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

 

Springtime All Around!

Springtime All Around!

This is my favorite time of the year! I love when the weather is beautiful and warm, but not hot, and the mosquitoes don’t devour you. Flowers and trees are blooming, and new life is all around! I’ve enjoyed the sounds of David and Emma playing in the back yard until sundown this past week.

We visited the zoo last weekend. When we arrived we were walking and one of the zoo keepers told us that a baby giraffe had just been born. We immediately walked over to see! It was amazing! A once in a life time kind of thing. We saw the brand new, wobbly legged, baby giraffe and his parents. The mom was still licking him clean. I was glad we arrived a few minutes after the birth. I’m not sure I would want to have to explain all the questions that probably would have arisen from the kids if we had been there when the giraffe was being born. πŸ™‚

One of my favorite things about spring is all the flowers everywhere. Andrew and I were eating lunch at this cafe and they had fresh flowers on the tables. I love it when restaurants do this. I can’t wait to plant some flowers this spring. I will share pictures with you when I do.

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I love a freshly mowed lawn! The grass is clean cut, and a beautiful shade of green! I also happen to love the person mowing the grass! πŸ™‚ I don’t think Andrew was aware that I was photographing him while he was mowing. He probably wouldn’t appreciate me sharing this picture, but I can’t help it. I love the hat! πŸ˜‰

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Samuel has entered the season of teething. He’s been gnawing my thumb knuckle off! Poor little guy!

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I think I might have shared this recipe before, but I’m an air head most of the time and can’t remember. πŸ™‚ One day last week I made simple sesame noodles for lunch. I forgot how much I love this recipe! Emma loved it too! I like steaming some broccoli and carrots to go with the noodles. That way I feel like we’re having our veggies too. πŸ™‚ I also cut up some cucumbers and put them in cold vinegar water with salt and pepper. Nothing says spring like cucumbers!20190409_121217

Happy Spring!

PK

Eating Healthy. April 5, 2019

Eating Healthy. April 5, 2019

A few weeks ago Andrew had a gallbladder attack. It wasn’t the first time that this has happened, but this time seemed more intense. The doctor of course told him he needed to have it taken out. We are trying to prevent that from happening by watching our diets. Andrew especially has been avoiding fried foods. This is a very difficult challenge, as we LOVE to eat catfish, bbq, steak, etc. We have still been eating those things, just not fried or as often. We have also been eating a lot of fish, such as tilapia and salmon. I have a really great blackened tilapia recipe that I found. I love the seasoning mix! In fact, I used it on some chicken today and it’s great on chicken too! Click here for the recipe forΒ Blackened Tilapia!Β I love tilapia! The texture of the fish is not too much different than catfish. It’s a tad flakier, and has a lighter taste in my opinion. It pairs well with broccoli and rice as side dishes.Β 20190402_182601

Andrew has been doing better by the way since we have been watching our diets. So far, no more attacks!

I had the pleasure of making some brunch recipes for our Bible study group this week! Every month we have a brunch gathering before our session, and it happened to be my turn to help this month. I made Pioneer Woman’s french toast bake as one of my dishes. This recipe is awesome, not healthy, but it tastes so good!! It’s almost like a bread pudding in texture. It’s super easy and convenient to make too. You prepare everything the night before, and then all you have to do is bake it the next morning. I love those kind of recipes! πŸ™‚ Here is the link to theΒ French Toast Bake!Β Sorry I forgot to take pictures! Scatterbrained me! πŸ™‚ The other dish I prepared was breakfast burritos. I also prepared these the night before, and then heated up the egg mixture, and stuffed and rolled them up in the morning. The good thing about breakfast burritos is you can put whatever you like in the egg filling. I used onions, peppers, sausage, bacon, and cheese!

