Monday, October 31, 2016

Great Wolf Lodge

I see I'm a bit behind on the blog.  Here's some of what's happening:

  • We did a weekend at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine a week ago and managed to hit Legoland, too.  Legoland was too loud for Baby T, but she did enjoy the quieter outdoor play area and got to drive a car all by herself around a loop.
  • At Great Wolf Lodge, C got to do a quest, D got to do the ropes course, and Baby T got to color a t-shirt souvenir.  So, everybody got a special thing.
  • I was initially very concerned because it turned out that the lobby was all decked out in scary Halloween decorations (many, many Thanksgiving platter sized fake spiders on the ceilings and walls) and I was worried Baby T would freak, but she was OK with it. 
  • I actually didn't do any barefoot time at Great Wolf Lodge (pitter pattering around the water park is a no no for me), but I still have my peroneal tendonitis flaring up after the trip.  Bummer!
  • I'd like to take the kids to the aquarium in Grapevine (across from Legoland in the mall)--the map made it look fantastic--a lot like the aquarium in Finding Dory!  We didn't go partly because of lack of time, partly because Baby T was really scared by it.  (Her current worries are dark and loud noises.)  
  • I took the big kids to see Kubo and the Two Strings at the two dollar theater yesterday.  It's very artsy, but still entertaining.  Origami magic!  Sentient origami!  But much too scary for Baby T.
  • Baby T is doing very well in her one-day-a-week PDO program.  I wish it were at least two days, but it's a good program, so I guess that will have to do.  

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Club ideas

I was floating the idea to C that the more experienced beginners could help total beginners at ukulele club.

C told me, that in her opinion, the enthusiastic senior is not a beginner anymore.  On reflection, I think she's right about that--he was playing actual songs.

It's kind of a bummer that he's a senior and won't be around next year, but if he keeps turning up, I should encourage C to delegate some instruction to him, as well as make time to play something with him.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Ukulele Club!

C ran her October meeting of Ukulele Club today, having flyered earlier this week.  I brought five ukuleles in cases, four electronic tuners, three copies of Hal Leonard's Ukulele Method Book 1, From Lute to Uke and handouts.  The returning students were starting to use the tuners and look at the books by themselves.  We had six attendees total (C, three beginners and two self-described "ultra beginners") and then I think two who came in at the very end just as we were starting to pack up.  I believe our youngest two attendees were 8th graders and there was also an enthusiastic senior who wants to learn Hey, Soul Sister (an actual ukulele song, apparently!).    

Our first meeting in September was a little ragged (and HOT!) with people coming and going, but I really felt like things were gelling today.  Three students brought their own ukuleles, which shows a lot of commitment, and it looks like they've been working on their own.  I also was impressed by the fact that those three had technical questions and was thrilled that C was able to answer all of them.  The main problem was that there's only one C and there were at least two levels of beginner, so she was shuttling back and forth between the two groups.

Although we only get about 20 minutes of actual meeting time with these lunch meetings, I was really impressed with the amount of ground covered today.  I feel like the beginners are very close to the point where they'll be able to teach other people.

The current plan is to do another lunch meeting in November and then (if possible) try to do a longer after-school meeting in December to learn carols.    We'll also probably do just one meeting a month this year.

Next year, there are two things that would be nice to introduce:  twice a month meetings and an official organizational structure.  It would be nice for C to be able to share organizational responsibility with at least one other fellow student.

Sunday, October 9, 2016


Here's some of what's happening:

  • At Baby T's request, my husband machine and hand-sewed her a stuffed purple crocodile from an online pattern.  The back ridges are super.
  • We are gearing up for Baby Girl's birthday week.  (Baby Girl had lots of ideas for the cake.)  My husband and the kids made a cake for her--two layer chocolate, mini York patties between the layers, bright aqua frosting with whipping cream in it, bubbles made from white fondant.  Tomorrow, for the party, we'll be adding the big Dory-with-coral-reef candle.  
  • I've gotten back to using my recumbent bike at home.  ("Back" is kind of the wrong word here, as I did a lot of riding at the gym, we bought me a bike, and then I didn't use it...)  Chip and Joanna Gaines are helping me along--I'm 4 or 5 episodes into season 2 of Fixer Upper.  

Monday, October 3, 2016

C goes electric (again)

Here's some of what's happening:

  • My husband set C up with a piezo buzzer and Guitar Rig 5 and C was playing medieval lute music on an electric ukulele this evening.
  • I did some Wii yoga (carefully avoiding the one-legged poses) and D and I did downward facing dog together.
  • D got to do some cave exploring this past weekend with his daddy!
  • D also got to try a stand up paddle board at the marina this weekend.