Sunday, September 13, 2015

Long time no blog

Sorry, dear readers!

Here's some of what's been happening:

  • The big kids started school (C is in 8th grade and D is in 5th).
  • Baby T went from one day a week of parents' day out to two days.
  • C has returned to riding at the therapeutic horse place.  
  • The big kids are doing fencing this month.
  • C is working on getting "I'm a Yankeee Doodle Dandy" on the ukulele.  Her teacher wants her to perform it with him at the jam night that they do for students, ideally at 230-240 beats per minute.  (That's fast!)  
  • We have an agreement under which she gets $2 credited to her new ukulele account for every 15 minute practice.  Given that she's been working under the plan for months now, she's getting very close to $400.  $400-$500 will get something nice, although the upper tier of ukuleles is $1000ish and I don't think we'll wait that long.
  • C and I are planning a field trip to Fiddler's Green in Austin.  They have what looks like an amazing range of ukuleles.
  • I had for years been thinking, what's so special about Austin, but now that C has gotten serious about music, I'm starting to understand--there are resources in Austin that I've never seen elsewhere.
  • If we can manage it, we'll try to go to Hula Hut in Austin, which is a "Mexonesian" restaurant. 
  • This is still in the thinking stages right now, but C is thinking of starting a ukulele club at school next year.  If the school OKs it, I think we could do it.  We'd probably need to buy a few extra ukuleles, though.  Probably 2 or 3 $50 plastic ones would be a good start.  (There are ukuleles available for $40 and $50 that are real musical instruments and offer a lot of value for the money.)  
  • D is continuing to do rock climbing.
  • He also is very good at cartwheels.
  • We are gearing up for Baby T's birthday in the next month.  The initial plan is a drive-thru safari trip for the family and maybe cheesecake (Baby T's favorite!) with friends at home.  Simple and fun!

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