Squeezing in the Fun! July 31, 2021

Squeezing in the Fun! July 31, 2021

I can’t believe it is the last day of July! The next couple weeks are going to be busy with back to school open houses and first days of second grade and preschool. We have already done our school shopping, and the kids were excited about their school supplies! We all have mixed emotions though. Excitement about going to school and making new friends, but also a little anxious about adjusting to the classroom setting again. The kids and I have acclimated to being around each other twenty-four/seven! I will miss being the primary influence and having them under my wings so to speak, and we will definitely miss the flexibility of just going and doing whenever. David and I have already had a talk about being careful who he chooses to be friends with. The who you hang out with can affect your behavior and your success speech. I can’t believe I’ve already had to have this conversation going into the second grade, but I felt it necessary. During his swim class there was a girl who was constantly being a problem. She wasn’t paying attention or following directions well during the class. She would try and get attention from David who was trying to pay attention, but kept being distracted by her. David is easily distracted! It was while viewing this scenario that I decided we definitely needed to have some kind of talk before school starts. I know we can’t protect our children from every scenario or situation they come in contact with, but I do hope to provide them with the common sense and tools to handle situations wisely. I pray for safety, an easy acclimation period, fun learning environments, and positive friendships this school year!

David did pass his swim class this summer! He did a good job considering we didn’t really get to practice outside of the class this year. Emma didn’t have the best time with swim class this year. She had a cold and missed a couple classes, and then there was a problem with the pool and they drained it…, anyway the water was too cold for Emma. She would get in, and in fifteen minutes would have to get out because she was so cold. After missing several classes I finally gave up, and said, “we’ll just try again next year!”

We also wanted to squeeze in one more trip to Dad and Mom’s (Papa and Nana’s) house before school! Every time we go there we make sure to squeeze in a meal at the infamous Dexter Queen! πŸ™‚ We love it! They are known for their pulled pork sandwich, with slaw and a spicy mustard sauce! The kids like their hot dogs and ice cream though. πŸ˜‰

We also went on the mile long boardwalk at Mingo National Wildlife Reserve. It was a fun walk that I remember doing as a kid. It was very hot, but most of the walk was under shaded trees, so that helped. We then visited the nature center building. The kids liked that the most! Probably because it was a lot cooler inside! πŸ™‚ On the walk we saw these really cool looking ball flowers. I don’t know what they are called, but they were everywhere! The butterflies were also out in abundance.

Later that day, Emma and Samuel played in the sprinkler, watered Nana’s plants, and then went down the zipline numerous times! πŸ™‚ Emma was also very happy to discover that there were blackberries ready for picking! She loves picking berries, and ate most of them!

The kids are attending Vacation Bible School this weekend! We are happy that they are able to attend, since we didn’t get to have VBS last summer! I love the ocean theme! πŸ™‚ The kids seem to be having a lot of fun! Emma got butterflies this morning when we went for drop off, but they said she did good once I was gone. We are having to adjust to a different church routine currently. Andrew sometimes preaches at one of the chapels on post. When he does we go and listen to him. It is a traditional service, and the families that attended that service have now PCS to other places. So that worship service is a work in progress. Other weeks we have been attending the Methodist church downtown Clarksville. We like worshipping there, and feel that it is good for the kids to have a Sunday school and other children’s programs like VBS to attend.

We have enjoyed the summer reading program at the library this summer! The kids have checked out and read numerous books. We are sad for the programs to end, but will still continue going to the library and checking out books. I am even proud of myself this summer! I actually had time to read some books myself! I love to read, but I tend to read in spurts! Sometimes life gets too busy and I get out of the routine, or I can’t find the right book to get me interested again…. For quite some time now I have been into historical fiction. I love reading stories that make people and history come to life. If the storytelling and the writing is good I’m in! This summer I have read through almost all of Marie Benedict’s novels! I started with The Only Woman in the Room, and it was such a good book that I kept reading her material. If you are looking for some good books I encourage you to check out Marie Benedict’s novels! What’s some of your favorite authors? I hope to keep this reading streak going!