We took the kids to the children’s museum Monday, and they had a blast as usual. Emma LOVES to ride the carousel, and we usually wait and ride it last before we leave the museum. I took Samuel on his first carousel ride! We sat on one of the benches. πŸ™‚

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We then went to eat lunch after the museum. Look at all that cuteness at our table! πŸ™‚

Andrew took David to get his hair cut this week. You can tell the difference by looking at the picture of us above and then the one below! He needed it cut desperately! David loves his new haircut! Andrew took him one morning before school, and David’s teacher said she saw him catch a glimpse of himself in the mirror. He stopped and took a second look with the expression of, “Hey, I look pretty cool!” ! She said it was hilarious! πŸ™‚

We have had some beautiful weather days, and we have been loving the outdoors! I snapped a picture of the kids playing in the sandbox. (Samuel is watching of course. πŸ™‚ ) We have also had a few meals on our back porch already. I love our screened in porch! We can enjoy eating “outside” without the bugs! πŸ™‚

Look at this little guy! Samuel is able to roll over both ways! I love this picture! I have a picture of both David and Emma in this exact pose!

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I decided to do a little throwback! The first is David, and Emma of course has the bow in her hair. I think Emma and Samuel look a lot a like. I just realized that I took both David and Emma outside for their pictures. Since the weather is getting nice, I need to do this with Samuel too! I will have to share it with you when I do. πŸ™‚

Love,

PK

Spring Cleaning! Wednesday March 27, 2019

Spring Cleaning! Wednesday March 27, 2019

I have been in a spring cleaning mood lately. Andrew says he has never seen me so project oriented, and I think I’m driving him a little crazy with all my “projects”! πŸ˜‰ It all started with our closet. It was a disaster!! When we moved we went from each of us having our own separate closet to sharing a closet that is about the size of one of our previous closets. We never did downsize or organize our clothes to fit that one closet after we moved, and over the last eight months it has been getting messier and messier. I finally had enough! I could barely walk in it! So it all began…

I cleaned the grass out of our front flower bed. Being pregnant last year, I didn’t have the energy to do any gardening. So our flower beds were overtaken by the grassy weeds. I now have it all ready to plant flowers! I’m waiting for the weather to stay warm before planting because I don’t want to waste my money.Β  I’m excited about having the kids help me plant flowers too. We’ll see if I can keep Emma from picking them! πŸ™‚ She currently loves to go around the yard picking the little yellow dandelion flowers!

I cleaned out our garage! I finally took the bins of unwanted items and clothes from our closets to the local mission. While our garage is much cleaner and more organized, we still need to purchase a utility shelf and some hooks to hang up bicycles and tools.

My next project is our laundry room. I want to take down the current cabinetry and install shelving, but I’m having a hard time getting Andrew to help me take out the cabinetry. Surprise, Surprise! Andrew is not a handy man! He can barely change a light bulb! (I love you anyway sweety! πŸ™‚ ) Watch Out!Β  I may end up taking a sledge hammer to them myself!

Who knows what I’ll be up to next!

We took the kids to the zoo Friday. It was a beautiful day! I took this picture of Samuel in his stroller. I love his eyes! They are like brilliant sapphires! Maybe it’s just the lighting, but his hair looks lighter in color too. He’s getting so big! πŸ™‚

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Samuel can roll over! He can roll from his stomach to his back. He is trying really hard to roll from back to stomach, but hasn’t accomplished this yet.

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My three sweet babies! They are getting so big! David has been going through a phase lately where he is having attitude. I don’t know where or why, but he is definitely testing his boundaries to see how much he can get away with. It is testing my patience for sure! That’s the thing, sometimes I think maybe I just need to show more patience. Other times, I think maybe I’m too patient and shouldn’t let him get away with so much. Phew! This parenting thing is hard! Emma is picking up on some of these actions too, except she is more sneaky. The other night at the dinner table Andrew told her she had to eat her broccoli. She tried hiding it inside her napkin so she wouldn’t have to eat it! Andrew discovered it, and sent her to her room. Who knows what Samuel will be like when he’s older. God help us! πŸ™‚

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I haven’t updated you in a while on Zoe. She is doing well, and has adapted to outdoor living. She actually has come to like it, especially when the weather is nice. We still allow her to come inside, mainly while we are gone. When we are all home it is too noisy and stressful for her. While she is doing better, she can’t yet handle being around all the activity. We love Zoe, and hope that one day she will be able stand us again! πŸ™‚

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Love,

PK

Building Tree Houses and Memories!

