Sunday, September 28, 2008

PeePs is Singing in the Rain...

The one thing you get with living in the desert is hot and very dry days. Sometimes it is pointless to take a bottle of water with you anywhere because it will just get warm in minutes. There seems to be endless days in a row where you sweat and think that your very last thought will be that you need a drink of water, especially with my kids, because they seem to always want to be outside!

Or inside playing the XBox or Wii...but that's a whole other story...there is no in between...

So a week or so ago...the clouds came rolling in. That usually makes it humid, and one thing I despise more than the blow dryer hot days...is the humid blow dryer hot days. They suck...and they are usually annoying because you don't get any reprieve from the heat...you just get the clouds and the gloom.

But every once in awhile...in the desert...those clouds bring rain, and the smell of rain, and the cooling effect rain brings! I LOVE the rain...or at least the smell of rain.

With those clouds there was lighting AND thunder...and sometimes that is all we will get...just the tease of lighting and the crack of thunder but not a drop of water! But this time...we got our rain! It came down...pouring sheets of rain!

The funny story with all of this is...I was in my room blogging at the time I here the first crack of thunder. I thought I heard both of my kids in the other room...but I wanted to make sure, so I did something very rare...I checked just to make sure. I usually go by my instincts...so if I hear them in the family room...I don't really need to check on them.

I heard another Crack and saw the flash of what was lighting...and then another...and then I heard the rain start pouring down...banging against my window.

Vaguely I heard my mom start yelling, "PeePs close the door! PeePs close the door!"...I didn't really pay that much attention to it because my kids are pretty good at doing things when you ask and they are in the vicinity to hear you.

Not two minutes later I hear again, "PeePs close the back door the rain is getting in!". I start to tune in a little more here. I hear PeePs singing...and then I realize that she is not singing in the family room where I thought she was...but she was outside...right outside my window!

So I jump up from my bed...run into the family room...look at the back door and see that it is WIDE open. I run the stairs to shut it and look outside to see PeePs jumping at her leisure, singing a song she made up, and just lost in her own world, while it is pouring sheets of rain on her! She LOVED it...you could see the pure bliss on her face.

Instead of running down to get my camera to take her picture and get a live recording...I YELL at the top of my lungs..."PeePs get in here! It's raining!"...she looked at me, gave me her sad face, and then slowly got down from the trampoline, while flashes of lighting are going off and thunder is cracking every few seconds! I'm deathly afraid of thunder and lighting...because I saw one of my childhood friends almost get struck by lighting when I was 8 and have always been afraid of it since...

But I had to show you how bad it was raining...and what PeePs looked like...


That is where she was jumping...can you see the rain in the background...I tried to blacken out the big massive tree that hangs over the tramp so you could see the rain.


Here's a close up...



Here is PeePs...I guess the tree was covering her, so she really wasn't getting too soaked...

Oh well...childhood fears are hard to erase from the memory...I felt better with her inside! :)

How do you feel about Thunder and Lighting?

Shelle

11 comments:

DeGraffenried's said...

How fun! I remember wanting to play in the rain storms when I was little and then splashing in the puddles when it was over!

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Ahh ... to be young again without a care in the world! She was just having a good ol' time out there. No worries for her!

Sweet.

Tiff said...

Aw, you're such a party pooper, Shelle! lol (j.k.)
And to think I sat in the car for 10 minutes outside church today just waiting for the rain to stop so I wouldn't get wet... I feel kinda sissified now.

Shannon said...

cool pics. good job with the photoshop. i need to get mine out and learn it!

Shannon said...

I don't mind thunder so much... I actually like listening to it when its all rumbly. Now the big loud CRACKS of thunder... those I don't like so much.

Not a big fan of lightning, either.

mrsb said...

Ooo, I love a good storm! Much better than the icky drizzly, gray-day rain we've had for the last 3 days!

thedailyclick said...

Aww mom, you're no fun at all! LOL
Don't blame you at all for making her come inside, considering all the lighting and the fact that she was under a tree!!
I hate thunderstorms, esp. the lighting. I don't mind the thunder too much unless it's so loud that it shakes the whole house!

Oh, and about the water... I stick mine in the freezer just long enough to make it crunchy. You know, where it's frozen enough that you can still break up the ice and have little ice chunks in there. It helps. :-)

Natalie said...

I absolutely love thunder storms! My hubby is a little- or a lot- paranoid of lightening, though, so I'm always very reluctantly telling my kids to come in out of it so daddy won't freak out. :) I used to sit on our porch swing in Ohio and cuddle up in a blanket and watch the lightening. Especially at night, it is amazing.

Barbaloot said...

Oh-I love playing in the rain!!! Those are great pictures, too.

Alyson said...

I love a thunderstorm, just as long as everyone is safe and sound indoors!

Great pictures! You've got mad skills on the photoshop. You must teach me!!

binks said...

I love me a good lightning and thunder storm. Curled up on the couch with a good book.
However, Florida is numero uno in lightning deaths in the US, so I am scared to death of lightning. Better to be safe than sorry.

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