I have something like 18 months’ worth of video on our camcorder, mostly because 1) it’s a pain in the butt to get it onto my Mac and 2) I’m lazy, but I managed to pull a few recent clips and string them together into a too-long-for-Flickr movie featuring some revealing shots of our shamefully messy family room, the fact that Riley often runs around with no pants on, and one of the many scintillating lyrics in that well-loved singalong, “All the Babies Go to the Mine (Lowered in Buckets)”:

Random family goofiness from Linda Lee on Vimeo.

In other news, hot dogs are apparently off the list of things I can talk about at ParentDish along with every-fucking-thing else, sheesh; JB made me watch The Bucket List with him the other night and then he begged me not to tell the internet but HA HA HA my husband made me watch a pussy suck-ass Rob Reiner movie oh wait the joke’s on me; Dylan has been sleeping like a champ in his swing but not nearly so well in the crib and I don’t know, do you think there’s anything wrong with continuing to cram him in the Nature’s Touch Baby Papasan at night or are we just creating a maaaajor problem for ourselves?


76 Responses to “Family ties”

  1. Christine on July 28th, 2008 5:37 am

    Linda – Your family is so cute! Love the video and the song. “My way or the highway” made me laugh and the look on Dylan’s face when you are talking to him in his little seat is PRICELESS! ADORABLE.

    Re: Parentdish – WTF?! I only read your articles because I think you are a really funny and talented writer but Jesus, I need to take a sedative before I look at the comment section. There seems to be a small group of cool, non-judgemental commenters but most of them are out of their fucking minds over there. How do you stand it?

  2. Angella on July 28th, 2008 5:40 am

    Those Parent Dish commenters need to chill out. And maybe eat a hot dog.

    As for the dentist, Graham just had his first visit…and he’s five. You’re ahead of the game!

  3. Eric's Mommy on July 28th, 2008 5:48 am

    ParentDish commenters can go suck a big fat hot dog!

    That video was too cute, love it!! Your boys are adorable.

  4. beej on July 28th, 2008 5:52 am

    Parenting is one of those things that everyone feels like they can comment on whether they have kids or not. While I don’t think I’d have my theoretical and nonexistent kids talk about hot dogs that way–that’s my preference. And my preference is not your preference.

    The thing I love about the internet is the ability to glimpse into the lives about other people. But the thing I hate about the internet is the tendency for other people to glimpse into other people’s lives and make a public judgement on their observation. Would these people come up to you on the street or at a party and say these things to you? Probably not. It’s easy to be judgemental when your fingertips do the talking, eh?

  5. Shawna on July 28th, 2008 5:59 am

    You know, when you said you couldn’t mention hot dogs I thought the controversy would be about the nutritional value of them and whether kids should eat them. I could totally see the commenters at PD jumping on that… and then I went and checked out the comments. Good grief!

    Hey, what kind of camcorder do you have? We’re considering the Flip video Mino but don’t really know much about the topic.

  6. Joanne on July 28th, 2008 6:07 am

    Oh, I was dreading those comments after the hot dog thing. They are a very uptight lot over there, indeed. With a lot of time on their hands, apparently.

    For us, motionless sleep is our goal but our kids are *bad* sleepers, so we have to go by the book. It takes them 1,000,000 times to make a good habit and 30 seconds to make a bad habit, sleep wise, so we have to be careful of what we try for the short term.

    Is Dylan rolling over yet? Maybe he’ll sleep better in the crib when he’s rolling over back and forth? For my girl, her ability to roll over has done nothing but make her *really* mad but I think other (better) babies might not be like that.

  7. Tammy on July 28th, 2008 6:16 am

    Hey! What the hell? Where did the video go?

    I didn’t get to see it. Did the PD trolls with no humor steal it?

  8. Leticia on July 28th, 2008 6:54 am

    I can’t take some of your readers on Parent Dish. OH MY GOSH….I swear you could never even dream up the responses you get.

  9. Kimberly on July 28th, 2008 6:58 am

    That video is awesome. More parents should do a random collection of little clips like that. Way entertaining and gives a great little snapshot of the kids’ personalities.

  10. Jenny on July 28th, 2008 7:05 am

    I know this is going to sound all kiss-assy, but you have got such a beautiful family! Screw the parentdish commenters. I read your post when there were only a couple of comments and chuckled thinking that this was going to become a Big Deal, and of course it did. Ahhh, tight-panty-wearers, so predictable.

