Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Kid's Music Post

I've been meaning to post about this for a while.  I just realized that late at night and early in the morning, when I'm cozy in my bed, I think in blog posts.  But then never post!  I'm so lazy. :)

To start, I LOVE kids music!  After hearing adult song after song about love, sometimes it's a relief to hear a song about dancing hippos, am I right?!  That's all we listen to in the car and at home, unless James is around.  Then we listen to "Dad's music" (radio), which gets a groan from all of us.  :)  My current favorites:

Raffi- the biggest name in kid's music, if you have to start somewhere, start here.  I love his mellow voice, and it's always good calming music.  And I like that he sings about real stuff, like Jane Goodall, Canada, American Indians, and bananaphones.  Baby Beluga is a favorite.

John Lithgow- I know, the actor!  He is so expressive and fun to listen to.  Singin' in the Bathtub was his first album, and my favorite.  I can just picture him singing, having the best time.  

Justin Roberts- I've actually been to a concert of his, so fun!  These are definitely songs for dancing and having a good time.  His Meltdown album is good, but his most recent, Popfly, is my most favoritest.  

Steve Roslonek- I guess he's getting pretty famous, being on PBS and having performed at the White House easter egg roll.  His album Marvelous Day is so fun.  Spurtle the Turtle is my favorite.  And Fast Monkey. :)  This is fun upbeat music too.

Jessica Harper- I like her rich, mellow voice.  And her talking/singing style that makes it seem like she was just talking to her kids and turned it into a song.  Rhythm in Her Shoes is our favorite.

Tom Chapin- kid's folk music.  He also sings about cool stuff, like the origin of ragtime, recycling, shyness, and lemonade stands.  Check out Billy the Squid first, we love the Ghost of Bleak House.  Brighton and Brooklyn can pretty much sing the thing from memory. (Okay, I can too.)

So there you have it folks, a good starting list.  Wait, I forgot Sandra Boynton!  Check out all of her CDs, they are great.  Philadelphia Chickens has Kevin Bacon, Kevin Cline, Meryl Streep, Laura Linney and more performing.  Happy listening!! 

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Whenever I start to think that I am having the yuckiest time ever, blessings start slapping me in the face. Which is exactly what I need when I'm feeling sorry for myself. Yes, I do have down days. Even though I have exceptionally easy kids and a wonderfully helpful husband. Sometimes my positive attitude can't pull me through.

One of my biggest problems is that I feel that I (well, we)have to struggle and work so hard for things. Especially of the financial sort. Jobs never land in our laps, even though my husband is such a great employee that every employer he has ever had lavishes him with compliments and raises. See, another blessing. Even though James started out at a measly $7.5o an hour a few months ago, he's already been given an un-heard of $1 raise. Stuff like that. I feel like if things are crappy, if I just wait and have patience and faith, I see the blessings. So it's hard to be down for very long. :)

Anyways, what was I saying? Oh yeah, struggling. Maybe this is what life is like- budgeting and being careful and doing without. I'm getting pretty good at it, it's just the Christmas season. At first I can't think of anything I need, but after a few days, the list gets longer and longer. Why can't I have $150 boots, huh? But I do live pretty comfortably and have three clean happy kids- and so on. So why gripe about having less shoes than the average female?

I think all these tight budget years are to teach me a lesson. James doesn't need to learn it- he's happy with 20 bucks a month to spend on fast food. If only I could be so content! :) It's definitely me.

I can't remember my point now. Just that I'm thankful for my blessings!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

great gift idea

I just saw these on a friend's blog, and I think they are so creative and unique.  I never enter these contests, because I feel like there is zip chance of me winning, but here's hoping... :)

Monday, December 1, 2008

My Latest Creation

I am so proud of this!! The pictures really don't do it justice. (I've tried a couple times to rotate the pics but it's not working, so sorry for the neck cramp.) I saw this advent calendar in the December issue of Parents magazine, and wanted to whip it up myself. Although the instructions were not as exact as I like (so I could copy it exactly and not have to do any hard thinking). This is all out of felt, and the ornaments go in the pockets for the girls to take out one a day until Christmas. I want to make a really nice one involving a nativity instead of a tree eventually, but that will wait a few years until I have the time and moolah.
These ornaments I designed myself!! I'm really pleased with how they turned out, considering my lack of artistic ability. I still need 4 more, 2 snowflakes and 2 gingerbread men. I have tried two nights in a row to come up with them, with no success. Help me Rachel! :) So, I'm leaving those until the last and will keep plugging away.
Anyway, this was fun for me to make, and only cost $9! Merry Christmas!