Tuesday, May 2, 2017

planning activities for summer break

In about a month, school will be out. The kids will be home all day long, every day. If I know my kids, they will want to be online at all times. To prevent this form happening, the husband and I have already started planning what to do to keep the kids busy. I am sure there will be plenty of trips to the beach to let them play and, if possible, to walk. The little man is also already enrolled for summer classes which he is looking forward to attending. I am thinking of enrolling him in a piano lesson class but I am not sure if it will happen. I have been putting this off for years now that I should just go on ahead and do it. I guess we will see in a few weeks. Speaking of piano lessons, a few musiciansfriend.com yamaha keyboards look interesting to me. It will be nice to get one for the little man but not before he learns how to play the piano better.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

siblings


These two, regardless of considerable age difference, get along pretty good. Oh, they have their moments of arguments and fighting mostly over a silly toy but most of the time they are good. They play the same online games. It helps that the little girl can read so she can keep up with the games her brother likes to play. They are a handful sometimes, especially when he teases her just about anything and she gets aggravated. But they kiss and make up and all is well again in our world. We hope that they continue that way, being nice to each other. We have been teaching the little man to be nice and protective of his little sister and for the little girl to respect her brother and they seem to grasp the importance of the values. Hopefully they will practice these good values and more as they get older. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

he wants a new musical instrument

So, the little man said he wants to learn to play the ukelele. He has not even mastered playing a piece on the guitar and now he wants to do something else. I told him I will not buy another musical instrument unless he can show me proof that he has mastered a single piece on the instruments that he has at home. Even the husband is in agreement with me over this issue. I know that if he applies himself, he can master any piece he wants in the piano, although I am not so sure about the guitar because it is a bit harder to learn. The little man said he will try, albeit grudgingly. He will have to get over it though because I am not giving in on this one. It is a shame too because if he only show mastery on how to play the musical instruments we have at home I would have given him something new to play with. I may even consider getting him a banjo seeing that there are a few banjos for sale at guitarcenter.com. Maybe I have made my point and he will make sure to learn more. I can only hope.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

bye, bye blankies!



These have been the little man's companion since he was little. The grayish looking one in the bottom used to be lighter blue. He has had it since he was a baby. The brown one is only a few years old. These two went on trips with us. Just recently though, he decided to give them both up. I was told not to throw them away just yet, just put them up somewhere just in case he will need them. He has not asked for either in a while. I am so proud of him! But at the same time, I am sad because he is growing up. He will be eleven years old in a few months and he has grown so much since that day daddy decided his little baby will need something to comfort him when he is upset. I have decided to keep the blankies, if nothing else but for the good and bad (these two have caused commotions a handful of times) memories they have brought us through the years.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

school trip

The little man went on a school trip to watch the Long Bay Symphony perform. He said he loves it. I asked if he had a good time which he said he did. I was told though that there was nothing but people playing instruments, just in case I guess I ask more details. I wondered what he would have said had I asked if he saw an event 20 20 at the event. Lol! He was dressed up nice because their teacher sent a note to dress the kids up for the event. His little sister told him he looked sharp which made him laugh. I like it that his class goes on school trips. It makes up for the things we do not do at home. He not only learns academics but current events and attends some social ones as well.

Friday, January 27, 2017

in need of guitar picks

I do not know why, but we always need a guitar pick. That is somewhat odd in a family where only two people play the guitar and only when they feel like it. So, we need to go to the store to buy more guitar picks. I am grateful that there is a music store nearby and that we do not have to go as far as guitar center north olmsted although it might just be worth the trip. The good thing about it is that it does not cost so much so we can buy more if we want. I do need to make this kids learn how to put things back where they should be because they always end up asking me what happened to their stuff. Me! Like I should be keeping an eye on everything! It will serve them right if I just stop picking up their things and let them dig through mess to find what they need. But, I dislike to see mess so I do pick up. I just do not know what happened to the pesky little guitar picks.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

wii u

The little man will get a wii u for Christmas. He already knows what he will get. He already knows the truth about Santa because his father had a talk to him about the guy in a red suit. I was not happy when it happened because I wanted him to believe for as long as he wants to but I was told that his son's list have become outrageous that it was time to tell him the truth. He is told not to tell his sister though which he agrees. So while his sister is talking about how excited she is about Santa bringing presents, he keeps his mouth shut. I think he may be a little bit excited for her. We talked about his options: either an xbox or a wii u. I would have bought the xbox for him but I have worries about the available games which I think is too mature for his age. Fortunately for me, he said he wanted a wii u so we agreed that that was what I was going to get him. I also bought amiibos to go with the pre-installed game. He is very happy. He will be a busy kid come Christmas morning when he sets up his new game console.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

the way to relax

There is nothing better than listening to good music when you are by yourself. That is what I do when the kids are at school and I am not swamped with assignments. Just kick back in the couch with the television on Youtube playing my favorite love songs from the 70's and 80's. I use Youtube because it is free. It probably would have been better if I had an ipod and a bose sounddock portable but since I don't, I am quite happy with what I have. The husband does not like my type of music because he said it is so sad and depressing. The love songs do sound depressing but listening to them make me feel better. I know it is weird. I doubt there are a lot of people who understand me but to each his own right? Besides, I let him listen to new songs that these new generation calls music without telling him my opinion so he has learned to keep his mouth shut when I am "relaxing".