Monday, May 21, 2012


Yes I know that I already told you that we moved... however now it is our family blog that has moved... New Kulow Family Website and Blog

Monday, May 7, 2012

Catch Up

Well... things have been ubber crazy.  We closed on our house on the 13th of April.  We had to have the whole house replumbed, that started on the 16th of April and went until the 19th.  I picked up my dad from the airport the night of the 19th.  My mom flew in on the 21st.  We had movers on the 22nd... my parents watched the boys so that Michael and I could take of the the movers and such.  I took my parents to the airport on the 23rd in the afternoon.  Riah wound up with a nasty virus and we wound up in the emergency room the night of the 23rd and stayed at "hotel" Swedish through the 25th of April.  Then that Friday the 27th the other two boys got sick with high fevers and such.  That weekend was spent getting the rest of our stuff out of the old house and moved over to the new house and late nights of me cleaning the house.  Monday the 30th I had to get the keys to the rental company by noon and needless to say that did not happen.  A flat tire prevented me getting it there.  A midday two hour visit to our local auto repair shop was a "fun" way to spend my day with three tired, hot and hungry boys.  Needless to say when May 1st came all I wanted to do was sit in our new house with no plans... and that was what we did. 
We have officially been in our new house for one week and I love it.  Granted the heap of stuff to do is slightly overwhelming but it is our home.  Someone asked me this week if I am all moved in and I just chuckled.  Yes, all of our possessions are on this premises... boxes occupy the garage.  There are a few pictures on the walls but that was because I got a little stir crazy one afternoon.  Michael and I are both completion people and not process people.  The process is a little daunting and can drag on... I am having to find peace in the process right now. 
Thankfully, Michael is taking his final tonight for his class.  Ki is done with school next Wednesday and then we face summer time here.  I am hoping that once our schedule slows down a little we might be able to tackle some of the projects that will help me to feel more like we are living here rather than occupying. 
I am pretty easy when it comes to that... Michael's cousin will be building me a panty next week which will help a little since I have four pantry locations... the linen closet, the office, the living room and the very small pantry in the kitchen.  I have a fridge in my living room because our old one from the other house did not fit so it is sitting in the living room while it sits on craigslist for a new owner.  I have a few shelves that need to be put up and then I think I will feel like I can make it more homey and ours... 
Well I have to run, I have a bathroom to clean and then off to pick up Ki from school. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Home Owners

Phew!  Well after a forty five day escrow I can finally let the cat out of the bag... The Kulow family own their very first home!  YEAH!  I am very happy.  There were a few times during this whole process that I thought we would wind up homeless, in fact even this morning that thought crossed my mind.  A lot of thoughts and prayers went up and as of 12:30pm we now own a home. 
We are all very excited about the fact that we own a home and the great thing too is that it is less than a mile from where we have lived for the last three and a half years.  Which means that Zeke will be able to go to the school that I have enrolled him in, we are able to shop at the same grocery stores and everything is still very familiar.  I am very happy about all of those items. 
Michael actually took today off and once we had the keys his trip to Home Depot began.  The boys are laying down for their nap and Michael has a list a mile long as he hits Home Depot for the first of many trips.
Well, now all my pinterest pins will come in handy.  Lots of work ahead of us!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Upcycled Hubby's T-Shirt

Complements of Pinterest... I had seen a post where some one took their hubby's old t-shirt and made a skirt out of it and I was inspired.  Michael had a few shirts that I bought him a while back that never fit him right, either too tight on his arms or too short in the waist.  They have been sitting on the back of my office chair for a while now and just today I decided to try my hand at making a skirt.  Granted I am not a seamstress like my grandma and I do not follow directions well so I just began cutting and sewing.  I will first state that the first skirt did not turn out well at all and wound up being my trail.  After messing around with it a little more I began on the second shirt I had. 
I did not document the process because like I said, I was a wing'in it.  So I will try my very best to describe what I did and see if that helps...
I took my husband's shirt and cut it off from the armpits, leaving the shirt design on the top portion.  I took the sleeves from the shirt and cut them off, those became the top band of the skirt.  The bottom portion of the shirt was sewn with the loosest tension possible to make gathers.  Once the top portion was gathered I took the sleeves and sewed them together to make a band.  Then I took the gathered shirt and the top band and sewed them together.  I did not do any thing fancy and quiet honestly it looks a little sad at the top however I wear long shirts so it will be covered... right?!?!  ;-)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Busy Week

