Piano

I love sitting here listening to my husband play our electric piano.   A lot of people think that an electric piano would sound nothing like the real thing, but let me just tell you that the one we have would be any muscians friend as it not only sounds like a real piano, but also real drums, guitar, organ.. etc.   The bonus with this type of piano for muscians is that you can record any songs you play on a disc!  My husband enjoys writing his own songs and if he didn’t have that option, he would of forgot how some of the songs he wrote years ago sounds like as he plays more by ear than by reading music.

So if you are ever looking for a piano, don’t shy away from the electric ones, you might be surprise how far they have come!  (Plus they are a lot lighter to move too!)

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Week 2

Week 2 of school is in the books! I’m happy to say both kids seem to be enjoying school for the most part. The older more so than the younger, but at least they are both happy this year. Not to much exciting news happened this week.

Paul started his new bid at work this week so it was a matter of getting used to him leaving and coming home at different times. What really stinks is they no longer have 2 days off in a row. So his days off are now Tuesday & Saturdays. I try to look at the bright side of everything so I just say at least his days off are the same days the kids have off from Karate so we can actually do something as a family if we want.

I did have some exciting news yesterday. I had put my name in a drawing at the local hardware store and ended up winning tickets to Grand Valley State University’s football game for tonight! So I now have a date night with my oldest since I took my husband a couple years ago and my youngest last year! Since it’s already in the 50’s now and is suppose to be in the 40’s tonight, I’m thinking I better start digging out some of the warmer clothes so we won’t be freezing and wanting to leave early.

Hopefully tomorrow I can update with our exciting night tonight… until then I’m just going to leave you with two words…. GO LAKERS!!!

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Car Insurance

September is the month we dislike the most as it’s the month our car insurance is due.   Quite a few of our friends pay monthly or quarterly with their car insurance, but we pay it all at once as we get a discount doing it that way.

Every year we get our bill, the price has jumped up!   This year it might of only jumped $100, but still $100 is $100!  Of course it doesn’t help that in Michigan we have to pay something called the Michigan Catastrophic Claim on every vehicle (which is $190 this year!) so in case you get in an accident and can’t work, this will provide unlimited lifetime coverage for medical expenses that resulted from your car accident.  While that sounds great if you get in an auto accident and are hurt for life, it also stinks at the same time that you HAVE to pay it.  There is not a choice in the matter.   So for us just this year alone we will be paying $570 just for that.   Add that to all the years we have put into it.. we have paid a pretty penny for that.

Sorry I got a little off subject there.  Anyways, this is the time of year when Paul starts calling around to find the best prices.   So this is my question for you, Have you ever bought insurance online?   If so, how was your experience?  I was thinking of having Paul check out this website – auto insurance to see how their prices compare to what we are currently being billed. So if you have bought insurance online and had a good or bad experience, please let me know!

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Day 2

Day 2 of the kids being in school.  I have a goal of writing at least a little something every day more as a journal for me.  Why you ask…   Well, yesterday I started cleaning out our tv stand.  (mind you this hasn’t been done in ages)   Not only was it really dusty, but there was a lot of paperwork and other things packed inside it.  (thank goodness for wooden doors, not glass ~wink~)

Inside I found some of my old calendars that I had kept and inside them are little notes of things I did with the kids or anything exciting that happened that day.  Well, since the kids have gotten older, I kind of quit doing that, so I guess you can say this is my new calendar.   (at least it sounds good)

Today’s exciting news is that Katie ended up getting braces put on today!  She has what is called 2 x 4’s.   They put 4 on her top front teeth and then once those are straight and looks good they will attach the wire to the back 2 brackets that they put on today.  She is suppose to have them on for 9 months (so all school year) and then at that point she will have a retainer and we will figure out if she then will need real braces at that point!

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So far so good… but it has also only been a couple hours.  She went back to school afterwards and I told her I would pick her and her brother up today since the bus didn’t drop them off until close to 4:30 yesterday and tonight Kevin has to help teach at karate and has to be there at 5:15 (it’s a 15 minute drive)  so that doesn’t leave that much time to do homework.  If I can pick them up and get them home around 3:45-3:50 that would work out a ton better!

I am anxious to hear about the kids 2nd day of school today too.    How did your kids like their first day?   In case they are the type of kids that just answer Good or Fine or ok… I found yesterday on huffingtonpost.com a list of 25 questions to ask your kids to find out how their day went without asking the question… “How did your day go?”.   Some of the questions I already would ask, but some were different and fun and just wanted to share!

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)

4. Where is the coolest place at the school?

5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)

6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?

7. How did you help somebody today?

8. How did somebody help you today?

9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

10. When were you the happiest today?

11. When were you bored today?

12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?

13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?

14. Tell me something good that happened today.

15. What word did your teacher say most today?

16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

19. Where do you play the most at recess?

20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?

21. What was your favorite part of lunch?

22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?

23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?

24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?

25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

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1st Day of School!