Building Tree Houses and Memories!

When I was about nine or ten my dad built my siblings and I a tree house. A very tall tree house! The platform was probably around ten feet tall.Β  It was next to a big gum ball tree. (I don’t know if that is the official name of the tree, but it’s one of those that grows spiky balls.) My dad hung a rope on one of the branches of the tree.Β  I would take the rope, climb up the tree house and swing off. I used to spend hours doing this! I would pretend like I was Tarzan or something! πŸ™‚ We had so much fun on that tree house.

This past weekend my dad and mom came for a long weekend. Guess what they did? Yep, they built a tree house! I am so glad our kids will get to know the joys of playing in a tree house! Yes, I’m very sentimental about some things. πŸ™‚

My dad worked non-stop for about three whole days! David was so excited to build a tree house with his Papa! He stayed right outside with him and helped almost the whole time! I love seeing them do things like this together. They definitely built some memories this weekend too! The tree house has a platform of five feet, with three swings and a slide.

This is like day one of the building process. Emma spent quite a lot of time outside too!

 

We all went to church Sunday too. This was Emma sitting at the table in her Sunday school class room. I love those pig tails! πŸ™‚

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By Sunday evening the tree house looked like this!

 

This is the tree house by Monday afternoon. Finished, minus the slide and the roof.

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The kids love swinging on the swings! Samuel got to swing for the first time! I’d say he liked it. πŸ™‚ He was three months old yesterday too!

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Andrew attached the slide today, and the kids got to try it out. Let’s just say that it is super fast and fun! πŸ™‚

 

My favorite picture of the weekend is this one with David and my dad. Andrew got their picture together after they signed their names on the tree house. I don’t know if you can read it from the picture, but it says, “David n’ David built this tree house. 2019”

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Love,

PK

Concert Time!

Concert Time!

I had the privilege of attending a piano and violin concert last weekend! My piano professor and her colleague performed numbers four, five and six of Beethoven’s piano and violin sonatas! Their performance was spectacular!!! I truly enjoyed the evening!

Just as amazing was the fact that I was able to spend those few hours to myself! πŸ™‚ We decided to make a weekend of it, and took the kids to G-pa and Grand-mama’s house. The kids had a fun time as expected. It was Samuel’s first trip to his grandparent’s house! We spent the night, and then the kids and I went to church with G-pa on Sunday(Grand-mama had to go help with our nephews). I think Jim secretly liked having the kids all to himself, and showing them off at church. πŸ˜‰

Samuel is all smiles lately! He is starting to interact, and talk (in his own way of course πŸ™‚ ), and is FINALLY sleeping better! The re-flux medicine seems to be helping, and his stomach seems to have calmed down. He is definitely not sleeping through the night yet, but I will take three to four hours of straight sleep any day over an hour and a half!! He is such a big boy, he just likes to eat! πŸ™‚

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During the day Samuel, Emma and I have been enjoying some play time! We go upstairs and while Emma and I are playing, Samuel watches. πŸ™‚

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After lunch we go pick David up from school. Then we enjoy story time together before naps. Emma already looks like she is half asleep! πŸ™‚ It’s hard to stay awake until after two in the afternoon! Andrew took this photo, and I stole it. πŸ˜‰

