Monday, September 10, 2012

Emily now

Since I'm doing general updates, let's go for another, this time Emily style. Here's Emily rocking her shades and favorite hat for her first day of preschool. That's my girl. She's learning a lot there, and I'm proud of her.

Tool time with daddy is one of her favorite things on earth. Rob has been very good about including her any time he's doing a home maintenance project, and this shot is from when he set up an awesome FHE with assorted screws and bolts to tighten and loose and let the kids practice (well, Elliot just played with sockets the whole time, but he was happy). Her most recent project was helping break down a chair we needed to toss, loosening many of the screws and bolts (it had survived a few too many barf incidents to feel OK about freecycling it...).

Playing with blankets is her other deep love. She rolls them up and makes a "couch" (pictured). She spreads them on the ground and asks me to turn on music so she and Elliot can run in circles on them. She requests forts. She makes beds for Elliot using couch cushions. She plays peekaboo. She does anything she can think of that involves blankets.

Other than that, she gets really excited when I let her help me do laundry and unload the dishwasher. She's getting more confident talking to adults - she'll now whisper to most adults, not just a select few. We'll work on talking to them. She really enjoys singing. And she's growing and growing.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Well, hello everybody. I realize it has been a long time since I've really talked about what I'm up to. I just share quirky things my kids did, give random opinions, or bomb you with mass quantities of vacation pictures. So here's what I'm up to.

I've been teaching piano lessons the past few months, and I'm about to take on a new family of students. Growing up, I didn't have much interest in music education, so I'm a bit surprised to be here. But I'm enjoying it. I like the one-on-one creative problem solving side of it. I like figuring out what gets a student excited, and how I can make a hard concept make sense. Sure, I do problem solving 24/7 with parenthood, but with piano lessons, the stakes are lower. I don't have to worry about them becoming drug dealers when they grow up because of my incompetence; the worst I can do is make them hate music forever.

I've been writing a biweekly YA book review column for an online publication. I'm writing under my full name, so I don't want to link it here, but if you're interested, friend me on facebook or email me and I can send you the link. I love books and love writing, so it is a good niche for me. It's nice to have a friendly forum where I can get some experience.

I just started doing a co-op preschool with some other moms in my congregation. I haven't taught yet, but I've been planning my lessons. Emily gets very excited about it, and keeps wanting to talk about things she learned there. :) She's also informed me she doesn't want me to teach her things; she only wants to learn in preschool. Glad to know I'm needed. The preschool also means I'm getting some one-on-one time with Elliot, and we're both enjoying that. Yesterday, he wanted to do a “dance party” for his “mommy time.”

Other than that, I've been trying to figure out this food storage stuff. Emily's been obsessed with crafts, so I've been trying to figure out how to do this crafty business (thank you, pinterest!). And as always, I try to squeeze in as many books as I can. That's me.