DIY Weekend! Monday, September 17, 2018

DIY Weekend! Monday, September 17, 2018

I am so thankful for my parents!! Besides the fact that they are wonderful parents, and everything that goes along with that, they are wonderful DIYers!!! My dad is used to fixing things around the farm, plus it’s easy to tell they have owned a home for many many years. They are so amazingly talented when it comes to fixing and refurbishing!!! They are the opposite of Andrew and myself in that respect. We have just begun the journey of being homeowners and don’t really know ANYTHING. We are learning how to be diyers, but are thankful to have someone to call, or in our case, come and do projects for us! πŸ™‚

This weekend my parents came and helped us do some painting and landscaping around the house. We had several bushes that needed cut back, and I wanted a couple of shrubs removed from the front flower bed. (I plan on planting some flowers come spring! πŸ™‚ )Andrew, my dad, and the kids worked on the outside of the house while my mom and I worked on painting the inside. David and Emma were interested in helping outside. I had to peek through the windows several times while they were working to check on them, and it was so sweet!! They were really into helping Papa and Daddy clean up the limbs in the yard!


Mom and I painted an accent wall in Samuel’s room! The lighting isn’t the best and this picture doesn’t quite do it justice. The paint color is called scenic view, and it is like a turquoise/green color. It matches the bedding perfectly! I can’t wait to get the carpet laid so we can finish setting up the room! I will definitely share pictures of the finished nursery.20180915_105509_HDR~2

Mom also painted our guest bathroom cabinets for us! I bought some chalk paint, which is a new kind of paint that doesn’t require you to sand or anything! (I wish I had known about this paint when I did our coffee and end tables a while back!!!) This paint, while more expensive, is totally worth it!! I am in love with our “new” cabinets!!! I can’t stop going into the bathroom to look at them! πŸ™‚ They don’t even look the same to me. It is really amazing! I love them so much that I can’t wait to paint the cabinets in our master bath, and eventually our kitchen!!

Fun times with Papa and Nana!

Dad and Mom went to church with us yesterday! I always love it when we are able to go to church together. The children’s choir sang yesterday morning, and they were so cute! David was really singing the words (at least the ones he remembered πŸ™‚ ) !! 20180916_110957~2


Here is our menu for the week!

We had leftover burgers from last night for lunch today, and Tacos for dinner tonight.Β 

Tuesday: Lunch, Polish Sausage, navy beans, and broccoli. Dinner, Chicken spaghetti and salad.

Wednesday: Lunch, Cowboy Nachos. Dinner, (At Church.)

Thursday: Lunch, (MOM’S DAY OUT) Dinner, Pork tenderloin, apples, and Salad.

Friday: Lunch, Hot Dogs and chips. Dinner, Steak, creamy herbed potatoes, and asparagus.Β 

Saturday: Lunch, Spaghetti. Dinner, Ranch style chicken, baked potatoes, and green beans.

Sunday: Lunch, Pork slider sandwiches and chips.Β 




Separation Anxiety, For Mom! Friday, September 14, 2018

Separation Anxiety, For Mom! Friday, September 14, 2018

Emma had her first day of parents day out this week! She did very well and was pretty excited to go. She loved carrying her lunch box, just like big brother. πŸ™‚ She only fussed a little when we dropped her off. Because I’m mom, I wanted to make sure her teachers knew how to take care of my baby. I stayed a bit too long and Emma realized I was going to leave. She was fine thirty seconds after I left. (I know because I had Andrew go back and check for me!)Β  I, however, was not! I know it’s crazy, but I was a disaster. I had to sit on the church pew and cry!! I mean really? David was much younger when we started to send him to parents day out two days a week. I’ll never forget how painful it was leaving him that first day. I literally went home and cried most of the day! Emma on the other hand is almost two, and she is only going to PDO one day a week. I guess it’s just the act of leaving them, and the thought that they grow up so fast! I really do need to get grip though! If I’m this bad now, I can only imagine what I will be like when they go off to college! YIKES!

