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

 

“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

Christmas Faces! December 30, 2019

Christmas Faces! December 30, 2019

Christmas morning I took quite a few pictures. I tried to catch the kids in live action without interrupting their activity. I did pretty good at catching David and Samuel with some intersting faces! πŸ™‚ HA! David was super excited about opening gifts, and he doesn’t hide any emotion. Emma was also enthusiastic about gifts, and this was her first Christmas to really understand what we were celebrating. She was a little more reserved during the opening of presents, but she has done nothing but play with her toys since. So I know she loves them! Samuel liked ripping the paper off his packages! πŸ™‚ He has enjoyed playing with his toys since they have been removed from packaging though.

Christmas eve we decorated our christmas tree! I loved watching Andrew lift Emma to put the star on top. It’s a very important and coveted job! πŸ˜‰ We then put ornaments on the tree. Many people and places are represented on our tree, and I love remembering them all!

Here are some more Christmas morning photos. We spent a wonderful, relaxing day at home. The kids did not wake us up early to open gifts! In fact, Samuel, who usually wakes us up early like an alarm, slept later! It was his gift to us!:) The kids stayed in their pajamas all day, and we had the best time. It was warm outside, and so they were able to go outside and play. We had some friends over for lunch. (We took the easy road out and bought ribs from the Rendevous! HA HA! Andrew did all the cooking for me! He heated up the ribs, and made fried potatoes and green beans for sides! We were blessed with desserts from friends, a decadent yule log cake, christmas cookes and more!) Then what, but an afternoon nap! We drove around later that evening and looked at Christmas lights. It was an awesome Christmas day!

On the second and third days of Christmas we celebrated with our families. Andrew’s brothers all have kids around the same ages as ours, and the kids love their cousins! Emma and Henry were so cute playing together. They even wanted to take a nap together, which just ended up being playtime. LOL πŸ™‚Β  David and Robbie love PokΓ©mon and shooting nerf guns. They spent a lot of their time looking at PokΓ©mon cards. I don’t know how, but David has become fascinated with PokΓ©mon. I know nothing about PokΓ©mon, and I don’t understand it. I am just going to have to try to learn, or just be satisfied with not knowing… Sigh! πŸ™‚ Uncle B is also a PokΓ©mon aficionado, and he gave David his first PokΓ©mon cards. So now that I think of it, this is all his fault! Ha! Just kidding. πŸ˜‰

I hope y’all had a blessed Christmas, filled with peace, love, joy, hope, and the celebration of our Lord Jesus’ birthday!

PK

Celebrating Samuel! December 21, 2019

Celebrating Samuel! December 21, 2019

Samuel is 1!!! The year has flown by and it’s almost a blur! It’s amazing how fast babies grow and the things they learn during their first year! They go from not being able to do anything to rolling over, sitting up, crawling, and walking all in that short twelve months. Samuel is basically running, and his little personality is really starting to shine. He is so affectionate, loving, and sweet. His actual birth date was Thursday. We didn’t celebrate then, but I snapped a few pictures that day. Instead we went and picked out our Christmas tree. πŸ™‚ YAY! We have a tree! It is up in our living room, ready to be decorated on Christmas Eve as is our tradition.

We had Samuel’s birthday party today! The theme of the party was Dr. Suess’ Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish…. It turned out great! We have a tradition of ordering first birthday cakes from a specific bakery, grandparents treat. The bakery does a fantastic job in decoration and in taste. This time was no different! I also had fun with the lunch menu. We did ham and swiss party rolls, cat and the hat ca bobs (strawberries and marshmallows πŸ™‚ ), and summer berry punch. πŸ™‚

There is so much you can do with this party theme. One could go. all. out. and it would be amazing. I chose to keep it simple. It’s been a busy month and I didn’t want to be excessive in the amount of work required. πŸ™‚ Samuel was a little slow in discovering his cake. When he first tasted the frosting he made some sour facial expressions. πŸ™‚ He kept on tasting, finally reaching the cake part. I think it’s safe to say that he finally decided he liked it. He was messy, but Samuel is always messy, so that part wasn’t surprising. πŸ™‚

After cake, I took Samuel for a quick bath to remove all the red frosting. πŸ™‚ We then opened a few presents. With the help of David and Emma, Samuel is quickly learning how to open presents. The new toys were exciting, and there was a little squabble over taking turns and who’s presents they were. Emma especially wanted her turn. πŸ™‚ Samuel wanted to play with the balloons. So it all worked out! πŸ˜‰

A wubulous time was had by all!

In other news of the month. My students had their piano recital a couple weeks ago. They did a fantastic job! I always get more nervous when my students play than when I play. It’s because I want them to do as well as I know they can. It’s hard to explain. My studio is growing, and starting in January I will be at full capacity for my schedule! YAY!Β Aren’t they a good looking bunch!Β  So cute! πŸ˜‰

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That same evening we went to see the zoo lights with my parents. It was fun seeing all the lights. They had “snow” blowing all around at the zoo entrance. It was like a winter wonderland. So beautiful, it was my favorite part! David loved the singing reindeer lights. πŸ™‚

Sunday afternoon was the kids choir cantata at church, and my parents stayed to hear David sing. I dressed the kids in their Christmas best and we went to church. They looked so adorable, if only I could have gotten them to cooperate for a better picture!

David has done really well in all his singing activities this season. He knew most of the words, stood still and behaved accordingly. He is growing up too fast as well. I can see a difference in him from last year to this year. In a weird way I miss the unpredictability of that little guy from previous years concerts! πŸ™‚ My heart is breaking. Why do they have to grow up so fast!Β  The pictures below are of David’s school Christmas concert. They sang a few songs,Β Hot Hot Hot Chocolate, If I were a snowflake,Β and a few others. I am a proud mama! πŸ™‚

I want to wish every one a blessed Christmas season.

