Archive for April, 2007

I enjoy surfing through Youtube, mostly following rabbit trails from one video to another.   A lot of it isn’t worth watching, but it’s always interesting to find something specifically for children , funny and musical, yet well crafted for adults as well.  I don’t find them often.  This is one of those serendipitous finds.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 


For additional information on Chris Karabas and the Kids Table Band, check out their website here.  You can hear samples of all the songs on their CD which I couldn’t resist purchasing.  It’s well worth it and also available through iTunes.  Nice thing about this CD is that your kids will enjoy it and you will, too!  With songs titled “The Lousy Hiccups,” “Bubble Bath in the Sink,” “Porcupine Pie,” “Mama’s Right,” you won’t find yourself bored listening to “Kid Songs……That Won’t Drive Parents Crazy“.  Barney and Wiggles, move over!  😉

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Family Time classes will recognize the title of this post.  It comes from a favorite tune “Seal in the Sea” that we’ve been singing the past two weeks in our visit to the aquarium.  Here’s a seal *just* for you, and watch how *he* loves to dive and swim!


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One of the favorite books at Gathering Time before class is always “Five Little Monkeys”.  So I hope you enjoy this video version!


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I enjoy reading other blogs, often for nothing more than listening to another person’s thoughts.  After experiencing the sudden, unexpected death of my 45yo cousin last week, this entry by Rand Richards Cooper in his blog really struck home with me.   

My oldest child is now 29,  and I can remember my husband’s then 79yo grandmother telling me when we brought him home from the hospital, “Enjoy every single minute with Matthew, because before you know it, he’ll be grown and out of the house.” 

 Of course, I laughed back then, thinking with my then 24yo naivete, “Well, that’s a loooonnng time from now.” 

Guess what? 

It happened when I blinked, I think.  Nannie was right. 

Enjoy these precious moments with your children, even those days when you wistfully remember what it was like before spills, throw-ups, dirty diapers, sleepless nights, tantrums, and more.  Before you know it, your little one will be grown as well. 

From Rand Richards Cooper:

We humans tend to believe we move through time, but really, time moves through us; and becoming a parent allows you to feel it happening. Only after Larkin was born did I realize how meager my sense of the future had been. A child demands a future of you, but she also gives you one, changing your place in the procession — not only the ancestors behind you, but now the descendents in front of you as well. It is a terrific enlargement of your life, and a comfort.”  —-  Rand Richards Cooper, Dad on a Lark

Richard and Larkin

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For moms everywhere:

Somebody said:

Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby .
Somebody doesn’t know that once you’re a mother, “Normal,” is history.

Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct
Somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.

Somebody said being a mother is boring ……

Somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver’s permit.

Somebody said if you’re a “good” mother, your child will “turn out good.”
Somebody thinks a child comes with directions and a guarantee.

Somebody said “good” mothers never raise their voices .
Somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor’s kitchen window.

Somebody said you don’t need an education to be a mother.
Somebody never helped a fourth grader with her math. 

Somebody said you can’t love the fifth child as much as you love the first.
Somebody doesn’t have five children.

Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to her child-rearing questions in the books ……..
Somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose or in his ears.

Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery .

Somebody never watched her “baby” get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten or on a plane headed for military “boot camp.”

Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her back …….  somebody never organized four giggling Brownies to sell cookies.

Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married …..  Somebody doesn’t know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother’s heartstrings.

Somebody said a mother’s job is done when her last child leaves home ..
Somebody never had grandchildren.

Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don’t need to tell her . Somebody isn’t a mother.   🙂

Many thanks to Cathy Portele.

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Dear Families and Friends:

      Thank you all so very much for your words of encouragement for our family over the past week.  It has helped so much.  We’ve had a reminder of how brief life really can be, and I wanted to share this blessing with you – with a slight adaptation from me.  I received it from a very dear Kindermusik friend earlier this year.  If anyone recognizes the photography, please notify me as I would like to give them full credit.  I did not take these photos.  They’re much too beautiful for anything that I could have taken, nor did I write the accompanying prose.  But I hope you enjoy this reminder to take every day as an opportunity to really and truly live.


How to Get Through 2007


Sleep as much as you can….

Passy Baby



Read books that you enjoy…….

Reading a good book



Play with simple things ……….




Do whatever you want ……….

Yummy toes!



Look for affection when you need it……

Nothing as secure as daddy’s arms



Get serious once in a while….