After I managed to pull myself back together, I went and filled my time with tasks. The thing about parents day out is that it is supposed to be “YOU” time, but I’m bad about filling it with tasks/chores that need to be done. I put together our guest bedroom upstairs that had largely been untouched since we moved in. That took me most of the morning. Andrew and I did go on a lunch date together!! We went to a Japanese Ramen restaurant and ate fancy ramen for lunch!Β 20180913_121911

In my last blog I posted a picture of tree frogs on our window…. We were outside today and David found another small tree frog. He LOVED it! He was holding it, playing with it, and letting it crawl and hop on him. I thought I was going to die!! I made him keep a good distance from me, I did not want that frog jumping on me!!Β 20180914_162712

The potty training saga continues! Emma has been doing pretty well this week overall. She is still sometimes stubborn about going to sit on the potty. Instead, she just holds it all in until she basically pops! At PDO on Thursday her teachers said they took her to potty a couple times and she didn’t go either time. She held it the whole time!! When I heard this I was like, “we better get home fast”!! When we arrived home I took her straight to the potty, and she went!! Poor thing, I don’t know if she was afraid to go for them or what?! I’m actually very impressed that she can hold her bladder that well. She knows what to do, it’s just getting her to take the time to do it. She doesn’t want to stop playing or whatever else she wants to do and go. I’m just going to keep up the routine with her and hope it translates into habit and her being able to go on her own. I am praying for the day! πŸ™‚

Side story: Emma has become especially fond of her plush Mickey, Minnie and Goofy toys lately. She wants to sleep with them, play with them, take them with her when she goes somewhere, and she’s even been showing them how to use the potty! πŸ™‚ I took Emma to the park the other day (which is just a short walk from our house) and she brought her Goofy. Emma, I guess, forgot about Mickey because when we got to the park she started pointing back to the house and saying, “Mickey”. I told her, “That’s okay. Mickey is still at home taking a nap. We’ll have to bring him next time.”. She then proceeded to play and go down the slide with Goofy. After that, Every. Time. she went down the slide she would point back to the house and say “Mickey”. I would then have to repeat the same statement over and over! πŸ™‚ Sigh!! πŸ™‚




A Zoo! Monday, September 10, 2018

A Zoo! Monday, September 10, 2018

I have been terrible at remembering to take pictures lately. I have been a little preoccupied by life, pregnancy, and crazy kids. πŸ™‚ The only pictures I have to share today are of weird and peculiar creations in nature. Saturday was not one of my best days. By ten o’clock in the morning I was ready for it to be over. It started out normal, with me fixing pancakes for breakfast. While I was cleaning up breakfast dishes Emma wet her pants, the cat threw up, and then the kids were playing and knocked one of my vases over and busted it. I was so frustrated, tired, and my nerves were about gone. Thankfully the weather was nice enough to get out of the house for a while. We ended up at the zoo for a few hours where we had a good time, and I started to feel better about the day, at least until I cooked dinner that evening. I then burned the fried rice and undercooked the fish. It was just One Of Those Days! Thankfully the last couple have been much better!

Sunday afternoon I was sitting on the back porch and it started to rain. I love a good rain shower! We’ve been blessed with some much needed rain over the weekend and also some cooler weather! There’s something about a summer rain that is peaceful and makes me want to take a nap. πŸ™‚ I wish I could include the sound of the rain fall with this picture. We’ll have to imagine it!20180908_151102

Because of all the moisture there have been mushrooms popping up in yards. I have always been fascinated by mushrooms! I love their shapes and spongy texture. They are so cute! Believe it or not I don’t like to eat them though.Β  I know, I sound crazy! When I told Andrew this he called me princess Toadstool! What? I had to go look up who princess Toadstool was. πŸ™‚


I mentioned earlier that Emma had a potty accident. Well, we are potty training for a second time. She started asking to sit on the potty again, and she is actually doing much better this time. It’s amazing the difference a month can make when they are her age. She has MUCH better bladder control this time. This evening she started to have an accident and came to me saying, “uh oh” and holding her pants. I sat her on the potty and she finished going.Β  I count that as a win! We are a LONG way from saying she is potty trained, but I’m praying it sticks this time and that I have the patience to see it through.

