Worth More Than Gold! Sunday, May 20, 2018

Worth More Than Gold! Sunday, May 20, 2018

About six months ago the pediatric dentist told us that David needed his front tooth removed. I have been fretting about it and trying to come to a decision on whether this was absolutely necessary for the last six months! A week ago we took David back to the dentist for his six month checkup and once again the dentist told us the tooth needed to come out. I went and listened to what the dentist had to say… Something about infection and it could affect his permanent tooth if not taken care of. That’s what made the decision for me.Β  This Wednesday David “lost” his first tooth! The process was a lot simpler than the horrible scary things I was imagining for the last six months! David drank some sleepy juice. After forty-five minutes they took him back, and five minutes later he was out with his took gone! David was a champion! He didn’t cry or fuss at all! We came home and he slept for several hours, and then was back to normal again.

The tooth Fairy visited David that night. πŸ™‚Β  He was proud to wake up to six shiny quarters under his pillow! (A dollar fifty is still a lot of money to David! πŸ™‚ )

We officially closed on our house Friday!!! Hooray!!! It’s unbelievable, we are homeowners! Yikes!! We are homeowners!! πŸ™‚ We walked through the house to see the new paint and carpet. It is beautiful and we love it! However, the paint does not quite look the same on the walls as it did on the sample card. It has more of a blueish tent to it. I was expecting more of a silver/gray tent. Oh well, it is very bright and peaceful, and I think we will still love it.

I finally updated my worship music archives and piano recital pages! You can click on the page links to access them. I have uploaded some great music!! Today was my last Sunday at Wesley UMC! It is sad, and I will miss everyone. I continue to be overwhelmed by their unending generosity, kindness and support. They have always treated me and our family as part of their own church family. A dear friend and fellow musician, Blanche, made this cake! She obviously has many talents! It tasted amazing! So sweet! πŸ™‚


I have received so many blessings this week as I have said goodbye to my students as well. They showered me with well wishes and gifts. Sometimes in the week to week it is hard to measure how much you are worth or appreciated by someone. You wonder if what you are doing is really making a difference to that person and in their life. If you have a teacher or someone who makes a difference in your life and who you appreciate. Show some act of appreciation and do something nice for them. It will mean a lot, otherwise they may not even know that you care or that they are making a difference.

Nothing As Planned. Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Nothing As Planned. Tuesday, May 15, 2018

NOTHING has gone as planned since I closed my tablet from blogging last week! Towards the end of writing last Wednesday, I was feeling some discomfort in my left side which I thought was because I ate too much bacon on my blt sandwich. Generally a price I’m willing to pay for bacon. However, as the afternoon progressed it only worsened. By about three o’clock I called Andrew and told him that something was not right. We picked David up from school and went to the emergency room. A good reverend friend of ours picked up the kids and took them to the church for a “pajama” party. My heart was so thankful! I really don’t know what we would do without friends like this! About four agonizing hours later I was diagnosed with an UTI (urinary track infection). This is not particularly uncommon in women, but I had no idea how painful or severe it could be. I have been completely out of commission for almost a week! UGH!!! I’m wallowing in self pity right now! I. Missed. Everything! No driving to Denton, TX to see my brother in law’s graduation, or spending mother’s day with my mom, or spending time with family I rarely get to see!! I am still so bummed! While I was here with my own precious kiddos on mom’s day, I was pretty useless! I am a wimp, and I don’t handle illness well! When it’s my time to die, I pray God is merciful to me and especially my care takers, and that I go quickly! Is that enough self loathing for one day?

I am so thankful for Andrew! I love him so much, and can’t brag on him enough for how good of a husband and dad he is. He can completely take over for me when it’s necessary! We would all be starving to death if it were not for him, because I’ve not been cooking anything! Say a prayer for him/us too. He is now worried about all the expenses adding up! (This is something he does anyway! He has always been the money worrier in our relationship. I’m always like, we’ll budget it and figure it out.) I know I’m preaching to the choir here about bills, as we ALL have them. Andrew is just stressing because we are buying a house, going on a trip, we have these unexpected medical bills to be arriving soon, and the alternator on our car just went out. (My mom always says bad things happen in threes. Since there are only really two unexpected items on this list of expenses, I’m a little worried about number three! Shh! don’t tell Andrew!)