My Game Face



Forget about diets ……..

Calories? Who said anything about calories?



Show some affection ……..




Get angry once in a while……….

I am *NOT* happy.



Change your look ……

Like my ‘do?



Be happy, above all, whatever your challenges may be…..

Have a great year!


May your troubles be less, your blessings more.


My addition to this:

Never miss an opportunity to spend some time or tell a loved one how much you love them.  Life is just too short.

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Dear Kindermusik Families:

      I regret to inform you that I will be unable to post my summer schedule as planned today due to a sudden, unexpected death in my family.  Classes will continue as scheduled this week, but I must delay the work necessary on my website until this weekend.  Priority Registration and Early Bird Discounts will be adjusted accordingly.  Summer Adventures will be posted by this Saturday evening if all goes as planned.  I do apologize, but this is a time right now that I must devote to my family.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Merri Williams


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I don’t think I’ve laughed as long and hard at classical music comedy since Victor Borge passed away.  My apologies to Raymond, Judith, and all string musicians everywhere.  This was just too good to resist!  😉

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Summer Adventures is coming soon!

Priority Registration for currently enrolled families begins next week, April 19th!

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Do you want your child to have a lifelong love and appreciation of music?  Well, according to Parentcenter.babycenter.com, it’s easier than playing “Chopsticks”!  What you need is a “music-rich” environment, and here’s how to create it:

Sing songs to and with your child.   You don’t have to be a Josh Groban or a Trisha Yearwood.  In fact, right now your child thinks your voice is the most beautiful voice he or she will ever hear.  They’d rather hear you than anyone else!  And don’t worry if you’re a little bit offkey.  What’s important here is that you’re interacting with your child and showing them how much you value music.  Even “Old MacDonald” or “The Wheels on the Bus” become works of art in the arms of a loving parent!

Strike up the band.  Turn on the radio, push in the CD tray, or pop in a tape in the car.  Simply by clicking a button, you can make music a part of your child’s every day life.   Just as a child gets excited by reading due to bedtime stories with a parent, that same excitement can be generated by making music readily available in their world.

Play an assortment of music.  Whether your taste matches your spouse’s or you’re on totally opposite ends of the musical spectrum, your child will be receptive to a wide variety of musical styles.  By providing such a variety, you’re also providing a rich, stimulating music environment to help her develop her own personal taste that will emerge somewhere around age 8 or 9.  Be aware that although there is some wonderful music available for children, you shouldn’t limit your selections to only those available for children.  

Play “Finish That Tune.”   A fun game to remember especially for those times you’re stuck, sitting in traffic or waiting at the doctor’s office, is “Finish That Tune.”  Begin a much beloved song, such as “The Wheels on the Bus” or “Old MacDonald” and then stop.  Guess who will probably finish the song for you?  😉

Attend concerts.  Here in Atlanta, we are blessed with a number of enjoyable venues that frequently have free concerts or, at the very least, affordable concerts for families with young children.  The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has Family Events several times a year.  The next event is Saturday, May 13th, at 1:30 and 3:30 PM, entitled “Emily Saves the Orchestra.”  Read more about it here.  Several local universities and colleges also have “Family Concerts” as well.  You may find other listings at AccessAtlanta.com.  And right here in Decatur, free family-friendly concerts are scheduled on the square each Saturday evening, May 5th – 26th.

Check out books.  Reading picture books that you can actually sing, like “Old MacDonald” or “The Wheels on the Bus” or “Animal Serenade” (one of our literary selections from our  18mo – 3yo class, Our Time) is another way for your child to be introduced to music and singing.  Books written about the orchestra or other musical instruments also introduces your child to the magic of creating music.

Enroll in children’s music programs.   Quoting directly from parentcenter.com:

Kindermusik, a national music program, is a popular choice for children from newborn to age 7. The classes are designed around developmental stages, and the children learn about music through activities such as singing, moving to music, and playing games and simple instruments. The program also offers parents an opportunity to participate with their child.  

Need I say anything more?  😀

Dance to the music.  Every child loves to dance, especially with Mom or Dad!  Put on a favorite song, turn up the sound, and boogie with your baby!

Perform.  Who said that only little girls and boys can make music with pots and pans?  When’s the last time you hummed into a kazoo or used wax paper and a comb for the same effect?  And there’s always an “air guitar” with the broom from the kitchen!  🙂

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