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The dooce® xBox Joy Ride Giveaway 2010

Are you ready for yet another huge holiday giveaway on this here Internet Website Blog Thing? No? Then fine, I’ll just give one of these five xBox and xBox Kinect consoles to someone else.

Yes! Five! One two three four FIVE! (That’s a whole five more than zero.) Five of you will get to enjoy the awesomeness that is Kinect. And no, they did not pay me to call it awesome, nor did they pay me to tell you that it has and will continue to change Leta’s life. Are you ready for me to tear up? Because that’s what I do every time I talk about what it’s like to see this kid play games on Kinect, this kid who was late to walk and jump, this kid who hates physical activity, this kid who now jumps and runs around the living room for hours:

“Is it time to go to bed, Mom?”

“Are you still playing that boat game?”


“There is no such thing as bed time.”

They sent us an advanced copy of Kinect to check out before giving one away, and we had no idea that Leta would love it so much, or that she would beg to play until she sweat. I think the only time Leta has ever broken a sweat was the afternoon she read all three of her library books in the hour after school and then started to panic thinking about how long it would be until she could get her hands on a new one.

I hate it when that happens, too.

Point is, nothing has ever motivated her to get up and moving like this. We’re blown away. Not even that time we snuck into her room while she was sleeping and released a box of snakes.

Over the weekend we invited my sister’s family over to check it out as well, and we’ve put together a little video of all that madness. Reasons this video is worth your time: 1) The Avon World Sales Leader makes a cameo. 2) As does my butt. 3) Jon attempts to dance. 4) Oh just trust me on this one, and by that I mean it gets really good at about 2:42.

xBox Kinect Giveaway Video from dooce on Vimeo.

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To enter:

1. You must be 18 or over to enter.

2. You must live in the US. (Dodging rocks from Canadians. You guys, I had no control over these rules. If I did, they’d be all EVERY CANADIAN GETS ONE!)

3. You must read these rules.

4. Five commenters will be selected as winners. Please include in your comment your favorite part of the video we made above.

Note: you must be signed in to leave a comment. If you sign up for multiple user accounts and try to enter under different profiles, you will be disqualified.

5. Comments will be open until 11:59 PM on November 21, 2010.

6. Winners will be chosen randomly using

7. Winners will be announced on November 22, 2010.

8. Prize is the following package: 1 – Xbox console, 1 – xBox Kinect Game Console, 1 – Joyride game

Once again, we’re giving away five packages. Ready? GO!

  • flakeyblakee

    Your ass has some fantastic moves!

  • Mrs. Q.

    I love that your dancing makes your daughter uncomfortable. Already.

  • boston227

    That is hysterical! I love that everyone is laughing and your niece nailed it! And is that tyrant in the background??

  • jjford

    I would love to have your ass, maybe I need to rethink this whole “exercise” business.

  • Easily Distracted

    I’m going to watch that again just so that I can see Jon dancing. That made my day!

  • brendansmon

    This is great. I love everybody dancing, makes me feel better about my dancing. Would love to have one of these.

  • canadianCait

    oh my gosh seriously? Leta is SO cute! And Jon’s dance “skills”…wow. Just wow. This totally made my morning.

  • towandapunk

    Is it just me, or do the twins move in such a way that they look like balloons in the Macy’s parade? Somehow not quite tethered…

  • J9

    Jon’s dancing is the high point, there is no question!

  • kellyfaboo

    I love the bit where Leta does a competent raise the roof followed by somewhat spastic arm flailing.

    And I can so see her that she is her father’s daughter. Too cute.

  • amotschall

    The twins you live with 🙂

  • deedelgado

    Love it!!! Thanks for the laughs to start my day!

  • mandolin

    I think your butt dancing, and Jon’s dancing are the highlights! Hilarious!

  • Eveie

    The part with Jon and Leta was absolutely adorable!

  • Matykol

    Favorite part is when your husband and daughter are dancing together. Everyone is having so much fun – I love the joy in it all.

  • kdub

    My favorite part is Jon’s “dancing”. It was like watching my husband attempt to dance. So awkward and hilarious.

  • BigChoice

    I wish I could bottle up that butt shaking dance move and give it to the grumpy people I run into in my lifetime.

