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We had a trampoline growing up.

It didn’t have one of those pansy, fancy schmancy safety nets. Or posh safety padding. You just jumped as high as you could and hoped you didn’t sail off into the rose bushes or do a face plant into the metal springs.

It was awesome.

Except for the two years of chiropractic work I needed for my back pain. Oh yes. For real.

But this inexplicably did not diminish my adoration for the trampoline.

Because trampolines are so insanely cool.

And now we’re in the suburbs and one of our neighbors has one.Β  They kindly invited my girls over and Dylan and Summer could not believe so much fun could be had on this crazy jumping apparatus.

And thankfully my neighbor said to me, “You’re welcome anytime.”

Because my days go like this…

“When can we go on the trampoline again?”

“After school.”

“Can we jump on the trampoline now?”

“After school.”

“But can we just go now?”


But then my neighbor stopped by the other day and said she wasn’t comfortable with us jumping on the trampoline when she’s not around. Which I totally understand. But now I feel all weird and awkward going over there at all because I don’t really know her very well and now she thinks I crossed the line and I’m some kind of trampoline tramp or something.


And of course, Dylan and Summer keeping asking, “When can we jump on the trampoline?!”

And “never” just isn’t a popular answer around here.

So I guess now we have to buy one.

Except it’s not really in our recession budget. Plus I think you actually have to bribe someone to get homeowner’s insurance once you own one.

But the girls sure do love it…

kelcey on trampoline

Oh wait, that might be me.

39 Responses to girls can jump

  • Kathy says:

    OMG you are too funny! I’d probably pee my pants jumping on those!! Look on ebay or craiglist maybe with the recession someone needs to unload theirs!!

  • calikim says:

    Nice moves mom!! Don’t try that “I’m almost 40 pity party” on us anymore. Rock on with your limber, agile, looks like I’m a 12 year old self!!! BACKFLIP!!!!

  • hokgardner says:

    We have a trampoline – an ancient rectangular one without any safety netting whatsoever – and my kids LOVE it. It’s a great way to wear them out. And I’ve been known to sneak out there and jump from time to time.

  • agent99 says:

    Kelcey – how did you take that picture! I smell an accomplice. Clearly the “kids” need one. I keep passing the $200 model at Sam’s club, but then I am the world suckiest mom.

  • Daphne says:

    Dang girl why are you still so bendy? When the kids get wind that we gave away the one that came with this house they will kill me. We already visit our local ER way too often as it is..

  • Shana says:

    The photographic evidence is absolutely conclusive: your kids NEEEEEEEEED a trampoline. Of their own. STAT. Seriously, if you can’t have a trampoline in your own backyard, why move to the ‘burbs?

  • Megan says:

    Wow! What a jump…you are so flexible. Caitlin has requested a trampoline for Christmas. The only problem is that it would take up our entire backyard so I don’t think Santa will be able to deliver her wish. I am going to look into the tiny individual trampolines, but they’re not quite the same thing.

  • prudie says:

    I’m in Canada but they have a Dora trampoline which is a bit smaller than the big ones but not wee like the exercise jumers. It was $100 and came with a safety net. I saw it at Canadian Tire but it is probably at Walmart too.
    I don’t think you could do that on it though. πŸ™‚
    Just saying.

  • Madmad says:

    We got one of the little exercise ones for my son, who WEARS THROUGH them every couple of months, from jumping so much. I don’t know what’s up with that. Or what my point was, come to think of it…

  • dahlila says:

    I’d even settle for one of those mini in-front-of-the-tv trampolines. Bounce, bounce, bounce it all away.

    Still, I loved the old rectangular ones, no safety nets just wild flying everywhere. πŸ˜‰

  • Patrick says:

    Aside from the more obvious physical benefits, evidence exists that jumping on a trampoline calms/soothes the brains of kids whose early years were emotionally troubled.

  • mandy says:

    first off that is awesome that you stretch like that. i think the last time i reached me feet without bending was in the womb:) second if you really are getting one i think i saw an ad in walmart that included the safety net for around 200 or so. it was really reasonable for the price. we have one and the kids are on it every day for the last 2 years!!

  • Amy says:

    When I was growing up a neighborhood family had a trampoline. VERY rare in that day and age (I am 43). We would go over and ask “Please can we jump on your trampoline?” I am sure they got so sick and tired of us but whatever, great childhood memory. Met up with the son of that family as an adult and when he saw and recognized me said “Please XXX, can we jump on your trampoline?” Priceless πŸ™‚

  • layla solms says:

    i was once the neighbor who said:
    “sure, jump anytime”
    then i was the neighbor who said, well…how about only when we’re home, but i got sick and tired of being the referee for the sweet neighbor kids (hellions)
    cuz there are rules about not having 15 people up there at one time
    and no wrestling or smackdown
    just please jump
    and now it is the 4 yr. old telling me her mommy sends her over to jump alone when i’m not home, and then i use my best non-bitchy voice, which is bitchy anyway. please don’t send them over unattended. ever.
    and a month later neighbor mommy is calling my cell phone asking if i really meant it (she has 2 college degrees!)
    and is it a problem if her kids jump unattended. and her kids are the ones who ripped the safety net…
    it used to be fun
    you may drive to indiana and take it off our hands
    or i can bring it to you.

  • E says:

    I think getting your own trampoline will make you feel a lot better when you see that neighbor. I can see her not wanting you to send the kids ALONE but if you are there, it seems better if you use it when she isn’t home b/c it is less intrusive. Then I would put in a pool so she could not use it EVER. So petty, I know.

  • Suzie says:

    OMG! You can still do a toe-touch! Way to go–apparently 40 is the new 21 where you live! πŸ™‚ I think you should go ahead and buy that trampoline. Rick will surely be on board after seeing THAT photo, right? πŸ˜‰

  • LT says:

    Very impressive Kelc!! The twins were jumping on a trampoline this weekend at a birthday party and we could not get them off of it (except for cake. . .). πŸ™‚

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