Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Princess

Happy 7th Birthday Elizabeth.

I love how Elizabeth always has a smile. Well, except for when someone (coughgrandmacough) gave her a sucker for the ride home when she was only 12 months old and she was so sticky she couldn't even blink her eyelids or open her mouth or take her hand off the stick. (I think that must be the longest sentence I have ever written.)
More of our exciting life to come soon.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Back in Time

Saturday, we took a day trip down to Walnut Grove. We saw this...


But, we really went down there to see the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant. The boys discovered, and read (still reading) the Little House on the Prairie set of books that I had kept from when I was younger. They enjoyed the books, so we took them to see one of the places they lived. The book On the Banks of Plum Creek is the one that tells about life in Walnut Grove. They lived in a dug out along the bank of Plum Creek.


That is what it would have looked like 140 years ago (the picture is of one of the props for the play), but it has caved in so now it looks like this...


There was also a museum, there that we bought them to. It had lots of family pictures, artifacts (no originals, they're all in Missouri) and they had smaller replica buildings of that time. Everyone enjoyed the play, but it didn't start until 9pm. (Anna got left home, too long of a day for her) The kids had a good time, and they even learned a few things about "the olden days".

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I really need to get me one of these....















Here is what Emma says "looks like a toilet thingy"....


Hopefully we'll be able to get a couple more adventures in yet this summer.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Too Close For Comfort

Friday evening, around 6:30, a quick moving storm came through here. It brought with it a tornado that touched down on the south east side of town. We were in the stuff*mart (they made us all gather together in the back of the store) which is about a mile or 2 from where the tornado touched down. Thankfully there was only a couple minor injuries from it, and it looked like only 2 homes were completely destroyed. There was a mobile homes sales business that was destroyed. I only ever recall seeing 6-8 trailer homes there at a time. That is where they showed all the damage on the news though.

Here is a link to a video of the tornado that came through here. July 11, 2008 tornado.

We got 2 pictures on our way out of town on Saturday morning.



Nice timing on the second picture, huh?

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