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

 

Found It! December 1st, 2021

Found It! December 1st, 2021

The last time I blogged I was lamenting over my emotional state and lack of enthusiasm over the coming Thanksgiving. I was looking for that special something, that spark of emotion, or anything that reminded me of the reason we celebrate and the importance of counting my blessings. While I did have a wonderful Thanksgiving (I will share those memories with you momentarily), I didn’t really find what I was looking for until this past Sunday after Thanksgiving. I found it at church! Imagine that!

We have been attending worship at a Methodist church here in Clarksville. It has been a very new and different experience for all of us. The biggest change is that on most Sundays we are able to sit in worship together, on one pew, as a family. It’s one of the best changes to this new army life, and also the most difficult for Andrew and myself (I really miss playing for worship, and the desire to do so is very strong.). The church is fabulous, and we enjoy the professionality of the staff, the music, everything. I have always felt more spiritual renewal and prayer through music. It’s what speaks to my soul the most. We were singing Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, a hymn I have probably sung hundreds of times, but it hit me Sunday while we were singing.

This has been a very long year with many changes that included tough times and fun times. Andrew was gone almost six months out of this year which is the most we have ever been apart thus far. That made for a very challenging year in itself, not withstanding all the good-byes that had to be said and the loss you feel, all the shuffling about, finally getting settled and adjusting to a new way of life in the midst of a crazy pandemic world. The good is that the kids and I were able to spend a lot of time together traveling. We visited grandparents, lived at the beach for a while, and explored new places together. We have met new people and made new friends. We also learned that we are adding another person to our family soon!

I believe the point is, I was focusing on how tough the year had been, with, in a way, a relief that it is almost over! I forgot to look back and remember all the good, and to see all the blessings. I also lost sight of how Jesus is our true joy, through the good and the not so good.

Emma’s Thanksgiving school lunch! She felt really proud that both Daddy and Mommy were able to be there and have lunch with her! I love my little firecracker!

We had Thanksgiving day with Andrew’s parents! Alesia did all the cooking, and I brought desserts. We all had a fun and relaxing time together. I tried to get the kids to pose for a picture, but David was not feeling very cooperative, and the other two couldn’t stand still long enough. 😀

The kids were so happy to spend special time with Grandparents over the Thanksgiving week. Emma wanted to help G-pa out while he was putting his office desk together. David was also very glad to spend some time with his cousin Robbie! Despite Robbie’s broken ankle, they had fun playing games together.

We then went to my parents house and had another Thanksgiving meal! (I think I was the one who was stuffed!) The food was GREAT thanks to my Mom, Sister, and other taste testers! 😉 I didn’t lift a finger! 🙂 At Papa and Nana’s house the kids like to ride the off road vehicle. They also like to see the chickens, the rabbits, and now Nana has a new cat too! It’s like a petting zoo! They also like playing games with Papa!

Us girls were able to get away and go for a morning of shopping! We love strolling the shops of downtown Dexter! 🙂 Later we met up with Andrew and Samuel who were getting some tea and hot chocolate. 🥰

Our stay ended with lunch at one of the best places on earth! 🙂 It’s full of great food, fun and memories!

Love,

PK

Looking for Thankfulness. November 14th, 2021

Looking for Thankfulness. November 14th, 2021

Lately I feel like it takes all the energy I have to keep the household a float! Andrew has been back in the field this past week, and I have been manning the ship. My main goal during Andrew’s away missions (I have watched too much star trek) is to keep the kids fed, mostly clean, the house from being a total disaster, and to make sure we have some fun during these times. My evening sickness has passed, which is a whole lot to be thankful for! I am still waiting on that second trimester boost of energy though! I am also having the dreaded heartburn and indigestion much earlier in this pregnancy than my others. I occasionally need to remind myself that these things too will pass. My prayers are that in April we will be blessed with another healthy, beautiful little blessing. We are supposed to have another ultrasound in December, and we should be able find out if it’s a boy or girl! I would like to have some kind of gender reveal party this time. Not necessarily for Andrew or myself (Andrew’s not really into that sort of thing), but for the kids. They are already insisting on whether it’s going to be a sister or brother. I think it will be fun to have a little reveal time for them, and catch it on video of course! I’ll have to search Pinterest ideas because I’m not in the loop on what people are doing these days. 🙂

Video chatting with my sweet heart!

