By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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Growing up, I enjoyed playing the flute and the piccolo. I stopped in college, but try to play a little bit for our kids every year. I enjoyed playing lullabies when they were babies, nursery rhymes when they were toddlers and Disney songs when they were a bit older. Every Christmas I try to take out my flute at least once to play Christmas songs. Sometimes I’m surprised I still remember the notes and other times I’m surprised how rusty I sound.
When we realized we would be staying home for a significant amount of time, we started brainstorming different hobbies we could learn or improve. I decided to bring music back into my life. I’m learning Let It Go and other Disney songs on my flute. I’m practicing using two hands on our keyboard. And I finally bought a guitar and a ukulele. While I love playing the flute and piccolo, I always wanted to learn how to play an instrument where I could play and sing at the same time.
I don’t expect to become an expert at any of these instruments, but it’s been a lot of fun to learn a couple of songs on each to play for our kids. They don’t care if I play a bit out of tune, very slowly, or accidentally hit the wrong notes. They like singing familiar songs with me and I love sharing my love of music with them.
What old hobbies are you giving new life while at home?