Prologue: Sept. 30th, 2017

Prologue: Sept. 30th, 2017

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

 

“Nothing” Friday, March 27, 2020

“Nothing” Friday, March 27, 2020

This week was “spring break” week, and so we spent a lot of time doing nothing! πŸ™‚ Nothing is a word we just kind of throw around…, for example, Andrew: “Hi Honey, what have you been doing today?” Myself: “Oh, nothing much…”. When in fact I did a whole boat load of things! I digress! So in the midst of all our doing nothing, we played games, did some art, baked some muffins, played outside, etc.

We’ve been taking a lot of walks to the pond lately. The kids love throwing rocks in the water. I’ve never quite understood the fascination kids have with throwing objects in the water. However, they love it! David was super excited when he found this mussel shell by the pond! David and Emma know not to get to close to the edge of the pond. (I still keep a hawks eye on them though.) I walk behind Samuel hanging on to his coat hood or hand because I’m convinced he would step right off!

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The kids watchedΒ Toy Story 4 the other night. They LOVE Forky, and how he is always trying to get in the trash! It’s pretty hilarious! πŸ™‚ After watching it, I thought why don’t we make forky! So the next day the kids made “forky”. I didn’t have any sporks around so we used plastic spoons. The tricky part about making forky is getting his feet to stick to the spoon. I had the kids chew up some bubble gum! I know, it’s gross! It worked though! πŸ™‚

We made a bead bowl this week. We had a bunch of loose beads just sitting in a bag, and I saw this project on pbs kids. It’s super easy, and they loved it. Preheat oven to 350. Using a glass oven safe bowl (spray with nonstick cooking spray), press the beads down so that they go up the sides of the bowl. Even them out. Put it in the oven for about fifteen minutes. When it cools, the beads come out in the shape of a bowl! Emma especially loved seeing what happened to her beads. πŸ™‚

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I saw on Facebook this week about people making beautiful artwork on their fences, (Apparently people are doing it on their windows too, but I didn’t see that till later) and so we did a little sidewalk art. It’s pretty cool looking! The kids loved coloring in the shapes, and then they turned it into some kind of make believe house. πŸ™‚

I had some extra blueberries in the fridge that needed to be used, and so we made blueberry muffins this week. I used my favorite,Β To Die For Blueberry Muffins recipe! I had David read the recipe directions. It was a good lesson in understanding recipe shorthand and measurements! A cup vs a teaspoon, how many halves make a whole, etc. We may need to go over it a few more times! πŸ™‚ Samuel wanted to participate too, so he had fun eating/making mess of the extra blueberries.

We have been cooking non-stop, three meals a day around here, as I’m sure a lot of you have too. I wanted to share this easy mini-meatball pasta bake recipe with you. We have half of it left over in our fridge for another meal this weekend! It is inspired by the Pioneer Woman recipe, but I made a couple simplifications. For the meatballs, I use Italian bread crumbs instead of the rolled oats. I don’t know why, I have always used bread crumbs or crumbled Ritz crackers when making meatballs, meatloaf, etc. Do what floats your boat! The BIG thing is that I cheated on the sauce, and used jarred spaghetti sauce instead. SHHHHH, DON’T TELL ANYONE! Actually, I have made the sauce like the recipe says before, and it’s really good that way too. I just didn’t feel like standing over the stove to make sauce. The kids loved it! Which is always a win when all of them like a recipe!

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Here are some more pics of us doing nothing. πŸ˜‰ I LOVE the picture of Andrew reading to Emma. That sweet little smile. We have Sorry! matches going on. Emma won today, so she is currently the champion. πŸ™‚

Earlier this week David was able to zoom with his teacher and classmates. It was the sweetest thing! I loved his reaction to seeing his friends and his teacher. They are all so sweet!

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We are greatly missing our family and friends! I’m soon going to forget how to have an adult conversation. There is this awkwardness to meeting friends on the street or passing by their house. You want to stop and talk to them, but at the same time you don’t know if you should, or if they even want you to! Am I the only one who is feeling like this? I’m an introvert as it is, and so I struggle under normal circumstances to talk to people. What are ya’ll doing to help with the social awkwardness? Perhaps it’s just me!

