We had a pretty low-key morning. I ran a little over a mile to start out the day and we played some games. Audrey and I tied in Ticket to Ride!
Our big plan was to go to Grace Chapel in Leipers Fork for their big event. They do free bounce houses and kids stuff and have a concert and fireworks. We expected lots of folks to be there so we went early to get parked and settled. We had to walk a bit to get the area where they had the festivities.
See? Sitting and eating some supper and waiting to go play!
When 6:00 rolled around, we set the kids free to run and play on the inflatables. They had a blast running, and jumping and climbing. We were expecting it to rain. So, we had brought a few umbrellas and one poncho. We figured a little rain wouldn’t be that big of a deal.
Well, it started to sprinkle. And then I took the kids back to our little area where our chairs were. Our friends were with us there too. Nathan went to see what Ethan was doing– he was in line to do some game.
And then it started to pour. Audrey tried to fit under the umbrella with me. Isaac put on the poncho. We just stood there hoping the rain would stop pouring. It had to stop soon, I thought. Our friend, Brian took at look at the radar and relayed the news that were not not going to see a break in the weather for quite a while. Then it started to thunder and lightning. The rain kept coming harder and harder and the umbrella wasn’t helping much.
Nathan and Ethan came back and we all decided we needed to find a way to get back to our vehicle with the three soaking kids and 5 chairs that were currently collecting water. Remember how we had to walk a way to get from our car to the event area? Yeah, it was a bit of a hike to get back. Audrey had been crying for a bit because she was soaked and wasn’t a fan of that. Nathan told us to just go and he would figure out a way to get the chairs to the van.
So, the kids and I took off. We were using the umbrella, but still, we were completely soaked. Water was pouring in from all over. There was a creek that ran through the property and it was low lying. All of this combined to create crazy flooding. We had to walk through puddles that were over our shoes. We took refuge about halfway to our van.
Yep. This is what wet looks like.
Here is a view of the parking lot.
And that field with all the inflatables? Shortly after we left it looked like this:
I’ve never been in an area that flooded so quickly. As we drove out, we drove over water flowing over parts of the parking lot. The road that we had to take when we left the church had lots of areas that were flooded. We drove through it carefully, and were thankful we left when we did!
We met up with our friends later and played some games and watched fireworks in their neighborhood.
We made some memories today!