FamTeam - Outer Pranks

Uploaded by famteamtv on 05.10.2011

Philip: Pretty much all of our family trips take us to
cold places, usually up in the northeast,
places where it might even be snowing.
This trip was much different.
This trip, we went to the Outer Banks of North
Carolina, which are much, much warmer,
and just much different.
Cathy: Isn't this something?
It's a very pretty house, guys.
I think we'll like it.
Come on, Peter.
Mary-Elizabeth: When we first arrived at the Outer
Banks house, we were all so excited,
'cause it was such a neat house.
We saw -- we were waiting for it for a while.
We were holding our penguins and
our stuffed animals, and then we --
when I was running, I accidentally dropped Benji,
and he flipped down onto the driveway.
Luke: The little guys treat the stuffed animals,
especially the penguins, like they were baby brothers.
They're not stuffed animals.
They're not just penguins stuffed with cotton.
Mary-Elizabeth: We treat them like they're kind of
like babies or something.
We've gotten to -- we've even given them personalities or --
we kind of -- they each are different in their own ways.
So we like them a lot.
Paul: The other key.
Jude: Before even arriving at the house,
we had checked it out online,
so we knew about it somewhat.
But you just don't know how it's going to be in
real life until you see it.
Mary-Elizabeth: Yay!
Paul: Let's see if anybody's home.
Cathy: Oh, blue. Yes.
Blue's a good color.
Isn't this pretty?
Rick: Yeah. A kitchen upstairs.
Cathy: Isn't this neat?
Rick: Boy, that fresh wind, that fresh breeze out here --
it just feels so neat.
Cathy: Oh, this is wonderful.
Jude: I was really impressed by the outside of the house.
They had three layers of decks outside with
hammocks around, and you had a view of the ocean,
so I knew this was going to be a nice place to stay.
Mark: Let's move out, guys.
Mary-Elizabeth: Let's move out, guys.
Cathy: Come on, guys. Let's go.
Move 'em out.
Jacob: I need to get a drink.
Cathy: There should be a cooler on the back deck, guys.
John: It's a beautiful day here in Duck, North Carolina,
and we're hoping to go see Hatteras Lighthouse.
Mom's making faces at me.
Cathy: Oh!
John: Or I just mean the normal face.
I can't tell.
Cathy: Arrgh.
James: Not on purpose.
She's always making faces.
Cathy: Oh, you've got a fuzzy on your whisker.
You should have shaved.
Caleb: Get up. Get up.
Philip: Well, I was not shaving for the trip.
I just wanted to see what it would look like,
because I have some facial hair, and I'm blond.
I'm the oldest --
Luke: Well -- go ahead.
Philip: Well, I'm just going to say --
I -- yeah.
I decided not to shave for a while,
and no one noticed.
James: Wait, wait, wait.
Hold still.
I can see it.
Philip: Luke said, "Hey, you have something
"under your chin, under your lip.
"What is that?"
And I said, "Oh, I haven't been shaving."
And he said, "Oh, well, you probably should shave.
"It doesn't look very good."
At least I have something.
Luke: Take his word for it.
Philip: Probably by the end of the trip,
it will be visible.
Mark my words -- probably by the end of the trip,
it will be visible.
Luke: I think one of the primary callings of a big
brother is to tease his younger siblings,
so I try to fulfill that.
Philip: There's a fine art to teasing that I think
some of the older guys have started to master.
They usually don't overdo teasing now -- I don't think.
But it's -- you always have to be careful,
because there are times when it can go overboard.
Luke: I think that's just how it works.
Big brothers tease little brothers.
Older siblings tease younger siblings.
And a lot of times, teasing the younger guys --
it's kind of -- I think it actually sharpens them, too,
because it gets them -- you'll present crazy
scenarios to them, and sometimes they'll fall for it,
hook, line, and sinker, and other times, they'll think,
"Wait a second. Something is wrong here."
So I think it helps sharpen their minds, too.
And it's fun.
It's fun to tease.
Luke: And Benji is how old?
Peter: He's a year old.