Get ready for cuteness overload!! I took this picture of Emma riding Samuel on the back of her tricycle! It’s the heart clincher of the week for me!

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Love,

PK

 

 

Social Togetherness! March 20, 2020

Social Togetherness! March 20, 2020

It’s amazing what can happen in a week! In my last post things were just starting to unfold. Now it’s like we are living in some kind of movie or alternate reality. The corona virus has halted everything! No church, no school, no going to the zoo or museum, no eating out, no, no, no, no….!!!!! We were going to go to Chicago this weekend to the Music Teachers National Association Conference, and make it a family vacation, but that is definitely not happening! It’s very hard not to become stressed, depressed, and anxious about what the future holds, especially when you watch the news. I have decided to stop watching, except for important updates from government officials. Andrew watches enough of it for both of us anyway. πŸ˜‰ Instead I am enjoying time together with the family, practicing piano, cooking, (I would like to say early spring cleaning, but let’s be realistic here), and after next week I will be delving into the world of online piano teaching!

We have been keeping to a relaxed schedule this week, and the kids have been doing great! Our day looks something like this:

Breakfast 7:30-8:00. Clean up time 8:30 (I do breakfast dishes, while the kids make their beds and put their clothes on.). Play outside 9:00-9:45. Snack time 9:45-10:00. Nap time/ school work time 10:00-11:00. Free time 11:00-12:00. Lunch 12:00-12:45. Play time (usually outside) 12:45-1:30. Naptime/quiet time 1:30-3:30 (David usually plays in his room and reads books. I usually practice piano!) . Snack time 3:30-3:45. Playtime 4:00-6:00 (This usually involves playing outside, and playing kindles while dinner is being prepared.) Dinner 6:00-7:00. Bed time routine 7:00-8:00 (Bath time, brush teeth, story, and tuck in.Β 

Of course I’m pretty flexible in all the routine stuff. For example, today Samuel did not take his morning nap. Instead we played outside, because it is finally not raining here today! Make room for spontaneity! Plus, this is a great time to catch up on some things! Reading, practicing, cleaning out that closet, or organizing something that’s been driving you crazy!Β 

Did I mention that it has been raining a lot lately?! We have had rain, and rain, and more rain. Our yard is like a marsh! Since we can’t go anywhere, I just let the kids play in the marsh! My laundry piles have gotten bigger this week! Samuel has fallen in the mud numerous times. David has hopped in the front ditch which is like a wading pool for him. Emma can’t stand to get dirty (Hmm..wonder where she gets that? πŸ™‚ ). She wants to change clothes the second the gets any dirt or mud on her. We’ve gone around a little about that this week. I tell her there is no need to change clothes until she is done playing outside, but she can’t stand it!

During our home school hour David does his take home AMI projects. While he is doing his work, Emma is learning how to write her ABC’s and learning their sounds. Then we supplement with fun activities, such as games, music, and reading. Sorry! is a great way to work on numbers and counting, and good sportsmanship too! πŸ™‚ David was inspired to write his own story this week. It’s called King Cobra vs. Komodo Dragon. Imagine that! 😁

The kids love scavenger hunts! It’s easy to make them up on the fly too! It can be anything like flowers, clover, dandelions, leaves, sticks, rocks, bugs, etc. I took pictures of these flowers by the pond. They are a beautiful sign of spring!

We have enjoyed eating out on our screened-in porch this week! In case you can’t tell we are having cheese burgers and chips for lunch! I also made a special dessert this week for the kids. Chocolate mousse with whipped cream and gummy worms. πŸ™‚ It’s really easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients. This is also a good time to try some new recipes!

What are some things you are doing to pass the time? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about things!

Stay well!

