Runaway Trampoline

So just over a week ago, we got a new trampoline. The girls thought it was awesome!

From February 2011

And well, maybe I did too.

Rick also enjoyed it, but we hadn’t had a chance to photograph him in it yet.

Last Thursday, we had a line of storms come through, and when we next saw the trampoline, we saw that it had been moved so that it was up against the fence. The fence was fine, so we just moved it back where it was and didn’t think much more of it. Because, hey, it stayed in the fence!

Today, one week and one day since we installed the trampoline, we had another line of storms come through. The damage was all North of us, so I really didn’t think much about it this evening when Rick and the girls got home. I instructed Phoebe to go outside and play while we prepared dinner. I followed her outside, and heard, “Mom, there’s no trampoline!” Sure enough, where our trampoline was this morning, now looked like this:

Definitely, no trampoline there. I surveyed the backyard, and found a piece of foam in the fence. This foam was from the bars that held the netting up. Thankfully, our fence was fine.

I ran to the fence and climbed up (it’s taller than me, so I have to climb to see over it). This is what I saw:

Note, that is our trampoline in a drainage ditch about three lots away from our house.

While we are very sad (the girls especially) that the trampoline is gone (and so quickly!), we are very thankful that nothing else was damaged in the process. I’m still in shock that the thing managed to fly over our privacy fence! Phoebe’s already had the solution that we just need to buy a new one. She’s gonna have to learn that she’ll have to wait for that. In the mean time, we’ll have to jump at friends’ houses and Meme and Granddaddy’s house!

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