the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Let’s make something together

To commemorate the end of Microsoft’s sponsorship while simultaneously having a little bit of fun, we’ve decided that we want to put together one last video (with your help) and give away a few prizes in return. Here’s the idea:

Since part of the previous giveaways has been the Joy Ride™ video game (basically, racing cars or performing stunts in cars using just the movement of your body), we thought it would be fun to video tape some of our family racing each other, and then have you guys submit video of yourselves racing (or performing stunts). You don’t even have to have an xBox or a Kinect or a copy of the Joy Ride™ game, you can just pretend that you’re racing a car with the movement of your body. Like cavemen did.

Basically it looks like this:

Above, Leta spins her car in the air. While wearing her summer pajamas.

And here she’s practicing the waltz with a pink van:

Rumor has it that if you really put your hips into it, you could approach this level of sexy:

Also, you can calm the stormy seas.

Hint: have your toddler grab your man parts to shift your car into turbo.

And always appear enthusiastic. You are flipping your car through the air across a highway, after all.

Your video doesn’t need to be long (since we’re going to try to use every one we receive in the final video [Jon will be sleeping inside Final Cut Pro next week]), anywhere from a few to several seconds. Upload it to Youtube, Vimeo, or Flickr (or wherever you find it most convenient to host video), post a link to it in the comments (which gives us permission to use it in a video), and next Friday we’ll post the final community video.

We’ll also randomly choose five different people who have submitted video, and each person will be awarded a $100 cash card. (here are the rules) (also, if you have any questions or concerns, you can meet us over in the group created specifically for this video)

My request? Get creative. I don’t know what that means for you, maybe it means having your toddler grab your man parts. We just want you guys to have a blast seeing yourselves in the film.

Now go crash into some concrete barricades!

  • shereen

    2011/01/07 at 7:06 pm

    @BellyGirl…c’mon, you don’t have a webcam, digital camera, or cell phone? They didn’t say it had to be a high quality video…you could also borrow one of those three things from a friend? And sometimes libraries have camera equipment that can be used.

  • jon

    2011/01/07 at 10:45 am

    Let’s be very honest here. Marlo didn’t “Make contact”. Just grabbed the jeans.

  • kcbelles

    2011/01/07 at 11:04 am

    LOL Very cute – whether she made contact or not, love that picture.

    Sure wish I was tech savvy enough (and with the right equipment) to take part in this – sounds like fun!

  • patrice108

    2011/01/07 at 11:23 am

    I’m literally only commenting because I have never seen this few comments on a post before. I got nothin. sorry.

  • sarahdoow

    2011/01/07 at 11:25 am

    The sign of a good photo is one that makes me snort with laughter in the most unbecoming manner. Thank you Marlo.

  • Jenniedee

    2011/01/07 at 11:27 am

    This no Canadians thing blows. We have video cameras too!!
    Love ya regardless!


  • jon

    2011/01/07 at 11:30 am

    Sorry @Jenniedee! We hate it, too!

  • nelking

    2011/01/07 at 11:30 am


    (or Seventh)

  • jon

    2011/01/07 at 11:31 am

    @patrice108, I think it’s because of the day of the week and the fact that people are supposed to link to their video here. I would imagine that making and posting a video is going to take a little time.

  • kimba

    2011/01/07 at 11:37 am

    i am armpit deep in the house hunting process and can i just say again, i want your house. love it.

  • Daddy Scratches

    2011/01/07 at 12:05 pm

    You’re lucky with the “no contact,” Jon. If I had known how often my kids would accidentally hit me in the cojones, I would have skipped the vasectomy, because I’m pretty sure they’d have inadvertently sterilized me by now.

  • Laura Jones

    2011/01/07 at 12:55 pm

    Loved the Marlo photo and once when walking slowly in single file toward the front of the church my 2 year old buried his face in his Dad’s butt and wiped his nose. That whole section of the church about fell over in the floor laughing. And to be honest it was just the jeans but no less funny.

  • chickahgogirl

    2011/01/07 at 12:58 pm

    Just looks like Marlo knows how to get daddy’s attention when he’s preoccupied with other fun stuff that does not include her in the picture. And……..ahem………..I wonder who she learned that skill from. I’m just sayin’!

  • luv and kiwi

    2011/01/07 at 1:01 pm

    mwhaahahahahaaa i LOVE entering contests! still never won a darn tootin’ thing but i’m persistant…that’s all that matters. one of these days you will buckle!