Paul: Benji just turned a year old.
Luke: Really?
Cathy: Are we going to take just the two cars?
Paul: Probably two or three, I guess.
Rick: I'd say three is fine.
We're on the strip of the Outer Banks that is very
close to the North Carolina-Virginia border.
The Outer Banks is so narrow.
You've got water everywhere.
You've got the ocean side.
You've got the sound on the other side.
You're basically on -- it's almost like you're just on
a little island in the middle of -- in the ocean.
I mean, there are certain points you can drive and
look to the left and look to the right,
and see vast expanses of water,
as if you're out in the middle of --
you're just driving in the ocean, basically.
John: Didn't it say, "Park in the middle of the beach"?
Paul: I think that's what it said.
Philip: Our day trip to Corolla was one of the
most strange experiences of my life.
John: I guess we'll all hop in the truck?
Jacob: Yeah.
Caleb: Yeah.
Mark: We actually got to a point where you can drive
on the sand, right parallel to the Atlantic Ocean.
That was just so bizarre to me.
I'd never even heard of such a thing.
Philip: I'm in the back of the truck,
because we can't go in the van.
It's not suited for this kind of driving on sand.
And this truck, however, has four-wheel-drive.
Paul: This is really something,
driving on the beach like this.
I feel like I'm in an Archie comic or something.
I have the gang in the back of the truck.
All we need is a few surfboards.
Luke: That was just surreal.
You're driving a car on the beach.
You're just 20, or 30, 40 feet away from the ocean.
And then, if that wasn't enough,
there are these wild horses.
Cathy: Oh, up ahead on the right.
You're right.
Wild horses.
Rick: Wild ones?
Cathy: Uh-huh.
Up on the right.
Now, isn't that an odd thing?
Rick: In this area, wild horses roam the beach.
And we're going to go out there and just watch them.
You're not supposed to approach the wild horses.
But it's really neat.
We see four or five of them right there by the ocean.
And apparently, they've been for 500 years in this area.
Jude: Just about 20 feet from the shore,
there are about half a dozen wild horses.
I haven't counted them yet.
Mom says if I want to count them,
to count the number of legs and divide by four.
So she's the one who taught me math.
Cathy: [laughing]
Jacob: My hand is in Virginia -- my arm.
Philip, my arms are in Virginia.
Philip: Wow.
Jude: It was all just so awesome.
I mean, you get the wild horses.
You're driving on the beach.
You can drive up to the border of another state.
And that adventure we had as a family inspired Dad
to come back a few days later with me to record
some episodes of Safe at Home,
a weekly ministry show that he hosts.
Rick: We're coming near the Virginia border.
The sand is very deep here.
I don't remember it being so deep the last time we were here.
We were here two or three days ago.
Jude: Once Dad and I reached the border of
North Carolina and Virginia,
we ran into a little bit of trouble.
Rick: And that, folks, is Virginia.
Jude, I don't know if I can make it up the hill here.
I hope I don't have trouble here with this.
Man, I'm stuck.
We've got a lot of sand stuck under there.
It didn't take long to dig down.
So our plan is to free up the wheels and the
undercarriage a little bit,
and then try to make a run at it.
Jude: The funny thing is, Dad's topic,
the subject of the show, was praising God no matter what,
or basically, persevering.
Rick: Well, rejoice in the Lord always.
Jude: Here he had a chance to practice what he preached.
Rick: We finally broke free and spun --
got the car back about maybe eight feet,
but then got re-stuck, closer to the ocean.
As we tried to spin our tires,
we would get deeper, and deeper,
and deeper into the sand.
Water was creeping closer and closer to the vehicle,
and I had visions of having to go back and explain to Cathy that --
"Now, don't get excited,
"but the car is in the Atlantic Ocean."
So thankfully, we were able to extract ourselves.
And then I put the car in reverse to try to get away
from the ocean.
And I had to do it all backwards by looking in the rear-view
mirror and accelerating while hitting the --
being in reverse.
God, don't let me go in the water too much.
Lord, help me here.
