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Things Kids Do Thursday: Moves Like Prince

Today I’m changing up things a bit. Instead of doing a “Things Kids Say” post, I’m going with a “Things Kids Do” post.

Sam was watching music on YouTube with Little Man when he came across a Prince video. He and some other guys were cover a song (I’ll post it at the bottom), and at the end of the song, Prince throws the guitar in the air and walks off.

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Little Man liked it so much that he wanted to listen to the song again, and while it was playing, he pretended a wood souvenir baseball bat was a guitar and played along. (Side note: LM sometimes carries this bat around and does Harley Quinn impersonations.) My husband was loving that LM was so into Prince. “He’s gonna have good taste in music, unlike his mama.” Burn.

And then the end of the song comes. Little Man, who was still being a cool dude and shredding the guitar, decides to continue copying Prince and throws the bat in the air and attempts to walk off. Unfortunately for him, he threw it forward a bit and the bat landed on his head.

Sam broke one of the cardinal rules of parenting — check and make sure your kid is fine before laughing at them — and nearly fell in the floor because he was laughing so hard. (Little Man was fine, aside from being annoyed at Sam.) At least he didn’t have his real guitar.

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Things Kids Say: Thomas Edison

Yesterday, Little Man told me about an awesome song he’d heard at school written by Thomas Edison called “Apologize.” Now, I’m no history buff, but I was pretty sure that a) that was a song on the radio and b) that Edison wasn’t a song writer and c) even if he were a song writer, that something he had written wouldn’t have enough staying power to last for close to 100 years.

“Are you sure about that?” I asked, chuckling. “I don’t remember any history lessons about Thomas Edison writing pop songs.”

“Yes,” LM insisted. “I heard it in class today.”

I told him I’d google it. Unsurprisingly, nothing music related came up with I searched for “Thomas Edison” and “apologize song.” However, I did find a Tumblr page called “Thomas Edison is the WORST,” so there’s that.

“Check YouTube,” LM told me. “It was on there.”

The same search didn’t turn up a song written by Edison, but I did find this:

“Mom, we watched it on YouTube in class. I know it’s real,” LM told me. “Try ‘It’s too late to apologize.'”

That did the trick. We found the video he was talking about, but there was no Thomas Edison in it. It’s a constitution parody video.

After telling LM that Thomas Edison had nothing to do with the constitution, I asked if he thought the video was real.

“It could be. You said they had TV in the olden times when Papa was a little boy.”

So, for any of you folks born in 1961 (or earlier), know that you’re from the olden times.

The Happiness Tag

This must be a fairly new blog tag/challenge as I haven’t seen it going around much yet. (Or maybe I’m just not reading enough.) At any rate, Eric from All In A Dad’s Work included me in his list of bloggers to do this challenge, so here goes…

Here are the rules for the happiness tag.

List:

  • Five things that make you happy.
  • Five songs that make you happy.
  • Five bloggers that make you happy and notify them of the nomination.

Five things that make me happy:

  1. Hearing the kids squeal with laughter while playing together.
  2. A clean, organized house. I’ve read that this can increase your mood, and I absolutely believe it.
  3. My friends. There’s always lots of laughter when we hang out.
  4. Long drives by myself. It’s nice to be alone with my thoughts and/or let loose singing.
  5. Rum drinks by the pool/ocean/after a long day with the kids…

Five songs that make me happy:

  1. Chris Brown – Forever. Yes, I know this guy is a douche bag, among other things. I still can’t help but love this song. The first time I heard it was watching The Office in the wedding episode. Y’all know how much we love that show in this house, so between seeing our favorite characters get married, the hilarity of the dancing to the song, and between Little Man thinking that dancing to this song is part of a traditional wedding service, there’s lot of happiness.
  2. Psy – Gangnam Style. Little Man dances like a crazy man to this song, which makes everyone laugh, especially Baby Girl. When it first came out when he was 4, I had it playing when he came streaking through the living room after his bath, and he stopped dead in his tracks to copy the dance motions stark naked.
  3. Pharrell Williams – Happy. This is another one we all like to dance to. Plus, it’s called Happy, so clearly it deserves a spot on the list of songs that make me happy.
  4. Ruth B – Lost Boy. I heard this one the radio recently and love it. A piano ballad + lyrics about one of my favorite characters is something I love.
  5. Hanson – Crazy Beautiful. Obviously I’m going to include a Hanson song, and this is one that always makes me smile. Aside from the lyrics and high energy of the song, it was the song that helped me sell Sam on my fav band, which makes it double awesome.

