Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Musical matters

IMG_8130Do you play an instrument? I grew up in South Korea so I really had no choice. If you’re familiar with Korean culture you know that learning the piano or a violin is pretty much a given. I chose piano and played through my adolescent years. I was competitive and very good. In the 4th grade I performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5  and the audience was blown away. It took a lot of practice and practice is what I did hard. Perhaps so hard I began to hate it. The minute my parents said I could quit.. I did faster than you could say crescendo. Til this day.. it’s one of my biggest regrets.

My daughter at 2 1/2 comes alive with music. People are surprised by how extroverted and coordinated she is. I have to admit.. she impresses me too. One day we were walking by a music shop and she insisted on going in. She told me she really wanted music. I told her we’d give it a try.

So we signed up for Bach 2 Rock’s Rock City class. It was $20 for a 45 minute session. The class is a drop-off class for 3-5 year olds but Adora fit in great. She got to play a violin, and did some rhythm and movement-based activities. In the end there’s musical story-time. The whole idea is to introduce them to the fundamentals of making music. B2R has all kind of classes for many age groups– they even have a Battle of the Bands in the summer! I think you can tell from the pics of her first class (and a lil video below) we’ll be back.

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Someone’s Got Moves Like Jagger

Trying gymnastics

After I saw how much my two year old loved ballet.. I thought gymnastics may be worth a try. I heard from other parents that it’s a great way for the little ones to get all their energy out.  We called up Gymini and they invited us over for a trial.  Adora was sold faster than you could say the word “mat”. I love all the different stations that test the baby’s strength and also encourages coordination. With her week filling up (ballet, swimming,gymnastics, spanish and soon pre school!) I’m going to have to make some tough decisions on what to keep her in.

Um … I want one of these pits to play in



Adora hides eyes, thinks she’s invisible

I remember reading a while back about how University of Cambridge researchers found that children believe they become invisible if other people can’t see their eyes. The study showed toddlers also thought adults can’t be seen if their eyes are hidden – even if their bodies are visible. This is perhaps why that game of “peek a boo” is so fascinating for your baby early on.
Well, Adora is 2 now and I just think what we witnessed below is hilarious. Many parents can probably share a similar experience. Here she is playing hide ‘n’ seek with her cousin in the wide open. She really believes no one can see her. Love it!

Culture and Kids

A while ago I wrote about putting my 2 year old in Mandarin classes. We’ve since switched to Spanish because it just works out better with our schedule. Well when a friend sent me a link to these cool wooden blocks I had to get them. They’re Korean Character Blocks and what’s real cool is that the word is in English and there’s a pronunciation on one side of the block. Yeah, Adora is only into stacking them and knocking them down right now.. but I figure over time it will be a great learning tool.

Now I wanna get this book to the right! This is gonna get addictive.

International Children’s Festival

This is the perfect event for the entire family! There’s even going to be a colorful childrens parade where kids from the different embassies will wear their traditional clothing. For sure to be an amazing sight! Children of all ages will have a chance to participate in educational booths from over 25 Embassies that will showcase rich cultural heritage including food, music and typical customs. Best of all, this event is free to the public.

International Children’s Festival
What: 6th Annual International Children’s Festival
When: Sunday, May 6 2012
12:00 pm- 4:00pm
Where: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Who: Meridian International Center in partnership with THIS for Diplomats, Cultural Tourism DC, and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Among the activities slated for this year are an array of performances including the Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble, FC Pachama- Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, German School Washington- Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Happenstance Theater- Alliance Francaise, Karabakh Foundation Dancers, Kesem- Embassy of Isreal, Kirov Academy of Ballet, O’Neill- James School of Irish Dancing, Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra (PVYSO)- Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Rumah Gadang Group, and Umanda Weerasinghe.

Rockin’ with Miss Amy in Studio

The morning show got moving with the help from Grammy winning artist Miss Amy . The singer/songwriter rocked out in studio with students from area schools. Miss Amy is a headliner at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Family Day coming up March 3rd.

