C is finishing up her Easy Classical Ukulele Solos book. C is very into classical music for the ukulele and appreciates the difficulty of the pieces. At her last ukulele lesson, we discussed her next move with her teacher, and both C and her ukulele teacher seemed very excited about the book From Lute to Uke (which is Renaissance lute music adapted for use on the ukulele), so I've ordered that. For the long-term, there's talk of moving forward chronologically. That will hopefully eventually include Rob MacKillop's amazing adaptations of Baroque Spanish music for the ukulele. Here is RM playing one of his Spanish Baroque pieces. If classical ukulele continues to be C's thing, there are a number of books available to work with.
As we will be visiting family in about a month, I am also encouraging C to spend the month of May working on some gospel and country western pieces.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Baby T wants a computer. It needs the following features:
- has Hello Kitty on it
- has games
- has Minecraft
- she can use it to draw unicorns
- it needs to be in the kitchen
- it needs to have buttons with words and also numbers
"It's going to be my computer," she says.
It's not just the computer. Baby T also wants the booster seat with Hello Kitty on it. I have actually promised to get it for her for when she turns 4.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Here's some of what's happening:
- Baby T packed her own lunch this morning for preschool: a yogurt, goldfish, and a mandarin orange. She did forget to pack a spoon, but she's only 3.5...
- So much rain!
- C went to a junior high dance and liked it. There was some back and forth because first she wanted to go, then she didn't (because dancing), but then she heard that there wouldn't be much dancing at the dance and decided to go. There did turn out to be a lot of dancing at the dance (and a kid dressed up as a panda), but C had a good time. (One of her friends taught her a little waltz.)
- D did an indoor climbing competition this past weekend. It was HARD, even though he was in the kids' division. 10 and 11-year-old Austinite climbers are an impressive bunch, especially the ones that are on an actual team with an actual coach. But D did improve.
- C likes Water Music on the ukulele--she feels like it uses the capabilities of the ukulele very nicely.
- We've got about 6 more weeks of school. Sooooon.
- I have an actual yoga mat now and I continue to do yoga with C from time to time.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Here's some of what's happening:
- Right now, Baby T is swiffering the kitchen floor. Go, Baby T!
- C did some yoga with me last night. I'm paying her $2 per 15 minute session--we did 30 minutes last night. I've informed C that part of what she's getting paid for is nagging me into doing it. I'm finding several poses more and more doable but think I should probably avoid the one-legged poses. I can touch my toes--yay!
- C is saving for her big senior trip to Italy in four years. We've done the math, and she needs to save $77 a month to pay the projected trip costs, plus have some pocket money. We have been doing a check-in at the end of the month for several months now and she hands over $77 a month to the Bank of Mom and Dad (a non-FDIC insured institution that pays 3% interest a year) and any surplus for the month is transferred to her spending money. C is pretty good at hitting the $77 every month, but she has to really hustle to get any spending money above that.
- The Bank of Mom and Dad paid out the kids' interest after tax time this year, much to the kids' delight. Now that both kids have accounts with us in the mid-three figures, 3% is very nice.
- C also accrues $2 for each 15-minute ukulele practice she does in her ukulele practice fund, which is spendable on music stuff. She is getting close to having 1/3 of what she needs for a ukulele cruise to Alaska. She won't have enough in time for that summer 2016 cruise and that particular group isn't doing a 2017 one, but I'm hoping that either some other group will do a 2017 Alaska cruise or that Chee and Maisel will do a 2018 one.
- D has been enjoying his climbing rope.
- C says, "the zebra gets to blow out the candles."
- For Easter, my husband and C both did chocolate molding. C did white chocolate bunnies, lambs and chicks (dying the chicks yellow) and my husband did large dark chocolate bunnies.
- The kids and I colored eggs, using a gold gel kit from the store. Baby T dyed about half the eggs by herself. C did all of the work with the gold.
- The big kids helpfully packed up the plastic eggs with chocolate for our egg hunt.
- My husband hid the eggs and the kids all hunted, with Baby T getting a three-egg head start. Baby T was so effective, though, that we are planning to cut her handicap down for next year.
- For Easter lunch, we had our traditional egg-and-sausage sandwiches and C cooked us French toast for dinner.