When I was in sixth grade, I remember I could choose between taking choir or band. I didn't have a clue how to sing but I did have a brother who played the trumpet. My mom rented his from a place in town but now you can look for trumpets for sale at wwbw. So I figured, between the two, I would give band a try. I don't recall why I specifically choose the clarinet but I thought it was a cool instrument. I played for four years before I couldn't fit it into my schedule anymore. Every once in awhile I still pull it out and I'm always surprised by how much I remember. It's a beautiful instrument and I've never regretted learning how to play. There have been plenty of times though I wish I had also pursued choir because I would have liked to learn how to sing better. I don't suck but I'm not great either. Oh well. I'm still glad I went with band.
March 02, 2014
I've written many posts about how much we love music in our home. We listen to the radio. We dance. We dink around on the piano. My husband plays the guitar. I play the clarinet. The kids play the violin. Yep, we love music. Right now we're trying to decide if we want to buy another violin for the kids. There are a lot online to choose from but I think we're going to have to look at some in person because you can't tell if you like the sound until you hear it in person. If we do get a new one, we'll need a case too. Also, we'd need a shoulder rest. It won't be inexpensive but it will be a good investment. I was looking at seymour duncan sa 1 acoustic pickup at guitar center and I wondered if maybe that would be something my husband would want for his guitar. There are so many accessories and fun things you can buy for instruments!
Posted by Michelle at 9:11 PM
Or in my case, woman's best friend. :D Seriously, we have the best dog. She is such a sweetie. Granted, she's still a puppy and learning what she should and should not do but for the most part, she's been a blessing to our family. I am not always up for playing with her. Sometimes I get really nauseous when she's playing fetch and she's slobbered all over the toy. Sometimes when she starts to clean herself I have to walk away because that wet dog smell doesn't sit well with me. But I love seeing her relax when I rub her tummy. I love having her next to me on the couch while I'm working on the computer. I love watching her be content as the kids maul her. I love that she comes to me when I call her and she's so eager about it. Gosh, I just love this dog! There were a few weeks we weren't sure we would be able to get her but I am so glad we did. I wish everyone was so lucky. :)
Posted by Michelle at 9:01 PM
February 16, 2014
Living during this time is really hard. There are so many challenges that people face every single day. Our youth especially, wow, they have more to worry about then I did when I was younger. Just this past week I read about a new way kids get high that made me sick to my stomach. They essentially strangle themselves to the point of passing out. Sadly, a lot of them end up dying and others become paralyzed. :( And it's not just youth that are trying to get high but adults too. I've lost track of how many celebrity drug overdoses there have been just in the last year. It's so sad! People can get high off anything it seems like. Prescription medication is a huge problem right now and there are probably a lot of individuals that need the information for oxycondone rehab or other prescription meds to help them. I hope and pray my kids never do anything like this but you just never know. :(
Posted by Michelle at 10:50 PM
Sundays tend to be pretty busy for us between regular church meetings and presidency meetings. Today wasn't much different as far as being busy, but it was a different busy. I had one of my counselors go to my first meeting because we were headed out of town quick. My brother was blessing his new baby so we made a quick trip to his ward and then came back for the last hour of ours so my husband could teach his lesson. I was supposed to have a meeting right after church but my pelvis had had it so I cancelled it. Came home and grabbed something to eat before taking a quick nap. Then I had some busy work that needed done so I worked on that. Then I had to deliver a bunch of things, so I did that too. We let the kids stay up late watching a movie and then they went to bed. Now I'm finishing up some things then we're headed to bed too. So, not as crazy of a Sunday but still busy. Our life is never dull. :)
Posted by Michelle at 10:43 PM
February 03, 2014
One of the great things about what I do is that I get to learn new things all the time. Whether it's something specifically related to my job or it's something I've learned from one of my patients. Today a coworker and I were talking about firepits that use glass in them. Totally random right? But it was interesting and a topic not a lot of people know about. I just learned about chauvet bob at guitar center. Couldn't have told you a few minutes ago what that was but now I can. It amazes me what people come up with. We really are living in a time where there's something for everyone and something for every convenience. Granted there are a lot of crazy things out there too but there are a lot of neat things too. Like glass fire pits. :D
