We Wish You the Puppiest New year!

Oh hi! It's me again, Minuet Devey, but you probably know me as Mini!  It's that time of year again when mom delegates the task of writing our annual family blog, because she is super busy howling and teaching other…

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Puppy Holidays!!!

Oh hi, my name is Minuet, but my family calls me Mini. My mom is busy teaching students how to howl and bang on black and white things that makes music, so she asked me to write this doggy blog…

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2020 Vision

We are blessed. In spite of whatever we may have envisioned for this past year, when we weigh the blessings against the curses, we still find ourselves with plenty of everything that matters. This is not a humble-brag, but a…

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Bringing Harmony in 2018

“In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.” 
~Eva Burrows 


Jim - As a Civil Engineer, he is our cement expert who keeps…

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Branching Out in 2017

“Families are like branches on a tree,
we grow in different directions,
yet our roots remain the same.” 

Our little branches are sprouting up and surprising us daily with their originality, strength, and kindness. 


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When your body feels like a prison

The answer is gratitude! 

I have a story to share instead of a secret to hide. Most of my life I have spent pretending that I do not have chronic pain and that I am not sick. Sometimes my acting…

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Fabulous Four

Our family of four is spending our fourth Christmas in Orange County! When you’ve moved 15 times in your life, four Christmases in one location is cause for celebration! 

Here are four reasons we are celebrating this year…

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7 Steps to proper singing for children

Frequently, I am asked when children should begin voice lessons. Most voice teachers will not teach a child until they are at least 12 years old. I do teach younger students, but I do not work on true vocal technique…

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5 Reasons We’re Grateful for 2015

1. We bought our townhouse! 
You can finally write our address in pen instead of pencil, we think. After moving 8 times since relocating to California in 2000, we were able to purchase our townhouse that we had rented…

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8 Ways to Get Your Kid to Practice

And make them think it's their idea.

1. Play more, practice less

Albert Einstein said "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” There is a difference between skill and talent. Musical skills can be obtained by nearly…

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Love is:

1. Snuggling and sharing your valentine candy with your sister, even though you don't always get along

2.   not about me.
3.   a choice.
4.   working for something or someone outside of yourself.
5.   getting out of a bed flooded…Read more