The Best of Peep Week: The Next Generation

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bestofWhen Peep Week began, I was alone in my peep love. Luisa helped as needed but has never shared my passion for peeps. But, once my kids got involved, Peep Week really became fun.

Yes, I have indoctrinated them into what is essentially a confectionary cult but there are worse things in the world. When I looked over all the videos we’ve done over the years, my agenda of peep worship was never as clear as it was in this video taken in 2010. I put a dollar in their therapy fund every time I watch it.

The Best of Peep Week: The First Field Report

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bestofWhen Peep Week began, I sat at my desk and wrote things about peeps but did not have any videos. My first field report didn’t occur until 2009 when my friend Kristin and I ventured to St. Paul to try a peep latte. As the years went by, Vikki the Roving Peep Reporter went out more and more and Kristin often accompanied me on those trips.

Friends that peep together, stay together.

Um…wait…that sounds dirty.

Friends that drink coffee together, stay together.

 

The Best of Peep Week: The Peep Centerpiece

bestofBefore there were movies, there were centerpieces. When the kids were very young, we had Easter egg hunts and I would create a peep centerpiece each year to liven up the party. I made the first peep centerpiece in 2003, three years before I started blogging.

Each centerpiece was primarily made of peeps but often involved other candy too. And tears. I think I cried almost every time I made one because peeps are sticky and difficult to work with and because they refused to defy the laws of physics as they did in my mind when I created my grand plans. The worst was in 2005 – we had a new baby and wire hangers and a peep rainbow to make. I cried until Luisa finally took over and finished the centerpiece without me. Behind every great woman is another woman who is willing to step in and say, “Give me that hanger and olive oil!”

My favorite centerpiece was made in 2004 and was featured on the blog during the first Peep Week in 2006:

The 2004 Peep Centerpiece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And what kind of parenting blogger would I be if I didn’t include Baby’s First Centerpiece? In 2007, Miguel insisted on creating his own centerpiece and designed the following:

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Such humble beginnings!

Peep Week 2015

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Peep Week began in April of 2006 with a picture from my first peep movie, JAWS, and a fact pulled from the Just Born website. The still from the movie showed peeps playing volleyball and though all the footage had been shot (in 1998 on a Hi8 camera), I did not finish editing the movie until 2009. Because it took so long to make, I had no intention of ever making another one.

But I did make another one…and a few after that.

Peep Week has evolved over the years and I love what it has become but I have to be honest–it takes a lot of time and energy to put it together. This year, my family and I will be in New Orleans during Peep Week and I don’t have time to prepare all the posts in advance.

But the thought of having no Peep Week at all is hard to fathom. Not only has it been part of this blog since the beginning, it has been part of my kids’ lives for as long as they can remember. When she was in kindergarten, Zeca asked one of her classmates how she planned to celebrate Peep Week. The girl had no idea what Peep Week was and Zeca came home, told us the story and said, “Can you believe it? Her family doesn’t celebrate Peep Week!”

When I mentioned on Facebook that there would be no Peep Week, my friends suggested that I run a Best of Peep Week series in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Peep Week. So, that’s what I am going to do!

The Best of Peep Week will begin next Monday and I will feature what I consider to be the best of all that we’ve done.

But I need your help too.

The best movie will be chosen by readers. That’s right–it’s the Peeple’s Choice Award!

To make it easy, I’m listing them here so that you can watch them again before voting:

2009: JAWS

2010: Peeparazzi

2011: Bunniver’s Travels

2012: Peepeii

2013: The Dance of the Peeps

2014: Peepnado

That’s all of them! Now which movie will win this year’s Peeple’s Choice Award?

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