The Definition of Insanity…

by Stefani on 12-January-2009

…A mother of three boys saying "yes!" to the question, "We have a drum set we're not using. You want it?"


We Don't Have Drum Sticks

(it didn't come with drumsticks, but chopsticks make some mighty big noise too, for now)

Oh and, "SURE! We'll take the keyboard that makes all the crazy noises and plays 'I Love You Just the Way You Are'" too.

Hello 80s!

This is how I know, without doubt, that I will be gray, deaf and a little cuckoo in my golden years…. or maybe sooner. 

Then again, if I could bottle up all the laughter – Daddy showing the boys "how to rock it out," Ryder counting off his "set" –  "a one, a two, a one, two, three, four!".

If I could save forever the image of three little backsides, swayin' to that funky beat on the keyboard. 

Well it might make the loss of my hearing and a few brain cells a small price to pay. 

May your week be filled with joyful noise too, friends!
Sarah Jackson January 12, 2009 at 6:14 am

so so great!

We’re getting a keyboard soon for Annika. Then we’ll have saxophone and keyboard concerts. I think I’ll just be thankful that no one is handing us a drum set. Yikes!

Brianna January 12, 2009 at 6:38 am

I feel ya. My dad bought my son a drum set when he was 2. Now he’s 7, and well, we’re both still alive anyway! I adore watching my son and daughter jam together in various combinations of drums, keyboard, bongos, guitar and microphone. Too cute!

Jennifer January 12, 2009 at 6:42 am

Oh, My! You are brave. But who knows where this will end up!

Lexy January 12, 2009 at 6:44 am

We have drums and a keyboard too. If you haven’t already, you will soon learn the joys of concerts featuring those instruments plus the violin! That trio is frequently featured over here. 🙂 Enjoy!

Eren January 12, 2009 at 6:52 am

Parallel lives my friend…as usual.


Bernadette Noll January 12, 2009 at 8:08 am

I’m thinking a mama might want to hop on those drums on occasion too. For getting through those bewitching hours in the afternoon. Enjoy!

elissa Finger January 12, 2009 at 8:28 am

that is awesome! i am already going gray, going deaf and CERTAINLY a little cuckoo. it’s perfect.

Suzanne January 12, 2009 at 8:36 am

Family jam sessions are the greatest! Have fun!

laeroport January 12, 2009 at 9:21 am

Our key board plays that one Rick Astley hit. Go figure. Enjoy the rockin’ out. Who needs Guitar Hero????

Stephanie January 12, 2009 at 10:09 am

Your only hope for redemption is to pass those on to grandkids someday!

Kristen January 12, 2009 at 11:08 am

Oh, WOW. Coolest mom, EVER.

Sugar Creek Farm January 12, 2009 at 11:17 am

Santa brought the boy a guitar for Christmas. Too bad we can’t get them together for a jam session 😉

Sally January 12, 2009 at 11:24 am

You are one laid back lady!!!
Rock on boys!!

Tracy January 12, 2009 at 11:35 am

When my son was 4 and my daughter was 2, right when we were in the middle of a major 5-month-long home remodel which involved the ROOF getting removed from our house…while we were still living in the house…my husband brought home a real snare drum for the kids. Absolutely no peace and quiet in my life then at all! That was almost 7 years ago. We all survived to tell the tale!

Have fun with those drums!

melissa January 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm

stefani, that makes you a really, really good mom. and what wonderful memories they’ll have!

patricia January 12, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Any mom patient (or nuts) enough to allow drums into the house deserves a medal.

A drum set will end up here at some point, I’m sure, to go along with all my husband’s and 16-year-old son’s guitars. But for the time being said 16-year-old has brought Guitar Hero into our home. Now I have a seven-year-old boy whose favorite band is Bon Jovi.

Don’t I deserve a medal for listening to him serenade me with “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “You Give Love A Bad Name”?

Holly January 12, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Brave, brave mama! You’re letting your kids make some awesome memories. I predict your house will be the cool house for their friends when they’re teenagers.

Also, I think I spy an AWANA vest. My girl is in Cubbies this year. She loves it. I love hearing her sing the Cubbies song. Great program!

Carrie January 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Good for you for saying yes to the instruments. They will have so much fun and learn a ton, even if you do go a little crazy!

Ransacked Goods January 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Yes, you’re mad but you’re no doubt the coolest mom on the block.

Frogdancer January 12, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Keep us posted….
my 4th son is picking up percussion this year at school. His brothers have convinced him that they need a drummer for the band they’re going to have.
I always swore I wouldn’t have drums or violins in the house. Now I’m hoping that they’ll become hugely famous and will pay off my mortgage one day…

darc January 12, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Better then Rock band!! That is so awesome 🙂

Jules January 12, 2009 at 3:22 pm

love it!
I have two drummer boys in my house.
One of the adult variety & one of the aspiring adult variety. It can get a little loud & crazy at times. Usually when it starts I take a book to the garden. I know he’s not into any mischeif because I can hear exactly what he’s doing LOL.

We chopped the ends of a couple of drumsticks & smoothed them over to make shorter ones for shorter arms. A much safer bet for little eyes & faces.

emily ruth January 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm

you are a great mom (i think i write that every time i comment on your blog…must be true:)…& i am totally in the camp that if it makes your kids super happy & isn’t hurting anyone (well, your eardrums may be iffy) then why the heck not? (this is why, one day when i was making pizza dough, i let the kids spread flour all over the kitchen floor & then skate & slide around in it…they were thrilled beyond belief:)

jessica January 12, 2009 at 4:32 pm

A drum set showed up in our house of 3 boys (and a girl) Christmas morning. I vacillate between the sheer enjoyment of my little drummers’ songs and rhythms and wondering why on earth did I think a drum set, of all things, was a good idea?!

The good out weighs the bad. But I have banished the set to the basement. It mellows out the sound a tad.

SpiderWomanKnits January 13, 2009 at 5:41 am

As the daughter of a music teacher who used to give private lessons in our home I find this hilarious!

My son and I were in the Goodwill a few weeks ago and they had a full drum set but I knew I wasn’t ready for that yet. Plus we have another baby on the way and I could foresee the “Not now the baby is napping” arguments 🙂

One day though I will completely be able to relate to this!

tracey January 13, 2009 at 6:39 am

I’m married to a drummer whose parents also said “yes” to the question of getting that first drum set. He talks about it to this day and he’s 43. He is one of the most sensitive, talented, gifted drummers I know. He blesses people at church and in our family. Just brace yourself for a little man who may start constantly tapping and making beats on everything, all of the time. I think I’m pretty used to it now after 18 years of marriage! And you know drummers are often the cutest members of any band! ROCK ON!!!!

Kez January 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Oh you brave, brave woman!!

Dana January 16, 2009 at 4:39 am

Way better than rockband or guitar hero! What fun! Music is something so incredible.

emily January 18, 2009 at 7:07 pm

you’re so good. (and it looks great over here! been reading in bloglines too long.)

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