Love,

PK

“Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?” July 16, 2021

“Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?” July 16, 2021

My son, David, picked out the Dr. Seuss Book “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?” from the library the other week. I had never read it before, but sure glad to read it when I did! It has been one of those weeks where I have had to remind myself that things could be worse, and that this too will soon pass. It all started with a sniffle!

Samuel came down with a cold. I think because of the past year and a half we forgot what it was like to have a cold in our house! Also, the first thing that pops in anyone’s head right now when anyone has so much as coughs is “is it the virus?!” I have to remind myself that kids still get kid germs. That’s just part of it. We have been going out and about, and while I try to make sure the kids still wear their masks, they sometimes don’t wear them consistently, especially Samuel who rips his off whenever he feels like it.

After several days of runny, sneezy, snotty noses, coughing and ear aches, I gave in and took Samuel to the doctor. I was told it was probably just a viral cold, and that the inflamed ears should go away in a few days. I left with the option to give him an antibiotic. I chose to wait a few days, and it turns out he is doing better.

Then, as it usually does in a family, Emma came down with the same cold! She also has a runny, sneezy, snotty nose, and cough. However, she has not complained with her ears. Emma is tough, and so it’s hard to tell whether she is feeling bad or not, at least until she is feeling REALLY bad. I thought Emma too was on the mends, but it turns out she started feeling bad again today. I think maybe she just tried to do too much too soon. She doesn’t want to miss out on anything. I had to make her stay home from swim class this evening, and she was not happy about it!

So far David, Andrew and I are still healthy. I pray it stays that way! This week has been particularly hard on me. I hate seeing the kids sick. I always feel so terrible, and helpless when they are. I hate feeling that way. Also, I have sleep deprivation which doesn’t help the frame of mind. Samuel keeps waking me up in the night, and this generally has nothing to do with a cold, even though he did wake me up in the night a few days ago because of his ears. He just wakes up, opens the door to our room, and stands there waiting for me to come to him. If I don’t he will start to cry. I pick him up and carry him to his bed, tuck him back in, and he goes right back to sleep. No fuss at all. (for that part I am thankful) I had a friend tell me about the sleep trainer clock she uses with her girl, and I also asked the doctor about Samuel’s sleep habits. The doctor said it’s not uncommon for kids to wake up like this, and that it just takes time and training for them to learn how to roll over and go back to sleep. He also suggested the trainer clock. So I bought one for Samuel. You can set it to light up in the morning when it is okay for them to come out of their room. I made it a big deal, and talked with him about not coming out of his room in the middle of the night and only coming out in the morning when he sees the clock flash green. We’ll see if it works tonight! Please pray that it does! This mom could use a full night of uninterrupted sleep.

Samuel is our cuddle child. He loves to crawl in bed or on the couch and cuddle with you. I was taking a nap this afternoon (trying to make up for lost sleep), and Samuel came to cuddle with me. Later this evening he asked to cuddle with Andrew too. πŸ₯°

Our garden is growing and producing pretty good. Especially the cucumbers, not so sure yet how our tomatoes are going to turn out. Emma loves checking on the garden. She asks to do it every day! She loves to pick the cucumbers.

Fred and Ethel have been enjoying the summer! They love to go outside and hunt bugs and other critters. The other evening we were eating dinner on the deck. I came inside to get something and heard them scuffling around, running up the stairs, and growling. It was unusual because the usually don’t growl at each other in this manner. I walked over to where they were by the front door. I noticed something else unusual. There was a sound coming from underneath the shoe rack. Fred and Ethel were both circling around and trying to get to whatever was under the rack. Terrible thoughts entered my head, and I yelled for Andrew to come and see! I was too terrified to try to see what might be lurking under the shoe rack! Visions of vicious snakes running through my head! Andrew carefully looked under the rack to discover a small bunny rabbit! Exactly how it made it’s way into our house is unknown. There was once, earlier in the day, where the back door was left open by David, or maybe one of the cats carried it in without us noticing…. Andrew was able to pick the small rabbit up and take it outside where it ran off across the street into another yard. I hope the poor thing is okay!

I want to share what is the best and easiest cheese cake recipe I have ever tried! Ree Drummond’s easy no bake lemon cheesecake recipe was so light and airy, and the hint of fresh lemon was so good! I didn’t use a cheesecake pan. I used a store bought graham cracker pie crust, and I had a lot of extra filling. So I made mini cheesecakes in ramekins too! They were delicious and cute! A delicious summer dessert!!

