Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sometimes running through the sprinkler just doesn't cut it

What started out as a day for our kids, ended up taking a slightly different turn.



Our friends Brandon and Kasey brought their kids, Hayley and Leighton, over to play with Kate on Saturday and brought their Slip-N-Slide along. As they unrolled it, we all just looked at each other.



Is it just me or have Slip-N-Slides gotten smaller over the years? I remember them looking a lot bigger than they do now...kind of like how I think Little Debbie's have gotten smaller, too.

Maybe it's just that as a kid everything looks bigger than it does when you're an adult.



Whatever the case, if the grown-ups were going to join in on the fun, something had to be done. Luckily Brandon had already thought of this and brought along a little something extra...


big plastic tarp + dish soap + sprinkler = fun for all ages
















Kate, Hayley, and Leighton thought it was fun for about 10 minutes and then decided it was more entertaining to watch.










Buck even joined in on the fun!




This was one sleepy little girl. She ended up taking a late nap around 5:30pm and slept 'til morning! Is that crazy or is that crazy?






This particular throw started their argument discussion on which one of them has gained the most weight since high school. Women aren't that stupid.

And then they realized that Kasey and I weren't as busy taking care of the kids as we were pretending to be. So they turned up the pressure and had us slippin' and slidin' in no time.


You know that feeling when you really want to do something, but are kind of scared to attempt it? That's how I was about the whole situation. I haven't done this since I was a kid, and had a kid body. And weighed a kid amount. And all I could think of was the impact of my adult-self hitting the ground. I wanted to be able to walk into church on Sunday without a back brace.


After saying that I'd go first and then changing my mind, Kasey took the plunge and made it look easy.




Then it was my turn...



As if closing my eyes was going to help anything.








Sooo much fun!!!


Then we got all brave and started going together. I seriously haven't had this much fun in a while!










We should have stopped while we were ahead.





By the look on our faces, this is the one slide that did us in. I don't actually remember it being as painful as the photo is making it out to be, but this morning I was reminded of why I involuntarily made that face.


Thank the Lord for good times, good friends, and Ibuprofen.





41 comments:

Melissa said...

Woweee! That looks like a blassst! I will remember that idea! Thanks for sharing that one!

Elizabeth said...

ok, i realize i don't "know" you or anybody in the pictures, but this just made me laugh seeing you all have such a good time. it cracks me up that the kids are just standing and sitting around and y'all are doing this full force. i even showed this post to my significant other. looks like a great day!

my daughter was really worn out after a busy weekend at her grandparents. she slept in till 10 this morning.....she is usually up at 7-7:30! i started thinking something was wrong. she was just flat worn out.

Jaime said...

This is totally what we do during hurricane season!! hahaha! when it's pouring rain and there is nothing to do because everything is wet... and if you try anything you're going to get wet! We actually made a slide down the septic tank in Dean's mom's yard with 3 of those plastic tarps!!! lol... good times, good times!

Kristy said...

I am cracking up! I was thinking about the ol' slip and slide today!! I VIVIDLY remember the last time I played. It was around the time the bra came into play, and it hurt sooooo bad to slide on that dang thing! Darn puberty.

Miss Anne said...

Look at YOU guys!!!!

Kids at heart... :) so glad you had fun!

Legallyblondemel said...

Wow, do those photos ever bring back childhood memories. Too fun!

Great action photography too; those ones with the plume of spray coming up are particularly good.

katie beth said...

Great post! That looks like soooo much fun!

tickledpink said...

Those are some great in action shots! That looks like so much fun! I love the boys throwing one another off to see about the weight! Hilarious!

Q, La, and Gooner said...

Ha! Jealous! That looks like so much fun! Great way to avoid the heat and spice up your Saturday!

Jon and Steph said...

That is WAY better than a real slip in slide! It looks like you guys had so much fun!!

Lea Liz said...

Okay so I WANT TO TRY THIS Big kids slip n slide!!!!! My nephews have been using one and I had thought of this idea.. it looks like so much fun!!

brown eyed girl said...

I want to try this!!! Looks like so much fun!

Rebecca Jo said...

