Prologue: Sept. 30th, 2017

Prologue: Sept. 30th, 2017

Hi! My name is Priscilla. I am the wife of a Methodist minister, mom of two (soon to be three, coming December 2018!), a piano teacher and musician. I feel inspired to share with you stories of our family, especially our cute kids! I also want to include pedagogical thoughts, resources and theories about my piano teaching career. I hope you love the stories, enjoy the tips, and find some things useful.20171001_104215_hdr.jpg

 

Snuggles and Hugs! Monday, February 11, 2019

Snuggles and Hugs! Monday, February 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love,

PK

Going Bananas! Thursday, January 31, 2019

Going Bananas! Thursday, January 31, 2019

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Hope your week is not too bananas! πŸ™‚

Love,

PK

 

Busy, But Blessed! January 21, 2019

Busy, But Blessed! January 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love,

PK

 

 

Baby Amnesia and Life With Three! January 10, 2019

Baby Amnesia and Life With Three! January 10, 2019

It is so easy to forget from one baby to the next all the little things! For example, how much laundry one baby can mess up, how many dirty diapers you change in a day, all the feedings and the lack of sleep, trimming their tiny little finger and toe nails (by the way, nothing strikes fear in my heart like trimming a new baby’s finger nails!), and how tiny and helpless they are when newborn. All of the seemingly negative things are miraculously forgotten because of all the love and wonder that fills your heart! They are worth it a hundred times over and you will do anything for them! Even at three am when you are dead tired and wish you didn’t have to crawl out of bed!

Here are some pictures that Andrew took for us at the hospital that I didn’t get to share with you yet!

Samuel is doing well for his three week old self. πŸ™‚ He is starting to stay awake a little bit more during the day, and likes to be carried around. I can’t decide if it’s because his tummy feels better when he’s upright, or if he just likes to look around! He does seem to have more of a touchy stomach than our other two did, but as I said previously, it’s easy to forget these things.

Trying to adjust to life with three has been a little crazy, and I’m so thankful to be married to a wonderful man who can cook and who is willing to give me a little break. Andrew has been great about taking David and Emma out of the house and doing things with them. They love spending time with daddy!

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Emma is starting to adjust to Samuel being around and seems to be doing a little better. Since school has started back this week we are trying to get back into our routine, and I believe this will help. Emma has entered this phase of asking the question, “Why?”! She wants to know why… This is a phase David never went through. Thank God! πŸ™‚ I have been able to spend some time with Emma outside the last couple days. She has started trying to learn how to ride her tricycle. This has been an interesting process to watch. She wants to sit on the “seat” that is below the actual seat and pushes the tricycle with her feet instead of pedaling. πŸ™‚ After some coaxing (have I mentioned that she is stubborn!?), she finally tried sitting on the actual seat and pedaling. She hasn’t quite got the hang of it yet, but it won’t be long! πŸ™‚

Recently we have had an interesting and funny conversation with David. He has brought it up a few times now. It goes something like this.

David: I’m going to marry Emma when I grow up.

Me: No. You can’t marry Emma because she is your sister. You can’t marry anyone you are related to.

David: Who will I marry then? Me: I don’t know. You will meet someone.

David: {with a rather worried look on his face} Who? (sometimes he will name someone he goes to school with. πŸ™‚ )

Me: I don’t know, but you don’t need to worry about it. You have plenty of time! Daddy and Mommy didn’t get married until we were around twenty-four years old.

I can only pray that he someday will find the right person to marry, that it’s not his sister :), and that he waits until he is at least twenty-five! πŸ™‚

Love,

PK

 

 

 

Precious Baby Time! January 1, 2019

Precious Baby Time! January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!! I feel like I have been in a mommy cocoon since Samuel’s birth. Losing all track of time and days. We didn’t even celebrate the new year, except I was awoken from some much needed sleep by fireworks from our neighbors at the midnight hour. (In any other phase of my life I would have loved the fireworks!) I am by no means complaining however. I love spending these precious moments with our new sweet Samuel! It is quite evident that this time of infancy will pass all too quickly!! By this time next year, Samuel will be one year old and no longer a “baby”.

 

David and Emma spent a few days with my parents over the weekend. They had a blast with Papa and Nana. Emma is so smart. (Yes, I’m biased, but her vocabulary is unbelievable for a two year old. For example, we cross the I-40 bridge going from Arkansas to Memphis, TN regularly, and Emma will say “we’re crossing the Mississippi!” in her little two year old voice!) She says that she is Papa’s buddy and Nana’s baby!Β  David loves spending time outdoors with Papa helping him do “big” stuff too. I appreciated the extra time to spend with Samuel and the opportunity to take an extra nap or two, but I missed my other babies! I know, it’s probably the post-partum hormones making me feel all emotional, but I was glad to have David and Emma come back.