Yummy!

Love,

PK

That’s why I say, “Duckie! Don’t grumble! Don’t stew!

Some critters are much-much, oh, ever so much-much, so muchly much-much more unlucky than you!”

Atlanta Vacation 2021! July 5th, 2021

Atlanta Vacation 2021! July 5th, 2021

Andrew had block leave all last week, and we took advantage of the free time and went on vacation to Atlanta! We left Monday morning and arrived in Atlanta at our air B&B later that afternoon. Atlanta is partially Andrews hometown. He grew up in Decatur, GA until he was around twelve years of age, before moving to Arkansas. His grandparents home was in Decatur and we took a trip down memory lane. We toured the grounds where their house used to be (it is now a designated park area). Andrew enjoyed showing and telling the kids about where he grew up, and they loved hearing it. πŸ™‚ We visited a few of his favorites too, like Athens pizza and the Varsity. It was Pure Nostalgia for Andrew! πŸ™‚

Pictures from the Varsity! Andrew’s all time favorite! No Joke, he is in food heaven which is why he has that smile on his face!

If you have never been to the Varsity it is hard to explain. It’s more in need of an actual experience to understand. The best I can describe it is as a 50s style restaurant in an underground station. Everyone goes down into the station to order food where they holler something like “what ya have” at everyone ordering. You get your deliciously greasy food and frosted orange drink and take it upstairs where they have a monster seating area. Fun was had by all! πŸ™‚

We took the kids to Legoland! The kids had a fantastic time, and loved every brick of it! They are all old enough that they could participate in all the rides and activities, so it made it extra fun. It was Emma and Samuel’s first time ever to go on a carnival type ride or see a movie in 4d. They had the biggest smiles ever, and of course we had to do it again!

David loved the virtual reality ride, that only he was big enough to ride. I wasn’t sure whether he would actually like it or not, but he surprised me!

We visited zoo Atlanta! It was a nice zoo and well laid out. You could walk and see pretty much everything in two to three hours. So it was a smaller zoo than say Memphis, but we rather enjoyed not staying out in the heat all day! Plus, they had some neat areas for the kids. The kids loved the carousel and the zoo train!

We also had some time for sleep and snuggles on our vacation. πŸ™‚

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July 1st was Andrew’s Birthday. Anyone who knows Andrew very well knows that he is an avid Braves fan. We went to the Atlanta Braves baseball game at Truist park for Andrew’s birthday! We spent a large part of the afternoon touring the grounds, exploring the nearby shops, and watching the kids play in the splash pad. We then went inside the park, found our seats, and went exploring the inside of the park. The game started and we had a great time watching the game and eating ball park food. Samuel especially was getting tired by this point, and when he gets tired he can get cantankerous! However, we made it to the eighth inning. πŸ™‚ As part of Andrew’s birthday gift, I ordered him a special gifting from the Atlanta Braves. They brought his gift to his seat and presented it to him! It was fun!

The Atlanta Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the United States and the third largest in the world! I have to say that I was blown away by it! It was spectacular!! Pictures simply do NOT do it justice! The sea creatures were amazing, and they had everything. David’s favorite was the whale shark. His expression when he saw it was priceless! I can still hear him screaming “whale shark” in my ear! πŸ™‚ The manta rays were pretty incredible too!

While all the things we did were fun and amazing, my favorite activity of all was visiting the Gone With The Wind museum! I didn’t even know there was one! We were going to meet some friends for lunch on our last day, and we had some extra time to kill. I was looking up something to do in the area and it popped up! I said, “That’s it! We are going to the Gone With the Wind museum!” Andrew gave me the same goofy look I give him when he says he wants to go the Varsity! πŸ™‚ I can’t help it! I am a romantic at heart, and I love classic movies to boot!

