Thursday, July 24, 2008

Dependent on 40lbs

We are at a bbq at a friend’s house and there is a nice size group of people there. They have this hammock in a metal hammock stand, you know the kind you can move around and place wherever you like, and you also don’t have to have two perfectly spaced trees in your yard.

So anyway Steve and I climb in, and just so you know I am branded genetically with poor coordination skills. Steve and I lay down together, now the width of the hammock is both of our bodies lying side to side with no "extra" room. We are laying there in a very engineered science, we are balanced, and all our weight is distributed evenly on the nylon covering and proportioned to the very edges of the hammock. (Yes my husband is an engineer, you were dying to ask weren’t you?!) Well at the very moment that we both took a deep breath and were enjoying our peace and relaxation, our two little guys, who were busy across the lawn riding the pretty purple scooter and pink princess bike provided by our friends, have turned on their "radar". They receive a message via their radar that says…" mom and dad are alone spending quality quiet time together", this is interpreted in their little heads as…"quick me must go jump on the hammock!" So from across the lawn they are running at Olympic speeds. So within seconds we are testing the weight capacity of the hammock and recalculating our weight distribution equations.
So here we are the Happy Hammock Family.

As we are relaxing, my youngest son’s favorite announcement is made, "dessert is ready". My youngest starts jumping up and down on daddy, "lets go get ‘sert daddy" So daddy and he dismount from the hammock in style with a very serious mission.

So now Tyler, my oldest, takes daddies spot right next to me. So we are lying their relaxing and giggling together. I have not changed my location I am still clinging to my edge, you know I didn’t recalculate anything, my husband left and that was his job. So needless to say, my son has most of the hammock. Well Tyler decides in a matter of seconds without making any kind of announcement or hint that he is going inside to get dessert. Well lets just say the next few seconds are all a matter of opinion, to the audience watching, they were hilarious, here is this woman over the age of thirty who has just flipped out of the hammock, which presents her backside into the air, legs and arms flaring, and she is screaming. And in my opinion lets just say I was humbled and my hip was hurting.

So yes everyone at the bbq, even those who were inside getting "dessert" enjoyed my not so graceful dismount from the hammock. You see I was completely dependent on my 40lb son who fled quickly for brownies and ice cream!

My husband’s response, "did you not adjust your position when Tyler got out of the hammock?"

Engineers always think so matter of factly…Trust me!


Jami @ livelaughlove5 said...

Nicole that is so funny!! I love how you set up the story! :)

Also-I loved your kid funny on my blog. It made me laugh!! :)

Have a great day!

Mylah said...

I guess it shows how "upside down" your life would be if you didn't have your 40lb wonder kid by your side huh? :-)

This was hilarious Nichole! I am glad I stopped by your blog.

Love you,


Runner Mom said...

Hey, Nichole!
I loved your story! Don't you just love it when things like that happen??

I have an idea!! Tell your husband that y'all really need a hammock so you can practice getting in and out with grace so this will never happen again!! The Shops at Pawley's Island have wonderful ones!! :)
Love ya, Susan

Pinkshoelady said...

You are so funny!

I love how real you are and that you encourage me every time I visit.

May God bless you with several sweet surprises today.

I also wanted you to know that you have been tagged.

Go to my blog to see what you must now do.

I chose you because You have become an encourager and a blessing in my life.

I hope you will be blessed and honored by this it's intent is to tell you how special you are to me and I want to share you with more people.

Thanks for loving and serving God

Pamela R.

Leebird said...

Reminds me of a time when I was hugely pregnant with my first child. It was July 4th and I had that 10 and 1/2 pound baby boy August 13. So...I get out of my car at a park for our church picnic. This was an unfamiliar I failed to notice that the sidewalks were this bumpy cobblestone type thing. I stepped up on the sidewalk expecting smooth and got bumpy. I tripped and started to fall....It was one of those slow motion experiences...all these church men started running toward me to break my fall...but I managed to get my balance at the last minute. It was a humbling experience to say the least! :) Thanks for your kind comments on my blog! Lee

Cindy said...

First, I love the picture of you and the shoes - how much fun is that?!?!
Next, what a great story and I'm sure that someday you will also think it was hilarious!!!
Also, thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such an encouraging word!
I love your blog and will be back.

Kimberly said...

Hi! It is so nice meet you! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet and encouraging comment!

I must say that is quite a funny story! I would have been flailing (sp?) and screaming myself! Coordination is NOT one of my strong points! :)

And I love the name of your blog. "Living My Life on Purpose." That is just so good. It is so easy to slip into autopilot or just plain old survival mode. I need to be sure I am living every day on totally to serve and bring glory to Him!

Thanks, again! Have a blessed weekend!

Kelley said...

Too Funny! I do love our hammock but it only holds a Maximum of 275 pounds which means my husband & I cannot be in it at the same time or it would hit bottom. That could be a bit embarrassing! So far I have managed to get in and out without falling but it is tricky, I don't think I would want a party of people watching me. I hope you have recovered from your great fall!!

Chatty Kelly said...

I absolutely loved this post because I can SO relate because my husband is an engineer too.

I am visiting from Pink Shoe lady. She tagged you & me, so thought I'd come check you out.

I enjoyed it!

Chatty Kelly said...

p.s. forgot to say I LOVE your photo!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

When I saw your title and your profile, I had to stop by. We are desiring the same url: In Passionate Pursuit.:)
I can't wait to spend some time browsing and enjoying peeking into the life of another woman pursuing our Lord.
:)Love your story...were you watching at my house?