The children’s brains are mush

Alternate title: Sometimes sitting your kids in front of the tv for a multi-day movie marathon can be a life saver.

Our girls normally get to watch one movie a day and sometimes they even forget to ask for one. Since we don’t have cable or the new antenna thingy to watch HD tv there’s not a lot of tv watching going on here on a regular basis.

Until someone gets sick.

Last week Ashlyn was feverish for two days and so I let her watch several movies each day as Reagan and I did school. This week it was my and Reagan’s turns. Tuesday afternoon the body ache started and by Wednesday morning I felt a little like death warmed over. That has continued throughout today. Reagan has bounced around in regards to how she’s feeling. Wednesday she spent most of the day passed out on the couch not aware that there was a rare movie marathon going on. Today she felt better though and partook fully.

So while I’m in bed feeling like I’ve been hit by a WMATA bus (which isn’t all that uncommon around here) I think it’s ok to stick the kids in front of the tv with several…dozen…ahem movies. What’s crazy to me is that they choose the exact. same. movies. to watch over and over again. Hello, I’m ready to shove Barbie Mermadia down the toilet and plunge it until it dissolves into a thousand tiny pieces. I could quote the movie by now if I actually paid attention to it. The same goes for Barbie and the Diamond Castle or whatever the stupid name is.

In fact, I hate Barbie right now, but she and the Veggie Tales gang are babysitting my kids so I can’t complain too much. Maybe I’ll use those DVDs for skeet shooting practice once I’m all better.