New Schedule = Adjustments

Since McKenzie started school there have definitely been some adjustments going on in our house. First of all, she doesn’t quite grasp the concept of weekends, and it’s particularly confusing since her 4K schedule is Tuesday-Friday (12:07-3:17…how random is that?!). She gets really disappointed on the days she doesn’t have class. Also, until now she’s been a regular napper…minimum 2 hours/day. So we still have her nap on the weekends, but not on school days. It’s less than ideal, especially since school starts at her nap time…I really wish she were the morning class! How do I resolve this issue without waking her up ridiculously early? I’m not sure there’s a good solution. Although, on her “school days” she goes to bed gloriously early.

Anyhow, we walk to school since it’s so close (literally less than a ½ mile away). Which means I walk about 2 miles a day to drop her off/pick her up. Unintentional workout. Score! Haha. I usually bring one of the dogs so they get some exercise too. McKenzie loves to walk them, and it’s adorable.

Yesterday, I watched our friends’ 5-month-old identical twin boys for 6 hours while they were in work/class. It was so fun! Exhausting, but fun. How are miniature people so tiring? I guess I forgot. But it was SO cute to see McKenzie interact with them…she’ll be a very good big sister someday! It was adorable to see. She went and got her books and started reading to them…well maybe not reading, but making up stories to go with all the pictures, which is pretty darn cute anyway. =)

Confessions of a Netflix Junkie.

About a year ago, we decided to cancel our cable. We didn’t watch it enough to justify spending $70+ dollars a month, so we decided to give Netflix a try…and we love it! ((We use the streaming version through our blu-ray player.)) And the best part is that we’re still able to watch our favorite shows on network TV. It’s how I unwind after everyone in the house is asleep. Not gonna lie, I’m a Netflix junkie.

Another reason I love Netflix is the iPad app. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been allowed to sleep in because we turn on Netflix for McKenzie and let her watch a Sesame Street while we catch a few more Zzzzz…sometimes that extra hour of sleep on a Saturday is heavenly! Or taking the iPad into the bathtub and soaking while watching my favorite shows…equally heavenly!

Since I’m such a fiend, I thought I’d give you my top 10 picks for Netflix TV shows (in no particular order). Believe me, we’ve watched many more, but these are my faves. Please feel free to tell me any good shows I’ve missed, I’m always looking for more!

Adults

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Madmen
  3. White Collar
  4. Luther
  5. The Kill Point
  6. Gossip Girl
  7. Vampire Diaries
  8. Weeds
  9. Lost
  10. Dollhouse

Kiddos (Preschool/Kindergarten)

  1. Sesame Street…can’t beat the classics!
  2. Arthur
  3. Curious George (I am actually entertained watching this!)
  4. My Little Ponies
  5. Dora and/or Diego
  6. Martha Speaks (I love the “word of the day” theme.)
  7. Angelina Ballerina
  8. Dinosaur Train
  9. The Laurie Berkner Band (2 different song/dance shows on Netflix.)
  10. Super Why

You might notice that many of the kid’s shows I’ve listed are PBS Kids. That’s because PBS Kids rocks. They are often gender-neutral, light-hearted, with great life lessons and educational messages. Oh, and if you have an iPad, PBS Kids has an app. *amazing* I highly recommend it.

One more thing: I don’t like to use the words “hate” and “children” in the same sentence…BUT I hate the children’s show Caillou. His voice is constantly set on “whine” mode, and anytime he doesn’t get what he wants, he whines and cries until his parents give him what he wants. Gee, that’s exactly what I want to teach my kid…not.

And you know what’s funny? You know you don’t have cable when…your kid asks you “What’s a commercial?” Haha, yup. *pats self on back* One less way the media influences my child. Netflix 1, Cable 0.

Dear Disney Vault: I Hate You.

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who’s following me over here from the Trendy Tike blog! Again, I just want to express that I really feel like I have more to say than just tips and tricks about kid’s fashion. Of course I will continue that stuff on here too…how could I resist? BUT I want to be able to be myself and not feel like it’s inappropriate for a kid-centric blog, ya know? Because for anyone who knows me personally, you know I’m a bit of a straight-forward, potty-mouthed, open-about-everything type person. Oh yeah. So if you’re looking for a “picture perfect” lady, alas, that is not me.

So moving on to this post: Am I the only one who friggin’ hates the Disney Vault? It’s particularly annoying because my favorites are still locked away…every 10 years or so they re-release the classics? Laaaame. But I’m super excited because they’re releasing Cinderella on October 2nd! It’s my favorite next to The Little Mermaid…we’re saving a gift certificate that McKenzie got for her birthday to buy it. I vividly remember making a fort out of table/chairs/blankets and watching it in my living room as a child. Maybe I’ll re-create that for Kenzers. We shall see. It’s just such a happy story. Those bitchy step-sisters definitely get what’s coming to them.

And truthfully, I know if I really wanted to I could stream them, buy some on eBay, or get a VHS and play them…but it’s not the same. I suppose it’s a good marketing plan and what-not, but it sucks! Urgh. Dear Disney Vault, I hate you. A lot.

Oh, and what’s up with the re-releasing in 3D in theaters? Don’t get me wrong, I love to see them again on the big screen, but am I seriously the only one who hates 3D movies? McKenzie won’t even keep the glasses on if we go, and then I worry about it hurting her eyes. And it kinda gives me a headache. Fortunately, the theater near us also always offers the movies in 2D as well (which is cheaper too, so that’s a plus), so we just see that. Do they offer 2D everywhere when 3D re-releases? I have no clue. Damn you Disney.

But yeah, thanks for sticking around folks. And “follow” along if you haven’t already, either by email or by “liking” Life So Lovely on Facebook! ;)