Saturday, March 30, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Granddaddy Days

Lily loves spending time with her Granddaddy, and she especially relishes her weekly afternoon visits with him.  He picks her up from school, and before they can leave, they must make their rounds to visit some of Lily's special former teachers.  After he convinces her that they really do need to be heading on towards home and Momma, they load up in the truck and make the short trip home.  Occasionally they make a stop to play at the playground or park.  Once home, Lily enjoys a sweet treat that Granddaddy always brings for her.  And she basks in Granddaddy's attention, showing him her recent school work or her latest dance moves.  Sometimes they play games together, and sometimes we just sit and talk.  We enjoy being together.  It is good.

Here are some pictures from our most recent Granddaddy day.  Invigorated by the new Spring weather, we enjoyed playing in the yard (while trying to get Granddaddy to stay just a little bit longer).  And then Rose finally awoke from her 2+ hour nap (woohoo!), and Granddaddy had to get her sugar before he could leave.

 I treasure this time we have together.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ballerina Girl

My sweet Lily loves ballet.  In December, my dad, Rose, and I went to watch Lily at her ballet class.

A beautiful ballerina.

Rose is captivated.
Focusing on the teacher.

Delighted with her sister.

So happy her Granddaddy came to her class.

Friday, March 15, 2013


I am thankful my husband is a musician. Mostly because he loves it so, and making music makes him happy. But also because I enjoy listening to good music. It's fabulous listening to great, live music in the comfort of my own home when one of Adrian's bands practices here. Lily loves to watch and listen, too, when she gets the chance. 

When Lily was a baby, she and I loved going to music classes such as Musikgarden and Kindermusik. Now she makes music at home on various instruments such as harmonica, shakers, glockenspiel, and most recently, drums... And she enjoys singing.  When she was about three, she would sing along with Bob Marley's “Stir It Up,” except she would say, “serious” for “stir it up.”  One day we will start piano, and perhaps down the road she will pick up another instrument as well.  How wonderful to be able to really play an instrument.

Baby Lily at Music Class, June 2008

Rose also loves music. Every time she hears Adrian playing drums or banjo, or a song on the stereo, or even me singing, she starts bopping along to the tune. It's precious.One day I will take Rose to a music class, when I can make it work with her nap schedule. For now, I've decided that we are going to have “Musical Mornings” as part of our routine. For the future, I envision a whole family music time, where we sing and make music together. It's going to be good.

Rose Moving to the Music