Monday, May 30, 2011

A day at Torii after Typhoon Songda

After being stuck in the house we decided to hit up the beach.

I walked up and down the beach finding sea glass and while doing that I kept finding hermit crabs. The boys would come and get them and add them to the collection. They named them and watched them crawl around. One even clawed Chaser's finger. Check out his face in the last picture.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Typhoon Songda - Okinawa, Japan

Typhoon Songda roared through Okinawa and left a lot of distruction in her way. Songda hit us as a Cat 3 storm which is pretty big. The majority of the storm hit us at night so we watched a lot of it from our bedroom windows and downstairs sliding glass doors. We watched as the wind took one of our little sheds right off our patio and away. We watched the wind tear apart our neighbors 8x10 shed. All the pieces were flying into our yard and into our trampoline. I thought the trampoline was going to fly away. It was sandbagged and staked into the ground but it was still jumping around with the wind gust. At one point Joe looked out our front window and says "I think our shed is gone because I see some of our stuff down the street." Sure enough the next morning we get up to check out the damage and it was gone.

Thankfully we were all safe and our home was fine. Here are a few pics of some of the damage around our neighborhood.
Our Trampoline with shed pieces around. You can see the wind blew the top part of the tramp off on one side. It was staked down and sandbagged.
Our neighbors shed
Our shed

This is the top of our little shed the wind blew right off our patio that was also sandbagged. It was found in another loop about 400 yards away.

A picture of our banana trees and our shed behind it and then our tramp.

Clean up time.

Bryson being silly.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our Trip to Guam

The boys and I decided to Space-A it to Guam with the Salas family. We left during the week and Joe was suppose to catch up with us on the weekend. That never happened as he couldn't get on a flight so the boys and I had a vacation without Dad. Though I don't think I should call it a vacation when I have to bathe, feed, and entertain the kids solo but we did have a great time and missed Joe lots.

The boys were able to ride in the cock pit on the way to Guam.
Chase took a little nap.
The first night we were there we went to the street market. We had lots of fun looking at all the vendors and what they had to offer. I got baby girl lots of cute hawaii style dresses.

The boys loved the cotton candy.

The next day we hung out at the Salas' hotel swimming and playing at the beach.

Since Carter didn't have a birthday party we told him that at every restaurant we went to the entire trip it could be his birthday. He loved it.

The next day we went to the mall to do a bit of shopping. This mall had a little amusement park inside. The kids were in heaven.

Another birthday dessert. He was sung happy birthday to many many times.
The next day we went to a small water park just up the street from the Salas' hotel. The kids loved it. Here Leann's pregnant belly is stuck in the tube.

Chase crashed out on the lazy river.
We then switched hotels to the Pacific Island Club which had it's own HUGE water park.

Crashed out......we hung out at the hotel water park for several days. There was so much to do.
Bryson showing you my saggy bed.
Here are a few pictures from our 26th floor room. This shows all of the water park.

We went to the outlets and I let the kids play in the play area. They had a motherhood maternity and a Ross......SCORE!!!
Another birthday dessert.
Group Shot

Our last night we went back to the street fair.

On the flight home the boys got to see the KC-135 refueling some f-15's. Bryson even got to control the boom. The boom is the long piece that the fuel travels down. I have video but blogger won't let me add it.
Below is a good picture of the boom connected to the f-15.