Valey couple on America’s Funniest Home Videos on Sunday |

Valey couple on America’s Funniest Home Videos on Sunday

Linda Hiller

What would you do if you put your 2-year-old son down for a nap on your bed and when you went to check on him, you found him covered from head to toe in Vaseline?

You’d get out the video camera, film him while he slept, and then send the tape to America’s Funniest Home Videos, that’s what.

After all, how often does something like that happen?

The Lackeys of Gardnerville had that experience, sent the tape in a year ago, and tomorrow their tape of little Nolan (who is now 4) will be aired on America’s funniest Home Videos with Bob Saget.

The Lackeys’ comical video clip won out against hundreds of other clips to qualify as one of the three winners for the March 9 show.

“I am sworn to secrecy about which place we got,” said mom Trena, “but it was quite an experience to go and be a part of it all.”

She said that when Nolan was put down that day for a nap, she had put a little Vaseline on his lips, accidentally leaving the jar on the bed.

“It was the really big size,” she said, “and he must have gotten into it after I left the room.

“When it got really quiet in there, I went to check on him. When I saw him asleep on the bed, at first it looked like he was all wet.

“I was wondering how he got so wet when I got closer and saw the empty Vaseline jar. I’d never seen anything like it. His nose was practically glued shut and his eyes were all globbed.

“So I got out the camera and taped him. I like to send videos to my parents who live out of state.”

Lackey said that as she played the tape for friends and family, everyone found it funny.

“Everyone laughed every time we showed it, so we decided to send it in to the show,” she said, adding that after sending the tape in a year ago, they moved from Sunnyside, Nevada to Gardnerville because her husband, Carl, was transferred here to become a wildlife biologist for the state of Nevada.

Then, a month ago the Lackeys called the show at ABC to inform them of the change of address.

“Then, two weeks later, they called and asked us if we could fly to Los Angeles on Feb. 24,” Trena said.

So off to California they went.

“They paid for our flight – all three of us – picked us up at the airport and put us in a four-star hotel,” she said, “and then gave us spending money on top of that.”

“The day of the taping, Nolan had to go into a room with the other kids,” she said, explaining that it is the policy of the network to not allow children on the set until 15 minutes before taping.

“I think it would have been hard on Nolan,” she said. “We got to sit in front with the other winners,” she said, adding that four families are flown in for each taping, even though it will be three winners who will place first, second and third.

“The fourth place entries also get a reward,” she said.

Trena said that although she and Carl were initially nervous about appearing on television, they were able to ignore the cameras after a while.

“You are there for three hours to do the taping, so you stop noticing them,” she said.

“We didn’t know what Nolan would think about being on TV, but he did great,” she said. “Bob Saget even talked to him.”

She said that Saget entertained the audience for the entire the taping.

“He was funny,” she said. “The whole thing was awesome.”

The Lackeys will be on tomorrow night’s show at 8 p.m. on ABC (channel 8 for local cable users).

Trena said they are having friends and family in to watch.

“My sister is making a special cake for the party,” she said.

Then viewers will be able to see if the Lackeys win either third place for $2,000, second place for $3,000 or first place for $10,000.

Either way, little Nolan will always be remembered as “Vaseline boy.”