Corcoran Family Day
March 3, 2012
Corcoran Gallery of Art
All Ages, FREE

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Shave for the Brave Approaching

On Wednesday September 21st where will you be? Can I convince you to join me and 46 brave moms at Union Station. These women will shave their heads in honor of their beautiful children battling cancer. It’s the 2nd Annual 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave and we want all the support we can get!

Celebrity shavers will be on hand to help the mommas out. They include media pals Arch Campbell, Alison Starling, Andrea Roane, Ed Henry, Tommy McFly, Natasha Barrett , Mary Amons and Flounder to name a few! Please come out and help cheer these wonderful women on. PR at Partners from Chevy Chase is bringing their talented team and photographer Tim Coburn will be doing before and after shots.

Why 46? That’s how many mothers are told each day that “your child has cancer.” The goal this year is to raise $1 Million dollars for St. Baldrick’s. We hope to see you at Union Station Sept. 21st!

46 Mommas Shave for the Brave

September 21st 5-9PM. Proceeds go to St. Baldrick’s Foundation to aid in childhood cancer research. For more information, visit ‘Shave for the Brave’,

600 Backpacks up for grabs Sunday

From our viewers in West Virginia… they’re already thinking back to school, and giving back.

This Sunday, August 14th Hedgesville Church will give away 600 backpacks filled with school supplies.
All you have to do is bring your child by.. they must be with a parent. Live music, free food, free haircuts for the kids and moon bounce will be on hand. Four new bikes will be given out too.

Registration starts at 3pm at Hedgesville Church.
That’s at 6867 Hedgesville Road in West Virginia.

More on the WUSA9 Morning Show Below

Combat BABY balm

Hey I have an amazing update on Operation Sand Flea. Sara Damelio and her team at Skincando sent their 6000th care package to the Middle East recently. To refresh your memory, Skincando makes Combat-Ready Balm the all natural balm that helps fight treacherous heat, sandstorms and sadistic sand fleas. Everytime you buy a jar, another is donated to our soldiers overseas.

I’ve always been a fan of the balm and their awesome chapstick but now there’s even more reason to check it out. There’s a new baby line. Combat Ready Balm babies + kids works not only on diaper rash but also bug bites, chafing, sunburn and scratches. The best part is that it’s all organic. We’re talking apricot kernel oil, beeswax, fish oil, grapefruit seed extract.. lavender.  I like how it smells too. Just a little goes a long way, and that means more than ever now that I’m on a big budget.

PS- I got Adora an Operation Sand Flea baby shirt too— how can you resist a cute panda in arms!

Staycation: Our visit to West Virginia

In our suite we arrived to fresh baked desserts, free bottled water and coffee.

As you may have seen from my previous post, Little Goff and I went on a little staycation in West Virginia. I highly recommend doing so to anyone who’s just itching to get out of town but really doesn’t have the time to take a week or even a weekend off for travel. It took us about an hour to get to the Hillbrook Inn Bed & Breakfast nestled in the rolling hills of Charles Town. Upon arrival at the European style country home estate we were hooked. Within seconds you realize this is a quiet place that is loud with history.. some of the English Tudor inn was constructed starting in the 1700’s. In fact George Washington use to own this land.

EXTRA: Travel for Busy Moms & Their Brood

What we found so refreshing is that among the antiques, aging books, dark wood and even an old water closet was a touch of today. We were impressed to find out that all the 6 unique rooms (we stayed in The Bamford) and 4 cottage suites had an iPad 2 in them. The Wi-Fi connection was very strong too— hence my real-time (and real funny) post on the wedding we witnessed from our patio. As for the food? The filet mignon was so tender– they only give you a butter knife to cut it. The dessert was creative. Ever had chocolate pate’? With the overnight stay you get free breakfast on the porch. I commented during breakfast that I could taste the difference in the tomatoes. They were definitely garden fresh– come to learn their produce comes from a local farm. The whole experience was more than up to our taste- it was great enough that we actually bought a gift certificate for our parents who so deserve a nice getaway!

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