Thursday Tunes and Other Items

music_micHi and Happy Thursday!  Hope you have had a great week!

This week I wanted to write about the movie “Rock of Ages” for my tunes.  Have you seen it?

It stars Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, and a few others as well.

The plot is pretty silly and light, but the singing is really good.  I was surprised at the singing ability of these actors — well not all of them, but quite a few.

The movie includes loads of songs from the 80s heavy metal / hair band days.  I enjoyed singing all of the words!!  It was surprising to me how many songs that I knew and hadn’t heard in years, yet I was able to sing nearly every word.

It was fun to see another take on some of my faves — “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake, “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard, and “Livin on a  Prayer” by Bon Jovi.  I must admit that I prefer the originals but it was fun to hear all of them again!

This music took me back to my youth!  It was great fun.  The thing I really liked is how true to the original songs that the movie stayed.  That was nice.

The 70s, 80s and 90s artists featured included Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Poison, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Led Zeppelin, Foreignor, Guns and Roses, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Backstreet Boys, Stevie Wonder, and Starship.

If you saw it, did you notice any other groups that I missed?  Did you also like the music as much as I did?  I sure hope so.


This week, my son Ian finished preschool.

My boy is growing up so fast.  Too fast it seems sometimes.

His class had 18 kids, two great teachers, and many volunteers.  He had fun each day and learned a lot!

I am very thankful to the school for working him in since he was only able to attend half the month.  We split our time in two places so that was necessary.

There are three friends that he will be seeing over the summer.  Ian’s first real friends outside of family.  Two of them he has already had a play date with and the other one will be soon.  Should be a fun summer!

We have his first school pictures and he received his yearbook this week.

Wow, in a few months, it will be time for kindergarten.  I know he is ready but not sure that I am.


I have several friends and family who I am praying for.   I lift them up to the Lord!

I want to borrow a prayer that Ian learned at school, “Dear Jesus, please help all of the people who are sick or sad get better fast, fast, fast. Amen.”

Isn’t that a great prayer?!  I love that the children were taught that!!


May you have a blessed and wonderful rest of the week!

Preschool Begins

preschoolToday is a milestone in the Cates family.  This Wednesday, January 9, Ian started preschool!!

He was so excited this morning that he couldn’t eat all of his breakfast.

Last night before bed, we got his lunch box ready and his backpack and he picked his outfit.  I told him that on Wednesday morning, he had five jobs to do before school — eat your breakfast, take your vitamins, brush your teeth, go to the bathroom, and get dressed.

This morning he did all of those quite well and was ready to go!  Except for only eating half his breakfast.  At least they have a snack time!!

When we got to the school, a boy he’d met about 3 weeks ago saw him.  He said, “Oh hi Ian.”  His name is Malachi and he was clearly glad to see Ian!  That made me very happy.  I think that Ian has his first friend there!!!!  YEAH.

My husband and I both went this morning and got pictures of Ian outside the school.  I will try to post some of those later.

“Mommy, for school, I need paper, pencil, and an eraser,” he told me last night.  I told him yes we can take all of those items.  So, we put them in his backpack.

Once we arrived at the school this moring, Ian said to me, “Mommy, why don’t you stay for a little while.”  I said, “no Ian, I need to go.”  So we left without a big goodbye.  Kirk and I thought that would be easier for Ian.  I was proud of him that despite being a little bit nervous, he was paying attention to the teacher and the other kids.

Thank goodness for his teachers, Trish and Lisa, who keep everyone busy in the morning as they are dropped off and throughout the day.  They are great ladies who will teach him a lot!

Really and truly, this morning I wanted to stay with my baby.  But he is 5 years old and it is time for school.  I do have to say, I cried a bit after dropping him off.  This is the beginning of a new era for Ian and our family.

His classroom is really nice and there are many things for the children to do.  The teacher told me the boys are very glad to have another boy.  There are more girls in this particular room.

Just before lunchtime, we will go and pick him up and hear about his day.  I think we’ll have a celebratory lunch today.  Hopefully by then, I will stop crying.  They are tears of happiness, but still tears since my boy has grown up so much today.

I know that all of you who have taken your child to school for the first day can totally relate.  I’d love to hear from you on your experiences.  I also would love to hear that it gets easier!

Lord, please bless my sweet Ian who is ready for school and ready and eager to learn!  AMEN!!!!!!