I started taking formal piano lessons when I was 15 years old. Before then, I just dinked around on an old keyboard upstairs in my room where I taught myself how to read music on a staff. But from then on, my love for classical piano music was born :)
I couldn't WAIT until Jaina was old enough take lessons. It looked like I would have to wait, though, not only for her to turn 6, but also for her to have the desire to learn. Finally, in August, she asked if she could start taking lessons across the street at our neighbor's house.
She loves it :)
Then the search was on for a used (and inexpensive!) piano. The ones I found on craigslist were expensive. Or damaged. There was no in between it seemed! And then there was the problem of how on earth we were going to get one to our house. I drive a 4 door Honda Accord and my husband drives a two-seater convertible!
Last month at book club, I was explaining these very things to my friend sitting next to me when another member heard me from across the room. "We have a piano we want to get rid of!" she exclaimed. The skeptic in me said, "Okay, what's wrong with it?" She replied, "It isn't white. I'm going for a shabby chic distressed beach look in my basement and it clashes terribly." So I brought up the fact that we don't have a way to transport it from her house. "No problem! We own a truck and a trailer!" We made arrangements a few weeks later and yesterday, our piano arrived.
We are beyond thrilled.
Its a Baldwin, made in 1972.
It took 4 guys to get it up our front steps and into our house!
To thank our dear kind neighbors, I wanted to bake something for them.
But what? I was stumped. My last 2 loaves of bread didn't turn out well and I wasn't sure if I wanted to brave bread again right now. I knew I had brownie mix. (Cause when you buy brownie mix at Costco, you *always* have brownie mix on hand!) So I went to a popular website and looked for ideas under her brownie section.
Now, I can't take an ounce of credit for the creativity. That alone belongs to Bakerella. If you haven't been to her site yet, please go check her out!!
My kids loved sampling the extra treats, too :)
Now, don't get worried about the next two pictures. I know Jayce looks like he did not enjoy the hamburger cupcakes. It wasn't that. He just has a hard time trying new things. You can tell him that its just a cupcake or just a brownie, but since it doesn't *look* like what he's used to eating, he's not quite sure how its going to turn out. He also does not like to get his hands messy and this was a bit of a sensory overload for him. But without any encouragement from me, he ate almost the entire treat and declared that he liked it :)
Cupcakes and pianos. We had a great weekend!