impromptu dance parties and popcorn picnics.
Nothing makes my soul sing like dancing around the living room with my boys when a song comes on Noggin or CMT. There's something about the catchy beat of Nickelodeon's aptly named Fresh Beat Band or a slow ditty by Sugarland to get me to my feet. Nate will drag me by the hand and say "Get up, Mommy! Let's dance!" or I'll scoop up Alex and swing him around to the beat of a favorite song.
Tonight was one of those nights. After Alex went to bed, Nate and I sat at his Little Tykes table with a shared bowl of popcorn and two glasses of milk (or, in my case, water) and had a popcorn picnic while watching Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! (a household favorite, I suppose you could say).
In between the shows (where other stations air commercials) Noggin does "puzzle time" and plays songs (from the Laurie Berkner Band, Dora the Explorer or the Fresh Beat Band, etc.) and we danced to every one.
Ahhhh....It was cathartic for my soul.