June 30, 2010

I awoke with sore finger pads this morning on my left hand.  Hooray!  I can only play a C chord and an F chord so far (because then Deadliest Catch was on so I had to walk away from google and practice what I had just learned.)  I’m one chord away from being able to play most of the songs in the world! 

I printed off some chord charts today and I am off to learn more.  I’m just so excited that my fingers hurt!  I feel like a real instrumentalist!  (I was about to write “musician”, but of course that’s not right.)


A New Adventure

June 29, 2010

Before today I had never so much as held a stringed instrument, nevermind plucked away or tried to play. Before today I always thought, “that’s great for them,” and returned to the instrument where each key made it’s own sound, it was easy, it was good.

Tonight I bought an ukulele.

I need to develop my ear, as now I’m responsible for tuning. And I’m learning to read chord charts.

I cannot tell you how excited I am!

According to a Three Year Old

June 27, 2010

When I am a good Mummy, I am Ahsoka.  I am obedient to him, Annakin, my master.  When I am good I am the Padawan.

When I am a bad Mummy I am sometimes Darth Mom, if not Darth Vader.  I have a mind of my own and do not bow to the will of the rebels.

Red’s Head

June 26, 2010

4/9/10:  I came to earth on a tornado.  Heavenly Father and Jesus were driving.

4/27/10:  Mummy, I love you so much.  That’s why I’m not cleaning up anymore.

Blue’s Clues

June 25, 2010

4/9/2010:  (when asked what it is that makes him a big boy)  I destroy.

6/10/10:  (while I was clipping his fingernails which had suddenly grown so long he drew blood from me today) No, don’t clip my claws!  Those are my claws!  Don’t clip my claws!!!

Pop Quiz: What’s Mummy’s Favourite Method of Communication?

June 24, 2010

As a regular part of Boy Blue’s playing script, he frequently says, “send me an email.”

Teacher Says (A Collection of Quotes through the year)

June 23, 2010

November: I wish I had a whole classroom of students like Little Red.

1/28: Red can read. [Yes.] Red can read in Italian! [I’m learning that.] Red can read Italian words he doesn’t know. I said, “read this” and he did. He went through the whole list. If I had the first grade list on me I’d have made him read those, too, but I wasn’t prepared for him to do that.

5/12:  [Chatting with Maestra Daniela in the copy room this morning.  She said she had just completed some reading tests (in Italian) with the children and just can’t believe what a good reader Red is.] ” If the class is averaging 10 (including the Italian kids: Sofia and Gabriello) then Red is at 25.  If you plopped him in a 1st grade class right now he’d still be decoding ahead of the class.” 
[And all I could think was “I can’t believe I forgot to read with Reed for 20 minutes last night!”]