Sunday, April 1, 2012

Peep Show

Today is the day the Washington Post publishes the photos from their annual  Peeps Diorama Contest.
This is truly one of the highlights of the year for my peep-obsessed family.  Last year my mother saved dozens of peeps so that we could have our own diorama contest during our family vacation in July.  I carted shoeboxes full of random craft supplies to our rental house on Cape Cod and 3 generations worked feverishly and secretly on their entries.  Here's mine:
My husband was the brains of the operation - coming up with the theme, and creating the masterpieces that hang on the walls (and all the bad puns that go with them).  I was the manual labor and  I sacrificed quite a bit of skin to the hot glue gun while I assembled the gallery.

Here are close ups of those visiting the gallery and of the works of art on the walls:
painting by Claude Marshmallownet
painting by Pablo Peepcasso
painting by Cluckson Pullock
The Mona Peepsa, of course.

And lest you think I made up this whole "family contest" thing as a way of justifying the number of hours I spend playing with marshmallows, I present to you:

My son's nightclub diorama featuring his favorite band, Daft Punk, as house DJs.
(and yes, those are working lights around the edge of the club!)
My nephew's rendition of the hilariously complex and violent card game "Killer Bunnies"
My mother's portrayal of the family vacation featuring me at the stove, my niece making friendship bracelets, my sister swatting mosquitoes, my father sleeping and the other five family members on their laptops.
and finally, the joint effort between my sister and my niece - four scenes from the movie "The Princess Bride"
"OK, I'll try to stay awake"
"I am not left-handed either!"
"So you'll put down your rock, and I'll put down my sword and we'll try and kill each other like civilized people?"
"Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line"

I love my peeps!


  1. Fun Family! Adopt me....Please. The Princess Bride Peeps- KILLS me. I'm sure that I've seen that movie 100 times ..LOL. (just spit a little bit of my coffee out laughing).

  2. Oh, so fun! It must be so nice to be in a family full of people who embrace the oddness.

  3. Y'all crack me up. For you son's I thought "Peep Show." Yours wins, hands down. Or beaks up? :)

  4. Your dioramas are awesome--Peepcasso *snort*.

    I just "discovered" the WP contest last year and got some good laughs from it. What fun! Love the family portrait, too :)

  5. What a goofy, fun loving family! And what a totally outrageous family would never have put up with it. And yes, as I scrape the moss from between my toes, I'll acknowledge that it was an accomplishment to survive March's rain!

  6. I am sure you already know how much I looove this post!!! What fun (and Cape Cod is one of my most favorite places)! This is so very cool - the sort of zany nonsense that I fully support, applaud, encourage, and actively participate in! Hooray!!!


  7. thanks for the good, hearty laugh on a Monday morning. "embracing the oddness" - love it!

  8. OMG!!! I am dying laughing. Every one of these is just hilarious.

  9. Are you sure the family isn't on some reality TV show somewhere we don't know about? I keep thinking Pokie and Gumbie in Peep version......xox Corrine

  10. I love peeps. I love what could be better than this! Loooove it!

  11. Are you KIDDING?!

    This is sweet genius!!

    I'm linking to this. I may even take credit for it!

  12. That is perhaps the best family vacation activity EVER! I only just learned about the annual contest - saw the results in the NYT and laughed myself silly. Now I have to show yours to my daughter. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing!

  13. Love cape cod, love the princess bride! Never even heard about the peeps doirama contest but it"s soooo cool you have such a crazy family to all play along!