  11. Emma on July 28th, 2008 8:12 am

    Video is seriously hilarious. I wish my husband could be that silly with the kids! We’ve got to increase the fun factor around here.

    And I can’t even read PD anymore because of the crazy uptight comments. I don’t get that site at all.

  12. ang on July 28th, 2008 8:31 am

    Linda, Seriously I had to quit checking out Parent Dish unless you offer up linky-goodness to something. Some of those women need to yank their granny panties out of their tight asses.

    Hot dog for your mouth??? I don’t think Riley’ll remember that when he’s old enough to understand what that really means. In the meantime…. funny, funny shit girl!!

    Hey, when you get a chance (like you’re so not busy with a job and two rugrats) would you mind either emailing me or posting something that kinda gives me an insight into your diet? I’m so extremely proud of the way you totally reshaped your body is such a seemingly short period of time. I recently quit smoking and gained about 15 pounds. I need some meal ideas or something to get me motivated! I don’t think I’m the only one on this site that would want to know Sundry’s Diet Tricks!

  13. Operation Pink Herring on July 28th, 2008 8:38 am

    “my way or the highway” officially killed me dead.

  14. Briana Pavey on July 28th, 2008 10:52 am

    I have the same issue with the swing and my 7-month old. He always sleeps longer/better there than in the crib. We bought rechargeable batteries to keep it always in motion. I TRY to start each night with the crib and only use the swing when I can’t get him back to sleep, but after 5 or 6 trips to his room, the swing looks awfully pretty. My hubby and I were just wondering how long the swing could take him? Also, since he slept on my lap for two naps yesterday, I think he doesn’t really like laying down.
    I tried to put him in the bouncy seat so I could potty, and he’s maxed out the seatbelt on it, so I guess that’s the deciding factor on that one!

  15. Kathryn on July 28th, 2008 11:40 am

    That video is awesome. It makes me excited to think about my baby boy getting here in two months (yikes!). You have a really beautiful family.
    ps–What is the name of that beautiful copper/cinnamon/brown accent wall color in your living room and office?

  16. wealhtheow on July 28th, 2008 12:01 pm

    You simply MUST post the complete lyrics to All the Babies Go Down to the Mines (Lowered in Buckets).

    Also, I hate to be the party-pooper, but we had our kiddo sleeping in his carseat until he was about 4 months old, at which time my aunt, who is a pediatrician, found out. She was VERY concerned. She said that kids really need to be able to move about at night. We moved Sam into the cradle and it actually only took a few nights for him to adjust–we were very lucky.

  17. Marolyn on July 28th, 2008 12:17 pm

    “No one survived” ~ Thought I was going to shoot Diet Coke out of my Nose!

  18. Amy on July 28th, 2008 12:27 pm

    Geez….there are an awful lot of uptight people in the world. I don’t read your parent dish blog much because I love this one so much. Commenters like those don’t endear me to PD.

    Watch out….your kids might grow up to have a sense of humor and enjoy life!

  19. warcrygirl on July 28th, 2008 3:21 pm

    LOVE the vid! With that sense of humor and charisma he’s going to be the most popular kid in school. Also: your family room is waaaay neater than ours AND my boys are 6 and 9 and I still find it challenging to keep them dressed. Seriously, summertime means no shirt, no shoes ALL THE TIME.

  20. jen on July 28th, 2008 3:37 pm

    aww dylan. it’s nice to see him in action. riley cracks me up every.single.time. love it.

  21. Kelli on July 28th, 2008 6:16 pm

    That video is the funniest thing ever. I love Riley with his “my way or the highway” bit.

  22. Liz on July 28th, 2008 8:03 pm

    I can’t believe nobody bitched you out for promoting drug use!

  23. Trashy on July 28th, 2008 8:07 pm


    Seriously. Cutest. Family. EVER. Can I borrow them?

  24. Lina on July 29th, 2008 8:12 am

    You guys are such an adorable family. I sincerely hope that my someday-hypothetical husband and children are as awesome.

    Thanks for sharing… such a great video.

  25. Anais on July 30th, 2008 8:11 pm

    I love your video! I laughed so much with how cute Riley talks. Especially his count down to blast off. What a sweetie.

  26. Anne W on August 1st, 2008 8:08 pm

    The couch! You have the couch that I lust after but cannot afford.

    Awww… it’s so pretty. ;)

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