It seems like weeks go by faster than I can even think to keep up with.  This week was no exception.  Monday we had rain, Tuesday we had snow, Wednesday it was in the high forties, Thursday it was sunny and mid sixties and Friday it was seventy.  Monday was spent house cleaning, Tuesday spent laying around the house watching movies, Wednesday was spent running errands... school, speech and such, Thursday was MOPS and Friday the boys and I took a little road trip to visit Granny Joan (Michael's mom). 
On to another crazy busy week, but taking a few minutes to show and tell through pictures...

Monday, April 2, 2012

Pallet Love

Last week I asked Michael if he had any pallets laying around his job sites that he could swipe for me.  He asked me why and I simply said, "Well pinterest of course."  He said no, but I might be able to convince him otherwise.  I found some really cute ideas and I am wanting to duplicate them for our home...

Credit to
Also check out for a ton more cute and fun ideas!
Now you can see why I asked for pallets!  Love me some pallets!

Thursday, March 29, 2012


So maybe they just don't want me adding pictures to the main page and I can still add pictures to the body of the blog in the posts.  I will go with that for a little while until I get another nasty gram!

We Love You

Blogging Block

Well, after almost three years I have hit the blogging block on pictures.  So frustrating!  As you can see the front of the blog looks a little different, I don't have the usual title picture and I had to delete a few of the other pictures from posts as well.  Even after trying all that I have been informed by Google that I have hit my picture limit for this blog and if I would like to continue posting pictures I will have to start paying a few.  Well being the cheap skate that I am I have decided that I will not pay anything to post pictures instead I might actually just move the family blog to another site... the actual kulowhouse site.  Now for this to be done Michael will have to help me get it set up.  Being that he has been crazy busy and I know nothing about website stuff I am at a stand still.  So although you can read all my lovely posts there will not be pictures for a little bit.  How long you might ask... well who knows!  I was super bummed because I had taken some really cute pictures of the boys last week and I had full intentions of replacing and updating pictures only to get that dreaded note.  We'll see I suppose!

