Getting Settled. Sunday, June 17, 2018

Getting Settled. Sunday, June 17, 2018

The move was chaotically successful! πŸ™‚ No matter how organized I think I am, when it comes right down to the actual moving day, I always wish I was more organized! The problem is we just have too much stuff! Even with having a yard sale and donating a lot, we still have too much! I don’t even know where some of it came from. I have things from my past and childhood, Andrew has things from his, and we both have a ton of books, papers, and music from our college careers. We are both very sentimental and have trouble parting with things from our past. After this last move though, I have decided it is time to make some tough decisions, and we are going to have to part with more things! With most books and sheet music being available digitally, there seems to be no real reason to keep a bunch of books and old music laying around. I would love some advice on this topic! I always feel terribly guilty about getting rid of any book or sheet music! If I decide to get rid of anything I can’t just throw it out, I have to donate it somewhere I know it will be used or recycled. However, I don’t really know where. Where is the best place to drop off books? What about CD’s? We have some of our own music on CD that I will never part with, but we also have a ton of CD’s that we never use. Everything is readily available for listening on youtube, or itunes, etc. I don’t feel the need to just keep lugging these things around. Not to mention I am tired of trying to figure out where to store things every time we move! Life shouldn’t be this difficult because of excess stuff!

It has been three days since we moved, and I have accomplished a lot in these three days! Here is what our house looked like when we first started.

 

Here is what it looks like now!

The kids love their playroom set up! I am not sure this is where it is going to stay, but it’s good for the moment. I am ecstatic about our new rug!! It looks amazing! The gray coffee table also looks great! I am going to repaint the end tables though. The aqua color clashes with the walls. I am just going to paint them the gray color to match the coffee table.

Anytime we make a move the first thing we always do is make sure our beds are set up. Then I make sure the bathrooms are organized and ready, and then the kitchen. If you can sleep, bathe, and eat, the rest of the house can be organized as time allows.

So far, the kids seem to have adjusted with no problem at all! They are sleeping good, and playing around as usual. It has been so terribly hot outside that it’s hard to enjoy the outdoors without water being involved!

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Andrew had to leave for the Arkansas United Methodist Church annual conference today. Yes, on Father’s Day! It has been this way every year that I can remember. However, Andrew assures me that next year it will not be on Father’s day! I hope so, because I always hate not being able to celebrate the day with him. This year it has been so busy that I failed in making a big deal out of it anyway! This is one of those years where a phone call, and an I love you had to suffice. I know the men in my life understand. That’s how great they are!

PK

Moving Day! Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Moving Day! Tuesday, June 12, 2018

We spent the first couple days after returning from London recuperating from jet lag, and catching up on laundry. Since then I have been packing like a crazy person, in between playing outside, cooking meals, doing dishes, and reading bedtime stories. I am so darn tired!!!! This is our last night in this house. It’s hard to believe, but when we first moved here two and a half years ago, David was only two and a half, and now he will be five in just a couple weeks! Emma wasn’t even born yet, and now she is nineteen months! A lot of life has happened in and out of these walls.

I kept a growth chart of David’s height on the bathroom door facing. He has grown approximately five and a quarter inches since we have been here!

 

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I forgot to share with you David’s last day at school. His going away party and school program both turned out really cute! They had a Pete the Cat theme for the end of the year program. They sang a few songs, and quoted a few character verses. It was a proud parent moment! πŸ™‚ David will miss his teacher and all his friends. I am happy though that he seems excited about moving to his new house and school, and making new friends.

We have been spending as much time outside as possible, since the inside of our house has been a disaster. We have been going to the park in the mornings before it gets too hot outside. Emma is getting so big! She can sit in the big kid swing! Also, the ducks from the pond have become like pets. They roam the neighborhood, and when they hear us outside they come waddling over wanting us to feed them. Of course we do, and the kids love it!

