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Friday, October 11, 2013

It's All Good

Last week I finally did something I've been saying I'm going to do for years. I took my very first piano lesson from my longtime friend, Dana, who just so happens to be a piano and guitar teacher. I have not attempted to play an instrument since my band days (I played clarinet 6th thru 12th grades) which was just about too many years ago to count. 

She assured me I was doing good and I was sure she was lying through her teeth because I seriously felt like an old dog trying to learn a brand new trick. It was downright painful. But I came home and practiced. And practiced. And practiced some more. (the boys were thrilled...muahaha). I can now play Row Row Row Your Boat and all the other songs in the kiddie book she had on hand. 

My favorite though has to be The Donkey Song...Hee-haw, Hee-haw, Hee-haw, Hee-haw. I have been thoroughly entertaining myself with that one. The most rewarding time to play it is just after both boys get home from school and turn on the t.v. Paybacks are oh so very sweet. 

I was not able to get my second lesson this Wednesday, however, because Dray had a sick day. He went back to school yesterday but had nearly lost his voice when he got in the car yesterday afternoon. Gruffly, he explained how he had kinda started feeling bad earlier in the day but wanted to stay because he didn't want to miss p.e. Well, that makes perfect sense (Not). The boy (obviously) likes him some p.e.  

And some iPhone. 

We had made a deal with both boys at the beginning of last school year (it was mainly an attempt to motivate Devin) that we would break down and get them iPhones if they made really good grades all year long. Well Dracen did. And he did not let us forget that deal. He got his phone over the summer which has actually worked out well for all of us because if he doesn't do right? He loses his phone until he does. 

Charlie gave it back to him at the beginning of this week, after he had lost it for a few days. He was told that if he did not cooperate in the mornings he would lose it for a minimum of one week each time. And do you know he has been setting his alarm, getting up before anyone else in the house and taking a shower on.his.own? All week?!  Hallejuah, Amen. My prayers have been answered because let me tell you, that boy WAS A STRAIGHT UP TYRANT IN THE MORNINGS. 


And since I'm anything but a morning person, love and love alone is the only thing that saved him. 

That same love had me sleeping on an old flatter-than-a-fritter-pillow I dug out of the closet at bedtime last night. I went to get into bed only to notice that my special pillow was nowhere to be found. The first thought that came to my mind was of course, Dracen. I popped my head in his room to find him sound asleep on his own pillow though and after a quick search around his room, nothing. 

So I began whining and frantically searching the house for my pillow. Charlie checked upstairs in the bonus room because he automatically assumed as well that this had D-r-a-c-e-n written all up over it but came back down empty-handed. A couple of seconds later, after opening Dracen's door again, he came back in the bedroom and said, "He's hugging it." 

I went to see for myself and sure enough, there was my little sleeping angel hugged up with my special pillow underneath his covers. So I did what any good mother would do...opened up the linen closet, dug out an old ratty pillow, put a pillow case on it and carried it on to bed. And Charlie just stood there smiling as he said, "I knew there was no way you were taking that pillow".

He knows me well.

Happy Friday, Y'all!

I leave you with a few of my favorite links and whatnot from around the web this week...

"You're a stay-at-home mom? What do you DO all day?"  LOVED this. The best part is, it was written my a man (Matt Walsh).

21 Really Annoying Facebook Friends We All Have. I laughed so hard.

Wonder Woman Walking a Dachshund print. Etsy This is just all sorts of awesomeness. The only thing that would make it better for me is if the Dachshund had long hair.

And this... Well this just cracked me up. 

this canvas art print...etsy. A-men.

This perfect fall nail polish I bought last week....Chinchilly by Essie.

Romans 8:28:  And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 

In other words...

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  1. Love this! How sweet is that about the pillow? And love the etsy print about "FAIR." No wonder I don't think anything is fair, I don't even LIKE cotton candy! xoxox

  2. You sound like me with the pillow. The kids always get all the nice things!
    I think it's great that the iPhone works so well as a deterrent & reward. Whatever works!
    Love the Wonder Woman print!

  3. Us moms make the most sacrifices than anyone else in the entire world.
    I'd subject myself to other family member's drool on old pillows for my son.
    I still get scared thinking of cell phones and kids. It is such a different day and age from when I was a kid. Just to think, Gameboys and Sega were the "it" thing...phones? Dear Lord.
    I'm sorry he is sick. Damn kids and their gross germs!
    PS. I have no idea how to play the piano and we own one.
    PPS. Also played the clarinet and was horrible at it. I hated it because of the spit that dripped out.

  4. I have seen the FB friends post before... We all have them. :) Although, I have been pretty good at nailing when a breakup is looming based on posts alone.