Do I Like To Talk To Tomatoes? Yes. Yes, I Do.

This summer the little man and I have gotten in the habit of going out to lunch together a couple of times a week. I don’t know how it started, really, but I imagine that it went something like this:

Me: “Hey, you want to go get some lunch?”
A: “Sure, Mama.”

We don’t typically do things with a lot of fanfare around here.

Anyway, our little lunch outings have been one of my favorite things about this summer. We usually end up at the eight year-old’s favorite Mexican place where we split an order of nachos. He drinks Coke. I drink unsweetened iced tea. We talk about whatever happens to come to mind.

Yesterday we had just started to dig in to our chips and salsa when Alex posed a question: “Mama? What are your favorite kids’ shows?” I think he’d been a little surprised Sunday night when he saw me watching Phineas & Ferb OF MY OWN FREE WILL (I am of the opinion that P&F is hilarious), and I guess he was trying to figure out if there were any other current kids’ shows that I like to watch just for kicks.

Which, for the record, NO.

And also for the record: I have never wanted to put any real-life child in time out as badly as I used to want to put Caillou in time out. In fact, I finally had to implement a strict “No Caillou” policy in our house because I COULD NOT TAKE HIS WHINING. At the time Alex was probably 4 or 5 and didn’t understand why Mama would get so angry at the TV, but listen: Caillou wore me out.

However, despite my Caillou aversion, there are some kids’ shows that have found a special place in my heart over the last few years.

1) Phineas & Ferb – It’s laugh-out-loud funny. Smart. Clever. And I’m just waiting for some sort of announcement that it’s going to be a major motion picture.

2) Little Bear – If I hear the theme music for Little Bear, odds are I’m going to say, “Awwwwww” shortly thereafter. There’s such a sweetness and timelessness to it. And Little Bear’s parents are the best.

3) A Snoodle’s Tale – Okay. I know. It’s not technically a TV show. But we have watched a LOT of Veggie Tales DVDs in our house over the years, and A Snoodle’s Tale is my all-time favorite. I can’t watch it without putting my hand over my heart while I sigh with great feeling. And when the narrator says, “A gift that’s demanded is no gift at all” – well, forget it. MAMA’S GONNA NEED SOME TISSUES.

Wait! I have a fourth! And it’s a movie!

4) Finding Nemo – I could watch it a thousand times. OH, HOLD ON. I PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE. But I just adore it.

Are there any kids’ shows or movies that you’re always happy to watch? Or that you might even love more than the kids in your life do?

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  1. We forgot about Little Bear – we loved Little bear when the kiddos were little as well.

  2. Oh yes. Finding Nemo. Love love love.

  3. Thank you and AMEN on caillou. When that show comes on I shout Oh No!!! Even my 3 year old knows we don’t tolerate that show for the sheer whininess of that kid. My WORD!!!! We do, however, love Word World and Little Einsteins. Oh and Peep and the Big Wide World. Very cute.

  4. Oh I couldn’t stand Caillou either. Made me sick. AH the whining!
    I loved Little Bear, too. It was so calm and quiet. So nice to put it on and have some peace.
    I was a huge Barney fan. My oldest and I spent some major time together with Barney, had all the VHS tapes available and cd’s for the car. Some of the best songs (remember Pumpernickel Bread?) and best lessons. When they changed the actor who did Barney’s voice in the early 2000’s, I was so mad! No one else realized, so that is when I knew I had a problem.
    Remember Gullah Gullah Island? I liked that one as well. Probably b/c it was kinda weird. Loved Clifford, and the dinosaur show on PBS, can’t remember the name.
    Now, since my kids are older, about the only show I can stand is iCarly, and I have been found viewing it when nothing else was on. I think it is hilarious, especially Spencer. Great physical comic. Also love Gibby. He cracks me up!

  5. I’ve been out of town and then had to get the kids back in school so I’m way behind on the reading of my favorite blogs. I was planning on making a quick read-through to make sure I hadn’t missed anything earth shattering (Like Ms. Martha giving up jackets in favor of vests), but I had to stop and leave a comment on this post. I’m a big fan of Phineas & Ferb and Nemo, but I’m especially a great big fan of the Snoodle. I even named my blog Snoodlings because I’m such a great big Snoodle myself.

    I even emailed Phil Vischer to thank him so much for making the Snoodle and to tell him what a huge impact that little video had on my life and do you know he wrote me back and thanked me for thanking him? Made my day.

    You’re on your own with Little Bear. Please explain why his parents wear clothes but he doesn’t. Not even boxers.

  6. Seriously, now… Our common preferences astound me. :)

    P&F – Love it, love it. Pretty sure, Mike and I enjoy it more than the kiddos.
    Snoodle – All-time favorite Veggie Tales…
    Finding Nemo – Mike and I got engaged right after we saw that movie in the theaters. :)

    I’ll have to check out LIttle Bear. I’m always looking for something new for the kids to watch.