Love,

PK

 

 

Living Life. March 11, 2020

Living Life. March 11, 2020

It was Dr. Suess week last week at David’s school. David loves dressing up and being in the spirit of things! He loved every day, except crazy hair day! See that streak running through the kitchen in the picture below? πŸ™‚ I had fixed his hair by tying several of Emma’s rubber bands in the top strands. He was so embarrassed he ran through the house trying to avoid a picture, and then made me take them out. He wouldn’t wear it to school that way. On Thursday they were to dress up with a friend. For Christmas Andrew’s parents had bought the kids thing 1, thing 2 and thing 3 shirts because that’s what Andrew calls them sometimes. In fact, they even answer to those names when he does it. It’s pretty funny. I had them all wear their shirts because I wanted a picture. It was virtually impossible to get a picture! Samuel will not sit or stand still long enough. He got upset that I was making him sit for the picture. πŸ™‚

Samuel had his second hair cut last week. He has SO. MUCH. HAIR!!! It is so thick and curly! It’s beautiful, and I hate to cut it so I just tell them to keep the shag and trim the bangs. πŸ™‚

Samuel is growing so fast! We have had a few nice weather days, and he loves being outside. The other day he decided to lay down in the grass. It was so cute! I had to get a picture. Melt myΒ  heart! He has been expressing himself in more assertive ways lately. Like throwing food in the floor on purpose and then looking at me to see if I’m going to react. He’s also throwing tantrums. I believe we are hitting the terrible twos early!

My parents came for a visit this past weekend. We loved spending time with them and enjoying the beautiful weather. We went to the zoo, and did some fishing! There is a dinosaur expo at the zoo currently, and so we walked through and saw all the dinosaurs. I’m not sure who liked it more, David or my Dad! They both love dinosaurs!Β  When we went fishing I caught two catfish! Dad and David did most of the catching, and we actually caught enough to fry and eat for Sunday lunch! My mom and Andrew did all the cooking! I didn’t lift a finger.

There are good and bad things happening all around us. It seems that there is a lot more bad lately, with grave illnesses, people losing their homes or loved ones in storms, the pandemic that seems to be spreading, and etc. My thoughts and prayers go out to all these people. I feel blessed and know that as long as we have faith, family, and love, the world is a wonderful place.

Here is an Emma Funny!

One night at dinner David said he needed to tell me a secret, leaned over and whispered something in my ear. A little while later Emma says to me, ” Mama, I need to talk to your ear”. 😁

Love,

PK

 

Feeling Exhausted! February 29, 2020

Feeling Exhausted! February 29, 2020

This has been an exhausting week! It started with taking Samuel for his well visit at a new pediatricians office in Memphis on Monday. We were ten minutes late for his appointment because I have a serious deficiency when it comes to directions and finding places for the first time! No joke! We finally made it. I got the paper work filled out, while trying to keep Samuel from spilling and eating raisins off the floor.Β  We were called back, and the usual took place of weighing and measuring. Samuel is a big boy! No surprises there. πŸ™‚ We then waited for the doctor. We entertained ourselves quite some time, and then I resorted to watching mickey mouse on my phone. Finally, the doctor came in, checked Samuel’s heart, ears, etc. All of which Samuel was none too happy about. He wasn’t sure what to make of this person. Then the worst part at the end being his vaccines. Since Samuel is our third, I have long since learned that when taking the kids to get any kind of shot it is always good to have a surprise diversion on hand. I always make sure to have something they love, usually some kind of candy, or in Samuel’s case, fruit snacks. While he cried for a couple minutes, once he saw the fruit snacks the shots where quickly forgotten. At least for the time being.

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By the following afternoon, Samuel was feeling the effects of the shots. His legs were sore and he didn’t feel well for the next. three. days! It was a very LONG three days. None of our others ever had any major effects from their shots. So this was a new experience for us. Samuel ran a high fever, was miserable, and didn’t sleep at all Tuesday night. By Wednesday he was feeling some better, and this weekend he has been back to his normal happy self.

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Emma, Samuel, and I hanging out together. We were sitting on the bed in our playroom watching music videos. Samuel didn’t feel like doing much else that day.

Because it is really difficult to accomplish anything when you have a sick baby. Thursday I had tons of laundry and house work to catch up on. When I went in to sort the laundry this is what I found. Can you spot the cat? πŸ™‚

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This has been one of those weeks where you just feel tired. Yes, I’ve been physically tired from the lack of sleep, but also just mentally and emotionally tired. Friday night Andrew cooked a really healthy meal for us. Salmon, steamed rice, and green beans. He did a fabulous job. It tasted amazing! We were sitting at the table eating. Across the table from me David was eating really well, (He is usually our pickiest) Emma sitting on my right side just sat there and picked at her food, and Samuel on my left side was picking at, making mess of, and whining at me almost the whole time. This is not out of the ordinary by the way. It doesn’t matter what we have to eat, there is always at least one of them that doesn’t want to eat it.Β  It usually doesn’t bother me too much because if they don’t eat at one meal then they usually will at the next. However, because Samuel had been sick and not wanted to eat much the last several days, mixed with my exhaustion, it upset me. This is when I know I need a break! When things like this start getting to me.