 

We are still adjusting to life with a new baby, and we try our best to keep David and Emma in their usual routines. This helps with overall adjustment, and I hope it will help with the lack of attention they feel they are getting from me currently. Andrew tries to help with this as much as he can, but Emma especially, just wants mommy! She will say, “Mommy play with me” while I’m nursing Samuel, and I have to tell her that I will play with her after I’m through feeding Samuel. This hurts!!!! I hate telling her I can’t, and she’s just wanting security that mommy still loves her too! This is the worst part about adjusting to this new normal!

I am finally able to reach my toes!! I know, this is laughable and gross, but I needed a pedicure badly! It felt so good to trim my toenails and paint them! πŸ™‚ Emma saw me painting my toes, and she wanted to paint her toes too. I probably ordinarily would have told her no, that she was too little, but I saw it as an opportunity to make her feel special. So I trimmed and painted Emma’s toe nails. It was her first pedicure! πŸ™‚ Her little toes and feet look way cuter than mine! She sat so still and let me paint them too!

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Samuel has already had a few firsts this past week! He went to church on Sunday for the first time! I dressed him in a cute outfit that Andrew’s aunt sent.

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Samuel also had his first bath last night! He did not like it one bit! He cried the whole time!! We are not yet able to immerse him in the water, so I hope once we can do that he will change his mind about bath time! We have a tradition that Dad gets to give the first bath! He has gotten better at it each time! πŸ™‚

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Love,

PK

Samuel James Kjorlaug! Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Samuel James Kjorlaug! Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Our precious baby Samuel was born a week ago today!!! A healthy eight pounds and eight ounces, and nineteen and a half inches long. We are blessed with a healthy baby and a safe delivery.

My very sweet and kind doctor gave me the option of inducing when I went for my weekly appointment on Wednesday the nineteenth. I decided to go for it!! The kids went with grand-mama (who thankfully was already there), and Andrew and I went to the hospital. Samuel was born at 10:15pm that night!

The next day the kids came to the hospital to visit their new little brother. They were so sweet and precious. David, who has been through this before, was a champion. He wanted to hold Samuel. David has done really well as a new big brother! Emma wanted to hold Samuel too and was fascinated by his tiny feet. She however, has had the hardest time. She does not want to leave mommy and becomes visibly sad when mommy can’t play with her right away. I remember David having a very hard time too when Emma was born. He was three and told me I had broke his heart. 😦 Ouch! Talk about driving a dagger through my own heart! Emma I’m sure feels the same way, she just hasn’t expressed it verbally that way, yet! Hopefully in time she will adjust to the new normal! πŸ™‚

We brought Samuel home on Friday. We were able to spend a few days adjusting to home before Christmas celebrations began.

 

The Sunday before Samuel was born, David was part of the children’s choir Christmas musical at church. He did so good, and remembered his speaking part! Plus I took advantage of the opportunity to dress them in their Christmas outfits because I didn’t know if another opportunity would present itself. πŸ™‚

Here are a few pics of both the Kjorlaug Christmas and the Noyes Christmas gatherings. The Kjorlaug family celebrated before Samuel was born, and the Noyes Christmas after. Emma wasn’t sure about the whole opening presents at first, but by the time Christmas morning rolled around she was into the whole present thing! πŸ™‚

Andrew’s parents took care of the kids while we were in hospital, and they were able to meet Samuel at the hospital. I’m so thankful for such wonderful in laws!! My family came to our house a few days after Samuel was born, and were able to meet Samuel and celebrate Christmas with us. I don’t know exactly what they were doing, but my favorite picture is of my dad playing with David and Emma at the Lego table! They were clearly having a great time!!:)

 

Christmas day we enjoyed family time here at home. We had breakfast, read the Christmas story, opened presents, and then just enjoyed the rest of the day.

I’m so thankful for a husband that can cook!!! Andrew has been amazing! He cooked a Christmas lunch for my family on Sunday, and then Christmas dinner for us last night! I don’t know what I would do without him!!! He’s such an amazing man! We are very blessed with beautiful children, and are feeling especially thankful for our little Christmas miracle!

Merry Christmas!!!

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Zoe. Friday, December 14, 2018

Zoe. Friday, December 14, 2018

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This has been a bizarre and difficult week! It all started this past weekend. One evening Emma and I were at home and out of no where Zoe starts hollering, growling, and being defensive at Emma. Emma was just sitting on the couch watching Mickey Mouse! I picked her up and explained that Zoe was just scared of something. After a while I was able to get a hold of Zoe and put her outside. A day or two later Zoe did the very same thing to David, who again was just sitting on the couch minding his own business. It terrified and upset David so much he went and shut himself in his room! Zoe’s behavior was more intense this time, and I had to shut her in one of the bedrooms until she calmed enough for me to get a hold of her. That whole day she acted strange and that evening she kept having this type of behavior. We put her in the garage until the kids went to bed, and then we let her back inside. Andrew and I were sitting on the couch watching television when all of a sudden she does it again to me! Once again we could not calm her down, and had to shut her in our bedroom. It took a good forty-five minutes for Zoe to calm down enough for us to get a hold of her. By this time Andrew and I are both distraught, and can not imagine what is wrong with our usually very sweet and tolerant cat! At the recommendation of a good friend, we took Zoe to the veterinarian the next day.