David and Emma are so precious. They just cannot comprehend why momma does not feel like playing outside or doing the “hot dog” dance! They have been attention deprived this week! David did make some really cute mom’s day pictures for me at school and church. Love!


David knows me pretty well! πŸ™‚ (It’s funny how he thinks because I eat cereal for breakfast almost every day that it’s my favorite food! πŸ˜‰ However, all things considered, I guess you could say it’s my favorite breakfast food! ) He also brought home muffins, and a coffee mug from school! His teacher is so thoughtful!

I always love things with their hand prints on them! I’m still trying to figure out the drawing…I’m sure it’s something cool! πŸ˜‰


We are so little, our bodies and this life so fragile. Yet we are so amazing and beautiful! There is something other worldly about our spirits and the love we share.



Thank You! Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Thank You! Wednesday, May 9, 2018

I must first apologize and thank you for your patience and understanding. I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed, and blogging has been difficult to keep up with the last couple weeks. Since I started this blog journey I have truly enjoyed it! Thank you to everyone who follows and keeps up via social media. I want to keep blogging, and I just ask for a little patience with me during this time. Hopefully once we get moved next month things will settle down a bit.

Andrew made out the menu for this week. (Thank you dear!) On Monday I grilled up a chicken breast and then shredded it up and made chicken and cheese quesadillas. I LOVE quesadillas!! Monday evening we went to Texas Road House for dinner. The youth of the church had a fundraiser, and so we went to support them. Yesterday for lunch Emma and I ate leftover chicken enchilada soup, and for dinner Andrew cooked polish sausage, navy beans, and salad. Today Emma and I had grilled cheese sandwiches and chips, and I already have a roast in the oven with some carrots for dinner. Here is the rest of the week.

Thursday: Lunch, roast beef sandwiches. Dinner, Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli.

Friday: Lunch, Cheeseburgers and chips. Dinner, pork chops, potato cakes, spinach salad.

Saturday: Lunch, (OUT) Dinner, Spaghetti and salad.

Sunday: Lunch, Subway sandwiches, Dinner, Tacos.

My brother in law, Brandon, is graduating from UNT with his master of music degree this weekend! I am going to be attending his graduation, and spending time with my family! Andrew will be on full time parent duty this weekend. (Say a little prayer.) We decided the kids were too little to attend a concert and graduation…. I will also get to celebrate mother’s day with my mom! We are planning on having an early breakfast together on Sunday before we all part ways. I will miss church, but should be home in time to celebrate mother’s day with my own kiddos! Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful moms out there! Here is a facebook video I shared a while back. It talks about never doubting whether or not you are a good mom. I enjoyed it, and I hope you will too!Β Β Joyce Meyer

I took some cute pictures of Emma on Sunday. She goes with me early to church on Sunday’s so I can get everything set up and ready. She typically just plays around the front of the sanctuary while I’m practicing. Here is what she was doing Sunday.


Isn’t that precious! She is looking through a pew Bible.

Sunday evening we were playing outside, and Emma was chasing Zoe around the yard. She thought it was so funny!


Priceless! πŸ™‚

It has suddenly turned summer here. It is almost ninety degrees today. This morning I filled the sand box up with water, and let Emma play in it. (There is no point in buying sand for the sand box until after we move!) She had a blast and played for almost an hour.



*In my last blog I made a list of necessary items for moving. I forgot to put trash bags and ziploc bags on the list. It came to me this morning…


Projects and Packing. Saturday, May 5, 2018

Projects and Packing. Saturday, May 5, 2018

I have had several projects going this week. First, I finished painting one of my end tables! It turned out great! I have it sitting in the living room, and I am so pleased and proud of it! I wish I had painted them a long time ago!


The lighting is not very good in this picture, but I will take a picture of the whole living room set up when we get moved.Β  I have one more table to finish painting this week!

