Sunday, February 28, 2010

Our Tsunami

Friday night Kevin and I went to the opera. As we were sitting through our third intermission (and had resorted to Internet surfing to pass the time) we read about the earthquake in Chile. We read about the possible tsunami, but didn't give it much thought because usually the tsunami watch is cancelled. So with this in our minds we tucked ourselves into bed.

Too early on Saturday morning, we got a call saying the emergency sirens would start sounding at 6am for what was now being called a tsunami warning. We waited under the warmth of the covers, and sure enough the sirens sounded. We turned on the TV and started checking the Internet for information. We took stock of what supplies we might need. We filled our food grade buckets with water and watched the news as people made runs for gas, toilet paper and food. Being that we are up so high, and well out of the flood zone, we had nothing to do but wait.

So what do you do while you wait for a tsunami?

The answer is simple-you go to a birthday party! We were supposed to go to a birthday party at the beach, but seeing as they were all closed, the location was moved to a nearby park. There was lots of food and the kids had fun playing on the playground, while the adults tried their hand at water volleyball.

At the park there were quite a few families that obviously live in the flood zone, and had come to pass the time. They had brought food, games and suitcases, planning for the worst. Some of them ended up joining our festivities and we had a great time. I am sure we were a sight to see with balloons, games and food, but it was the perfect way to pass the time and not worry about what might or might not happen.

Thankfully the tsunami was minor, but I guess we weren't the only ones to party. We are grateful it ended up this way and next time we will be even more prepared.

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Belated Birthday

This guy turned 30 last week:
What did he do on this momentous birthday?

He went to work of course.
And had a meeting that night.

Not to worry, there was celebrating.

There were homemade crepes that evening.

And the following night a progressive dinner that included:
Tony Roma's Onion Loaf
The Counter for a gourmet burger

He was ready to get crepes next, but all that grease did me in.

Happy Birthday Kevin!
We love you. Here's to another 30 years.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Favorite Pictures of Late

Too cool for church, ma!
Praying for bubbles.
Just finished the farm work.
Shhh....hunting wabbits.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

A Travelling We Did Go...

Blogger is not cooperating in reordering my photos, so here goes...

Bennett made a new friend in Paws. It was a one sided relationship, but Bennett didn't know that.
He found new places to perch himself.
We wore him out to the point of exhaustion.
But he did get in a few jam sessions with Uncle Nate.
And this new friend clearly didn't return the love. There was hissing and some gnashing of teeth, but Bennett again didn't seem to notice.

Things we did that were not documented:
  • Road trip to Kentucky to visit my mom's family. It was great to see everyone there and spend some time with them.
  • Bennett throwing apples to the deer with Grandpa several times a day.
  • My parents house being thoroughly thrashed by a toddler.
  • Quaker Steak & Lube
  • IKEA-need I say more

My hat is off though to Bennett, who was a great flier this time. Maybe I can do this again...