  • ddeegan

    I could see my family in that video. I think the best part was Jon and Leta dancing together. That’d be my husband and 4 year old.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Boxcar

    I just love the fact that you still can’t tell your twin nephews apart. 🙂 Not that I can, but I’ve only seen them the once.

  • cmgoldman

    I just told the husband that we needed this for our 7 year old. My favorite part? Your mom dancing. (Very cute)

  • MrsRoo

    Thank you so much for this video. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long, long time. Jon’s attempt at dancing was my favorite moment, although a close runner up is Tyrant spankin’ the booty.

    Girl, may I also say from one straight lady to another that you have a HOT ASS! Keep those workouts going cause they are working out for you. And your butt.

  • tkingwilliams

    I love the fact that the phrase “Arms Akimbo” was totally invented for you!

  • sissy in texas

    I like Jon’s dancing. I am using the term loosely. He looked like he was performing at the Elaine Benes School of Dance recital.

  • tamsmith

    What a great christmas present this will be for 5 lucky people!! 🙂

  • Schnauzie_Mom

    Hands down the best part is Jon dancing.

    Followed closely by you busting out moves next to Leta while she conservatively stays in her own space:-)

  • pummymohanty

    Loved the part where Jon and Leta dance side by side. 🙂

  • allisongoodfellow

    I love your booty shaking w/ Tyrant! Very funny video.

  • annab

    i love when jon & leta dance together. they are too cute.

  • RuthWells

    Meredith rocks!

  • Binreddy

    OMG! That looks like a lot of fun. I love stuff when everyone gets involved. The best part is the butt dancing – the kick was awesome. Thanks for the laughs! Your family rocks!

  • Mrs Squirrel Assassin

    My favorite part may someday involve that HR attorney. Unfortunately I do not know one but fortunately that’s because I have not needed one quite yet.

  • sugaralta

    That is amazing. The twin nephews are the BEST.

  • Elizallen

    Jon’s dancing “skills” would have to be the highlight, but I also loved that when she wasn’t dancing, Leta was sitting on Avon World Sales Leader’s feet while Marlo was on her lap. Those girls love their Grandma!

  • juliag

    Leta is pretty freakin’ adorable. Would love to see my slightly less than active 4.5 year old make those moves!!

  • SMU54

    Shake that rump babe.. shake it! Def my favorite part!

    Loved the video.

  • ingabite1979

    Your butt did an awesome job in the video. I have a brother who dances like Jon, so I can totally sympathize.

  • TashaO

    I think Jon doing, what I will refer to as “the vertical worm” around 3:18 is classic.

  • OldGrayMare

    I’m going to have to go with the Jon and Leta dancing together. Honestly, she is so much like her dad. Its the “Awwwwwwww” moment of the whole video.

    And assuming Jon did the bulk of the videotaping, liking that he likes your butt so much he has to include it AND a side kick in the footage. 🙂

  • cynsmith

    I just laughed my ass off.

    The funniest part was most definitely when you rubbed your ass all up on Tyrant and then he started smacking it. BEST PART!

    Yay for Leta, too.

    edited to add : The end when Tyrant “vogued” was pretty darn funny, too.

  • asilversun

    That’s a tough one… I guess if I have to choose, my favorite part is watching Leta and Jon dance together. I kind of miss seeing Leta and it’s fun to see how she’s grown. And that synergy with her dad (if you can call it that)? Very sweet. (But you know, the butt/kick thing is a close second.)

  • cory212

    Favorite part by far: Jon’s…um….I guess you would call it dancing? Yeah….that and your butt.

  • neblena

    Seeing the whole fam together in an activity is definitely my favorite. The editing and typed commentary really made the video. Hilarious 🙂

  • maxrobinson2006

    Everyone laughing and having such a great time looked like a lot of fun. The butt shakin’ was still the best.

  • castle125

    can you say Jon is “pretty fly for a white guy!?”
    love the kinect. my kids would DIE to win this!

  • MiddleThought

    Now that is quality family fun time!

  • torialeece

    The best part of the video? Jon trying to dance of course! I love that the entire family is involved though.

  • andjav

    Jon’s dancing is my favorite part! Classic moves!

  • surfinsind

    Your butt. What else?

  • PTilley

    I have to agree, my favorite part is Jon’s dancing. Reminds me of my husband. So cute but so very very awkward at the same time. The random baby was pretty cute too.

  • tidders

    I love how everyone lets loose and doesn’t worry how silly they look!

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