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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Too much reality TV here in Chez Amazing Race?

My kids and I tend to like some reality TV shows. Two shows that we like a lot are WifeSwap and Supernanny, both of which we treat as sociology experiments somewhat like an cultural anthropological view into some strange unknown culture and their behaviors.

Tonight, the Girl had a friend over for dinner, and the three of them invented a new game, called the Wife Swap hug. One would stand by the front door, and the other person by the back door. The back door person would run through the kitchen, the center hall, and leap into the front door person's arms, wrapping his/her legs around the front door person. The winner had the best leap and grab.

This was hysterical to watch. The Boy never really got the correct uplift and kept falling off the catch person. The Girl perfected her jump and clutch within about 5 tries. They were just so silly and having a great time. Sometimes it's so enjoyable to watch them being kids and making up ridiculous games and acting like nutcases. I love it.

The other thing we did tonight is have a spontaneous singalong of songs from their childhood. The Girl started out with "The Wheels on the Bus" at absolute top volume, full shrill shriek. We all joined in for some other tunes, mostly from Raffi and Tom Chapin. That turned into a discussion of their favorite books when they were little, high fiving each other when it turned out that their moms read the same books. Gee, like it was unusual to read ChickaChickaBoomBoom and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs?

But it was such a lovely night, full of laughter and noise and pure childhood fun. I love it when we can be so spontaneous.
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8 Comments:

Anonymous Chloe F. said...

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3/3/06 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Chloe F. said...

silly me, I forgot the link.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7748448940

3/3/06 12:59 PM  
Blogger Chatty said...

We watch way too much reality tv...

Michele sent me.

3/3/06 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Terri said...

Hi..from Michele's.
Great post and it brought back all the fun memories of when my 3 were small and had friends over.
By the way....former Bostonian here. Originally from Salem...yup, the Witch City...

3/3/06 6:58 PM  
Anonymous honestyrain said...

now that sounds like a fun game!!!

here via michele and enjoyed my stay. btw, good for you on the post below this one.

3/3/06 7:18 PM  
Blogger WendyWings said...

LOL sounds like a fun game. We love SuperNanny around here, my poor four year old heres "what would Supernanny say about THAT " from her siblings all the time LOL
Poor girl having three teen siblings is not always fun.

3/3/06 7:33 PM  
Blogger Oreo said...

Here from Michele's. Had a heck of a time commenting! Game sounds like fun!

3/3/06 7:34 PM  
Blogger MJ said...

Oh my! Sounds fun, and yeah reality shows are great because they're so... unreal. Love your site's tagline too!

Here via Michele

3/3/06 7:43 PM  

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