The Backyardigans Have Become My Babysitter

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Well, THAT Labor Day sure came and went.

Things have been a little chaotic over here. Roadtrip adventures to Idaho (multiple posts could not do it justice), planning for a last-minute trip to Colorado this weekend, gargling my heart while doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred (today is Day 11), submerging myself in the Twilight series (starting Book 4 right now – NO SPOILERS PLEASE), keeping up with my freelance work (including a new weekly column that has me so excited, I can’t stand it), and of course, taking care of Wito the man.

(Oh, did I mention that my beloved nanny who watched Wito two half-days a week while I worked on said freelance projects decided to double major? And left my cheese in the wind? And I have no help right now? While I’m trying to write, hmmm, let’s see, 3 weekly columns and 2 blogs, among other things such as RUNNING A HOUSEHOLD? Can you believe she would choose furthering her education over a nanny job? I mean, WHY AMY? DON’T YOU WANT TO BE A NANNY FOREVER?

(No? I see.)

So, yeah, on top of that, I’m in the midst of nanny interviews. We all remember how interesting that was last time, right?

I guess you could say I’m feeling a little overwhelmed right now. In a good way, though.

Meanwhile, while trying to get everything accomplished, Wito has developed a major obsession with The Backyardigans. Tyrone, specifically. Have any of you seen the Polka Palace Party epsiode? Well, that episode has BECOME my part-time nanny for the time being.

If you aren’t familiar, let me introduce you to the world of The Backyardigans.

And if you see an enormous toddler in a cowboy hat running around town singing “Yip! Yip! Yip! Yip!”, that would be my Wito. Go easy, his mother is a little frazzled right now.


Polka Party from whoorl on Vimeo.



COMMENTS (30)

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  1. Living a parallel life here in MA – today is my Day 10/(still) Level 1 of the Shred, and am on pg. 168 of Twilight!

  2. My kids love the Backyardigans too. Now I’ll be singing that tune the rest of the day.

    At least it got Peaches out of my head.

  3. Way to go shredding! I need to get back on the Shred wagon. Backyardigans rock – Pablo is a favorite in our house.

  4. Links! I want links to your columns!

    All of my column links can be found on my sidebar! :)

  5. I was a mere 30 minutes from you… If I’d have known I’d have chucked camping right out the window and gone to Sun Valley and begged to worship at your feet or something.

    I LOVE The Backyardigans- and so did my daughter.
    I’d sing all the songs with her :)

  6. I feel ya, Whoorl. Having one of those barely-treading-water days/weeks/months. And to think, I thought life would be SO much easier when I left the magazine offices and starting working from home. It never is. And I don’t even have a toddler to keep up with either! Or a dog for that matter.

  7. I love the backyardigans so much, sometimes I watch it on Sprout even after my two year old goes to bed. True (and sad) story.

  8. I think you’re in my house. As a busy, busy freelance writer who works from a home filled with a three-year-old who dressed like Tyrone for Halloween last year (his seven-year-old brother was an unimaginative superhero), I wonder if I’ll ever get to Twilight on my nightstand.

  9. The Backyardigans have been my nanny ever since The Dictator learned to start the DVD player at 14 months. I adore that show – it saves my brain on a daily basis.

  10. At my house, we’re Super Spies! I don’t know what I would do without The Backyardigans

  11. We watch PBS Sprout consistently around here…the only way I ever get any work done. How did parents do it before Children’s Programming was available 24/7?

    I LOVED the entire Twilight series…enjoy the last book. And…I am hearing remarkable, but deadly, things about Jillian’s workout. I’m 8 months pregnant now so as soon as this baby pops out and I can handle the video I will be all over it!

  12. Ack, gah…there go my ovaries, back flipping again! Wito is so darn happy. It really is heartwarming. I love it when he just stops cold and sticks his pudgy little fingers in his mouth:)

  13. I’m OBSESSED with Twilight. I finished the four books in four days. I might have called in sick to work and neglected my family, but it was worth it. When you finish that last one and feel bereft, let me know – I have a secret for you.

  14. Another OBSESSED Twilighter!! I finished all 4 books in a 2 weeks time and I thought that was good! Lyndsay – I need to know the secret!

  15. Oh, God, we are on a MAJOR Backyardigans kick, too. Thank God for the DVR.

  16. i’m intrigued by the Shred. first Angella…and now you…
    i may have to get on this bandwagon. i loves me a good bandwagon.

  17. Lyndsey, you have to give up the secret. I, too, am a Twilight fanatic. I’ve read the series 3 times and had to make myself stop! I have Shred and have done it a few times. I need to jump back on! Are you getting good results doing it consistently?

  18. The “Yip” song totally reminds me of that scene in the Stepford Wives where Faith Hill’s character says “YippyKiYAY!” over and OVER and OVER again.

    Not that Wito is a Stepford Child. He’s way too cute and has too much personality. But if his head starts to rotate and he becomes a Republican, you may want to look into it.

  19. Ah, yes, the Backyardigans have become my babysitter on more than one occasion. For reasons I cannot explain, my son is fascinated with that episode too — but I cannot stand it. Oh well.

    In good news: oh, my Hair Thursday’d mooshwhoorled hair is MAGNIFICENT, and I can’t wait to sort out the pictures and send you some. (Finally got it done today.) You will be so happy for the transformation! I cannot thank you enough.

  20. There’s something about that Backyardigans theme song that wedges itself into my brain and I find myself humming it all day long. By the way, found you through some blog ranking site. How did you get on here? I have to admit, I’m a little bit jealous!

    Um, WHA?

  21. And you’re #2 on the BangableBlogs list! Sweet! :)

  22. yes we are rather obsessed with the backyardigans. even my 20 month old can hum the theme song…sad or cute? you decide.

  23. Wito is darling!!! Yip, Yip, Yip he is.

  24. That video is the cutest!

    I, too, love The Backyardigans. Which is probably wrong for a 31-year old single woman with cats.

  25. How sad that I’ve been reading your site forever, and THIS is the post that inspires me to comment. Commiserate, really. We have most of the Backyardigans episodes, and every day my son asks for Polka Palace Party. Repeatedly. And jumps in circles yelling, “Yip! Yip! Yip!” or “Doina Wormin Polka!”

    Personally, I am more of “A Giant Problem” kind of girl. :)

  26. Forget my kid, *I* love the Backyardigans. Great animation.

  27. Great blog saw your pic on The Most Bangable Blog Babes
    http://www.bangableblogbabes.blogspot.com and the kid is right your hot just like Amy.

  28. Whoorl – you must tell us what your husband says when you tell/show him that you are on that guy’s list! Too funny!

    I haven’t exposed “us” yet to the Backyardigans – although I know they’re there just in case. Funny thing, not knowing the words to the song it sounds to me like they’re saying, “dancing the Mormon polka!!” You know how Mormons love a good polka…

  29. It took me a whole afternoon to realise what Twilight was all about, I started seeing it referenced everywhere but very vaguely, and then someone said book and I googled it and now I want to read them all as well, which might be more difficult than you’d expect since I live in this European armpit we like to call Portugal. I could order them but it makes me feel nauseated to think I might loathe them and then I’ll have spent all that money in bad books when so many good books exist and I will never read them all anyway.

    As for Jillian’s DVD, and this will be a surprisingly stupid question, I know they use weights, could you kindly and non-sniggeringly tell me how heavy they should be? I think I need my arse kicked but weights always puzzle me.

    Oh, and the Cowboy Polka?? If Wito weren’t so cute it’d have been painful, those two words together – no!

  30. You should definitely procreate more. often.

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