Music lessons have begun in this house. I really should’ve had my act together last year and had Gunnar start music lessons then, but oh well, at least now he has more choices than the violin and recorder. The school has an orchestra and they have another music program/company come in and give lessons after school one day a week and work with the orchestra. They had an assembly and demonstrated all the instruments to the kids. Gunnar came home and when we talked about signing him up for lessons, he had a one track mind set on trumpet. So trumpet it is. After his first lesson he fell inlove with it. Surprisingly, he can even play a tune. I thought it would be a few weeks before we heard anything come out of this thing, but nope. He practices too, lovely loud practices. We are leasing the trumpet with option to buy. Bet you didn’t know that you can lease instruments. When I saw the price tag on the trumpet I figured we better be sure that he wants to play this for many more years to come. Did I mention the trumpet is loud?
Hoping everyone is enjoying their weekend.
Uncle Zeb and I took the kids to see the 3D Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie last night. Really cute, and I laughed out loud multiple times. STEVE!
Spent Saturday at Riley’s Farm, met up with 4 other families. We picked pumpkins and I’m currently researching pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread recipes. If anyone has a favorite, please email me! Poor Aaron had to go to work at 2am to rescue someone stuck in an elevator. Even after all that, he still let me sleep in this morning and woke me up with a hot latte.
And in extremely exciting over the top news. I finally got an iPhone! Yes, I realize my hair is a tragedy, but I had to share before I showered. I have my priorities. Not to fear, the hot mess of my hair is under control and blown dry.
Greta can now identify the alphabet, uppercase mainly and about half of the lowercase letters. We’ve started playing alphabet bingo and she’s pretty thrilled with the whole ordeal. Sometimes she decides to be really adventurous and manages 2 cards.
And here’s what BINGO! looks like.
Alissa had a fantastic art party a few weeks ago. The kids had a ball and the crafts were so great. Good job Jane! Jane is crafty and creative and you could tell during this party. Who else would brave a huge paper mache bowl to make pencil holders involving balloons and felt? My kids just wore their tie dye t-shirts to bed last night. We’ve done tie dye in the past, but these shirts are so bright and vibrant, you would’ve thought we bought them.
And because I have THREE kids, I was lucky enough to get to do this paper mache project THREE different times. It was messy. But messy means fun.
The party girl picked out her own outfit and I couldn’t love it any more.
I didn’t really know what to do with this space above the end table that I bought at a flea market. When you walk in her room it’s that space to the left of her bed. Here is what it was before the end table. Empty wall.
And then we got the end table, which I posted about before.
And now I finished what’s above the table. I put together a little wall of Greta’s dresses, and one of my dresses from when I was a baby. Mine is the one on far right, and Greta’s are the other 2. I figure I can rotate her clothes too if I want to change the colors of the room a little.
1. STILL wish I knew how to knit. I have how-to books sitting on my bookshelf.
2. I wish I had a garden. If I did, I would plant tomatoes. Basil. Cilantro. Blueberries. Not sure if all those can grow together. Maybe that’s why I don’t have a garden.
3. I wish all the laundry in my home would magically get clean and then fold itself and find itself into their drawers. I can wish can’t I?
4. I wish I had different end tables in my bedroom.
5. I wish I get more than 6 hours of sleep one night this week.
6. I wish I found my core muscle today in pilates. no such luck. don’t think they really exist. will keep you posted. and yes, i am doing pilates. pick your mouth off the floor. it’s actually for my tmj, so i don’ think that technically counts as exercising.
7. I wish Coffee Bean had Winter Dream Tea Lattes available now, and not in November.
I think pictures are better than words for this trip.
because the cuteness factor is on high. She takes tap and then ballet.
Second one in from far right.
Been awhile since our last book post. And it’s not that we haven’t been reading over here, but it’s just slipped my mind with everything going on. Gunnar has been crazy obsessed with reading books from MY childhood. He is just loving it. And as he talks about it, all the memories come flooding back to me.
He reads in class when he finishes his work early. The first week of school he managed to start and complete Jack London’s Call of the Wild. It says it’s for grades 5 and up, but I think that’s a little skewed. I remember being younger when I first read this book. His second week of school he read and loved The Swiss Family Robinson. You remember that one right? The family traveling by sea, caught in a storm? Remember? And when he’s at home, he’s been enjoying Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet.
I still like to read to the kids most nights. And since they loved Roald Dahl’s The BFG so much, we stayed with him again and just finished Danny the Champion of the World. We started The Enormous Egg last night which Sawyer picked over the summer when he participated in Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program. Sawyer is a bit obsessed with The Horrible Harry series. He’s so thrilled to be in chapter books, but I still sit with him to make sure he’s pronouncing everything right.
I swear, between homework and just reading with the kids and them reading on their own, I feel like there is no time in the day. Some days, shhhh, I don’t make them read at all. I let them vegetate in front of the television and decompress for the day. Other days we just run outside, especially now that fall is here. It actually dipped below 80 degrees this week! Hooray for fall.
For me, I don’t know if I have written for awhile about what I have read recently. I will start and work backwards. Jane and I did a book trade and I just finished The Known World. It was very good, but I took too long to read it so I got confused because there’s a lot of switching back and forth through time and lots of characters. Before that I loved Unaccustomed Earth, just wonderful, I just wish that they weren’t short stories because I fell inlove with the characters and wanted to know more about what happens in their lives. And before that one I read Bel Canto, really good. Took awhile for me to get into it, but fascinating once I did. I have a new little stack of books on my bookshelf I would like to dip into courtesy from a generous mom who loves to read from the boys’ school.