June 11th, 2010

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Four on Friday...

1. My kiddos are getting better at trail running, but they both hate bugs -- and June is a very buggy month around here. Of course, I realize we don't have anything like the bugs out east (or even midwest), but it seems buggy to us. I'm not a huge fan, either, but I've gotten better at handling it as I age...so I suppose it's karma that D, especially, freaks out at every noise, brush of little feet, sight of a spider, etc.

2. I got an idea for another story this morning...who knows if it will pan out, but since one of my two WIPs is dead in the water (ha) right now, I might have to give it a try. My writing progress is almost going backward right now (sigh).

3. We're tackling household projects every few days. The kiddos cleaned out the living room cupboards on Monday, and today they're moving onto a particularly awful shelf in the kitchen. Every time we open that door, something flies out at us, so it's needed. I'm trying to gear myself up for the books (ack). I love the feeling of being organized with my books, but it's very daunting...*hopes for the mental fortitude*

4. We're celebrating Father's Day early with my dad because we're planning on camping for the actual Father's Day. So on Sunday, we're all meeting at my mom's for brunch and chatting. It should be relaxed, and I'll help my mom with the food so my dad can enjoy his grandkids :)

Happy weekend!
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Holy Late Spring Weather, Batman!

So I took the kiddos out for a late lunch (or early dinner) to a local Chinese place. DH stayed home to mow the lawn. When we finished, I noticed it was sprinkling, and then once we got outside the restaurant, I looked to the west and saw dark green clouds...which is never a good sign! We headed for home (though I had to stop for a brownie, hm), and by the time we made it to the mall (which is very close to our neighborhood), the rain had picked up.

As we waited in the left turn lane, suddenly a huge piece of hail hit our windshield. HUGE -- it looked like a large rock flying in. Within a minute, we were being pelted with 3+-inch hail, and I was positive our windshield was a goner. It took us three times as long to get up the hill, and when we reached the underpass, cars had stopped mid-lane to hide from the hail -- leaving the rest of us trapped out in it!

The road was a river (at least 2 inches deep) of hail, rushing water, and leaves...but within five minutes of reaching the safety of our house, it all stopped and the sun came out (intermittently).

(DH cleaning out the gutters, which were spewing water)

(Sadly, it knocked leaves off everything, including a houseplant we'd moved outside -- and our blue spruce)

(Here's one of the bigger chunks. Doesn't look so big, but let me tell you, if that thing falls on you, you're in a world of hurt! DH got hit by a couple of those while running for cover, and the marks are still there.)

(As I took this, the tornado sirens went off...about 45 minutes too late! Of course, now there is a tornado out near DIA, which is nowhere near us, I might add.)