Posted by Michelle at 8:51 PM
Had a long day today. It started last night. Could not find a comfortable position to sleep in and tossed and turned. Had to get up and use the bathroom. THEN I finally found a comfortable spot. And not just a little comfortable, I was in heaven. Seriously, I haven't been that comfortable in months with this pregnancy. But my joy didn't last very long because then my cell phone started beeping because the battery apparently was dying. Noooooooo! I couldn't believe the timing. I tried to ignore it hoping I could just fall back asleep and deal with it in the morning. Yeah, no. So I got up and plugged the dumb thing in. Lost my comfortable spot. Then about an hour later it was time to get up. I was irritated to say the least. Went to work and had some rough patients. They didn't want to cooperate and they most definitely didn't want to be safe today. My job is hard enough with capable patients but ones that are continually not safe takes a huge toll on my body. I came home from work and my pelvis was completely locked up. Ever tried to walk with a locked pelvis? It's painful and you can't do it without severely limping. I took a nap which helped a little but I woke up with a headache. Tried to help the kids with homework and their lessons. Got them to bed late. Now I'm sitting here trying to get some things done. I did take some Tylenol which will hopefully help my head and maybe my pelvis a little. Tomorrow will be better.
Posted by Michelle at 8:38 PM
January 27, 2014
Every time my husband applies for a job somewhere, if I get a minute, I like to look at the houses in that area that are for sale. One day we'll own our own home and looking to see what I like and don't like I think will help when that day comes. Just recently, I was looking at some homes in one area and was floored to see how expensive they were. Seriously, the job paid well for where we're at now but having to live in the area by the job, we actually couldn't have afforded it. It was crazy to me! I was only looking at the mortgage price too, not even taking into account taxes and insurance costs. I'd be a little nervous to look for homeowners insurance quotes in that one area. They are probably through the roof where the homes were so expensive. Something perfect will come along at the right time, right? That's what I keep telling myself. One day...one day...
Posted by Michelle at 11:22 PM
I have been so happy since we got another dog. She is so good for our family! She's still in the puppy stage which means she has her naughty moments, but overall, those moments are few and far between. Seriously, such a good dog! I find myself constantly comparing her to our first dog. We loved our first dog, don't get me wrong. But we picked her out solely based on her cute factor. Gosh she was cute! She had so much energy and we didn't have a lot of time to let her get it all out. She needed constant attention and really struggled to entertain herself. She hated being left alone and we struggled to take her with us when we went anywhere. But we loved her and have a lot of cute memories of her little quirks. When we had to give her up, it was really hard. It took a lot of years before we could get another dog and we have been really pleased. We did our homework and found the right dog for us. She really fits into our family and we're in a better place to give her what she needs. I am so grateful we have her!
Posted by Michelle at 11:17 PM
I have been enjoying watching wedding shows on Netflix. Getting married is a big step and it's fun to watch as new brides get so excited for their big day. I was pretty stoked when I got married! I can still remember the butterflies I had, not because I was nervous, but because I was so excited. My husband was truly my match. I knew it then and I still know it now, over a decade later. He's awesome and I am blessed to share my life with him! I hope that these couples I see get married, their marriages work out as well as mine did. I hope they find that perfect dress, find the perfect location, and even find a a wedding DJ in charleston sc if that's what they choose, to make their day special. It's a day you always remember as a bride so you hope it's everything you dreamed of!
Posted by Michelle at 10:56 PM
My last post was pregnancy related and now my mind is in that mood. I was thinking about how this pregnancy has been different from my others. One big thing that comes to mind is I haven't been able to wear my contacts this time around. My last pregnancy, I could tell me eyes changed during pregnancy. They got a little worse as the pregnancy went on but I could still wear my contacts without a problem. This time however, I don't think I made it more than 2 months before my contacts started to really bother me. My eyes hurt and the contacts never felt like they were in the right place. It became so painful I finally had to stop wearing them. Darn. I miss my contacts! My glasses are fine I just don't love them. I wonder if I would love cheap rimless frames instead of what I have? Glasses can be pricey if you're buying them all the time so I don't usually get new ones unless I have too. Thankfully I have glasses as a backup but I hope after the baby is born, I can switch back to my contacts.
