Monday, March 31, 2008

Easter

We had an egg hunt with friends on Saturday.






Dying eggs Saturday night.


We had a friend and the missionaries from church over for dinner on Sunday. Everyone had baskets, but the bunny hid them.


Ahh, nothing says Easter like freshly fallen snow. K watches Nick shovel the walks.


"Daddy go??" Keyton inquires.


What a looker.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Spring Break 2008

Keyton kicked off the week by learning a new trick.



We went to Choo Choo Bobs for story time with Engineer Steve and to play with the trains.




We decided we needed a pet for the week. What better than $0.12 feeder fish? I think the entire endevor set us back $1.64. Fish and Chips are still swimming strong despite Nick and I's predictions to the contrary.







At the beginning of the week it was in the 40's and all the snow was melting. We went on an adventure around the lake. I ran while Nick and Keyton collected sticks and rocks and barked at dogs.




Much, much, much to our dismay Friday brought a foot of snow. Even though Nick and Keyton had fun playing in it, I remained pretty grumpy about the whole idea. Where's Spring?!?


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Music that won't make you sick


Does the lack of well produced children's music make waking up from naps hard or give you the stomach flu too? During the two years I taught elementary school music I was always on the hunt for good kids songs or song books. It's pathetic how little is really out there. It's either super childish, like to the point of being patronizing, or super cheesy, like if I have to listen to that I am liable to loose my sanity right here on the spot.

Even though I'm no longer teaching, I'm still on the look out for songs to rock out to with Keyton. So for all you who are in a similar pickle, here are some of my favorites. Post your favorites too. Together, perhaps we can find something both us and our kids can bear.

Laurie Berkner She is my favorite by far. All of her her albums are great. I especially like her songs: "Victor Vito" and "I Know a Chicken". Her latest album, I think, doubles as a DVD and has a music video?

Sesame Street, Fiesta! I'm not sure if that's what it's called but it's a the Spanish one. Other sesame street albums I've listened to are annoying (beware of the bath time album, it is bad news), maybe you'll think this one is too, but I like it.

Fisher-Price Little People's ABC Sing-along. Has a cute song for each letter of the alphabet, also not annoying.

Arthur and Friends: the first almost real not live CD: This is a childhood favorite of Nick's. I especially like the "library card" and "my night light" songs.

Sandra Boynton Has many good books that can be sung, or explore animal noises --which is good for young children. Vocal exploration will help them find their singing voice when they're muscles are ready for that, if you wanted to know. I'm partial to the books "snuggle puppy" and "your personal penguin". She also has produced two albums I think, "Philadelphia Chickens" is one I'm familiar with. I really like some songs and don't care for others. Overall I think it's okay.

Beethoven's Wig
Well, these are pretty cheesy. They're words sung to famous orchestral works, like to Bethoven's 5th symphony (you know, da-da-da-duuuuuuuuu, da-da-da-duuuuuuuuuu), they sing: "betthoven's wig, is very big. . .". Think Weird Al meets Baby Einstein. The classical songs are also on there without any singing.

Jack Johnson I really like the soundtrack from the Curious George movie. It has a grown up feel with kid themes. The Oregonian in me especially likes the reduce, reuse, recycle song.

Phil Collins Tarzan soundtrack. The song "Trashing the Camp", performed with Incync is classic.

Do you have any recommendations?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated K's birthday Monday. We had a happy birthday breakfast.


He opened presents, one small scrap of paper at a time.



The train set was a big hit!




Who had more fun: K or Nick?

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Prairie Home Companion

After living in Minnesota for almost three years now, we finally made it to see Mr. Garrison Keillor himself at the Prairie Home Companion show. For those of you who are not over the age of 50 or are not from the Midwest and do not know what I'm talking about, Prairie Home Companion is a radio show broadcast on NPR with music, story telling, comedic shorts, etc.. They travel around the country taping it in front of a live audiences, but their home base is St. Paul Minnesota. We especially liked watching the sound effects guy, and admiring Garrison Keillor's red Sauconys.


Boxing

Here's Keyton and Nick boxing with the gloves Santa brought our friends. Also, I don't know why Keyton's not wearing any pants, but I'm sure he has a good reason.