I'm trying to do the right thing.
Give me wisdom here -- how I can handle this here.
I don't want -- really want to stop,
but I don't want to go too far the other way, either.
So what do you suggest, God?
Get high speed?
Let me try to go high speed and get it cut away from this.
Real high speed.
Real high speed.
Real high speed.
Real high speed.
I'm trying to turn around, so I can make a turnaround
the right way, to go back home.
And then make a cut here.
Rejoice in the Lord!
We might have done it!
I enjoyed being out there with Jude.
It was a sense of -- just a little illustration of
having to trust God, and finding joy in it,
and not overreacting, but just trusting He's there with you,
and that He's going to work with you to get of the situation.
Luke: It's kind of like a pool stick,
but it has hooks on it.
Paul: Did anybody get the bait yet?
Luke: No, I don't have the bait.
I think it's still on the deck.
Paul: David?
David: Hmm?
Paul: How would you like to go get the bait upstairs?
Luke: We had asked David to go fetch the bait for us.
Now, David -- the normal bait is --
this bait was a little bit different
than the bait he was expecting, I think.
Paul: It's a bucket.
And you'll know which one it is by looking and
seeing the bucket with a fish head.
David: I imagined that it would be little,
colorful balls of bait that we use,
the little foam-shaped kinds.
They're like little balls.
Paul: All the way to the top on the table.
Luke: And don't spill it.
Paul: And don't eat any on the way.
David: Okay.
It's going to be so fun.
I didn't really want to touch it,
'cause it didn't smell very good.
And I didn't really want to look at it at all.
Luke: Well, David, did you like the job?
David: No.
Paul: Thank you, David.
Luke: Good job.
I think he was a little shocked,
and was probably a little pale.
He thought it was just normal bait,
like, I guess, little packaged stuff you buy from the store.
Paul: We should put a bet on what the first type of
fish we catch is.
Luke: Do you think we'll catch any fish?
Paul: Yes, I do.
Luke: How many?
Paul: I don't know.
It depends how long we stay out here,
but maybe a dozen fish.
Luke: When we finally went fishing,
we had high hopes.
Paul: I wonder which of these fine fish we'll catch first.
Will it be the spotted sea trout?
A sailfish.
That would be nice.
Luke: So we were kind of thinking,
"Wow. Will we catch a shark?
"Will we catch -- how are we going to cook all these fish?"
Paul: You can catch sharks out here.
"They're common at six to eight feet long,
"but can grow as large as 13 feet."
Luke: Right when we get out there,
we cast the line, feel something --
Paul: I'm getting some resistance.
Mark: Do you have something there, Paul?
Paul: I don't know.
I'm getting resistance, but I don't know if it's
just the waves.
Luke: We catch something, but it's not quite a marlin.
Paul: What is it?
Mark: Hey!
Paul: Hey, I caught a crab.
Mark: Do you want to hold him up for a second, Paul, for a photo?
Paul: Yeah.
Luke: Congratulations.
Paul: Do you think he passes the minimum limit?
Mark: I don't know. Do we have that book?
Paul: I didn't see anything on crabs.
He's about the size of a chicken nugget.
I'll put him over here.
Maybe he can walk around.
You can babysit for him, David.
David: He's cute.
Philip: I thought that was just maybe a sign of
things to come.
"Okay. Maybe we'll get bigger game after this.
"This is just a warm-up."
Well, the next time someone pulls something in,
it's just another little crab.
And then it happened a third time,
and it was just a crab.
"So, okay," I thought,
"third time's the charm, and we're probably not going
"to catch anything other than little, gray crabs."
Luke: The experience of fishing on the beaches
there wasn't as glorious as we thought it would be.
To be frank, it was a dud.
But it was still fun.
I mean, it was -- I think part of fishing is just
the excuse of standing out there, holding a pole,
which really doesn't sound like fun.
So yeah, it was a dud.
Mary-Elizabeth: Isn't he cute?
Mark: The penguins are played with a lot.
And they've had their share of tumbles.
David: I think over the years,
Benji has gotten kind of dirty.
