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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Fun Monday what would we save in a house fire


First I have to say I'm back for Fun Mondays! Yeah I'm really happy to finally have things together enough from our move to be able to participate again.

So this weeks challenge was from Sayre and here is her challenge........

"Brush off your interview skills. Talk to everyone who lives in your house. I want to know what their, and your, favorite piece of art is in your home. Photographs do not count. If there was a fire in your home, everyone would grab photographs, but what is the non-photographic piece of art you would grab on your way out - and why? (Edit: These don't have to be paintings - these can be wall hangings, statues, lumps of clay by your child, anything that is artistic expression of some kind EXCEPT photographs.) "

First off this is something that scares the crap out of me, the thought of my house burning down. And really the first thing I would do is make sure the kids where out of the house and the pets before any material items. I do have some idea what it is like to have it happen as I have a friend of mine who has had her home burn down twice both electric issues on things that had been recalled but she never had been informed, so people keep your eyes and ears open for that kind of stuff! She fortunatly was never home when it actually happened which also means she didn't get the chance to try to grab anything and she has always had a lot of really nice things. That and you really don't want it to happen anyway because insurance is a pain in the butt to get them to pay for things. Its been a year since her house burnt down and they still haven't gotten the house rebuilt or any work done on it yet. Not to mention the other items that they needed to get replaced especially with 2 children.

Hmm I have to say that we are not at all an artsy family. Sayre said we could cheat though just not with photos. Honestly the only things in our house artsy wise are our photos so I let the kids have free reign on what they would save on their way out. I will try to come as close to art type things as I can though so it may not actually be things we would save in a fire.

Me: For me it would probably be this picture if I had to choose a peice of art. My mom bought it for me when the girls where still very little. The angel in the back has curly hair like Kenzie and the baby in the front has straighter brown hair like Maddie. The picture made me think of them and still does.

Kelly (the hubby): First of Kelly gave me a weird look and said the only thing he would worry about getting out would be the family and the cat oh and maybe his wallet if he had enough time. Although the only art type thing he owns in the house is this elephant piece. It's actually from Africa. A girl I used to babysit, ages ago, brought it back and actually gave it to my parents although Kelly has always liked it because he is elephant obsessed! So when we moved here to Alaska my parents gave it to him to remember them by. He kept it in the car with him on the drive to the Ferry to make sure nothing happened to it.

Izzak age 12:Izzak has a pocket knife collection (yeah I know a bit weird for a kid). He said if he could only grab one it would be his knife with the wolf carved into the handle. No picture though its still in the moving carton we have which is how all of our stuff was shipped.












Joshua age 10: Joshua is difficult he doesn't really get to attached to anything only what is new to him at the moment. Right now it would probably be his trumpet. He thinks its pretty cool right now.
McKenzie age 8: Kenzie first would only say her dolls and barbies but when pushed to say something that was art she said this Its a picture she got from her dads things once and insists on having in her room. I'm not a big fan of it but she likes it.

Madison age 6: Madison also said her dolls but then said she would have to take her Grandma quilt. Which is art since someone handmade it. My mom actually made blankets for all my kids Madison has always been quite attached to hers.

Anyway that is all we have. Of course though like I said the family would be my first priority then this weird thing here

Not sure why though. He likes to unmake my bed to sleep like this.............

25 people had something to say:

dawn said...

Those are great choices. I think the elephant one is important to Kelly if he drove it to your new place. I would absolutely save the pets before art, but those cats have a way of finding the craziest places to sleep. The quilt is wonderful. My kids each have blankets and I have a quilt my Baba made me when I was a baby that I didn't even think of because it is packed away. She even processed the wool from their sheep. At least you got an answer out of your four.

dawn said...

Oh yeah, I sent the postcard today.

Karmyn R said...

I have nightmares thinking about who I'd grab first after the kids were out - the cat or the dogs?

