I don't have many nights in my memory where it actually stormed for hours and hours. How cozy! It would've been cozier if our girls had gone to bed at a reasonable time and Martin and I could've had dinner and watched The Unit together as was our original plan for the evening... but oh well.
Martin worked until 6:30 yesterday. When he came home on his lunch break we returned the rental car, then I drove him back to work and would pick him up afterward. It's kind of annoying the way they do things at his office now... anyone who is inside the doors by 6:30 will be seen by an advisor. So if eight people show up right at 6:30, they all have to be seen. This means I have to wait until exactly six-thirty for Martin to tell me I can come get him, or to know if he'll be home on time. Last night wasn't a problem but sometimes when they are busier he doesn't get home until much later. It's kind of a bummer. But last night the weather must've kept everyone at home. Since he wasn't here at 5:00 when the tornado sirens went off, I called my neighbor Tara and the girls and I went over to their storm shelter! Their storm shelter is the most adorable thing EVER. It's in their cellar (which is much like our cellar, except cleaner and cozier) and Doug put down some planks for a floor in this little inlet that used to be where the stairs came down from the kitchen. (Now you have to enter from the outside.) He painted the walls yellow and there are buckets down there to sit on. This year they put a set of paints and brushes down there and the kids were SO EXCITED for the tornado because they got to paint the walls! What a great idea!!!! I told Tara she can't move away--she gives me all the best parenting ideas.
So anyway, it was a cozy way to sit out a tornado. The sad part of the storms is that the bottom fell off of Anja's bird feeder. It might've been a nosey animal who pulled it off... something got into our trash last night too.... but I think it was the storm because I think I heard it happen. Anyway, it's sad. Oh well, at least the seed is all over the ground so the birds will still be hopping around there and will probably perch on the pole still.
The girls went to bed late last night, but Greta still slept a 9-hour stretch! I think it's funny that Anja wakes up more in the night than Greta ever does.