We went to visit Andrew’s parents (G-pa and Grand-mama) and his aunt Sue Ellen who is visiting from North Carolina today.Β  We had a great visit with them and the kids always love to see Grand-mama, G-pa, and Maggie (their dog). Visiting with Aunt Sue Ellen was a special treat for all of us. The kids played and played, and we enjoyed having lunch together. David was so upset when it was time to leave that he cried! We promised him he would get to go back and spend the night with G-pa and Grand-mama sometime soon. πŸ™‚

The last picture I have today is of frogs. Yes, Frogs! I’m not as scared of them as some people, but I really don’t like frogs. As long as they remain outdoors I’m fine. They were, however, lurking on our windows the other night. I had to take a picture because they just look so weird. OOOOOUGH!Β 20180908_224200

I’ll try to do better with my picture taking in the future! πŸ™‚

Here is our menu for this week. (Sorry it’s late!)

Today we had chicken fried steak with roasted potatoes and green beans for dinner. Andrew did the cooking, and he did an amazing job!

Tuesday: Lunch, Macaroni and cheese with polish sausage. Dinner, Sirloin steak, baked potatoes and asparagus.

Wednesday: Lunch, Cheeseburgers and french fries. Dinner, at church.

Thursday: Lunch, BLT sandwiches and chips. Dinner, Roast chicken, crash hot potatoes, and roasted veggies.Β 

Friday: Lunch, Chicken Nachos. Dinner, Pot Roast, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, carrots and cauliflower.Β 

Saturday: Lunch, Pizza and salad. Dinner: (out)

Sunday: Lunch, Tacos. Dinner, Crispy chicken sliders and potato chips.Β 



Glucose. September 7, 2018

Glucose. September 7, 2018

Thursday I had an appointment to take the glucose test. (This is a common test during the middle of pregnancy to check for gestational diabetes.) I dread this test almost more than giving birth! πŸ™‚ 20180906_084050The sugary drink taste horrible!!! I can’t believe they can’t come up with a drink that taste better! Someone seriously needs to work on this. πŸ™‚ It takes about an hour to get from our house to where my doctor is, and they are supposed to draw blood one hour after you finish the drink. So I drank this horrible drink while I was driving the car on the way to the clinic! My facial expression while drinking this drink was probably much worse than in this selfie I took! πŸ™‚ Samuel seemed to enjoy the sugar rush though! He was doing flip flops for quite a while. πŸ™‚ My test results came back good!!! Yay! At least that part is over!

Here is the picture of David with his pet turtle, Sheldon. David has been helping clean out Sheldon’s box, and giving him fresh water and lettuce. Sheldon seems to be a pretty happy turtle. (We’re going to turn him lose before the cold weather starts to set in. David seems to be okay with this.)20180907_162549_HDR

David has also been doing well at and enjoying school! I am very pleased to hear that he behaves at school and church! Am I the only parent who has a puzzled look of amazement when your kids teachers brag about how well your child behaves? Does this mean I am a terrible parent, and have horrible parenting skills? Or is this normal? Whatever the case, I am very pleased that he listens and does well for his teachers!

Emma had an eventful morning! We were playing in the living room, and she stepped on her butterfly net which went sliding out from under her. She then went face forward onto the floor! She hit hard, and at first I was afraid she maybe knocked out some teeth or something, but there was no blood. Later a knot emerged on her forehead though!Β  Poor baby! She was pretty cranky for quite a while after. She is happy again in the photo because we just ate her favorite meal, spaghetti, and she had a cookie for dessert. You can see the knot though!Β 20180907_125518_HDR

Emma is still showing interest in using the potty. She takes her diapers off when they are wet and she has started waking up dry in the mornings. She will even sometimes ask to sit on the potty and will actually go! The thing is she is so stubborn! Emma will only use the potty if SHE wants to, and if she doesn’t want to sit on the potty, there is no making her! She Will Not Go! I am trying to be patient and not pressure her about it. I’m hoping that letting it be her idea to go, that she will eventually just learn to do it! HELP!




