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M loves Youtube. 

I think I’ve mentioned this several times before..

There are videos that use pop songs in the background.

There’s one video of a Play Doh Ice Cream Shoppe review that M loves to watch over and over again.  In the background, the song that is playing is Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”  M has seen this video enough that she knows and sings the song.  When she hears the song, she now calls it the “Play Doh Song.” 

There’s a fan video of Masha & The Bear using Demi Lovato’s “Two World’s Collide.”  She watches THAT video many times that she also knows and sings the song also.  When she hears this song, she now calls it the “Masha Bear Song.”

Sometimes in the car, she wants to hear those songs.  Lucky for her, I’ve owned those songs for a long time. 

“Mimi?  Play Doh Song?”

“Mimi?  Masha Bear Song?”

It’s the cutest thing.  The best part is her singing along…

What pop songs do your toddlers love?

Long title..  but these are the things that I realized about myself in these past few weeks.

It’s amazing what one learns about themselves during their daily commute from work.

1.  I still remember every word of every song from the first High School Musical.  AND it’s made me look up the entire soundtrack of High School Musical 2 to find that cool “ballad” sung by Troy and Gabriella.  I may or may not have been belting out “Go My Own Way” on my own while working on craft projects.

2.  I still LOVE Blink 182’s Dude Ranch CD.  Still.  LOVE.

3.  I still know enough words to Kris Kross’ “Jump” to make me sound somewhat legit.  Don’t ask me to do it on the fly.. but I can so keep up when singing along to the song.  THAT was very surprising.

4.  The Backstreet Boys STILL got it going on.. especially since Kevin Richardson came back..

That’s all I can think of right now.

I think that’s a good assessment of what I usually think about while I’m driving.

I think it also shows what kind of music keeps me going during those commutes.  It keeps my drive interesting.

What goes on in your mind during your commutes to and from work?!

M loves to sing.  She especially LOVES singing songs from her Sofia The First soundtrack.

I usually LOVE singing with her too.  Ever since she was born, I have looked forward to the day when we could sing little duets together.

But…

Sigh..

She doesn’t want me to sing!

:::Sob:::

Starting last week, every time I tried to sing with her, she’d do this whiny thing and just push me away.

What a diva!

I’m so sad!  Why won’t she sing with me?!

Ugh. Toddlers.

Anyone else experiencing this?  What did you do?

 

I am Little M’s human iPod.

I sing whatever song she wants me to sing at the drop of a dime.  This usually happens in the car…

“Coc!”
Sing the Doc McStuffins theme song

“D-d-d-doh-wah!”
Sing the Dora the Explorer theme song

“Map!”
Sing the Map song from Dora the Explorer

“Cub-back”
Sing the Backpack song from Dora the Explorer

“Ah-lya-lya”
Sing the Cinderella song from Sofia the First

Me:  Does Boots (from Dora the Explorer) have a song?
M:  Nooooooo..

It’s a good thing I really study the songs to know the lyrics.. I can’t wait til she can sing with me, or better yet, sing the songs to me!

I finally planted the seed into my darling little girl.

What seed?

Well, the musical theater seed, of course!

It all started one night when my mother kept singing “Happy Talk” from South Pacific.  I found the video on YouTube, but Little M wasn’t too interested.

Then, it hit me.

The Sound Of Music!

I loved that movie as a kid.  I would watch it every day and I had every line memorized when I was about 6 years old.

Why not start it now?

So I found “The Lonely Goatherd” on Youtube and pressed play.

She LOVED it!  She watched it over and over and over. 

The smile on her face was priceless.

I found the DVD and decided to show it to her on the TV and she was so happy.

I decided to try another song, “So Long, Farewell.”

She loved that too.  She enjoyed all the songs that featured the Von Trapp children. 

Now, you can sing the end of “So Long, Farewell” and she’ll also sing “Bah-Bye…” in her little falsetto tone.  It’s so cute!

She likes the “Happy Talk” song from South Pacific, but only when her grandma sings it, and she even does the little hand gestures like the video because my mom shows them to her.

I think I’ll stick to Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals for now.  We’ll save Spring Awakening and Avenue Q for later.. much, much later.

Being a mother means that you become an awesome songwriter..

Too bad I can’t write down the plethora of songs I have created when putting Little M to sleep.. half the time I’m making up words and can’t remember what I said if I had to immediately repeat it..

Some songs have talked about Little M going to sleep.. and have gone so far as to name off the various items in the kitchen..

Some songs talk about Hubby being at work and then coming home..

Some songs talk about the various burp cloths, blankets, onsies and sleepers that I put in her laundry basket..

Now while she enjoys my new song creations, sometimes the classics are what hits the spot for her..

Her current favorite.. Itsy Bitsy Spider..

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to sing it last night, IN LOOP!  And how many times I had to sing it today just to get her to go to sleep.. but for some reason, that song just works right now. (I may have just jinxed myself.. I better start thinking of other songs to sing in case the magic of this song is now gone!)