Andrew was able to surprise us with a short visit home this weekend! We had dinner last night, and then were able to spend some time together today before he had to go back to the field for another week. The kids loved having some one on one time with daddy while he was home. Samuel wanted to sit next to Andrew while playing his game. David and Andrew played video games together. Emma was eager to show Andrew her art work, and the toys she had bought from the dollar tree. (The kids and I made an impromptu visit to the dollar tree that day. They like to pick out a couple toys to buy with their own money.)

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The kids love pizza and movie time. It’s one of the things we do at least once a week while Andrew is gone. Most of the time we order in, but sometimes I like to buy the individual pizza crusts and let the kids make their own pizza. They love making their own pizzas! It’s another fun thing to do.

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner! I know I am blessed beyond words, and I have much to be grateful for. Maybe it’s because I am feeling exhausted, but I am not in the Thanksgiving spirit this year. I’m not totally sure why. I am going to pray that I will come around and find a sort of spirit of gratitude, even if it’s without my usual exuberance! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love,

PK

My Baby Girl is 5!

My Baby Girl is 5!

Emma is 5!

Can’t believe my beautiful baby girl is now five years old! Excuse me while I go get a tissue! I just don’t know how this has happened. Emma is very imaginative, creative, and artistic. I joke that she is just like her Auntie Leah, but it’s not really a joke. She is just like my sister when it comes to fashion, and her artistic abilities! I’m a little jealous because somehow I missed out on the artistic/fashion gene.:) Emma is very independent and has no problem being her own little person. Emma loves my little pony lately, and so she wanted a my little pony birthday party. It also happens that the costume she picked out for Halloween was a Rainbow dash dress with the wings, ears, and rainbow hair piece. She loved it! She felt so beautiful in it! 🙂 She wore it all day on her birthday too! I don’t know if it will continue, but it has been a trend the last few years that whatever theme Emma is into for her birthday also ends up being the costume she picks for Halloween, and so she wears it for both. I think it’s super cute, and at least she gets double use out of her costumes.

Andrew and I try to take turns spending one on one time with the kids. David and I went out for a “lunch date” not too long ago. Andrew wanted to take Emma out on a daddy/daughter date for her birthday. Emma loves Japanese food, and so Andrew took her to one of our new favorite Japanese restaurants. I think she felt pretty special having one on one time with daddy. Especially when the restaurant brought her her own special dessert.

While they were gone to lunch, I put up a few party decorations, and got things ready for her party later that evening. The weather was cold and rainy that evening so we couldn’t have the fire pit, but Andrew was still able to light up the grill. We had roasted hot dogs and chili for dinner. Followed by cake and ice cream of course! We all had a fun time celebrating Emma! She wanted to have games at her party, and so I did my best to come up with some things to do indoors. Grand-mama brought beads, and they made my little pony necklaces and bracelets. I then had some tattoos that they put on as “cutie” marks. (If you happen to know anything about my little pony…the ponies have to learn what their cutie mark is.) Then we played the old favorite of pin the tail on the “pony”.

Emma’s birthday and Halloween are only a couple days apart. In fact, the day we came home from the hospital when she was born, I was handing out Halloween candy to trick or treaters while Andrew had taken David trick or treating! Looking back on that I should have left the bucket of candy outside the door! I love handing out candy to trick or treaters, and so I probably didn’t want to miss out on the fun. 🙂

On Saturday we carved pumpkins! After the tops were safely removed from the pumpkins, the kids each had to clean out their own pumpkin. This is a big deal for several members of our family, because they can’t stand the feel of messy hands! 🙂 Andrew being number one on that list, probably followed by David. Samuel got his pumpkin cleaned out first, with a little help from Grand-mama. 😉 Emma insisted on cleaning hers out by herself, and with a little prodding David cleaned his out too. Andrew is currently the carver of the family. The kids pick out the designs they want on their pumpkin, and then Andrew does the carving. I did mine however. 😉

The finished pumpkin carving results! We would have had one more pumpkin, but one was rotten when we cut it open, so I claimed the little bit pumpkin. 🙂 From left to right: Samuel wanted a sad face pumpkin, Emma wanted a squinty eyed pumpkin, David wanted a scary pumpkin, Andrew’s pumpkin is from the original Halloween movie, and mine is the question mark pumpkin with Emma and Samuel’s pink and blue hand prints on each side. 💗

The kids had a blast trick or treating! David was the grim reaper, Samuel was baby shark, and Emma was Rainbow Dash. I have never seen so many trick or treaters! It’s a good thing I had extra candy! David had a giant bag of candy he collected at a trunk or treat the few days before. He was very generous and offered to give it up for other trick or treaters. (He already had a whole bucket of candy from trick or treating anyway.) There’s no way we are going to eat all the candy around here! How long do you let it hang around? What do you do with excess candy? I would love to hear some thoughts. I usually end up putting up in a ziploc bag for Easter or next Halloween.

