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

 

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

The Greatest Adventure, Motherhood! May 16, 2019

The Greatest Adventure, Motherhood! May 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s starting to feel a little like summer around here. Our Magnolia tree is blooming, and they smell beautiful too!20190514_112437_HDR~2

Love,

PK

April Showers! Saturday, May 4, 2019

April Showers! Saturday, May 4, 2019

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

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

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

Here is my attempt at outside pictures. πŸ™‚

 

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

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

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

 

Love,

PK

Lost in Motherhood! Thursday, April 25, 2019

Lost in Motherhood! Thursday, April 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Love,

PK