Yesterday we went to Sonic and got milkshakes, and took them to the park. We were sitting at a picnic table in the shade looking out over this lake. David asked me for a spoon, and I happened to have one in the car. As I was walking back to the picnic table with the spoon I looked, and there was the perfect picturesque moment! I didn’t have my phone so I will just have to describe it to you. David and Emma were sitting next to each other on the picnic table bench drinking their milkshakes. I thought, “They are so precious, beautiful, and this is the perfect picture of them together! One of those moments you look back on in years to come.” My goodness, why do I never have my phone when I really want it!

Next time I blog we will be “moved in” to our new house!! I will be so relieved to have the packing and moving part behind us!

 

 

 

 

 

London 2018

London 2018

Our tenth anniversary trip to London was amazing!!! We had a magnificent and wonderful time. I love traveling and seeing different places and meeting people from different parts of the world. London is a very multi cultural city, much like New York. There are many different places to eat and explore, plus it has rich history with many sites and museums to see.

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I have compiled a list of things to know if you ever travel to London.
1) Electrical adapters. Electrical outlets are different everywhere. Make sure to bring your own adapter to plug in chargers, hair dryers, etc. You may also want to make sure you pack your own hair dryer, especially if you have long hair! The hair dryer in our hotel blew minimally!
2) Currency. Be prepared to think in pounds. Also know that it is much easier to use a credit card. They do not charge an extra fee for the transactions. Be sure notify them that you are traveling out of country so that they don’t cut you off and think your card has been stolen. You can usually do this online. Andrew was able to download a PayPal touch app and use his debit card without the fee the bank wanted to charge to use the debit card.
3)Transportation. We purchased what is called an Oyster card upon our arrival in London. This allowed us to take the tube or the buses all week, without having to worry about the card expiring or running out of cash. With as much travelling as we did all over the city and the prices of tube and bus fares, it definitely is worth the money up front. When taking the tube, beware to “Mind the Gap”! This is what the automated voice says when people are getting on or departing the trains. The “gap” is more significant in some stations versus others. Another very important thing to be aware of is drivers drive on the opposite side of the road. When crossing the street you first have to look to the right, and then the left. To be on the safe side, use the crosswalks!
4) London Pass. We purchased what is called a London Pass. You can purchase the London Pass and the oyster card together, but we did the math and it is was cheaper to buy just the pass, and then the oyster card separately in London. We purchased the three day pass, and picked out all the sites we wanted to see that were on the pass and did those during the three days. The pass also allows you priority entrance on some of the sites, so you don’t have to wait in line as long. We actually was able to see everything we wanted that was on the pass in those three days with a couple exceptions, the London Zoo and Kew Gardens. We chose not to do these two mainly because they are farther out of the city, and because they are activities that would take pretty much all day. We had other things we wanted to see on the passes that were more important to us.
5) Time and Temperature. The time difference from Central time in the U.S. to London is six hours. We had an overnight flight going to London, and when we arrived it was about noon. We then had to manage to stay awake the rest of the day. We made it till twenty hundred hours and then crashed. Almost all the rest of the world uses the metric system of measurement. So when we arrived in our hotel room we had to do metric conversion to figure out what to set the thermostat to. Also, be sure and check the weather every day. Some days it was cool and cloudy with an occasional shower, other days it was warm and sunny.
6) Water. I guess because I am an American I am spoiled to the plentifullness of water that we have. In America when you ask for water, you get water! And it’s typically free! In Europe when you ask for water you get a question in return. What type of water? Still, or sparkling? I’m like, “Water, just plain water please!” You have to pay for your water too, no matter what type you order. It’s about the same price as a soft drink.

