Saturday, August 22, 2015

Guitar girl




This big girl had her first official guitar lesson this morning, at the University of New Mexico. We've had both children involved in music programs there for several years. The LB takes his guitar lessons there too. They are lucky to have instruction at home too; the Bear plays the guitar himself and he helps them with what they learn in class. Miss GB has been waiting for her chance, learning a little bit here and there on her brother's three-quarter-size guitar, which is too large for her. A couple of weeks ago, she got her very own half-size guitar and she has hardly put it down. It's almost comical to see her with it, because it's nearly as big as she is, especially when she wears it in its case on her back. She thinks she looks like a beetle. I think she looks like a very determined little girl and I'm proud of her. I think she'll be great - my talented, tenacious little bug. Soon our guitarist duo will be a trio.

I've been so busy these past few days that I've barely had a chance to sit down! Whew. I love being back in the routine and having places to go and things to do, but it takes some getting used to when you go from virtually nothing going on to virtually everything all at once!  I really do thrive on it, though. I feel energized when I'm busy. I love this time of year, too; the changes all start happening at once. We've had some chilly mornings already, even though the afternoons are still baking-hot most days. But there are tinges of yellow in some of the trees, the berries are reddening on the bushes and the chrysanthemums have tiny buds! The chile roasters are back. Soon it will be scarf weather, my favorite of all. This week, I bought a new cardigan/jacket to wear in the in-between season coming up, before I need a real coat. It's still August, but I hear autumn knocking softly on my front door.

Have a good weekend, my friends. Not too much planned for us, I think we need a little downtime. But there's an at-home soup-and-salad date tonight, yay! We've been watching Parks & Recreation on Netflix lately. This show is hilarious! How did I miss it when it was still on TV? I have a new bag of library books too, plus there's my scarf to work on. I see a fair amount of lounging in my future. And cheesecake! Yes. I froze the Bear's leftover cheesecake after we celebrated last weekend, because he was going to Florida for work and I knew I'd eat it all while he was gone, so I put it in the freezer until he came back. Now it seems like bonus cheesecake.

PS - the GB's silver flower shoes (in this post) are from Target.

33 comments:

  1. How sweet she looks with her guitar on her back. I hope she enjoys playing. Maybe you could take it up as well, and then you'd have a quartet. I know what you mean about thriving on being busy, I think I'm the same. I love the enthusiasm you have for autumn, it's quite infectious. I can feel the season turning here as well. The spiders are making themselves known, and the evenings are closing in. I hope you have a good weekend. Enjoy that cheesecake! CJ xx

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  2. She looks like a sweetie through and through. What a wonderful opportunity for her. I am sure she will have so much fun playing with her brother and daddy.
    I can't wait for Fall. It is my seasonal love.

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  3. Bonus cheesecake, bonus indeed! Well done your little bear, bless her she looks so cute and so proud :)
    Jillxo

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  4. How awesome. I wish I had learned to play guitar. Loved get togethers with my cousins when we were older as some of them played and we would all sit around in a circle singing favorite songs. My boys both took band in school. Zack skipped this past year but will be playing sax again in his senior year. Have a great weekend. Tammy

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  5. How that made me smile and took me back to my own three daughters learning to play the violin, the frustration and joy that brought. Have lovely weekend and enjoy the cheesecake.

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  6. Sweet photos - you're daughter looks so proud. I love having a house full of music - L plays flute and piano and E violin and piano. The only time it got a bit much was with the endless scales practice just before exams! There's a whiff of autumn in the air here too and I envy your bonus cheesecake! xx

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  7. GB really looks like a little beetle, with the guitar on her back :-). A super-cute-beetle, that is ! Or maybe a ladybug ?
    If I were you, I would sew red dots on that black guitar cover ;-)))
    Xxx

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  8. Your daughter looks so sweet with her guitar on her back - and how lovely that she is keen to learn. My youngest is the only one not to be into music. How brave of you to freeze the cheesecake-and a nice bonus later. I've not managed to get into P&R at all. It was repeated from the start on cable recently and I tried to like it, but couldn't get there... ah well xx

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  9. What a big girl Miss GB is getting. She looks adorable heading in for her lessons with her guitar on her back. :o)

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  10. oh so lovely x adorable and priceless x

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  11. What a lovely opportunity for her and I am sure she will flourish. Happy days for you too. I am glad x

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  12. What a great shot of GB climbing the steps and lucky you having all that wonderful classical guitar music to listen to. I remember my son took his charity shop guitar to pieces for an art installation, which I still have. He played the violin but nowadays as space is tight he plays the ukulele! My daughter just sang, which was lovely too.

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  13. Talented children you have, GB looks so sweet xx

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  14. That picture of her with the guitar on her back is precious! How nice that you have that music program at the university. And that your husband can help with their practice times! Isn't this the best time of the year - the sweet anticipation of fall is almost as good as the actual season itself.

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  15. That is the most precious photo, Jennifer! It's so wonderful to start this music-journey with existing determination instead of trying to create it when it may just simply not exist. Do you play an instrument? I think I'm visualizing tambourines to round out the "Fab 4!"