The veterinarian kept Zoe for a couple days and ran some tests. Unfortunately they could not find anything physically wrong with her. I say unfortunately because if they found something wrong that would at least explain the behavior and then we could address the issue. Instead it means Zoe has some kind of psychological disorder, perhaps? We are still left with a lot of questions…. The veterinarian gave us three options: 1) We could try her on some medication that may or may not work. It’s was very expensive by the way. 2)We could try keeping her outside and see if she can acclimate to living outdoors. 3) Have her put down.Β  The doctor told us they don’t usually recommend the third option, but when a family is in our situation with a potentially dangerous animal they will. Zoe apparently exhibited some very bad behavior even at the vet’s office.

Zoe is only about three years old. We have had her for about two and half years. She has become part of the family, and we all love her! Even though her behavior has scared the kids they still love her and want to pet her. The whole time Zoe was at the vet’s office, Emma would say, “Zoe at doctor’s office”. Andrew and I have been very torn about what to do! We don’t trust her anymore to be inside around the kids because we don’t know what or when she will be triggered to become crazy.Β  We couldn’t bring ourselves to have her put down. We are trying to see if she will adjust to living outside, and in our garage. After several months we may try to let her back inside and see what happens, but I just don’t know yet. Please say a prayer that Zoe will acclimate to living outdoors! Right now she is going from window to door during the day meowing because she wants inside! We are just upset about this, and don’t know what else to do!

Zoe is typically a very sweet and loving cat!

 

Despite our troubles with Zoe this week we have tried keep in the spirit of the season. We bought our Christmas tree and decorated it! David was so excited about getting the tree, and loves to decorate! Emma wanted to help too, and they both actually did a very good job of hanging ornaments! I of course had to readjust a few here and there. πŸ˜‰ My favorite part of decorating our tree every year is our ornaments. Pretty much every ornament has been given to us by friends and family, and they have a special meaning to us. It is great to unwrap the ornaments every year and remember who and what the ornament represents!

Hope and Peace,

PK

Gingerbread Men! Sunday, December 9, 2018

Gingerbread Men! Sunday, December 9, 2018

No, I’m not in labor. The baby is doing fine. We (some of us anyway) are waiting patiently, however excited to meet Samuel in person very soon. I am visiting the doctor every week now, and the kids went with me for my doctor visit this week. They both behaved very well, and David was excited to hear the baby’s heart beat. David wanted to see if he could hear a heart beat in his stomach! The doctor humored the kids and let them see if they could hear a baby in their tummy. πŸ™‚ “Nope, sorry guys, no baby in your tummies.” πŸ˜‰ Because the kids were well behaved at the doctor, they got to take a trip to the book store. They love going to the book store, and (no I didn’t buy them anything)Β  looking at and reading new books. David did pick out a book he wanted to add to his Christmas list. πŸ™‚

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David’s preschool went on a field trip this week to the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. The kids watched the famous Peabody ducks march to the fountain, and then ate duck cookies. Andrew accompanied David on this trip and took some great pictures for me! (I went to have lunch with a very good friend that day.) Our conversation went something like this: Me, “Please take pictures for me.” Andrew, “I always take pictures.” Me, “Maybe like one…” “Please take pictures like you are mom.” I have to say I was pleased when he texted me several pictures before the end of the trip! πŸ™‚ They had a great time, and I love my sweet boy and the Christmas tree! πŸ™‚

David has been asking me for nearly two Christmas seasons to make gingerbread men cookies. They are not something I grew up making, and I’m not a huge fan of the actual gingerbread taste. However, I gave in and decided to make actual gingerbread men this year. While I’ve discovered I’m still not a huge fan of the taste of gingerbread, the kids had a lot of fun helping to make the cookies and decorate them! The recipe is super simple, and you can make the dough a day or two ahead of time. Just keep it in the refrigerator and when you are ready to make the cookies be sure to let the dough sit out long enough to become soft and workable. Here is the recipe forΒ Gingerbread Cookies!Β  In this recipe it recommends rolling out the dough between plastic wrap instead of using a floured surface. I highly recommend following this tip! It keeps the cookies the color you want. Also, don’t be like me and think you can use wax paper instead. It doesn’t work! The dough will stick to the wax paper. Use plastic wrap, the pioneer woman knows what she’s talking about!

