Goodness! We are getting the edge of all the rain plaguing Colorado. Monday the rain came with a fierce intensity out of the South West, a rare direction for us. Our front picture window was ringing with all the rain and hail. Usually our storms come from the Northwest. It rained so much we had water halfway up our front walk in a matter of 10 minutes. The lightening reminded me of the dry storms that race across Arizona. About 5 minutes into the storm I heard a loud pop and snap. I automatically cringed and waited for the tree to fall on our house. A large branch did snap off but it landed on the neighbors roof. Thankfully, the branch did not damage his roof! The wind gusts were recorded at a ripping 78 miles per hour. My poor garden was flattened. I was actually getting tomatoes this year. Now most of my tomatoes are pocked with hail marks. Sidney did not fare so well. Our electricity was knocked out for 17 hours, two trains were blown over, an apartment building's roof was torn off and the building shifted off the foundation, many trees were blown apart, and many buildings damaged. Crazy storm. The kids enjoyed the evening playing with flashlights and headlamps. We wrote thank you cards by flashlight for FHE while cowering in the basement.
Tuesday school was cancelled due to electrical outages. The kids had a blast cleaning up branches and trying to break the branches. Evelyn turned two weeks old. She changes so much each day. She looks a lot like Amelia but with cute, kissable cheeks. She is spending an hour or more awake each day. Most of the time she is calmly checking out her surroundings while the kids hurricane around her. We are loving all of her newborn snuffles and whiffles.
Wednesday Evelyn had her two week check-up. She weighed in at 7 lbs 14 ounces and grew a 1/4 inch! Dr Shaw was amazed at how fast she gained back her birth weight plus some! Just 12 days ago she weighed 6 lbs 14 oz! I am not surprised, that kid loves to nurse. Everett, Evelyn and I braved a Walmart food trip. It fell apart the last 5-10 minutes. I've spent many moments now nursing the van in between picking up Phillip from preschool and running errands.
All the kids have booger noses. I am a bit apprehensive about the coming winter and having a new baby. Hope we can keep the sickness at bay. Little Evelyn was awake off and on Thursday-Saturday nights with a stuffy nose. She and I spent the nights on the couch sleeping upright. Poor kid. Tired Mom. Sara Thomsen dropped by on Friday to see the baby. She made a quilt, yes!, a quilt!, for Evelyn. It is gorgeous! I've taken Sara's family photos for a year now and we are becoming good friends. I was over the top grateful to her! Also Justin's coworkers dropped by two meals this week for us. I have not cooked a meal in two weeks! Awesome. We are feeling so spoiled.
The kids are having the best time playing with Phillip's birthday toys. He got another gift this week from Grandma and Grandpa Call: an Imaginex Robot center. I keep the new toys in the living room. The boys love to play superhero while I nurse Evelyn. The boys play together so well most of the time. Everett does have quite the short fuse. He tries to put Phillip in time out more than he should, his consequence for playing time out is going to time out. Makes him so mad! Last night another whopper storm ripped across Sidney. The wind was not so bad but it did rain just as much or more than it did on Monday. We feel like our town might just up and float away! I am at home again this Sunday with the boys and Evelyn. Justin is speaking in Cheyenne and Amelia went to church with some friends. I really wanted to go this week but forces combined against us. Next week right?!