This is Us

This.show. It is truly one of the best shows I’ve ever watched. I’m sad that the season is already over, but I’m excited that there are at least 2 more to go, and hopefully many more after that. I have fallen in love with these characters (Jack, you are truly the perfect husband) and their storylines. I love that I cry every episode, and I am always left wanting more. It’s TV at its finest!

Piano Chords

I’ve recently re-arranged our guest room, and I put our new keyboard under the window. I love how I can look outside while I play. Unfortunately, I still don’t know how to play. I haven’t had the time to practice, and I have no idea how to play a piano chord. I wish I could find something like the Guitar Center – chord buddy but for piano. Hopefully when work slows down I can start dedicating time to learn!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Movie

It’s my favorite time of year, Christmas! I’m sitting here watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer classic movie with my 3 year old, and I’m cracking up at all of the old school 1950s lessons. My favorite quote so far “No, this is man’s work!” It may be backwards, but the movie itself is still cute, and there are some good lessons, like how being different isn’t always a bad thing.

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I can’t wait to watch the Santa Clause and Elf with him. What are your favorite classic Christmas movies?

Dragon Slippers Series

I am currently enjoying the dragon slippers series books. I’m on the second in the series, Dragon Flight, where we find Creel working at her dress shop, post Dragon war. I love the vivid imagery the author is so good at writing in her books. I can just picture the beautiful dresses in the store. It has come out in this book that Creel is learning to play an instrument. Apparently the sound is terrible to the dragon’s ears, and she could use a numark mixer to make her sound better. It cracks me up that they have such sensitivity to sound. I am looking forward to seeing where this book goes. I hope it explores the love interest, Luka, a bit more.

Music House

It finally happened! I got a keyboard! I cannot tell you how excited I am to learn to play. This keyboard was a gift from a friend. After my failed attempted to learn guitar, which I bought from guitar center, I have hopes that the keyboard will be more my style. I still hope for my son to learn to play guitar, or keyboard as well. I just need to get some headphones so I can practice while he sleeps.

Musical Home

It’s no secret that we’re a music loving family. We listen to music daily, and have frequent and spontaneous dance parties, rocking out to monster beats in the kitchen. I recently purchased a wireless bluetooth speaker to go with our tablet. I don’t know why I waited so long to get one. Now we can jam even louder! I love watching little man dance his little jig, and get goofy with us. Nothing quite like ending the day with a good dance party with your toddler!

Musical Fun

Now that the Little Man is three, I’ve been even more adamant about getting him involved in music. I recently stumbled upon the NAMM show, the National Association of Musical Merchants shows, which showcases new musical products. I found all kinds of things that would be fun for him to play. I’d still love to get him started on a keyboard. I think the two of us could have a lot of fun playing it together. Maybe this Christmas we will give him the gift of music.

New House!

We finally closed on our new home last week! We have been hard at work on the home, painting and cleaning, getting it ready to move in. I love the open floorplan, the vaulted ceilings, and the baseboard molding. The only bummer is the vaulted ceilings make for some major noise traaveling. I feel like some GC’s sound proofing foam would be helpful around the door frames for the Little Man’s room.

Tonight is the first night we’ve stayed in the new home. We are so happy to be homeowners again! It feels good to be home.

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Spellcaster Series-Claudia Gray

I’m currently waiting on the third book in the Spellcaster series, The Sorceress. I just devoured (yes I like to think of fast reading as eating, is that weird?) the first two, Spellcaster and Steadfast. They were so well written, and I loved Gray’s version of spellcasting done through drawing up strong memories. It is such a unique way of looking at witchcraft that I haven’t read before.

I won’t go into a long synopsis of the books, but I will say I’m anxious to get my hands on the third in the series. I love the bond between Nadia and Mateo, and I am so intrigued by Verlaine’s storyline. I hope we get a satisfying conclusion in the Sorceress.

Custom Napkins and Birthday Parties

I have been daydreaming about party planning some more. With Little Man’s birthday just 4 months away, I keep thinking of things I can make to celebrate his big 3rd birthday. I think it would be fun to design some custom napkins for the big day.

I still need to think of the right theme for the party too. This year Little Man might have his own opinion on what he wants. Last year we had a train theme, and the year before we did a Little Blue Truck theme. This year he’s still train crazy, and completely obsessed with Thomas the Train. I thought about doing a vehicle themed birthday, with planes, trains and automobiles. I have a feeling we’ll be doing train theme, specifically Thomas.

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Fun custom napkins with Little Man’s name, and maybe really making the house look like the Island of Sodor would be pretty cool. We’ll have to find ways to make it different than last year. Either way, I can’t wait!