Archive for October, 2006

Halloween at our house

Just a few days ago, I mentioned how I have always enjoyed seeing the creativity and ingenuity of moms as they scramble to create just the “right” Halloween costume for their children. Well, I also enjoy watching my daughters as well each year, as they seek to come up with the very best home-designed costumes that they can.  This year was no exception.

Our youngest daughter, Faith, who often assists me in class and is responsible for many of the wonderful photos of my students on this blog, has discovered a new career for herself – Madam Gypsy Fortune-teller!

Gypsy Fortune-Teller Faith

Faith was joined by her sister, Rebekah, who has discovered the 60’s and “Flower Power”!  “Peace out, man!”  was her mantra tonight.    🙂

Rebekah and her “Peace Sign” - courtesy of Crayola Washable markers

We have trick-or-treated from Decatur to Lithonia to Conyers and back.  We’ve carved our jack-o-lantern who is smiling brightly right now in our kitchen window.  And everyone is now piled up in our den watching our favorite Halloween video “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” 

I hope you and your family had a wonderful time Trick-or-Treating, too,  and I’m really looking forward to hearing all about your Halloween fun in our next classes.   Just a reminder that  there will be no classes this Thursday as I will be in Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend for the Kindermusik Educators convention.  See you next week!


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Five Little Pumpkins

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins (Hold up all 5 fingers)
Sitting on a gate
The first one said,
“Oh, my, it’s getting late!” (Point to wrist like checking the time)
The second one said,
“There are witches in the air!” (Point up and across, like pointing to the witches flying)
The third one said,
“But we don’t care!” (Shake head like saying “no”)
The fourth one said,
“Let’s run and run and run!” (Move arms like you’re running)
The fifth one said,
“I’m ready for some fun!” (A big smile)
OOOOOOOH, went the wind
And OUT went the light (Clap on “out”)
And the five little pumpkins (Hold up five fingers again)
Rolled out of sight. (Roll hands, one over the other)

Enjoy listening to this online version here.

(Thanks to Mamalisa.com)

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It’s only four days  – yesFOUR4 (!) – days until Halloween.  Have you purchased your child’s costume from the store yet?  Waited until the last minute to do something?  (Been there!)  Choices are dwindling now.  Have you thought that you’d really like to make a costume for your son or daughter, but don’t know how?  All thumbs at sewing?

Well, worry no more!  I am always delighted to see the creativity and ingenuity of a mom who’s truly wanting to do something special for her children.  I found another example of this in an article on NPR’s website.  Back in 1969, the mother of Melody Kramer of NPR made some terrific costumes for Melody and her brother, aged 4 and 3 respectively, and Neil Kramer snapped this terrific shot of the two of them. 

Jellybean Costumes for Halloween

Here are her instructions:

Bag of Jellybeans

1. Blow up multicolored balloons.

2. Make holes for your arms and legs in a clear plastic trash bag.

3. Put it on and stuff it with balloons. Voila! You’re a bag of jellybeans!

To read her entire article, simply click the title:  Project Runway Makes Halloween Costumes Work.

Now, get to work!  😉

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins! 

 Just in time for Halloween, for those of you unable to locate just the right pumpkin for carving, there’s an online pumpkin carving site just for kids!  (All right, parents, too! And, yes, I tried it out myself!)  🙂

Now, click and see what you can do with this guy!

Just the perfect pumpkin!

Thanks, Molly!

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Being married to a brass player now for almost 32 years, I’ve learned a great deal over the years about the brass instrument family and accomplished brass instrumentalists.  Just this past August, the fabulous jazz trumpeter, Maynard Ferguson, passed away, leaving behind a legacy not only of magnificent music, but also a number of mentored instrumentalists that he took under his wing.  

Just yesterday, David shared with me a lovely, moving version of “Taps” arranged by one of these individuals, Walter White, and dedicated to the memory of Maynard Ferguson.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.   Listen to Taps for Maynard.

Then come back and view this home video of Maynard with his beloved cat, Dezi.  Dezi died on August 19th of this year.  Maynard played “Taps” for Dezi’s backyard funeral – the last notes he ever played as he passed away only four days later. 


For more information, check out Maynard Ferguson.com.

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I *love* this couple and how they celebrate their wedding with family and friends.  Enjoy the music and dancing!


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I LOVE the month of October!  The weather starts to change, the mornings are a little nippy and the air is brisk and clear here in Atlanta after months of smog and grey and white skies. 

Tonight as we returned home, we traveled up Ga. Hwy. 212 and just before crossing back into DeKalb County, we topped the high ridge there at the county-line and realized that we could see the Atlanta skyline once again.  Hurray! 

Thanks to the jet stream and air sent our way from our Canadian neighbors, the air is clean and crystal clear at night. 

This video from Youtube.com of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) as seen in British Columbia just last month reminded me of how beautiful the night skies are and how much we miss by being a metropolitan area filled with so much congestion, traffic, motorized vehicles, and smog!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


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