Posted by Michelle at 10:40 PM
The baby is getting bigger which means I am getting more uncomfortable. It's a blessing to be pregnant though. There was a time I wasn't sure I wanted kids. Mainly because I was scared of the unknown. I didn't know how pregnancy would be. I didn't know how I would do with labor. And I didn't know if I would be a good mom. Thankfully, I've gotten past all of that. Well, mostly lol. Each pregnancy has been different and this time has definitely been the hardest. Part of me worries how I will make it through the rest of the pregnancy but I keep going, one day at a time. I still worry about labor, each one has been different. Having a c-section still terrifies me and I worry that at least one of my pregnancies will end up in one. I HOPE not but that thought is in my head. And as far as being a good mom. There are a lot of days where I feel like a great mom but then there are other days, not so much. But I figure that's pretty normal right? Overall, I am glad we have children and I'm glad to have a body that can bring these sweet babies into this world. I am truly blessed to be a mother!
Posted by Michelle at 10:29 PM
December 28, 2013
When we buy presents for the kids, I always make sure we get them things that spark their creativity. Playing a Wii game, while fun, does not increase creativity. But buying play wings so they can pretend, not that does. Having them download new games onto a tablet, again, is really fun but most games are more mind numbing than help to increase learning (there are some that do though). Board games that we can play as a family, like Farkel, help them learn math and addition AND it's fun. Maybe a fishman sa 220 at guitar center would be useful? The kids love music and have tried to make up their own songs. That's being creative! Having some software to help them would be useful but I'm not sure if it would be too advanced for them right now. Something to think about though. There are a lot of education, creative, and learning type toys available and I'm thankful for that. Might take me a little longer to find the right ones but they are worth it!
Posted by Michelle at 8:44 PM
Like most families, we have family pictures hung up on our walls in our home. But I am really bad at keeping those pictures updated. Is that pretty normal? We have a tradition to change out the pictures at the end of the year with things that we did all year long. But that tradition has slipped for the past few years. Three to be exact. I kept meaning to do it and even started a folder on my computer of which pictures I wanted to print but I just never finished. Finally my husband and I sat down about two weeks ago and did it just to finally get it done. I am so happy we finished! It's nice to see new ones up and remember what we've done this past year. The kids have been happy to see them too and reminisce over our adventures. Now we just need to have our family pictures done. Not just regular pictures like we have but getting some professional ones done. It's been about three years since we've done that too. Maybe we'll wait until after the baby is born then we'll really be caught up. :D
Posted by Michelle at 8:32 PM
One of the gifts I wanted to get my husband this year for Christmas was one or two new Christmas tie tacks. Little did I know that those are really hard to come by! You'd think it would be easy this time of year but nope, I couldn't find a single Christmas tie tack. Actually, I found most stores didn't even have tie tacks. How weird is that?? Maybe it's not weird, I don't shop for them very often so I don't know for sure. One store said they might have some by the men's selection of wedding rings. This store did have two tie tacks, the large plain silver ones. Not what I was looking for. After a few stores I thought I would never find any but finally one store had a few to choose from. Nothing relating to Christmas but not the large ones either so I found one that I liked. My husband liked the one I choose too which makes all the searching worth it. For future reference, maybe I'll look online for tie tacks. :P
Posted by Michelle at 8:21 PM
I was asked that question in reference to Christmas. "I wanted the day to go by slow and instead it went by really fast!" Yep, that's pretty much how it goes around Christmastime. I actually had most of the week off from work and the first half of the week went great. I didn't feel rushed and had time to get things done that I wanted to. Then Christmas came and the day was wonderful. The kids got excited over every present and my husband and I loved our presents too. I was so happy to be able to surprise my husband this year with a few gifts he wasn't expecting. That made me feel really good. Today, three days later we are still playing with and enjoying our presents. I wish I had a few more days to spend with the family before returning to work but the few days I did get, it was a nice reprieve. My family needed me to be home and I needed to be here too. So while it went by fast, it was still very enjoyable and has been a great week!
