Because we live in a hyperbole-loving society (of which I’m definitely guilty of overusing), people tend to lean heavily on the scales for whether friends or family are better.

Meh. I don’t think either one is better than the other, if you step waaaay back and look at the whole, big picture. Each certainly has its perks, but there are strong arguments for both camps.

We are knee-deep in the holiday season, and many of us are probably already chin-deep in family time. Depending on which way you lean, that could be good or bad. Again, that’s another debate for another day. This is a season built with family at its heart, and maybe family takes up a good bit of your holiday schedule, but this season is also important for friendships.

I’m lucky to have a strong group of local friends – that’s something that, when I moved from Ohio to North Carolina almost 11 years ago, I didn’t see for myself in this new, foreign land. We’re spread around the area with up to 45 minutes in between houses, but we stay close throughout the day with our never-ending text messages.

Some of us have lots of local family, some do not; some of us have kids with their own set of scheduled activities and get-togethers, some do not; some of us work outside the home, some do not. All of us are busy, and all of us need time together to reset, reconnect and shake off all the stress that comes from spending time with the people you’re born/married with.

Let’s face it. No matter what, people you choose to spend time with – whether they’re your favorite blood relatives or they’re your favorite people who were once strangers – are people you love.

My friends and I just celebrated our own Friendsgiving the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and today, we marked our calendars for a very merry Friendsmas.

Netflix loves friends, too. Like, REALLY love friends. In mere days, we’re going to have Chandler, Joey, Monica, Rachel, Phoebe and Ross streaming into our homes 24/7. No more hoping to catch a rerun on TV. No more searching through discs trying to find The One With _________. I. Cannot. Wait. (Hyperbole, see?)

While I do, in fact, wait, my other favorite friends on Netflix this past month come from Gilmore Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, Wayne’s World, My Girl, (the original) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Sesame Street (Netflix has recently added A BUNCH of SS episodes), and ETC’s old standby, Daniel Tiger.

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This is how we do, yeah, chilling, laid back
Straight stuntin’ yeah we do it like that

(Yes, I have watched the Katy Perry documentary (Katy Perry: Part of Me), on Netflix. It’s no big deal.)

ANYHOW. I digress.

Netflix has heaped a whole host of awesome for onto its subscribers’ plates this month. If you haven’t added anything new to your list in the last few weeks, YOU ARE MISSING OUT, my friend.

Gilmore Girls. GILMORE GIRLS!
Jerry Maguire (I said just the other day that I wanted to see this one again)
Sleepless in Seattle
Catching Fire
The Muppet Christmas Carol (we start our Christmasing early. Hate on.)
The Mighty Ducks
The Avengers
The Vampire Diaries season 5
Annie (yes, the original!)
Good Eats
The Walking Dead season 4

And did you hear? FRIENDS is coming to Netflix streaming on January 1, 2015. That’s right, folks. Productive life as I know it will soon cease to exist. Streaming Gilmore Girls AND Friends? Nice knowing you, world!

What are you streaming this month?

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As we get closer to age 4 for ETC, doing things as a family is getting more and more fun. Their attention spans are growing (sometimes), their interests are more firm, and they understand so much more.

We live and die by routines around here, but there is nothing routine about our family entertainment experiences. Rob works long hours, and fun times depend on the moods of three small people plus the energy of two tired adults. We don’t schedule fun, but we definitely grab any opportunity we can.

If ETC are awake and have energy later than normal (bedtime happens at 7p on most nights), we treat the whole family to a movie and popcorn in the dark (“Just like at the movie theater!”), even if we sometimes only make it halfway through before somebody gives up and needs to head to bed.

Recent family favorites on Netflix include all things Tinker Bell (for straight-to-DVD/streaming, movies, these are surprisingly good) and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (we had to add the first DVD to our collection because ETC liked the second movie so much).

Netflix recently added FernGully, so this will be our next movie-night feature, and I am ready to watch Rudy again with Rob. For fans of The Walking Dead, Netflix recently added season four, which means it’s time for a recap to get ready for the new season on AMC.

Last but not least, the Netflix Gods have answered one of my prayers. October 1, Gilmore Girls will be available to stream and kill productivity in my house. I. Cannot. WAIT.

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The triplet mamas who have gone before me (twin mamas, too!), told me it would happened. I knew it would eventually, but eventually seemed like a lifetime away.

Eventually is here. Finally.

“Are they triplets?”

We get asked that frequently when out in public – not nearly as frequently now that ETC walk most places and we don’t have strollers or the choo choo wagon screaming the obvious – and ETC are finally jumping in to answer these people who obviously want to hear their life stories.

Muahahahaha!

“We’re triplets! We’re 3 and a half! We’re going to have a birthday soon! We’re going to see Yo Gabba Gabba party in Charlotte again! We just went to the beach! My grandma was there! And we got seashells! My favorite color is pink! I’m going to be 4 years old soon! I’m 3 now, but I’m going to turn 4 – that’s this many!”

Muahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Joe Public gets an earful in the form of a string of consciousness from the 3-year-old (almost 4!) brain, and they rarely have time to ask all those awkward questions because they’re too busy smiling, nodding and trying to translate the nonstop, high-pitched, excited jabber.

MUAHAHAHAHA!

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I was out shopping with ETC recently, and we were following a woman walking with the help of a crutch.

“What’s that, Mommy?”

I’ve watched a lot of parents hush such questions, embarrassed that their young kids are pointing out someone’s physical difference.

I’ve never seen anyone shoot curious kids dirty looks, but I’ve definitely seen the stink eye aimed at embarrassed parents.

Kids are observant. Kids are curious. Kids ask questions. Roll with it, world.

“That’s a crutch that helps her walk. Sometimes we all need a little help with something, right?”

“Oh! Like Daniel Tiger’s friend Chrissy? She uses crutches to help her walk!”

“Yes, like that.”

At that point, we attracted the attention of our subject of discussion, and when she smiled at my trio, they all offered big grins and friendly hellos. Doing things different doesn’t mean we act embarrassed or unkind. Different is just, well, different.

Thank you, Netflix, for streaming shows that help illustrate lessons like these.

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