I also made David and Emma a lego table this week! David had a small train table that was bought for him at Christmas a few years ago. He hasn’t really used it in quite a while, and it has been setting in the garage. I decided to do something with it, and it will go in the play room in our new house.Β  First I orderedΒ  lego plates from Amazon that have adhesive on the backside. They were a little more expensive, but I was willing to pay the extra money rather than trying to glue them myself. Then I cleaned the table boards thoroughly with window cleaner, laid the plates out on the boards to make sure of how they would fit. I had to trim off a couple of edges, but this was fairly easy to do with kitchen shears. Overall it was super easy! Now the kids have a train table (the train part is on the other side) and lego table!


Packing 101:

Materials needed: Boxes or bins, bubble wrap and/or old newspapers, packing tape, sharpie pens, colorful paper or post it notes, and I recommend having a dolly. I have a piano dolly that I use to move bins around the house. It saves from too much heavy lifting.

The first step in having a successful move is to de-clutter. I start by cleaning out closets and drawers. The amount of stuff we accumulate over a couple years is amazing. We are having a yard sale at the end of the month, and what we don’t sell will go to the Good Will store.

The other day I was cleaning out our linens closet and David asked if he could help. I said, “Yes, you can go in your room and put anything you don’t want on your bed to go in the yard sale.” This is what David decided he could part with.Β  (Minus the blanket!)20180502_171024_HDR

He comes by it honestly! I’m not going to mention any names, but there is someone else in this house exactly the same way. πŸ˜‰ Let’s just say that I have a lot of work to do! πŸ™‚

The second step is making sure you label every box or bin. I use colorful sticky notes that I label with. I have a different color for each room of the house. This makes it easy on moving in day! This week I cleaned out the kids clothes, and stored clothes they have outgrown in bins. I have marked and labeled them.

It’s always best to start by packing away items that you don’t use regularly and can live without. Such as books, dvds, knick knacks, pictures, items in closets that are out of season, etc.

There is only so much packing I can handle in a day, so here are some cute kid pictures! πŸ™‚ They enjoyed quite a bit of play time today!


Also, my students had their piano recital today! They did awesome, and I am one totally proud teacher! πŸ™‚ It was a blessed day.


Outdoors. Monday, April 30, 2018

Outdoors. Monday, April 30, 2018

The weather was beautiful this past weekend! We spent a lot of time enjoying the outdoors. Saturday morning we went to “feed the ducks”! This is what David and Emma always say when they want to go visit the pond behind our house. Well, Emma just says “ducks”, and points in that direction. πŸ™‚ I’m glad we did because it was beautiful! Spring is here and everything is flourishing. We saw flowers, ducks, fish, turtles, geese, and our favorite was all the tiny baby geese! They were SO CUTE!!! Of course we couldn’t get too close, because geese are really protective parents!


David has been learning about frogs and insects at school lately. We have had to go on bug hunts, looking for anything he can capture in a jar and take to school. I’m totally okay with this as long as I don’t have to pick anything up! That is David’s responsibility. He found some slugs and rolly polly bugs to take to school. Rolly polly is what we used to call them as kids. I just found out they are actually called pill bugs. I like rolly polly better! πŸ™‚ He has also been fascinated with spiders. We went to the book store on Saturday afternoon and he wanted to look at the books about insects and spiders. He picked out two books, one about spiders and a spider vs scorpion book. He wanted this huge ultimate bug-opedia book, but I told him he had to put that on his birthday wish list. πŸ™‚

This is our cajun surf and turf meal I cooked Friday evening. It tasted amazing! The only flaw was that the cream sauce did not thicken up like it was supposed to. It still tasted wonderful though.Β  I’m not sure, but it was probably cooks error! πŸ™‚Β  This is not exactly a cheap meal, but I totally recommend it for a special occasion, or you could cook just shrimp (or steak) and pasta and it would be a complete meal. Here is the recipe forΒ Cajun Surf and Turf Pasta

Also, Here is our menu for the week!