Growing Pains! Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018

Growing Pains! Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018

The last few days Emma has discovered that she can be loud. By this I mean, she has discovered screaming! She thinks it is funny too! Yikes!! πŸ™‚ I try not to react to her shrill, high voice loudness, as it only encourages more. The other new thing she has started doing the last couple days is saying, “oh mama?”. It’s actually pretty cute! When she wants help with something, she will go through the house looking for me exclaiming, “oh, mama?”! Then she expects me to help her. πŸ™‚

David has been reacting to Emma’s new discoveries, by thinking he can do things just because she is doing them. For example, Emma was making a sing-song voice today in church, so David started making sing-song noises in church too. I guess he thinks because she doesn’t get in trouble over some things, that he shouldn’t either.Β  I have explained to him that Emma is still a baby and doesn’t understand yet that she shouldn’t do some things, and that he is a big boy and knows how to act. However, I get the I’m going to ignore you and do what I want attitude from him. When did he become a teenager?! Yikes!! Why do we have such strong-willed, stubborn children?!Β  (You know who you are, please don’t answer that! πŸ™‚ ) Lord help us when Samuel arrives on the scene!

We were able to spend time with family this weekend! My sister and brother in law came up to our parents house, and we went to visit with everyone. I love spending time with my sister, and wish we could do it more often! She took this great picture of us sitting on the porch swing!


Leah and I also spent some time shopping together on Friday afternoon! We love perusing the old down town, and spending time together!

David and Emma loved seeing Papa and Nana!

Bedtime stories with Nana!

Emma loved the chickens! (Leah, who is like a professional at photography took this photo of Emma.)


David had fun riding Papa’s new tractor, and hunting turtles. We came home with a pet box turtle by the way. His name is Sheldon. πŸ™‚ I’ll have to share a picture of him next time, as I forgot to take a picture to share.

Andrew took these photos, and I love them!!! So I had to share. It’s funny that Zoe is watching us through the window. πŸ™‚ I LOVE this picture of my sweetheart, times two!!!


I started teaching piano lessons this past week! It feels great to get back into teaching. I’ve really missed it!! I’m excited to be sharing this learning adventure with my students. If you are in the area and want to take lessons, just send me a message! I’m still looking for more students!

Here is our menu for the week!

Monday: Lunch, Roast beef sandwiches. Dinner: Tacos with rice and beans.

Tuesday: Lunch, Cheeseburgers and potato salad. Dinner, Pork Steaks, apples and squash.

Wednesday: Lunch, Spaghetti and salad. Dinner, at church.

Thursday: Lunch, (OUT) Dinner, Grilled ribeye steaks with bleu cheese sauce, Rosemary potatoes and green beans.

Friday: Lunch, Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Dinner, Roast chicken, mashed potatoes and broccoli.

Saturday: Lunch, Chicken and cheese quesadillas. Dinner, Grilled salmon, fried rice and asparagus.

Sunday: Lunch, Meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and broccoli and carrots. Dinner, Ramen stir fry.Β 



Thankful for Air! Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thankful for Air! Thursday, August 30, 2018

I have said this on a blog post before, but I have to say it again. You don’t realize how important something is until you don’t have it anymore! Monday evening our air condition unit to the bottom floor of our house sounded like it was going to explode! Andrew was in a panic and I was like, “let’s just leave it running until it quits” (better to have loud air, than no air)! Andrew called a friend to come over and look at it, and he confirmed my hypothesis. However, the air unit is right outside our bedroom window and we quickly came to the realization that there was no way we were getting any sleep with all that racket!! We had to turn it off. We still didn’t get any sleep because we were too hot! Tuesday all day we managed to survive the heat of the house by turning on every fan possible. The repair man who came to fix our unit discovered that it was just a blade that needed to be replaced, but he didn’t have any extra parts. We had to wait another day. Tuesday night (after much deliberation) we decided to have a campout upstairs! (The upstairs unit still worked, thank God.) David was very excited to get to sleep upstairs. Emma was like, “what is going on around here”, but she seemed to enjoy it too! πŸ™‚

Bedtime was a lot later than usual Tuesday night!! There was simply too much excitement and unfamiliarity to go to sleep. I stayed in the room with them until they both FINALLY went to sleep. I discovered really quick that my pregnant body was not going to get any sleep that night. I had two choices: sleep on the air mattress upstairs that I could not get comfortable on, or sleep on our usual comfy mattress and face the heat. Neither being great choices, but I chose the comfort of my mattress and the heat. (I generally can take the heat better anyway.) Andrew toughed it out upstairs with the kids! πŸ™‚ Wednesday was another hot day, but we were all away from the house most of the day. Later Wednesday evening the repair man returned and fixed our unit!!! Praise the Lord!! We were finally able to cool the house down, and get a good nights sleep!

