How It Goes Down Around Here

Melissa mentioned watching 4 seasons of Mary Tyler Moore while getting some solitary sewing done a few weeks ago and I gasped. “You can watch Mary Tyler Moore?” “On“? “No kidding!” To which Peter did a little eye roll and the kids asked “what’s Marytylermoore?”
Well, I showed them. That was weeks ago, and when grandparents call in to say hello these days, they never laugh harder than when Ian says, “Um, I gotta go now and get my pajamas on, cause mom says we can watch Mary Tyler Moore before bed.”  They bring down their stuffed animals, rally round the laptop, and start singing the season one version of the theme song. They have their favorite characters. They make their own mock news shows and cue cards with my video camera-

And to further our trip back in time, Peter brought home Captain Crunch cereal last night. Now, it is an old favorite breakfast food of mine from childhood, but in this house though, Captain Crunch is not called cereal, its called dessert. And everybody makes such a big deal out of it around here, I’m also calling it crack. Here’s the dinner conversation last night.
Ian: Mom, guess what Dad got us at the grocery store. CAPTAIN CRUNCH!
Peter: Oh man, Ian! You told!

Blair: What’s wrong P, feel a little busted, do you?
Ian: YAB Dad.
Peter: What’s YAB?
Ian: You Are Busted!
Peter: Well, BFD.
Blair: Excuse me?!
Ian: What’s BFD?
Peter: Big Fire Department.

  • Betsy

    March 2, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Bahaha! That is too funny–all of it, but especially the last part..

  • shanna murray

    March 2, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    oh man am i smiling. thanks for sharing, blair. and hey, how’s the roof of your mouth feeling?

  • erin

    March 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    that is funny. jane said wtf today. i asked her what it meant and she said what the funk. yep, you’re right, jane.

  • Taryn

    March 2, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Hah! Now I don’t feel like such a dork, because I was watching MTM on Hulu last week. Dare I hope that one day I will find “The Patty Duke Show” or “Hi Honey, I’m Home” on Hulu?

  • Susan

    March 2, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you!! I LOVE MTM!! I just finished watching the first episode. I think I’m going to be missing out on some sleep over the next few weeks…but it will be worth it!! 🙂

  • betz

    March 2, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    What a riot! I love Ian’s lego news report. I gotta set up my kids with hulu and the brady bunch STAT!

  • amyehodge

    March 2, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    1. LOVE the Cap’n Crunch. B) That totally sounds like a conversation of people who are on crack. Or way too much sugar. (Maybe they are the same thing????)

  • Adrienne

    March 2, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Yep, I recently discovered and I’m hooked. I sit in my sewing room with The Pretender (circa 1996-2000) on and sew away in my own little world. It’s addicting. About the Captain Crunch – when we lived in England (before they started importing all of the U.S. foods etc.) my grandmother used to send us boxes of Captain Crunch and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups!

  • Lisa

    March 3, 2009 at 12:20 am

    I loved MTM! I think my favorite episode was when Chuckles the clown died. Remember the funeral scene? I still giggle when I think of it! What a fun post. Big Fire Department…yeah…

  • caroline thornewill

    March 3, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Good God, that’s funny!
    I LOVED Capt’n Crunch as a kid. Remember those little sugar sores they would make in your mouth? Good stuff! I’m not sure if my kids have ever even had it. Not even going to go there.

  • Dana

    March 3, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Nice one, Peter. Too funny.

  • deb

    March 3, 2009 at 5:57 am

    That made me laugh… all of it! 🙂

  • Jenny

    March 3, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Thank you for the excellent laugh this morning! The dinner conversation was so typical of something we might hear in our house! 🙂

  • Kat

    March 3, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Hahahahaha! I love the verbal exchange. We don’t have kids, but this is EXACTLY the kind of exchange that goes on between Thomas and the nieces/nephews. 🙂
    Speaking of Captain Crunch… I found a recipe on the side of the box of the Kroger version for chocolate peanut butter crunch treats. These are totally worth a try for the kind of “disgusting but delicious” indulgence we all secretly love!

  • Lynn in Tucson

    March 3, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Most. Excellent.

  • elizabeth jeanne

    March 3, 2009 at 7:55 am

    gave me the biggest belly laugh of the day…
    so far.
    thank you

  • neece clark

    March 3, 2009 at 9:11 am

    i love it!! we have similar explanations for certain acronyms around here too…
    btw (by the way) i love the new font in your sidebar

  • kristin rose

    March 3, 2009 at 10:23 am

    So so sweet 🙂 I love it!
    I also wanted to let you know that I’m doing a painting challenge over at the blog, and thought you might be interested. hugs!

  • Stacey

    March 3, 2009 at 10:40 am

    That’s a great story. I turned my daughter(7) onto the Andy Griffith Show, she loves Barney. That’s a good one too. We’ll have to try MTM. Thanks for the post.

  • Maribeth

    March 3, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I grew up watching MTM. I loved watching her toss her hat up into the air. We have watched some old TV shows with our kids (Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons). Although it makes me feel old to say it, there is something comforting about them.

  • erica

    March 3, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Oh my gosh, I’m cracking up. I love the conversation, love the news report. And now I have to add checking out to my ever-growing list of must do’s, just for the fun of it.

  • ani

    March 3, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    oh dear. i’m very afraid to go to hulu. i love all those shows from childhood…mary, rhoda, maude…

  • melissa f.

    March 3, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    auntie melissa is very proud.
    capn crunch was a good part of many a freshman 15 at my college. they had the berry stuff, if i remember correctly. and no moms to tell anybody to stop at one bowl.

  • lisa s

    March 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    BFD good. so good.

  • Ruth Marler

    March 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    How exciting now I can watch MTM. Was it the 70s when I first saw that show?
    …quick open a new tab on my browser …..
    the excitement mounts. “Sorry we can’t let you watch this ‘cos you are not in the USA”.
    First I was up in the air, now I am down in the dumps and all in less than a minute.
    How cruel!!

  • KellyS

    March 4, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    If I heard the MTM theme song right now, it would probably make me cry. I associate that show so much with my childhood. My mom worked, and I thought she must be just like Mary Richards at the office.
    I also remember arguing with her over the TV — because “Emergency!” was on at the same time at one point!

  • Sam D.

    March 5, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Nice conversation. I chuckled at it.

  • Marie

    March 7, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    The news report is awesome!

  • Pants

    March 10, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Aw, adorable and hilarious! 🙂

  • Amy

    March 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Catching up on your posts. Funny!! What a treasure Ian Backster’s note will be! How cute that MTM is all new to them and inspiring their play. BFD – ha ha ha!

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