Love,

PK

Four Little Pumpkins! October 27, 2021

Four Little Pumpkins! October 27, 2021

We have a tradition of taking the kids to the pumpkin patch to pick out their pumpkins to carve for Halloween. It is always a great time and I look forward to it every year! We have been to all kinds of Pumpkin patch farms over the last several years. Some could literally be all day affairs with petting zoos, mazes, playgrounds, rides, pumpkin patches, etc.! While others have been a simple pumpkin patch. Either way, it is always a lot of fun! I love watching the kids excitement as they wander around the patch looking for the “perfect” pumpkin! David always wants the biggest pumpkin he can find. Emma looks for the prettiest pumpkin she can find. I don’t know yet what Samuel’s philosophy is, but he wanted to pick out two or three! I had to help him choose one, and then I told him we would pick out a tiny pumpkin for the baby. I plan on painting that pumpkin half pink half blue and carving a question mark in it. 🙂

There was also a beautiful field of sunflowers!! I LOVE sunflowers! I want to grow some in our back yard! The kids love them too, and like watching the bees buzzing all around them. Samuel wanted to pick some sunflowers too, but I had to tell him they were just for taking pictures. 🙂

After the pumpkin patch we went to find costumes for Halloween! The kids are really excited about dressing up, and of course their favorite thing of all, candy!

Sunday after church there was a fall festival with food, games, and more candy! The kids had a blast! They love playing the games and seeing how much candy they can collect. This is Samuel’s first real fall/Halloween experience as we didn’t do any of these activities last year. We did go to the pumpkin patch last year and had a great time with cousins, but we didn’t trick or treat or go to any fall festivals. So playing all the little games and getting candy was pretty marvelous to Samuel! I can’t wait to see their reactions Sunday evening when they dress up and go trick or treating!

Another holiday tradition for us is watching the Charlie brown specials. One used to be able to look them up and watch or rent them at the least, but now they are in some kind of apple vault! Which is really disappointing to me, but I digress. We did catch it on PBS Sunday evening and made it a family dinner/movie event! It felt like the old days when you actually had to plan and purposefully sit down to watch something! The kids loved it! I might have loved it just as much!

Love,

PK

The Final Fourth! October 18, 2021

The Final Fourth! October 18, 2021

Andrew finally made it back from JRTC!! September was the LONGEST month of my life!! I know, this is not the first time Andrew has been away or the longest, but this time was very different. (I’ll get to the reason for that in a moment.)We were so thrilled for him to be home, and we were all ready for a vacation! We went to our favorite beach spot, Dauphin Island! It’s so beautiful there. We were blessed with perfect weather all week long too! The kids loved playing on the beach and in the ocean. The water was very clear, and there were sand bars not too far from shore that you could walk out on. It was the most relaxing time, and we were happy to go together as an entire family!

We were thrilled to make our big announcement at the beach as well! I made the kids get dressed up and we went down to the beach for pictures. As usual it was like pulling teeth to get everyone to stand still and look at the camera at the same time! 😅 Believe it or not, when we told the kids that I was going to have a baby and they there were going to have another brother or sister, no one cried! 😂 When we told David that we were going to have Emma, he cried. After she was born he even told me that I had broken his heart! 😬LOL! When we told David and Emma about Samuel, they both cried!! So this time was a win!! They actually seemed excited about it, and are now fighting over whether it’s going to be a sister or a brother. I don’t think that it has quite sunk in however, that someone is going to end up sharing a bedroom! Family troubles! 😏

This bit of news was one of the main reasons why September was the toughest for me. This is my fourth so I am not new to the woes of morning sickness. I have had it with ALL of my pregnancies, however for me it starts at about 3:30 in the afternoon until I go to bed at night. I know our brains have a way of forgetting pain and sickness, especially over time, but mine seems to have gone to mush! 😉 I do remember being sick with the others, but I had obviously forgotten how awful it can be. It could also be that I am definitely getting too old for this, and so my stamina isn’t what it used to be perhaps! I feel terrible admitting that it’s probably my age, but pregnancy is not for the “old” or faint of heart! While I am thrilled to add one more beautiful baby to love, I know this baby will be our final fourth! Our family will be complete. Overall we just pray for a healthy and happy baby.

