Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tornado Shelter Installation.....

Many of you that have been following my blog know that my parents have purchased and renovated a home right around the corner from us. We are just waiting on my mom to retire and my parents will be moving to Oklahoma. You also know that on February 10,2008 a tornado ripped right through our town and killed 8 people. At that point, my parents decided they had to have a tornado shelter. It was installed while they were here last week. You can click on any of the pictures to enlarge. This huge truck backed right to the installation spot (Look how close it was to the house!). A backhoe had already been used to dig a huge hole in the ground. The white concrete thing on the back of the truck is the tornado shelter.

The guy you see in the black tee used a hand held device that operated that boom/arm precisely.

Look at it lifting that huge thing. They even said they are able to lift something over a house.....can you even believe that?!?

He slowly turned it to face the way that my parents wanted it.

Then brought it down into the hole that was dug.
Here they are leveling it and starting to shovel all the dirt in and around it to pack it down into the ground. There is the guy in black that is doing all of the operating of that arm and placement of the shelter.
This is the back side of it. They pile the dirt up and it eventually settles down all around it. The turbine is to keep it dry inside. The fence you see behind it now will be pulled out to the end of the house and the shelter will be in their back yard about 10 - 15 feet off their back porch. Easy access for them when we have a tornado warning.
This is the front of the shelter. The door has a latch you turn and it opens. You also lock it when you get inside during a tornado. You can't be claustrophobic to be in one of these. We go to the one across the street from us and they have had 10 people in it at one time. It is approx. 6' x 9'. The fence will be moved across the back, basically where you see the start of the lawn in this picture.
This is the last picture taken from inside the shelter. It is hard to take a picture but those are the stairs you climb down. The inside is just a concrete box. Most people have some folding chairs and maybe a small table in them. You definitely bring a flashlight or lantern and a weather radio when you go into one of these. Hope these pictures were interesting to you. If any of you are in the Oklahoma area and are thinking about getting a storm shelter, we used Billy's Backhoe Service and highly recommend them. Just e-mail me for a phone number.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Fun Weekend....

with a lot of this going on!! It was still a bit cold for me, though I did manage to swim once. We had a nice, relaxing weekend with gorgeous weather.

Hope you all are having a great Tuesday.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Talent Show & School is Out.....

On Wednesday, at school, they had a talent show. Children in 2nd through 5th grade tried out with the music teacher, there were several practices, then they had a talent show that lasted about two hours. It is always fun to watch the kids. There were singers, dancers, a magician, piano players, etc. Lexi sang "Should Have Said No" by Taylor Swift. She did a great job and won an award for Country Diva! What fun! (Sorry this picture turned out so blurry but you get the idea.)
This picture is better and shows the stage area. Her last day of school was on Thursday, so we are now on summer break. Also, congratulations Lexi......she made straight A's on her report card!!! WAY TO GO!!!!
Hope you all have a safe, fun Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dance Recital (Pointe).....

Here are the final pictures from the recital weekend. This is her costume for pointe.

Oh, I know I am her mom but she is just beautiful!!!! I am sooooo proud of her.

Recital weekends are always so much work, but also so much fun. Thanks for sticking with me through several posts about Lexi's dance.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dance Recital (Lyrical).....

This is Lexi's lyrical (combination jazz/ballet) dance. I only took a couple of pictures while she was dancing....hmmmmm must have been They danced to Praise you in this Storm.

Lexi is on the far left in this group picture.

Hope you are all having a great day. Tomorrow I'll share her pointe costume pictures.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Recital Weekend (Ballet)....

This past weekend was dance recital weekend and I'm going to show you the pictures in several posts (you can click on the pictures to enlarge). We had full dress rehearsal on Friday night, a performance on Saturday night and a performance on Sunday afternoon. Both of the performances were sold out. Lexi is in ballet, lyrical (combination jazz/ballet) and pointe. This is her ballet costume. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Lexi is an absolutely enchanting dancer and is the youngest in all of her classes. We had so many compliments and people that said they couldn't take their eyes off her. She keeps a radiant smile the whole time she is dancing. She has also been asked by her ballet/pointe teacher to do a solo in the recital next year!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I'm Ready to Slow Down.......

like Midnight is doing. She loves it when we pull a chair up to the back door and she can just sit and watch everything.