Brumbly Hall was built in 1851. It looks similar to the house used in filming when Scarlett visited in Atlanta where Melanie had her baby. (Maybe it was? I don’t know why, but I’m confused on this point. I assumed it was while there, but now I’m not so sure.) However it is historic and was used as a hospital during the civil war. It is now housed with all kinds of Gone with the Wind memorabilia. I loved seeing all the old books, articles, and art! My favorite was the beautiful costume dresses wore by Vivien Leigh!!

As much as I loved visiting the Gone With The Wind museum, my favorite part of vacation was spending time with my family! I loved watching the kids faces light up, and their smiles. I loved that Andrew was with us and we were able to be together!

We arrived home from our vacation in time to celebrate the fourth of July! We had a relaxing, recuperative day! Which is funny that one needs to recover from vacation! Hahaha! Maybe it’s because I’m getting old! πŸ™‚ We went to church, fixed a simple lunch, and took quiet/nap time. Andrew BBQed ribs, and we shot off and watched fireworks. It took a lot of begging from the kids and some encouragement from me to get Andrew to agree to buy any fireworks. It’s just not his thing. I think he is afraid of one of the kids getting hurt. I reassured him that he only needed to buy the small, safe fireworks, and that we would be super careful! Ha! I grew up shooting fireworks, but he didn’t. So that has a lot to do with it. The kids were excited for us to shoot some of our own fireworks this year! However our neighbors…let me just say out of all the places we have lived (and there have been amazing fireworks at all of them), this neighborhood outdid them all! We had the most amazing firework show right from the front window of our house!! Seriously, I am amazed at the amount of fireworks we watched last night! Thank you to all our neighbors!! I love not having to spend big money on fireworks! πŸ™‚

Love,

PK

8 Is Great! June 26, 2021

8 Is Great! June 26, 2021

David was thrilled when he received these balloons and candy from G-pa and Grand-mama on his Birthday!

I can’t believe Andrew and I have an eight year old son!!! David is halfway to sixteen!!! Yikes!!!:) I always try my best to make our kids birthdays fun and memorable. While we didn’t have a big party, it was still Super! I think David loved it! We celebrated for two days!

The morning of his birthday I took the kids to the doughnut shop, where David was sure to announce that it was his birthday. πŸ™‚ They gave him two free birthday doughnuts with sprinkles. It was a great start to the day. He spent a large part of his day watching PokΓ©mon, playing video games, and playing with his new friend just down the street. (They made Godzilla YouTube videos. The things kids do! It blows my mind! I most definitely was not making YouTube videos at 8!πŸ˜„πŸ˜¬) Later that evening we went to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. They gave a big shout out to David, and he loved it. Even though he covered his ears.:)

After dinner we went to the skating rink. I used to skate pretty regularly as a kid, but it has been several years…. The skating part was a lot of fun, at least for Andrew and I. It’s almost like riding a bike, however I was a little rusty! The kids went around the rink about twice before deciding they were done. They wanted to go play on the indoor play ground. They all had a Super time playing on the playground while Andrew and I skated! πŸ™‚ We have decided we need to go at least twice a month so they can learn how to skate. I can’t have a child of mine not knowing how to roller skate!! I am also going to demand that they skate for at least thirty minutes before heading off to other activities! πŸ™‚

Today we celebrated David’s birthday again with Uncle B and Auntie Leah!!! We had party decorations, games, pizza, cake, and gifts! Who says you have to have a lot of people to party?!?! We had a Super time!! If you keep wondering why I am using the word “Super”, It’s because David wanted a Super Mario party! I made him a Super Mario confetti cake!! I have to say it was fun to decorate. I’m not artsy by any stretch, but I think it turned out pretty cute! We had Luigi’s pizza too! (There’s a Luigi’s pizza restaurant in town. David has loved it ever since we moved here and he caught eye of it. Simply for the fact that it is called Luigi’s!! He’s lucky the pizza is descent!:) ) David’s favorite gift was a super Mario maker video game, even though he loved all his gifts! The kids also played water balloons and we had a coin hunt! I bought gold coins and Andrew hid them in the yard for the kids to find. They had a Super time!

