Madeline started a half-day part-time preschool today. She did fairly well at drop off – after she saw a little girl she remembered from Meet The Teacher Day last week. We pick her up in a few hours – I am sure she is having a blast right now. We can’t wait to hear how today went! Below are some pics from her first day. You can click each one to make it larger. Oh, and yes, Madeline did say that she wants to ride a bike when she grows up. That’s a girl after her Dad’s heart.
Last weekend we braved taking Madeline to her very first music festival, the Free Press Summer Fest in Houston. One of our bands, Bad Veins was playing on the day we went. (Ume played Sunday – we were bummed to miss them, but with Madeline in tow, one day was plenty.)
We somehow survived it, and I think she is an even bigger fan of music now. She grabbed a drumstick after Bad Veins set and even got to sit on the side of the stage and have her pic taken with Ben & Seb from the band. Today (five days later) she picked up her play wooden spoons from her play kitchen, declared loudly “MAMA! DRUM!” and proceeded to drum on the sofa. Oh man – I think we are in for some trouble. I know several ModOut drummers who would be very proud. Check out the video to see her in action.
Madeline turned two years old! We started off the morning with her big surprise, a brand new tricycle (which actually wasn’t that hard to put together.) We also went to the Austin zoo, which is really more of a sanctuary than big city zoo. Sadly the big cat area was under renovations, but we managed to see plenty of giant turtles, pigs, reptiles, monkeys, birds, llamas, deer, chickens, bears, peacocks and goats. I think Madeline’s favorite thing at the zoo had to be feeding the goats. After she fed them she would say “yum yum!” We finished the evening with an Elmo cake that I made for her.
Madeline is already wearing 3T clothes and can count almost to 10. It is pretty impressive. She will be starting pre-school in the fall (two half days a week). More on that later. In the meantime, check out some photos of her birthday by clicking on the gallery below. (You can click on each photo to make it larger.)
On her big girl tricycle!
Madeline and Chip looking at birds
Madeline and Erin near the bears at the Austin Zoo
Madeline couldn’t wait to get out of her PJs to hunt for eggs this morning. She knew right what to do – we didn’t even have to tell her to find the eggs and put them in her “hop hop.” Check out this video of her hunting for them!
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Madeline loves rock music just like Chip and I. In this video you can watch Madeline show off her possible future drumming skills. I know several Modern Outsider drummers who would be proud.
I don’t post about work very often on here, but something mighty awesome happened this week that I wanted to mention. One of the band’s on our label, Ume, was added into regular rotation this afternoon on Austin’s commercial alternative station, 101X. We’re very proud of this accomplishment, and hopefully this is just the beginning. For our friends in Austin, keep an ear out for Ume’s “Captive” on good ol’ 101X!