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Look at those sweet faces, you wouldn’t think they could cause any trouble at all! I can barely turn my back for one second before one of them is up to something they shouldn’t be doing!Β  Thursday evening Andrew went to a Grizzlies game, and I stayed home with the kids. We ate dinner, I did the dishes, and then I started bath time. I was giving Samuel a bath and while I was in the middle of something (I have no recollection of what I was doing really), I remember David running into the room saying something about Emma and a locked door. I was busy so I didn’t pay much attention. After baths and everyone was put down for bed, I went to get ready for bed myself. I reached for the door handle to our master bedroom, attempted to open the door only to find that it was locked. I was locked out of my own bedroom!!! I immediately went to find a tooth pick, that didn’t work. I tried a skewer, that didn’t work. I tried a paper clip, that didn’t work. Are you seeing a pattern here? Andrew finally came home, and I was still locked out!! I attempted to take the door handle off, but I was terrified if the other side of the handle fell off I would REALLY be stuck and we would end up having to cut a hole in our door! We messaged some sweet neighbors of ours who offered to bring a tool to help. They came over, the tool didn’t work!! After about two hours of trying to get that dang door open, I was at my wits end!! Finally, Andrew took the entire door handle off, and was able to unlock it with his pocket knife. In hind sight, I’m thankful that neither Emma or Samuel was locked inside. I would have panicked!! Big time!! Probably would have had to take more drastic measures! πŸ™‚

Friday night for dinner we cooked steak and twice baked potatoes! I can’t take credit for the BEAUTIFULLY cooked steak, but I had a hand in the potatoes. πŸ™‚ I LOVE twice baked potatoes, and would have them all the time if they didn’t take so long to make. They are actually very easy to make, and you can always make extra to put in the freezer for later while you are at it. The reason it takes so long is the fact the it takes potatoes about an hour to bake. The rest doesn’t take that long. While your potatoes are baking, cook some bacon (I do mine in the microwave because it’s simpler!), cut up some green onion, and grate some cheese. That way when your potatoes are done, you can mix up the filling quickly and get those babies back in the oven! πŸ™‚ Here is the link to the recipe forΒ Twice baked potatoes!

In the picture Emma is helping me clean the floors! I swept the kitchen, and then had her take a swiffer mop over it. πŸ™‚ I believe in child labor! πŸ™‚ She did a pretty good job! I only had to spot mop later. πŸ˜‰

20190308_092720Emma woke up with a fever this morning, so I kept her and Samuel home from church. Hopefully it’s just a fever virus, and she will feel better soon. Pray Samuel does not get it!

More pictures of my sweet babies!!!

I have actually been busy recording some music. I wanted to do a Lenten theme album to keep with my series of worship music. I’m thankful to have my piano in our bedroom because I can play away during nap time without worry of waking everyone. When I record these pieces, I do not edit them or have any fancy recording equipment. Just me, my piano, and whatever comes out of it! Having said that, I do my best to play as beautifully and musically as I can. You can listen to it by clicking this link to myΒ MediaΒ page! Hope you enjoy!

Love,

PK

Moments of Weakness! February 28, 2019

Moments of Weakness! February 28, 2019

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Andrew and I finally went on a valentine’s dinner date! We ate at a restaurant called Flight in Memphis. We love this restaurant!! It is truly a food experience. I ordered the seafood flight, and I am in love with the scallop dish. I wish I could cook scallops like that! We loved spending the evening to ourselves, well, almost to ourselves. Samuel was our little side kick, but he behaved quite well. πŸ™‚ I am just not ready to leave him with a baby sitter yet. While I have enough milk pumped, I’m not sure if he would actually take a bottle. Plus, I’m just an emotional wreck when I leave them at this age. I know…, but I can’t help it.

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Samuel had his two month well visit to the pediatrician, and he is a whopping 14 pounds! He is the first of our babies to put on weight! David and Emma were and still are light weights! I believe Samuel has found his tongue, as evidenced in the picture below! πŸ™‚ Samuel is still having re-flux problems, and has been keeping me up at night. The pediatrician prescribed him some medicine to try. I did not want to give it to him because he gags on it when I do. However, after a very rough week of sleepless nights, I have decided to go ahead and give it a try (especially at night). I know how miserable heartburn can be. It kept me awake for nearly the last two months of pregnancy! Hopefully it will work, and we can both get some sleep at night. Other than when his tummy is upset, Samuel is a very happy baby! He loves to talk and smile at you! He is definitely a Kjorlaug baby!

