Monday, October 6, 2008

Mercede takes on Richard Simmon's


Mercede was a huge Barney fan while growing up. Needless to say, a mom can only take so much. So I banned her from Barney. Mercede was so upset that she went thru all my video's looking for something she liked. Then in the corner cabinet, under five inches of dust, she found Dancing to the Oldies. For the next few years Mercede worked out with Richard every single day. During the summer she worked out 3 hours a day, while I laid on the sofa eating chocolate and cheese curls shouting "Go Mercede! Go Mercede!" She was his biggest fan........well okay, probably his smallest (wink, wink).


To cut a long story short. I pulled Mercede from school so she could attend a Woman's Conference in our home town that Richard Simmon's was going to be at. Surrounded by hundreds of large women (me being one of them), little, tiny, skinny Mercede worked out with them/us. She was near the front of the stage and Richard called her up on stage. Mercede is so happy to meet him! Oh Look at her face. When she does that mouth open, eye's rolled up toward heaven look, you know that she is on super excitement mode.
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He pulls her to the front of the stage, and then Mercede lost it. She slapped him away. While we didn't get THAT photo, we did get the priceless look on his face after it happened.


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If you ever meet Mercede, she will tell you her version of the story. It goes something like this......

"I slapped Richard Simmon's and made him cry."

While she did slap Richard, and while he did cry. It isn't a whole truth, since he was crying on stage about 15 minutes before she slapped him. But hey, her version makes for a better story.




119 comments:

Does Anybody Hear Me said...

That is too funny!! I love the pictures!
I used to sweat to the oldies back in the day. Richard is still wearing the same shorts now as he did then. Where oh where does this man shop??

stefanie said...

Richard's face is priceless!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

I'm an emotional person....I started crying when she got to meet Richard....then I cried in laughter cause she slapped him. Now my make-up is running! This is priceless!!!

Casey's trio said...

What a hilarious story..and I love the two versions of it!

Tara said...

Thats a priceless story!! And I definitely like her version better! Stop by my place, I have something for you.

Staci said...

i love that made me giggle!!! I will be writing more about the dance ministry as we incorporate it into our church...so stay tuned girl!!!

HiHoOhio said...

that is just too funny! I love that story!

sassy stephanie said...

How funny. She seems quite the character!

Molly said...

That is brilliant! And I definitely think Mercede's version of events is better!

Kathy said...

I like Mercede's version but mom's is okay too. ha ha I'm so glad she got to meet him. The 2 different pictures of 2 different facial expressions is priceless.

Cristin said...

That is the cutest, funniest story ever... that made my day!

mommaof4wife2r said...

i love it. and i love the looks on the women's faces when she is walking away. priceless. that is why kids and animals always make for great bloopers. isay, mercedes, you go girl...do your thing!!! and, i like her version of the story!

Ronnica said...

That's hilarious! What a great memory, probably for both of them!

oº˚ Queen Bee ˚ºo said...

That was to funny! Me and my best friend in high school did that workout once -- it was fun. Thanks for sharing -- Much Love

Anissa

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

LOL!!!! That's so classic!!

I like her version too...

sheree said...

omgosh, that is too funny! I love the pic of her walking across the stage with him! PRICELESS!

amanda said...

absolutely the funniest thing i have seen today! i love it.

WheresMyAngels said...

Sinner, Richard did some obscene things with those shorts. I was upset that my daughter and my mother had to witness it. He hiked them up and I tried to figure out how his ummmmmmmm, male part, didn't show. I have came to the conclusion that he has to tape it up. There is just no other explanation unless he doesn't have one.

JennyH said...

HaHa!! That is funny. Glad you got pictures of it. Her story is more exciting!

Gourley Fam said...

LOL, my sister and I are laughing reading your post!!! Richard Simmons is soo ridiculously funny! I do like Mercede's version!

Robin said...

I love it!!!!

Kelsey said...

I just found your blog from SITS and I'm soo glad I did! You are hysterical!!
I love that your daughter slapped Richard Simmon's..too funny.
Although I must tell you, Barney's voice today is MUCH more annoying!!