It is down right hot and humid here in Arkansas! I know there was a time when people did not have central heat and air, and in some places that is still the case. We are just spoiled! I am not afraid to say so either! I am so thankful for the invention of central heat and air! Life is simply better because of it!


Culinary Disasters! Saturday, August 25, 2018

Culinary Disasters! Saturday, August 25, 2018

Recently I have received some very nice comments from some wonderful people about how organized and gourmet our meals are, etc. I appreciate them taking the time to read my blog and for sharing such gracious comments with me! I don’t however, mean to give the impression that everything is always perfect or turns out as planned around here. I do my best to be organized and prepared, but life happens and sometimes things don’t go as expected! (Also, in the last few weeks I have really been experiencing pregnancy brain! I have had trouble remembering some things, which messes up my organizational abilities somewhat.) In all these years I can probably count on one hand how many times I’ve cooked something and then threw it out because it was so bad. Unfortunately, one of those times was this week! I am perplexed, and still upset about it! Monday night I made orange chicken and rice for dinner. I don’t know what happened, but it. was. Aweful!! I believe the ratio of batter to chicken was off somehow, because it didn’t fry up crispy. All I know is that I tasted about three bites and said, “we are not eating this!” Andrew then graciously offered to go get chinese take out. I LOVE him! πŸ™‚

I cut my finger this week chopping carrots for David’s lunch box.Β  I obviously need to improve my knife skills, but I am a scaredy cat! Probably has something to do with I play piano for a living, and therefore NEED all my fingers working. πŸ™‚

I was in the middle of making chicken parmesan for dinner last night, only to open up the package of chicken and have that awful your chicken has gone bad smell waft up my nose. I already had my pasta going, the pan hot and ready, and the breading/egg mixture ready to coat the chicken in. Andrew quickly went to the store and bought some more chicken for me. Did I mention that I LOVE him!? πŸ™‚ Despite his heroic effort to help me save dinner, I still managed to blunder it. The pasta was overcooked, and the chicken was too thick and didn’t cook quick enough (I should have either sliced it thinner, or pounded it more.) So we ate burned on the bottom chicken with smooshy spaghetti noodles. However, it wasn’t so bad that I threw it out, and the kids still ate their spaghetti.

We did have some culinary successes this week too! πŸ™‚ One evening we grilled a flank steak (we couldn’t find a reasonable priced skirt steak) marinated in a chimichuri sauce.


Another night we had Lemon Basil Shrimp Risotto.Β Both recipes are very easy to cook. We had them as separate meals, but you could also have them together as one meal too!



David had his first day of pre-school this week! I had to keep with the trend and take the “first day of school” photo! It is amazing to see how they grow from year to year! David’s first day picture from last year popped up on my facebook the other day, and he has grown about five inches at least since then!

Emma was so funny on David’s first day. She wanted to go to school too! She had to grab her lunch box (I bought her one for when she goes to parents day out, which doesn’t start till Sept.), and she took it with her to drop David off at school. It was sweet! πŸ™‚ We are really going to miss David when he’s at school, and are going to have to adjust to a new routine around here!

I recently bought some finger paints for the kids. David loved doing finger paints when he was Emma’s age, but Emma takes finger painting to a whole new level! πŸ™‚


Here’s the winning photo of the week! Emma was giving David hugs at the game last night! He was actually hugging her back too! πŸ™‚Β  Cuties!20180824_201733

Here is our menu for next week!

