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

 

The Greatest Adventure, Motherhood! May 16, 2019

The Greatest Adventure, Motherhood! May 16, 2019

I was happy to spend mother’s day weekend with my mom! When you are a kid you don’t really think of your parents as being people with a life. With a history before you. An individual you can get to know as someone other than your parent. I’ve thought a lot about this in recent years, with the passing of my grandparents. I find it more important than ever to spend time with my parents, and get to know them as people. I want to know trivial things about them, and hear their words of practical life wisdom.Β  I was blessed with wonderful parents who cared about me and my siblings. They sacrificed to make sure we had everything we needed and most of what we wanted. They did their best to educate us, academically and otherwise. They taught us by example what it meant to work hard, be honest, and to treat others with respect. Now that I’m a parent I am starting to understand how difficult of a job this is!

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Now that I’ve been all sentimental, let’s get back to mother’s day weekend! πŸ™‚ The kids had a blast. Emma couldn’t wait to see the chickens and the bunnies (my parents live in the woods, and have chickens and bunnies), and David wanted to go to the park and play, and shoot guns with Papa (My dad shoots at targets while David sits next to him and watches. David is fascinated and collects the empty shells. I suspect he will want to go hunting with dad when he gets old enough.) This was Samuel’s first time to go to my parents house! He did not sleep well the first night, but did better the next two. Overall he was a pretty happy little guy. He loved all the attention from Papa and Nana! πŸ™‚ He also had his first bath in the kitchen sink!:) This is a tradition with all the kids.

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Sunday morning before church, David and Emma told me happy mother’s day. They then proceeded to go through the house and find things to ‘give’ me. πŸ™‚ It was so sweet! πŸ™‚Β  We then went to church on Mother’s day, and David told his teachers what he wanted to write on his mother’s day paper. He’s so funny and sweet! πŸ™‚

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My mom made me cheesecake! She knows what I like!;) I’ll have to share the recipe with you sometime. It’s a lemon cheesecake.

If you are wondering what motherhood is like I have an excellent example from this weekend! Monday afternoon we were fixing to leave my parents house. I had everyone dressed, the car loaded, and we were ready to go. I checked Samuel’s diaper to discover he had a poop explosion! He needed clean clothes and everything. While I’m changing Samuel I hear Emma at the front door saying she needs to wash her hands. I call out to my dad to go and help her because I’m in the middle of changing Samuel. He comes carrying her in the house, and she is covered in mud from head to toe! She had jumped in some mud puddle or something! I then had to go get Emma a clean set of clothes. Luckily David managed to stay dressed and somewhat clean! We finally got everyone changed and in the car! Motherhood is crazy chaos with a ton of love!

David graduated preschool this week! His graduation ceremony was so cute. They walked down the aisle and sang songs and quoted things they had learned throughout the year. They did an amazing job! In the program, they had typed up a paragraph from each student. You can read David’s below. It’s hysterical! Apparently he loves going to Papa and Nana’s so much he’s going to move there and live with someone, he just doesn’t know who yet! BWAH-HAHA!!! πŸ™‚ I love it!

I actually didn’t cry at his graduation. I keep telling myself we have ALL. SUMMER. LONG. I don’t need to think about Kindergarten….

I took these really cute photos of David and Samuel this week. Samuel LOVES it when David and Emma talk and interact with him. He gives the biggest smiles!

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Love,

PK

April Showers! Saturday, May 4, 2019

April Showers! Saturday, May 4, 2019

“April showers bring May flowers”! We’ve been getting quite a few showers lately. I took a picture of this beautiful double rainbow over our house a couple weeks ago. It was so close that we could see the end, supposedly! David wanted to go to the end of the rainbow. So we walked/rode as close to the end as we could get. Unfortunately we didn’t find the pot of gold! πŸ™‚20190425_181201_HDR

Summer is just around the corner, and I am reminded of this by all the lasts of May! David has his last day of preschool coming up. I can’t believe I will be the mother of a kindergartner this fall! Where’s the tissues?!Β  Β I have a niece graduating high school at the end of the month. This just makes me feel old! My piano students have their spring recital this month. Emma and I had our last day of Bible study class this last week. We will really miss it too! For months Emma has been singing a little song about her memory verse, “1 John 4: verse 7 says, ‘… for love is from God…'” I have been trying to figure out the tune. Well the kids sang for us at our last meeting, and I finally heard them sing their songs. It’s to the tune Old Mac Donald! πŸ™‚ Hahaha!:)

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I took some pictures of Samuel the other day. I was trying to get snapshots of him in poses similar to the ones I took of David and Emma around his age. He did well for the inside pictures, but when we went outside he was not interested in cooperating! πŸ™‚ These pictures are special for two reasons. One, the overalls that Samuel is wearing were my dad’s when he was little. That’s amazing in and of itself! Two, my mom made the blanket we are using to take the pictures on!

Here is my attempt at outside pictures. πŸ™‚

 

I finished my laundry room project!! My dad took out the cabinets that were in there and I replaced them with shelving. I love it! Our laundry room is rather small so I wanted to maximize the space we have. We actually have a lot more storage space with the shelves, plus everything is cleaned and organized. I still want to paint the brown pantry cabinet we have in there, but another time.

Check out my Media page! I finally posted my Easter recordings. Took me long enough, I know, I was really late, but I finished the year of recording church music. I am super glad I did this project. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. It’s a compilation of some of my favorite go to pieces. There is so much good music and arrangements out there that it’s impossible to record everything I love, but I did my best to pick out some of my favorites. I am making plans now to embark upon a similar project with a different genre of music!

