Monday, April 18, 2011

Storms, egg scramble and a low-country shrimp boil

We've had quite an exciting weekend around here.  I'm sure you all have heard about how hard our state was hit by the storms, and we were very lucky.  But that doesn't mean they didn't scare the crap out of us.  Thankfully, Daddy was still home or I would have been in the bathroom with Brant!   We knew these storms were coming, it's all that'd been talked about on the weather for the week.  We even knew about when they were going to hit. And hit they did.  I've never seen anything like it.  We just paced from window to window, watching nature's fury.  

Trees went down, Mom had about 2 feet of water in her front yard and her swing set was destroyed.   I looked out Brant's window and saw the porch swing going nuts. Telling Brantley we needed to go get it down before it broke the window, he was reaching for the door knob when this big black thing crashed by, and everything on the porch was gone.  A few seconds later and Brant would have been knocked out by our flying, yes flying, porch swing.  It landed about 20 feet away in our side yard, along with all our other porch stuff that didn't get destroyed.   An eyewitness spotted a tornado west of Elon, so that would hold to the scariness of the storm for us.  We are so very blessed and thankful that it didn't cause more damage, like east of us.
I didn't get a photo of the tree on it, or the water in Mom's yard, we were too busy cleaning up!

Neighbor's yard.  Brantley got our stuff cleaned up before I got a photo.

Needless to say, the Easter Egg Scramble got postponed to Sunday.  So after church, but before Mom Mom and Pop Pop got here, we headed out to the soccer fields.  There the Parks and Rec department had spread over 4,000 eggs.  The kids were divided into age groups, go was yelled and it was like a horde of little egg pickers!  It was over in like 5 minutes!  So much fun!
Empty basket...ready to scramble!

This is as close as Brant would get to the Easter Bunny!

Daddy giving Brant some last minute tips to run in front of the group...keep going past them when they stop!

Sooooo excited!


His full basket!

Brant moved up an age bracket this year, and was running with the kids up to age 7!  Not too bad for an almost 5 year old!

The most exiting part of the day was the arrival of Mom Mom, Pop Pop and Aunt Brenda, on their way home from Florida.  Brant was so very very excited, as we all were!  We've had a great visit with them, relaxing, playing corn hole and eating very well!  We decided to have a shrimp boil tonight, as Aunt Brenda had never had one, and it'd been a while since we had.  We spread newspaper on the table, and got to eating!

Stuffed now, Brant is down at Grandma's, with everyone, "pending the night."  We've got Maggie, Mom Mom and Pop Pops sweet little dog (as Tucker (Mom's cat) would NOT be happy if she was there!).  Watching the Phillies, getting's been a great day!

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