Sunday, February 15, 2015

How I Know I Married a Musician: Part 10

Due to my shoulder, I can't really lift my camera. And I'm just so sick of trying to get a decent Sunday photo with my phone. Especially when the girls are in their comfy clothes before I manage to get out of the car. I mean, HOW do they do that so fast? It's freaking 9:30 pm now and I'm still wearing my Sunday dress. I may actually decide to sleep in it since it's too much effort nowadays to get dressed and undressed.

I digress.

So today's Sunday photo will be more of a life at the Overstuffed house on a typical Sunday afternoon. 

The older girls have some big theory tests coming up through their violin and piano lessons, so The Maestro decided to work on quizzing them with some flashcards.

He had them clapping rhythms, identifying musical markings, and naming the notes.

Things got pretty competitive. Bria is all quiet and stuff until you CHALLENGE her. It wasn't even a contest, but she HAD TO WIN.

My favorite part is seeing the musician that I married feeling a bit better. Of course, he went to bed for a few more hours after the theory quiz.

And because this can't be a How I Know I Married a Musician post without a funny musical misquote from The Maestro...

When he was getting really sick last week I told him he had to get his butt to urgent care in the morning. He asked me to look up the hours so he knew what time to leave the house.

"I want to be there right at the downbeat."

Happy Sunday!

More about how we help the girls practice their music:

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Have you ever tried plum paper designs???

  2. I would go crazy without a planner! I have used the Imagination planner from Walmart that is $10 for the last 3 years. I love that it has metal spirals, it has good monthly tabs and the cover is PLASTIC, which means it holds up to spills, my purse, my kids, and anything that has been thrown at it. I don't like that it doesn't have a lot of extra's, notes only on the monthly view and a couple in the back. It does come in a 12 month or 18 month year but it's still a calendar year. This is crazy, but I didn't know they made academic planners beside the student planners I used in school. I like the Mom on the Go planner but can't tell about the cover, what kind of material is it? Heavy cardstock type covers have not been my friend in the past. I LOVE the idea of keeping the old planners as a 'journal snapshot' of my life. It makes me feel better about not wanting to throw them out but yet unable to rationalize the clutter of keeping them. Thanks for a great article.

  3. I have used the Erin Condren and loved it. I also have used my latest is from It's the mom agenda. I love it. I can look at planners all day. Thanks for your recommendations, I'll check them out.

  4. The cover of the planner is hard laminated plastic-ish. It's pretty sturdy. :) And, like you, I was pleasantly surprised to find more and more companies make planners on the academic year. My whole life runs on the academic year, as both a mom and a college professor.

    Good luck finding a new planner!

  5. No, though I have heard wonderful things about it!

  6. Heather Tallman-GirvinThu Apr 02, 08:09:00 PM

    I love my Plum Paper Planner!

  7. I use a Day-timer desk-sized binder (I actually have several so I can swap with outfits etc..yes weird like that too)...I presently use Flavia pages with Debbie Mumm owls pasted over the month divider fronts cus i like owls and I prefer the original Flavia art over her daughter's, but the interior pages are still in lovely color so no decorating for pretty required (I don't have time to do all that). I may check into that Mom on the Go for removing from the spiral and punching for binder. I agree about ECLP...for a spiral planner it's huge. My old one took up as much space as a binder! As for cost tho, it *is* cheaper than how much I spend on 2PpM, 2PpW, 2PpD and 1PpD (which I use to do homeschool lesson planning) from Day-Timer...yes I really need all four views! But I decided that spread over a year it only amounted to less than $10 per month and I can easily spend more than that on coffee or McDs so it's worth it. And it's less time consuming than "free" pages you use time, ink, and paper to assemble. ;)
    Oh, if you archive your old planners you could always trade the metal coil from an older year with the plastic spiral...I am assuming the hole count is still the same.

  8. I just ordered the small & simple planner, which isn't LSD themed and I can't wait to use it. Thank you for your review :)

  9. As a high school and now college student, I LOVE and live by my Erin Condren planner!! I love having the morning/day/night to organize classes, the month views to long term plan for assignments, and the great extras in the back for notes on organizations, volunteer hour logs, etc.. I'm definitely in love with it!