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My heart aches for the communities, neighborhoods, and families impacted by the devastating tornado storm in Oklahoma yesterday, and my thoughts and prayers are with them. We’re only 25 miles from the Oklahoma border so the damage feels so close. Luckily the storm died down a little as it passed over us yesterday evening but it was still pretty scary. We cuddled in the laundry room (away from windows) with our dogs while the storm came through. Thank you to everyone who contacted us to see if we’re ok.
It was eerie seeing the dark green and black clouds in our front yard and the edge of the storm with the sunset peaking through in our back yard. The storm moved past us so fast! We didn’t have any damage (that we’ve seen) but I heard windows were blown out and several trees are down near us.
How to Help
Text “redcross” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
Text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts.
This is heart warming (tornado survivor finding her dog):
Graham looks so cute in his batman shirt (with cape) playing with the dogs in the back yard! Just thought I’d share the cuteness:
Du nununununu (Baby) Batman!
playing tennis ball fetch with Finn & Willow
Willow is telling him to throw the ball.
This is Graham’s impression of the dogs. He “pants” when he sees, hears, or thinks of dogs. He can also moo like a cow, raise his trunk (arm) in the air like an elephant, and clap (chomp) like an alligator.
Mike is measuring the driveway of our imaginary house.
Finally! We closed on our home construction loan yesterday! The trees are scheduled to be cleared next week and the digging is scheduled for the week after that. We took a tape measure out to the land today to see a general idea where the house will sit.
Mike is holding up the tape measure at the imaginary front door.
Mike is standing at the front left corner of our imaginary house.
We found several new pink flags labeled “well setback”.
my sweet baby playing in the leaves
We measured that the back of the deck will end here and this will be the start of our back yard.
looking south from where the deck ends
looking north from where the deck ends
Graham and I are starting a new photography project that documents him by the months (instead of the weeks like his first year’s photo project). It’s so fun for me to watch him grow! This year I’m using a white paper backdrop instead of the yellow and gray floral chair. This new setup allows him to sit or stand (depending on his mood). It was quite hard at times to get his photos taken each week so taking them monthly should feel like a breeze in comparison. Graham, Here are a few things I’d like to remember about you from this month:
- You know that a cow says moo.
- You pant like a dog when we ask you what a dog says and today I caught you panting at Finn and Willow while we were outside. Tonight when daddy asked if we’d like hot dogs for dinner, you panted at us. So cute!
- You know most of the hand motions to Itsy Bitsy Spider.
- When I ask you what an elephant says, you put your arm in the air like an elephant’s trunk.
- You like to try most new foods we’re eating. You know the word for chicken and you get excited when it’s a meal option.
- We’ve almost transitioned off of formula to whole milk. You haven’t showed any signs of noticing it yet.
- You’ve been learning to use straw sippy cups but don’t quite have it down yet.
- You hold up your finger when we ask you your age.
- You still love touch and feel books.
- You seem very interested in learning new words this month for the first time. I see your eyes light up when you learn something new.
- You enjoy bubble and story time at the library each Thursday morning.
- You show signs of shyness when we’re around other kids that try to play with you. I understand how you feel!
- You love to pick grass and dandelions at the park.
- You’re a pretty good walker but I love when you grab for my hand to catch your balance.
- You enjoy playing in the leaves at our new land. Hopefully next month we’ll break ground on your new home.
- You have a very happy and sweet personality! I’m so glad you’re our little boy.