After pictures we went back to enjoying the things we love to do most at the beach; Crab hunting, sand castle building, spending time with G-pa and Grand-mama, hunting for sea life, and eating plenty of seafood!

Here is the rest of my photo dump! I love these pictures! David, Emma and Samuel are getting so big! Even since we were at the beach in March and April I can see significant changes!

Emma was proud of herself for trying a raw oyster! Andrew told her he would give her a dollar if she tried one. She really wanted that dollar! 🙂 I can’t believe she is almost five years old! 💗

Love,

PK

Celebrating 3?! September 27, 2021

Celebrating 3?! September 27, 2021

My Birthday was September 23rd, and I have long since decided to stop celebrating the number!! It’s the event that counts anyway! 🙂 This was an unusual birthday for me. Andrew is still away at JRTC, and not having him here to celebrate with me was difficult. I had a good day with Alesia, my MIL. We went shopping and had lunch together. While sitting at lunch at Noodles and Co., I checked my email and to my pleasant surprise there was an email from Andrew wishing me a happy birthday. Let’s just say it made my day so much better!!! Then when the kids were done with school, we went back to the house. Andrew had my favorite birthday dessert delivered, Boston Cream Pie! Yes, all the way from the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston!! (I’ve never asked how much!) It’s so delicious, and we all enjoyed sharing a slice of birthday “pie” as an afternoon snack. Alesia and the kids took me out for a birthday dinner later that evening to Cheddars! The food was delicious, and we had a great time.

The weather here has felt like fall, and the leaves are starting to fall off the trees and change colors. I was in the mood for Fall decorating and so I put up some fall decorations on Friday, and got out the fire pit! The kids and I had our first fall bomb fire! 🙂 There’s nothing like roasting hot dogs over the open fire. 🙂

Friday night my parents came to visit for the weekend! We had birthday celebration number two. 🙂 Saturday we enjoyed browsing a really big Antique warehouse and eating lunch at an Old Artisan Breads café with Dad and Mom. Later that afternoon Brandon and Leah were able to come over too! Mom and Leah made us dinner. We had tacos, presents and cupcakes! We all had a fun time visiting and spending some time together. I am so blessed and thankful to have a wonderful family! They go way out of their way to help and celebrate! 🙂

Only approximately one more week until Andrew is able to come home! We all miss him so much and can’t wait to be able to see him again soon! This week can’t go quickly enough!

Love,

PK

Missing My Man! September 19, 2021

Missing My Man! September 19, 2021

Andrew left on Tuesday for JRTC (Joint Readiness Training Center). He will be gone until October 5th or 6th, and we have limited communication too! I am not doing well with this!! 😪 I miss my man!!! Meanwhile we are carrying on here at home with as normal of a routine as possible. The kids are doing better than me, and Samuel keeps asking when can we go to the beach!?! 🙂 I keep telling him soon, as we do have a beach trip planned for when Andrew returns.

I am blessed to have Alesia here for several days to help me out!! I don’t know what I would do without her, and she is the best mom in law ever! 🙂 She helped the kids make a chain calendar so they could see how many days until Daddy returns, and then our beach trip. Samuel wanted to swing it around and play with it. It took some explaining that we needed to hang it up so that each day we could remove a link. He finally relented. 🙂

It has been raining the last several days and on Friday, Emma and Samuel decided to play in the puddles. They drew with chalk in the puddles, which turned into chalk painting, which ended up being the most fun activity ever! Messy as it was! They had chalk hand prints all in the garage, and all over their little selves! I made them go stand in the shower when they were done! David says they look like little zombies in the picture:)

They are all doing well in school. Emma says the only thing she doesn’t like about school is that she has to wear her shoes all day! 😂 She’s like her mom and her Nana! haha! Samuel goes into PDO without even hesitating, he sings the Daniel tiger “grown ups come back” song before drop off. It’s so cute! David is making good grades and doing well in school too. This makes mama feel less anxious about sending them back to school. We pray every morning on our way to school together for a good day, that we can show God’s light to the world through our behavior, and for safety.