This is David and Emma eating their afternoon snack. Yes, I am a terrible mom, I let them have Oreos! I have a weakness for the cookie, and I tend to give into it every now and then! πŸ˜‰ Life is short…

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I love this picture! We went to eat lunch at a restaurant to get out of the house. We were desperate!!! It was raining and had been for like a week or more. It was even raining while we were sitting in the restaurant, and so we just hung out until it slacked off enough to walk to our vehicle.

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Andrew was out of town from Sunday to Wednesday at the United Methodist Church annual conference. We missed him sooooo much!!!! I was saved by my mom coming to stay with us for a couple days. She was a great help, and the kids loved having her come. We took the kids to the children’s museum on Monday and then went to eat pizza. On Tuesday mom took David to school, and picked him up. David loved having Nana take him to school. πŸ™‚ We enjoyed visiting and spending time together. It’s always great to be with my mom.

Emma has reached her terrible two stage! She can really be quite sassy sometimes! It’s hard to discipline her because she’s so dang cute and little. However, I know if we don’t she’s going to be a holy terror. I know, it’s hard to believe, but our kids come by their stubbornness honestly. πŸ˜‰ Also, let me just say that her speech is also far too good! She can say things I wish she couldn’t! We were at the mexican restaurant the other night, and I don’t know if it was the sugar in the lemonade or what, but she was wired!! Could not sit still, and was totally refusing to listen. I made her go to her room when we got home where she stayed until bed time. I can only pray that I make good parenting decisions when it comes to disciplining. It’s not my strong point. Lord help me with this child!!

 

I was practicing piano a couple nights ago, and there was a mosquito buzzing around me!!! What?!! It’s only February!!! It’s going to be a LONG summer!!!

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I titled this blog moments of weakness for a few reasons. One, I am very sleep deprived right now, and I am feeling a little overwhelmed I guess. Two, I want to keep it real. I am not a perfect mom, and I definitely have my moments of weakness just like any one else. Three, I am very tired. Did I say that already? Oh yes, there are things I need and want to do, but they will just have to wait until I can do them.

I have to remember that these moments too will pass.

Love,

PK

 

 

Love At All Times. Monday, February 18,2019

Love At All Times. Monday, February 18,2019

Andrew has been cooking most of our dinners since Samuel’s arrival. I am so grateful, and he is a wonderful cook. However, I am in charge of lunches most days and I still love to cook dinner once in a while. Last week I made an egg omelette for lunch. I have to brag on myself a little and say that I have finally mastered the omelette! It only took me about twenty years! πŸ˜‰ I can’t believe it took me this long when it is so easy! Mix two eggs with one tablespoon of heavy cream. That’s it! Of course you can add whatever fillings you like in your omelette. I put tomatoes, green onions, bacon, and cheddar cheese in this particular omelette. Always salt and pepper to taste last.Β 20190211_122627

I also cooked dinner last week. We had grilled salmon, with cheese grits and roasted broccoli. I love salmon! I look forward to cooking it at home when we can find a good price on fresh salmon at the store. I just put a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder on the fish. Growing up we didn’t eat grits. It just wasn’t something my mom cooked. Maybe because we were all too picky! πŸ™‚ Andrew loves grits and has been wanting to cook some at home. So I decided to try my hand at cooking grits. I used the fast cooking grits, otherwise it can take a really long time to make them. Saute some onions in butter, then add two cups of grits with four cups of chicken stock and one cup of water. Cook for twenty to thirty minutes until liquid is pretty much absorbed. Then add one cup of heavy cream, and a cup of freshly grated cheddar cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. The cheesy grits turned out really good! I was pleased for my first try!

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We had to have a new faucet put in our kitchen sink last week. It was dripping, dripping, and finally the drip became like a steady stream of water. I am pleased with the new faucet, and most of all that we no longer have to listen to the constant dripping sound!