Love,

PK

The Sounds Of Summer! June 18th, 2021

The Sounds Of Summer! June 18th, 2021

As I sit here blogging I can hear birds chirping in the trees, the water hose running, David, Emma and Samuel laughing and playing in the water, and the oscillating fan running on the porch to help keep me cool! I am loving this summer! I am thankful that the kids are able to resume activities too. We have been careful and cautious about entering back out into the world again after spending the last fifteen months social distancing. I am very thankful for science and modern medicine, and we are feeling more comfortable going out since both Andrew and I have been vaccinated. In an effort to help the kids feel at home and make friends here, I decided to enroll them in some activities this summer. David is taking piano lessons again! I am thankful that we live in a community where there are a lot of musical opportunities. I am enjoying listening to him practice again, and without having to be the one giving the instruction and critiques! Emma has started taking gymnastics! She loves doing flips on her bed, and so I decided she would have fun learning to do some proper flips. πŸ™‚ Next month I hope to enroll all three in swimming lessons. David loves swimming and could benefit from further instruction. Emma likes to think she can swim, but needs lessons. Samuel will probably out swim them both once he starts. Plus, I want him to feel included since I found a place where I can schedule them all at the same time. He feels desperately left out when we go to Emma’s gym class, and the first class broke his heart because he couldn’t also jump on the trampoline! πŸ˜…

We have also become acquainted with the library here! I can’t say how happy I am to be able to take the kids to the library again! We have signed up for the summer reading program, and the kids have been watching the virtual story times. Also, once a week they have a program outside for the kids. Last week was a magic show, and David and Emma had a blast! David is reading so well, and I love listening to him read to Emma and Samuel.

There is nothing like playing in a good summer rain! I love these pictures of the kids in action. David and his buddy were in the garage playing, but Emma and Samuel were loving it!

We have been able to get together with Leah and Brandon lately! Sunday we went on an outing to Uncle B and Auntie Leah’s house! The kids were ecstatic! Emma was showing off her cool shades, David was eager to play video games with uncle B, and Samuel was his exuberant self. πŸ™‚ We are feeling thankful to live so close to them!

I missed baking while we were on our in-between adventures. I have been wanting to try Ree Drummond’s blueberry scone recipe for a long time now. I finally mustard up the courage to give it a try, and I am so glad I did! They turned out beautiful! Almost as good as the ones from the Mercantile! (I was missing the fancy sugar they put on top.πŸ˜‰) The hardest part was grating the frozen butter. I put my butter and fresh blueberries in the freezer a few days before making the recipe to make sure they would be frozen. Also I used sour cream instead of the crΓ¨me fraiche in the recipe. I mixed the sour cream and the heavy cream together and let it sit in the freezer while I was preparing the dry ingredients. They were light, moist, and delicious. I made the scones at night before bed, and Andrew frosted them for me the next morning for breakfast! I will definitely be making these again!

The guys have summer haircuts! Of course Andrew keeps his short, but I took David and Samuel for haircuts this week. I had intentionally avoided getting Samuel’s hair cut at a chain salon because they just can’t cut his hair the way I want it, but I finally caved because it was getting really long again and I didn’t know where else to take him. Needless to say when we left I had very mixed feelings. He is so stink’n cute, that even the short hair looks good! However, I almost cried afterwards. He still has some curl on top and I know it will grow back, but I wasn’t ready for him to look so big!

Happy Summer!

Love,

PK

Hot Springs! June 7, 2021

Hot Springs! June 7, 2021

Last week we took a trip to Hot Springs, AR! It was a work-cation trip for Andrew since the general annual conference of the Arkansas United Methodist Church met in Hot Springs. Andrew was granted TDY (temporary duty travel) in order to attend. For the kids and I, it was ALL play! πŸ™‚ Hot Springs is a fun and unique place to visit! It has historical bath houses where you can go and literally take a hot bath! It is the original home of baseball’s spring training. There is an amusement/water park, a science museum, an alligator farm, and lots of eclectic store front shops! Not to mention some really great restaurants! However, Hot Springs holds a special place in our hearts for a very different reason. It is the place Andrew and I became parents! Eight years ago we were in the middle of moving from Hot Springs village to Cabot. I was nine months pregnant during that move!! Moving in and of itself is miserable enough. Try doing it nine months pregnant! Anyway…I didn’t want to switch doctors at that point, and so we traveled back to Hot Springs for my appointments. The doctor offered to induce since we lived so far away, and so on June 25th 2013 David was born! We enjoyed telling him about his birthplace this past week. In fact, the hotel we stayed in was right next door to the hospital where he was born!