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The kids are watching Andrew play a Mario game on his phone. Emma likes to tell Andrew when he dies. πŸ˜‰ Plus, they like the sound of the video game music. It’s moments like this that I look at and feel so thankful. We have three beautiful, healthy children! They are each unique, precious and sweet in their own way.

Yesterday and today we were able to go outside and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. Some of the best medicine there is is laughter, fresh air and sunshine! It felt great to be outside and let the kids play.

Love,

PK

p.s. Happy Leap Day! πŸ™‚

“Lovecation”! February 17, 2020

“Lovecation”! February 17, 2020

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Andrew and I were able to take a mini vacation for Valentine’s Day this year! We went fine dining, spent the night in a hotel in Memphis, and had a post valentine’s brunch! It was the most romantic Valentine’s we have had in a long time. Andrew has a tradition of buying me a gold plated rose for Valentine’s day. He has done this six years in a row, so I now have half a dozen roses. That is the bouquet he is handing me in the photo above. Isn’t he sweet! 😍

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I bought Andrew aΒ Bob’s Burgers Monopoly game for Valentine’s day. Andrew loves this tv show, and while I’m not a huge fan, I can appreciate some of the humor. We took the game with us on our lovecation. It was fun! For me anyway. I won. πŸ˜‰

The kids had a great Valentin’s day too! They both made boxes for their valentines cards. David’s is a spider, and Emma’s is a dog. πŸ™‚ I went to David’s party at school, and watched him eat ice cream, punch, candy, and play games. It’s always a treat (for both of us) to visit him at school.

I made pop tartsΒ  using a Ree Drummond recipe for the kids for their Valentine’s breakfast! These are really good and super easy to make! I have made them twice now, and I love them myself! πŸ™‚ Both times I have made strawberry pop tarts, but one could do so many different things with the filling and frosting!

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Instead of buying the kids candy for Valentine’s day I opted to buy them something they could use or play with. (Don’t worry they got plenty of candy from school, and Grand-mama bought them cupcakes and cookies!) I got Samuel a little stuffed dog and a tooth brush set. Lately he has been going into the bathroom, climbing upon the stepping stool to the sink, and wanting to brush his teeth like David and Emma. So I bought him his own tooth brush and cup. It’s hard to believe he has enough teeth now to brush! Emma loves puzzles, so I bought her some new puzzles. I didn’t get a picture of David’s, but he loves Pokemon, so I bought him some Pokemon cards.

Here are two of my favorite Valentine cards! Emma’s picture from school is a hoot! Also, I have a bunch of great student’s who brought me valentine’s gifts last week! One student made me this very sweet card! I love it! I love teaching piano!

My sweet husband volunteered to clean out our refrigerator on Valentine’s day! It must have been pretty bad for him to volunteer. I’m not proud about that, but I LOVE him so much for cleaning it out! πŸ™‚ Look at the ridiculous amount of hot sauces we have!!!! It’s pretty embarrassing!!

Awe…Look! There’s two really sweet guys sitting on the couch together. 😊

Hope y’all were able to spend time with someone you love on Valentine’s Day too!

Love,

PK

Tooth Fright! February 7th, 2020

Tooth Fright! February 7th, 2020

Once upon a time there was a little boy. This little boy waited and waited to get his first loose tooth. All his friends were losing their baby teeth, but he still did not have any loose teeth. He did lose a tooth a few years ago, when he fell and damaged his front tooth. The dentist pulled that tooth, and while the tooth fairy still came, it didn’t really count. After all, he was still waiting for his big tooth to come back in!

