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Alexa Help!

sing a song twins

Alexa Help!

Gracie is having an especially hard afternoon and nothing is making her happy. She’s sitting on the floor screaming at the wall. How dare it even be in this house. I know only one thing will truly pull her out of this meltdown. “Alexa, play Toddler Dance Party.”

For Christmas one of Ajay’s friends sent us a bunch of presents for the twins and Sofia. Thoughtful does not even begin to describe this gesture. Baby dolls for the twins, an American Girl doll for Sofia, and an Amazon Echo for the family. I was skeptical about letting this woman into our home. I rarely use Siri on my phone and assumed it would be similarly underwhelming. For a week or two it sat on our bookshelf just waiting. I imagine she had a smirk on her face. Oh people, you have no idea how I can change your life.

One morning I decided to give her a try and linked my Spotify account to our Echo with the Alexa app. I asked Alexa to play Raffi and suddenly the house was filled with Wheels on the Bus. Grace and Francesca fled their corners of the living room and gathered in front of the bookshelf to do their dance. Wheels on the Bus is over, Baby Beluga comes on. Gracie looks at me like “Oh My God Mommy, how is this magic happening!!” I was intrigued. Weeks went by and now we are shouting for weather updates, scores of basketball games and answers to whatever silly questions we can come up with. Gracie now runs up to the bookshelf and barks orders at Alexa in a language only Frankie seems to understand. It’s truly been a game changer.

“Alexa, play Toddler Dance Party.” Peace is restored.

General sing a song

just around the corner

Sofia watched her first Shirley Temple movie last night. When she watched Star Wars for the first time it I think it had a special meaning for Ajay. A rite of passage. That is how Shirley Temple movies are for me. I think every parent wants their children to experience the best of their childhood, and for me curly top is it. Happy times that I often look back on include chasing each other around Nana and Papa’s backyard with the smell of rose bushes in the air, coming upstairs on my birthday and having the house fully decorated in celebration of me, and snuggling on Nonna and Nonno’s bed with a notebook full of movie titles in our laps. We would skim the pages looking for inspiration, and more often than not, we would choose something with Shirley Temple.

Knowing Sofia’s love of song and dance I knew she would love her movies, I just wasn’t sure when she would be ready. She has been watching Annie non-stop and will play the soundtrack any chance she gets. When they sing “Let’s go to the movies”? She has to have special silver shoes on and she will “tap” along with the characters. I keep trying to get video of it but when she starts I can’t do anything but watch. Such a little ham. Last night I was doing some work and she was snuggled in bed with Ajay watching something on his laptop. I assumed it was a cartoon but when she ran in crying, saying that “Around the Corner” was over and Daddy wouldn’t let her watch it again it took me a moment to realize what she was watching. She hasn’t stopped talking about it since. I guess it is time to introduce her to the other great curly top movies. Let the flood gates open!

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bits and pieces

I work from home on Wednesdays and as I was leaving the house the other day I noticed the little boy from down the street was in front of the house. He was writing Sofia a note in chalk on our driveway. Very sweet, but I am keeping one eye on that kid. Next thing we know he will be outside her window with a boombox.


For the past two weeks Sofia has been falling asleep in her bed by herself. With a few tips from her teacher, and the help of the Annie soundtrack, she will kiss us goodnight and belt out a few show tunes before nodding off to sleep. I am amazed it works but sure enough after about 3 songs she will stop singing and we know she has fallen asleep. On. Her. Own. Do you know I have been waiting four years for this?!? Anyway, so tonight I was putting Sofia to bed and she wanted one more snuggle. I kissed her on the forehead and left the room, her all snug in her bed. Five minutes later her music was cranked up and she was listening to her Annie soundtrack on full blast. I went back in to tell her it was too loud and found her sitting in the top corner of her bed. The rest of the bed covered in animals. I told her to turn it down and she just said “look what I made!”. I looked over and she said “I made Baby Jesus!”. Sure enough, she had swaddled her blanket into a sort of a manger and placed one of her babies ever so carefully on it. “And look! All of the animals have come to say hello!”. That’s when I noticed that she wasn’t covered in animals, they were all strategically placed on her bed, all facing baby Jesus, and all saying hello.


On the way home from school I told Sofia that a valentines card had come in the mail for her. I told her to guess who it was from.
“Uh, nope, starts with Nnno nnno”
…”Oh! Noah!”
…. “uh nope, it is from Nonna.”
“Oh! Yay!”
Oh. Yay.

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school days

All is quiet in the Rana household tonight. It has now hit 9 and Sofia is in bed, fast asleep, a full hour before her normal bedtime. Mondays and Wednesdays are like this now. Those are the days Sofia has school and has no nap. She has been loving school. I was afraid she would cry and beg me not to leave, which would make me cry and beg her not to go. But that is not the case. She is a little apprehensive when we drop her off but by the time we walk into the classroom she gives a quick kiss goodbye, and is off to feed a fake dinner to the baby dolls. It is cute that she gets a little name tag stuck to her back, it is cute that she comes home with paintings to share, it is cute that she talks about other kids in her class and who pushed who and who cried, and it is cute that she runs to me at the end of the day and shouts “Mommy! I told you you’d come back!”. But you wanna know what is really cute? All the songs she sings when she gets home. Hands down.