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Valentine’s day Andrew and I exchanged gifts that morning before our day became busy. Andrew “surprised” me with my coral color gold plated rose. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a tradition now. I have several different colors of these roses! πŸ™‚ He also gave me a replica of the Star ship Voyager. What?! Yes, you read that right! We are big geeks, and I happen to love the series of Voyager. I embarrassingly admit to having watched all the episodes, more than once. This gift did come as a surprise, and makes me smile. πŸ™‚

I gave Andrew a world map. One of those you can scratch off the places you have traveled to. We love to travel, and I made a list of all the places we have gone together. We still have a lot of ground to cover! πŸ™‚

The church hosted a valentine’s dinner, and Andrew helped cook the steaks that evening. Child care was provided, the food was really good, and the decorations on the tables were lovely. We had a great time and enjoyed the fellowship of other couples. However, it wasn’t the most romantic dinner, so we plan on having a date night, just the two of us, soon.

Since valentine’s day was on Thursday the kids both had school. David’s preschool had a party on Wednesday (the picture of him eating that ginormous sugar cookie!) and pajama day on Thursday. He was excited to wear his pajama’s. Emma had parents day out and I dressed her up in flowery pants and a heart shirt. Samuel was a little cutie pie, and he was my date for the whole day. πŸ˜‰ After the kids came home from school I presented them with a heart tin of chocolates (what was I thinking!) and a small toy. Emma was saying, “happy valentine’s day mommy”, all week long! πŸ™‚

Samuel will be two months old tomorrow! It’s hard to believe. He is getting so big. He is smiling and cooing at us now. He is so alert and happy. When he cries it is just because something is wrong. Usually because of his stomach. He has a touchy stomach and maybe a touch of re-flux. It’s something I intend on asking the pediatrician about tomorrow. I’ve seemed to pinpoint that anytime I eat anything fibrous or green it upsets his stomach too.Β  Hopefully he will outgrow this in the next month or two.

Emma learning to string beads! Today she accidentally spilled a whole bowl of them everywhere. πŸ™‚

The kids helping me make pizza today for lunch. They love putting the toppings on. I think it’s because they also like to eat the toppings. πŸ™‚

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Love,

PK

Snuggles and Hugs! Monday, February 11, 2019

Snuggles and Hugs! Monday, February 11, 2019

This is me enjoying precious baby snuggles! Isn’t that face so sweet, precious, and adorable! πŸ™‚ I love these times.20190201_155346

It’s hard to believe that Samuel is seven almost eight weeks old! We are starting to get into a routine around here. He is taking naps both in the morning and afternoon. At night he is somewhat unpredictable still, but on a good night he sleeps from around 8:30 to 12:30. I nurse him and then he sleeps from about 1:00-3:00, and from 3:30 to 6:00. I then nudge Andrew and say, “Will you please go get him for me?”. Andrew brings him to bed where Samuel nurses and we, I mean he, sleeps for a little while longer. πŸ˜‰ Most of the time he goes back to sleep easily during the night, but occasionally he will wake up after you put him down. When you go into his room to check on him he will look up at you with those bright eyes and big sweet smile. Who needs sleep when you have that sweet, happy face staring back at you!? πŸ™‚

Samuel had his first zoo trip last week! He enjoyed the ride in his stroller. It made for a good nap πŸ™‚ Emma had a blast at the zoo! She enjoys it more now than she did back in the fall! She loved seeing all the animals. Emma especially likes to see baby animals, and any animal that appears small is a baby. πŸ™‚

I enjoyed the zoo trip too for multiple reasons. The weather was beautiful, it was a chance to get out of the house, and I got to spend time with other adults! (This is a big deal!) I was invited to go with a group of moms that I’ve come to know through Bible study. They are wonderful ladies, and I am blessed, honored and grateful to know them and to say that I have some mom friends!

After the zoo I took Emma to eat lunch. I’m the only mom who forgot to bring lunch to the zoo… Oops! Emma was offered a PB&J sandwich, which most kids would love, but not mine. I don’t know why, but my kids won’t touch peanut butter with a ten foot pole! When we got in the car to go home I asked Emma what she wanted to eat. She said, “tacos”. Emma LOVES tacos and pizza! We had a mommy/daughter lunch date at a Mexican restaurant. πŸ™‚ (Samuel was there too, but he just slept through lunch. πŸ˜‰ )20190205_130849

That same day David was at school. He was needing a haircut, and had been for a couple weeks. Andrew picked him up from school and they went to the barber shop together. Aren’t they handsome!!