The kids had the most fun decorating! I put royal frosting in piping bags and had a variety of different sprinkles for them to use. It was messy fun! Even Andrew got in the spirit and helped decorate! I love his creative ideas! πŸ™‚ Especially the “Don’t Eat Me” gingerbread man, and the one with the broken arm. πŸ˜‰ Such personalities! If they last long enough, we might hang them on our tree!

We were blessed with a wonderful table shower for Samuel at church today! Our hearts are thrilled and amazed at the generosity of this wonderful church family. Thank you for being so warm and excepting to us! We are going to have a gift opening here at the house in a short while, and I know David and Emma will have fun.;) When David first saw the gifts on the table and were told they were for Samuel he became upset and jealous. I had to explain to David that the gifts for Samuel were baby items, like diapers and wipes. Things that he wouldn’t want, but that he could help open the gifts for Samuel. He was then okay with that, and wanted to help. πŸ˜‰

Peace,

PK

Anticipation! Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Anticipation! Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

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Anyone who knows me very well, knows that I LOVE Lucy!! I have all the episodes on DVD and have watched them many times. One of my favorite episodes is theΒ Lucy Goes to HospitalΒ episode. It is even more funny since I’ve experienced this episode almost personally for the third time. Lately the picture above is exactly what I feel like! Yes, I look like I could pop at any time, and while I’m perfectly fine and feeling good, I feel that everyone else is staring at me exactly the way Ricky, Fred and Ethel are staring at Lucy in the picture above! πŸ™‚ Luckily, Andrew isn’t quite as bad as Ricky when it comes to holding himself together during labor and delivery! πŸ™‚

David was invited to a friends birthday party, and they made gingerbread houses and had gingerbread cupcakes at the party! If Samuel is born before Christmas, I’m going to have to remember this idea for one of his birthday parties! David was proud of his first gingerbread house! He and Emma loved their gingerbread cupcakes too! (Thank you Jenny for sending cupcakes home!)

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Emma and I made cinnamon rolls yesterday! I wanted to make some to put in the freezer to have for Christmas morning. I also plan on making another batch because cinnamon rolls make great gifts too! Emma had a blast helping out! She loved throwing the flour onto the counter top, and then sprinkling the sugar onto the dough! Her sprinkling was more like big piles that I then had to even out, but who cares! πŸ™‚ It all taste good in the end! πŸ™‚ As you can see there was no shortage of flour everywhere either! πŸ™‚ The cinnamon rolls turned out beautifully, and we love them! You can find the recipe forΒ cinnamon rollsΒ here!

I have been attending a community Bible study, and they have a children’s program too while the adults are doing their study. Today, the children presented their Christmas pageant. Emma was so cute! She was having one of her “I want mommy” days, and as soon as she spotted me had to come sit on my lap. She was still a sweet little lamb! πŸ™‚

Love,

PK

‘Tis the Season! December 1, 2018

‘Tis the Season! December 1, 2018

The kids and I spent the first day of December at the zoo! The temperature was in the seventies, and it seemed the perfect opportunity to go see the animals. David and Emma both love the zoo. Emma loves it more now as she can identify the animals and imitate their sounds. πŸ™‚

 

 

My pretty little red heads!! πŸ™‚

 

 

The weirdest sight of the day! By far! The gazelle standing upright and looking out over the fence! πŸ™‚

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This week has been very busy, and a little unusual. Andrew has been under the weather most of the week. I feel like I have been trying to keep everyone fed, dishes washed, and kids safe… it’s been a week of survival! πŸ™‚ Maybe because I am feeling tired and slow right now!! Samuel could technically arrive any day now, and we can’t wait to meet him! Emma is so funny! When we ask her who is inside mommy’s tummy, she says, “Mickey Mouse”! I have no idea where she got this!! I hope she’s not too disappointed when we bring home Samuel instead! πŸ™‚

I can’t believe this Sunday marks the first week of Advent! I did manage to do some decorating earlier this week, and I have our advent wreath all ready to go. Advent represents a time of waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus. Tomorrow we will light the candle of Hope!

 

We will also do a little devotional with some activities for the kids each day of advent! This year I am going to use a series put together byΒ Focus on the Family.Β (You can click on the link to download it for free.) I won’t go into great detail about our Christmas beliefs and traditions as I believe I did that last year. Our main goal is to teach our kids that Jesus birth is the reason for Christmas, and the importance of keeping our focus on Him during the season. It is increasingly more difficult to do this when all around us seems to be focused on the “other things” of the season. Hopefully we will be able to instill in them the true joy of the season!

Here’s some more photos from today. The kids wanted to take their picture with “Snowball” the polar bear. πŸ™‚ They actually tried to smile for their picture!

 

With Hope!

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