7) Communication. Check with your phone provider as I believe they are all different on international travel. We had free data and texting, but calls were twenty cents a minute. Thank heavens for video calling!! I was able to talk and see my babies!! I can’t imagine traveling in a time before video calling!
8) Restaurant protocal. If you go to a pub in London, you have to order your food and drinks at the bar and pay. Then they will bring it to your table. The pubs have amazing food by the way! In a restaurant the waiter will wait on you. When you are ready to pay your bill, ask for your bill. Don’t ask for your ticket or check because they will look at you like, “what?”.
9) Bathrooms. I found the public bathrooms to be overall very clean! Much more so than in the U.S., and their toilet paper is much better too! πŸ™‚ The flushing mechanisms are different, and you have to figure out each bathroom sink as they all seemed to have different soap dispensers and faucets. They all had automatic hand blowers.
10) Face cloths. I don’t know if this was just our hotel or if this was a London thing, but our bathroom did not have wash clothes. When we arrived we discovered that there were bath towels, hand towels, but no wash clothes in our bathroom. No wash clothes? Where are the wash clothes? How are you supposed to properly bathe without a wash clothe? I began reading the little hotel booklet that says if you forgot to bring tooth paste, tooth brush, or any such toiletry needs please let us know and we will be happy to provide them for you. On the list was face clothes. I took a wild guess that face clothe and wash clothe must be the same thing and called housekeeping to request face clothes. Sure enough, I was right! We then had to request face clothes every time we needed clean ones. So maybe next time we will pack luffas!

 

There are so many places to see and things to do in London! I recommend planning out each day and the transportation routes in-between each site before hand. It will save time, and sometimes phone data is very sketchy. We discovered this after day one and then planned it all out before each day. Here are some picture highlights of our trip. If I posted every picture we took there would be like a thousand! πŸ™‚

 

Packing Update. Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Packing Update. Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Our house is starting to look like this!

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Andrew packed up our china ware yesterday. He is very good at this! πŸ™‚ What we do is neatly wrap each item in bubble wrap and carefully place them in large tubs. You can buy bubble wrap in bulk at Sam’s club! Bins are starting to stack up in corners around the house, and our garage is full of yard sale stuff. All of our closets are cleaned out and items that we don’t use regularly are packed away.

When Andrew and I were first married and we were packing to move to Boston, another pastors wife showed me this trick for packing hanging clothes. I have used it ever since! It makes carrying them so much easier, and you don’t have to worry about the hangers sliding everywhere. Plus it keeps your clothes cleaner. We usually try to fit all our clothes in one of our cars instead of putting them on the moving truck anyway.Β 20180523_100124_HDR

Today my goal is to pack up the items on the book shelves in the living room, and start wrapping up pictures. The biggest task we will have when we return from London is packing the kitchen, and the kids bedrooms.Β  This is something I always leave until the day or two before we move. We still have to eat, and the kids still want to play!

I hope our yard sale goes well this weekend! It’s always good to have some extra spending money! πŸ™‚ I will try to take some yard sale pics, and post them later!

Also this week I am going to be packing our bags for London! I am super duper excited!!! All the royal wedding coverage this last week has made me even more excited!! Andrew and I compiled a list of everything we want to do and see while in London:

Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Jewel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, Big Ben, Foundry Church, Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard, Take the Thames River Boat Tour, Kew Gardens, London Zoo, Baker Street, Cutty Sark, Platform of 9 3/4, Handel and Hendrix London, The Queens Gallery, The Guards Museum, Imperial War Museum, National Maritime Museum, Royal Airforce Museum, British History Museum, London Beatles Store

Plus we are going to two concerts! YAY!! We are going to hear Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition arranged by Ravel, and we are going to a music of Star Trek concert! πŸ™‚ We are geeks! πŸ™‚

This list does not include all the places we want to eat! We haven’t really sat down and made that list. However, Andrew insists on having a full English breakfast at least once while we are there, and I can’t wait to find all the pastry shops! πŸ™‚

David and Emma are going to be spending the week with Papa and Nana! I will miss my babies!!!! I know they will have a blast, and I will try to not worry too much. (I should probably be more worried about my mom and dad! πŸ˜‰ ) We will be able to messenger and see them, so that will help.

David is having his last week at school. Yesterday they had water day! His teacher sent me this picture. He had a blast!

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We are having a moving away party for David tomorrow at school. I am taking a cake, and I made these little treat bags for all the kids.

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They are favor bags, filled with Reese’s pieces candy! The little tags have the “I’ll miss you to pieces!” on one side and our new address on the other. It’s a cute idea I found on pinterest!

