Well, this time the tornado came to see us once we arrived in Wichita. If any of you happened to be watching the weather channel that day, it was all about Wichita and the surrounding areas.
Some weather channel personalities even spent the day there reporting.
There were strong warnings all day and into the evening. At one point they reported that there was a tornado 3/4 mile wide heading for the Wichita metro area.
Growing up there, you get used to tornado warnings and sirens but this is as serious as I can remember it being. We headed down to Grandma's (Susie's) basement, Alex and Connor set up a snack station. We had our flashlights, candles...etc... Alex was worried because Grandma was upstairs when we were supposed to be taking cover. He went to get her. She was getting all her important papers together. I actually suspect she was hiding all her jewels, shhhhh
The dogs didn't know what the heck all the excitement was about. I think animals sense these things though.
We checked in with everyone. At one point the tornado was headed right to the area
Grandpa Jerry (my dad) and brother were staying at Dad's girlfriends house. It was pretty scary.
Grandpa Dick (Mark's dad) was with his girlfriend not too far from us. Honestly I think he was in bed..LOL! I think he figured if it got close enough he would take cover.
Luckily by the time it touched down it had lost a lot of it's steam and didn't do too much damage
Wichita, Kansas Tornado Damages City As Storms Pound U.S. Plains
Before the storm hit we got in some time visiting with Dad and Jerry. Dad let the boys try out is Martin guitar that he has had since 1970. They loved it.
|Grandpa even played a couple of songs for us. It was so nice to hear him play and sing. It had been a long time.|
It brought back good memories of my childhood.
|Alex looks annoyed at me doesn't he? heehee|
|Connor in Grandma's front yard|
|The Axe made me nervous, just putting that out there|
|Did I mention that the axe made me nervous?? Shouldn't we have protective eye wear and work boots? Again, just sayin' In my defense Great Grandma Dot agreed with me.|
|Skylar and Max loved being outside|
|Skylar is in the grass and Max is teasing her, ahhhh|
|Connor making me nervous, way up in Grandma's tree|
|The boys with Great Grandma Dot on her patio, too bad it was too dark|
In the flower basket hanging behind Alex's head there is the most perfect little nest of baby birds. Grandma Dot puts them out each year and this year before she had put them up the Mama and papa bird were out there chirping, so she went and got them and hung them up (there is another one on the other side). They got to work right away building a nest. Grandma even put some cotton out for them to use and you can see it woven into the nest. How cool is that? In the other basket there is a perfect little nest with several little eggs. They may have hatched by now. I wish I had gotten a picture of them.