Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I'm a Belieber... "Never Say Never"

After reluctantly taking two 10 year olds to see the new Justin Beiber movie "Never say Never" I walked out a Belieber and the two 10 year olds walked out with a new found inspiration.  Needless to say we enjoyed the movie and yes, I would see it again.

After watching how an average yet talented kid could get discovered on You Tube, they came home inspired to make their own You Tube video show casing their own musical talents.  I know I'm the biased Mom, but I also watched my daughter grow up intrigued by music.  She is always in perfect key, rhythm and beat, just like Justin Bieber.  I enrolled her in piano lessons and after 3 lessons she is playing "Clocks" by Cold Play perfectly, however her instrument of choice is violin.   She quickly learned how to read notes and started writing her own songs at the age of 8.  We often play duets, with me on the piano and her on the violin.  Currently we are practicing Canon in D by Pachelbel.  Well, we'll see if her talent has the same luck and destiny of Justin Bieber.

I present to you.... Grenade by Bruno Mars performed by Talent Extraodinaire.... 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

February Snow in Seattle?

It is the end of  February and Spring Break in Seattle and here is a picture looking out our living room window.  It has only been snowing for the past 3 hours and has no signs of slowing down.  I can't imagine how the snow is going to look  by the end of the day.  Perhaps we'll have 2 feet of snow like the picture below.

Snow is a rare thing here, especially this time of year and it looks like a good 'ole winter storm in the Wasatch Mountains.  Seattle isn't equipped for snow removal, so I am glad it is spring break and we don't have to drive.  I learned the hard way about driving in the Seattle snow, the first year we moved here.  Seattle was experiencing their biggest snow storm in over 25 years.  The entire city was paralyzed and people were sliding down the hills on couches.  If you didn't need emergency care or garbage removal it was kind of fun.  That year I quickly learned that we weren't driving in Utah snow anymore.  It's slick and icy, much different than driving in a good 'ole Wasatch Mountain snow storm.  I was getting in my car and my neighbors were yelling at me saying" thanks for bringing your Utah snow with you."   I didn't understand their concern.  It was November and snow was a regular gift from Mother Nature.  I decided to run some errands and as I was leaving my driveway one of my neighbors begged me not to drive in the snow.  I thought, wow, these Seattle people are wimps.  I'll show them how to drive.  I was quickly humbled as a headed down the hill and realized I was completely at the mercy of Mother Nature.  I was grateful that not many other drivers were on the roads as I slid right through stop signs and main roads.  If I wasn't worried about ending up off the side of the road in a ditch it could have been a better ride than anything they have at Disneyland.

Needless to say our plans of enjoying this week off of school and taking Ferry rides to unexplored destinations are quickly turning to stay at home activities.  That's okay, sometimes those are the best memories.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Since my husband is retired from the airlines, we try to travel as much as time allows, but we haven't experienced a "pat down" yet.  Nevertheless, I thought this cartoon was still worth a good a laugh, even though it's not wordless.  Happy Wednesday!