 

Worth More Than Gold! Sunday, May 20, 2018

Worth More Than Gold! Sunday, May 20, 2018

About six months ago the pediatric dentist told us that David needed his front tooth removed. I have been fretting about it and trying to come to a decision on whether this was absolutely necessary for the last six months! A week ago we took David back to the dentist for his six month checkup and once again the dentist told us the tooth needed to come out. I went and listened to what the dentist had to say… Something about infection and it could affect his permanent tooth if not taken care of. That’s what made the decision for me.Β  This Wednesday David “lost” his first tooth! The process was a lot simpler than the horrible scary things I was imagining for the last six months! David drank some sleepy juice. After forty-five minutes they took him back, and five minutes later he was out with his took gone! David was a champion! He didn’t cry or fuss at all! We came home and he slept for several hours, and then was back to normal again.

The tooth Fairy visited David that night. πŸ™‚Β  He was proud to wake up to six shiny quarters under his pillow! (A dollar fifty is still a lot of money to David! πŸ™‚ )

We officially closed on our house Friday!!! Hooray!!! It’s unbelievable, we are homeowners! Yikes!! We are homeowners!! πŸ™‚ We walked through the house to see the new paint and carpet. It is beautiful and we love it! However, the paint does not quite look the same on the walls as it did on the sample card. It has more of a blueish tent to it. I was expecting more of a silver/gray tent. Oh well, it is very bright and peaceful, and I think we will still love it.

I finally updated my worship music archives and piano recital pages! You can click on the page links to access them. I have uploaded some great music!! Today was my last Sunday at Wesley UMC! It is sad, and I will miss everyone. I continue to be overwhelmed by their unending generosity, kindness and support. They have always treated me and our family as part of their own church family. A dear friend and fellow musician, Blanche, made this cake! She obviously has many talents! It tasted amazing! So sweet! πŸ™‚

 

I have received so many blessings this week as I have said goodbye to my students as well. They showered me with well wishes and gifts. Sometimes in the week to week it is hard to measure how much you are worth or appreciated by someone. You wonder if what you are doing is really making a difference to that person and in their life. If you have a teacher or someone who makes a difference in your life and who you appreciate. Show some act of appreciation and do something nice for them. It will mean a lot, otherwise they may not even know that you care or that they are making a difference.

Nothing As Planned. Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Nothing As Planned. Tuesday, May 15, 2018

NOTHING has gone as planned since I closed my tablet from blogging last week! Towards the end of writing last Wednesday, I was feeling some discomfort in my left side which I thought was because I ate too much bacon on my blt sandwich. Generally a price I’m willing to pay for bacon. However, as the afternoon progressed it only worsened. By about three o’clock I called Andrew and told him that something was not right. We picked David up from school and went to the emergency room. A good reverend friend of ours picked up the kids and took them to the church for a “pajama” party. My heart was so thankful! I really don’t know what we would do without friends like this! About four agonizing hours later I was diagnosed with an UTI (urinary track infection). This is not particularly uncommon in women, but I had no idea how painful or severe it could be. I have been completely out of commission for almost a week! UGH!!! I’m wallowing in self pity right now! I. Missed. Everything! No driving to Denton, TX to see my brother in law’s graduation, or spending mother’s day with my mom, or spending time with family I rarely get to see!! I am still so bummed! While I was here with my own precious kiddos on mom’s day, I was pretty useless! I am a wimp, and I don’t handle illness well! When it’s my time to die, I pray God is merciful to me and especially my care takers, and that I go quickly! Is that enough self loathing for one day?

I am so thankful for Andrew! I love him so much, and can’t brag on him enough for how good of a husband and dad he is. He can completely take over for me when it’s necessary! We would all be starving to death if it were not for him, because I’ve not been cooking anything! Say a prayer for him/us too. He is now worried about all the expenses adding up! (This is something he does anyway! He has always been the money worrier in our relationship. I’m always like, we’ll budget it and figure it out.) I know I’m preaching to the choir here about bills, as we ALL have them. Andrew is just stressing because we are buying a house, going on a trip, we have these unexpected medical bills to be arriving soon, and the alternator on our car just went out. (My mom always says bad things happen in threes. Since there are only really two unexpected items on this list of expenses, I’m a little worried about number three! Shh! don’t tell Andrew!)