Monday: Lunch, Sloppy joes and chips. Dinner, Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, and broccoli

Tuesday: Lunch, Pasta and Shrimp (left over). Dinner, Pot Roast, potatoes, carrots.

Wednesday: Lunch, Sausage and Navy beans. (I like for Emma to eat lunch at least once a week! πŸ˜‰ )Dinner, Chicken Parmegian.

Thursday: Lunch, Steak Quesadillas. Dinner, Pork Chops, green beans, macaroni and cheese.

Friday: Lunch, Pizza. Dinner, Steak, baked potatoes, salad.

Saturday: Lunch, (EAT OUT) Dinner, Chicken Fajitas.Β 

Sunday: Lunch,Β  Chicken enchilada soup. Dinner, Sandwiches and chips.Β 

I took a picture of Emma and Zoe looking out the window together Sunday morning. πŸ™‚



The many faces of David! I cannot get him to take a normal picture!! Sigh!

I’m still working on painting our end tables! It’s a good thing I have a few weeks! However, I really am going to have to start thinking about packing pretty soon! I plan on doing a blog(s) about it, so stay tuned! Also, Andrew and I will be celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary at the end of May! I know, crazy, where have those ten wonderful years gone?! We decided that every ten years we should take some kind of trip to celebrate. So we are going to London!!! When we planned this trip we did not know that we would be moving…. We are going to pack, take a vacation, and then return to finish packing and moving! It is kind of ironic, and the whole thing is bizarre. I don’t know how, but we will pull it off! I will also be blogging about London! If you have been, I would love to know about your “favorites” list! I have already started a list of must see places!


Made New! Thursday, April 26, 2018

Made New! Thursday, April 26, 2018

I have been painting my coffee table this week! I have learned a lot by trial and error too! I started out by sanding down the table. Never having done anything like this before, I was not sure exactly how much to sand. I have learned that sanding completely is extremely important! I started painting around the edges with an aqua color. Once it was dry I could see little black specks where the paint did not stick. This was frustrating! I decided to scrape the paint off the edges and sand them down some more. I then repainted them. Later I put painters tape on the edges I had already painted and then painted the other parts of the table a light grey. I let the paint dry, and then removed the tape. The paint peeled off in some places! SIGH!!! I should have taken the tape off while the paint was still wet! Despite the set backs I was pretty happy with the finished product. I hope it will sustain through the daily life of our home!


I am confident I will be able to paint the other two end tables without as many complications. I have decided to do them the opposite in color configuration, making the overall color the aqua and the sides the grey color. It might be too cutesy? I’m not sure yet. I do have imagery of how it is all going to look once it is put together, I just hope my imagination is correct!

My students have their spring piano recital next weekend! I am thrilled and almost puzzled to say that everyone has been on the ball this time! Usually there are those one or two students who wait till the last minute to learn their pieces, but this time everyone is ready early.Β  It’s almost too good, and I’m a little superstitious…. I’m going to pray and think positive thoughts all the way till next Saturday. πŸ™‚

Since Emma LOVES the water so much I decided to fill her up a tub and put it outside for her to play in. She was so funny! She started saying bath, and with clothes and all eventually ended up sitting right in the middle of it! SO sweet! πŸ™‚


Zoe has been so protective of the kids lately! On Monday Emma and I returned home from the grocery store, and I was unloading the groceries. Emma was playing in the garage and out on the driveway. Zoe was also outside. There is a line of trees and a ditch between our house and the main road. Emma was walking down by the trees, and Zoe started doing her whole crazy cat thing again. Emma looked at me with a scared, almost cry face. I calmly said, “Come back up here, Emma”. She did, and Zoe almost immediately calmed down! I have determined it is her way of trying to warn or scare the kids so they will go back in the house. I don’t know why she thought Emma was in danger, but she did!

I took this picture today of Emma on the couch watching tv. When I walked by I noticed Zoe cuddled up on the couch next to Emma. πŸ™‚


As I was writing this blog the Bible verse about “old things are passed away, all things are become new” popped in my head. It just occurred to me that we are a lot like that table I painted this week! Scratched up and marred by sin and life. God has to “repaint” us! I also thought of the song I used to sing with my grandma at church when I was little: “He’s still working on me…”Β That song brings back a lot of memories!


