The Bearded Iris

A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

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Just Dance: a #BloggersDance Video

Hey, you know what would be the perfect way to get this summer started right?

A dance party!

I find that no matter what is going on in my life, dancing always makes everything better. And if I can entice, cajole, or force some poor unsuspecting souls to dance with me? All the better.

Join us, won’t you:

Ah, good times. And, bonus points: no children or pets were maimed in the making of that video (as far as I know).

Special thanks to my guest dancing blogger friends: Janet from Muffintop Mommy, Dawn from Lighten Up!, Suniverse, and Nicole from By Word of Mouth Musings. They were all willingly captured on film while we were at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop a couple of months ago.

House Talkn For more #BloggersDance shenanigans, watusi your groovy self on over to my pal Kerry’s fabulous blog HouseTalkN’! She’s hosting a monthly link-up party on the first Monday of the month all summer long. Love to dance? Join us! The more the merrier!

And in case you missed my last #BloggersDance post: check out “Shall We Dance” and the true story behind the pantsuit.

with love and rhythmic gyrations,

-Leslie

PS – My blog comment section is closed for the summer, but I’m still loitering pretty frequently on Twitter and Facebook if you want to say hello! :)

Helicopter Mom – The Movie

My kids have been on Spring Break this week. We didn’t go anywhere exciting, unless you count the barber shop, so we’ve been keeping ourselves entertained the old fashioned way: doing super gross things on video for your entertainment. I’m a giver, what can I say.

The following short film was inspired by recent current events. It was written entirely by my children with minimal input by me. I did have to put the kibosh on one scene they wanted to do that involved toenail trimming and my mouth, but other than that, I was incredibly impressed with their comedic timing and ability to craft a compelling story in 4 minutes or less.

Eat your heart out, Alicia Silverstone:

Shall we dance?

Here’s something you might not know about me: I LOVE to dance. 

And the way I see it, if you love doing something, you’re automatically good enough at it to just go ahead and put it out there, Devil may care.

So when my friend Kerry from the stylish and hilarious blog HouseTalkN challenged invited a few of her friends to make videos showcasing our favorite dance moves, I jumped at the chance to join in the fun.

I don’t care how depressed you are, if you put on your fanciest get-up and start dancing in your kitchen, people will just show up and join you. And it’s really hard to feel down in the dumps when your whole family is shaking their money makers to The Commodores.

So here’s my contribution to Kerry’s Dance Challenge. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it!

To see the rest of the Dance Challenge Vlogs, please visit these fine ladies. I recommend you empty your bladder first unless you are wearing a fresh Poise Pad. Holy moly!

HouseTalkN

Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva

Angela Shelton

And don’t forget, you only have three more days to vote for your favorite Top 25 Funny Moms. Just click this link and then click the “thumbs up” sign next to your favorite bloggers. You can vote once every 24 hours until March 21st for as many bloggers as you wish. Thank you!

with lots of endorphins and glitter,

-Iris

Welcome to Funky Town, population: ME.

Have you ever unwittingly rounded the corner in your own home only to discover one of your children doing something SO stinkin’ cute you thought your heart would pop right out of your chest and roll down the hallway?

If you are a parent, you surely have. Even if your babies are the fur baby variety, this is probably a familiar scenario. Right?

And of course, you never have a video camera rolling at that moment, or even a camera of any kind within arm’s reach.

God forbid you were to run for said camera because you just KNOW that by the time you returned the moment would be gone.

So you freeze and hold your breath and press the “record button” in your mind, hoping to never ever ever forget what you are seeing.

Well, as luck would have it, I walked in on my 4 year old son Bucket Head getting down to the song Funky Town by Lipps Inc. the other day. You know the phrase “dance like nobody is watching”? That is exactly what I witnessed. I’m telling you, it was a sight to behold.

But it wasn’t just his resplendent dance moves, oh no. Homeboy was singing along while he was shaking his money maker.

I held my breath and slapped my hand over my mouth so I wouldn’t chortle and ruin the moment, but once I gathered my wits about me, I realized he was totally botching the lyrics in the most delightful way…and not just because of his well-documented speech impairment.

You know the part in the song that goes “…talk about it, talk about it, talk about it, talk about it…”?

Bucket Head was singing:  “…taco body, taco body, taco body, taco body…”

Hand to God. I will never be able to sing it any other way for the rest of my  life. Instant classic. I’m talking, “Hold me closer, Tony Danza” classic. 

As predicted, once he realized I was watching, he froze up like a deer in the headlights. But because his performance was such a show shopper, I thought I might be able to get him to do a repeat performance on camera.

Boy oh boy, was I wrong.

The following is what we’ll call Just Another Precious Motherhood Moment:

This is why seasoned professionals know better than to star alongside children or animals.

Live and learn. And probably do laundry and/or tend to my personal hygiene more often.

yours truly,

-Iris

Linking this up to Yeah Write because something tells me that those bloggers know a thing or two about how to bring the funk to any potluck.

ADDENDUM: This post won “Lurker’s Favorite” over at Yeah Write this week, which is purdy durn awesome, if you ask me! Thank you Erica and Q!

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