Videos, By Request

Everyone,

Every week my mom and I set aside a night to talk on the phone together. We typically talk for at least 2 hours, sometimes more. We’ve been doing this for several years now, and I always look forward to it.

This week, she asked me about the boys singing along to the CD that I mentioned here. I said that I had gotten a little video of it on my ipod and she begged to see them.

So by request, here are 3 little videos of the boys singing!

This one is the first video I took. I am amazed that they knew the words. We sing this often at their school. Please excuse the goldfish eating.

This next video is of a song they heard for the first time. It was SO cute how they were laughing at the animal sounds.

This last video the school always ends with. I amazed that they knew the words!

What fun, cute kids we have.

Safire

PS- I guess it pays to mention that we were parked listening to the music and I was not driving at the time. ‘Cause that would be dangerous.

Music Lovers…or not?

Everyone,

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned it before but the boys and I go to a state based and run preschool every week. Meaning that we go to preschool paid by the state and run by some pretty awesome teachers.

The boys are learning a lot there. Not only do they get to play with toys (yay, someone else’s toys are super fun!) but they learn shapes, letters, colors, numbers, hear stories, and do a craft. They sit so well during circle and story time. They clap with everyone, can count to 10 in Spanish, and answer the teacher’s questions about the stories they are read.

They love their crafts. They made turkey feathers today and decorated them very nicely. Last week we made spider doughnuts. They are always very anxious to get their craft supplies and have at it!

One thing they don’t love? The music time. There is always about 10 minutes of music and dancing time after playing and before story time.

They boys DO NOT participate. They paw me to pick them up. They hang on my legs and scowl at the teachers. They scream and hide behind me when anyone tries to engage them during that time.

The teachers and I have brainstormed how to get them more involved. We’ve tried having me leave during that time (they just cried) or having me be really involved (they glared at me and tried to get me to stop).

I had decided to just grin and bear it and accept that the boys are probably not music lovers. They don’t mind the music at home and will dance with Butterfly but don’t dance on their own.

Then last week they started with instruments during music time. The boys were SUPER interested. They loved shaking the noise shakers. And then they participated during the rest of the music time.

The teachers and I were floored! They gave me a CD of all the songs to listen to at home. Today, I put in the CD in the car on the way to preschool.

They knew all the words.

And sang along.

And could keep the tune.

Just goes to show you that you have no idea what’s going on in these kids heads.

Ever.

Safire

QOTW: Cute Sayings

Everyone,

We went to church as a whole family today!  It’s the first time in 3 weeks we’ve all been.  And we were on time.  We were on time enough to listen to the prelude music from the organ.  Professor, pulled out a hymn book, opened to a page with music on it (not just writing) and proceeded to sing.  With gusto.

“Ah wehh ohh doo la pu!  Moooo peee!”

We had everyone around us chuckling.  Until the opening song.

Then Professor really belted it out.  Pirate joined him and everyone had to have their own hymn book.

Then people were visably laughing at our virtuoso.  Uncle MusicMan would be so proud.

Safire

Edited to add: Another funny saying I thought of after I published this: Professor wants to be carried. Everywhere. And he doesn’t just ask to be carried, he stops dead in his tracks, gets a very worried look on his face and says, “Legs broken!”

Writing Prompt: Music

Everyone,

Because I’m pretty sure you don’t want to hear about how I babysat more (and different) kids today (and changed 5! poopy diapers), here is another writing prompt.

What was your favorite song this year? Five years ago? Ten years ago? Twenty?

Let’s start in the past and go from there.

20 years ago I was 10 years old.  And all I wanted to listen to was the oldies station.  I knew all the words to all the songs.  But my favorite was Rockin Robin.  I know all the words still.  It was the one song that I used to call the station to request the song.  Sadly, there isn’t a really reliable oldies station in DC (or is there?) and I miss all those songs that I know all the words to.

10 years ago I was 20 years old.  I had just gotten married and my favorite songs were all about L-O-V-E.  And that year, I loved Praying for Daylight by Rascal Flatts.  See, in 10 years, I went from oldies, to high school 90′s music, to rock, to country.  Big changes, I know.  But I love country music because it tells a story.  And it reminds me of the oldies music, because they also told good stories.

5 years ago, I had just had Butterfly and I was deep into kiddie songs and lullabies.  But mostly this song: In My Daughter’s Eyes by Martina McBride.  Especially the last part of the song, about how happy she made me.  And she has made me SO happy.  I still cry over this song.

And my favorite song this year?  I think it’s a tie between this one and this one.  Which one do you like better?

Safire