David and Emma are so precious. They just cannot comprehend why momma does not feel like playing outside or doing the “hot dog” dance! They have been attention deprived this week! David did make some really cute mom’s day pictures for me at school and church. Love!

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David knows me pretty well! πŸ™‚ (It’s funny how he thinks because I eat cereal for breakfast almost every day that it’s my favorite food! πŸ˜‰ However, all things considered, I guess you could say it’s my favorite breakfast food! ) He also brought home muffins, and a coffee mug from school! His teacher is so thoughtful!

I always love things with their hand prints on them! I’m still trying to figure out the drawing…I’m sure it’s something cool! πŸ˜‰

 

We are so little, our bodies and this life so fragile. Yet we are so amazing and beautiful! There is something other worldly about our spirits and the love we share.

blessings,

PK

Thank You! Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Thank You! Wednesday, May 9, 2018

I must first apologize and thank you for your patience and understanding. I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed, and blogging has been difficult to keep up with the last couple weeks. Since I started this blog journey I have truly enjoyed it! Thank you to everyone who follows and keeps up via social media. I want to keep blogging, and I just ask for a little patience with me during this time. Hopefully once we get moved next month things will settle down a bit.

Andrew made out the menu for this week. (Thank you dear!) On Monday I grilled up a chicken breast and then shredded it up and made chicken and cheese quesadillas. I LOVE quesadillas!! Monday evening we went to Texas Road House for dinner. The youth of the church had a fundraiser, and so we went to support them. Yesterday for lunch Emma and I ate leftover chicken enchilada soup, and for dinner Andrew cooked polish sausage, navy beans, and salad. Today Emma and I had grilled cheese sandwiches and chips, and I already have a roast in the oven with some carrots for dinner. Here is the rest of the week.

Thursday: Lunch, roast beef sandwiches. Dinner, Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli.

Friday: Lunch, Cheeseburgers and chips. Dinner, pork chops, potato cakes, spinach salad.

Saturday: Lunch, (OUT) Dinner, Spaghetti and salad.

Sunday: Lunch, Subway sandwiches, Dinner, Tacos.

My brother in law, Brandon, is graduating from UNT with his master of music degree this weekend! I am going to be attending his graduation, and spending time with my family! Andrew will be on full time parent duty this weekend. (Say a little prayer.) We decided the kids were too little to attend a concert and graduation…. I will also get to celebrate mother’s day with my mom! We are planning on having an early breakfast together on Sunday before we all part ways. I will miss church, but should be home in time to celebrate mother’s day with my own kiddos! Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful moms out there! Here is a facebook video I shared a while back. It talks about never doubting whether or not you are a good mom. I enjoyed it, and I hope you will too!Β Β Joyce Meyer

I took some cute pictures of Emma on Sunday. She goes with me early to church on Sunday’s so I can get everything set up and ready. She typically just plays around the front of the sanctuary while I’m practicing. Here is what she was doing Sunday.

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Isn’t that precious! She is looking through a pew Bible.

Sunday evening we were playing outside, and Emma was chasing Zoe around the yard. She thought it was so funny!

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Priceless! πŸ™‚

It has suddenly turned summer here. It is almost ninety degrees today. This morning I filled the sand box up with water, and let Emma play in it. (There is no point in buying sand for the sand box until after we move!) She had a blast and played for almost an hour.

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*In my last blog I made a list of necessary items for moving. I forgot to put trash bags and ziploc bags on the list. It came to me this morning…

 

Projects and Packing. Saturday, May 5, 2018

Projects and Packing. Saturday, May 5, 2018

I have had several projects going this week. First, I finished painting one of my end tables! It turned out great! I have it sitting in the living room, and I am so pleased and proud of it! I wish I had painted them a long time ago!

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The lighting is not very good in this picture, but I will take a picture of the whole living room set up when we get moved.Β  I have one more table to finish painting this week!

