Monday, June 11, 2007

Oh, The Satisfying Achievements!

The weekend was one of unprecedented laziness for The Family Joy.

For the most part we've been keeping close to home because The Mayor, as it turns out, does have mono complete with an enlarged spleen. (Though he's apparently not contagious.)

On Sunday, all four of us stayed in our pajamas until 4:00 when we changed into our bathing suits, went for a quick dip, returned and changed back into our pajamas.

We did manage a few unexpected achievements.

For a long time now K and I have specialized in parenting from the floor - also known as The Horizontal Parenting Technique.

This weekend, while The Mayor and Rooster played with a train track that took up all the floor space, I crawled up onto The Mayor's bed and K followed.

"And the horizontal parenting begins," I said.

"Except we're taking it to a higher plane," K returned.

In addition to our robust commitment to lying around, we did manage to feed ourselves and our family.

K popped corn for our afternoon snack and, as usual, we all sat around the giant bowl on the kitchen floor.

Putamayo's Arabic Groove was playing in the background. It's a CD of dance music with an Arabic theme - Middle Eastern grooviness that makes your butt wiggle.

The Rooster started dancing first. She tucked her hand into her armpit and flapped the resulting folded limb like a baby chicken. She bit her lower lip with her upper teeth.

The Mayor opened and closed his hands while swaying from side to side to a beat quite different from that of the Arabic Groove CD, but then fell in with the chicken move.

K and I tucked both our hands into our armpits, flapped our giant elbows and displayed our upper dental work.

Next weekend we're going to teach them to bounce up and down on both legs without moving their feet -- and if that goes well we'll move on to shaking imaginary dice and revving imaginary motorcycle engines. (Maybe even graduate to the pencil maneuver!)

We're taking steps to insure the longevity of The White Man's Overbite on dance floors everywhere.

We taught this guy everything he knows...

70 comments:

Jenny said...

Hugs to the mayor.

I'm overbite chicken dancing just for him.

Jenn said...

Horizontal parenting is the best, no matter what those "how to be a good mama" books say.

Mrs. Chicken said...

Sounds like the perfect weekend to me!

Sending get well vibes to the boy ...

Omaha Mama said...

I giggled, picturing your family having a good group dance. I love the way kids dance - LOVE IT!

Horizontal parenting is the main technique used at our house also...love the picture of your hubby getting his arse bitten, that is friggin' hi-lar-i-ous!

Woman with kids said...

I love pajama days, they're perfect. And horizontal parenting... is there any other way? I mean, no one's ever talked about "active, running like a 2 year old" parenting, right? ...right?

Karen Forest said...

I can not believe that guy didn't at least list you in credits at the end of that film. Geesh! I would be so upset. At the very least a "special thanks to the Joy family" would have been nice.

Jennifer Playgroupie said...

Hope the Mayor heals up soon! How fun to have a pajama day! I actually need to have a get dressed day...

Lisa Milton said...

Hope the Mayor gets better fast. You make pj day sound quite inviting.

Pgoodness said...

Love those Putamayo CDs!!! We don't have that one, but the African Playground one is great!

Sounds like a perfect weekend. :-)

tulipmom said...

I'm starting to feel better about our "robust commitment to lying around" on the weekends. It sounds so important now.

Get well soon Mayor!

ewe are here said...

Sounds like a really nie weekend.

slouching mom said...

That's just my kind of weekend.

Except I could do without the enlarged spleen.

Hope it's back to normal any day now!

Lotta said...

Mack went through this period where we couldn't shake the sicks. We went to Mexico for a week and voila he got all better. May I suggest a tropical vacation? Doctors orders!

andi said...

I'm jealous - sounds like a lovely weekend, well except for the mono. Hope the Mayor heals soon.

Augs Casa said...

good moves. I been know to shake the booty from time to timne, but our dancing time has only had Bud_bud "raise the roof" lately. he can get it down with it when he wants to.

Sarah said...

I love putamayo! We have the North African Groove CD and the French Café CD. The North African music is killer, and S laughs his little bum off whenever I try to dance all ethnic-style to it, being the french-ukrainian canadian that I am...

