Sunday, May 22, 2011

Weather is Scary

Thankfully, even though the windows and doors and parts of the roof of her house are gone and her car is totaled, my Grandma is alive and uninjured after this afternoon's multi-vortex tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Her neighborhood, like much of the main part of town, took a direct hit.

Grandma's yard via my cousin's cell phone...
Where we were all standing last July for this family picture...
Thankfully, also, my Aunt Sally's home and person went unscathed and that my cousin and uncle were able to drive up from Grove to help Grandma get out of her house and back to safety.

It has been a long four hours for those of us on this side of the Rockies waiting for news. We are so happy for good news, but my thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the people of the Midwest and the Southeast, who have been so devastated by the weather the last couple of weeks.


Here are some new pictures from my Aunt and Uncle. They went today to help get as much of Grandma's belongings out of her house as possible because apparently they are going to start bull dozing.

Here is the Home Depot down the block from Grandma's house.
And here is the view from grandma's front yard to the neighboring buildings in her complex.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rock Me....

After a relaxing day of doing a whole lot of nothing, Ellie and I decided to go to the Wagon Wheel Open Area for some bouldering.

Don't worry, Mom....I have a crash pad of my own now.

And Ellie promises to catch me if I fall.
And this guy was ready for back-up.

Well...maybe he was motivating me to stay off the ground as much as possible. Which is really important when staying off the ground is the whole point.

And for the record, I really like the song below, not the video...

Friday, May 20, 2011

Woof woof

Ellie the Belly is kind of loving her new ride.
I can't blame her...
Look at all the stuff it can hold!
And some of the scenery it gets to see every now and again!

And soon, I'll show you some pictures of all the places it can go!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

You are the best!

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Washington Irving