Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The image you have all been waiting for...

Well, in case you missed the BYU newspaper (from some day in the spring of 1999), here is a picture of my mouse trap car. (Yes, this is the car that won State, I think it could have competed nationally--unfortunately, no one bothered to put together a national competition. Feel free to copy the ingenious design.)

(I don't know how my dad managed it but somehow he has got one of those Wellsfargo wagons, it sits in a place of honor, right beside the mouse trap car he masterminded)

Since I was taking pictures, I went ahead and took one of Jerry.

Not that this needs any explaining, but Jerry was on the cover of a Cosco magazine last summer. His look says it all. I like to hide Jerry in places O will least expect, such as in his toiletries bag to give him a good jolt in the morning, in his work/church folders, or in his suitcase so that he has a friend when he arrives in China. You never know where Jerry will pop up, but you know that he will....
He reminds me a bit of my friend Chelsea and her summer sausage. I think she also had a rubber chicken that made several appearances :)

As I was downloading the photos, I found a few gems on the camera from Christmas. This year my ambitious sisters started a new tradition-a re-enactment of the Nativity.

Perhaps my favorite-the Concierge of Pizza Sauce (as she proclaimed herself to be last week)- M as a wiseman/shepherd (yes, it took quite a while to figure out the spelling of that). Wearing my Granny E's dress (and her mustache), and bearing a pool stick, she was quite in character (though exactly what character is still undetermined).


One of the three blind sheep-

Confused angels/stars-and an arm valiantly trying to instruct

Obviously the instructions were not well understood

Do note the lovely stable backdrop. Larry really came through on that!

And the finale: Joseph looking perplexed, the Wise shepherd singing "Yo ho, Yo ho", the angel-star people not remotely interested, Mary looking picturesque, the baby quite perfect.
 A few more characters, several on the verge of a melt down.
 Well, we'll see how next year goes....

Next up: The Changeling and the Firework Show!


krista said...

So this is the first time that I've seen this mousetrap and it is pretty awesome. I don't know where I was when you made it.
Your nativity pictures make it look like no one had any idea what they were doing. We'll have to try practicing before next year. (at least we had some great costumes)

Kristy said...

I remember the glory days ( I probably should say day) of the mousetrap car. It was pretty sweet. You looked pretty out-of-place with the other brainiacs at the competition, but as they learned, looks can be deceiving. What a victory for parent projects!

The nativity pictures of hilarious. I am reminded of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever--wild and crazy, but the Spirit was there (Christmas Past?,Present?, or Future?)the costumes were fabulous and Larry really came through on the backdrop!

maddie.ballerina said...

I'm glad those pictures are out for all the world to see :)

Chelsea said...

I can't believe you remembered the summer sausage and rubber chicken!!