Finally, one day he noticed his bottom front tooth was loose! He was so excited!! It was finally happening! He was going to lose his first tooth! However, the more loose the tooth became the more afraid the little boy became. What if it hurt? What if it bled?Β  The sight of blood was terrifying to him when he fell and got a boo boo. So he decided not to pull his tooth. Weeks went by, and the tooth become so loose his mother began to worry. What if the tooth came out one day while he was eating, and he accidentally swallowed his tooth!?

One night as the little boy was getting ready for bed, his mom asked him about his tooth. He showed her the tooth that was barely hanging on. Mom offered to help pull the tooth. This really frightened the little boy. He refused to open his mouth again. Dad came in and offered to help pull the tooth as well. This was really bad! No way was the little boy going to let his Mom and Dad pull that tooth. It was going to hurt! Dad and Mom both assured him that it was not going to hurt, and would come out with one little twist. The little boy cried and kicked and refused to even entertain the thought of pulling his tooth.

Dad and Mom had to get creative with their persuasion to get the little boy to let them help pull the tooth. Finally the little boy decided he would let Dad help pull the tooth. Amazingly, with one little twist the tooth was out! To the little boys surprise it didn’t hurt at all! It did bleed a little, but that turned out to be no big deal either! He had lost his first tooth!!! He placed his tooth under his pillow, and dreamed of the tooth fairy and what she would leave under his pillow. The next morning the boy awoke to find the tooth fairy had left him three whole dollars!

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The End

 

Monday was a beautiful day and we decided to make the most of it. We all went to the zoo together! Yes, work and school was skipped! It was such a great day! Samuel has reached the point where he is able to walk around, pet the farm animals, and enjoy the zoo too. A day outside is exactly what we all needed!

After the zoo we had pizza and canolis! David and Samuel both devour their canolis. Emma likes to eat the filling out of hers, and leave the cookie part. She’s so funny. πŸ™‚

I have been trying to teach Emma how to play the Old Maid card game. However, she doesn’t get that ending up with the old maid card is supposed to be a bad thing, meaning you lose the game. Instead she wants to be the one to end up with the old maid card. She’s happy about it! HA! πŸ™‚ She’s such a cootie patootie! πŸ™‚

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Remember how I said Monday was such a beautiful day? Well, there was snow on the ground this morning! Just a trace, and it’s gone now, but the weather needs to make up its mind!! I took Emma and Samuel outside this morning to see the remnants of the snow. Emma was amazed. I don’t know that she remembers the snow we had last year. Because you know, we have so much of it around here. Ha! πŸ™‚ We then decided to come inside and have some hot chocolate! Love my hot chocolate buddy! πŸ™‚

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Love,

PK

Happy Birthday, Dad! January 30, 2020

Happy Birthday, Dad! January 30, 2020

Happy 65th Birthday Dad!

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This last weekend the kids and I went to my parents house to celebrate my Dad’s birthday with him! We enjoyed spending time together, eating, playing games, piddling around, eating :).Β  My dad may be sixty five in number, but not at heart! πŸ™‚ He loves to be outdoors, whether it’s fishing, hunting, hiking, mowing, or whatever. He has electric train sets that he has collected over the years, and has recently put them together again for the kids to watch when they come visit. Dad has always been good with kids. He is playing with Emma and a stuffed dinosaur in the picture below, making the dinosaur talk. He used to do something similar with me and my “nurse bear”, a tiny stuffed bear I used to own. He’s so funny. πŸ™‚Β  At some point we all watchedΒ Godzilla one of David’s favorite, must watch with Papa movies.

In celebration of THE DAY, we had cake and went out to eat for Dad’s birthday.

I love this picture of Samuel giving Nana kisses!!!!! So sweet!!! The kids were really good at dinner. Samuel became restless towards the end because it was getting late, he was so tired. I love that good looking couple in the above picture too!Β  I only hope I look that good in about thirty years! πŸ™‚

I had to take a picture of Samuel in this little rocking chair. It’s an antique. It was my brothers when he was little, and all of us have sat in it over the years. It plays music when you rock it. Samuel LOVES music! He loved sitting in this chair too! πŸ™‚

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Emma is quite the puzzle solver! She has always loved puzzles and had a knack for solving them. I have a video of her when she was about 18 months putting together her first wooden mickey mouse puzzle. Now she is putting together 48 piece paw patrol and pj mask puzzles. πŸ™‚

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A while back Andrew took Emma to her first Grizzlies basket ball game. It was a father/daughter date. I stole these pictures from Andrew because they are just so darn cute, sweet, precious, and everything else!