So how many parents out there are jumping for joy as the kids are finally back to school.  I do have to admit, this year I seem to be one of those Mom’s.  It surprises me because I had wanted to do some fun things with the kids this summer, but for some reason the summer got away from us.   I’m just hoping and praying that the kids have a great school year this year, especially since it will be Kevin’s last year in elementary school as next year he will be going to Jr High!  YIKES!!IMG_6659

Now I sit here wondering how their first day is going and thinking I better start on some cookies as I like to have nice warm homemade cookies with milk waiting for them on their first day home from school in hopes that they might stop for a minute to tell me all about their day!

 

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Labor Day Weekend!

When I think of Labor Day Weekends, I think of people doing one last hurrah and going on a mini vacation, going over to friends houses for the last hurrah for summer, maybe having a family reunion or packing up a picnic basket and heading to the beach or area park and having a picnic!

I know it’s a little late, but for those that are going on a picnic, or maybe even if you have a house with a country feel, I found the perfect tablecloth!   Or at least it would be perfect for me as I love this kind of look.

Are you ready?  I found a site that sells Burlap Fitted Tablecloths!   How cool is that?   If I had an outdoor wedding venue, I for sure would have some of these as I can totally see people wanting to have them instead of the normal white cloths.

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What do you think?  Do you like the burlap look?

 

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School’s around the corner

I can’t believe that it’s already Labor Day weekend!  Where did this summer go?   I don’t know as if it flew by because we were busy, or because it never got hot here in Michigan.  (Which I don’t mind it being a cooler summer)

Either way, I’m mixed on how I feel about the kids going back to school.  While I hate knowing the teacher ends up seeing them more during the day than I do, I sure won’t miss the all day arguing between the kids.

The kids ended up having an open house at school this past week so they could see their new classroom, meet their teacher, find out where they sit and the fun part… finding out who their new locker partner is.   I’m happy to say that both kids are excited about their locker partners and both are excited to have the teachers they have this year.   Here’s hoping for a wonderful school year!

I know that some schools in our area are already back to school.  Our district starts the day after Labor Day.  When does your school districts start?

 

 

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What a quiet week!

It’s been such a quiet, yet busy week this week.  Monday morning, my husband and I dropped both kids off at Bible Camp!  I think this was my first year where I didn’t end up tearing up on the way home.  I’m sure a lot has to do with my nephew is my son’s cabin leader this year so I know if anything happens to him (or my daughter) he would be letting me know.  (not that the camp wouldn’t of, but I know he knows how to deal with my kids good)

So while the kids are gone, my husband and I were hoping to do some fishing on my husbands days off, but unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t have the same plans for us as Tuesday was quite windy and they said Wednesday was suppose to be too, so instead we worked on a project we had talked about for quite sometime now.

We decided it was time to repaint our daughter’s room.  Monday night I had gone out to buy a much needed new pair of gym shoes (it’s only been 2-3 years since I bought my last pair) and I stopped into the paint store next door and found the perfect color.  I showed it to Paul when he got home that night and he agreed that it would be perfect so we cleaned the walls and then went out and bought some paint and some other needed supplies and came home and the taping began.

That night we were able to get the first coat on the wall and even before it was dry we knew we were going to love it!   The next morning we woke up and started on the 2nd coat.   We took the tape off right away (that’s what we were told to do) and it looked great!

That night we decided a date night was in order so we went out to Grand Haven to visit my in law’s at the state campground and then on the way home stopped to watch the Musical Fountain.  (Our first time ever watching it)

We ended up rearranging her furniture and just about have it done.  We have to fix the back of her bookcase on her bed tomorrow and also put up her dry erase board and mirror!

I can’t wait for her to come home and see it!  I just worry about her brother getting upset because we didn’t tackle his room.  I told my husband we will just have to explain when we tackle his room we also will be ripping the carpet out and putting in a wood floor as he was tested last month and found out he is allergic to dust mites and they highly recommend getting rid of the carpet in the bedrooms.  So once we are ready to install the new floor, we at that point will paint his room and then put the new floor in.  I’m hoping he will understand.

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DCI Finals!

Oh how I wish we could be able to go down to Indiana next month so we could watch the DCI (Drum Corp International) finals!   We took the kids a couple years ago and watched a DCI competition when it was close to home and would of loved to of taken them again this year had they of come back to west Michigan and had some of the top corps there. I you are a musician’s friend and there is ever a DCI competition in your area, I highly recommend going.  Or if you are lucky and can find out where one of the corps might be practicing, just taking them to a practice is fun!  (We did that with the kids before too) There is nothing better than listening to the horn playing with all their heart and the percussion line rocking it where you can’t help but bop your head with the beat.   Then to listen to the crowd roar with excitement after they are done!  It just makes me wish I could go back in time where I could be in drum corp.  Of course I would of had to of learned a different instrument as I played the Saxophone when I was in school and drum corp has no woodwind instruments.  (There is a reason for that and I totally get it).

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It’s sold!

I’m so excited for my parents!  They ended up buying a new house the end of last year and finally put their house up for sale in May!  They have had quite a few people go through, but no offers until this week and the offer was accepted!!   I’m so happy for them to of finally sold their house, now comes the fun part of moving the rest of their stuff over.  They have been doing good on moving the stuff they didn’t need as they were still living at their old house, but since they close the end of the month they would rather move over now!  So here’s hoping that the 50% chance of rain Saturday will hold off and we can get them all moved over!

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