We had family pictures taken last weekend. It was a hilarious five ring circus! πŸ™‚ If only you could have been a fly on the wall! I want to die laughing just thinking about it! The photo session went something like this: “David sit still please, and do as the lady asks. Emma can you take your thumb out of your mouth and smile. David sit still. Awe, Samuel is smiling, hurry, sit still and say Popsicle! David if you don’t stop you are going to get a spanking. Emma please sit still. Andrew, take a deep breath and leave the room so the lady can take their picture.” You get the idea! It wasn’t too funny in the moment, but it’s hilarious now! It’s amazing that there were no melt downs and we managed to get a few decent pictures out of it. There’s a reason we only do this once every two or three years! πŸ™‚

 

Love,

PK

Lost in Motherhood! Thursday, April 25, 2019

Lost in Motherhood! Thursday, April 25, 2019

I feel like it has been forever since I last blogged! It became chaotic the week before Easter! I made the horrific mistake of letting Samuel’s re-flux medicine run out. I thought to myself, “He probably doesn’t need it anymore.” Boy was I wrong!!! He became fussy and miserable, wouldn’t let me put him down, and would not sleep. I believe I was awake for nearly three days straight! The first couple nights I caved and put him in bed with us because he would not sleep in his bed. I did not sleep at all however! I’m always terrified something will happen and he will suffocate when he is in our bed.Β  Plus, it’s just plain uncomfortable! We took Samuel for his four month well checkup, and got the re-flux prescription refilled. He is doing much better now, and I will never make that mistake again!

It’s hard to believe Samuel is four months old! He weighs fifteen pounds nine ounces and is twenty-seven and half inches tall. He can roll over both ways, can grab at things, loves to smile and talk, is losing his hair (boo-hoo-hoo), is not ready to enter the world of baby food (in fact, he refuses to open his mouth if you try to put a spoon in it. Sigh! Guess we’ll try again next month!), and has begun teething.

I did not have a great start to my Easter Sunday. Samuel was so fussy Sunday morning I could barely get ready for church. I became upset because I wanted everything to be “the perfect” Easter day. Samuel finally settled down, and we went to church. He did well during the service and I was able to refocus myself on what was important. Jesus suffered, died, and then rose from the grave. He knows what we are going through and walks with us in every season of life. Yes, even when you are going crazy because your baby won’t stop crying! We came home from Easter Sunday worship and enjoyed the beautiful day with plenty of good food and family.

I love the picture with Emma sitting with the hymn book open. She loves to open the hymnal and ‘sing along’. πŸ™‚ We didn’t get a family picture with Andrew because he was very busy, and the kids had already changed into play clothes by the time Andrew made it home for lunch. We did pictures with Papa and Nana instead. πŸ™‚

I didn’t cook anything extravagant this Easter. We had a honey baked ham that a wonderful soul gave us. Remember the sweet corn I put away in the freezer last summer? I cooked about three bags of it! It tasted amazing! We also had fresh steamed green beans, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, and yeast rolls. (I made a batch of dough and used half of it for my yeast rolls, and then made a batch of cinnamon rolls from the other half of the dough.) I made an angel food cake for dessert. Andrew made fresh whipped cream, and we had strawberries with it too! The angel food cake was so light and fresh. It truly was heavenly. πŸ™‚ Here is the recipe forΒ Angel food cakeΒ !

We had a wonderful visit with my parents over the weekend! Dad took the cabinets in the laundry room out for me. (another project I have underhand!) He also finished putting the roof on the kids playhouse. They’re so handy to have around! πŸ˜‰

We went to the zoo on Monday. The weather was beautiful! We could not have had a better time together.

 

The kids and I planted flowers in our flower garden! David and Emma took turns helping me plant the flowers. I had to have a talk with Emma about not picking the yellow flowers from the flower garden. Only the ones in the yard. πŸ™‚ We had a great afternoon planting though.Β I hope the flowers take hold and grow. I don’t trust my thumbs. πŸ˜‰

Emma is so funny. She has been imitating with her Mickey Mouse what I do with Samuel. I found her on the couch burping Mickey. She sat next to me the other day, raised up her shirt, and said, “I’m feeding Mickey”. I knew it was probably going to happen sooner or later, since she sees me do it with Samuel all the time. She also wanted to swing Mickey in Samuel’s swing. πŸ™‚ She’s getting so big! (Tissues Please!)

Love,

PK

Springtime All Around!

Springtime All Around!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Spring!

PK

Eating Healthy. April 5, 2019

Eating Healthy. April 5, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love,

PK

Spring Cleaning! Wednesday March 27, 2019

Spring Cleaning! Wednesday March 27, 2019

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

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

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

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

Who knows what I’ll be up to next!

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

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

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

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

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Love,

PK

Building Tree Houses and Memories!

Building Tree Houses and Memories!

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

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

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

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

 

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

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By Sunday evening the tree house looked like this!

 

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

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

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

 

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

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Love,

PK

Concert Time!

Concert Time!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More pictures of my sweet babies!!!

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

Love,

PK

Moments of Weakness! February 28, 2019

Moments of Weakness! February 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

I have to remember that these moments too will pass.

Love,

PK

 

 

Love At All Times. Monday, February 18,2019

Love At All Times. Monday, February 18,2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Love,

PK