Between high-risk pregnancy bedrest, pumping for 30 minutes 4-12 times a day, keeping unusual hours with newborn triplets (now triplets who still. don’t. all. sleep. through. the night.), I have worked hard to find the end of Netflix, but in 6 years, it hasn’t happened yet. I suspect it never will.

Not only do I keep finding new movies and shows to fall in love with (currently blazing through my first experience with The West Wing), I become more and more impressed by the number of things my family has learned just from watching what’s on Netflix.

  • Eleanor makes special requests using “pretty please with cherries on top,” thanks to Lalaloopsy.
  • Toby knows that Mario and Luigi work as plumbers (“People who work with a wrench!”), and love spaghetti.
  • I can first-impression-hate a show based on its theme music and realize I’m right after suffering through an episode at the request of a persuasive 4-year-old (and declare that the show is something I don’t want to watch but am happy she finds it entertaining).
  • Shows like Yo Gabba Gabba (no longer on Netflix, RIP Nickelodeon contract), and Daniel Tiger have songs so catchy and so helpful that you’ll still sing them during “teachable moments” 4 years after first learning them. “Try new things ’cause they might taste goo-ood!”
  • Jem is truly outrageous and other vocabulary words that come up on different shows.
  • Jed Bartlet for President 2016.

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The last two days have been a whirlwind of activity. Tomorrow won’t be any better.

But tonight, there was stillness. Me, a bubble bath, and Gilmore Girls season two streaming on my iPad.

Most of my house sounds like a wind tunnel thanks to the giant fans drying out a replacement-roof incident, so even that blessed post-bedtime quiet was contaminated with noise. So. Much. Noise.

But not my bathroom. I found my quiet, and I enjoyed it in Stars Hollow.

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I have explained why we can’t be “cool bad guys” like Gru from the Despicable Me movies, how Phoebe on Friends was having triplets that weren’t going to be her babies and how even though the old man we were talking to looked like a character from Goosebumps, there was definitely nothing scary about him, but I haven’t had any good, helpful teachable moments from Netflix viewing lately. Not like I wrote about here, at least:

Kids & pink elephants don’t mix

The mini conversations we’ve had lately are still helpful. No, it isn’t cool to be a bad guy. Surrogacy is an amazing gift that’s one way people can expand their families. The Goosebumps thing? Well. The observation was kind of accurate, but let’s just be kind to old folks, OK? They have earned those wrinkles, spots and concession with gravity.

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Animaniacs!
ETC finally met one of my favorite sibling sets from my childhood – the Warner brothers and the Warner sister (Dot!), and I was THRILLED to revisit this awesome show. My first stop was Yakko’s song where he names all the countries of the world. I’m the kind of nerd that still hopes to learn all the lyrics some day.


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Grease is the word
Grease, Grease Live AND Grease 2 are allllllllll on Netflix now, friends! Isn’t it the most? To say the least? I can’t pick a favorite moment from the three to gif, but Aaron Tveit is never wrong, so:


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20 years of RENT!
Rent is celebrating 20 years of love this year, and yesterday was the 20th anniversary of its official Broadway opening. If you haven’t seen Rent, fire up Netflix and get yourself acquainted with the magic of Jonathan Larson through the voices of many original Broadway cast members. “Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.”


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Honorable mentions:
Minions and Hotel Transylvania 2 are recent additions to Netflix – both movies are fun and funny for the whole family, something that isn’t always possible with the opinions of three 5-year-olds.

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When ETC first showed me the Lego Friends show on Netflix sometime last year, I was less than impressed. The animation looks totally different from the Lego movie, and the writing made me smirk. My kids liked it, but I didn’t see the appeal, and I could think of far better ways for them to spend their time.

Fast forward to this month when, to celebrate, Netflix sent its Stream Team members a goody box containing two lego sets – one featuring a character from the Netflix Original Lego Bionicle series that premiered this month, and one featuring a character from Lego Friends, which has new Netflix Original episodes.

I can’t be sure whether ETC are finally old enough to have patience to follow a Lego book of directions or they were just that excited to build something they watched on Netflix, but all three of my kids sat down and – from start to finish without stopping – completed their first Lego builds.

I’m down with any shows that encourage new, challenging hands-on activities, so I’m now down with Lego Friends.

 
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