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! 🙂 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. 🙂

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…💕🥰 They don’t always fight! 😅

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! 🙂 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! 😉🥰

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!😪 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. 🙂

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 🙂 ) 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. 🙂

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! 🙂

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!😂 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!! 🙂

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! 🙂

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! 🥰 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! 😂 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

Beach Adventures Part 3. April 24, 2021

Beach Adventures Part 3. April 24, 2021

During our last week at the beach Leah and Brandon visited for a few days! We had a great time hanging out on the beach with them, scouting out fort Gaines, and hiking the Bird Sanctuary trails! The kids love their Auntie Leah and Uncle B!

We went to fort Gaines for the Easter sunrise service. We didn’t stay and explore it, and David wanted to go back, and so we went back with Leah and Brandon. He has reached the age where going to places like that is fun. He loved the “castle” look and the cannons. It was also a good little history lesson. So the field trip was a win, win! While we were there Emma fell down and skinned both knees and an elbow. Poor girl! She’s a little like her mama! 🙂 I carried her to the bathroom washed her up, and we continued with only minimal crying. Bless her heart, she is the tough one of the bunch when it comes to getting boo boos. 🙂 While she did cry, it wasn’t a dramatic scene. If it had been David, we probably would have had to leave the fort altogether. 😅

We were blessed with beautiful weather while Brandon and Leah were visiting! I tried to spend as much time on the beach as possible our last week there. I had mixed feelings about leaving the beach! While time went very fast and I was so excited about getting to see Andrew again, I also didn’t want to leave the beach! I LOVE the beach, and hope to live on the beach someday. It’s a dream of mine!

The day for us to leave the beach arrived, and the kids and I had one last breakfast at the lighthouse bakery! We said our goodbyes as we crossed over the island bridge. A little sad, but excited for our next adventures.

We stopped for lunch at one of Andrew’s favorite BBQ places along the way, Dreamland BBQ, maybe to make him a little jealous. 😉

We arrived at our next temporary stay in our assigned location!

Look at that super awesome looking Army dude! Who is that? Would someone introduce us please?!?!!! 😍

I can’t wait to share our next adventures with you!

Love,

PK

Beach Adventures Part 2. April 21, 2021

Beach Adventures Part 2. April 21, 2021

We were very fortunate to have LOTS of visitors while we were at the beach! Our first set of visitors was Stacy (known as Mimi) and cousins! The beach was so much fun with cousins around to play with! The amount of energy flowing around the house with five little’s was staggering!!! 🙂 At least they had the beach to wear them out! There were a couple of partly rainy days, and we had to come up with some games and activities to entertain. My nephews, Henry and Patrick, are basically the same age as Emma and Samuel. They all played very well together.

Get ready for a picture overload! I literally can’t help it! 🥰 Look for the one with the, wait…is that an alligator or a log on the beach? 🤔😁

Palm Sunday and Easter were both very different again this year. However, I can say that I truly enjoyed spending them at the beach. We literally got to have Palms around us on palm Sunday, and we loved getting to see the sun rise over the ocean on Easter Sunday morning! Palm Sunday was Alesia’s last Sunday with us at the beach, and her and Jim headed back home that Wednesday. We were truly blessed to have them stay so long with us! The pictures of the kids and myself in front of the Palm tree was taken on Palm Sunday of course. The other one was taken in the little garden area in front of the house. Plus I had to throw in some more beach time pictures because, well, that’s what we did the whole time. I love the pictures of the kids buried in the sand. Emma wanted to be a mermaid, and so Samuel wanted to be one too! 🙂

My parents came to visit over Easter weekend! It was the first real beach vacation my parents had ever been on. They loved it! There was a cool snap that weekend, but we still had a great time. We went to the local aquarium, we went hiking and actually did see a real alligator, we went fishing and spent time on the beach where we were lucky enough to see dolphins REALLY close up by the beach! It was spectacular! My dad loves to fish! We spent pretty much a whole day on the fishing pier. Ocean fishing was a new and fun experience. We did see a few people catch really big fish! Please notice the picture of my dad and his fish! 😜 He actually ended up catching a few decent size catfish.