While Andrew was attending conference sessions the kids and I swam in the hotel pool! It was a heated, indoor pool and we all had a great time. The kids LOVE swimming! We could have spent our whole vacation just swimming in that pool, and they would have loved it! However, they would have missed out on some other great adventures. πŸ™‚

When I was a kid I remember my parents taking me to Gatorland zoo in Florida. I remember always having a good time, and we enjoyed watching the gator feedings and petting the other animals. The gator zoo in Hot Springs is similar, just on a smaller scale. The kids loved petting the bunnies, chickens, goats, and sheep. They also each fed the small gators by holding a stick with a hot dog piece on the end. The gators snapped it off so quick! They also had a gator for the kids to hold and touch. Visiting the gator zoo is a fun experience if you have never done it. We all had a good time!

Andrew was able to break away from conference long enough to go to the zoo and the science museum with us! The science museum was a fun experience as it had a lot of hands on activities both indoor and outdoor. My heart loves the pictures below! I caught David and Emma holding hands…πŸ’•πŸ₯° They don’t always fight! πŸ˜…

We had a great mini-cation, and are looking forward to the summer ahead! David and I survived a whole year of schooling at home! We are both ready for a break. I am proud to say that David did really well this year all things considered. His grades were great, ninety-five percent of the time he did his work without complaint, and he put up with me all year! πŸ™‚ We enjoyed the flexibility of the schedule, but David missed having friends, and all the fun school activities. We are excited to try going back to school in the fall, but also a little anxious as to how that will go after being away from it for so long. At least we have a couple months before having to make that transition.

Love,

PK

13 Years and Counting! May 30, 2021

13 Years and Counting! May 30, 2021

Mr. and Mrs. Kjorlaug!

Thirteen years ago tomorrow we said “I Do”, and it has been a wonderful, wild ride ever since!! It seems just like yesterday in many respects. It’s hard to fathom that thirteen years has come and gone! We have both grown as people, as a family, and we have grown closer to one another through our many adventures. I pray we both continue to love and grow over the next thirteen plus years! Looking at the above picture reminds me that life is a lot like our wedding cake!! Sometimes it does not turn out like you expect. That doesn’t mean it is bad or perfect even, just different. I had picked out and ordered a beautiful cake with the different pastel colored layers with little white daisy flowers all around it. Apparently there was a miscommunication, and a mishap between the bakery and the church! The cake was not at all what I thought I had ordered, plus it was leaning to one side! To a lot of brides this could have been very upsetting, but I didn’t really care! It was not what was important to me that day! All I cared about was getting married to Andrew, and starting our life together. They were able to fix the leaning cake, and even though the design wasn’t what I thought it would be, the cake still tasted great! It’s hard to imagine what your life will be like say ten years from now. Of course we can all plan and dream, but A LOT can happen in ten years. I don’t think I ever pictured myself with three kids when Andrew and I first got married. It just wasn’t who I thought I was. Well…was I ever wrong!! I’m so thankful for our family and each of our kids! Being a mom has taught me a lot about love and life! I love Andrew more now than I did thirteen years ago!! I feel that I am a very blessed person to have such a wonderful, loving, hardworking and driven husband! Even though may cake didn’t turn out the way I thought! πŸ˜‰πŸ₯°

In order to slow down and get away for a few days, we went to visit my parents this week. We hadn’t seen them since Easter. We had a great time! My dad had built a small zipline for the kids, and they had a blast going down it!! Even Samuel loved it! He smiled and laughed the whole way down, and wanted to do it again! We also went fishing one afternoon and caught some perch and a couple bass. I am thankful that we still live close enough to family to go visit when we want to!

Our back deck has become like my sanctuary! I Love how beautiful it is out there. I hung flowers and lights, and I have several potted herb plants out there. I also planted our garden this weekend! We have cucumbers, tomatoes, a couple different pepper plants, lettuce, spinach, and a butternut squash plant! I hope they all grow and produce plentifully! We have also been BBQing and grilling a lot! Today Andrew grilled BBQ pork chops! They tasted amazing! He likes binging with Babish, and follows his food blog. I have to say, it was a pretty simple and tasty recipe! I totally recommend giving it a try. We had pasta salad and watermelon with our porkchops!

