Music Time

Did I tell you all that we have a keyboard now? It’s a fun addition to our musical instrument collection. I love giving Piglet the opportunity to make his own music. I’m sure one day his tastes will change to something like http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-hummingbird-pro-acoustic-electric-guitar, but for now, he really enjoys plunking away on the keyboard.

I’ve always wanted to learn to play piano, and I hope to sign Piglet up for lessons someday. He loves singing with me, and my family is pretty musical. I even got him to sit still for a lesson a youtube. I need to make a playlist and start doing it every few days.

Anyone out there teach their kiddos music? How did you keep them interested? Is 3 too young to start?

Leprechaun Shenanigans

Happy belated St. Patty’s Day! Piglet’s daycare is so good about sparking the kids’ imaginations. They made a leprechaun trap, and they have this little cutout of a leprechaun that the teachers move around the room, and pretend he moves on his own. I was inspired, so I dug out our stuffed leprechaun that MIL gave to us a few years ago.

We treated it kind of like Elf on a Shelf, except he doesn’t cause trouble. Anyone else seriously annoyed by the idea of a lookout for Santa that makes trouble? I don’t really understand it. But I love the idea of capturing a bit of that magic, and the way Piglet’s little face would light up when he realized his leprechaun moved. We started out having “Happy” (Piglet’s name for his leprechaun) leave chocolate chips in his trail, but quickly I decided that had potential to cause a huge mess. So later in the week, I grabbed a box of Lucky Charms.

We ended the week with Happy leaving Piglet a note and the big box of Lucky Charms. We’d move him all over the house One night he even helped make dinner!

 

At his daycare party, the kids got to check their trap for the leprechaun. They didn’t catch him, but they did get lots of gold coins and rolos!

They also had the kids tell them what they’d do if they caught they had the leprechaun’s gold. Their little answers were so cute. Apparently, Piglet thinks Match and I need new wardrobes, lol!!

He also got an adorable green bowtie to take home. We had a birthday party to go to that night, and he cracked me up because he insisted on wearing his bowtie. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from our little leprechaun!

Zoo Lights and Christmas Vacation Recap

This has been an amazing Christmas vacation. We stayed home, and I didn’t have to deal with Christmas traveling, traffic, or the stress of staying with family. Instead, Piglet and I enjoyed leisurely mornings at home, and then he spent shorter days at daycare, while I worked from home doing my data entry job, and then also got a bunch of house projects done around here.

I repainted the master bedroom and the guest room. I also swapped out electrical outlets I’d missed, did touch up paint on the baseboards, and repainted my dresser and ceiling fan. I even learned how to use the nail gun, and made a reading corner for Piglet’s room. I love that he has so many books! It looks like a library in there. I will post pictures soon!

Piglet and I both took care of routine health check ups, complete with a super sad flu shot and then blood draw for Piglet. He was such a brave little boy, and he was rewarded with a cookie the size of his head, followed by sushi. I love that I can bribe this kid with sushi! He’s an expensive date, but he’s worth it.

Match was able to get the day after Christmas off, and we met up with Old Married Couple for a trip to the Oregon Zoo to see the Zoo Lights. They were everything I remembered from when I was a kid, and more. I loved seeing the zoo at night, and it was even better experiencing it with Piglet.

The two weeks went by super fast, and I went back to work on the 3rd of January. I cannot believe an entire month has gone by and I forgot to submit this post! Yikes. This new year I feel like we’ve been in constant motion, and it hasn’t stopped!

There’s even more to recap on, but I’m exhausted and I have to hit the ground running again tomorrow. I miss you, any of you out there who still read this!!

Have Yourselves a Mellow Little Christmas

Merry belated Christmas! It was the first year we’ve ever, ever had a Christmas all to ourselves. That includes when we were dating. I can’t honestly think of a time I’ve had this mellow of a Christmas since I was a little girl. It was just me, Piglet, Match, and Monkey, and it was wonderful.

We started the day off with a little magic from the North Pole. Match’s coworker gave him a huge bin full of wooden railroad track, so we made a track that lead into the living room.

The look on his face in the morning was priceless.

We did stockings and presents, and then had a relaxed day of playing with our little man, eating yummy food, and just being together. It was such a nice holiday. I love this age, and how Piglet has fully embraced the magic of Christmas. I’m so glad that Piglet’s presents were quiet too. Nothing that was electronic and beeping. I’d have had to slip macks ear plugs into Match and my stocking. Instead, Santa brought Piglet a car car wash and car service station that comes apart. He spent hours playing with it.

I got my Christmas wish. I got to spend the day with my two favorite men. Oh, and I got Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which I read in two days (Thanks sweetie!).

Merry Christmas to you all! I hope it was magical.

Piglet’s Adventure Weekend

Saturday was the first Saturday Match has had off in awhile. It was also the kickoff to my summer vacation. We decided to celebrate by surprising Piglet was a special day at the Oregon Railroad Heritage Museum. He was so excited!

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We took a ride on a classic diesel engine. I’m still amazed that the ride only cost $5 and it was over 30 minutes long. It was so relaxing, and we had a great view of the waterfront.

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After our day at the museum, we had a fun filled evening at our new friend’s home. They are an awesome couple with three rambunctious toddlers. I nicknamed their house Neverland, because it’s pretty much boy heaven.

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It was almost like being with quadruplets, because the boys are all pretty close in age. Two are twins, then the other boy is just 2 weeks younger. They’re all about 6 months younger than Piglet, but because he’s petite, he looks their age. They had so much fun bbqing, roasting smores, and playing in the backyard tent. See what I mean by Neverland?

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Sunday we did some chores around the house, but we still had fun playing. Then the 4th of July we had a low-key day. We spent the morning playing with his special model train, where he got to be a giant.

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We played at the park, then BBQed in the afternoon, and our little nudist enjoyed some pool time. It was the perfect end to his adventure weekend.

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