He might have gotten up on top of cabinets that are dirty,
and different stuff like that,
so we finally wanted to put it to end and wash him.
Mark: For the first time ever,
they got up the courage to put their favorite penguin,
Benji, in the washing machine.
Peter: I thought maybe he'd get torn up in the spin cycle.
Luke: Mark and I caught wind of the plan,
and somebody came up with the idea, "What if?"
Mark: I just leaned over and whispered to Luke,
"What if we arrive home before the kids get home,
"remove Benji, hide him, and then put a whole bunch of
"cotton, and stuffing, and scraps
"into the washing machine?"
This is going to be great.
Luke: The little guys, after a lot of hesitation, finally put Benji --
or this penguin in the washing machine.
Mary-Elizabeth: We were kind of worried.
I know on our -- while he was washing, we --
I think we'd left to go visit a lighthouse or something.
Mark: We -- on the way home, we finalized our plan.
Luke and I would leave ahead of everybody else
and get to the house.
Luke: We took Benji out, who survived it okay.
And we're trying to give them a scare.
We wanted to make it look like Benji was completely
destroyed in the washer, just like he was torn to shreds,
that somehow the washer just obliterated him,
and there was no piece remaining.
So we went to the store and bought some cotton,
and then we found another stuffed animal that had
similar material to Benji.
This is probably a pretty good setup, don't you think?
Mark: Yeah, I think so.
Luke: So we wasted no time in buying that and
chopping up the material to make it look like
little shreds of Benji, little pieces of black.
Mark: I think that's really good.
You might as well get a few more.
This is going to be great.
Luke: And then we mixed this all up with
the load of laundry that was in the washing machine
and put it back in the washer, removed Benji,
put him -- stored him safely away.
And so our idea was to be there, watch,
and see how they reacted.
Mark: Any sign of them?
Luke: A few -- I think a few came in.
I don't know where they are.
Mark: Everything set, they come home,
and I overhear voices as I come in the door.
"Let's check on Benji.
"Let's check on Benji."
David: They purposely covered it up.
Peter: We came back home after the field trip,
and I looked into the washing machine.
Don't look, guys.
Luke: Benji is a penguin, one of the favorite penguins.
David: Don't look.
Luke: We were expecting a good laugh, maybe a --
"Oh, where's Benji?"
And then a good laugh.
We didn't expect that there would be this reaction to it.
Cathy: Oh, my goodness.
Oh, no.
Peter: [whimpering]
Mark: Benji?
David: Is that him?
Nathan: That might be from a blanket.
Cathy: [laughing]
Nathan: Uh-oh.
Mark: I thought we were in for a laugh,
but I started hearing whimperings, sobs.
I felt terrible.
I mean, I just felt horrible.
Peter: Benji.
Rick: Hey, Peter, that might not be proof.
Nathan: Let's check.
Rick: There could be other things in there, too.
Luke: Peter started crying,
and I think Mary-Elizabeth started crying, and just --
it kind of started getting out of hand.
Peter: Where's Benji?
Paul: Has anybody seen Benji around?
Rick: They're playing a joke on you.
Peter: Benji?
Luke: Benji?
Mark [as Benji]: Hello!
Peter: Benji!
Mary-Elizabeth: Benji!
Peter: Benji!
He's so clean.
>> Is he okay?
Luke: In the end, after a few minutes,
after they recovered and confirmed that Benji was A-OK,
they didn't really think too much about it
after the fact.
I think, really, Mark and I were almost more
traumatized than they were,
because we saw their reaction to it,
and they were dead serious,
thinking that their favorite penguin had just blown up.
Mark: I felt so bad, like such a heel.
In fact, I still feel bad about it.
And it'll be a while until I get over that one.
David: Actually, I wasn't very mad.
I thought it was really funny,
and I liked the prank.
I probably would have liked to do it on them
if I was doing it.
Cathy: Well, all's happy that ends happy.
It all ended up happy, so --
they're happy, and so that's good.
But I don't think they want to chance washing any
more of their animals right now.