Love,

PK

 

 

Weekend Getaway!December 11, 2019

Weekend Getaway!December 11, 2019

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This past weekend I went to visit my sister and brother in law in Nashville, TN! We had a great time! I love Nashville! You may not know this, but when Andrew and I were first married we lived there for a year before moving to Boston. It’s a great city full of music, hospitality, and food! Leah and Brandon moved to Nashville about four months ago. I am so excited that they now live close enough to go visit over a weekend! We went shopping, eating, and then to a gig that Brandon was playing in at Woolworths! It was a fifty’s big band down in the basement of Woolworths! It carried a fifties vibe with music and dance. I was carried back to a time when people went to concerts and dances because it was how you socially interacted, with people! I loved it! It made me want to take ballroom dance classes! I asked Andrew when I got back home, and he didn’t say no! He actually almost agreed to it! I just have to figure out the logistics! I’ve always wanted to be able to dance! I’ve taken a couple classes in the past, and proven to be terrible at it, but I’m going to keep hope that I can still learn!

I took Emma and Samuel for their first haircut yesterday! Samuel’s hair had reached the point where I could no longer tolerate it being in his eyes! Emma’s hair was needing shaped up, and hopefully it will grow thicker now. Her hair is a lot like mine in that it is thin and very fine. I did not cry! πŸ™‚ I’ve only cried one time, when David had a haircut around the age of three. The lady cut it WAY shorter than what I thought I had told her. It was practically a buzz cut. I wanted to cry the whole day! Thank God it grew back! πŸ™‚ Emma and Samuel did a great job sitting in the airplane chair, and the lady who cut their hair was amazing! I’m always so thankful when someone can cut our children’s hair with patience, kindness, and professionalism!

Hope y’all are doing better than I am about getting your Christmas shopping done! I am NOT. EVEN. CLOSE. to being done. SIGH! My student’s have their piano recital this weekend, and David is singing in the kids choir at church Sunday! I am super excited about both! I’ll let you know how it all goes!

Peace,

PK

 

Remembering the Reason. December 3, 2019

Remembering the Reason. December 3, 2019

Thanksgiving was wonderful! Andrew and I spent a lot of Tuesday and most of Wednesday cooking. Thursday, Andrew cooked the turkey, and all I had to do was make sure everything was heated up! I am so thankful Andrew wanted double ovens during our kitchen renovation! It made heating things up go a lot quicker! Still, it was no small feat! When it came down to the wire, I had two dishes heating in the top oven, and four dishes heating in the bottom oven. There was several minutes when I stood and prayed for the oven to do its job! It was working quadrupely (I know, it’s not a real word. HA) hard! The best part was spending time with family! My sister and brother in law came and stayed Wednesday night with us. It was great to spend time with them. We watched an old Disney movie that Leah and I love, “The Ugly Dachshund”. πŸ™‚ Our husbands love us a lot because they watched it too! πŸ™‚ However, we joke with them because it’s not nearly as terrible of a movie as some we have watched with them! (By the way, we have the new Disney plus app that has all the great movies on it, and I have to say that if you don’t have it yet, don’t get it. Trust me. If you do, you will spend way too much time watching movies you love out of nostalgia! You will also want to introduce to your kids to all the great shows you used to watch on tv out of nostalgia! You have been warned!)

Here are some family pictures! I love them all! Emma and Samuel were playing with Auntie Leah before the thanksgiving rush set in. πŸ™‚ Once everyone arrived, Samuel was kind of the star because he is the cutest little squeeze just waddling around the house! πŸ™‚ Plus the older ones where busy playing with their cousins! Cousins are awesome!

Feast Time!

Game Time! Also, there’s nothing quite like leftovers! David requested a turkey leg for his dinner.

Going backwards to earlier in the week. I decided to get out of the house and spend some time with the kids. Away from all the cooking and house cleaning. It was a relatively warm day, and so we went to the zoo. It turned out to be a really great decision. We had a wonderful time, and one of the highlights of my week was actually seeing the new baby jaguars, Lulu and Bella! They are so adorable, and are very entertaining to watch! We will definitely be going back to see them!

It’s hard to believe Samuel is going to be one in a couple weeks! He is getting big too fast! He walks really good now, and is into EVERYTHING! He has the sweetest personality. The wildest hair. πŸ™‚

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Because Advent was so close to Thanksgiving this year it has taken me more time to get prepared and into the spirit of things.Β  This week I started by having the kids help make cards for our advent calendar. I decided that this year we would do an advent calendar with the names of Jesus! I am very excited about this! The kids love to paint the cards, and each day we write a different name of Jesus with a scripture verse on the back. We do it in the morning during breakfast time. It takes about three or four minutes, and it sets the focus for the day and the season! It also makes a great Christmas decoration. All you need is some twine, small clothespins, and some 5×7 cards. I bought a small art book with removable pages because the paper is thicker and holds up to the paint. I foundΒ  a website that has a list of names with scripture verses. For the Family has some other great ideas too!Β  Yesterday, I turned on my favorite Christmas musical, “White Christmas”, and put out our Christmas decorations. I love that musical! It’s quite long, so it’s great to turn on and watch while doing. πŸ™‚ Andrew and I have a tradition of waiting till Christmas eve to decorate our tree. I know this seems bizarre and unimaginable to most people, and when we first started talking about doing this, I wasn’t too keen on the idea either.Β  However, now I love doing it this way! It makes Christmas eve and Christmas morning even more special. Our tree decorations are not ornate, but we have a lot of very special ornaments that have been given to us through the years by people from various places and family members. I love taking the time to remember each one.

 

Wishing you Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love this season!

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PK