Friday, July 3, 2009


So I may be pushing it a little with the title of this one, but I like it anyway. This is just a quick story of a previous camping trip. First off I would like to say that camping in the middle of June is kind of a mistake to begin with unless you are in the mountains or way up north. That being said we camped out last weekend in June for a family reunion. Other than the fact that is was above 90 degrees and extremely muggy it started out like normal. We got to the Badin Lake camp site and set up. My family and one of my sisters were the first to show up followed later by my ma and and some neices and nephews. We had some fun that first day and tried our best to sleep through the heat the first night. Then on the second night everyone else showed up. Nothing to exciting to talk about yet, but now comes the fun part... on the second night there was this storm. My sister Leslie had started getting her kids to bed which got everyone else to start doing the same. Luckily she started that because about the time they were all down we noticed some lightning and distant thunder. Nothing too scary or threatening, but we saw it coming anyway. My ma just said it was heat lightning and was convinced of that. My wife and I were more convinced that it was an actual storm since most "heat lightning" isn't followed by thunder. Anyway, we got things put away and covered for the night and just as we were getting in our tents to lay down it started to sprinkle. So.... Now we know it is not heat lightning. We still weren't worried about it and we were trying to drift off to sleep without sweating to death or sticking to our air mattress when the storm started getting a little more intense. The rain got a little heavier and the thunder got louder. It continued to intensify until it was right on top of us. At this point we were not sleeping as the claps of thunder were so loud that they were shaking the tent and the lightning seemed to light the sky without end. One flash after another and one loud clap of thunder followed by a constant low rumble and seconds later another loud clap. We definitely weren't sleeping now, except for Kaiya that is. Somehow when we go to check on her at home she stirs when we quietly tip toe into her room, but during this freak storm she did not even budge. Then something hit our tent! What it was we are not sure of, but we do know that it was solid and it scared the hell out of us. I was sitting straight up now and listening intently to what was going on outside the thin walls of our shelter. Then suddenly there was a loud crack and a thud followed by one of the scariest sounds I have ever heard. It was the sound of my mom screaming for help. My wife and all of heaven as a witness, I through on my shorts and flew out of my tent at record speed. My wife asked in the frenzy what she should do and I replied that she should stay with Kaiya and I would be right back. Without thinking twice about anything and putting my fears of getting struck aside I ran over to my parents tent. I had my glasses on and it was pouring rain, I couldn't see to well so what I did see in the dark made my heart drop for a moment. I thought that I full size tree had fallen over on my parents tent and the worst thoughts came to mind. When I got to the tent I soon realized it was just a branch, thank goodness. However, it was a large branch from the top of a nearby tree. I began to pull the branches off my parents collapsed tent along with my 8 month pregnant sister. She truly is amazing, and suprises me at times. By all miracles when the branches were off the tent sprung back to it's original shape. The poles had not broken, but there was a hole in the tent and water was pouring in. I apparently pushed my sister aside to get in the tent to check on my parents and youngest sister and when I decided all was well and nobody was hurt to bad I returned to my tent to be with my beautiful wife and still sleeping baby. The rest is just waiting out the storm and packing to go home. All in all, I felt I had a superhero moment only to find out how exhausting it is. I'm not sure I would want to do it full time! Through it all though I realized how thankful I am for my parents and I am so happy that nothing serious happened to my dad. It bruised his chest a little, but he is ok now. So the moral of the story is..... Don't camp in June when there is rain! Hurricane season is coming.... time for my nice comfy bed. Good Night!

Kaiya and Me

So It's been forever since I was last on here, but I have a few stories that I need to record and where better than on my blog where hopefully it will always be. My little Kaiya is now 1 year old and she is absolutely amazing. Her smile can lighten the mood of anybody around and her laugh is extremely contagious. She is now walking a little on her own and says momma and dadda.... maybe. At least that is what it sounds like. She gets total strangers that normally wouldn't give anyone else the time of day to just stop and admire her. She is adored by almost all around her and we couldn't be happier with her. She is, no doubt, one of the greatest physical blessings in my life aside from my extremely supportive and loving wife. Lately she has had a lot of teeth breaking through at the same time so she is a little fussier and clingy than normal, but we still can not imagine how life ever was without her. Now that I have gone on about her for a bit, I need to tell about what happened not to long ago that struck me very deeply. At a younger age she showed signs that she loved animals, especially underwater animals. I'm not sure if it's the fact that she can get right up to the glass and see many colorful fish swimming right by the tank or if it is like a very realistic tv, but she just giggles and stands at fish tanks forever just talking to the fish. That being said, one of her favorite places is the Aquarium. We were down at the Fort Fisher Aquarium not to long ago enjoying watching her stare at the animals. As I stood her up at one of the tanks, she was in her world watching everything when she looked away from the tank directly at me and said "Dad". Her eyes seemed to linger on me for a few moments before she looked away again. Now she's done many cute and amazing things that make me love her, but this one moment in my life is one that I may hopefully never forget. That moment created an unbreakable bond between me and her and I hope to be able to fully relay this moment to her as she gets older. To Kaiya many years from now if this is still here..... I love you baby! I always will! Trust in me and I will do my best to lead you on the straight and narrow!