Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Perfect Scene When A Friend Drops By

Yesterday found me surrounded by four little ones wearing bathing suits dancing to Mamma Mia. I'm not even making that up. Mamma Mia is something of a religion in our house as all my kids LOVE the songs, either sung by ABBA or belted out by Meryl and gang. I'm sure some of you find it highly inappropriate that I've allowed all my kids to watch that movie, time and time again if truth be told, but as I've said before, I'd rather my kids be exposed to slight sexual overtures than mean men with uzzies, as they will eventually have sex (hopefully!) and will not run around as mean men with uzzies (hopefully not!)


What made it all even funnier is that the girls in the group dressed up the boy in the group as they didn't want him to be left out, except that instead of grabbing one of his bathing suits, they convinced him into an old leotard of Sienna's. It. Was. Classic. Austin could not have been happier and the girls were feeling quite smug.

So there. I let my kids watch porn and have a cross-dressing son.

Come on guys! That's funny.

Obviously, I don't, not really, but I let them love the things that I love and for now, Mamma Mia is at the top of that list. We dance all over the house and sing at the tops of our lungs and laugh far more than most households, I'm convinced of it.

I'm also convinced that my second career choice, right after hosting my own cooking show, would be to have been an extra in the filming of Mamma Mia. That scence at the end, when everyone is dancing and the water bursts through? Gives me chills every. single. time. I could seriously explode from joy overload at the point in the movie. Everyone dancing, singing, having the time of their lives (dirty bit!) in GREECE for Pete's sake, is almost too much for me. And people ask me if I'm Greek ALL THE TIME (I think it's the nose) so I totally could have been convincing. I mean, other than the fact that I can't sing for the life of me, I would have been a shoe in. Love it. Every single thing about it.

And have you seen the live show? My mom and I saw it on Broadway almost 8 years ago and I'm sort of itching to see it again when we go in April. It was fantastic, everybody up in the aisles, rockin' out to ABBA. If only I were made of money.

And who should drop by in the middle of all this mayhem? Marilyn, fresh off a hike (go girl go!) to deliver me some posters for her upcoming concert. She laughed at all the goings on and probably secretly patted herself on the back for not ever using me as a babysitter for her kids. And speaking of her concert, have you bought your tickets yet? You know you want to go, it's going to be amazing, so take 2 minutes RIGHT NOW! and hop over to snag your tickets. And tell every single person you know. Seriously, do. Right now. GO!

I'm at school today so I'll post the pictures of my dancing, swim-suit wearing, singing kiddos later. They are awesome. As are my kids. And Mamma Mia.

And not men with uzzies.


tharker said...

I love you. I love you. I just love you. (and not men with uzzies!) I say dance away girls, and Austin (in a tutu)!

My kids love your house, and this is exactly why. It is filled with obvious love, laughter and joy.

::lindsay said...

I'm a little embarrassed to say it took me a few minutes to figure out that there were NO pictures on this post. I kept sitting there waiting for the picture to load in, and then I thought to myself that maybe pictures don't come in on this computer I'm using.

Anyhoo, I'm glad the girls were having a blast. I love that they all love to play together and have fun, and dance. It's what I remember doing when I was a little girl.

Tam~n~Fam said...

Karen: I LOVE that movie!! Bahahaha. ;)

GS said...

One of the best nights in my whole life, Karen and I in New York. Dinner at Tavern on the Green, a carriage ride to the theater (driven by a bicycle hunk; not a horse) and then Mama Mia.

Cathy said...

Okay, first of all, Loooove Mamma Mia. Come on, the scene where the men do a chorus line on the pier wearing flippers? One of the best scenes in any musical. Did you really get to dance in the aisles at the live performance in NY? I might have something to add to my bucket list. Wish I coulda seen the singing and dancing at your house. I can see it all in my head. Too much fun

Marilyn said...


Anonymous said...

"Do not attend, view, or participate in entertainment that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Do not participate in entertainment that in any way presents immorality or violent behavior as acceptable."

Anonymous said...

I have several problems with this post, and I am really surprised by the people who love you because of this kind of stuff.

1. Just in case someone who hasn't watched Mama Mia reads your blog and decides this would be a great family movie, I want to provide the details to what you describe as "slight sexual overtures" so that your readers can make an informed decision about this movie. Here is what Netflix says about Mama Mia's sexual content:

Sexual innuendo in song lyrics and conversations (for example, a hand drill is waved around in a suggestive way to signal sexual intercourse). One character is very open about her cougar-like sensibilities, preying on a younger man -- and vice-versa. Lots of reminiscing about sexual escapades of the past. One scene shows a man's naked backside, though not in a sexual context. A sex toy is seen briefly during a dance sequence. A quick kiss between two men; one key character turns out to be gay.

2. I would much rather have my kids play war games than for them to pretend that they don't know who their dad is because their mom slept around a bunch, etc.

3. Why does it have to be a choice between a movie with sexual content and a movie with violence? Why not avoid both kinds of movies?

“The choices we make in media can be symbolic of the choices we make in life. Choosing the trendy, the titillating, the tawdry in the TV programs or movies we watch can cause us to end up, if we're not careful, choosing the same things in the lives we live.
”If we do not make good choices, the media can devastate our families and pull our children away from the narrow gospel path. In the virtual reality and the perceived reality of large and small screens, family-destructive viewpoints and behavior are regularly portrayed as pleasurable, as stylish, as exciting, and as normal. Often media's most devastating attacks on family are not direct or frontal or openly immoral. Intelligent evil is too cunning for that, knowing that most people still profess belief in family and in traditional values. Rather the attacks are subtle and amoral—issues of right and wrong don't even come up. Immorality and sexual innuendo are everywhere, causing some to believe that because everyone is doing it, it must be all right. This pernicious evil is not out in the street somewhere; it is coming right into our homes, right into the heart of our families“ (”Let Our Voices Be Heard,“ Ensign, Nov. 2003, 16-17).

I believe this movie it totally inappropriate for young kids and I believe there is a darn good reason why this movie received a PG-13 rating. I hope other people who read your blog don't loosen their standards or use your logic while selecting films for their children to watch.