The Perfect Thanksgiving Playlist

thanksgiving playlist

The table is set, the lights are turned down just enough to make the room sparkle and the cheesy Christmas decorations are hidden in another room – leaving only the very tasteful decorations you share with company.

Occupy the kids with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and enjoy one night as an adult.

Hit shuffle on your Thanksgiving Playlist and in the words of my favorite Jazz DJ Larry Smith “Sit back, relax, and let’s swing together.”


The Perfect Thanksgiving Playlist

The top links go straight to YouTube (at the bottom is the complete YouTube playlist)

The starred links* go to  iTunes so you can download your own


Merry Christmas Baby – Kenny Burrell and Richard Evans
*Merry Christmas Baby – Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bill Evans
*Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas

We Three Kings – Ralph Sutton, Jim Galloway, Milt Hilton and Gus Johnson*
*We Three Kings – Christmas Jazz Greats (Extended Version)

White Christmas – Oscar Peterson
*White Christmas – An Oscar Peterson Christmas

Silent Night – Ellis Marsalis
*Silent Night (feat. Bill Huntington & Jason Marsalis) – A New Orleans Christmas Carol (Gold Edition)

What Are You Doing New Years Eve? – Ramsey Lewis
*What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? – Sound of Christmas

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – The Four Freshman*
*I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Snowfall

The Christmas Waltz – Beegie Adair
*The Christmas Waltz – Jazz Piano Christmas

God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman – Butch Thompson*
*God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Yulestride

Oh Good Grief – Wynton and Ellis Marsalis
*Oh, Good Grief! – Joe Cool’s Blues

Christmas is Coming – David Benoit*
*Christmas Is Coming – 40 Years – A Charlie Brown Christmas

O Christmas Tree – Russell Malone
*O Christmas Tree – Martha Stewart Living Music: Jazz for the Holidays

Christmas Time is Here – Vince Guaraldi
*Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental) – A Charlie Brown Christmas (Expanded Edition)

We Three Kings of Orient Are – Oliver Jones
*We Three Kings of Orient Are – A Celebration in Time

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Oliver Jones

Jingle Bells – Jimmy Smith
*Jingle Bells – Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas

The Christmas Song – Peter White
*The Christmas Song – Songs of the Season



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A wasted day or a worth it day?

It’s 11:00 am, our homeschooling day has not yet begun.  Why?  Husband can’t find my tripod.  I’m not sure he really needs it, but when he gets an idea in his head, well, that pretty much takes over the day.  And now – it’s a treasure hunt.  For a boy who gets to spend too few hours with his father; how can I deny him this adventure?  As they hunt for this treasure; they find other treasures along the way. Tomorrow is Halloween, and of course Husband neglected to mention that he needed to show up at the courts in a costume.  So as we hunt he discovers things that were there all a long.  An old smoking jacket I purchased in my 20’s to wear to a costume party, the long blond wig I bought him for his surprise 70’s themed birthday party. 70's Party


Isaiah gets so excited, he finds one of his many hats (given to him by grandpa Don, who was an actor and accumulated many hats) to add to the costume.  Now we are deciding, should I be Bjorn Borg?  Or Arthur Ash?  Or should I just be a hobo?  If you have read any of my “married to him” posts, you will know that this type of operation is not unusual for my husband.  I remind him he’s looking for the tripod, and take over the search myself.  I can’t find it. Of course he had it last, and his filing system is a mystery to me.  As I search I hear him say, from some other floor, now I need one of those old terry sweat bands. He’s rummaging, not looking for the tripod.  Now we’re looking for a sweat band, “wait look what I found!”  Me, “Did you find the tripod?” Him, “No, but these old tennis racquets will be perfect for my costume!” Me again,”OK, but let’s find the tripod.”  Isaiah is sure it’s in the attic, he finds the prospect of going into the attic very exciting; he explains how Mommy can go, or Poppy can go, or we both can go, but he’ll stay downstairs.  We don’t keep anything in the attic.  Never have.  He is just trying to get us to go there because it’s so exciting.  I’m watching the clock.  I’m thinking, we have missed a main lesson and our morning walk.  I turn around, Husband is gone. Isaiah says he’s going to search on his own.  I try to encourage him to let go of the search,and then, wait for it….. Husband remembers it’s at my sister’s house.  Yes, typical. Isaiah starts to put his jacket on. Trying to hide my frustration I remind him that we still have work to do.  His Poppy can go get the tripod on the way to work.  And you know what he says?  He says,  “Mommy, the tripod is for me!”  What??!!Father and Son

And this is what married to ADD looks like.   I want to be angry about Isaiah missing almost a whole day of home school.  I want to ask my husband why he didn’t tell Isaiah we would wait until later to look for the tripod.  But I can’t.  I can’t because Isaiah treasured every moment of their adventure together, and I won’t take that from him.  Isn’t that why we home school?  We home school so we can be flexible.  So if something comes up, like a festival or a holiday we can celebrate without worrying about missing a day?  So this is like a holiday, a holiday treasure hunt with Poppy.  What more worth it holiday could there be?Bjorn Borg look alike

Bjorn Borg

The Competition is on! Bobbing for Apples

We had the best Halloween party ever over the weekend.  My friends said it was like a Pinterest Halloween party.  That made me smile.  I like Pinterest, but I’m not an addict 🙂  We had a lot of fun……But without further ado, I want to show you the piece de resistance;


The stars


starting slow


IMG_1679A look of determination

IMG_1682And It’s on!  The gloves are off!







The kids were soaked!  But they just kept egging each other on!  It was phenomenal!  The kids were so competitive, but in a positive way, they decided they wanted to be timed, and kept shaving seconds off as the apples disappeared.  All fear was gone.  3 seconds was the best time in the end.  I had always figured bobbing for apples was something they did on TV.  Who knew you needed to bring a change of clothes to a Halloween party?  Luckily everyone was about Isaiah’s size.  This was definitely the highlight of the party, and what everyone talked about later.  But wait! There’s more:

DSC_0026Isaiah made Halloween whoopie pies, and as he loves to host, passed them out happily.

DSC_0030Our craft was these little spiders.  Thanks to a post by Boy Mama Teacher Mama

DSC_0018And mama made her own version of scarecrow crunch

4 cups of Quaker Oats Oatmeal Squares, 4 cups mini pretzel twists, 1 bag of Angies Carmel Corn (6oz of Carmel Corn, I choose Angies because I don’t want the corn syrup), 1 bag of chocolate goldfish, 1 bag of Brachs Autumn Mix.

Not the healthiest snack, but not the unhealthiest.

All in all it was an awesome party.  Being a homeschooling family in a community with almost no other homeschoolers, our parties mostly include family and good friends with children.  It’s a beautiful feeling of community and the coming together of kids at all different stages in their lives and education.  Everyone had a great time, we even had a “Dance”.  Isaiah’s idea, we had to all get up and dance to thriller.  It was a truly funky time!