Amber of Abilene



Mar 10

9 pm: recording session for our next mini-album (Make sure you like The Hales on Facebook) 
8 of 10

9 pm: recording session for our next mini-album (Make sure you like The Hales on Facebook

8 of 10

Dec 01

Hale for the Holidays

My husband and I just released a short acoustic/folk Christmas album that was recorded in our “home studio” over the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy listening! 

Nov 06

I’m thankful for my new ukulele! It’s an early Christmas present from my hubby. I’m hoping to be able to play it by Christmas :) 
Thankful - Day Six 

I’m thankful for my new ukulele! It’s an early Christmas present from my hubby. I’m hoping to be able to play it by Christmas :) 

Thankful - Day Six 

Apr 04

The cutest words you’ve ever heard, and this is how they go:

  • mama
  • dada
  • ball
  • woof
  • no

Jensen says the words listed above regularly and (most of the time) accurately! Other words that I think he has said, or has only said once or twice include:

  • car 
  • auto
  • phone
  • closed
  • door
  • vroom vroom
  • hi/hey
  • bath
  • towel
  • woah!

He uses the hand signs for “more,” “milk,” “drink,” and waves “hi” and “bye.” He has also started pointing at his diaper after he poops in it (his own idea). 

Jensen does a lot of sing-songy noises on “baba” or “nana”, sings the “ba-bum” sound (sometimes on the sol-do interval) when he puts things away, and has started attempting to imitate tonal patterns.  

It is so much fun to witness his vocabulary and understanding grow exponentially every day. I love being able to communicate with him and feel like he is understanding what I say. 

So now I’m going to repeat myself, as I have at every stage in the parenting journey so far: this is a really fun age! I love being a mom.

Mar 23

Tomorrow is my first day of work as a Music Together intern. So excited about making music with babies, toddlers, kids and parents! Check out this cool music video featuring Music Together families all around the world!

Feb 15

For all the other music nerds out there (anybody?)

The Mozart Effect 

 A recent report now says that the Mozart effect is yet another charming
urban legend. The bad news for hip urban professionals: playing Mozart for
your designer baby will not improve his IQ or help him get into that
exclusive pre-school. He will just have to get admitted to Harvard some
other way.

Of course, we’re all better off listening to Mozart purely for the pleasure
of it. However, one must wonder whether, if playing Mozart sonatas for
little Tiffany or Jason really could boost his or her intelligence, what
would happen if other composers were played during the kiddies’
developmental time?

LISZT EFFECT:
Child speaks rapidly and extravagantly, but never really says anything
important.

BRUCKNER EFFECT:
Child speaks v-e-r-y slowly and repeats himself frequently and at length.
Gains reputation for profundity.

WAGNER EFFECT:
Child becomes an egocentric megalomaniac.  May eventually marry his sister.

PUCCINI EFFECT:
Child is prone to murderous fits of jealousy if another child plays with
his/her toys.
Child also suffers never-ending bout of croup and insists it’s nothing.

VERDI EFFECT:
Child marches around his room repeatedly, lines up all of his stuffed
animals in a parade,
pays particular homage to his stuffed elephants.

MAHLER EFFECT:
Child continually screams—at great length and volume—that he’s dying.

SCHOENBERG EFFECT:
Child never repeats a word until he’s used all the other words in his
vocabulary. Sometimes talks backwards. Eventually, people stop listening to
him.  Child blames them for their inability to understand him.

IVES EFFECT:
The child develops a remarkable ability to carry on several separate
conversations at once, in various dialects.

GLASS EFFECT:
The child tends to repeat himself over and over and over and over and over
and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over
again.

STRAVINSKY EFFECT:
The child is prone to savage, guttural and profane outbursts that often lead
to fighting and pandemonium in the preschool.

BRAHMS EFFECT:
The child is able to speak beautifully as long as his sentences contain a
multiple of three words (3, 6, 9, 12, etc).  However, his sentences
containing 4 or 8 words are strangely uninspired.

CAGE EFFECT:
Child says nothing for 4 minutes, 33 seconds—exactly.

 

A recent study has determined that the CAGE EFFECT is preferred by 10 out of
10 classroom teachers

(Source: face.centosprime.com)

Feb 06

I didn’t watch the Superbowl, but I watched Christina butcher the National Anthem on you tube. One of my friends reminded me that some musicians actually do get it right. Dixie Chicks in 2003, why can’t more singers be awesome like you?

Jan 19

Music Lover

If there isn’t some kind of music playing at all times while we’re home, Jensen stands in front of the entertainment center until I turn it on. If I take too long, he cries. When it starts to play, he gives me a smile of approval and goes on with his business.

Dec 16

Jensen dances to the Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack 

My favorite part is when he takes a breather in the middle and then gets back up for some more. 

P.S. I’m back! I can’t believe I took a month off a blogging. So much cuteness to catch you up on ;) 

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