Early in the week I made this egg in a hole sandwich for lunch. It’s one of the recipes in Ree Drummond’s newest cook book, which I joyfully received for Christmas. πŸ™‚ It is an awesome sandwich! I encourage you to make this sandwich! The egg yolk with the bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and slightly spicy mayo sauce is an amazing combination.

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Love,

PK

January Blues. January 23, 2020

January Blues. January 23, 2020

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David celebrated his 100th day at school today! πŸ™‚ In celebration the students were asked to dress old.Β  David is wearing a pair of his old, too short pants. He is also wearing a shirt and tie of Andrews. It doesn’t really show in the picture but I tried coloring his hair white with corn starch.Β  David also requested to have a mustache like his papa. πŸ™‚ We used a gray marker to color his upper lip. πŸ™‚ We had a great time dressing him up this morning!

The month of January has been long, and I feel like it has been full of colds! It started with David a couple weeks ago, and then has slowly progressed through every. one. of us! I am so ready for this snot to go away!!!!!!! The weather is not helping either. It has been cold and rainy, and some combination there of for a long time now, and kids need to go outside and play. Now that I think about it, January is my least favorite month of the year. It always seems so long and dreary. It has me wishing for a vacation!

20200120_133840Andrew brought home this bag of potatoes from the grocery store the other day. Prince Edward Island potatoes! πŸ™‚ Sounds like the perfect vacation spot to me! It’s definitely on my list of places to go! I’ve wanted to go for years because I’m a huge Anne of Green Gables fan! This bag of potatoes will help me dream of a vacation to PEI! πŸ™‚

 

One has to do something to brighten up the rainy days, and what better way than making cupcakes! Emma and I made these vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Emma wanted yellow frosting, and Andrew wanted green. Emma had to have sprinkles too!:) My favorite vanilla cupcake recipe is found at Sally’s baking addiction blog! They are so light and spongy! I also love her buttercream recipe! These cupcakes are so easy to make, and fun to decorate!

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On a joyful note, I have an amazing bunch of piano students this semester! I am LOVING teaching piano to them. It’s keeping me very busy, but I love every minute. I’m also practicing music for a recital this spring!

Love,

PK

Hard Work Pays Off! January 12, 2020

Hard Work Pays Off! January 12, 2020

David’s school had their nine weeks award ceremony earlier this week. We knew David had made the A honor roll because his grades had been brought home a few days before. David loves school and is doing excellent in his work. He has had a few days this year where his behavior gets the better of him, especially when there is a substitute teacher and he thinks he can get away with things. Boys will be boys! Notwithstanding we are very proud of David and pleased with his progress and conduct at school. He even surprised us with a couple extra awards. One I just hadn’t thought of, which was his perfect attendance. The other was the excellence in Spanish class award. David is all the time talking about things he learns in Spanish class and he has an obvious interest in learning the language. We are so proud of him!

I’m afraid we might blow that perfect attendance award for the next awards ceremony. When I picked David up from school Friday, something was visibly wrong with David. I usually get gigantic smiles and hugs that nearly blow me over. However, I only got a somewhat hug and hardly any smile. I asked him what was wrong. My first thought was “what happened?”, “did you get into trouble?”! Actually his day was the opposite, getting the highest behavior marks. When we got home he asked for a snack like he usually does. He wanted Oreo cookies. I conceded since he got such high marks at school. He only ate half a cookie and said he didn’t want anymore. Something was definitely wrong! Terribly wrong! I took his temperature and sure enough he was running a fever. He went straight to bed. It’s Sunday and he is still running a fever. Fortunately, there have not been any other symptoms other than a slight cough. When the Tylenol kicks in he even acts pretty normal. I guess we will wait and see what the rest of the day holds. Hopefully he will be on the mend by this afternoon.

I had my first week back teaching piano this week!Β  I much needed the three week break, but now I’m excited and ready to be teaching again. My students did well this week and I’m very glad to have a full schedule this semester. Hopefully I can inspire them to practice even more this year!