We celebrated Easter Sunday by getting up before dawn, and booking it down to Fort Gaines where there was a community Easter sunrise service. Even though it was super early to get every one up, dressed, and out the door, I was so glad that we did!! It was an awesome, meaningful experience! It was beauty that only God can create!

Later that morning we had a brunch consisting of ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, stuffed eggs, rolls (from the frozen section 🙂 ) and pig lickin’ cake! I actually did make the cake! 🙂 Then the kids were super excited to have their egg hunt. My parents hid eggs all around the house, and the kids hunted eggs. David of course found most of them, with it trickling down the line. Later that afternoon we went down to the beach to fly the kites that Nana had bought the kids for Easter. Emma especially loves flying kites. She loves to run with them anyway. The kites flew really well, for a couple days, then the wind and the trees got the better of them. 🙂

Later that Sunday evening and the next day David, Samuel, and Nana were hit by some kind of cold/fever germ. They were under the weather for about twenty-four to thirty six hours. My parents departed for home that Monday. We had a great time, and hated to see them leave so soon. We were blessed that David and Samuel recovered quickly, Emma and myself remained healthy, and we were able to get back out to the beach and enjoy the weather!

In between all these visits, the kids and I had some days to ourselves. We spent as much time outside as possible, we made sure to try pretty much all the different food on the island, we built tons of sand castles and collected more seashells than we could bring back home with us, we picnicked at a couple different park areas (one with gigantic trees), and made lots of great memories. The picture of Samuel asleep on the couch after a long day on the beach is the perfect picture of beach life. 😄

Emma is in the princess stage right now. She loves to wear pretty dresses and jewelry. My mom made her the sundress with butterflies and she loves it! She wanted to show it off, and so we took pictures. My favorite though is of her flaming red hair in the pictures of her sitting and playing by the water.

Stay tuned for Part 3!

Love,

PK

Beach Adventures Part 1. April 18, 2021

Beach Adventures Part 1. April 18, 2021

Hello there!!! It’s so good to be back blogging again! I really missed it, even though I secretly enjoyed being in a part of the world where wi-fi and phone signals were so terrible that I could barely communicate with the outside world. 🙂 It has it’s advantages…. We have so much to catch up on, and so I decided to start my blog this week as a “to be continued” saga. 🙂

In my last blog post we were getting ready for the moving company to come, pack and load our things. I have to say it was one of the strangest experiences of my life! Four sweet ladies came in, started swarming around, wrapping up all our items and boxing them, and one man who wrapped up all the big furniture and literally carried it ALL out by himself! Meanwhile I just sat wherever I could find a spot and pretended to be busy! I loved and hated it! I love that I didn’t have to do all that packing with three kids running around needing this and that. I hated just sitting there not having anything to do! I’m obviously hard to please! 🙂

Pictured above is the kids last picture in front of our home in Marion.😥 I took the kids to my parents where we stayed for a week while I was “busy” overseeing the packing. We stayed at Dad and Mom’s house until closing day, and then went to Jim and Alesia’s house where we stayed a couple days until departing for the beach. We have been living like Nomads for over a month now!

While we were staying at my parent’s, it was that time of year when the first daffodils start to bloom. I love daffodils and look forward to seeing them every year. It means spring time and warmer weather is just around the corner. The kids loved the flowers too, especially Emma and Samuel because they are at the age where they love to pick flowers! 🙂

The day for us to depart for the beach FINALLY came! I have to say that the time from when Andrew left in January until the day we left for the beach in March seemed to go by at a snails crawl!! It took FOREVER for the time to pass! However, the month we spent at the beach went by so quickly it makes my head spin! I don’t know where the last month went, and that is a great thing!!!! It means two things, one; we were having so much fun the time flew by, and two; we are now only FOUR days away from seeing Andrew again!!!! Even though I am sitting here in my bed and in my pajamas, my inner self is doing leaps and bounds, with giggles and excitement at the fact the we will finally be together again in four days!!!!💓

The Beach! My favorite place in the world! I’m convinced that I could live the rest of my life on an Island somewhere and be perfectly happy.🥰 God has other plans in mind I guess, at least for the time being….