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It’s hard to believe David is getting so big!! I have to buy him size small in boys clothing now! No more toddler sizes! 😦 Thursday evening we went to preview night at the school where he will be attending kindergarten in the fall. I am in denial about it all, and I keep telling myself we still have a long time before August! The good thing is that he is excited about school, and loved visiting all the classrooms. As a parent we want our children to have the best possible, well rounded education. We trust that between the teachers and what we teach and reinforce at home they will get just that. I’m sure a lot of prayers will be needed as well!

David was invited to a friends birthday party on Saturday. It was at a skating rink. This was David’s first time on roller skates! Andrew took him to the party while I stayed home with Emma and Samuel. I made sure Andrew took pictures and sent them to me! Skating has a special place in my heart. We used to go skating as a family all the time when I was a kid. I have so many great memories of my dad and mom falling down. πŸ™‚ (Sorry Dad and Mom, but you know it’s true! πŸ˜‰ ) Skating with cousins and friends, and I remember my sister skating when she was about Emma’s age. She would try to imitate what everyone else was doing. πŸ™‚ A very special memory I have is of my grandparents. They loved roller skating together. They would couple skate, and did so until they were way up in years!Β  Those memories are now more precious to me than ever!

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When David comes home from school Emma will excitedly exclaim, “David!”, and they will hug each other. I love this! They may aggravate each other and fight, but they love each other too! It’s all part of being siblings! πŸ™‚

We made muffins last night! I had some blueberries and strawberries that needed to be used, and this is a great way to do that. I made two batches of the recipe I’m about to share. One with blueberries and one with strawberries of course! πŸ™‚ I may have shared this recipe before, I honestly can’t remember. (Sorry, please keep in mind that I’m going on limited sleep here!) The recipe is so good though that I don’t mind sharing it again! I used the crumble topping on both kinds of muffins! They are amazing! You will never want to buy the package muffin mix again!Β To Die for Blueberry Muffins

Love,

PK

Going Bananas! Thursday, January 31, 2019

Going Bananas! Thursday, January 31, 2019

I made banana bread last week and it was delicious! I love banana bread and have shared a recipe on here before, however, I tried a different recipe this time and it is the winner. Ree Drummond’s recipe is so moist and banana-e. (I know banana-e is not a word. πŸ™‚ ) I believe the secret ingredient that causes this deliciousness is sour cream! Yes, there is sour cream in the banana bread! No wonder I love it. πŸ™‚ Also make sure to add the full cup and a half of smashed bananas. It will depend on how big your bananas are as to how many you need. I used four. I also added a little bit of cinnamon because I love cinnamon. Here is the recipe forΒ Banana Bread.

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Last Thursday I went to get my hair trimmed and I left Samuel with Andrew at the office. When I returned I found him being admired by the ladies that work in the office! They had Samuel all laid out on the desk asleep! πŸ™‚ So precious! Thank you Sheila and Cindy for being so helpful, caring and kind. I’m banana’s over you! πŸ™‚

Later at home I couldn’t resist taking pictures of Samuel’s sweet smiles and precious baby feet! πŸ™‚ By the end of this year you will probably be tired of seeing the thousands of baby pictures! I’m sorry in advance, but I can’t help it! So please bear with me! Don’t go bananas! Thanks! Your so wonderful!

 

Believe it or not, I’ve actually been finding some time to practice piano! It’s very random and not consistent yet, but a little goes a long way right now.Β  Samuel doesn’t seem to mind my practicing either. If anything, it puts him to sleep. No matter how loud I am playing it doesn’t bother him!Β  Music is my rock (practicing piano specifically), it grounds me and keeps me (insert banana pun here). πŸ™‚ I love piano and can’t wait to get back to teaching too! I start back next week, and while I only have a handful of students right now I am super excited to be doing what I love!