WheresMyAngels said...

Kelsey you are right, and I am so glad my 4 year old was never a Barney fan. She went straight to Hannah Montana!! lol

Jennifer P. said...

Oh that is toooooo funny! My favorite story i've read here ever...and there have been some good ones too ;)!

You asked about a tour of my house--and I actually have a whole blog about the remodel we did. www.evolutionofahome.blogspot.com.

Thanks for asking :)!

Lane Boyz Mom said...

BWHAAAHHHAAAAA OMG I love that story!!!

christie said...

Fantastic! I LOVE that she worked out to his video like an addict and then slapped him when they met! It's so cool that she was able to meet him. These photos are priceless!

Traci said...

Gayla, I love that story! Tell me that she didn't really work out 3 hrs a day with Richard Simmons!

WheresMyAngels said...

Traci, she did work out 3 hours a day. She would not do the whole routine always, she might take a min break but then was back at it.

Scott said...

I LOVE this story! Too friggin funny! Jason hadn't heard it...I had to fill him! LOL!

American in Norway said...

OMG... That is so stinkin FUNNY... I love the look on his face!

Veggie Mom said...

I LOVE these photos! Richard Simmons is a funny guy, isn't he? Hey, thanks for helping me celebrate my SITS Featured Blogger Day in the Sun! Hope you come back soon to visit me...we always have a lot going on at my place!

Lori said...

LMAO!!!!!! What a great story!! Mercede has ALWAYS been a firecracker hasn't she?!! lol You are one cool mom too...just thought I would let you know that. ;P

latree said...

oh funny funny funny...
I love how mercede told that story :D

Missy said...

You couldn't MAKE that up! Oh, and the photos! What a riot. I know you can't wait to see what she is like as an adult.
So...exactly where would one purchase a sequined tank top like Richard's?

WheresMyAngels said...

No, I think the question is where would you purchase those short, short shorts!! lol

MamaPoRuski said...

O how precious! Did his risk management rep get a hold of you yet? LOL!

Charissa said...

I'm laughing so hard! Great story!

Kristi Smith said...

I was thinking there was one more good photo of that day. I can remember the feeling of being so happy for her and how exciting it was to . . . "Oh No!" lol.

Weren't they playing Beautiful by Christina Aguilera??? It was some "beautiful" song.

WheresMyAngels said...

Oh there is a pic with me on stage but I couldnt' find it, plus it didn't quite go with the story line!! lol Kristi, I can't remember any songs they did! lol

datri said...

That is just so cool! Priceless!

Crazy Momma said...

Oh my god! This is the most awesome story EVER!

I have to tell you that I also have a thing for Richard. But now that you brought this up you are going to have to stay tuned to my blog for the details...

Have I told you lately how much I love that little spitfire Mercedes? She is a girl after my own heart, seriously! AND, it is
SO much more funny since it is YOUR child not my own :)

Kristi Mantoni said...

How wonderful for Mercede!! I'm sure she'll be telling this story until she is very old.

Jessica from Ten Squares sent me.

Mindy said...

This post made me laugh out loud and then laugh out loud again as I told my boyfriend who then made me laugh again because he laughed so hard.

Have you seen this?
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8442381086256955513

Ritch in Love said...

AGAIN! Lauging SOOOO hard!! Belly hurting!

Celine said...

That's a cute story! I love the look on Richard's face! Priceless!

Jaimie said...

I swear...you do have some of the BEST stories!!!

:D

Anna Lefler said...

Oh, this is FANTASTIC. What a show-stealer your daughter is! Love it!

:^) Anna

Givinya De Elba said...

So glad it's your SITS day, congratulations! Love your writing!

Kimmie0270 said...

This is hysterical. Great post! I LOVE the design of your blog! Happy SITS day!

Laurel said...

OK - that guy is sippin' from the fountain of youth! He is still around and looks EXACTLY the same? Yikes. And your daughter is awesome (as are you I might add!)

wendy said...

How cute is that? I always find it so funny who the kids end up loving! LOL!