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

I should have studied this dude before going to see THE POLICE last night. (nanny nanny boo boo!) :)

meno said...

Any day where all i have to wear are pajamas is a success to me.

Eating popcorn from a bowl on the floor is a bonus.

Hope the mono doesn't hang around for too long.

Blog Antagonist said...

Don't forget the Manero Point. Point up high, hip cocked, opposite leg bent, heel raised and toes touching the floor. Pivot, point down, cock the opposite hip and bend the opposite leg. Repeat, with pelvic thrust.

Enjoy.

And yes, I did watch the whole thing last night on cable.

canape said...

That sounds like the perfect lazy Sunday. Except for the Mayor having mono and all.

Kristi said...

You so don't want to know how I spent my mornings last week. Let's just say that Charlie is really good at making breakfast I got a a lot of sleeping done.

CamiKaos said...

Oh the pogo! They must learn the pogo!

that sounds (illness aside) like my kind of weekend.

Julie Pippert said...

I'm a big believer in the lack of necessity of dressing up beyond PJs on lazy summer weekend.

I love those Putamayo mixes. I have the Latin and Women of Africa ones. I'll have to look into the Arabic one.

I doubt we could beat your dances though, LOL.

Patience put the kabash on dance camp this summer, claiming she already knew how to dance. LOL

Patience said...

I go along with the rest! A great weekend . . . except for the mono and enlarged spleen part.

I too spent most of the weekend mostly horizontally, still recuping from my bout with generic upper respiratory infection. Wish I was still horizontal.

Get better, Little Mayor!!

Kelly said...

Hope the mayor feels better soon. Sounds like a lot for a little one to handle.

Horizontal parenting? It's the way to go...

mamatulip said...

Poor Mayor. I hope it doesn't last too long...

QT said...

Oh that does sound like fun times!

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

Wow. Hope that little guy gets better soon...

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Junior Mayhem has been perfecting the "overbite" move to the newest song I downloaded onto my Ipod. It is "Summer Love" by Justin Timberlake. Mr. Mayhem was less than enthused to see his boy shaking his booty to a former boy bander...but the song's got a great rhythm and here at the Mayhem, we too are doing our part to further the phenomenon!

Lawyer Mama said...

I love horizontal parenting. I do it often from the floor, the couch, the bed. It's great.

Poor Mayor! I hope he's not feeling too bad.

BOSSY said...

Wait - Mono without contagion is like Herpes without the Simplex. Can we get a medical opinion Up In Here?

Denguy said...

Born to hand-jive indeed.

Get well soon, Mayor.

Megan (Velveteen Mind) said...

If anything every happens to my mom, I'll take you. 'kay?

My toddler has been rolling the imaginary dice since he was 15 months old. Classic.

liv said...

oh the horizontal parenting. it's my fave.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

I love days like that. We do it on most rainy days. Unless there is fighting. Then we go run around outside in the rain. And then get back in our pjs.

I love dancing with the kids. reading about Rooster's chicken dance is hilarious!

Bon said...

here in the house of crib, we have stolen the term "horizontal parenting" from the Joy family, and use it with abandon. we barely stand up.

but you have clearly filched our white man's (and woman's overbite)...seeing as you found that video of Dave dancing incognito...

Erika, Plain Jane Mom said...

Sorry to hear about the mono!

Kyla said...

Mono? How did he catch that? Ack! It sounds like the stuff of my nightmares. Eeek! Hope he feels better soon.

Mama en Fuego said...

As I danced around my kitchen singing ridiculously to my daughter this weekend, I thought of you.

EE said...

Who has the Mayor been kissing???
I had Mono in the second grade. I could not play sports for 6 months.

Moobs said...

P and I specialise in "comedy dancing" to deflect attention from our uselessness on the dance floor. We love to jazz walk.

mcewen said...

How entirely predictable - wasn't it the case that you had the chance to go swanning off on 'business,' stay in a hotel etc. etc. this is payback time lady.
Oh for a free lunch!
Cheers

Tabba said...

