Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Video Response

So, Bryan posted a video of Ava & Davin. Then, Clay & Angie decided to post a video of Macy watching the video of Ava & Davin. Bryan then saw fit to post a video of Ava & Davin watching Macy watch the 1st video of themselves. Well, not to be outdone, I decided to record Melanie last night, watching Ava & Davin watching Macy watching Ava & Davin. So there! :-D

Friday, May 15, 2009

Kids TV

After almost 3 years of watching kids' shows, Mary and I have our preferences. We don't let Melanie watch too much TV, but when she does, we try to mix it up a bit so Mary & I don't have to watch the same shows over and over. There is an exception or 2 to the rule though. Okay, here's my/our rundown of the different shows, and what we think of them. I'm not really considering any educational value of the shows, just the entertainment value for Melanie, and the "bearable-value" for her parents. :-)

Curious George - Not bad. Not always entertaining enough for Melanie though.
Dora the Explorer - Melanie liked this show at one point, but isn't a big fan anymore. Mary & I don't like how Dora yells everything.
Go, Diego, Go - See Dora the Explorer.
Franklin - Pretty good.
Little Bear - Pretty good. We never watch it though, cuz Mary doesn't like it for some reason.
Max & Ruby - This is one of Melanie's favorites! We don't let her watch it though. When she watches it, she copies Max, who repeats one word the entire episode. It's really annoying. Plus, Mary's not a fan.
Yo Gabba Gabba - We like the music, but it doesn't keep Melanie entertained very long.
Ni Hao, Kai-lan - Melanie like it, but it sometimes sounds like Kai-lan is cursing.
Blue's Clues - Hit and miss whether or not Melanie is entertained.
LazyTown - No.
Oswald - No.
Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends - Kinda weird, but Melanie seems to enjoy it.
Little Bill - No.
Pinky Dinky Doo - Pretty cute. Used to be Melanie's favorite.
Wow Wow Wubbzy - Good. Currently, Melanie's absolute favorite! She would watch this all day if we let her.
Peep - Pretty good. Melanie likes it.
Hi-5 - Okay. Melanie likes it.
Hip Hop Harry - No.
Barney & Friends - No.
Backyardigans - Good. Melanie likes it.
Olivia - I haven't seen it, but Melanie kinda likes it.
The Wonder Pets - Cute. Melanie approves.
SpongeBob SquarePants - Melanie really like sBsP, but it's a little grown-up for her.
The Penguins of Madagascar - Decent. It keeps Melanie entertained, and I like the fact that it's in HD.
Martha Speaks - Another hit-and-miss show. On the plus side, it's in HD.
Caillou - Mary doesn't like how whiney he is, so, we never watch it.
Sesame Street - Melanie doesn't like the show, but she likes the characters.
It's a Big Big World - Used to watch it; not any more.
Super Why! - See above.
Clifford the Big Red Dog - Neutral.
Arthur - Neutral.
Maya & Miguel - Neutral.
Between the Lions - We like this one, but Melanie doesn't like it as much as she used to.
Dragon Tales - No.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - Decent.
Handy Manny - Okay.
Imagination Movers - Not so much.
Special Agent Oso - Oh, no.
My Friends Tigger & Pooh - Used to be big fans, not anymore.
Little Einsteins - See above.
Charlie & Lola - Cute accents, but the shows nothing special.
The Wiggles - Melanie used to like, but not really anymore.

Well, that about does it. Again, we don't watch all of these shows on a regular basis, but over the <3 years since Melanie has arrived, we've sampled a lot of different kids programming. The only show that Melanie really watches now, is Wow Wow Wubbzy! She stinkin' loves that show!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Easter Video

Melanie was acting silly after dinner one night, so I decided to bust out the video camera. We'd been listening to a Veggie Tales Easter CD in the car a lot, and she pretty much had it memorized. It's only a 3 and a half minute video, but it seems longer because she sings the same thing over, and over, and over, and over, and over again. Stick with it though. We were able to catch a special moment that gave us a pretty good chuckle. :-)