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Dance Party USA

June 11, 2010 by Victoria Strong
So every evening as I wait for Bill to get home from work I find myself gazing longingly at the clock. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Where is my reinforcement? I think this end of the day fade is true for most parents -- the kids are spent, parents are fried, but it's not quite time for bed. In the past during this last stretch, I would give Gwendolyn a video and I would cuddle up next to her on my laptop. We both happily vegged out. But, the end result has been we both get sucked into no-man's land and pretty much zone out. And then when Bill comes home -- jolly to see his loving family -- we are like zombies. Not always (there's nothing wrong with a good old fashioned veg out), but often enough that mindless facebooking put me in a funk -- and that's no fun at all. So last week I spontaneously started a trend -- Dance Party USA! And dancing is the best remedy for a funk! Gwendolyn LOVES music -- always has. And Gwendolyn is her Mama's girl -- she LOVES, loves, loves to dance! It takes a little finesse with the bipap, but I figured out a comfortable way for both of us to rock out and she thinks its hysterical.

  • Step 1: Turn the TV to the music stations.
  • Step 2: Pick a channel/song -- Gwendolyn is partial to Top Pop, Kids Only, and Party Favorites.
  • Step 3: Feel the beat.
  • Step 4: Sit on the edge of the couch -- one with bounce preferred -- child in lap.
  • Step 5: Bounce, Move, Shake, Lean Back, Arms Up, Fist Pump, Slow It Down, Pick It Up, Groove smile

Gwendolyn is very particular about what song she wants to dance to. Watching her select a song is really funny. She has a diverse range of tastes, but she is loyal! If she likes a song once -- she likes it 1000 times. She even still likes songs that she used to kick extra hard to when I was pregnant with her. Some of the big favorites are:

  • Of course, BeyonceAll the Single Ladies
  • Baha Men Who Let The Dog's Out
  • Pink Sober
  • Feist 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Micheal Franti & Spearhead Say Hey (I Love You)
  • The Oak Ridge Boys Elvira -- She used to kick like crazy to this when I was preggos. And funnily this was my favorite song when I was about 3
  • Chris Brown Forever
  • Adele Chasing Pavements
  • Lady Antebellum Need You Now
  • The Kinx Victoria -- okay, I encourage this one

This is by no means a complete list, just the ones that I can remember. And she likes to change the dance depending on the music. We have the slow cuddle dance, the rock out move everything dance, and then the patented Beyonce bounce dance. It is hysterical! She does big "Ahhhh" sounds, sings to the slow songs, giggles through the bounces, and begs for more, more, more.

And the best thing is Daddy arrives home, joins in, and we are all laughing together as we end the day!!! You should try it smile

I tried to get video, but it so doesn't do Dance Party USA justice. Gwendolyn is more of a live performer and goes all serious when the video camera comes out -- sheesh!

Talk About It

Oh the evening bewitching hour.Got to love it.In my case,Mark has never,in 23 years been home at dinner or usually bedtime.Mean time of arrival hone,8pm.So our evenings find me solo. Miss Zoey adores music as well and I really need to utilize the stations on the TV.I keep forgetting about them.I think today we will give it a try. Love your dance party.Pictures.No need for clearer ones ... I can visualize it in my head and feel it in my heart because I know the 3 of you and that is all I need to know. Hope you are enjoying the beautiful Santa Barbara weather ... I hear the zoo calling our name.In fat maybe today.We will be blowing you kisses from there!!!
Posted by Zoey's mom on 2010-06-11 07:36:10
Love the pictures!! Our girls love to dance to the music stations too. Glad to hear that G is doing well!
Posted by Kristen on 2010-06-11 17:04:11
Who let the dogs out...who ....who...who...who...LOve it!! Oh victoria you were correct, i did crack up! so glad that you and Gwendolyn have found a fun way to welcome bill home!! I just love it! smile be well... Lisa smile
Posted by Lisa Prokopetz on 2010-06-11 22:50:10
AWESOME!! What a great idea! I should try that...I know I'm fried at the end of the day too. I like your list, G, except that Lady Antebellum song...I HATE that song!!!! But you're cute, so it's ok.
Posted by Devon on 2010-06-12 17:46:13
That is so precious...dancing with my daughter is one of my favorite things to do! I am so glad you found a way to make it an awsome experiance for your family as well.
Posted by Kimberlee Walker on 2010-06-12 20:49:24
You guys are hilarious. My 3 year old, Isabella, also loves "All the Single Ladies" and will repeat over and over and over, so I certainly can relate!
Posted by Austin on 2010-06-16 09:14:48
This is awesome! And I feel like you and I may have done some rocking out to Elvira together back in the day - I always loved that one, too!! She's got good taste, our girl. smile
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