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The other day at our local mom and tot's group had a workout day where we got to use exercise balls for a fun and active morning.  The next day I felt the pleasant ache of muscles that hadn't been used lately in my regular yoga & treadmill routine.  This made me think of how different kinds of music stretch different "muscles" in my brains and encourage me to move in different ways, and how Yummy's current love of Jazz music has stretched me to discover different artists that I wouldn't have bothered to listen to otherwise.  
After reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (SO GOOD!) for my book club, I downloaded The Best of Chris Barber, a British Jazz musician whose music career was pretty big in the 1950s and 60s.  While I wouldn't listen to it all night, it makes for some very fun dance parties in the kitchen.  
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Even Dooter came up with some new and interesting moves to this different kind of music.  My favourite: A bouncy, deep-knee bend with his hands bouncing in front of him and head bobbing along.  Yummy and I learned it quickly and added it in to our line up of bouncy jazz moves.
I love how this music has freshened up our dancing.  how about you?  Discovered any inspiring music lately?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

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Every August, my cousin, sister-in-law and our kids all get together at our Grandma's place to pick crabapples from her trees and enjoy a potluck lunch all together.  I love this yearly rhythm that has developed and can imagine the warm memories that Yummy is building from this growing tradition.  It surprised me that she had visual memories of putting apples in baskets and following her cousins through the tree rows from last summer (a whole year seems very long for a four-year-old), but she mentioned these things before I did, after I told her we would soon be going to pick apples again.  

 
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Calming the Wild Beasts
Every day around 4:30pm, my kids turn into wild animals.  I'm not sure if it's because they are hungry for supper, missing their Daddy, or if they just know that I am busy getting supper ready and are bound and determined to get my attention at all costs.  I know my kids aren't the only ones; I've often heard this time referred to as the Witching Hour.  Whatever it is, I've started a music "activity" that helps curb the insanity.  I say "activity", because there isn't really anything to prepare or do, once the list is printed off.  It's super easy! 

 
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If I didn't already know how fun it is to dance and be silly and free, then having kids surely convinced me it.  We have a LOT of dance parties at our house.  I am always amazed at the creativity Yummy shows in how she moves and the new ideas she comes up with, and Dooter, well, he's just plain cute when he dances.  Some of Yummy's latest dance moves include The Bread Punching dance and the Easter Egg dance.  Both involve a lot of strong arm movements.