Love,

PK

Back to Teaching! September 5, 2021

Back to Teaching! September 5, 2021

Because of our new military lifestyle, I have had to be a little creative about how to go about teaching piano again. I needed to be able to teach piano and not have to rely on Andrew being home to take care of the kids. His schedule is not nearly as flexible, plus there could be extended periods of time where he is gone. Teaching piano is important to me because it is a part of who I am. I love piano and I love teaching piano! So no matter what our situation, I always plan to teach, even if it is only a handful of students. With Emma and Samuel returning to parents day out a couple days a week, that opened up some free time for me. Because there are a lot of homeschool students in this area, I decided to reach out to the homeschool groups and offer daytime lessons. I now have seven students! This may not seem like a number to brag about, but I am super excited! I have missed teaching over the last several months and I am so thankful to return to it! At this stage in my life teaching just a handful of students is a blessing, and plenty to take on.

I wanted to share with you some exciting resources I have been using the last few weeks! I always love planning and getting ready for lessons. Sometimes taking on new students, particularly if they are transfer, can be a bit of a challenge at first. It takes time to discern and fill in any learning gaps they have so that lessons can become more flowing.

My studio set up is in our guest bedroom! I know it doesn’t sound ideal, but it is actually working out really well. Because our house is split level, I can have students enter through the garage where I have a sitting area for the parents and other siblings (it’s actually our play room), while I am teaching students in the bedroom. The lighting downstairs is not the best (buying brighter light bulbs is still on my to do list), so I invested in this really cool music light! I wasn’t sure about it when I ordered it from amazon, but it has turned out to be awesome! It has different levels of brightness, it can clip on or stand, and it’s chargeable. I love it!

One of the ways I am helping to motivate my students this year is by giving them a practice punch card. I discovered this on a website called wunderkeys! They have a lot of great resources that are free! The idea behind the punch card is like when you go to a business and they give you a punch card. At the end of all the punches you get something free. Well, when my students get to the end of their punches, by practicing each week, they get to choose a prize from my prize bag! 🙂 It’s so fun!

I am encouraging my students to visit https://www.classicsforkids.com/. This website will help supplement student’s learning of music history, composers, and different styles and genre of music. It also has a lot of other fun games and activities!

One of the websites I use frequently in my lessons is https://www.musictheory.net/. This website has a lot of lessons, exercises, and tools that are really great for helping to drill students in certain areas. Even beginning students can use it to practice learning their white keys on the keyboard!

Love,

PK

Pre-K and More! August 22, 2021

Pre-K and More! August 22, 2021

Emma and Samuel started their parents day out program this week! They both did really well, and only had a couple minor moments of apprehension. I love the parents day out program for many reasons. One it is more than just child care. They have a routine and a curriculum. It is a nurturing environment. It gives me a break! Ideally Emma would be going to a four or five day a week program since she is going to be five in October, but that is not how it worked out. By the time we arrived in Clarksville all the full time preschool programs were at full capacity with waiting lists. We were blessed to find the PDO program that we did. It not only had open spots for both Emma and Samuel, but it is right across the street from David’s school with drop off times where I can drop David off, and then Emma and Samuel. So it couldn’t have worked out any better really. To fill in the gaps we are doing some extra preschool work at home, and enjoying this final year together before Emma starts kindergarten! It will go all too quickly I know.

Samuel looks so cute carrying his little backpack! 🙂 He takes his favorite blanket with him to school for nap time. This is a total new experience for him, since he has only ever been at home with me really. He expressed his desire to stay home with me very plainly before school. Once he realized that wasn’t going to happen, he then started asking for me stay with him at school. He definitely knows how to tug on mama’s heart strings! 🙂 Once we arrived and he became interested in a toy I was able to leave without too much of a fuss. He did great the following school day, and I hope he continues to behave that well at drop off.

Emma did great the first day, and has been so excited to go back to school. In fact she has been praying for over a year and a half for school to start back! 🙂 She does remember going to the PDO program in Marion, at least vaguely. She is excited about learning, and making friends. She wanted to take her stuffed unicorn, “Rainbow”, to school with her. Her teacher was kind to let her bring it. 🙂 She did have some tears the second school day at drop off. I think it is because she realized after the first day, that the school day was a little longer than she anticipated. Plus just getting back into that type of routine and environment again is difficult. I checked in a little while after drop off and she was good. I like that the program uses an app where you can communicate with the teachers, get updates about their day and even get pictures! It helps put a mama’s mind at ease! 🙂

My baby girl is growing so fast! We were having a morning cup of tea together in this picture. She likes having tea. It makes her feel grown up. 🙂 Emma loves picking out her own clothes. She is definitely developing her own sense of style. Which somehow genetically she has to have gotten from my sister because heaven knows it’s not from me! Emma has finally changed her favorite color from yellow, to pink for a short time, and now it is purple.