On the first leg of our beach stay, I was very blessed to have Alesia come with us. She was a huge help with the kids, and we had a great time together! I am thankful to have such a wonderful mother in law!

We had the whole range of weather while we were at the beach, from cool and windy, to sunny and warm, from rain and wind, to all the above! Overall though, we were blessed with more warm sunshine than not. When we first arrived in mid March we were able to enjoy the beach with our sweaters and jackets. The kids played in the sand, and we scoured the beach looking for seashells etc.

One of the things I love about living close to the ocean is the fresh seafood available! We had fresh shrimp and fish on several occasions, and the recipe you see above is a shrimp scampi with pasta recipe. It is so good, fresh and simple! I will be making this even at home away from the beach!

One of my favorite places on the island is called the Lighthouse Bakery. It became our tradition to go get pastries from this bakery every Saturday morning for breakfast! Their cinnamon rolls are amazing! David loved the cinnamon rolls, Emma loved the cherry turnovers, and Samuel went back and forth, but I think he settled on the cream cheese Danish. The raspberry cream cheese Danish was my favorite.

Pictured below was our “beach home”! We loved it there! It was just a short walk down to the beach. The home was a lovely three bedroom town house, and we were blessed to make the acquaintance of the very sweet lady who owns it. She was so hospitable and loved having the kids around. You just never know who you are going to meet that will end up being more than just an acquaintance, but a friend. We hope to go back and visit her soon!

I have learned from past experience that you never know how your kids are going to react to the beach. One time you will go and they will love it. Another time, and they will be afraid and not like it. However I can honestly say that they ALL liked it this time!! Samuel loved it! Emma REALLY loved it! She thought she was a mermaid the whole time. 🙂 David loved it too, however by the end of our stay his love was waning a little bit. He is more into Pokemon and Mario than playing on the beach, but it was good for him too.

To be continued…

PK

Ends, In-betweens, and New Beginnings! March 6, 2021

Ends, In-betweens, and New Beginnings! March 6, 2021

This is the last weekend in our house! We close on the 15th, but the moving company is coming to pack and load our things next week! It is an ocean of mixed emotions! I love this house! Like so many other houses we have lived in, there are a lot of great memories here. Samuel was born and brought home to this house, and the kids have grown taller. 🙂 We have done a lot of improvements on the house. We completely gutted the kitchen! It was probably the first and last time we will ever do such a project! Andrew hated the whole process! I enjoyed it for the most part, and loved being able to design our own kitchen! I improved the function of the laundry room by adding shelving. My dad built the kids a play house in the back yard. The playhouse is one of the things I am really sad about! My Dad and David worked on that playhouse for several days together. I have pictures of the building process. Memories were made, and the kids still love their playhouse! There are lots of things to love about this old, beautiful house! 🙂

This past week we have been busy packing and doing some “last time” activities. In the past we have always packed and moved ourselves. This time the military is sending a moving company to pack and store our stuff. It is a whole new experience for me. I have been cleaning out, organizing, putting small items in Ziploc bags, and taking things off the walls. There is also a list of items they will not pack. I am pretty much a professional packer myself, so it will be interesting to see how the packing goes next week! My parents came last weekend and they helped by clearing out our attic (another thing the packers won’t do) and moving some furniture around for me. The kids had fun visiting with Papa and Nana too! I couldn’t help but share this picture of David and Samuel wrestling with Papa! It’s so stinking cute and hilarious! Monday, the kids and I went to retrieve some frozen meals from a restaurant that was gifted to us! I am thankful for less cooking this week! We have been spending time with Ms. Pam, who has been so gracious and helpful to us during this time! I honestly don’t think I would still be sane if it wasn’t for Ms. Pam! 😅 God sends certain people into our lives for a reason, and Ms. Pam has definitely been a God-send! We went to the zoo this week too, and met up with a special friend that I regret not getting to spend more time with over the past year! We had a great time, the weather was beautiful, and we were grateful to spend it with friends.

