, (OUT) Dinner, Grilled ribeye steaks with bleu cheese sauce, Rosemary potatoes and green beans.

Friday: Lunch, Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Dinner, Roast chicken, mashed potatoes and broccoli.

Saturday: Lunch, Chicken and cheese quesadillas. Dinner, Grilled salmon, fried rice and asparagus.

Sunday: Lunch, Meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and broccoli and carrots. Dinner, Ramen stir fry.Β 

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