Bath Time! Monday, April 23, 2018

Bath Time! Monday, April 23, 2018

Emma loves bath time!! This last week she has started taking a bath in the big tub and not in her little pink tub. She loves it, however I need a rain poncho and goggles!!! She loves to splash the water and thinks it is so funny! I don’t really have the heart to get on to her, besides I don’t think it would do much good anyway!


Saturday was a fun day. We had a relaxing morning and then I took the kids on a play date at McDonalds where we met up with some friends. This was a special treat for all of us! For myself because I was able to have adult conversation, and for the kids because we hardly EVER go to McDonalds and they loved playing in the play place with the other kids! I have to say though, as much as McDonald’s has been given a hard time because of their food quality etc. , it has improved greatly since I was a kid. The kids meals have an option of fries, apple slices, or yogurt! The chicken sandwich that I ate was also very good! It looked and tasted like actual chicken! πŸ™‚

After the play date we headed to Home Depot where I bought paint to refurbish our coffee and end tables! I have started painting the coffee table and am very excited about how I hope it will turn out! πŸ™‚ I will have to share a picture when it is finished.

The kids napped later than usual Saturday afternoon because they were wore out from all the play! David then helped me make pizza for dinner. By the evening I was TIRED! The kids still needed a bath so they would look decent for Sunday church, so I put them in the tub together! I know David is probably approaching the age where he is getting to old to do this, but I thought just this once won’t hurt! It was so cute!! Definitely a photo moment! πŸ™‚



I know when they are older they will despise me for posting these pictures! They will probably plot my demise, but that’s what parents are for. Right? πŸ™‚

Andrew made it home late Saturday night, and we be glad to get back into a routine this week. David was “in bed” when Andrew came home Saturday night. He emerged from his room to give daddy a hug. It was so sweet!! My heart melted!

For Sunday lunch I made the best roast chicken I have ever made!!! My mouth is still watering over the taste of that chicken!! In the past I have pretty much just thrown a whole chicken in the crock pot without a whole lot of seasoning. This is great if you wish to use the chicken meat in other recipes, but not the best for eating as is. This time I roasted it in the oven while we were at church. Before church I lined my baking pan with foil. Then I seasoned the chicken with butter, salt, pepper, and lemon zest. Then I put some lemon slices inside the chicken. The recipe says to roast at 400 or 425 for about two hours, but I did it at 350 because I knew I was going to be gone for more than a couple hours and I didn’t want burnt chicken! Here is the recipe:Β Roast Chicken

I also made an amazing apple crisp for dessert!! There is nothing like the taste of an amazing apple crisp with vanilla ice cream melting on top! I didn’t have any frozen pie crust, and I didn’t have the time to make my own. This was a spontaneous dessert! I had several apples that needed to be used. So I peeled and sliced them. The topping was easy to make and I had all the ingredients on hand. Here is the recipe:Β Apple Crisp

I meant to take pictures of these recipes, but I forgot and they were devoured before I had the chance!

Here is our menu for the week! There are a couple of recipes that I didn’t try last week because I’m not always good at sticking to a plan. So maybe we will try them this week!

Monday: Lunch; Steak Fajitas (They were amazing!) Dinner; Chicken spaghetti, garlic toast, and spinach salad.