Monday: Lunch, Polish sausage, white beans, and broccoli. Dinner, Carbonara.Β 

Tuesday: Lunch, Chili Dogs and chips. Dinner, Pizza night for the kids (we have dinner plans)

Wednesday: Lunch, OUT. Dinner, At Church.

Thursday: Lunch, Bleu Cheeseburger. Dinner, Pollo A La Plancha.

Friday: (going out of town)

Saturday: Dinner, Chicken fried steak, green beans, squash.

Sunday: Lunch, Pot Roast, carrots, potatoes. Dinner, Italian Sausage with meat sauce, salad, and rosemary potatoes.Β 



What’s In A Name? Sunday, August 19, 2018

What’s In A Name? Sunday, August 19, 2018

When Andrew and I were talking about starting a family a few years back we decided we wanted to use family names for our children. (I think I’ve mentioned before how sentimental we are! πŸ™‚ )Later, we also picked out both a girl and boy name when we were expecting our first. David Patrick is named after both our Dads, and Emma Sue is named after both our mothers. When we found out we were expecting our third, choosing a name became a little bit more difficult. There are lots of great names in our families, and choosing between them…, well, let’s just say it took us longer to come to an agreement! We sat down and made a list of all the male names on both sides of our families (I went a little crazy and looked up the meanings of every name, and Andrew had to make sure the initials were appropriate πŸ™‚ ), and we finally have a name for our sweet little boy! Samuel James Kjorlaug!!! Isn’t it a beautiful name?! We hope he’s proud of it when he’s older. πŸ™‚

In other baby news, I have also picked out the theme for Samuel’s nursery! David actually helped me decide on the final theme too (It was between elephants, and Dr. Seuss)! We are going to doΒ One Fish, Two Fish, New Fish, Blue Fish,Β which is a play off of Dr. Seuss’sΒ One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish book!Β 20180804_163016

It’s one of those nursery in a bag sets. It’s going to be a while before it’s done because we have to paint, lay carpet, put furniture together, etc. I’ll definitely share pictures with you once the nursery is finished!Β  David’s nursery room was done in Eric Carle’sΒ The Very Hungry Caterpillar,Β and Emma’s nursery room is Lady Bugs. I was keeping with the bug/book theme in that there is a series of Books calledΒ Ladybug GirlΒ by David Soman and Jacky Davis. So I am happy that David helped me decide on the Dr. Seuss book theme. I am so excited!!

I have not had any weird pregnancy cravings, however, I have one enormous appetite and sweet tooth! I have a sweet tooth anyway, even under normal conditions, I just usually have more self control! The other day I was at the store and bought one of those frozen hershey chocolate pies! I love those things!!! However, normally I would talk myself out of buying it. Instead I just bought that pie, brought it home, and a few days later it is ALL GONE!Β 20180816_203137

The other night, (before I bought that pie) I was craving something sweet. I made Ree Drummond’s cake in a mug recipe. Find the recipeΒ Here! I have to say that this dessert was awesome! It may be the best recipe yet! For a couple reasons, one, it was easy to mix together and ready in ninety seconds. Two, It’s chocolate cake! I took the picture like this so you could see the cake in the mug, but as soon as I finished with the picture I put a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! πŸ™‚


I have been trying to eat healthy things too! We made a grilled salmon recipe the other night that I am very excited to share with you! The flavor was spectacular! Ina Garten’s Asian grilled Salmon.Β The recipe calls for dijon mustard, soy sauce, olive oil, and minced garlic, all pantry ingredients! The only thing we did different from the recipe was we used cedar planks to grill the fish on. (this also means you don’t flip the fish halfway through cooking, you just let cook skin side down.) This recipe is definitely a keeper!


I took the kids to the zoo on Friday, and we had a great time! We enjoyed watching the bears eat their lunch! Aren’t they cute! πŸ™‚Β 20180817_130627

Emma enjoyed the train ride, and David always wants to play in the water fountains!

It’s hard to believe that this is the middle of August, and all the kiddos are starting school!! Where does time go? Even though David starts preschool later this week and Emma will be attending the parents day out program in September, we will still be having some summer fun!

Here is our menu for the week!

Monday: Lunch, Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Dinner, Orange Chicken and rice.

