Have a Cup of Cheer

I planned to post these videos on Friday but, like everyone else, I was overcome with emotion after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and it didn’t feel appropriate to post videos of me singing with my kids.

Then, I planned to post them yesterday but I spent the entire day in bed because I strained the muscles in my back and chest and was having a tiny bit of trouble breathing without pain. I couldn’t sit up let alone get on the computer.

Today, I am a bit better and thought maybe we could all use a little laugh.

Luisa was out of town when I shot these videos. Apparently, she’ll go all the way to Trinidad to avoid participating in my follies. So, it was just me and the kids trying to record a song for Neil’s Seventh Annual Blogger Christmahanukawanzaakah Online Holiday Concert.

First we tried Snow Miser because the kids wanted hats and wanted to choreograph something. It quickly became clear that Snow Miser was not going to work and we switched to Holly Jolly Christmas which also took several takes.

You can see our final cut of Holly Jolly Christmas (as well as all the other bloggers’ songs) over at Neil’s blog.

The outtakes are an Up Popped A Fox exclusive!

Watch me nag the kids! See Impatient Vikki! Watch the kids bicker! Watch Miguel boss everyone around!

This is what family fun looks like in our house and, for the record, we really do love each other.


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22 Responses to Have a Cup of Cheer
  1. Ethan
    December 18, 2012 | 1:21 pm

    Those kids are born to perform! I loved hearing your crabby parent voice, though. I’m so lucky to hear it live, too!

  2. Vikki
    December 18, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    I love how Zeca said, “I wasn’t covering his mouth” when the video clearly shows that she was. LIES!

    • Ethan
      December 18, 2012 | 1:37 pm

      …and when Miguel said “It was an accident!” and he clearly rips her hat off and throws it. Lesson learned: outfit a hat that holds an extended videocamera on your children at all times.

  3. Alexandra
    December 18, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    You know what, Vikki, your video at Neil’s was seriously the first time I smiled during the day, since CT.

    My kids are gone during the day, I’m alone, so, yeah, at night, they remind me why I’m here.

    But during the day, I’m just so lost since Friday.

    You all made me smile.

    Thank you.

  4. Esther Wifler
    December 18, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    Love this.

  5. weese
    December 18, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    thank you.
    today i NEEDed a good sing along.
    and damn my own children for being ..oh I dunno ..out living their lives…technically in other towns/states…whatever.. i WANT a singalong!

    when they did live here and were of such a size as yours… we also made some hilarious music videos… i should dig those out.

  6. Stephanie Laney
    December 18, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    I just loved this so much! It was definitely a cup of cheer to my afternoon :)

  7. Shannon
    December 18, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    I think you all should start a band.

  8. Deb Rox
    December 18, 2012 | 8:41 pm

    “This was supposed to be fun.” Famous last words.

    Loved this!

  9. Rosstwinmom
    December 19, 2012 | 4:41 am

    And then the giggles and butt shaking begin, and I feel at home.

    You’re the best mom.

  10. Michelle-NASTAD
    December 19, 2012 | 9:48 am

    That was the best! I like the way you all do family fun. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays!

  11. Kelly
    December 19, 2012 | 1:27 pm

    This was great. I love it.

  12. Kaitlin
    December 19, 2012 | 9:17 pm

    “I wasn’t covering his mouth!” except. She was. OMG, I needed this laugh. You guys are fabulous.

  13. Terri Sonoda
    December 20, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Really cute! Love the videos! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Nichole
    December 20, 2012 | 1:27 pm

    Oh my stars, I love the Snow Miser outtakes. “I’m not going to spin” and “I want this over” are my favorites.

  15. tracy@sellabitmum
    December 20, 2012 | 9:40 pm

    Oh my word – I love you guys. I love when you said “I just want to get this over with…” LOL

  16. GrandeMocha
    December 27, 2012 | 9:45 pm

    All I could think of in the video of you with the guitar was: All you need is 5 more kids and you can be the Von Trapp family singers.

  17. Galit Breen
    December 28, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    Oh you and your loves rocked it! Love!!

  18. Anthony
    January 2, 2013 | 2:13 pm

    I missed this until today. Shaul and I watched it here in Jerusalem and laughed out loud! So much fun. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Lots of love to all of you. Happy New Year too.

  19. princess
    March 23, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    well let me see myfavorite was my funny Vlogentine i love valentines cause one being around love ones is awsome and thats mymoms birthday too. love is beautiful

  20. princess
    March 23, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    I also liked Snow Miser it was so cuteseeing youguys performiwas laughing i thought it was so funny i watched it 4 times :)I dont have kids but i admire other children u can learn from them you know,anyway whatever it is always do what makes you happy. chow

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