Yep.. have done that & been sore for a week afterwards!!!

but BEWARE!!!! Doing that with multiple people is that landed me in surgery for a blood clot in my leg.... sliding into each other... a year later, I still have the scar & the pains from it.... OUCH - painful memories of a slip n slide!

SassyTimes said...

Wow! These photos are great!

We actually bought a slip n slide a few weeks ago. I've never done it before in my life. When we took it out of the package, I thought it was tiny. I was immediately scared to even try it. I pictured broken ribs. ;)

Kari said...

Hilarious, Hollie!! I'm not a morning person and I didn't realize it was possible to laugh so much this early in the morning. Love it. I love when adults like to have fun, too! :)

I'll just say I was laughing until the flips off the dock... that makes me nervous!

Shannon said...

So jealous - I haven't slip'd in slide'd since college! LOL

petrii said...

Okay, So is this activity approved by the Mayo Knee association?!! Probably not.dern. I want to play =0)

Those are some terrific pictures ~~ yep photo book worthy right there!!!

Have a Blessed week,
Dawn

Jennifer said...

That looks like so much fun! I might have to try that...

amy (metz) walker said...

Ha ha, that cracks me up! Looks like a blast!

The Libby's said...

Ya'll are crazy! Too funny :)

Kasey said...

I am sooo thankful for your camera right now! I have been laughing and laughing! I am going to go back & relook at the pictures! We had a blast! I am more sore today than I was Sunday but I would do it again,ahhh when the bruises go away!

Megan said...

LOVE IT! It looks like so much fun, I want to try it!! And your camera seriously takes the most amazing pictures!

Sweet Simplicity said...

That looks like SO much FUN!! I bet you guys are feeling it today!

The Panke's said...

As I laugh at you all I think that this is something we would do, well actually have done. We usually break out the inflatable waterslide for the kids and our course the big kids enjoy too. Looks like ya'll had a good time!

Bridget said...

oh my gosh this is great! We were just at home depot and I was telling my husband we have to get a bunch of plastic and do this with all the kids. Kate sure has some fun parents!!! so funny!

Kat said...

Haha! That is awesome! I give you a ton of credit for getting in there and doing it. I immediately got nervous when I read that you were gonna do it. Like you, it sounds like so much fun, but I would be worried about the impact on my adult body. ;) Kinda makes me want to try it now. Although, maybe I should wait until I'm not pregnant anymore. ;) hehe

morewineplease said...

You guys are sooo fun! And girl, you got some AWESOME shots!

Heather said...

This is one of my favorite posts from you!! Emma is sitting here asking me if we can come to your house and do that. HA!!! Why are there no pictures of jumping into the lake?? Love these photos, so so FUN!!!!! Great times!!!

Sarah said...

It looks like you guys were having a blast!

That gave me the best idea! I know what we are doing the next time we have a picnic! We have tons of TARPS!

Pamela said...

It looks like you guys had a blast! Kinda stinks getting older, huh? I had that realization today too! Go read my blog! Things just are not the way they were when we were kids! :(

Suzette said...

So much fun!!

monogramgirl said...

This looks like a blast! Leave it to you to even look fashionable when you're slip and sliding.

writing4612 said...

Ah yes! I remember the Slip n Slide days. Yall had fun!

Whoville said...

Ok so I love reading your blog!!!

Love Lace said...

Oh how fun! What great pictures too! Glad you were able to enjoy it even more than the little ones did! I love seeing them watching the grown ups in the background of the picture - how priceless!

Jill said...

What a great idea... the tarp and dish soap sound so fun!

Kelley said...

hilarious seeing adults on slip-in-slides! so fun!

Johnson Boys said...

OMG this is great.. Is this really with no adult drinks? If so amazing..looks like loads of fun.. I may bust this one out at the next party..but why the dishsoap?

*~! megs !~* said...

how fun!! you guys look like you're having a blast!!

we set up one of these things in college once. had it going down a huge hill. seriously, most fun ever!

abby said...

that looks like a blast!

MiMi said...

I was looking at the pictures of Kate's birthday party and was wondering about this tarp. Now I understand with the dishwashing soap and sprinkler! Too fun! This looks like it would be so much fun...well, at least until the next morning when I tried to get out of bed!

BTW...GREAT PICTURES, too!