Tuesday: Lunch; Mac n Cheese with bacon and peas. Dinner; Pork Chops with pineapple fried rice.Β 

Wednesday: Lunch; Cheeseburgers and chips. Dinner; Chorizo Sausage and veggie sheet pan supper.Β 

Thursday: Lunch; Polish sausage and Navy beans. Dinner; BBQ Chicken thighs, mashed potatoes and broccoli.Β 

Friday: Lunch; Chicken Bacon Ranch Panini, Dinner; Surf and turf Cajun pasta.Β 

Saturday: Lunch; eat out. Dinner; Spaghetti and meatballs.Β 

Sunday: Lunch; Chicken Fried Steak, Biscuits and Gravy. Dinner; Tacos.Β 

Since this post is titled bath time, I thought it funny to tell you that after lunch today Emma was playing in a “puddle” in the living room. πŸ™‚ Andrew says, “Where did that come from?”. I said, “Oh no! She has peed through her diaper!”. I don’t know how, but she did. So Emma had to take another bath today! πŸ™‚

“Every Time We Say Goodbye” Friday, April 20, 2018

“Every Time We Say Goodbye” Friday, April 20, 2018

PHEW!!! This has been one busy week! I don’t know what I would have done without our good neighbor and friend, Leisha, who helped with the kids while I was teaching. She is truly a blessing! This week has consisted of cooking, cleaning, playing, teaching, eating, and sleeping. This isn’t really different than any other week, but it felt like it in many ways! Namely we were missing Andrew!!

I did enjoy spending time with my sweet babies though! During the week breakfast is one of the “happy” meals around here, in that we are not yet all wore out from the day! πŸ™‚ (David thought his silly straw from Mrs. Leisha was very cool and funny! He wanted to see his picture.:) )

Emma has started to undergo a change of schedule over the last week. She would take her morning nap, but then play in her crib for over an hour before falling asleep for her afternoon nap! So I’ve been trying something different the last couple days. I have kept her awake during the mornings, and then put her down around one in the afternoon. I can tell she still wants that morning nap, and keeping her occupied and happy until after lunch has been a little challenging. However, she has gone right to sleep and taken really good naps in the afternoon. I hope once her body adjusts it will get easier!

SIDE NOTE: I dropped my cell phone yesterday, and it now has spider shaped cracks on the right side and bottom corner. SIGH!!! I half expected Andrew to yell at me when he saw it because I have had the worst luck with cell phones!! I am terrible!!! I have dropped them in ponds, left them on top of the car (and drove off), Emma dropped my phone in the toilet not too long ago, and now this!!! At least it still functions!!

Andrew made it back last night! WOO-HOO!! Only to have to leave again today. BOO-HOO!! Our dear choir director, Dr. Miller, from ASU is retiring this year, and they are having an alumni choir concert and retirement party on Saturday. Andrew is going on our behalf. Dr. Miller was a spectacular person and musician and he will be greatly missed in that department!

Andrew, Emma and I did get to enjoy lunch together today before he left. I made patty melts! Every once in a while I get a craving for a delicious, cheesy, flavorful patty melt! In the past I would have filled this craving by going to Steak and Shake, but there are no Steak and Shakes around here. So I made my own. The recipe I used called for rye bread, caramelized onions, hamburger patties seasoned with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce, and Swiss cheese. It didn’t call for that Thousand Island dressing sauce that is typically on a patty melt from Steak and Shake. I didn’t have any on hand, but next time will make sure to get some! It would have been perfect with the dressing added to it!

I bought a new area rug for our living room, and it arrived on my doorstep this week!!!! I love it!!! 20180417_101246_HDR

The picture doesn’t really do it justice, as the lighting kind of skews the colors a little bit. We are going to go with the neutral gray color for the walls! I am also going to repaint our coffee and end tables. I can’t wait to see it all together!!:) Andrew is going to pick up carpet samples from our realtor for our house today!! So we will get to choose new carpet for our bedrooms when he returns.

While all this talk of the house and decorating is exciting, and moving has it’s positives. It is also a little stressful and sad. Here in a few weeks I will be doing a lot of “lasts”. Playing for rehearsal/service at Wesley for the last time, teaching students their last lesson, and saying goodbye to people that I have become acquainted with, and that are a part of my weekly routine. It leaves me with a very sad and empty feeling. I’m very happy and blessed to have known these people and places. I’m a better person for it.

