Friday, February 20, 2009


As I was going through my pictures to double-check that I've scrapped everything from 2008, I found these GEMS that I thought had been lost to the digital world. I was thrilled---though I doubt my cousin Haley will be as thrilled.

See, it all happened in October. I had her and a friend of hers babysit my kids for a few hours while my Dad was doing whatever he does in his shed outback. Well, they were playing with Claire on this:
Hailey decided that she could crawl through that circular hole that you see through the arch just behind the kid's back in the above picture. She had apparently done while at another house with the same slide thing. However, it didn't go as planned. After about ten minutes Claire went to find my dad to tell her Papa that "Hailey is breaking my slide!" My Dad took the slide apart, and I got there about ten minutes after that and found this:I couldn't believe it! She said she was stuck and my dad confirmed it. "Hold on, Haley!" I said. "I'll help you! I just have to find my camera first!" (I really said that. I'm still impressed with myself for thinking to get a camera. And I also have this on video tape, just to be sure). Haley was convinced that if she went into the bathroom and removed her jeans that she could slip the slide piece off. It didn't work. By this time she'd been stuck in this thing for a half hour. She was starting to cry. We were too, but from laughing so hard! Aren't we mean?! I totally knew that we'd find a way to get it off, so it didn't seem too tragic. I offered to throw her in the back of my SUV and take her home so she could strip down, then her mom could cover her with Pam spray, and it would slide right off. She didn't like that option.
Anyway, my mom came home after a while, here's a picture:My mom is trying to be a good aunt and comfort her, but you can still see the humor in her eye. Anyway, we ended up having my dad and mom and I each take a corner and pick her up by it. We kind of bounced her a while, and she hung from her shoulder, exhaled deeply, cried a little bit more, and twisted out of it. She immediately collapsed on the floor, crying. It was a happy end to a tragic (and still, very funny) hour. I don't think she was too fond of me as I giggled the whole way to her house to drop her off. However she did accept my invitation to be my friend on Facebook, so it can't all be that bad.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Claire answered these questions:

1) What is something mom always says to you? To not break anything
2) What makes mom happy? That I have a daddy
3) What makes mom sad? when I am sick
4) What does your mom do to make you laugh? play hide and seek
5) How old is your mom? 24
6) What was your mom like as a child? I don't know
7) How tall is your mom? That tall (measured up to Dad's hips)
8) What is your mom's favorite thing to do? Watch football (um, let's try again). Watch her shows. (oh boy)
9) What does your mom do when you're not around? Puts Kyle to sleep
10) If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? I don't know
11) What is your mom really good at? Sewing
12) What is your mom not so good at? Playing Rock Band (random and true)
13) What does your mom do for her job? sewing, work when Becky comes
14) What is your mom's favorite food? Icky stuff like hors devours
15) What makes you proud of your mom? When you do some work, when you talk in the microphone
16) If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? Miss America
17) What do you and your mom do together? play sesame street puzzle
18) How are you and your mom the same? Long hair, We love Daddy,
19) How are you and your mom different? Hair color
20) How do you know your mom loves you? Cause you make me happy

(And she knows that Daddy loves her because she loves him, they ride the bus, and he doesn't hit her.)