Posted by Michelle at 8:09 PM
We had a part of our violin break recently. Just the bridge thankfully. A quick trip to the music store and less than $5 later, we had a new bridge and working violin. I am so glad it wasn't worse. Accidents happen and the violin fell to the floor. We've never had to replace anything on it so far so I didn't have any idea how much a new bridge would cost. So I called around and got some estimates. Five dollars made me really happy. :) I can't imagine how much a new string costs. Is it about the same price as exciting elixir light at Musicians Friend? Guitar strings are thicker than violin strings, so they're probably different in prices. I've heard having the bow restrung is pretty pricey. A friend of mine told me her daughter has a really nice bow that cost $200 and she just had to have it restrung because it broke. YIKES. I guess if you want good quality you pay more for it. Hopefully in our case, we're a long ways off from needing a replacement!
Posted by Michelle at 7:54 PM
December 02, 2013
I have started watching a new TV on Netflix called "Say Yes to the Dress." It's a show about women looking for their perfect wedding dress. I think I really like the show because a part of me is living through these women. I never found the perfect wedding dress when I got married. Wedding dress shops were few in my area when I got married. Plus, I am tall and I'm not skinny and I wanted something modest. Those four things made looking for a dress really hard. I remember feeling frustrated and sad that I couldn't find anything. Finally, my MIL took me to a lady she knew that rented dresses out of her home. I found one that would work but I didn't love it. I didn't hate it but I remember thinking that it was the only one that fit and was modest and I was out of time and had to go with it. So watching this show and seeing how happy the women are when they find the "perfect" dress, it makes me really happy for them. My dress wasn't perfect but my husband was and still is. Who cares about a dress I wore once when I have such a great husband to spend the rest of forever with? Yep, I'm good. :)
Posted by Michelle at 10:11 PM
November 28, 2013
I like to have things organized. Or at least as much as I can and have time to do. I have bins for my flours and sugars which I've always thought was helpful. We have a number of shoe organizers throughout the house because shoes all over the floor are really annoying. I have containers in my hall for bathroom supplies and essentials. It just makes sense to have things organized and in spots that are easily accessible. I know I need help trying to organize our closets. We have some big tubs containers but we could also use different types of cabinet organizers for the other things that aren't in tubs. But one project at a time is about all I can handle and my closets are last on my list at the moment. I'll get to them eventually.
Posted by Michelle at 9:57 PM
Worst. Thanksgiving. Ever. But maybe I'm not being thankful enough. I just wanted today to turn out so differently than it did. I've cried more times than I can count over today and I should be counting my blessings. I just really wanted a great day. I had today off from work and I wanted to wake up and watch the parade and the dog show with my family. That's our tradition, we've been doing it for years. It's my absolute favorite part of Thanksgiving, even more so than the food. I just wanted it to be like it always is. But that didn't happen.
The dog woke up at almost 4am and had to be taken out. Which was annoying but didn't kill my mood. But then my husband got a call from his family asking for help to move a couch. Again, not a big deal, it was an hour before the parade started and plenty of time to move a couch right? No, three plus hours later he came home. I was heartbroken. I had tried to enjoy the parade with the kids, hoping he would be home soon but it didn't happen. Not to mention the station cut out for about 30 minutes and we couldn't even watch it. That's when I broke down. The day I was looking forward to all week. The day I needed with my family because work this week was so difficult. The day I needed to get me back on track and it fell apart. I caught maybe 30 minutes of the parade and about 5 minutes of the dog show. I was hurt and angry and I couldn't stop crying.
We went to my family's for dinner and it felt like just another day. Nothing special. We came home and here it is the end of the day and I feel like I didn't have Thanksgiving. So yes, I'm being selfish. I am complaining because I didn't get what I wanted. I wanted to be in bed an hour ago and here I am blogging because I have work to do and the baby took too late of a nap. I'm uncomfortable, exhausted, emotional, and whiny. I am going to need a prayer to make it through work tomorrow.