  • Cooky

    2011/01/07 at 1:26 pm

    I can’t believe what a beautiful young lady Leta has become — seems like almost over night.

    Thank you so much for sharing these great pics of your family.

  • Pandora Has A Box

    2011/01/07 at 1:39 pm

    Awesome sauce! Of course, I played a ton of BurnOut just to crash into things spectacularly and make big headlines. I’m afraid what I might do if I were to undertake this challenge. But it’s going to be really fun to see what every one does.

  • pearldoor

    2011/01/07 at 2:00 pm

    Is it okay to submit an embarrassing Singstar moment in time? I may be putting my marriage on the line here, gotta know this LOL! PS: it’s not obscene, hate to disappoint, just funny:)


  • pearldoor

    2011/01/07 at 2:01 pm

    um said a racing movement..god, my reading comprehension might be broken.

  • jennisdrinking

    2011/01/07 at 3:10 pm

    You’re supposed to be buried in snow in Utah, why is everyone (except Marlo) dressing like it’s all toasty?

  • ahensley0024

    2011/01/07 at 3:22 pm

    My reaction to the second photo (Leta waltzing w the pink van) was OH MY GOD her limbs are sooooo LONG! Noodle-y appendage JR over here! She is adorable (and Bobo too)

  • BellyGirl

    2011/01/07 at 4:55 pm

    Um, so folks without video cameras can’t participate? I call foul.

  • bethany7726

    2011/01/07 at 8:19 pm

    This link has nothing to do with this post, but I had to share:

    Does this dog look just like Chuck or what?

    Maybe it’s just me.

  • BellyGirl

    2011/01/08 at 3:39 pm

    Damn, I always forget about the video capability on my digi-cam. Thanks for the reminder @shereen!

  • jack100

    2011/01/08 at 7:34 pm

    Me hate it, too! Giochi

  • leafgirl

    2011/01/08 at 9:35 pm

    I have learned from trying to film something that if we had this game it would involve lots of fighting and crashing into people. Kids together were not helpful so my sister stepped in to assist. Maybe at least pathetically amusing.

  • pippin

    2011/01/08 at 9:55 pm

    Can I love the fact that you’re celebrating the end of a Microsoft sponsorship by editing a video…in an Apple product?

  • jon

    2011/01/08 at 10:47 pm

    @leafgirl, perfect! And cute!

  • duomogal

    2011/01/10 at 10:16 am

    This is a personal and impassioned plea: Please post where you found that gorgeous rug. I’ve been shopping for a new living room rug for months and months and months and have yet to see anything as pretty as yours! (Oh, cute kids and husband too!)

  • newburycottage

    2011/01/09 at 5:05 pm

    BEEP BEEP! Way to honk that horn Marlo!

  • Show and Tell

    2011/01/09 at 9:34 pm

    Is there a maximum length (in seconds) for our videos? I am not sure how successful I’ll be at unleashing my creativity in a few seconds. But I’ll give it a shot!

  • jonny and sarah

    2011/01/10 at 12:44 am
  • Char-Marie

    2011/01/10 at 6:55 pm
  • victoriasauce

    2011/01/11 at 12:21 pm

    Hi! This is officially the first video I’ve ever uploaded to the internet. I hope you guys like it!

  • Feastafterfamine

    2011/01/11 at 2:30 pm

    My children refused to simulate driving a car and we don’t have the video game. So, here they are racing. On foot. Does that count?

  • aaflood

    2011/01/11 at 6:16 pm

    THIS is why children should be 18 before they can get a license!

  • Mrs.Mommy02

    2011/01/12 at 10:02 am

    You’ll love my daughters favorite summer pajamas. We had to shovel off our car from 8 inches of snow last night, then go to two different stores and I found out at the second one that I forgot my wallet. The guy at the video store was awesome and charged it. My kids love our new Kinect my mother bought us because we didn’t win your other contest.

  • Crazy Card Lady

    2011/01/12 at 10:27 am

    Think of it this way….Leta is getting a heck of a lot of attention with this food game. She now has to compete with another kid for your time and attention. The therapist is right to have you say “I dunno”. It is a way of not acknowledging the negative behavior. You do not make separate meals for kids. They will eat when they get hungry. Then if she eats what is served, then you can say something minor only. Also maybe Leta can help out and set the table because giving responsibility to a child gives them self esteem. It is something she can do that Marlo can’t do.

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Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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