Little M is just like me.. we can appreciate new songs.. but it’s those classics that really make us feel most comfortable..

 

(Hubby’s favorite song of the moment is “Grenade” by Bruno Mars.. hubby sings it on loop..)

Hubby: “I’d catch a grenade for ya…”
Me:  Would you really catch a grenade for me?
Hubby:  I guess…
Me:  What?!
Hubby:  Yes.. yes.. I’ll catch it..

Me: What about your child?
Hubby:  Yes.. but then I’d be dead..
Me: …
Hubby:  Fine.. I’ll be dead..
Me:  NO!

Hubby:  What if I just kick it?  Then we’ll both be alive..
Me:  Ok.. (sings) “I’ll kick a grenade for ya…”

Hubby: …

Me:  Oooh!  That’s going on the blog!

 

You know how some people say they suddenly wake up and hit this point in their life where they realize that they are old?!

I finally hit that point.

I was sitting on the couch last night, on the computer doing my homework.. I had an ice pack on my knee and a heating pad on my back.. I look up from my computer and I suddenly think to myself.. “OMG.. I’m old!”

My body is falling apart.. my back was killing me yesterday.. and my knees cannot handle running..

I’m in my late-twenties.. when did that constitute as being “old!”  My body just ain’t what it used to be..

In other news..

My running has been going well.. my knees.. specifically my right knee.. is feeling it a little bit.  It’s like the most babied part of my body at the moment..

Before I run, I sit there with the heating pad on my knees for about 20 minutes to warm them up.. during the run.. I’m wearing a knee brace.. after the run.. the knees are iced for about 15-20 minutes.. then.. before I sleep.. they get the heating pad again for about 20-30 minutes..

It’s been working so far.. so why stop..

The running schedule has had me doing a 5min brisk walk to warm up.. then two sets of 90sec jogging, 90 sec walking, 2min joggin, 2 min walking.  That has me jog/walking for a little over a mile for 23 minutes.  Not bad for someone that took an entire HOUR to do four laps around the track in high school..

Each day gets easier as I do the repetitive schedule three times a week.. by the third time.. the schedule is a breeze.. but it only gets harder and harder.. I’m ready.. bring it!

Let’s see.. Church news..

I recently went to my old Church.. the Church that I used to sing and do many, many ministries with before I moved Churches to sing for the Filipino Choir.  I went to the 5pm Saturday Mass and they were asking for someone to lead them in the singing..

Singing!?

I signed up for the offer.. and though I am not obligated to go every Saturday.. I am going to try my best to go there as often as I can.. it’s the least I could do.. I love that Church.. I practically grew up there..

That’s all that’s new with me for now.. who know that I’d have anything interesting going on?!?

Last week, I was bombarded with a lot of negativity. 

Some person was trying twist around his bad behavior to make it look like I was the culprit.

No, this has nothing to do with my boyfriend.  He has been lovingly, supportive during this frustrating and trying time. 

I have decided to erase all that negativity from my life, but that negative energy is deeply rooted in something I LOVE to do.. sing.

I have decided that it will NOT stop me from what I love to do.. especially where I do it.

I sing because it makes me happy.  I sing because I serve the Lord.  I sing because that’s my outlet of creative release.  I sing and there is no one that can stop me from doing what I love.

In the past, I have been known to walk away from things when one person bothers me about it.. things that I have loved for so long.. I sacrificed just to stay away from the one person that causes me grief.

Not anymore.

I am going to learn to not let that stand in the way of something I believe in deeply.  One person versus touching the lives of so many with the gift of song..

That won’t stand in the way.. not anymore.

I sing at my Church.  I am a member of the Filipino choir at the Church I am a parishoner in.  I’ve sung at the other Church in which I was a parishoner in too.

I started singing at my current Church when someone from that choir had heard me sing at the Cursillo retreat that I attended.

Am I making sense?  Probably not, but my brain is fried and I still felt the need to leave a blog entry.

I guess the point I am trying to make is that singing for the Church is very important to me.  Singing, according to one of the Saints.. I want to say St. Francis.. but I could be wrong.. anyway..

Singing, is like praying twice.. something to that effect.

Music has always, always, always been an important part of my life.  Starting out as a dancer.. then moving on to singing.. I’ve always had music in my life in some form.

From the time I was young, learning how to put a vinyl record in the player and turn it on.. I was singing and dance..

During my “teen angst” years.. I always identified to music to get me through my “moods..”

Growing up.. finding love.. and heartbreak.. music and lyrics have always comforted me..

Now.. growing spiritually.. I have found a new appreciation for music.. for song.. for songs of prayer.. for singing with the congregation.. for guiding the congregation in song.. it’s such a beautiful thing..

The older I get.. the more music is a part of my life.. and I know that it always will be..


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