I also made David and Emma a lego table this week! David had a small train table that was bought for him at Christmas a few years ago. He hasn’t really used it in quite a while, and it has been setting in the garage. I decided to do something with it, and it will go in the play room in our new house.Β  First I orderedΒ  lego plates from Amazon that have adhesive on the backside. They were a little more expensive, but I was willing to pay the extra money rather than trying to glue them myself. Then I cleaned the table boards thoroughly with window cleaner, laid the plates out on the boards to make sure of how they would fit. I had to trim off a couple of edges, but this was fairly easy to do with kitchen shears. Overall it was super easy! Now the kids have a train table (the train part is on the other side) and lego table!

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Packing 101:

Materials needed: Boxes or bins, bubble wrap and/or old newspapers, packing tape, sharpie pens, colorful paper or post it notes, and I recommend having a dolly. I have a piano dolly that I use to move bins around the house. It saves from too much heavy lifting.

The first step in having a successful move is to de-clutter. I start by cleaning out closets and drawers. The amount of stuff we accumulate over a couple years is amazing. We are having a yard sale at the end of the month, and what we don’t sell will go to the Good Will store.

The other day I was cleaning out our linens closet and David asked if he could help. I said, “Yes, you can go in your room and put anything you don’t want on your bed to go in the yard sale.” This is what David decided he could part with.Β  (Minus the blanket!)20180502_171024_HDR

He comes by it honestly! I’m not going to mention any names, but there is someone else in this house exactly the same way. πŸ˜‰ Let’s just say that I have a lot of work to do! πŸ™‚

The second step is making sure you label every box or bin. I use colorful sticky notes that I label with. I have a different color for each room of the house. This makes it easy on moving in day! This week I cleaned out the kids clothes, and stored clothes they have outgrown in bins. I have marked and labeled them.

It’s always best to start by packing away items that you don’t use regularly and can live without. Such as books, dvds, knick knacks, pictures, items in closets that are out of season, etc.

There is only so much packing I can handle in a day, so here are some cute kid pictures! πŸ™‚ They enjoyed quite a bit of play time today!

 

Also, my students had their piano recital today! They did awesome, and I am one totally proud teacher! πŸ™‚ It was a blessed day.

 

Outdoors. Monday, April 30, 2018

Outdoors. Monday, April 30, 2018

The weather was beautiful this past weekend! We spent a lot of time enjoying the outdoors. Saturday morning we went to “feed the ducks”! This is what David and Emma always say when they want to go visit the pond behind our house. Well, Emma just says “ducks”, and points in that direction. πŸ™‚ I’m glad we did because it was beautiful! Spring is here and everything is flourishing. We saw flowers, ducks, fish, turtles, geese, and our favorite was all the tiny baby geese! They were SO CUTE!!! Of course we couldn’t get too close, because geese are really protective parents!

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Spring!Β 

David has been learning about frogs and insects at school lately. We have had to go on bug hunts, looking for anything he can capture in a jar and take to school. I’m totally okay with this as long as I don’t have to pick anything up! That is David’s responsibility. He found some slugs and rolly polly bugs to take to school. Rolly polly is what we used to call them as kids. I just found out they are actually called pill bugs. I like rolly polly better! πŸ™‚ He has also been fascinated with spiders. We went to the book store on Saturday afternoon and he wanted to look at the books about insects and spiders. He picked out two books, one about spiders and a spider vs scorpion book. He wanted this huge ultimate bug-opedia book, but I told him he had to put that on his birthday wish list. πŸ™‚

This is our cajun surf and turf meal I cooked Friday evening. It tasted amazing! The only flaw was that the cream sauce did not thicken up like it was supposed to. It still tasted wonderful though.Β  I’m not sure, but it was probably cooks error! πŸ™‚Β  This is not exactly a cheap meal, but I totally recommend it for a special occasion, or you could cook just shrimp (or steak) and pasta and it would be a complete meal. Here is the recipe forΒ Cajun Surf and Turf Pasta

Also, Here is our menu for the week!

Mmm…delicious!

Monday: Lunch, Sloppy joes and chips. Dinner, Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, and broccoli

Tuesday: Lunch, Pasta and Shrimp (left over). Dinner, Pot Roast, potatoes, carrots.

