Thanks to my lovely friend Janie, I downloaded that personalized song (and two little intro-talky snippets) for free and impressed my daughter to no end. Or maybe I’ve just put the fear in her that her Elmo doll now knows her name and will start talking to her at any minute (remember that scary stuffed animal phase of childhood? Let’s not go there!).
If you’d like to try and impress a young Elmo lover in your life, do the following:
At 2.25 years old, Miss L loves her music more than ever! She gets to sing each day during circle time at school, dance at the end of the day, and we sing at least 2 songs each night before going to bed… after the lights are out and the books have been read. I love the fact that she can come home from school and start singing a “new to me” song and then try and teach me the lyrics and the motions. And then we sing in car too… and while we can sometimes get away with listening to some of our own music stations, Mr. M and I have become very familiar with the offerings of the Kids radio station along with Miss L. I know I’ve shared some of the newer songs she loves, but here are a few songs of the old-fashioned variety that Miss L loves just as much!
Flying Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley
Chartreuse by Louis Jordan
If I Knew You Were Coming I’d Have Baked a Cake – Eileen Barton & the New Yorkers
And the current favorite… sung all the time…
The Rainbow Connection – Kermit the Frog
… my heart turns to pure mush when she sings, “the lovers, the dreamers and me.”
Since keeping a “word count” at this point is pretty futile for Miss L, I’m thinking I should start a “song count” list instead. Not sure that the pediatrician’s office has any place to record it, but it’d be a fun stat to throw at them in their normal routine of well visits checks. And maybe they could command a performance out of her better than I can? (we’ve entered full camera shut-down mode as of late…)
Hope you’ll find a few gems in here to sing along with your little ones as well!
So little Miss L’s love of music sure hasn’t dwindled at all. If anything, it has grown immensely and now her dance moves are resembling those of mine (which means I dance like a 15-month old more than she dances like a 31-year old).
I thought I’d share a few more of her (as well as my) song favorites as of right now (and check Part 1 for more!):
Baby M is addicted to kids music. I mean, she loves music in general, but she is somehow insanely perky when a “kids” song pops on the radio. I’m not sure if it’s because they play a lot of music in her daycare class and have dance sessions every afternoon, but there’s something she truly loves about them.
And, as a parent of a kids song loving daughter, I’ve grown to love and hate certain songs that are played on SIRIUS/XM’s kids radio station or that pop through on Pandora as well. And I just figured I’d share some of my rants and raves every now and then with you… just in case your little one is ever in need of immediate satisfaction on the go. Just ask Michelle about the power of the Wiggles, “Hot Potato” on Baby M and the need to have it at the ready in any situation.
Kristin Andreassen “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for your eyes” – This is probably my favorite kids song, and Baby M likes to clap along with this one.
Steve Martin “Late for School” – while technically not written for kids, it’s a perfect song for them. I find myself humming along and getting this song happily stuck in my head for hours on end.
TANGLED Soundtrack “I’ve Got a Dream” – Baby M adores this song, and I’m certain it’s Mr. M’s favorite right now as well.
Uncle Jim “I’ve Got a Butt” – this song irks me on so many levels, and it makes me change the channel every single time. Maybe I’m just a friend of butt humor… or just the fact that his mom calls him “Uncle” … or that a song is cool and worthwhile if it involves scientific names?
Keith Munslow “The Leftovers” – this song has scared me into cleaning out the fridge pretty much every other day… and it’s just played too many times to be loved. *sigh*
For this year’s Weddingbee Valentine’s Swap, I decided to have a little bit of fun with my Cricut machine and create an original design that it could cut for me. “My Funny Valentine” is one of my favorite love songs, mainly because of it’s honesty and also because it’s a Rogers & Hart standard. The line, “You make me smile with my heart” is just too classic to pass up and I figured it was perfect to send to boys and girls for any sort of Valentine’s greeting. I attached my cutouts to wooden postcards for a bit more whimsy… and I only hope my Valentine swappies love them as much as I do! .
In case you’d like to make your own version of this card, you can download the SVG file here (*.zip format) and then simply use a program like Sure Cuts A Lot to connect your Cricut to your computer and cut the custom file. .