I tried some new recipes this week! This one isΒ Steakhouse Pasta By Ree! Mine looks slightly different from hers. I didn’t mix at all together. Our kids are a little picky sometimes, and I wanted them to be able to find something to eat. πŸ™‚ They probably would not have touched it if it were all mixed together. I loved the tomato cream sauce with the big noodles. The steak is also a very flavorful cut.

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Also last night I made rice, honey-soy glazed salmon, and roasted tomatoes! The rice is Asian rice cooked with some lime zest and cilantro. The salmon is seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled on a hot griddle with some olive oil. The glaze is made up of two tablespoons of butter, three tablespoons of honey and soy sauce, and juice of two limes. When the sauce comes to a bubble and thickens just spoon it over the cooked salmon. It tastes amazing! The roasted tomatoes where a list minute idea because I had several tomatoes that needed to be used. I had recently watched Ree roast some tomatoes on her show and they looked amazing. It was the perfect opportunity to try it out. I cut the tomatoes in half, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle some minced garlic on top. In a bowl, mix a tablespoon of parsley, half a teaspoon oregano and a quarter teaspoon of salt, along with a quarter a cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the tomatoes and bake at 400 degrees for about fifteen minutes.

Love,

PK

“Hindsight is 2020”! January 5th, 2020

“Hindsight is 2020”! January 5th, 2020

Happy New Year! You know the saying, “hind sight is always 2020”. Well, I hope that I can look back on this year without any regrets! While the future is somewhat foggy, I know that God will be with us every step of the way. He knows what the future holds whether we do or not! To see in this new year we celebrated with some long time friends of ours. We had an appetizer menu, and then I was forced into watching Star Wars. Yes, that’s right, I actually watched Star Wars. (most of it anyway πŸ˜‰ ) I can’t say I like it any more now than I did before. Sorry! If you’re an avid fan please don’t be offended. Star Wars is just now my type of movie. I was more about the food! We had a sausage and cheese plate, fruit tray, gyosa (I did not make these from scratch. We bought them frozen from an asain food store. I pan fried them), and then I made this queso fundido recipe by the pioneer woman. It was my second time to make it, and it turned out way better this time. The trick is to use a skillet that is not too big. You want it to fill up to the top when layering it. Also, the types of cheese you use are important. I used Monterrey Jack, Cheddar, and Velveeta. The recipe doesn’t call for Velveeta, but I love how it melts. Most important part, eat it while it is bubbly hot!

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I managed to stay awake past midnight, and this is how Andrew and I brought in the new year. I am yellow, so I’d say I started the year out pretty good. πŸ˜‰

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The kids (David and Emma) go back to school this week, and all the fun and games are over. Boo Hoo Hoo! I’ll miss the kids terribly. I’ve loved having everyone at home, watching them interact with one another, and spending time together. I also resume teaching this week. I’m looking forward to a new year of piano teaching, and I have a lot fun things planned.

Here are some pictures from our week. We went to the children’s museum and David, Emma and Samuel loved the theater. The kids dress up and then a song plays and they can see themselves on the screen as they dance. It’s so hilarious to watch! Emma LOVES Paw Patrol and the museum has a paw patrol play area right now. We had to visit that area twice!

David received two Lego sets for Christmas, both from the Ninjago series he loves. He worked diligently all week at putting them together. One is a helicopter and the other a cobra figure. He cracks me up with his love for all things scary. πŸ™‚

We had movie night last night (we watched Peter Pan), and the kids were sitting in the floor with their blankets and chairs. Samuel was so funny! He tried to be right in the middle!

I’ve also had some extra time this week to cook! The other night Andrew roasted a chicken and I made twice baked potatoes, biscuits, and green beans.Twice baked potatoes are awesome! I love them anywhere! Making them at home is extra special. Not because it is difficult, but because it takes time. Baking the potatoes takes about an hour or more, and then letting the potatoes cool enough that you can hold onto them while cutting and scooping out the potato is important. It’s best if you can prep them earlier in the day, and then at dinner all you have to do is bake them off. I also tried a new biscuit recipe. I was very impressed with it! It lends itself to being like an English scone, with a sweeter taste and airy texture, but man are they good! Perfect Homemade Biscuits by Trish!

Here’s to a new year of music and memories!

Love,

PK