BBQ Pork Chops

Love,

PK

A Dead Run. May 23, 2021

A Dead Run. May 23, 2021

I feel like since we arrived here in Clarksville that we have been going, and going, and going…except I’m not the Energizer bunny! My battery is getting low! I’m starting to really long to be back at the beach!!! Since Andrew arrived from training we have made trips to Arkansas to retrieve stuff that we left here and there, and then we finally moved into our house. Since we moved I have been working on getting things done around the house. First, I painted an old dresser and mirror that was given to us for Emma. Before we moved I painted the chest of drawers that she was using and gave it to Samuel. He has outgrown his changing table and baby bed!πŸ˜ͺ Emma loves her “new” dresser! It makes her feel grown up! I think I did a pretty good job painting it! The dresser was a dark scuffed up brown color before. Emma helped pick out the handles for the drawers. She likes her bling. πŸ™‚

Before we moved I went on this selling binge. I sold some pretty significant furniture in our house. All on the thoughts that we would be moving into a smaller house on post. However, that is not how things turned out! Andrew had a change of heart as to where he thought it would be best for us to live. Plus it turns out that the house we are renting is the former chaplain’s house at our current post! They wanted to rent their home, it’s a beautiful home, and just the right size for our family too! You just never know how things are going to work out!! Anyway, because of my selling binge we moved into this nice size house with not enough furniture! We were short a few beds due to Samuel no longer sleeping in his baby bed, I sold David’s bed, and Emma’s was damaged in the move. The beds are my priority, and so I have spent the last couple weeks shopping for beds, and putting beds together! I put Samuel’s bed together, and we got David’s bunk bed put together. I have found some great deals on beds, but if I never have to put another bed together as long as I live, I will not be disappointed! Why do they make things so complicated! I feel like I have earned a degree in assembly the past couple weeks! We are still waiting to hear about Emma’s replacement bed, but will probably have to put that together too!

Samuel loves his big boy bed!! They all love David’s bunk bed! What is it that makes kids so excited about bunk beds? I remember having that same excitement when my sister and I got our bunk bed as kids. David was also super excited about getting Super Mario bedding. He has been on a Super Mario kick lately, and wanted to decorate his room in Super Mario.

Andrew has hit the ground running (pretty literally πŸ™‚ ) at his new job. He was out in the field most of last week. I think he is working hard to figure things out at his job, and it is both physically and mentally tasking right now. He is pretty exhausted by the end of the day! I think things will start to get easier as he overcomes the learning curve, but because he has no prior military experience that curve is pretty steep. Please keep him in your prayers! I know he will be an amazing chaplain!

Captain Chaplain Kjorlaug

Since we have been together here in Clarksville we have enjoyed our Sundays together! Not that we were not together on Sunday’s before, but Andrew was almost always very busy on Sundays. Lately we appreciate being able to sit in the pew together with no responsibilities. That will probably change some as we progress and things change, but for now we are taking advantage of it! We are loving our back deck, and being able to eat meals outside! Last Sunday we had a quiet lunch on our back deck.

We have also found a couple restaurants we really like to go to downtown. One of the restaurants has games that you can play while you wait for your food. The kids love it! Today they played arcade games, and Emma and Samuel practiced their shapes while playing the “perfection” game. πŸ™‚

I think that things will slow down soon. In the mean time we are trying to take advantage of our time together, we are learning about new places and things, and making more memories.

