Monday, November 30, 2009

My Thanksgiving: How Grandma almost got run over by a [rein]deer!

So what was your Thanksgiving like?
Mine started out with our annual family fun run. You know, as usual I spent the night before making all of the shirts for the big event:

On the morning of the race, we all gathered around for a pre-run photo:

Then I attempted to line everyone up and get an "at the starting line" photo. Here is last year's champ, Nathan, getting ready to race:

During this time, Tim decides not to wait for the official start and takes off running:

Causing a bunch of mass hysteria as everyone races to follow:

For various medical reasons, Tim, Grandma and I are walking the course:

We got a late start and en route soon encountered the other walk/joggers (returning from their 1/2 distance course) as we approach the 1 mile marker:

A few moments later (at the mile mark) Nathan jogs past effortlessly (returning from the 2.15 mile mark) en route to his 3rd consecutive first place finish:

**cue danger music!**
Then the plot thickens! Grandma and I continue walking along the course, past the halfway mark and up the perilous, hilly, sidewalk-free 2 lane road. As we approach the top of the tallest hill, we see a deer darting in and out of the trees.

editors note: these next 2 photos are re-enactments, because I was in too much shock to photograph live.
The deer began to cross the road. A white car comes up and over the hill.

The deer is about to get hit, and instead jumps super high in an attempt to jump over the car.

The deer doesn'tmake it over the car (after all, the car is driving into the deer) and instead brushes the side of the vehicle, sorta sliding down the side of the car, unhurt. The driver, most likely shocked, drives off. The deer now, having just richocheted off the side of the car, is now facing Grandma and me and still moving very fast in our general direction. I was standing right behind Grandma bracing myself to catch her as I imagined the deer charging both of us. Grandma stood still, shocked:
And luckily the deer grazed past us on the side and continued, terrified, down the road.
Moments later, Tim causually ran up the hill and passed us, oblivious. He mentioned when he finished seeing a deer as he ran on home.
Everyone managed to finish safely, eventually.
And then we took this sweaty faced post-race family picture. (Sorry Grandma the one with you in it is in mom's camera!)
And thus ends the story of how Grandma almost got run over by a reindeer at the 3rd annual family fun run.

Hope your day was eventful as well!


jess said...

Bwah ha hah, that was awesome. It's like I was there!

jessica said...

That is the best Thanksgiving story I have heard so far......or ever maybe! Mine was fairly uneventful. Far too much food (I did not feed any to my pets) and almost couldn't fit in a piece of pie. That was about the most threatening situation I was in all day.

Tabitha said...

That's amazing!!!! Ha ha! And I loved how well you retold the story. Just drew me right in as if I was there. haha :)

You guys have such a cute tradition!

Emily said...

Ha! Too funny. Hey, you should post a blog that lists the top 10 blogs that you like to follow, I need some new reading material!

Sandy said...

That is the most awesome blog I have read in a long time. Very entertaining...and of course I am glad that no people or animals were harmed in the making of the story. :P

Katie Lady said...

It is a bummer that you didn't have your video camera for the event, as this surely would've made the top 10 YOU TUBE views!!

We hiked to the top of Bishop's Peak--with both boys! A new tradition we'd like to continue when we're in SLO.Maybe t-shirts would be good...

Melissa said...