Thursday, March 13, 2008


Since my last post, Rowan got a double ear infection, I got sick again, and Andrew and I have been working non-stop. It's crazy around here.
I'm trying to grow my Kindermusik studio. We just got a new space that's totally ours downtown Oakland. No more setting up and tearing down before and after each class! That shaves 2 hours off my routine twice a week. So nice. Landon's Library (the non-profit started by my cousin in memory of her son) is paying for the space to help me get started. In turn, I give them 10% of any profit...they've been SOOOO good to me. Landon LOVED Kindermusik, so we wanted kids around here to have the same experience. We had an open house to try to recruit more kids for classes, but that didn't go as well as we had hoped. We invited 50 families and only saw 5. I did get one new family to join, so I'm hoping I can add some families to that new class. I hope I can schedule some week-long classes this summer. We'll see... All you can do, I guess, is plant seeds and watch what happens!
Last weekend, it was pretty much a blizzard here, but Andrew and I left the kids at the farm and headed to Uniontown, PA (usually about 45min away--but in the blizzard, it took us 2 hours!) to see my friend Erica (from my grad school years at the Boston Conservatory) in a national tour of The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Driving there that night was terrible. There were times we couldn't see the road in front of the car...but it was fun to get away. I'm so glad we went. Erica was GREAT in the show, and even though I was getting sick and was really tired, we got to hang out with Erica a little bit afterward. She's one of my favorite people... I love you, Erica!!
Otherwise, we've just been trying to concentrate on getting healthy. My Mom had strep throat which lead to bronchitis and a sinus infection, so I substitute taught for her most of last week. This week, I've ended up with the sinus stuff and a yucky cough, but I taught at Preston for my sister Tuesday and another teacher there yesterday, I teach Kindermusik today, and tomorrow, I'm teaching Kindergarten here in Garrett County. Andrew's been all over creation...he's built up more than 55 hours of comp time from driving and working 12 hour+ days. He took Mon and Tues off this week and might take the whole week off next week before he takes some vacation time when Benny is in town!
Easter weekend, Rowan is getting baptized on Holy Saturday night, a traditional time in the Episcopal Church to baptize. Our church does "open baptism" where anyone who shows up and wants to be baptized can be, although we've talked with our priest about Rowan already. Uncle Benny Moreno is coming in to stand up as Rowan's "Godfather" and Aunt B is his "Godmother." We're doing our family Easter dinner that night before the service here at our place when we'll hide Easter eggs and have fun. We're excited to see Uncle Benny!! I'm sure he'll be taking pictures, so hopefully, we'll have some awesome pics to show you soon! :)
I'm going to leave you with a video of Ingrid getting onto the computer. She LOVES (public television online...Sesame Street and Super Why and Barney and much more)! And she can do the whole thing by herself! Literally, we can leave the room and she's fine. Even if she's never seen the page, she figures it out. Amazing. And to think I never sent an e-mail until college. Shew!


Erin K. said...

I hope you guys feel better soon! FYI, I have joined the blogging world -
Stop by if you have a chance!

Hugs -

The Speakman Family said...

wow - our children will be teaching things before we know it! How exciting!

Gina said...

She is so cute. I want to see more of her! I'm so sorry you have been sick and working so much. You are in my prayers.