Love,

PK

“Strawberry Fields Forever” May 12, 2021

“Strawberry Fields Forever” May 12, 2021

We have FINALLY moved into our “permanent” home! I am so happy to no longer be living out of suitcases! That being said, moving is moving, and no matter who helps you or how you do it, it’s exhausting!!! After completing our first military moving experience, I can now give you my honest feedback. It’s definitely a lot easier on the front end. They did pretty much all the packing, and they did all the loading. On the other end, however, we ended up doing a lot of work. The two guys came and unloaded the truck, and for that we are thankful! They put all the boxes in the correct, appointed rooms. Andrew and I tried to unpack as many boxes as possible on the unloading day, because the guys would take the boxes and packing paper and dispose of it for us. I think it’s safe to say that we unpacked about seventy-five percent of the house that first day! Then the next several days were spent unpacking more boxes, organizing the kitchen, hanging pictures, etc. The bottom line for me for our next move though, is that we need to get rid of more stuff! I honestly don’t know how that is possible considering how much I already disposed of before we moved, but it is obvious that we still need to pare down quite a bit! We have way too many toys and books! That probably sums up at least fifty percent of our belongings!!! SIIIIGGHHHH!!! It’s the by product of years of education and three kids! πŸ™‚

I am thankful that after only a week, we are starting to feel settled in to our new home! Andrew says that he knows we are finally moved in when we can park both cars in the garage! It’s true in many respects! We are to the point of decorating and deciding what we like where, and that is the fun part of settling in.

This picture is of the kids having their first breakfast in our new home! While the kitchen is not the kitchen we had in Marion, it’s still very nice and I like that the kids can sit at the island and eat!

Andrew started work officially at Fort Campbell this week! We are excited for what the future holds. We have discovered that the world of military life is like being in a foreign country in many respects! We are both going to have to overcome a very steep learning curve, and hope we don’t make too many blunders along the way! ☺ Please keep us in your prayers! Andrew has been up early for PT every morning, while I turn over and go back to sleep!πŸ˜‚ You see, I told you this was going to be so difficult! Don’t worry, Samuel wakes me up generally between six-thirty and seven every morning.

I looked up strawberry picking around Clarksville, and found a few places. So we went and checked out the strawberry fields! This was our first strawberry picking adventure! We had so much fun!! The kids loved picking strawberries and we ended up with almost two whole gallons of strawberries! We talked about all the delicious food we could make with those strawberries on the ride to and from. Strawberry short cake was first on the list! We probably ended up with a gallon and a half of strawberries by the time I finished coring them. The kids had to “taste” the strawberries, and they kept tasting and kept tasting…!:)

So I made Strawberry short cake for dessert last night! Homemade buttermilk biscuits, fresh strawberries and whipped cream! It was everything we had imagined!! πŸ™‚

This is me and our three on Mom’s day! So thankful for beautiful, healthy babies! Our mother’s day was very relaxing and low key! We were all so tired from the week, that we nearly forgot about it! πŸ™‚

Love,

PK

How Sweet It Is! April 30th, 2021

How Sweet It Is! April 30th, 2021

Andrew’s home!!!! I really can’t describe the feeling I had when he walked through the door! It was incredible, and we are so happy to have him back! We spent the few days before Andrew came home preparing for his arrival. We settled into our air b&b, made a welcome home sign, and ordered a special cake! Last Thursday morning we watched Andrew graduate from CH-BOLC! I am so proud of him!!! We then waited all day for him to arrive home. I prepared dinner, and had everything ready for when he arrived. When Andrew finally pulled into the driveway, I announced to the kids that Daddy was home. They ran to the door and shrills and screams began to ensue! He got clobbered coming into the doorway, and everyone had to make sure they had hugs and kisses. Myself included! πŸ₯° I still can’t take my eyes off Andrew when he is wearing his uniform! I mean, my gosh, he is so good looking!!! 😊

We all shared in our first meal together which consisted of pot roast, carrots, scalloped potatoes, and green beans. The cake I had made was red velvet with cream cheese frosting, and it was delicious! The kids loved the cake too! πŸ˜‚ David maybe ate a little too much cake!

We have been soaking in all the time that we can possibly get with Andrew! The kids have enjoyed playing with Dad again. We have been exploring our new hometown! We have been going to different parks and playgrounds, and we took the kids bowling. (The first time we have been bowling in over a year!) We had a blast! Sunday we went to church-in person! It was a beautiful church, and it was wonderful to hear a real pipe organ, beautiful music, and worship together-all of us in a pew!

We are looking forward to getting settled in our home this coming week! There is so much to do, learn, and experience in the next several weeks! We are excited for what the future holds, and I feel very blessed!

Love,

PK