So here he is. This is the big guy who is causing all this trouble in my life. I would like for him to just disappear. We have been in prepare mode now a few days. We were already on alert for Ms. Fay but nothing but a little rain came out of her. So this seems to be even more serious. I went to Walmart to day and peoples carts were full of water bottles and paper plates and canned goods. Lots of people stocked up on soda and chips. A friend that I was chatting with mentioned the same thing and it boggled our minds a bit. But whatever gets you through I guess. I was surprised at how much stuff was gone. Baby diapers(luckily I got the last package of #2's they had) and canned goods. I stocked up on stuff to get us out of here like snacks for the road. I would imagine by Saturday we will know at least what me and the kids are doing. As I was coming home from the famous wally world on my street there are two people boarding up their houses right now. It made me want to cry seeing how they have no windows to be seen and all the boards are marked as to what window they fit. Tom will be boarding up our house tomorrow. I kinda want to panic but the Lord has already told us we will know when to get out. It doesn't mean that it will be easy nor will it be pleasant but it will certainly be an adventure. I hear that a little girl named Hannah or something is chasing Gustav's footsteps. I pray that they will disappear like the wind that brought them to our area.
So we were driving down from my sisters house to my moms house and my mom found this exit that had a war exhibit. It was a spur of the moment stop and it was actually a nice stop. As you can see the boys loved their toy guns what boy doesn't right? The kids are in from of one of the cannons used. One day the kids will be old enough for me to not be worried about them and I can read everything that I want to. YOu know how it goes. YOu start reading something and realize Matthew is climbing on the cannon and you have to stop and run and get him off. The you start reading and the boys start getting loud because they are pretending to fight each other with the guns they see. Then you start reading again and hear the baby crying and find Emma is about to drop her. Then you think forget reading this one I have started the same line over 4 times. Anyway it was very productive for Aaron and my mom at least. They share a love of history. Something they can bond together on.
So while we were in TN we went to this Children's museum. We literally spent all day long there. This place was huge. It was like 3 stories and there were so many fun things to do there. As you see the kiddos were being straped into these harness so that they could simulate walking on the moon. They had a really good time doing it. One of the bonus things about this museum was that we got in for free. My sister has a yearly pass and can get 8 in for free. For some reason she looked at our crew and said go on through. She must have felt sorry for us. But it would have been well worth the money if we had to pay anyway. Had we planned a little better we would have made lunch and brought it with us and eaten in the area across from the museum.
This has become a little "thing" that we do. Making icecream. Its a ball that you toss around(very carefully, there were injuries this time) until it hardens and becomes icecream. It seems to take a little while but is oh so yummy once its done. The kids enjoy it because they are actually a part of it. Here the kids are tossing it around outside. Thats a bad idea if you live in a hot humid area. The ice was melting so fast it wasn't helping the freezing process. Here we are at my favorite icecream place. Dairy Queen!!!!!! Who doesn't love a good hamburger and then a nice cold treat. This is the Dairy Queen at my sisters house and it is the nicest one I have ever been in . Its a Dairy Queen grill and chill. Apparently those are a little nicer than just a regular DQ. This is my sister and one of her baby girls. My mom is hiding her face becasue we had just come from the pool and none of us were very cute but who cares about that when you can get some yummy I-C-E-C-R-E-A-M!!!!!!! Who would agree with me?
Okay I have already cried and every time I think about it I want to cry some more. There are so many firsts in our house this morning. Emma got on the bus this morning for the first time and I wasn't even ready. I thought I had another 15 minutes to take pictures and such but no the bus came right after Daniel left. Which is another first. He is on the "Taconi" bus. So they ride with the high schoolers. I know disgusting isn't it. I know Aaron did it last year but now it is Daniel's turn and it just churns my stomach every time I think about it. Then in 15 minutes Aaron will be off to the Middle School. Another first for me. They are having a boo hoo breakfast that I don't want to go to because I will be boo hooing too much to go. You would think that I would get use to all this but its hard every year.
Okay so it wasn't really a water park but it was fun for the kids. This was indoor. They had a big water slide and a contraption that you could swing on and climb on in the middle of the water. It was really hard getting any pictures of the older kids because they were all over the place. Only Matthew, Gabe, and the babies stayed close enough to take pictures of. Aren't my little twin neices the cutest thing you ever saw(well besides my little brood). He had a blast just dragging himself along on his hands around that whole pool. How do you do it Allison with two little ones hanging on you? These two boys were absolutely inseperable the whole time we were in Tennesee. They were either playing with trains or talking about playing with trains the whole time we were there. I know I know I will probably catch flack from mom about this picture but how can you resist mutta and my sweet little one together? Sure joy as Nathan went up and down the slide over and over and over again.
We had a 4th of July barbque with friends. We had a good time. We were there very late and I was so tired. I was without Tom(he had to go into work that day) so by the end of the night I just wanted to crash but still had to do the routine to get Eliza to bed.
I am a very busy mother of 7 wonderful children. So my life is never dull. We are quite the zoo I am realizing but who doesn't love the zoo right? This blog has become my journal so you will see the good along with the ugly but thats our life.