Monday, January 23, 2017

Ukulele Club

C and I did ukulele club this past week at school.  I think we had a total of 9 kids (including C herself) and C said she had fun.  I wish, though, that they hadn't all appeared about 10 minutes before the end of lunch...I think there are two girls that are making progress, though.

C's going to have one last lesson devoted to polishing up her Lute to Uke songs and then it will be time for Lord of the Rings pieces.

C was also giving D a lesson tonight of their own accord.  (Both kids are motivated by the fact that they each get $2 per 15-minute lesson.)

C has only 400 15-minute practices to go until I book the cruise.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Three little kittens house

This morning Baby T finally earned her pink-roofed Little People doll house.  We used to have an almost identical one that Baby T used to keep in her crib, but it had a career-ending accident (don't ask) and we threw it out.  A year or two later, Baby T started to want a doll house.  I showed her a whole bunch of different options (including a couple of adorable Hello Kitty ones), but Baby T settled on one that was almost identical to the old one, but with a basket of kittens that meow.  She got enough potty points this morning to get it.

Baby T has named it the Three Little Kitten house and the kittens have been hosting their Paw Patrol friends.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Baby T on winter

Baby T:  I give up on winter.  That's the season I give up on.

I'm done, too--especially when it's drippy 49 degree days with intermittent thunderstorms in the forecast.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

School has started

Here's some of what's happening:

  • D has had his first week back at school.
  • C has officially had her first week back--but in the form of a big school road trip to Dallas/Ft. Worth.  This is only the second time C has ever done an overnight trip without family (the first time was last year for the Junior Classical League), so it's a big deal.  The kids are on notice that if they accumulate too many class trip demerits, they won't go on the senior trip to Europe (!).  Some trip demerits were accumulated, but not by C. 
  • The electronics rules were so strict that we didn't even bother to send C a phone for the road.
  • One of the class trips is to New Orleans--brave, brave teachers.
  • In DFW, C's class went to a play, visited an art museum, did an "etiquette dinner," visited a botanical garden and (the piece de resistance) the Ft. Worth stockyards, where the kids shopped 'til they dropped (especially at the candy store) and a large number of them acquired ponchos (it was a cooold day).
  • C had several days off from music, but her teacher has officially checked off each of the songs in her beloved Lute to Uke book, which is a collection of Renaissance lute music adapted for the ukulele.  We are taking this week for C to polish her songs and produce a "greatest hits" session for her teacher, and then it's on to finding C Lord of the Rings ukulele tab.  Her teacher is very excited about that.
  • C had been working through the Lute to Uke book since May or June, so this is the close of an era.  
  • We've also learned of a new, conveniently close ukulele club.  It may be disappointing (they have kind of a terrible location and the photos show a sparsely stocked music store), but C is interested, their next meeting is on my calendar, and we're going to try it out. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Scared of baking II

On reflection, that didn't sound like a "baby," did it?

Scared of baking

Baby T (apropos of nothing):  I'm scared of baking when I'm bigger!

me:  I'll put it in the oven.

Baby T:  Thank you!  I'll do the mixing.