Thursday, March 22, 2012


LOL!  With a title like that I really am setting you up for a dud!  
Lately my heart and head have been going to some places that in my small world sound very profound and then once I actually sit down to write out my oh so profound thoughts I wind up spending ten minutes trying to think of those thoughts and walk away with the single thought... "Man, if I had a tape recorder for my mental thoughts I would be better off!"  Silliness I know, but that is just me.
Between my children yelling and me yelling at my children my oh so profound words are lost in the recesses of my mind. Between the first cries of Riah in the morning at a god awful hour of five to the time that I actually get out of bed when the other two have begun in on their yelling I loose the reminder of taking every thought captive and remembering that God is still on the throne.  As I am pouring Ki his bowl of Cheerios and him deciding that he wants Raisin Bran instead, I forget to be thankful that I have food to feed my boys.  As Zeke does his headstands in the living room banging his dirty feet against my white walls, I forget to be thankful that I have a place to call home.  When my boys are running around the house yelling and shooting their guns and the little Nerf bullets are landing all over my house for Riah to find and chew the tops off of, I forget to be thankful that I have three healthy boys. 
***As a preface to this next paragraph... I am by no means a Bible scholar - I am simply a stay at home mom looking for encouraging words in this season of life.  I realize that the verse that I am about to quote has a lot of meaning in it's context, however as a mom I took the verse and chapter and used my personal application license (that's real right?) and ran with it.  So, here is a glimpse into what I took away from the chapter...
This week I was studying Psalm 110 and there was a verse that stuck out to me for the life that I am in today... Psalm 110:3 "Your troops will be willing on your day of battle.  Arrayed in holy majesty, from the womb of the dawn you will receive the dew of your youth."  Now as a mom of three boys there is a lot that struck me... I feel like just about every day is a battle, I am faced with these three little faces that want me to pay all my attention to them, they need me for everything.  It has become my prayer this last week that I would be willing to attack each day with a willingness!  "Arrayed in holy majesty"...  as a stay at home mom I have found that my clothes really don't matter but my head went to being arrayed with the word of God.  For those times that my little men are screaming and I can feel the frustration in myself rising remember that I am the adult and that I can keep my tongue and show them the love of Christ because sometimes, in all honestly that is about all that is present.  "from the womb of the dawn"... on a daily basis... that goes back to my willingness and every day at that god awful hour that Riah wakes up remind myself that I am being an example to my boys of what a wife and mother should be.  "the dew of your youth"... I guess being that I am caring for these three youngsters I pray that I would have that same excitement and zeal for each day that they have.
To add to my profound thoughts... I thought I would share a poem that was shared at MOPS last week that I think brought about this sense in my heart...

I started my day early,
Before the room was light.
I lifted my son from his crib
And wished it was still night.
But as I held him close and said,
"Hi, Kenneth, precious one,"
I knew that as I greeted him,
I greeted too God's Son.

When my daughter woke up later,
Calling, "Mommy!  Mommy!  Down!"
I picked her up and hugged her
In her worn Elmo nightgown.
I know she felt the closeness
That a mother's touch affords.
I welcomed not just Ellie,
But so, too, the Lord of Lords.

That day, I mixed some formula
And opened jars of peas.
I fixed some "pizza butter" bread
When she grinned and said, "Pleeeeease."
I heated up some leftovers;
I had to nuke them twice.
And when I fed my children,
I was feeding Jesus Christ.

I made some funny faces,
And "played puzzles" on the floor.
I dressed kitties, ran around outside,
And played with them some more.
We laughed and jumped and tickled,
Making memories to be stored.
When I spent time with my children,
I spent time with my Lord.

I wiped up sticky cereal
And washed the dishes clean.
I straightened, picked up, put away,
And dusted in between.
I did six loads of laundry
And folded it like new.
When I cleaned for my children,
I cleaned for my Savior, too.

When my children were both crying,
I held them in my arms.
I cuddled them and whispered
That I'd keep them safe from harm.
I told them how their Father saved them
With His perfect Lamb.
When I comforted my children,
I comforted I AM.

Later on that evening,
I put them in the bath.
I washed their little bodies
As they kicked around and splashed.
I dried them in soft towels
And put their jammies on.
When I had washed my children's feet,
I'd washed the Holy One.

I cooked and cleaned and rearranged,
Made beds and taught and played.
I made sure that we had food to eat
And that we often prayed.
I died to self.  I made a home
From ordinary things.
But when I served my children,
I served the King of Kings.

To some, I have done nothing,
But to two, I've done the world.
I made eternal difference
To my precious boy and girl,
And to the One who watches over
Every pathway that I've trod.
For when I've loved my precious children,
I've loved Almighty God.

