Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Need to Brag for a Minute

At the end of Kindergarten Alanna was sent home with a piece of paper of 171 high frequency words for first grade (as in she should know those words by the end of first grade). I just took Alanna through all of the words, and out of 171, she could not read 20. ("Laughed", "oil", "could", and "being" are a few examples of what she missed). Hope she doesn't get too bored in first grade!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Edited Photos

I have been having fun with some photos lately. I have learned why one should take so many different shots for a good picture. Also, not all photos, even if they are taken seconds apart, look good with editing. It's been fun to learn about.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Family Reunion

Boy - what a couple of days. Swimming in a freezing lake, pee wee golf, guitars, good people to hang with. And an unexpected perk. We had a professional photographer there to take some pictures.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


we have a lot of piano in our family. Dane plays, I dabble a little, my mother in law and sister in law play,my sister and mother play and my grandmother plays and composes songs, so it shouldn't have surprised me when Alanna came up to me and asked if I could give her piano lessons. I didn't really think she was serious but I went ahead and got out the books and showed her the first song. She mastered it perfectly in about 10 minutes. Since then she has kept after me almost everyday to give her a new song. And almost every day she is ready for one.

A few days ago I wanted to test her to see if she was really playing and mastering the songs so I had her go back and play all of the songs from the book that she had passed off. With only one goof on one song that she quickly fixed she played them all almost perfectly (her whole note only got 3.5 counts).

Soon she is going to be ready to play notes from the staff. I am not sure how quickly she will get it or if at that point her interest will wane, but it's amazing to me how fast she is picking up the music. I love it!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Family Photo

I had a chance to do an unofficial photo shoot this last weekend. It wasn't really planned, I just happened to have the best camera. While I didn't take this shot I set it up and I like it. Laverty family in 2011.