We finally made the trek to OKC to visit family and celebrate some birthdays that had passed. It was fun to see everybody again and it sure is nice that I can actually do that more than once a year. I made a cake and we celebrated Adrian’s and Steve’s birthday with some family that was able to make it on Saturday afternoon. It was very informal but still nice to get together. Angie brought the baby over and Grandma and I were fighting over who gets to hold him the entire time. lol. Dominic is such a cutie pie!! I can’t wait for them to visit us here because then I won’t have to fight over who gets to hold him, it will be ME!! The boys loved playing on the trampolene in the back yard, they were hams when I brought out the camera; not Peyton though. She wanted me to be outside with her, just not taking her picture. Of course I had to take her picture who does she think I am!!?? lol. I am happy I was able to get pictures and take some of Dom, since I am making the baby album for Angie as her baby gift. I don’t want to leave any picture out, they are all so dang cute! Steve and I went out on our first date since moving; we were celebrating his birthday. We ate at Arturo’s restaurant and boy was the food delicous. I was so full and of course my cousins had to come and join us; then they forced me to go out and have more drinks. I felt horrible the next day. I am just way too old to being doing that, and my cousins are like 10 years younger. They should know better! Anyway, all in all it was a great time. It sure is nice living much closer.


Caeden Field trip

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On April 30th I went on the first school field trip since moving. I was a chaparone and the 1st graders went to the Dallas Arberatum. It was a beautifully landscaped place with fun streams and walkways that of course we weren’t able to enjoy. The kids liked the litte houses that created somewhat of a playground much better. We ate lunch and then took a tour of the habitat where the kids learned different tree types and plants including poison ivy. As we entered the natural area the kids saw a hawk perched up on a branch just staring down at all the kids just watching. It didn’t move the entire 30-45 minutes and was still there when we left. It was fun to get to know the teacher and other students a little better as well as the other moms helping out. Caeden just enjoyed his mom being there and gave me this cute pose as the rest of the class was getting ready for the next picture.

So after school on Friday, I pick up my boys and two other as well. We head off to Dave and Busters and Adrian gets a phone call that another friend can join us! YAY! So we head back home to pick him up and head out again. We get to D&B just in time for the Dinner special and man can these boys eat!! It was so funny, while driving in the car they had the radio on and were singing every single song that came on. I just laughed the entire ride there. I sure do remember the days where I knew every song on the radio and the words too boot. After eating everybody had $30 to spend and the playing was on. The boys wons so many tickets and were so excited, it was really fun watching them play. Of course I had to get a play in too since they had my favorite game~ Deal or No Deal!. This picture is of the boys watching TV after we got home. Everybody spent the night and each boy was a treat to have over. I am happy Adrian has some friends here and hopefully they are a little bit closer.

There are many many circular clouds and tornado warnings and watches are up for all of North Texas. Two tornados have been reported so far with quite possibly many more. I don’t know how much of this I can handle! Please pray for us as we go through this tornado season.

It was wonderful to have Steve’s parents, sister, brother-in-law and newphews all for a visit this weekend. We haven’t seen his parents (Ed & Shirley) for a long while. They traveled all the way down from Colorado and poor Shirley had to deal with the nasty Texas allergies!! First they went to Greg and Nancy’s house in Austin and then they all made the trek here during a wonderful severe storm! We tried our best to sight-see Dallas but being new ourselves, we were lost for ideas. We ended up going downtown to the historical West End and saw where JFK was shot and walked down the road that he was riding when he was shot. Downtown Dallas really left me desiring more. I sure do miss my Lodo!! The boys obviously enjoyed hanging out with their cousins again. The next day we drove to a large park with a playground and hiking trails. It was a pretty nice park and we might visit again. Hopefully we can find some things that are closer to us, but we shall see. Unfortunately their visit was short lived and everybody had to go home. It was nice to be able to have so many people in the house and still be comfortable, 5 bedrooms really makes for good visiting and anybody is welcome anytime:)

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A post on the IRW forum reminded me of another time in my childhood when I had a brush with tornado warnings. Somebody had posted “You sure stayed calm though! Especially for someone not used to that kind of thing.”; and it made me remember when I was just about 6 years old or so and  my brother and I were outside playing in the rain. We were currently living on base in Missouri and next thing I know the loud siren went off. The rain had started pouring sideways and there was an erie feel in the air.  Not a second later my father comes outside screaming for us to get in the house. My father super heroically (if that is even a word) ripped the matress off my bed and directed us to huddle in the bath tub. I remember thinking of my father as my hero……

If it wasn’t for his quick and calm thinking, I don’t think I could have been as calm as I was. So thank you Dad! I love you very much.

If I remember correctly, I think there was a tornado that hit close by but not where we were. Heck, I could be wrong in my memory but it is a memory I hold close to my heart.

4:04am I am awaken by a slight siren sound. Luckily I have heard them before so I knew exactly what was going on; A TORNADO SIREN. Well, that woke me up quick and I run upstairs to wake up Adrian and then down the hall to get Caeden. We take blankets and head into my small walk in closet, which is the only place that I can think of that would be safe. Of course Steve is gone out of town, so I called him hoping he could help from Atlanta. NO was the answer! I then proceeded to turn on the T.V. in my bedroom leaving the boys in my closet and of course no satelitte signal. So next I move to the radio. As soon as I hear some music I hear a loud crack and bang the power goes out. Scared to death I run back into the closet and try to figure out something …… Taking Steve’s advise I call the police station to verify if a tornado had touched down or if we were in a warning; it was a warning and no he didn’t know for how long. Sitting in the closet we were not able to see anything and I realize that I need to get a candle, a radio, something because I had no idea how long we would be in there. I told the boys I would be right back and that everything will be okay. Leaving the closet I see poor Pepe under my bed terrified. As soon as he sees me I hear him meowing and he starts to follow me. I locate a candle and matches, batteries and my clock radio, picked up Pepe and I head back to the closet. The winds were so strong and the rain was hitting the windows so hard, it looked like the house was in a car wash. The scariest part was knowing that we were not prepared and and what will happen to all my pictures. I had thought about where we would go, but not about the supplies I would need. In the closet I lite the candle, put batteries in my clock radio, of course no radio; It just saves the time. GREAT! So we sit in the closet and Caeden won’t quit talking, Adrian is trying to sleep, Precious is trying to get to Pepe so she can jump on his face and play. After some time, It had quieted down and so I called the police department at 4:47am to find out that the warning was over. The kids and I slowly get back into bed and sleep in of course. Throughout the morning I keep peeking to see if there is any power yet back in the house. Around 9ish a glimmer of the bathroom light that was on earlier finally presents itself. As I get out of bed wondering what school will be like because I know their power had to be out as well, I look out of my window and low and behold; We have half a tree!! 

The school had half power at 9:30am and no air; they are not taking attendance today, so the kids decided that they would like to stay home. Great, another terror for me to deal with today!! lol.

We are actually very lucky that nothing besides the tree was damaged. Caeden’s room and my scrapbook room are on that side of the house. Seeing the news and all of the damage from the storms that other houses endured, I feel very lucky indeed.