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  16. Belatedly, "Happy Birthday" to Bear! His celebration was perfect from rainbows to cheesecake to classic toys. Nutella should be locked up in my house...I just don't buy it...often :) Your summer read does sound interesting to me too, and I love the color you are adding to your scarf/cowl. I am excited for Guitar Girl and the future trio in your family...music is wonderful to make and share! I was a wimp about building up calluses on my fingers and played around more with my autoharp than guitar. I played clarinet for eight years, took piano lessons for three, and enjoy trying to harmonize with others when singing. Thanks so much for caring for me in your sweet comment on my last post, Jennifer. I appreciate our blog friendship and continue to cheer you and yours on to happy meaningful days. xx
    P.S. We had a second tea party using more of the napkins you sent. I purchased a delectable gluten free chocolate cupcake and carved it up so that each of us got one perfect bite. Yum!!!

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  17. Well done on your girls first guitar lesson, and happy belated birthday to your hubby x

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  18. How wonderful. I think being able to play an instrument is a gift, hard work to learn, but something which will stay with her for ever. Yes, autumn is definitely knocking on the door. We had a thunder storm here yesterday and localised flooding, where has summer gone?

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  19. How cute is your little girl with that big guitar strapped to her back? I hope that she enjoys her lessons and playing along with her brother and daddy. Even though I'm not looking forward to fall (I love summer; plus, fall brings very sad memories for me...the deaths of my son, my father, and my mother-in-law), I have to admit, I'm enjoying the cooler temperatures right now. Have a great weekend!

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  20. Do you think they'll start a band? That would be amazing! Well done to the GB, she'll be great I am sure. I like the sound of your weekend, especially the frozen cheesecake. Parks and Recreation has been on my list for some time, I'm glad you recommended it. xx

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  21. I love the guitar - Ii wish I had learnt to play when I was younger. I love when the young ones are so eager to learn, there is no shyness where they are concerned - they just do it!!!
    Enjoy your cheesecake - the recipe looks amazing and cant wait to try it out.
    Have a lovely weekend xxx

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  22. Wonderful! My youngest (13) started guitar lessons at the end of May. They are the highlight of his week, and he practises hard during the week At these times I am very grateful he didn't take up drums or a brass instrument as listening to him practise is actually very pleasant X

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  23. What a cute guitar girl! It is wonderful to read how much the GB loves her guitar and her music lessons. Start them early, I say. I began piano at age 5, and can't remember ever not being able to read music. It is one of life's great gifts. Have a lovely, busy week, Jennifer :)

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  24. I think learning the guitar must be amazing, I'm sure she will do really well being so enthusiastic and having a great example around her. x

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  25. She looks so sweet! My eldest enjoyed learning the guitar when he was younger & has started showing Harry how to play now. Bonus cheesecake must be the best how very well behaved of you to freeze it xx

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  26. Oh how lovely! Looks like she's going to enjoy and have a wonderful time during her guitar lessons. We recently took our little one for a free trial to a music class. --Piano class. I think we'll actually give it a go next year when she's a little older. Hope you're having a lovely start to your week.

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  27. This is so cute! Love the shot of that tiny girl & guitar heading up the big concrete stairs. This brings back memories of my son learning guitar and his 3/4 acoustic guitar when he was 8. He couldn't wait to learn to play either. He still plays, and now has a full-size acoustic and an electric guitar (bought from his paper route money). He even played for us around the campfire on our camping trip last week. You're going to enjoy this as much as the rest of the family ... I guess you provide vocals Jennifer? Enjoy :)
    Wendy

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  28. Hey Jennifer,
    I think it's lovely for kids to learn an instrument. Sadly my older boys were not talented in this area at all. Olly will be learning the fife in September. Hopefully he will enjoy it. I shall have a look at Parks and Recreation now that you have recommended it.
    Leanne xx

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  29. It is nice for the kids to get interest in some musical instrument. My kid learns keyboard. At times he loose his interest if his master tells him something. It is very had to manage then to learn it...

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  30. How exciting for her! Guitar is one of my favourite instruments. My husband plays guitar and sometimes gets out his acoustic for a sing a long in the evenings. What an amazing gift to be able to just pick up an instrument and play it. I wish I was musical.
    I love this time of year too. The changing of the seasons is so full of nostalgia and anticipation.

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  31. Your girls looks very happy in the photo. I hope she enjoys her new guitar and her lessons. And I hope it's not long before she can play along with her Dad and brother.
    She must be so excited! We're following the last series of Parks and Rec at the moment. We've really enjoyed this show from the start and we're actually a bit sad that it's finished/finishing. Have a great week!

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  32. I love the picture of GB with the guitar on her back, a cute little music bug indeed! I love it when people I like discover the wonder of Parks and Rec, it's my absolute favourite and our dvd box set is coming to the hospital with us for early labour entertainment! x

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  33. Hi Jennifer - I've just come across from Jo's blog.
    What a lovely post ... so nice to be learning guitar. My youngest (now in his 20's) had guitar lessons, it is so lovely to be able to pick up a guitar and play.

    All the best Jan

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