Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rylan says...

A conversation I had with Rylan on Memorial Day:

Rylan: Can I go over to Mack's house?

Me: No, it's Memorial Day, and people usually have plans on holidays.

Rylan: Oh, yes, Mom. I have plans.

Me: Really? What are your plans?

Rylan: First, I'm going to play video games. Second, I'm going to play with Mack. Third, I'm going to play a game. The last one I deleted.

Me: What was the last one?

Rylan: When Cole and Eli go to bed tonight, annoy them. But I deleted that one.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Wrapping Up the Year

Eli took another dance class for his elective this semester. This one was "Dance and Drama Delight" or something like that. Rather than learning specific dance moves like in his zumbatomic class, this one was about dramatizing music through dance.

Eli's dance recital
Eli's dance recital

Cole finished up his first year playing percussion in their school's beginning band.

Cole's band concert
Cole's band concert

Both boys are still taking piano lessons. Cole is going on four years of lessons now and is learning Bach's Minuet in G. I love to listen to him practice! Eli is going on three years and finally seems to be enjoying playing the piano. Both boys have really latched on to their current piano teacher, Mr. David. If only the piano studio wasn't so expensive and so far away from our house...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Rylan Says...

Rylan filled out a little questionnaire about bicycle safety, and his answers made me laugh:

1. If you do have to ride on the street, you must ride on the bicycle side of the street.

2. Ride in single file and NEVER face pedals.

3. Don't forget to use handle bars when you are riding in traffic.

4. If you are crossing a street, you should ride your bike across.

5. When crossing a street, make sure you stop, look left, look right, and look straight again before you cross the street.


I was showing Rylan a picture of the planets and said, "But Pluto isn't a planet anymore."

Rylan: "Yeah, it's a planet of dwarves."

(He meant it's a dwarf planet.)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Music Lessons: Rylan's Playlist

  1. Salt Sweat Sugar
  2. - Jimmy Eat World
  3. My Internal Din
  4. - I Was Totally Destroying It
  5. Little Talks
  6. - Monsters and Men
  7. Die Die Die
  8. - Avett Brothers
  9. Tickle Me Pink
  10. - Johnny Flynn
  11. Half Moon
  12. - Blind Pilot
  13. The Cave
  14. - Mumford and Sons
  15. Good to Sea
  16. - Pinback
  17. Danse Macabre
  18. - The Faint
  19. Disappear
  20. - Motion City Soundtrack
  21. Hello Seattle
  22. - Owl City
  23. Virgin
  24. - Manchester Orchestra
  25. We Sing in Time
  26. - The Lonely Forest
  27. Dance Dance
  28. - Fall Out Boy

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Gathering Inchworms

inchworm gathering

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Birthday Boy

Eli's birthday party

Eli's birthday party

Eli's birthday party

For Eli's eighth birthday, he invited five friends over for an Art Party. We tie-dyed t-shirts, played pictionary, ate cake, and opened presents.

In order to embarrass future Eli, I have to record that eight-year-old Eli is a girl magnet. The little girls in his grade flock around him like bees to a flower, and who can blame them? He's the perfect combination of cute and funny.

Cake recipe found here.

Eli at Eight Years Old
  • favorite color: red
  • favorite food: burritos
  • favorite dessert: ice cream
  • favorite thing to do: draw
  • favorite video game: Kirby Returns to Dreamland
  • favorite subject in school: writing
  • favorite book series: Clockwork Dark

Friday, May 3, 2013

Music Lessons: Kopecky Family Band


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Latest Harvest

Easter egg hunt
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