Five [of the many] bloggers that make me happy:

  1. Confessions
  2. Writer In Soul
  3. Delightfully Unexpected
  4. SassaFrass, the Feisty
  5. Bloggity Ramblings

Weekend Coffee Share: My World

If we were having coffee, I’d recommend that you don’t drink your coffee this way:

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I don’t have to worry about this, as I do not consume coffee. This is one of the perks of drinking soda–no possibility for third-degree burns. 😉

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that Little Man is at art class right now. He loves art and has created some cool paintings.

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I’m pretty sure that he prefers art to sports. He also loves music, and we have been looking for a decently price drum set for him. He uses the Garage Band app on his dad’s iPad to create some cool stuff for a kid his age.

If we were having coffee, I’d also tell you that I’m super excited to start reading Illyria: Haunted, which is a comic book mini-series that is part of Angel: After the Fall, the comic book series that picked up where the show left off.

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I would also tell you that I watched two movies last night. The first was Into the Woods, which I was super excited about. I hated it, but Little Man thought it was the best movie he’s ever seen besides Big Hero 6, so I’m glad he was a fan! After the kids went to bed, the hubby and I watched The Imitation Game, which was amazing. Watch it, you must.

This has been a busy month for us birthday-wise. For some reason, nearly all of our relatives and friends decided to be born in April. We’ve celebrated five birthdays so far, and will go to a party tonight that will serve as a birthday celebration for not one, but two of my close friends. I now screen future friends and if their birthday falls in April, they’re dropped from consideration. I kid.

If we were having coffee, I’d also tell you that I booked a night at the Great Wolf Lodge for Little Man at the end of the month. I was having mommy guilt about his spring break being a bit of a bust (IMO, he thought it was the best ever), so off to the land of indoor water slides and and nonstop screaming we will go! I told him by showing him my confirmation email. It took him a second for it to click, but he is sooooo excited. We’re also let him skip school that day, which makes the whole thing 10 times cooler in his eyes.

That’s all for now. Please share about what’s going on in your world below! ❤

H is for Hanson

That’s right, Hanson.

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Before you start reading this, I implore you to open your mind a bit, let go of whatever preconceived notions you may have about these guys, because if you do, you’ll hear some great music. I promise.

In fact, I’m so confident here, that I’ll offer this time-back guarantee–if you listen to at least one of these songs and absolutely hate it, then I’ll listen to any song you link below as punishment. I won’t even turn down my hearing aids.

Here’s what you’re probably thinking–

“But Hanson doesn’t fit your nerd theme!”

What can I say? I’m taking a creative liberty with my self-imposed theme for today. Besides, my husband calls me a dork for loving Hanson and other people have called me worse, so I’m catching grief for liking something that isn’t mainstream. It works.

Here’s my pitch:

Do you like quality music? Music that is written by and performed by the (extremely talented) artists themselves? Music that doesn’t sound like the same overproduced, auto tuned stuff you hear on the radio all day long? Then you just might like Hanson.

Sure, their high pitched voices of the mid 90s probably scarred your brain in some way. Hearing that one dreadful song over and over and over again…eek. But that was nearly 20 years ago. These guys are mostly in their 30s now, have kids of their own and all that, so don’t get caught up in thinking that they’re going to sound the same, play the same, etc.

After breaking away from a record label that wanted to force them to continue putting out cheesy pop crap, they went independent in the early part of the millennium. They might not have all of the success that they would have had had they walked the line, such as the awards, air time, etc., but they’re doing their own thing and loving it.

I’m going to leave you with a few songs to check out below (these songs range from the first album on their independent label in 2004 to their most recent album in 2013).

And for any women who are easily wooed by a good looking guy with long hair, a smoldering voice that can hit the big notes, and the ability to write lyrics that sound more like poetry, I leave you with this:

You thought I was going to disable the comments section after my time-back guarantee above, didn’t you? I didn’t, so say your piece!