I love the quilts. My kids each had one made for them by family friends (but I put them in storage to keep them safe. I guess I should have let them use them)

susan said...

Fires twice?? That's scarey stuff.

It was fun seeing all your family's treatures.

Pamela said...

that cat has one of those weird little chin beards that are so popular right now (soul patch?)

the quilt is a great choice. It is art and it is warmth

A Bishops wife said...

Just wanted to say hi--as I have just found your blog this morning. I linked here off "Whitterer on autisum" It is a lovely blog. Wonderful children too.

Melanie said...

I'm glad you're finally settled enough to be back to your usual blogging. I missed you while you were gone!!
Everyone has great choices. My dog does the same thing as your cat and sleeps the same way!

Steffi said...

I love the quilts too.Very nice!

frannie said...

I love the quilt!

and I am a fanatic about elephants, too

M said...

What fabulous art with fabulous stories! We're art free ourselves. Bothers me at times.

And that cat? Is too cute for words holy man oh man do I want to kiss that little spotted face! GAH! I had a cat with a little patch below her lips and it was just the cutest!

Your kids choices were great. And I love all the memories with your art. (And that quilt? AMAZING.)

A fire totally scares the crap out of me too, btw. I'm quite attached to material possessions and the idea of them all being gone forever breaks my heart even in theory. (Okay, sure, I could do without 1000 pairs of shoes but things like my dad's belongings? Picture? The ring from my grandmother? Awful to imagine life without!)

Amy W said...

I am all for the trumpet!

HeiressChild said...

isn't it fun when everyone joins in and takes part? i love the uniqueness of each item that you all chose.

Tiger Lamb Girl said...

I'm with you - I'd be most concerned with getting my family out.

The photo of your cat 'unmaking' your bed cracked me UP.

Stacy said...

Hey, I wanted to let you know I sent off a postcard today! Glad you are all getting settled in- we also have colds here! I hate colds!!! Talk to you soon! I need to send flat Stanley up there to you,I know you will take lots of pictures with him and give us great Alaska information! I will try to mail it this week. I have you email from Wendy so I will request you address. Let me know if you can not do it though.

Black Chairty Witch said...

Ahoy me hearties...hand over the loot and no one gets hurt. We be a bunch 'o friendly pirates a boardin' yer ship.

la bellina mammina said...

Thanks for sharing - great pic of the cat! Btw, mailed out the postcard today - sorry for the delay!!

mcewen said...

Ooo I am unfamiliar with Fun Monday - I'll have to check that out.

An interesting collection. One of our cats sleeps like that too.

Since it's way past Monday, I probably won't give the 'what to save in a fire' any thought, especially as when we did have a fire, I got the kids out and then worked on putting out the fire rather than taking anything else out - too scary to think about.
Best wishes

Janice said...

The cat is hilarious! And I love th quilt! I honestly don't know what I'd take (other than pictures)if my house burned down. Maybe my camera. So I can take more pictures! :-P

Debbie said...

The cat is priceless! Great art stories.

Wendy said...

That is sure a funny way for a cat to sleep. Crazy thing! Mine sleeps curled in a ball in the sunshine if at all possible!

Heather K said...

Hi Terri...interesting post...
your friends house that burned down because of a recalled product...did it happen to be one of those Glade Plug-ins?? I've heard of houses burning down because of this.

HeiressChild said...

hi terri, i sent madison a postcard on monday and another one today. couldn't find any with crabs or anything symbolic of maryland, but they both are cute. *lol* i think madison will like both of them. also, i have something for you on my blog under "who needs the emmys"

alisonwonderland said...

my family can relate to the trumpet thing - with our clarinet thing. like several others, i love the quilt. hopefully, none of us will ever have to really flee a fire!

Kaytabug said...

Love the quilt and that angel pic is beautiful!

elena jane said...

great fun monday...we're not much into art either. i'd go for the kids and the photos....love the container pic...have fun emptying that all out ;-)