My baby bird! 💗

Speaking of style, Emma picked out a birthday gift for her Auntie Leah a while back. Emma has a pare of heart sunglasses, and she wanted her auntie Leah to have a some glasses like hers. When we were at the mall in Atlanta there was a department store with a whole display of colorful retro sunglasses and Emma picked out these really cute sunglasses for her Auntie Leah. Isn’t that sweet! They are so cute!!😍

“Twinkies” 🙂

It was so nice to celebrate Leah’s birthday together this year! We haven’t had this opportunity often enough, and so I wanted to take advantage of it! We had a fun time together, and lots of food! I made a lasagna and a cheesecake! Leah’s favorite foods! We played games with Emma and Samuel while the guys went to the game store, I cooked dinner, the guys came back home, and then just like that the food disappeared! 🙂

Love,

PK

2nd Grade! August 13, 2021

2nd Grade! August 13, 2021

How is this cutie pa-tootie in second grade?!?!?!?! My heart melts at this picture, and I feel like there is a big smoggy blob clouding my brain from the time David was born till now because I can’t understand how time has brought us to this point!! David is such a smart boy and I am so proud of him!

We bought school supplies, school clothes, and the boys got back to school haircuts! David was excited about going to school after we went to his open house, met his teacher and saw his classroom. He says his favorite subject is recess though! 🙂

David has had a great first week of school. He has done really good, and while it is going to take some time for us to get used to the routine, we are excited for this school year. We are lucky that school does not start until 8:55! This means we don’t have to get up any earlier than we already do. The kids wake up at 7:00am any way.

David loves to read! A few weeks ago we bought him his first Bible to read. He had a kid Bible that he would read, but one night before bed he pointed out that the story of Cain and Abel was not in his Bible. So we decided it was time for a grown up Bible. Now Andrew picks chapters for him to read, and he has been reading it before he goes to bed. This evening when I went to check on him he was reading his Bible. It was a precious moment. When David was about four or five we talked about Jesus living in our hearts, and heaven, and how we need to be sorry for our sin and ask forgiveness. He asked Jesus into his heart with me leading him in prayer. I was so proud of him! It’s not something I have been pronouncing everywhere because while my heart pours with joy over it, I am also cautious about it. I also did this at a very young age, and have felt the need to do it many times since. (If for no other reason than my own reassurance.) I think we grow and change as human beings and having that relationship with Christ is something we work on continually. I don’t mean to open up a theological debate here because I know there are many different opinions on just this topic! I sincerely want to my children to know the love of God, and His wonderful grace and companionship. I don’t want them to fear over the condemnation of their souls in eternity! Phew!!! That’s a heavy topic! I digress!!

We visit the library almost weekly, and David has learned to research books using the library online catalog. He found a book about video games he wanted to check out. It was in the YA section so it was a really thick book, but he insisted on reading it! He loves anything Super Mario right now, and loves learning about video games. I just hope he applies this same enthusiasm for his school work this year! LOL!

In between David’s first half day of school and his first full day of school, there were a couple days off! I wish they would have done this when I was a kid!! We always started full blast!😅 We went to the trampoline park!! It was so much fun, and it was the first time for me to go! I loved it as much as the kids! 🙂 We jumped for an hour, and plan on going back! It was great fun and a good way to expend some energy in this ridiculous heat! Samuel apparently watches a Blippi clip about a trampoline park because he kept saying Blippi was here! 😂 I can’t really stand Blippi… but Samuel seems to like him. I also made the mistake of taking my phone with me in my pocket, and I lost it in the foam squares!! Talk about moments of terror! I frantically went digging through the foam pit to find it! Just picture that for a second. Finally I stepped on something not soft, and reached under to find my phone! Talk about major relief! I feel like I am always losing my phone! Whether it’s leaving it on top of the car, dropping it in the pond, or just not remembering where I laid it down. It’s a serious problem!😏

Love,

PK