Knowing that today is supposed to be a scorcher, I got the boys outside fist thing this morning. We are also expecting strong storms later this afternoon/evening, so I must get those wiggles out :-) Jonah enjoys riding his bike, and Jed and Aubrey enjoy searching for bugs. Aubrey's other delight is in
As we headed back inside, Jed brought up his box of bugs. He put them down on top of another box to save to play with later. However, his little brother came over and dumped over the box. Jed reached out to 'save' his bugs, all the while I screamed, "NO!" Too late. Earlier, right before going out I spotted a centipede on a couch cushion. Jed had added that to his bug box. Normally the boys catch the wee small centipedes by hand (the ones that are only about 1/2- 3/4 inches big), but this was one of big ones, with the obvious pinchers. Well, Jed got bit. Thankfully it isn't serious. I put some baking soda paste on it to help with the pain. Hopefully he learns to be more careful.
After we were inside I sat down for a break. Although I feel a TON better than yesterday, I'm still recovering. The boys were soooo sweet. They each brought in some dandelions to put in a vase for me. Then they each brought me a snack. Bananas with chocolate. While they were coming and going Aubrey came in and exclaimed, "A ball!" This ball was an avocado seed. He threw it in the air (just about touching the ceiling). I told him not to do that, but too late....up in the air and smack in my eye! I wasn't looking up all the way, so I didn't see it coming. Ouch. So beware of those avocado seeds, dangerous little things :-).
Below are some pictures of the boys playing in the rain, when the tropical storm passed through, and then the damage it did to our creek. I had never, NEVER seen our creek so high. At the height it was at it was more of a raging river! Everyone wanted to take a look at the high water. (Before we headed out I had no idea it was so bad) We could see from our window that our neighbors dock was totally submerged. As we went out the girls wanted to see the creek. I told them they could, but to not go in the water. Up till this point the highest the water has been was almost to the bottom of our small bridge. I took the boys to the end of the driveway to see the water covering the neighbors pond. I had no intention of going down to the creek (this was on Friday when I started to go into my magnesium deficient tailspin). As I got closer to our neighbors property I see that the water isn't just covering the dock, but is RUSHING over his dock, and road! His road was in danger of being totally washed out! I looked off to the side, where the water was coming from. Normally, if you look close (due to trees and such) you can see our neighbors bridge from where I was standing. Although you may get a glimpse of his bridge the creek is too shallow to see from where I was standing. Well, to say that I TOTALLY FREAKED OUT would be an understatement. Instead of our neighbors bridge, I see this RIVER of RAGING water!!! It was incredible....in a scary way. I knew that if any one of my girls stepped foot (on purpose, or by accident) in that water they would instantly be carried away and be drowned. NO JOKE. I couldn't leave the boys there, nor did I feel I had the time to get them inside. The noise of the rushing water was too loud for the girls to hear me. So I told the boys to follow me, and I started going as fast as the boys could go to get to the creek to make sure the girls were NO WHERE NEAR the creek. My heart was pounding so hard. On the way down one of the girls was running up. So I yelled out to her, "STAY AWAY FROM THE WATER!!" She told me that they were no where near the edge (she was running up to get her camera). I got down there, and they were all being safe, staying far from the creek. Phew!
Our bridge would have been washed away had it not been tied to trees! It was totally submerged, and six feet further down the creek. I am guessing the water was a good three feet deep (normally it is only ankle to mid calf deep!). I measured it the next day, and the water had come 17 feet from it's banks, just on the one side!