Thursday, May 26, 2011


We got a piano this weekend. It's old and full of character. Apparently, pianos are easy to come by on Craigslist, at least in the Dayton area. Dave was on piano watch for about two weeks before this one popped up. The gentleman who gave us his old piano just wanted it out of his house. All we had to do was bring a truck and move it. Well, when I say "we" I obviously mean Dave and three friends.

The girls are really excited and so am I! I took piano lessons from about age 7 to 15 or 16 (I can't remember exactly when I quit). By then I had become more interested and competitive in flute so I quit the piano. I played flute all the way through college.

I ordered some beginning piano books called My First Piano Adventures. They're geared specifically toward 5-6 year-olds and look ridiculously cute. Solana's lessons begin today! We can hardly wait!

It's fun having a child this age. We have no idea what her "thing" will be. I was into music and band. That was it. Solana's currently taking swim/cheerleading (tumbling) alternately and ballet. She (surprisingly) keeps asking to play soccer again in the fall, will definitely do cross-country in the summer, and now piano. I'll only let her do two things at a time (outside the house) but it's hard to choose because she's still dabbling. She likes a lot of things but hasn't shown a real passion for any of them. And I think that's perfectly fine at this age. There's just so much to choose from it's hard to narrow down her offerings. I suppose I'll be forced to do that at some point but we'll just enjoy dabble mode for now.


carol anne said...

Love the picture of them sitting at it!

We have a piano, but nobody plays... DJ had a few lessons, but he stuggles too much with his motor skills for it. Kelly's school offers lessons that we are hoping she will be old enough to take next year. Are the books something she could use even though none of the adults know how to play?
I am so the same way with letting them try things. We have even tried hula lessons -- all I tell them is that once they pick, they are not allowed to quit, they have to finish the season or whatever. Not that they have ever asked to.

Oh, and the piano looks good too :D

A Goldsworthy Note said...

I think it's awesome your letting her try so much. She'll be such a versatile girl. I have two megaphones from high school cheerleading. I wish I had a way to get one of them to her. I bet shed love it, especially since it's from her Mommy's school.