Sunday, June 14, 2009

~ 31 weeks ~

We have had quite the dramatic storms here this past week. Thursday night I was on the computer, Quinn sleeping, when Jason ran into the house. He was just getting home from his business trip to Amarillo when he started yelling for me. I was worried about him waking up Quinn, he was worried about getting us into the closet!

Apparently the tornado sirens were going off but I didn't here them in the house. I grabbed Quinn and we took a look outside. As we walked out the front door, we could see the neighbors across the street looking over our house. Turning around, we saw a huge, dark grey (and I mean almost black) cloud starting to lower and swirl. Now, growing up in Nebraska and Missouri, we've seen our share of bad weather and tornado warnings. But I have NEVER seen a scary cloud that close before. I didn't stand there long; I rushed inside and took Quinn to our bedroom closet. Don't get me wrong, I grabbed her food, two bottles, my camera, video camera and external hard drive on the way! Oh yeah: flashlight, candle, lighter and phone too :)

After we holed up in the closet, Jas got on the phone to his brother and asked what the reports were saying. By this time our power had gone out. You could hear the wind start to pick up and the storm getting nasty. The rain starting fall hard and branches were knocking against our windows. Lightning was covering the sky, thunder clapping every 10 seconds.

Maybe 5 minutes passed and everything went calm again. Jason went outside to check it out and Quinn and I eventually followed. Trees were down all over the neighborhood, fences were knocked over, neighbors were all outside checking on each other and checking out the damage. Luckily, no one seems to have been hurt. I haven't even heard of a report where anyone was injured from the storm.

Our neighbor across the street, one of the people standing outside looking at the scary cloud, was underneath his large front yard tree when it cracked, falling down towards him. He said the only thing that saved him was it seemed to happen in slow motion. It fell on both of his cars though. Miraculously, hardly a scratch on either car!

For the next two hours, the entire neighborhood was outside helping each other saw down trees and get them out of driveways and streets. The whole neighborhood pitched in to help each other which was quite cool, actually. Everyone was walking around surveying the damage. Some houses had so many trees fall that you couldn't see the front of their house. Kind of crazy. We didn't have any damage to our property though. We are very thankful for that.

Then the last two nights we've had more storm warnings. Nothing much has come from them where we live which is fine by us. By last night, the 3rd night, we hardly paid any attention to the reports. Thunderstorm warning? Oh, no big deal. As long as there are no toronadoes in our backyard...

So besides the storms, we've had hot, muggy weather as well. Angie and Chase had us over to their casa yesterday for a Mexican themed pool party. Quinn got to go swimming again. This time Jas jumped in to hold her. As always, she loved it!

By the end of the night, she was tuckered out. Ang held her while she went to sleep. Since we forgot her binkie, Quinn improvised with her finger which was just too cute. I don't know what it is, Quinn won't sleep in our arms but she always does in her cousin Angie's.

1 comment:

Sarah and Drew said...

Yikes! I'm glad you guys were/are safe!