Woke up around 7 and laid in bed until 7:30. Dawson got up and walked Summer and when we first got up it was actually nice- clear sky, sun out with mild wind. Once I got up and made coffee, I took Summer out and did ok with just my sweatshirt. The wind was picking up.
Once all the kids got up, they ate and then we started school. All in all they did well. Mena struggled with staying focused but she did finally get through her work.
Around 9:15 the tornado sirens went off at the park. It is not a noise any of like, but I will say, it is NOT a noise I want to hear while we are in the RV. There is no where to go for safety. I guess if they did go off we could drive to the camp office or walk to the bath house for some safer place to be than the RV. While it was only a test for the 2nd Monday of the month – it went off for 2 minutes and gave us something to talk about as an emergency plan. It was cute to hear the kids say, “it’s not Wednesday and it’s not 11- why are they going off? ” They know when our test are at home. We continued on with school once we got refocused from the sirens.
We were wrapping up school work around 1:00 pm when one of the camp ground workers drove up on his golf cart and knocked on the door. He was warning us that the weather was predicted to change this afternoon and it was going to be below freezing, strong winds and possibly rain and snow. He was giving us some tips for the RV and preparing. Dawson was on a business call so I got his name and told him Dawson would come out and talk to him. The campers next to us, started to pack up and decided to move on or head home. I think their plates were from Tennessee.
Dawson got off his call, got out his winter coat and headed out to talk to Scott. They recommended that we dump all our tanks, fill up our fresh water all the way, unhook from the water – leave all sinks dripping through the nite and the facet outside dripping. The wind was already picking up and the sun was now gone and the clouds had set in.
Q and I showered. Dawson did all the dishes. And then he emptied all the tanks and disconnected. I folded up all the carpets and put it all in the van with the hose that was already hard from the cold air. The wind out there was nuts.
We made a grocery list and I headed out to Kroger’s to load up on stuff for the next 3 days. It is suppose to be nasty until Wednesday. I was gone about an hour and I filled up the van with gas. Upon my return to the RV the wind was even blowing harder. The weather says the wind gust are going to be 20 – 25 mph and make it feel about 10 degrees colder than it really is. In other words, so much for avoiding winter. Seriously - how often does it snow in Alabama? And the one week we are here, it just might snow. Well we aren’t going to venture out or do anything. So more family fun in the RV the next 2 days. We are ready and these are truly days and times we will remember and cherish. So here’s to making some family memories together on the RV.
As I sit here at 4:30 pm – the wind feels like it is coming right through the slide here and cooling us all off. We are all in blankets and watching tv. I’m still drinking coffee to stay warm. The wind is making all kinds of crazy noise on the back of the RV and Summer seems a bit nervous.
Dear God, please keep us safe and sound through the night. We are grateful for your protection on this trip and ask that you continue to take care of us and our safety. We know it will be a cold night but we can endure this….and have some fun memories of “cold in Alabama”.
More later…..we are going to walk Summer before it gets worse outside. It is getting darker as the clouds are getting thicker.