Posted by Michelle at 9:54 PM
November 04, 2013
Over a month ago our dishwasher stopped working. After my husband looked it over we determined it was an electrical problem because it wasn't just the dishwasher that stopped working, so did the outlets all around it and the garbage disposal. So we called the landlord and since our maintenance guy quit we had no one to come fix the problem. So we waited until someone new was hired a few weeks later and then he came out and looked things over. Determined it was an electrical problem (yep, we said that) and said they would call an electrician. That guy ended up quitting because he got a better job so we keep calling the landlord to see if this can get fixed soon and she hasn't even called an electrician yet. Grrr. It's been over a month! I don't mind doing the dishes by hand but not having a garbage disposal really sucks since I can't use that sink. I didn't ask her to look at a website for a hydraulic valve or anything that complicated. All I need her to do is to call an electrician and let him do his job. Not my fault the wiring is all screwed up. I really want my dishwasher and disposal back. This week I hope. Sucks.
Posted by Michelle at 8:30 PM
Are you into the show The Voice? I am. I have liked the show since it started a few seasons ago. Although I admit, I didn't care so much for last season with the new judges and I'm glad this season all the originals are back. Next season they won't be though ugh. Anyway, I like that the judges can't see the singers and choose then based solely on their voice. I especially like that they don't put on crappy singers just for ratings like some other shows. Then I love the battle rounds. So good! I loved that they added a steal to the knock out rounds too, awesome! I can't tell you at this point who I want to win, but I do have a few favorites. You'll have to wait until closer to the finale to find out my favorite! Sometimes it's hard to pick a favorite and then not have them win. But I still enjoy the show and watching all the artists grow and excel at what they do. The best singing competition on TV right now!
Posted by Michelle at 8:22 PM
My kids are like most kids, they love to have friends over. I find it interesting to see what kinds of things my kids do with their friends here. Sometimes they want to play a board game, other times they want to play with toys, other times they want to do a craft. But lately, there's one thing they do that totally cracks me up. So we have a baby monitor and they make sure the receiving end is on. Then they go to the main one, turn on some music, then sing like no one is watching. Which I think is why I find it so humorous, they would never sing like that in front of me but they will through the baby monitor! Maybe we should invest in an ampeg amplifier at musicians friend so they could really go to town. What do you think? I think they would be in heaven lol. Funny kids I have!
Posted by Michelle at 8:08 PM
All of my coworkers don't like the snow, don't want any snow, and loathe seeing anything that resembles snow. So naturally they don't like that I love the snow lol. They have been saying for weeks that hope it doesn't snow. I keep saying "uh, remember where we live?? It's going to snow." And today, it finally did a little bit yay! I saw big flakes starting at work and I almost started jumping up and down with joy! (Jumping while pregnant is not very fun lol.) The snow didn't last more than a few minutes before it stopped and nothing stuck, but it was nice to see anyway. Of course all my coworkers said I jinxed it, saying I wanted snow so it snowed lol. I think it's silly to have really cold weather and no snow. Don't you think that's weird? Maybe it's just me. Anyway, it snowed a little more later in the day, nothing really sticking but I still love to see it. There's something so peaceful about seeing white everywhere. I LOVE IT!
Posted by Michelle at 7:58 PM
The kids started back up with their music lessons and that's been great really good for them. They had a break for over a month while their teacher had a baby and now we're back into our routine. Sadly, the kids broke off a piece of their instrument and I had to take it in to get it fixed. I was extra thankful it cost less than $15 to fix, woohoo! I can't imagine having to replace a Fishman Amps if we had one, that's a little out of the budget right now. But I do love to have music in our house! This past weekend we even got out our Band Hero instruments/game to play together. We haven't used those in awhile and it was nice to jam together. It almost makes me want to bring out my clarinet. I think I will this week and play some songs with the kids!
Posted by Michelle at 7:53 PM