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Lotto

James doesn’t pay too much attention to the TV.  We have it on for a little bit in the morning and evening.  He is more interested in phones and computers than the TV.  Except when the lottery comes on.  In PA, it’s on every night.  Whenever the jingle starts, he stops whatever he’s doing and pays attention to the entire drawing.  Not sure if it’s the numbers, jingle or what, but he loves it.  

Music class

James started music class about a month ago.  We go together, sing some songs, bang on some instruments, and dance with other kids/parents.  He loves it.  When we signed up for the class, we got a music book and 2 CDs.  One CD has yet to leave my car.  We play it over and over.  If James is crying in the car, I put it on and he calms down.  I scream the lyrics to him (which he doesn’t seem to mind).  I even add a little death metal voice to some songs.  Wonder what music we’ll listen to next.  I guess it will be awhile before I listen to my music in the car again, but that’s ok.  

Now that James is well into eating solids, eating vegetables has become a bit harder than it once was for some reason.  This vegetable lasagna was a bit time consuming, but was so worth it to see his face when he took his first bite.  He loved it.  Except broccoli.  If even a little piece gets in his mouth, he spits it out.  He knows if I’ve mixed it in with the pasta/sauce/other veggies.  
Check out the recipe.

Now that James is well into eating solids, eating vegetables has become a bit harder than it once was for some reason.  This vegetable lasagna was a bit time consuming, but was so worth it to see his face when he took his first bite.  He loved it.  Except broccoli.  If even a little piece gets in his mouth, he spits it out.  He knows if I’ve mixed it in with the pasta/sauce/other veggies.  

Check out the recipe.

Spinal Tap was a hit recently.  The music wasn’t blasting, and he wasn’t in front of the speaker long.

Spinal Tap was a hit recently.  The music wasn’t blasting, and he wasn’t in front of the speaker long.

Can’t wait until Christmas…he’s going to have so much fun with all the wrapping paper and boxes!

Can’t wait until Christmas…he’s going to have so much fun with all the wrapping paper and boxes!

Drums

I really enjoy watching James bang on pots with his plastic spoons.  I tend to join in and bang on them as loud as possible….at least we’re both having fun!

2013?

This was the year I put Foo Fighters entire collection on my ipod as well.  Glad I finally did that since I think a lot of the music that I was able to play in front of James won’t get a whole lot of play time next year.  Should be able to play a fair amount of Foo Fighters with him around.  Although it should be interesting to see what we’ll start playing for him next year too…..will next year be the year we discover kids music and the strange bands that are out there?  Who knows, but I can’t wait to find out.  

Dad’s favorite album of 2012

James didn’t react to my favorite album the way he would while listening to Van Halen.  He actually didn’t really react a whole lot to it.  However, for me, it was an album I had been looking for.  Pallbearer’s Sorrow and Extinction was my favorite album of 2012.  I’m constantly looking for new music to purchase and have become a bit picky with my tastes.  I probably purchased the least amount of new music this year than any year before.  This album struck something with me….. I’m not great with critique/reviews, so I’ll keep it brief and just say it’s an amazing album.

Most played CD of 2012

After Goatwhore was no longer necessary, we still wanted some music playing while he went to sleep.  Every night, Putumayo Kids Presents Instrumental Dreamland was played for James.  Sometimes we played it once a night….other times, if he woke up in the middle of the night….. it got played more.  It’s a cd of quiet, soothing songs.  

This CD didn’t help put him to sleep when he was just a few months old, but halfway through the year, it did the trick.  It ended up getting the most plays out of any download/cd/vinyl during the year.

Vinyl of 2012

Two of my closest friends suggested to me awhile ago that I look into purchasing a record player.  I finally came around and started a collection for James.  Hopefully he’ll actually want him, and hopefully he’ll appreciate music in physical form.  I’m sure he’ll be getting most of his music online when he’s older, but he’ll have this collection to enjoy as well.  

I became a yard-sale junkie once I started collecting….checking out craigslist daily to find the latest/best options for buying records.  Sometimes I’d find people selling their collection online… go to their house….and buy whatever struck a nerve with me.  The collection was mostly classic rock…with a few random albums in the mix.  Towards the end of the year, I finally became a bit more picky on what I was buying.  I also began buying a few new albums that were released recently.

I started playing just one record a day for James when I became a stay at home dad.  Eventually, it turned into ‘let’s see how many we can play in a day’.  The band that got the most reaction from James:  Van Halen.  I was never a huge fan of theirs, more of a casual fan, so I knew I wasn’t being biased.  Along with a smile and look toward the speakers…. he just seemed to focus/pay attention more to the music.  So I’m putting Van Halen as his favorite band on vinyl for 2012.  Mine was Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd.

and if you have some classic rock on vinyl that you no longer want….James could always take them off your hands!