Carjacking! Caught on Film!

The perfect carjacking scenario:
2pm on a Summer Sunday. A deserted driveway. A car with no windows. Or ignition.

The perp makes his move on what should be an easy target--he's older, he's stronger, and she's far too distracted by the car's squeaky horn.

The perp has underestimated his victim, who puts up a valiant struggle. He suddenly reconsiders his decision to leave the Robeez at home that day.

The fight for the wheel--is the driver is losing her ground?
Who will emerge victorious?

At last, help arrives in time to avert the perp's dangerous crime spree, a joyride on the neighbors' lawn and some dinner-spoiling snacks.

Concerned passers-by: Are you okay? Can we get you anything--glass of water? Binky?

The good guy always wins!

Thanks to the always awesome Christina and her beautiful family for playing along--and a long overdue thanks for hosting us back in the final throes of summer. And above all, for nodding along politely with my "I'm too tired to drink" excuse when after three kids yourself, you certainly know better.

And hey - visit her new blog if you want to read about the magical adventures of a novice homeschooling New England liberal mom and her great taste in music.


Blogger Lara said...

is she insured? because after a scare like this, i would definitely look into some insurance. and maybe a lojack. that's way too sexy a car to leave unprotected.

p.s. i don't think i've ever been the first commenter on anything EVER. woot!

10/26/06, 10:26 PM  
Blogger Reff said...

Whew! At least there weren't any pictures of Nate whooping by ass at foosball. He put on a clinic.

Cute kids by the way.

10/26/06, 10:29 PM  
Blogger Anne D said...

Oh, the fight over the red&yellow coupe ... been there, done that. What is it about that hot car? Every kids wants it! Your captions are hilarious!

10/26/06, 11:10 PM  
Blogger Awesome Mom said...

Cute pictures!

10/26/06, 11:25 PM  
Blogger sc@vp said...

HEY! How'd you get MY CAR?!

10/27/06, 12:02 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Is Thalia a red-head? Or is it a lighting/car color combination eye trick thing?! More compelling, why have I never noticed before?

Either way, beautiful pictures of an attempted carjacking.

And might I say I'm so glad that you're feeling feisty again. I LOVE that part of pregnancy.

10/27/06, 12:51 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Love it!!! May I suggest you get her in some karate classes. Not only would she save her car, but she would teach that carjacker not to mess with her.

10/27/06, 8:24 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Funny vignette...Good thing you had willing actors!

10/27/06, 8:50 AM  
Blogger Marcie said...

That scenario has played out in our backyard many, many times. Same make of car too. Must be a popular make and model for the toddler car jacking set.

10/27/06, 9:02 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I always knew your neck of the woods was famous for carjacking. I just had no idea it started so young....

10/27/06, 9:37 AM  
Blogger Chicky Chicky Baby said...

Well if she wasn't driving such a fly ride people wouldn't be trying to jack it. Which is why my kid is saving up all her birthday money to buy a beater car.

10/27/06, 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hehe That was a very cute and adorable car jacking story, something that since I am living an hour from LA is oddly rare!

She is so totally cute!

10/27/06, 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, I totally saw this story on NY1. Can't believe it was Thalia! Glad she's ok. And needless to say, she's as adorable as ever.

10/27/06, 10:31 AM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

Ummmm ... that's the cutest crime I've seen in a while. Who knew carjackings could be so sweet?

Damn, Thalia is turning into such a lovely lady just like Mom.

10/27/06, 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww, that's so adorable. My kids always end up being the car jackers in this story - maybe I need to get me one of those cars so I don't raise thugs.

10/27/06, 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know WHAT it is about that make and model of auto but it really does "drive" little ones to criminal behavior :)

Kids always go crazy for those Little Tike cars!

10/27/06, 12:29 PM  
Blogger Damselfly said...

Love that last photo! How sweet and precious! (can I use those words here?)

10/27/06, 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would you believe - even after having it pimped out four times - our ride is still runnin'!?!?

You go, girl - hang onto what ya' got!

10/27/06, 1:27 PM  
Blogger J said...

Way too cute.

I kinda wish the good guy always won in real life, too.

10/27/06, 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hilarious! Thanks for the laugh... I needed it. Really.

10/27/06, 2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed... any experienced mom knows "too tired to drink" is always cover for something evil.. like pregnancy or a bladder infection.

10/27/06, 3:42 PM  
Blogger Binky said...

Yeah, I heard when it comes to most-likely-to-be-stolen cars, Cozy Coupes are the '95 Honda Civics of the toddler set. I also wouldn't recommend getting her a Cadillac Escalade Power Wheels anytime soon, either.

10/27/06, 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too friggin' adorable! I think we have the same model, only lots of crayon scribbles in the interior.

And I think I finally caught on - declining some drinky b/c secretly "with child"! Halloween party 4 years ago - declined drinky b/c I was the "designated driver" wink wink.

10/27/06, 5:25 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I'm too tired to drink, I love that. I'll have to remember it for next time. That's how I was outed both times.

Love the pictures.

10/27/06, 6:53 PM  
Blogger GIRL'S GONE CHILD said...

Too cute. I HAD one of those cars!!! I'm happy to see they still exist. :)

10/27/06, 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd say it looks more like, "Hey, baby, scoot over and let me show you how a man drives a car." Beware of cute blonde boys in red tank tops.

10/27/06, 8:09 PM  
Blogger Blog said...

That is the CUTEST! Love that the good guy wins! ;) Maybe, the bad guy gets a turn tomorrow! ;) Adorable. All of them!

10/27/06, 11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah. Those cars are such easy targets.

Glad to see she stood her ground. :)

10/28/06, 12:03 AM  
Blogger Girl con Queso said...

Nice self defense, Thalia. Nice citizen policing, neighboring children. This PSA drama in real life situation should be a lesson to us all.

10/28/06, 2:23 AM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

To answer Daddy Detective,
This car is old; my neighbors gave it to us after it went through their two kids, so it is now being used/loved by child #5---you can, though, buy one new b/c Little Tykes still makes them. Just beware, it turns normally kind little children into possessive monsters! : )

And much love to Mom-101 for the mention. It's nice to have anyone read my blog that isn't related by blood or marriage!

10/28/06, 11:28 AM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

And look at the daddy trying to settle everyone down...it looks like a beautiful day.

10/28/06, 7:52 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

OK. Holy weirdness. If I hadn't had a Big Angsty post to do today, it was gonna be 'A Carjacking, WonderBaby Style' - because I have the exact same images on film (except indoors, and featuring WonderBaby) from today.

Anyway. Sorry for the lame comment. But at least I didn't say something like OMG ARE YOU PSYCHIC?

10/28/06, 9:10 PM  
Blogger Cristina said...

LOL. Great pictures! Glad to hear Thalia survived her first brush with crime.

10/28/06, 9:26 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I don't think you have to worry about that little lady in the corporate world. Surely, she'll be able to hold her own. :-)

10/28/06, 9:53 PM  
Blogger Mary Tsao said...

That child has a smile that could melt rocks. And what is it with kids in those little cars? They're so cute!

Belated congratulations on your pregnancy. I'm a lame-o for not getting around to it sooner. I hope you're feeling well!!

10/28/06, 10:58 PM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Happy ending for such a cute gal.

By the way, if someone wants to give a good home to a child who needs one? That sounds like a good idea to me. Thanks for that post.

10/29/06, 1:46 AM  
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10/29/06, 1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm just smiling and weeping at the site of those beautiful children. thanks a lot, do you have any idea how shitty i look when my eye-makeup runs? xox

10/29/06, 1:05 PM  

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