We have all of the end of year "stuff" going on. It has just seemed crazy the last couple of weeks.
We have had:
* summer play auditions
* summer play call back auditions
* talent show practice
* end of school year assemblies
* ball practice (thankfully, that keeps getting cancelled due to the rain)
* sign ups for 5th grade cheer leading
* dance recital rehearsal (this Friday night)
* Broadway Kids tryouts (this coming Saturday morning)
* dance recital (this coming Saturday night)
* dance recital (this coming Sunday afternoon)
I have had to keep a calendar handy to keep up with everything. Not to mention that each day for the final few days of school something is going on. They are doing something or going somewhere and I am having to keep track of that also!

WHEW....I am hoping after this weekend we will get to slow down a bit.

We also had another storm blow through last night.....rain, rain, go away come back in July or August!

Monday, May 11, 2009

My Mother's Day Gift.....

I hope all of you had a wonderful Mother's Day. I wanted to show you (sorry about the bad picture) what I received from Lexi. Each year at school they make us something. Things like pencil holders, decorate a flowerpot with a flower in it, a poem w/a hand print......things like that. This year they made a necklace. Isn't is CUTE! Lexi told me there were a bunch of papers, jewels, letters, etc. and that they picked out what they wanted to use and made us our Mother's Day present. She did a fantastic job. I am wearing it right now.
It is made on the back of a domino. How hip and in style!!! Thanks so much Lexi and I just LOVE it!

I may need y'all to come to Oklahoma and start working on an ark! I has rained and rained and rained!! This morning it is pouring again! When I was coming into work for my part-time job I was driving through some pretty deep water in a couple of places. I am ready to dry out! We have a ton going on right now at the end of the school year, so I apologize if I haven't gotten around to visiting you. I will get to you.
Hope you have a great Monday!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Lexi About Had a Fit.......

when we saw these two identical semi's as I was taking her to dance on Monday night. They obviously are the road crew for Taylor Swift.....her favorite singer right now. They were both parked, and I am sure were eating in one of our "famous" places called Two Frogs Grill which in this picture is to the left of Applebees.
If you are going to see any celebrity in our town it would be there. The owner promotes concerts in our area and has gotten in groups such as Lynyrd Skynard, Willy Nelson, Ted Nugent, Rick Springfield and Styx (to name a few). Ones that were popular "back in the day" if you like rock or country. His walls are covered with signed guitars and pictures and memorabilia. He also has a small stage for local groups to perform on the weekends.
Anyway, Lexi was pretty sure Taylor Swift was in Two Frogs Grill NOT!! I came home and looked up her tour dates to see where her equipment was heading. On May 2, she had a show in Biloxi, Miss. and her next show date is on May 14 in Spokane, Washington. I told Lexi she had probably flown home to get a few days of rest and relaxation since there is such a span between these concert dates.
Anyway, it was fun to see these semi's rolling through our little town and what excitement!
Hope you all are having a wonderful day today.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Hang the Feeder.......

and they will come!!! Yes, our beautiful hummingbirds are back!!!
Hope you are having a wonderful Monday!

Friday, May 1, 2009

She IS our Star!!!!!

Look at Lexi all dressed up! We were at the school last night for the 4th grade awards.
She won numerous awards including:
*Recognition for a Great Expectations Model School
*Student of the Month
*Six Flags Six Hour Reading Goal
*Accelerated Reader Achievement in Reading
*Athlete of the Month
*Musician of the Month
*Cross Country Participant
*Show Choir
*2009 Select Circle the State with Song
*Jump n Jive and

I think her MOST exciting moment was winning the President's Fitness Test 2009 award. She has never won and this year the girl that normally wins and Lexi tied. They are the top scorers of the fitness test for the 4th grade girls. Way to go Lexi!!!
I know it is blurry but look at her beaming!!!!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. It is supposed to be rainy here but that is fine because we need it.