Happy SITS day!

ps - I like her version of the story better! ;)

Mandy said...

Have a great SITS day!!

1bitrcountrygirl said...

I like your daughters version better! Happy SITS day!

Susan said...

What a cute story! Her story is so much better and memorable.

Pink Ink said...

That's funny! I loved Richard Simmons at one time...I know, I need to be slapped, too :-).

Kendra said...

This is AWESOME. I love Richard's face. Wow, call him just Richard in your head. That feels weird. Anyway, what a great story. Enjoy your SITS day!!

Melissa Lester said...

That is so funny! I wonder what made her turn on her idol?

Melissa Lester said...

That is so funny! I wonder what made her turn on her idol?

Karol said...

That is the funniest thing!!

*Happy SITS day!

Melodie said...

I know a lot of people who would be jealous that Mercede got to slap Richard Simmons! LOL!

Creative Junkie said...

lol! wow - I think a lot of people would have paid good money to trade places with your daughter and give Richard a good smack!

Caroline said...

That is hysterical! I once saw Richard on Whose Line is it Anyway. I think I almost peed my pants it was so funny! Your daughter sounds like a pill. She's adorable.

Happy SITS day!

lmerie said...

Mosied on over from SITS . . .

Great story - oh the fun stories our kids give us!

jewelstreet said...

OMG! That is freaking hilarious, and the pictures say it all.

togetherforgood said...

Snort! She's going to be telling that to her grandchildren! "I slapped Richard Simmons and made him cry!"

Priceless!

Becky said...

The look on Richard Simmons face is truely priceless, good thing you captured it on film. I'm not sure which would be more annoying Barney or Dancing to the Oldies(which is covered in dust, in a box, in a closet at my house). You're a great Mom!

mine, by magpie said...

oh my GOD- i'm dying over here!!!! haha- that is classic! don't you LOVE that you get to tell that story??

Jen said...

Wow! That is so cool.

Ronnica said...

So yeah, I've already commented on this, but it's so funny that I have to comment again. I think that it's especially great that you got pictures of it!

koopermom said...

That is hilarious! I would pay to see that. I don't know if I could handle Richard Simons every day, although if Barney was the other option....

mrsmouthy said...

That is WAY too funny! But why did she do it? And would she do it again?!

Katy Lin :) said...

oh. my. word. hillarious :)

Christine said...

Oh my! Poor Richard probably had no clue what hit him (pun intended).

Bebe said...

What a fun story! Richard's always been a hoot! I can't get over that look on his face!
Bebe :)

Michelle said...

Oh that is such a funny story! :)

Leiann said...

Oh, that is too funny. Making Richard Simmins cry. Haha!

EmmaP said...

oh that is hilarious! i am sure she made his day!!!

dddiva said...

That is a priceless story. I too like your daughters version better.
And bless your heart, only a parent could know the pain we other parents go through letting our kids watch the same thing over ... and over ... and over.
You are a saint for letting her pick Richard Simmons, it has to take an iron will to stomach that one repeatedly.

april kennedy said...

Great story! Great experience for Mercede! My mom and I used to do Sweating to the Oldies. Everyone once in awhile I pull it out and try to get hubby to do it with me just for the laughs...laughing at Richard Simmons...of course!

Crazy Momma said...

You know how much I love this story and I have already commented on it...but it is totally worth a second!

She just cracks me up!

Avery Tales said...

What a great story!!! Poor Richard he's always crying over something. Your blog is such an inspiration and your girls are beautiful. Happy SITS Day!

Rhea said...

ROFL I like her version of the story. What a hilarious photo capture too!

Lavender n Lattés said...

Great story - she has such a personality! What a gem!

Mrs. S said...

Happy day in the SITS sun!
This is hilarious! Why did she slap him?
I also have a Sweatin' with the Oldies tape...I don't know I've ever used it. I should.

The Boss Lady said...

Good old Richard Simmons. God bless him, he's just so...happy! Perhaps I was channeling myself through Mercede that day, hence why she slapped him, because I've wanted to SO. MANY. TIMES. Nobody should be that jovial and energetic all the time.

