I'm Janica, a Houston-based portrait photographer, and this is the JBO PHOTO blog. Here, you can check out my recent work, get the scoop on jbo photo sessions, and find out more (probably a LOT more) than you ever wanted to know about the day-to-day adventures of my quirky family.
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It’s not that Parker likes Michael Jackson…it’s that, he really, really, really likes Michel Jackson. It started innocently enough. A classmate had been singing “Thriller” at school, and pbo was intrigued. We do a lot of YouTube-ing around here, so I happily pulled up a few MJ videos for us to watch. And then we watched them again. And again. And again. I could almost feel the fascination radiate through his little man body. Eyes were huge. Fingers were twitching. Toes were tapping.
He literally can’t get enough of all things Michael. We’ve Googled, YouTubed, and Netflixed ourselves silly. I’ve squirmed my way through answering hard-hitting questions about dangling babies, mysteriously changing skin color, Jesus Juice, the appropriateness (or not) of crotch-grabbing, and the effects of puberty on the male voice. As far as Parker is concerned, there is no such thing as too much information.
I thought I remembered seeing a Michael Jackson dance game for the Wii, so a couple of weeks ago, we rounded up some gift cards, dipped into the piggy bank, and hit up our local Game Stop. Parker’s after school activity hasn’t been the same since.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I often use Parker’s Wii-time as a bit of, ahem, Mii-time. I hear the songs play over and over in the next room, but I haven’t really sat down to watch the action much myself. So imagine my surprise when I asked Parker if he could do a little dance for me to record and he busted out with the following:
Folks, we’re talking complete memorization of full-fledged choreography. And I only “let” him show me two songs worth! The glitter-gloved bug has bitten my awesome kid, and I am ever-so-delighted to watch him scratch the resulting itch.