Wednesday: Lunch, Sausage and Navy beans. (I like for Emma to eat lunch at least once a week! πŸ˜‰ )Dinner, Chicken Parmegian.

Thursday: Lunch, Steak Quesadillas. Dinner, Pork Chops, green beans, macaroni and cheese.

Friday: Lunch, Pizza. Dinner, Steak, baked potatoes, salad.

Saturday: Lunch, (EAT OUT) Dinner, Chicken Fajitas.Β 

Sunday: Lunch,Β  Chicken enchilada soup. Dinner, Sandwiches and chips.Β 

I took a picture of Emma and Zoe looking out the window together Sunday morning. πŸ™‚

 

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The many faces of David! I cannot get him to take a normal picture!! Sigh!

I’m still working on painting our end tables! It’s a good thing I have a few weeks! However, I really am going to have to start thinking about packing pretty soon! I plan on doing a blog(s) about it, so stay tuned! Also, Andrew and I will be celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary at the end of May! I know, crazy, where have those ten wonderful years gone?! We decided that every ten years we should take some kind of trip to celebrate. So we are going to London!!! When we planned this trip we did not know that we would be moving…. We are going to pack, take a vacation, and then return to finish packing and moving! It is kind of ironic, and the whole thing is bizarre. I don’t know how, but we will pull it off! I will also be blogging about London! If you have been, I would love to know about your “favorites” list! I have already started a list of must see places!

PK

Made New! Thursday, April 26, 2018

Made New! Thursday, April 26, 2018

I have been painting my coffee table this week! I have learned a lot by trial and error too! I started out by sanding down the table. Never having done anything like this before, I was not sure exactly how much to sand. I have learned that sanding completely is extremely important! I started painting around the edges with an aqua color. Once it was dry I could see little black specks where the paint did not stick. This was frustrating! I decided to scrape the paint off the edges and sand them down some more. I then repainted them. Later I put painters tape on the edges I had already painted and then painted the other parts of the table a light grey. I let the paint dry, and then removed the tape. The paint peeled off in some places! SIGH!!! I should have taken the tape off while the paint was still wet! Despite the set backs I was pretty happy with the finished product. I hope it will sustain through the daily life of our home!

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I am confident I will be able to paint the other two end tables without as many complications. I have decided to do them the opposite in color configuration, making the overall color the aqua and the sides the grey color. It might be too cutesy? I’m not sure yet. I do have imagery of how it is all going to look once it is put together, I just hope my imagination is correct!

My students have their spring piano recital next weekend! I am thrilled and almost puzzled to say that everyone has been on the ball this time! Usually there are those one or two students who wait till the last minute to learn their pieces, but this time everyone is ready early.Β  It’s almost too good, and I’m a little superstitious…. I’m going to pray and think positive thoughts all the way till next Saturday. πŸ™‚

Since Emma LOVES the water so much I decided to fill her up a tub and put it outside for her to play in. She was so funny! She started saying bath, and with clothes and all eventually ended up sitting right in the middle of it! SO sweet! πŸ™‚

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Zoe has been so protective of the kids lately! On Monday Emma and I returned home from the grocery store, and I was unloading the groceries. Emma was playing in the garage and out on the driveway. Zoe was also outside. There is a line of trees and a ditch between our house and the main road. Emma was walking down by the trees, and Zoe started doing her whole crazy cat thing again. Emma looked at me with a scared, almost cry face. I calmly said, “Come back up here, Emma”. She did, and Zoe almost immediately calmed down! I have determined it is her way of trying to warn or scare the kids so they will go back in the house. I don’t know why she thought Emma was in danger, but she did!

I took this picture today of Emma on the couch watching tv. When I walked by I noticed Zoe cuddled up on the couch next to Emma. πŸ™‚

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As I was writing this blog the Bible verse about “old things are passed away, all things are become new” popped in my head. It just occurred to me that we are a lot like that table I painted this week! Scratched up and marred by sin and life. God has to “repaint” us! I also thought of the song I used to sing with my grandma at church when I was little: “He’s still working on me…”Β That song brings back a lot of memories!