Monday, June 2, 2008

Confessions of a hillbilly # 876 : Our Memorial Day

OK, yes there is some sort of theme going on here with my crazy family, riding toys, and holidays! This might just be the best ever! My cousin Jon has some mad skills with a sewing machine, let me tell you. He decided to build a HUGE slip-n-slide for Memorial Day, and boy was it big! Let me explain it to you sewing folk. He took massive tarps, sewed them together and got a blower (think those blow up bouncers that people rent for birthdays) and hooked that baby up. Then he found the steepest hill on his property and layed it out. There was a pool at the bottom for us to land in. It was perfect.


I know if you have ever read my blog you have already guessed it, mama had to ride, and this time it was caught on video. Did I mention that on Mothers Day I almost broke my foot riding in a go cart with Ben? Well it happened. You would think that I'd be scared, but no. My big tail keeps climbing on these contraptions with the excitement of a 10 year old girl. I guess I can't help it! I was the only mama brave enough to be subjected to the always overly excited daddys who want to grease the runway and send you down flying and spinning. IT WAS SOOOO MUCH FUN! And so worth smelling like Icy Hot for three days (maybe 4). I know what your thinking: Did I just say greasing the runway? Yes, they used an entire bottle of sunscreen during the course of the day, just to sweeten the deal. My sweet cousin Amy did decide to ride with me, we make a good pair. At one point they pushed me so fast that I flew over the back into the grass! I never dreamed I would put a video of myself looking this bad on the blog, but you know I have no shame. So just click play and try not to look at all the mascara running down my face. LOL!


So after a couple of hours of just a slip-n-slide, the before mentioned fathers decided that there was something missing. So they crawl underneath the slip-n-slide and insert a ramp. We now have a huge, heavily greased slip-n-slide, with a ramp in the middle, on a very steep hill, and Ben decides to ride down with my children on a float! What did I say? I said let me grab the camera first! LOL! So here is the video of Ben, Molly, and Tim (and a cousin that slipped in at the last minute) riding down with the ramp in. I hope our videos made you laugh!

EDITED TO ADD: I forgot to tell you that when it was time to leave I was like a kid! Bennnnnnnn, can we stay just a few more minutes? Baby, just one more slide? OK this is the last time I promise! LOL! Good times!


Anonymous said...

You guys are crazy-fun! Wish my family was more like yours... creative and willing to try anything!

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness! That looks like so much fun! I'm jealous!

tara said...

I didnt realize how big it was until the video played. Oh my! You could charge admission. said...

Looks like LOTS of fun!!!!


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D-lyn said...

i love this!!!
what a great way to cool off and I wish i could go get a slide like that for me!!!

Little Munchkins said...

That is so much fun. And that slide is huge!

Karen said...

That's it. I'm going to Alabama next Memorial Day.

Steve & Molly said...

That is too cool! Looks like tons of fun!

Anonymous said...

Okay, that slip-n-slide is AMAZING! I can't believe a guy sewed that up. How cool.

Life has been crazy and I haven't been to a fabric store, Samantha. I feel awful because I haven't tested your pattern yet, and now it's already published! You're too fast. I'm sorry, and I will try to make it up as soon as I can.

Jackie said...

It is so fun! You've got a nice blog here. I like it.
Wishing you warm days full of cheer!

Anonymous said...

I was totally loving your slip n slide. We put a big one up around July 4, because it's too cold until around then. After seeing your videos I don't know if I will be able to wait that long this year. We might be slip and sliding in the rain this year. We use the material they use for vapor barrier under houses and put a rubber raft at the bottom to keep us from going head long into the fence. You have to try it with a little dish soap. It works great and just comes right off in the shower.