Sunday, July 18, 2010

Crazy Storm

In the middle of the night last night, most of Iowa had a crazy wind/rain storm roll through.  I woke up around 2:30 last night to lightening that was flashing so brightly and fast, one guy at church today described it as being lightening you could read a book by.  That's pretty accurate.  When I looked out the window to check the storm, the wind was blowing so hard and the rain coming down so fast, everything was just a blur, I couldn't really see anything.  Our power went out a few times, though we were lucky that it came back on...others in our neighborhood and throughout the state are still without power.  And David pretty much slept through the whole thing!

On our drive to church this morning, we couldn't believe all the debris of branches and leaves in roads and yards.  We even saw a few trees that had been torn out by their roots.  On our way home, we saw tons of people working on clean-up, along with trucks driving away with piles of branches in their beds.  We went for a little drive after lunch to check out some of the damage.  Here are just a few pictures I took of some trees right in our neighborhood...and I'm sure this is a similar seen all around the state. 
This is right in our parking lot.
Same tree just other direction...when we left for church it was sitting on the white car.


If you look closely, you can see the power line that this tree took out.
Our apartment building is right behind this tree...we're lucky it fell the way it did and not into the apartments.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I Love to See the Temple

Today we went with our ward on a family Temple trip to the Winter Quarters, Nebraska Temple. This was neat for us because we were able to take Molly, and babysitting was provided while we did our session. Then we were able to go to the Visitor's Center. We left the house at 6:30 this morning, got to the temple around 9:30, dropped Molly off at the park where the kids were being watched, started our session at 10, ate lunch around 12, did some pictures and visiting, went through the Visitor's Center, headed home around 1:30, and got home around 4. We are all completely exhausted. But it was a wonderful experience. I love the fact that Molly was able to visit the Temple with us. She was so excited about it, then was really disappointed when she couldn't go inside.
After lunch, we took some pictures as a ward. Then the kids gathered together and sang I Love to See the Temple. It was so sweet.
Then the primary president had the kids go up to the Temple and actually touch it and explained to them how the Temple is special and a sacred place.

Molly is becoming quite the photographer, and it's actually getting pretty useful. She was able to take this picture of David and me at the doors to the temple.
Another picture by Molly...some of the flowers on the Temple grounds. So pretty.
The Winter Quarters visitor center has a really neat display right now called Reflections of Christ by a photographer named Mark Mabry. The pictures were amazing. Here are just one that I especially loved. I felt a little guilty taking pictures of the pictures, so I only did the one.
And of course we had to get one family picture in before we left.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Single Ladies

I'm a little embarrassed to admit that Molly's favorite song right now is Single Ladies by Beyonce. Numerous times a day we'll crank it up on my iPod and Molly will dance around the room, singing right along to "All the single ladies, All the single ladies..." If another song comes on, she'll immediately stop cold and insist that she doesn't like it. Needless to say, we listen to a lot of Single Ladies around here right now.

This morning before I was very awake, David asked Molly to sing him a song before he had to leave for work. She replied, "I don't want to sing a song. How about the Single Ladies sing a song?" David replied that might be a little too loud while I was still sleeping, and Molly said "The Single Ladies can sing it very quietly!"