Lorelei's joined a Saturday morning music group, Whiskey Just After Breakfast. Gryffy sometimes plays along with egg shakers, or just clogs along with Mommy to the Irish jig tunes.
We stumbled upon this jam session at Parkside Coffeehouse, and now it's our Saturday morning tradition. The musicians slowly trickle in around 10:00--violins, mandolins, guitars, banjos, flutes, hammered dulcimers, bodhrans, Irish whistles, accordions, cello, bass, egg shakers. Lorelei plays single notes alongside them for a few songs, trying to keep the rhythm. Gryffy loves to shake and dance along.
I think it's so great that they let Lorelei and Gryffin join in, because this is such a wonderful way for the kids to be surrounded by music, and to grow to really love it like all these fine folk musicians.
After several songs, the kids run around the play area and explore with their imaginations for an hour, and then we all converge (with our Saturday morning Parkside Coffeehouse friends) in the gym for riding bikes (we bring the kids' bikes along for practice), kicking around a soccer ball, and playing frisbee. It's such great family time together after Mommy's writing time (6-9:30 a.m., Panera Bread), and I can't imagine a better way to spend a morning with the people I love!