Sounds like a perfectly wonderful weekend.

And a speedy recovery to The Mayor

katy said...

Ok, if you get two from me I'm sorry but when I try to leave my comment I get a page cannot be displayed, which means dial up sucks.
Yes I get hummingbirds all summer. They do aerial stunts around my feeder trying to knock each other out of the air so they can be the only ones at the feeder. One day I am going to take a picture of me with a hummingbird sticking out of my head because they aren't scared of me.

Cathy said...

Hubs dances just about every night in his boxers. In the living room. In front of the picture window. That has no blinds or treatments.

No wonder our neighbors look nervous when we venture outside.

Get-well wishes to the Mayor... Mono sucks.

Biddy said...

hahaha i love it! that guy has the pencil, lawnmower starter, tangled water hose, AND ice cube down the shirt action going...man...i should come take dance lessons from y'all

Biddy said...

oh p.s. sorry the Mayor has mono :( toooootally sucks. congrats on the awesome horizontal parenting skills. soon enough you'll graduate to the horizontal parenting while making whoopee stage

Aliki2006 said...

That is my kind of weekend, too--especially the horizontal parenting taken to a higher plane.

Above Average Joe said...

And who says having an enlarged spleen isnt any fun?

PunditMom said...

You are my idol -- pajamas to bathing suits to pajamas!?

You rule!

Alpha DogMa said...

Putamayo cds get me through a lot of long cold dark Canadian winters. They are just the perfect antecdote to the blahs.
So how does one know - short of a doctor's visit - if your child has mono? I'm very big into self diagnosis.

NotSoSage said...

Poor little spleen...

Isn't everything you and K do together horizontal? (mm...except dancing with your kids, of course.)

Jen said...

Love those lazy weekends...hope the Mayor is feeling better.

Hannes Johnson said...

No way do white people dance like that, no wait... maybe some of us do :)

Funny video :)

Cherann said...

At least the mayor has a spleen. i don't have one anymore :-(.

And I prefer unprecedented "relaxation" instead of "laziness". Horizontal parenting is relaxing...

flutter said...

I think I love your house, will you adopt me? I bake really well and I'll scrub toilets!

creative-type dad said...

I totally want to stay in the pj's 'til 4.
I think people get arrested for that kind of thing.

jen said...

poor mayoral candidateness.

sounds divine.

Mrs. Chicky said...

Do you have a manual on this Horizontal Parenting Technique? Or do I have to take a class or something? It sounds complicated.

carmachu said...

Sounds like a great weekend.

MamaMint said...

Ok, so want a weekend like that!

Paige said...

How on earth did that poor thing get mono?

Let's talk soon.

P

Jodi said...

White boy dancing ought to be a recognized art form. My personal fav maneuver is: Step to the left side! Now bring yo' feet together! Step to the right side! Now bring yo' feet together! Kind of like a slide without sliding, since sliding requires a bit of rhythm. Throw in a hip wiggle that is just barely off the beat, swing both arms, and you've got it! You're dancing like every engineering student I dated in college!

Hope the spleen returns to normal soon and the Mayor learns that kissing is dangerous. An important lesson best learned early.

Chaos Control said...

Ahh, the horizontal parenting technique. Before today, I didn't have a name for it. Thanks to you, I now do!! I'm a regular with that technique myself!!

deb said...

Horizontal parenting. You are my hero.

Ophelia Rising said...

Yes! Putamayo! They have the BEST music. We love the African playground, Latin Playground, etc. And the "grown-up" Putamayo CDs are great, too.

Hope your boy is better soon!

Queen Heather said...

Ok, it's official. I'm officially going to don Depends undergarments before I read your blog because you make me PIMP way too much.

Sad but true, I can only wish my husband danced half as good as that guy.

I hope the mayor feels better!

Flawed & Disorderly said...

Oh my gosh! I had no idea all this was going on! Poor Mayor!

Her Bad Mother said...

We should start a Horizontal Parenting Performance Squad. I can remain prone and perfectly still and still parent my ass off. You gotta see it.

jchevais said...

I love your family.

When can I move in?