Monday, April 18, 2016

April 2016 Hail Storms

Storm Two

Storm one is posted below. For storm two, we received severe thunderstorm warnings. We watched the sky get darker...

and darker....
and even a little green...


Yet, those first three pictures were taken from where I was standing in this picture facing out. This one Evelyn took from where she was sitting in the first picture. Blue skies!

We had a good idea of what was headed our way. we are the blue pin. 

Our hummingbird feeder post hail.
And some hail stones for the books. 
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Storm One

We got a severe thunderstorm warning on our phones around 10:30pm. Ben moved the cars into the garage and I watched the lightening storm from the front porch. I could hear wind and thunder, but also a very loud swooshing sound in the distance. That sound came closer and closer and within minutes a wall of hail surrounded us. It was very loud! We had damaged screens and planters but all very minor.



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Window screens

Good reason to get some new flower pots.

Hail stones were a little smaller in the first storm, but there were more of them. 


Because we had minimal damage, it made the storm pretty exciting. Unfortunately, our neighbors a few miles away had it much worse. Here is a news report on it:

And last, here is a photo of the storm from afar: 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Halloween 2015

Harry Potter!

A Chicken Rider!

Dirty Laundry!

Hermione Granger! 

Our Gryffindor Family


Our front porch when we left.

We went to the neighborhood of our friends, the Boyds. They have 8 children and there were 2 more boys that came along. We split into 4 groups and had a great time!

Here is the crazy crew! 

My group couldn't quite make it through the whole neighborhood. I think they had a good night!

Our pumpkins.

Happy Birthday, Evelyn!


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This last October, we celebrated the 11th birthday of our daughter dearest. She opted for Penne Rustica, one of her favorite pasta dishes. She shared the chance to decorate her cake with her siblings. We enjoyed a weekend of watching Harry Potter and also dog-sitting. We sure appreciate the sparkle and brilliance this fantastic girl adds to our lives!
Getting ready to blow out her 11 candles!

Penne Rustica birthday dinner

She was sweet to let everyone help decorate her Harry Potter themed cake.


The sweetest birthday girl

Part of her gift was that we got to dog-sit over the weekend. The one with the white face was named Janie. I can't remember the name of the other one, but it was so fat, the kids called her Meatball. 

Girls enjoying Janie and "Meatball"

These were sweet puppy mill rescue dogs

Even though he's allergic, he couldn't resist.

Henry always likes to get in on the action.