Andrew had a conference in Hot Springs this past week, and Alesia came to help me out. I am so thankful to live closer to our families! It makes it so much easier for them to come and visit, or help out when needed. The kids loved having Grand-mama come and stay! One morning the kids were hanging out with Grand-mama and Emma asked to hold Samuel! It was a great picture moment! πŸ™‚ You have to find the moments of sweetness mixed in with all the rest! πŸ™‚

Andrew made it home from his conference yesterday, but came home sick! Yikes!!! :0 When Andrew cancels Wednesday evening communion service, you know he is practically dying! However, it appears to be a twenty-four hour virus. He has been quarantined to our bedroom in hopes that the rest of us will not get it. Please say a prayer that we will not! Especially Samuel! When David was two months old he came down with a fever virus, and he was in the hospital for a few days. I prefer not to repeat that experience!!! We missed Andrew while he was away, and this was not the return we were hoping for, so I’ll be glad to have him back to himself soon!

 

Hope your week is not too bananas! πŸ™‚

Love,

PK

 

Busy, But Blessed! January 21, 2019

Busy, But Blessed! January 21, 2019

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It’s hard to believe that it has already been one month since Samuel was born!! Christmas, the new year, and almost the whole month of January has vanished, just like that! I have been doing my best to try and enjoy each moment of every day, but sometimes daily chores and tasks get in the way. It is hard to take joy in the time together when instead I find myself worrying about the dishes in the sink, the toys scattered throughout the house, the bathrooms need to be cleaned, etc, etc, etc…. I hope I can find a balance and not let all these tasks steal my joy. The kids are not going to care that their toys didn’t get picked up or that the dishes didn’t get immediately washed, but they are going to remember whether or not mom spent time with them. I can also be a better mom and wife by allowing myself to have some “me” time. It’s okay to allow myself to go for walks, practice piano and teach. It’s all about balance! There. I feel better already! Blogging can be good therapy! πŸ™‚

This is a picture of Samuel at Bible study last week. He was having sweet dream smiles. πŸ™‚ We are all adjusting back into our routines. Andrew went back to work, David to preschool, and Emma, Samuel and I to our daily routines.

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Emma is adjusting to Samuel being around. She has started imitating what I do with Samuel with her baby dolls. It is so sweet!!! I love it when she sings to her baby. She also tries to burp and swaddle them. I keep waiting on her to try and feed her baby! πŸ™‚

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In an effort to make my life a little easier, I tried out Walmart’s online grocery shopping. I had heard really good things about it. It is amazingly convenient! All you do is download their grocery app, add items to your cart, checkout, and sign up for a pick up time. Check in on your way to the store, tell them what spot you parked in when you get there, and they bring your groceries out to your car. It’s great for a new mom, and keeps me from having to take the kids into the store. I have to say as much as I love the convenience of it, and will continue to use it until Samuel reaches the age of being able to sit up in the cart, I miss shopping for my own groceries! There is just something about being able to peruse the aisles. Plus shopping is good exercise!

We’ve been blessed by some very kind people who have brought over freezer meals, and we have been eating out some too since Samuel’s birth. However, Andrew and I love to cook and so we have still been cooking a majority of our meals.Β  I want to share this chicken nugget recipe with you because these are possibly the best chicken nuggets I’ve had in my whole life! They are super easy to make. Start by cutting up chicken breasts into small bite size pieces. Mix together flour, salt, pepper, and seasoning salt in a ziploc bag and put the chicken pieces in the bag. Toss to coat. Put egg and water mixture in a bowl, and bread crumbs in another bowl. Toss the chicken pieces in the egg wash, bread crumbs, and then fry. Serve with whatever sauce you like! Here is the recipe forΒ Chicken Nuggets!

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We celebrated my dad’s birthday over the weekend! It was wonderful to have my parents come and visit us for a couple days. We enjoyed spending time with them, and the time always goes by too quickly!

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I made my dad a chocolate cake for his birthday. I used two different recipes, one for the cake and another for the icing. Here is the recipe for chocolate cake, and here is the recipe for the milk chocolate butter cream frostingΒ I used. I used a different frosting from the cake recipe because we prefer the milk chocolate taste over the dark chocolate.

Love,

PK