Up on the Housetop
Photo-a-Day #1355

Eva’s favorite Christmas toy so far. This plays two songs, Up on the Housetop and something else. Eva has found the “Press Here” button and played it non stop tonight. She would press the button and then go to her doorway and thing about going to the other room. then the song would stop playing so she would go back to the toy and start it up again. She was funny.

I caught a couple of good expressions too.

Whoa!

Reindeer's Pause.

On January 1 when people make New Year’s Resolutions I am making a 15 minute a day commitment to a brand new blog as well as a journey of learning. My new blog is called 15 Minutes a Day and it will be a blog with a yearly theme. I intend to attempt to learn something I know nothing at all about in 15 minutes a day throughout the course of the year. The 15 minutes is purely the time spent learning from the materials I choose. All blogging time and video time and other time spent working on the blog is extra. I was at a Christmas party and through the course of discussing this idea with a friend we arrived upon the idea that I learn Chinese (Mandarin). What I would really like to use to learn this is Rosetta Stone software but it is expensive. I decided upon three books to start my journey. The three books I would start with are:

Two of the books arrived today.

Two of my books came today

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8 Responses to “Up on the Housetop”

  1. Anna says:

    This should be interesting. I never thought there’d be an easy way to learn Chinese.

    One of my blog friends is a teacher who spent at least a year in China. If you get stuck, we could ask her for help…

    Annas last blog post..Winter Break

  2. Drew says:

    Anna,

    Don’t get me wrong, I doubt that there is an easy way to do this but I’m going to work daily to learn as much as I can in a year.

  3. Shelby says:

    Oops!! When I woke Eva up from her nap on Monday we were playing with that toy. I let her press the button and she thought it was so funny that she could play and stop the music with the button. Can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow. Merry Christmas.

  4. Drew says:

    Shelby,
    We are looking forward to seeing you too. Did you get this toy for her? I remember that last year she was afraid of it.

  5. lenny says:

    I used to have a Malaysian girlfriend and learned some chinese.
    You know on the back of the fortune cookies there is always a little thing that says Learn Chinese,then gives you a word. Just go out for chinese food alot.
    Rosetta Stone is not bad . The best thing is they have a 6 month return policy. If you can’t learn the language you just return it or if you are good you return it (level 1) for the complete set (level 1,2,3)

    lennys last blog post..I need a new phone so bad…

  6. Drew says:

    Lenny,
    Seems a bit dishonest to me, I’m going to write to the company and see if they would like to sponsor my blog for the year.

  7. Baba says:

    Wow, that’s quite an undertaking. Learning Mandarin Chinese. Best of luck.

    Babas last blog post..Cool Giveaways!

  8. Drew says:

    Baba,
    It is an experiment, so we will see how that works. It might crash and burn but I will try. Any sign of the Box of Awesome Yet? I can’t wait till you get it.