I believe David, in his four year old way, is also feeling a little worried about moving.Β  I can tell a difference in his demeanor this week. He missed Andrew, and I was still having to work too. He had a little melt down Tuesday evening (I teach late on Tuesday evenings), and he cried for Leisha, saying “I miss my mommy”.Β  I don’t know if he is afraid of leaving, or us leaving, or what? We’ve tried to make moving sound like a fun adventure when we talk about it to him. We also tell him he will live closer to G-pa, Grand-mama, Papa, and Nana! Poor sweet boy! I know he will be fine. He is very adaptable. I also have faith that everything will work out for the good in the end, it’s just sometimes hard to see the end!

One of my favorite Ella Fitzgerald Songs, Every Time I Say Goodbye:

Everytime we say goodbye, I die a little,
Everytime we say goodbye, I wonder why a little,
Why the Gods above me, who must be in the know.
Think so little of me, they allow you to go.
When you’re near, there’s such an air of spring about it,
I can hear a lark somewhere, begin to sing about it,
There’s no love song finer, but how strange the change from major to
Everytime we say goodbye.

When you’re near, there’s such an air of spring about it,
I can hear a lark somewhere, begin to sing about it,
There’s no love song finer, but how strange the change from major to
Everytime we say goodbye.

Passing Time… Monday, April 16, 2018

Passing Time… Monday, April 16, 2018

When Andrew is out of town I always fill like we are just passing time until he returns. We always miss him and our activities, especially meal time, doesn’t feel the same without him. This week Andrew is on a trip to D.C.! He is part of a scholarship group that has taken three or four trips throughout the year. (He has been to Kansas city, Miami, D.C., and I think I’m forgetting one…) On each trip they have visited about three different churches, talked to the pastors about their congregations and the different types of ministry each church is involved in. He seems to have enjoyed each experience. I am a little jealous this time. I have never been to D.C., and I would love to visit all the national monuments some day. (We miss you honey-bunches! πŸ˜‰ )

Emma and I went grocery shopping this morning, and I have some pretty good meals planned for this week. Since Andrew is not going to be here to cook dinner on the days I teach, we have a lot of make ahead/slow cooker, and leftovers on the menu this week.

Here it is!


Monday: Lunch, Enchiladas (I had several leftover from Saturday night.) Dinner, Pot Roast, Carrots, Potatoes, and Green beans.

Tuesday: Lunch, Sesame Chicken wraps. (leftover from Sunday Lunch…see below!) Dinner, Sloppy Joes and French Fries (I’m going to make the sloppy joe meat early in the day and just put it in the crock pot to keep it warm.)

Wednesday: Lunch, Polish Sausage and Navy Beans. Dinner, (We are going to eat at Slim’s Chicken before choir practice!)

Thursday: Lunch, Roast Beef Sandwiches and Chips. Dinner, Baked Spaghetti (It’s in the freezer!)

Friday: Lunch, Patty Melts and french fries. Dinner, Surf and Turf Cajun Pasta.Β 

Saturday: Lunch, Pizza. Dinner Roast Chicken, potatoes, and asparagus.Β 

Sunday: Lunch, Chicken Spaghetti. Dinner, Steak Fajitas.

Yesterday for lunch I tried a slow cooker sesame chicken recipe. I was a bit skeptical, but it actually turned out very good! Even David liked it! πŸ™‚ He usually doesn’t go for anything that looks like it has a sauce on it. Which is funny considering he dips everything in ketchup!Β  ClickΒ hereΒ for the recipe! I put it all in the crockpot before church, and it was ready and smelling amazing when we walked in the door! I fixed some rice and edamame to go with it!

Sunday Lunch!

Yesterday afternoon the kids were playing in water. I filled two big stock pots with about a quarter of water in the bottom, (yes, I knew it would end up all over the floor) and let them play with cups and toys. Emma found it fun to drink the water. David likes to pour, measure and weigh with his toy set. The water was everywhere, and Emma was soaked by the time she was done! It was funny. πŸ™‚ My floor also got cleaned!20180415_171033_HDR

Yesterday evening a tried a baked spaghetti recipe. It also turned out good. I used a meatless recipe because I was out of a LOT of ingredients. I happened to find a recipe that I had ingredients for, and it’s not much! Spaghetti noodles, sauce, mozzarella cheese, one egg and a half cup of milk. That’s it! This recipe was also a big hit. Emma liked it more than David, but they both ate really good. I loved it, but then I love anything with a lot of cheese! πŸ™‚ I forgot to take a picture before digging into it! I was starving, and so was Emma! As you can see from the photo, we had enough left over for another meal or two!