We are also excited about the future! We are counting the days until Andrew is done with training and we are able to be together again! We have been spending a lot of time talking on the phone, reading stories, playing games, and having tea times! The kids like to play with the filters on the phone, and Samuel has learned how to do it too! He looked so cute in the sleepy bear one that I couldn’t resist taking a picture! We also look forward to our weekly dinner and movie together!

We are going on an extended vacation until the end of April! For a short time until things are taken care of here we will be visiting my parents. Then we are going to go visit the beach for a while…!!! I am very excited about it!! In fact, it is what has made this whole process a lot less grim! I love the beach! The kids love the beach! I pray it makes the days pass quickly!

Love,

PK

Snow Much Fun! February 21, 2021

Snow Much Fun! February 21, 2021

This was a week filled with winter wonderland adventures! It was a once in your youth experience for those in Arkansas! We received seven or eight inches of snow last Sunday night and Monday, plus another five or six inches on Wednesday! The temperatures were deep freezer cold the entire week so it stuck around. We were fortunate to keep our electricity! However, we did lose internet, which was only a minor inconvenience. I just reminded my self and told my kids that this was how things used to be when I was a kid. We watched what came on the local tv station, and actually used our DVDs. 🙂 We had enough food to last the entire week and so we stayed inside and enjoyed the warm, played in the snow, and did fun snow activities all week long!

The first day we went out in the snow the temperatures and the wind were so cold!!! The kids literally lasted about ten minutes! We spent more time putting on extra shirts, pants, socks, shoes, coats, gloves, and hats than playing in the snow! 😅 Samuel’s reaction the first time out was, “It’s too cold! I want to go back in.” He also didn’t like the fact that the snow drifts were too deep for him to walk in. David, and Emma especially, loved the snow! Emma liked making snow angels, and David wanted to have snow ball fights.

I might have enjoyed playing in the snow just as much as the kids this week!

My Snow Angel

Wednesday when we went outside it was snowing. The kids were catching snowflakes on their tongues.

Samuel finally warmed up to the snow. He decided to lay down and make a snow angel too. 🙂

The first few days involved going out into the snow and discovering the awe and wonder of it all. For about ten minutes. Then coming inside to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. 🙂

Hot Cocoa

The real fun began about Thursday through Saturday. The temperatures were slightly warmer and we were able to stay out longer. We discovered giant ice cycles and made snow cream on Thursday! Emma had fun scooping the snow for the snow cream and helping me make it. Snow cream is not something I remember vividly from my childhood. I’m sure we probably did, but I just don’t remember it. So making snow cream was a new experience for me too! I was surprised at how easy it was to make. David and Samuel loved it, but Emma thought it was too cold. I enjoyed the taste of it, but I think because it was so cold I found it hard to eat very much.

Friday we went for a walk and found a slope by the pond just perfect for sledding! We walked back to the house and grabbed our beach boards. We don’t own a sled, but discovered that beach paddle boards work great on the snow too! The kids had a blast!! We sledded for a long time. My tail bone was sore on Saturday! 🙂 I took videos of the kids sledding, and I wish you could see it! Pictures didn’t quite do it justice!

Saturday we went back to sled some more! We discovered the snow was melty enough to build a snowman! We built one down by the pond while we were sledding. After we finished sledding we came back to the house and built another one in our yard! David built his own little snow man too! He was proud because it was his first ever snowman. 🙂

Today the snow melted quite a bit as the temperatures were well above freezing. We were able to leave the house this afternoon, and go get a pizza! 🙂 I feel sad that the snow is melting, but at the same time glad to be able to get out and about again.

Love,

PK