Another birthday has passed. I'm halfway to 70 and can now officially run for president in the next presidential election - I think this may be the last remaining exciting age-goal in life. It's much more exciting to watch my kids have birthdays than myself these days. Shawn asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I've stalled so long on deciding what I wanted that I've now been given money (which is fine by me!).
For my birthday my parents drove my mom's piano from Kansas City to Indy for me. I had been looking into getting a piano for a while, and mom can't play anymore with her arthritis. She bought the piano twenty-five years ago. I remember going to the store and trying out all of the different pianos. I also still remember it being delivered to the house. The piano sat in the same spot in mom's house for all of these years - in the "piano room" no less!
My grandmother played the piano, my mom played the piano, and my sister and I took lessons when we were younger. Mari and I hated our piano lessons. The old lady who taught us was weird, and to be frank, her house smelled old and was a little creepy! I also played the violin in elementary and middle school so I already had experience with music and reading it. When I was in highschool, my best friend and I took a piano class as one of our senior electives. We liked it so much we took it for two semesters. This is where I learned how to play the piano (with both hands) the most. My favorite song to practice is Fur Elise by Beethoven. I've not mastered the left hand yet (actually, I haven't mastered the right hand yet - I haven't even begun with the left!), but I hope to get there someday.
Mostly though, I wanted the piano for the boys. I want them to be able to learn how to enjoy and appreciate music the way I do - or to at least be exposed to it so they can have the opportunity to learn music if they like. I'm secretly hoping I'll have a little classical pianist too (shh!). Colton has shown the most promise so far. He really enjoys listeing to music and singing songs. This doesn't necessarily translate into a professional musician, but I'll consider it a good start! So far the boys have more fun banging on the keys and using the bench as a toy table, but I figure it will either come to them or I'll have more time to use it for myself! First lesson on the list for the boys? Chopsticks of course!
Hi, I'm Christi. I live on a 14 acre farm in central Indiana with Shawn, my amazing husband of ten years, and these two good-lookin' boys, Zack and Colton. We have two horses, two ponies, a flock of chickens, our english mastiff, Mason, and our wire fox terrier, Huck! Follow us through our crazy fun lives where we're building a small farm and family!