Cheryl said...

Happy SITS Day! I love this story and by the way, I love your "leave your comment." Oh how I would love to use this on my site.
Cheryl

Lorie said...

That is so funny! She is such a cute girl! And not many people can say they have slapped Richard Simmons and made him cry!! ;D

mrsbear said...

How cute is she? What a great story. I think the look on Richard's face is much better than the actual slap. Very funny. Beats listening to Barney 8 million times.

AFRo said...

Girl. Congratulations on being the feature today! This is an awesome post and I'm loving the visuals! You're right, the look on her face is absolutely priceless.

Tabitha Blue said...

How funny! I like her version of the story! :)

Michele said...

Hysterical! Too, too funny.

ChezChani said...

Wonderful story, the kind you will tell all her boyfriends and embarrass her.

Hairline Fracture said...

That is so funny! She put him in his place!

What A Card said...

Oh, that's wonderful! Your daughter is amazing!

nikkicrumpet said...

What a great story..and how wonderful you got it all down in pictures...it's gonna give her something to talk about for years!

Natalie said...
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Natalie said...

Ha!!! I *love* her take on it! I prefer to call Barney (ack, even typing that is yucky) "He Who Must Not Be Named". Mine's 16 so I was right there with you in his hey day. Shudder.

(sorry, forgot to proof read :) )

Ronda's Rants said...

Well...I like Richard too but...I don't think I want him touching me either!! She looks happy in the picture!

Heather said...

That is so funny and I do like her version much much better!

Amy said...

Happy SITS Day! My brother in law just went to a costume party as Richard Simmons, I am dying to see photos. Yours are great :D

Live.Love.Eat said...

Hi there!! Congrats on being featured today. This was a cute story.

Crazy Sister said...

I love it! You've got to stand up for your personal space. Isn't it funny what kids get obsessed with? I have a Michael Flatley fan (Lord of the Dance).

Serahs said...

Too funny! Richard Simmons seems to be making a comeback! Haha Maybe she can slap him again. haha

Serahs said...

Why didn't I play bumper carts when I was able to fit in one? The next time they can start off the celebration folding my laundry? haha Looks like they had a blast!

Shanda said...

Happy SITS day!

Hilarious....

Michelle said...

Wow. That's pretty entertaining. I banned Barney here, too (before he made an appearance so luckily I didn't have the same consequences). Great memories!

lynn said...

Great story! I remember having to watch Richard Simmons as a kid at my babysitters house, I think he had his own show or something. That was ages ago! Wow.

Hope you're enjoying your SITS day!

Heather said...

Well, thank goodness SOMEONE finally slapped him. I mean, seriously, those shorts, that went out of fashion (assuming they ever really *were* in fashion) decades ago? Those are a crime against humanity.

Go Mercede! :D

Cheers!

jenn3 said...

Haha. That's great!

Kelly said...

That story is hilarious!!!
Happy SITS day; bask in your comment love!!

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

That is so funny, from start to finish! I know how you feel about Barney, and how funny that she replaced that with Richard Simmons! It's hilarious that she slapped him away! :)

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

This is such a funny story. I cannot believe that she slapped Richard. The after photo is priceless.

Vicki said...

That's hilarious! What I would have given to be a fly on the wall for that!

Cristin said...

I'd already commented but had to come wish you happy SITS day!! Wasn't it a blast??!!

Stephanie said...

Super funny... looks like Mercede is a diva. Divas of the world unite- we have found our mascot!

Pinktulip said...

I like a girl that makes a lasting impression! Go Mercede!

Mamasphere said...

I probably would've done the same thing! LOVE that you have a picture of his face after the slap down, lol. What a great memory.

Jade, Will and Illy said...

haha! Her *excited* face is so great! Gotta love when little ones' big dreams come true. It's so funny that she slapped him, too! I bet even he remembers that :)

Lilly's Life said...

That is hilarious. Why hasnt Richard Simmons aged one bit - he still looks the same as I remember him years ago, surely?