I can barely wait for the kids to get their acts in order with their piano lessons so they can move on to other instruments.  I visualize a one-family band.  It will be so fun to gather all the instruments and accessories such as a fluffer to make their music sound really amazing.  Who knows, maybe they could even be the next Willis Family (LOVE that show on TLC, by the way!).

I honestly don’t remember having such a trying week in a long time.  Nothing truly terrible has happened, but a bunch of inconvenient/bad/stressful things have attacked us all at once this week/month.  In addition, I’m fighting a bladder infection or something (my doctor and I are still going back and forth about what it is, but I got some antibiotics tonight, so yay for small victories!) and I have no motivation to do anything.

I’m really glad that tomorrow is Friday.  I’m hoping the antibiotics will have kicked in enough that I can get the grocery shopping done and be back on track to get back into our routine next week.  Hopefully all we need is a weekend, meds, and routine.  Oh, and lots of coffee of course!

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of living in the country on a farm.  Realistically, there is no way I could swing it.  I am the furthest thing from an outdoorsy person.  I am not who you would call to help you with your barn door equipment or your stable mucking!  The longer we live in the city, though, the more I love the idea of having land and a place to send the kids out to run off all their energy!

Does anyone else feel like February is just the month that will not end?  We breezed through the beginning of winter unscathed, but this month will be our undoing.

We have been on lockdown because we were exposed to whooping cough, and Kaylee now has a cough.  She’s been treated with antibiotics, but they’re disgusting and she pukes every time I give them to her.  Despite that, it seemed like she was getting better but today she definitely got worse.  It is still NOTHING like our whooping cough incident a few years ago (she doesn’t even whoop or anything, it’s just a “normal” cough), but because of not wanting to infect anyone else, we’ve been trapped in the house for about a month.

Add in other health issues, car issues, and CABIN FEVER, and I just don’t feel like February will ever end.  This week has definitely been the worst so far.  It’s Wednesday and we haven’t even finished Monday’s school yet.  We’ve had a TON of doctor appointments this week, but still.  My motivation is GONE.  :(

Why do instruments have to be so expensive?  Since two of our kids are now playing the piano, I’m starting to think about their next musical steps.  I can’t believe the cost involved!  Lessons, instruments, music, accessories, etc.!  Whew!

One way to offset the cost a bit is to buy used instruments.  I hope one of the kids will play the guitar, so I especially have my eye on guitar center used . If I knew one would want to play it, I’d buy one now! LOL

I don’t know about everyone else, but I am so ready for spring!

It’s only the end of January, but it has already been a long winter.  We had my brother and his family visiting last week, which was awesome to break up the monotony, but now we’re back to the grind with school and business and everything else.  Just two more months until summer.  I can do that, right?!

I’m always on the lookout for good gift ideas.  I literally have the hardest time coming up with good gifts for the special people in my life, so when I run across something that makes me think of a certain person, I usually scoop it up before I forget!

If you like to do the same, you might want to check out these masonic rings from Joy Jewelers !  If you know someone who has any ties to the Masons, these rings would make an amazing gift for them…one they will use each and every day and that will have lots of sentimental value for them.

It is definitely one of my hopes that all 4 of the kids will learn to play a different musical instrument so that we can have our own little family band going.  If we team up with all of my siblings, we might even have enough instruments and people for pyware software to create our own marching drills.  I  had no idea this kind of program even existed, but I think it’s super cool and comes with tons of awesome features to create drill designs for smaller schools!

Where has 2015 gone?!  We’ve been so busy with home schooling and traveling that 2015 has just been a blur!  We took a ton of trips this year to make up for the ones we couldn’t take while I was pregnant with Kaylee.  It’s been fun, but we’re a little traveled-out and glad that we made the rule long ago that we won’t travel in the winter time!

Kaylee is 16 months old, but still acting very much like an infant.  She’s taken a few steps, but has no interest in walking.  And she’s a tiny little thing too.  She’s only 22 pounds which is as big as Ava was at a year, Kelvin was at 7 months and Carter was at 9 months!

Now that I’m teaching two kids how to play the piano and they’re both expressing interest in learning other instruments (they say NOW, but I say they have to wait until they have a firm grasp on the piano), I find myself more and more in need of a resource like this Musicians website .  By the time all four kids have learned the instruments they’re interested in, who knows how much music, accessories and instruments we’ll have bought?!