A Way for the Family to Kinect

Last night, Dimples (9) asked the Cap’n (my husband) if he would like to play Kinect after a hard day’s work, and the dear man, bless him, said, “Yes.”  He could tell how much Dimples wanted to do something with him after she had been stuck with me for an entire day.  Then, in a completely unprecedented move, the Cap’n said, “Isn’t there a yoga one we can do?”  Which just about rocketed me out of the arm chair.  The Cap’n. Does. Not. Do. Yoga.  Generally, he and Dimples like to crash cars into each other or raft on rivers.  (For those of you who are not familiar with Kinect, it is a video game on your television that is hooked up to a camera.  The camera records you moving and incorporates it into the video game, so that your character on the screen moves the same way.  If you missed my posts on the ridiculous lengths I went through to get this game for my family, you might want to read them to learn how NOT to buy a Christmas gift for your loved ones.)

Because we have concrete floors, I insist, despite Dimples’ extremely vehement complaints paired with eye-rolling about my over-protectivenessof her growing bones, that a large mat be rolled out onto the floor whenever Kinect is played in bare feet.  Wonderbutt seems to think this is his royal blue carpet.  As it is, both he and Mrs. P.I.B. do not understand the whole  Kinect concept – confusing the poor camera to no end by jumping around next to us as we play, often resulting in the unattractive sight of dog butts flying in and out of the television screen.

We set up the yoga mat, and Wonderbutt, who had been happily chomping on a bone on his new Wonderbutt bed, immediately headed for the foam mat.  Let the records show that Wonderbutt likes foam of any kind.  But this time, instead of attacking the mat, he brought his bone with him, and, without hesitation, set up shop on the mat, right between Cap’n Firepants’ legs.

The Firepants Family Version of Downward Facing Dog

When we tried to coax him back to his bed, he didn’t even pause from his bone-chewing, completely ignoring us as if to say, “You just go right ahead with what you were doing.  Don’t mind me.”

I would like to say that the yoga ensued with Wonderbutt beneath, but Cap’n Firepants was not feeling quite that flexible.  Wonderbutt got a quick referral to the Captain’s galley, and I had to pretend that I was not looking – and certainly not smirking – as the Cap’n and Dimples Bow Wowed to the Moon or whatever they were doing.

About an hour later, having finished the yoga portion of the evening, we three humans had retreated to the Forbidden Section of the house in order to perform various important tasks.  After a time at the computer, I walked out into the hall, and discovered that Wonderbutt had pulled the entire yoga mat to the baby gated border of the Forbidden Section – and proceeded to attempt to ingest it.

Note the corner with a big bite mark. Oh, and yeah – THE BIG HOLE. You can also see his bone, the one that he is actually supposed to be chewing, right underneath the hole.

The Foam Fanatic right after I cleaned up his latest mess. He looks apologetic, doesn’t he?

I will be the first to admit that we all bore equal responsibility for the desecration of the yoga mat, having foolishly abandoned it in the UNForbidden Section known to be populated by the insatiable Wonderbutt.  My favorite part of the whole experience, however, was when Dimples asked, “Can you buy a new one, Mom?  I liked that mat.”

Posted on June 7, 2012, in Cap'n Firepants, Dimples, Dogs, Family, Humor, Parenting, Wonderbutt and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. I’m unsure as to whether I should be commenting on the oh-so generous Cap’n’s willingness to perform yoga (something I would struggles to do anytime) after a full day. Or, the contrariness of 9 year olds (warning: this will get worse as she ages. The teenager cooked dinner last week – at my request – and informed me “it’s not that hard”. You may understand why I then responded, “Good. You may do it more often”). Or Wonderbutt’s propensity to consume foam in any form… 🙂

  2. It’s either an apologetic look, or a “I’ll take another” look!

  3. A husband volunteering to do yoga usually indicates he’s done something he shouldn’t and is feeling guilty. Have you questioned Cap’n carefully on how the mat came to be in that condition? Did you do full forensics on the bite marks?

  4. I bought Tammy the Kinect two Christmases ago and it didn’t even make it through January before she was done with it. It’s been packed up for over a year now.

    HOWEVER… when I told her you had yoga for Kinect she got all excited. What’s the name of the yoga one?

  5. Oh, Wonderbutt… And kids like to defy their parents just to exercise what little power over their lives that they have until they hit whatever magical age it is when parents stop deciding everything in their child’s life. For good reason, I’m not knocking parents. I understand why my mom told me to do things even if I thought they were unnecessary.
    And now I have to get a kinect since it has yoga. I don’t want to take classes but I do have issues with form.

    • Yoga is just part of the Fitness game, so I don’t know if it’s worth it to get a Kinect for that. I will say that I get a pretty good workout from the rafting game, though. Although Dimples likes to laugh at all of my exertions.

  6. Wow, how sweet Firepants. And yeah, really you had it coming when you left it out. Are you just gonna let him go to town on the rest?

  7. Miranda Gargasz

    I think that look says, “Damn, and I was just getting started.”……At least your daughter will do yoga. I tried to get the boys to do it with me once. Half way through, Tony said, “Is yoga supposed to hurt?”……Of course she likes the mat now, AFTER WB snacks on it. Kids!

    • I had the same reaction from both Dimples and the Cap’n when I tried to get them to do Tae Bo with me. The Cap’n said he almost passed out, and Dimples didn’t even really try.

  8. Love it! Bella + Beary were always trying to share my yoga mat when I was pregnant with Bubba too.

  9. He was just waiting for you guys to leave so he could have at it. Pretty clever of him.

  10. Chancy and Mumsy

    Sweet Wonderbutt claimed that mat as his when he took his bone and placed himself on it. We think he looks quite pleased with himself in that picture. Sorry about the mat but Wonderbutt just couldn’t resist that pretty blue mat. 🙂 Hugs and nose kisses

  11. Further proof that nothing can get between a Wonderbutt and his foam! The photo with their legs and WB firmly holding his ground are awesome!!

  12. ROFL! BTW, have you checked out Dogs in the City yet on CBS? The first week included a dog that looked alot like Wonderbutt!

  13. Great photo of Wonderbutt in the middle of the action! We never liked the taste of foam but Wonderbutt has inspired us to try it again. Maybe yoga mats are yummiest?

    Bella and DiDi

  14. Hilarious! Poor Wonderbutt – he continues to transgress. Is he not familiar with the concept of karma? 🙂

  15. I wonder if Dimples didn’t just want a new yoga mat, and was in cahoots with Wonderbutt to get it…

  16. didnt take him long did it? I think he just was protecting you all from that dastardly mat… hehehe

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