 - Megan Breedlove (

Monday, March 12, 2012

Thank You Pinterest

I know that I have mentioned before my love for Pinterest but I thought I would share some of the love with you...
Soooo - Thank you pinterest for the following recipes.  
No Bake Granola Bars Just made these tonight.  To the oat mixture I added 2tbs of flax seed and 2tbs of coconut.  We had them as a late night snack and they were yummy. 
Baked Apple Chips Just made these tonight and they were yummy.  I will admit that I ran out of cinnamon and used allspice and it was okay but the first few that I made with the cinnamon were much better.  I made them with two granny smith apples and I had to double the cinnamon/brown sugar mixture (maybe I should have been a little more sparingly flipping the apple slices!)
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Okay these are THE BEST cookies ever.  I made these a few weeks ago.  I was super bummed and worried because the website was down that had the recipe and I was going through withdraws. 
Oreo Rice Krispies Okay so I haven't made these yet.. but I bought all the ingredients and I am planning on making them Wednesday.  Does it get any better?  Really?
Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies  I made these a few weeks ago in my attempts to use up the Costco oatmeal and these were worth it!  Yummy!
Sweet and Salty Chickpeas  Here was another attempt to use up Costco purchased amounts of stuff.  These were pretty good.  The boys liked them but honestly if they are not eaten fresh from the oven they really are not all that good.  So make them up and plan on sitting down and eating them all.
Frozen Banana Bites I made these for a MOPS morning and they were all gone quick.  They are yummy.  I made sure that they were totally covered but I think if/when I make them again I will not worry about covering the whole banana and just dip in the bottom portion and them freeze with the top of the sliced banana bare for better finger grabbing and eating.
Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds I think I already wrote about these back in October but I honestly can't wait for pumpkin season to come around again just for these! 
I have plenty more recipes to try but these are some that I have made and will keep stashed in my little pin board for later! 


I feel like every time I sit down to do a post I always start off with... things have been crazy busy... well this post will be no different.  I wanted to share a few pictures though... Enjoy!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Homemade Granola

I don't know why it never occurred to me to make my own granola, however last week we were over at a friend's house and she said that she had just run out of hers and she needed to make some more.  A light bulb went off... I could make granola.  I have been trying to use up items that we have in the house and for the Costco amounts of oatmeal I have been making oatmeal cookies which I like but the boys were not hip on.  I asked for her recipe but she has been making it for so long that she doesn't have a recipe and just adds stuff because she has a sense of the taste and amounts.  So I have been looking through a few recipes and I decided on combining a few...  Let me just say the house smells so yummy (between the granola and the puled pork for dinner - YUMO). 
So if you too purchase Costco style and have copious amounts of oatmeal laying around here is what I did and I will tweak it a little in the future but it was a good base to start with.  Plus it was a family affair.  I let the boys help and they thought that was the coolest thing.  I will admit that is not my style - I usually just like to get it done myself but I thought they might really enjoy it and it would be an opportunity for some bonding time.  Any way... here is what we used...

Kulow House Granola -
6 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
1/2 cup of golden flax seeds
2/3 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup of packed dark brown sugar
2 tbs of water
2 tsp of vanilla extract

In a large bowl, toss oats, coconut and flax seeds.  In a saucepan over medium heat, cook oil, honey, brown sugar, water and vanilla until well fixed.  Pour over oat mixture and stir to coat evenly.  Pour into two greased 13"x9"x2" baking pans.  Bake at 275 degrees F for 45 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes .  Cool, stirring occasionally.  Store in an airtight container.

I think the next time we make it I might add some craisens or even dried apples. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Backyard Play Day

So this morning I woke up and it was blue skies to the east and I was hopeful when I got out of the shower and clothed myself in a pair of capris.  By nine it was getting darker and darker, by nine thirty it was a snow globe outside.  By eleven it was done snowing and it was forty eight.  I dressed the boys in some warmer clothes and sent them out to be boys.  All this snow and cold weather has been dampening their play time.  I peeked out on them and ran for the camera...
Some kids get those stick horses to ride on... not Riah, a snow shovel is all he gets.

No fear... in him that is, in me - well that is just another story!

My boys all love playing with the swim goggles, Riah is no exception.

This is a little peek in to my world with Zeke and Ki - Check out Zeke's face and then check out Ki's... LOL

Like I said - Ki is a breed of his own!