Here is theΒ recipe!


Here is my sweet picture of the week!


You can’t really tell from the picture, but it’s David (and his stuffed pet snake) giving Emma a kiss! πŸ™‚ The cutest thing ever was when they both gave each other a kiss on the lips!!! I didn’t have my camera ready for that one, and there was no way I could get them to recreate it! πŸ™‚ Moments like that are rare! So I try to treasure them! πŸ™‚



Home Owners! Friday, April 13, 2018

Home Owners! Friday, April 13, 2018


We Bought A HOUSE!!!! We bought a house? We Bought A HOUSE!!!!!!! Isn’t it beautiful!! What color should I paint the front door? That’s a magnolia tree in the front yard! I am super excited!!! It’s the house I had to do a little sweet talkin’ and nudging to get Andrew to come around to. πŸ˜‰ We put an offer in on Tuesday evening, we came to an agreement, and the house inspection was today. The inspection came back good with only a couple minor things to fix! The seller is going to replace carpets in the bedrooms and do the painting for us. We just have to pick out the materials! I have ordered a new area rug for the living room that I’m going to use as a color palette. I’m so happy to be getting a new area rug for the living room! I was thankful for our current one, but I am getting pretty sick of it now! πŸ™‚ I want to refurbish our coffee and end tables, and David’s chest of drawers. There are also a few other projects I will want to do in the future to help spruce up the kitchen and the bathrooms! I can’t believe we are going to be home owners! Since when did we get so old? I hope we can handle it! We’re not very good diy’ers! I’ll have to watch a lot of “how to” videos on youtube!

Other than buying a house, it has been a pretty normal week around here. We are still waiting for our appliances to be fixed, so I have had to deviate from our meal plan slightly. Oh well, it keeps things exciting. Emma and I have come down with a terrible cold! ICK! I thought this sort of thing was supposed to be over and done with for the spring and summer!

Yesterday evening I was doing the dinner dishes. David and Emma were playing around in the house, and I couldn’t see or hear Emma. I asked David, “Where is Emma?” He comes back into the kitchen and exclaims, “Emma thinks Zoe’s litter box is a sand box.” You cannot imagine the horror of hearing this phrase!! I immediately went and picked Emma up off the floor (yes, she was playing in cat —-!), took her to the bathroom and scrubbed her with soap and water! I was mortified! She has never bothered the litter box before, and I don’t know why, but she was getting into everything yesterday evening!

The weather was beautiful yesterday, and I put a sweet little dress on Emma. She was playing outside, and I decided to take a picture. I couldn’t get her to pose, she was too busy!


The other day after I came home from teaching I took the kids out on the back porch to play. Zoe went outside too as she usually does. We had not been out very long, and Zoe went crazy! She was hissing and MEOWing at all of us. This is the same reaction she has had before when spotting another cat outside, but this time I didn’t see anything! I don’t know if she thought she saw a snake or what. It was insane! Emma just stood there staring, and David was crying it scared him so badly. I had to take the kids back inside, and we left Zoe outside. I explained to David that Zoe was just scared and trying to protect us. He eventually calmed down and agreed. Zoe was on edge the rest of the evening though. I don’t know what it was! Cat craziness!


David has had this thing lately where he finds it funny, or it’s his way of getting attention…I’m not sure. He will say “poop” or phrases similar. (No actual bad words, yet. I dread that stage!) I know this sounds almost funny as I write it, but it’s not! It’s annoying!Β  I don’t know where he is getting it! Maybe it’s because he is a boy? When he starts talking like this I send him to the bathroom…I am trying to get him to realize we don’t talk like this. That these are potty words, but it’s not working! SIGH! HELP!