Tuesday: Lunch, Sesame Chicken salad. Dinner, Lemon Basil Shrimp Risotto.

Wednesday: Lunch, Tacos. Dinner, Grilled steak with chimichurri sauce, Baked potatoes, and Asparagus.

Β Thursday: Lunch, Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. Dinner, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, grilled veggies.

Friday: Lunch, Cheeseburgers and chips. Dinner, Chicken Parmigiana and salad.

Saturday: Lunch (out). Dinner, Pork sliders, carrots, and apples.

Sunday: Lunch, Sour cream noodle bake. Dinner, Chicken wings and potato skins.Β 




Piano Lessons this Fall! Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Piano Lessons this Fall! Tuesday, August 14, 2018


The last few days I have been working on updating my site, and getting things ready to begin teaching again this fall. I am so excited to be starting back teaching piano again! (In case you don’t know, we moved a few months ago and I haven’t been teaching since we moved.)Β  Even though it has only been a few months, it feels like I haven’t taught in forever and I miss it like crazy!! This year is going to be different in that for the first time I am going it solo. In the past I have been employed to teach piano through various community music schools, which has it’s plusses and minuses. The biggest plus being that you just show up and teach. You don’t have to worry about the business side of things. This time I’m taking on the whole shebang! So I’ve been trying to make sure I have all my ducks in a row and ready to go! If you happen to live in my neck of the woods and want to take piano lessons, or know someone who does, PLEASE CONTACT ME! πŸ™‚ I would LOVE to talk with you about lessons this fall! Also, check out the pages on this website! I have information about piano lessons on my new “Lessons” page, and I have also created a new “Media” page! You can go there to listen to some of my recordings! Please help me spread the word and enroll students!! Thanks! You are Awesome! πŸ™‚



Throwing in the towel! Thursday, August 9, 2018

Throwing in the towel! Thursday, August 9, 2018

After three days of potty training Emma, I have thrown in the towel! I was cleaning up mess after mess.Β  I have some of her potty times down, like she almost always goes after meal time. I was taking her to sit on the potty every twenty to thirty minutes (assuming she didn’t have an accident in-between). She would have some success going on the potty, but I couldn’t seem to get her to make the connection of needing to go sit on the potty before the accident! Plus, there were times I noticed she would get excited about something or upset and have an accident. Overall I feel Emma doesn’t have the necessary bladder control yet, and maturity wise she’s not quite ready. While she was showing interest in sitting and using the potty, and would get excited when she had successes,Β  everything is a game to her right now. I’m not ready to pull the mom card of “you have to sit on the potty”, or “if you pee or poop in your pants you’re going to be in trouble”. (Oh the things we say as moms! πŸ™‚ ) I don’t feel she would totally understand, and I don’t want her to hate sitting on the potty…. When David was potty training (around 26 months) we reached a point where I knew he knew what he was supposed to do, and was just being stubborn about going to sit on the potty. Then I had no qualms about pulling those mom cards!

While part of me felt like a failure in not sticking with potty training Emma, another part of me was relieved. I hate starting something and not being able to finish, it always makes me feel like I failed. That’s just my perfectionist personality coming across. However, I want to do what’s best for my baby, and hopefully in another few months she will be more ready.

In other news, I painted our front door!!! It looks beautiful!! We chose aΒ sea harbor blue for the color, and freshly painted the trimming a light grey! The only thing I’m missing now are some beautifully potted plants sitting around. (At this point I’m going to wait for the fall mums.)


We had a nice summer rain shower yesterday. I just love those type of rain showers, where there is no storm, just light refreshing rain! The kids had a blast running through the puddles! πŸ™‚


We also had lunch on the porch!!! We love our screened in porch!!! We bought a fan for the porch, which makes it cooler, and the heat more tolerable. We are going to be sitting out there quite a bit this fall!


My sweet hearts!!! I was washing dinner dishes, and Andrew was in the living room with the kids. It is nice to be able to see from the kitchen into the living room while doing dishes! It gives me opportunity to watch the action, and snap pictures if I can get my hands dry from the dish water in time. πŸ™‚

Emma’s getting a “horsey” ride from daddy!