The night before Parker's birthday, we had severe tornado producing weather in our area. We had to wake the kids up about 9:30 and get them in our safe room (aka the laundry room). The weather system was slow moving and it stalled right over Cleburne. We were in the laundry room for over two hours and didn't get the kids in bed until after midnight. They were so good and never complained about having to be cramped in a small space for so long. The only crazy thing that happened was that Lily got so nervous that she threw up all over the place. And of course the only thing I had to catch it in was a blanket. Just for the record, cleaning vomit out of a blanket at midnight is not something I ever want to do again!
The kids (and maybe their mom too!) were still pretty nervous after the sirens stopped blowing that we just moved all of their mattresses into the master bedroom and let them sleep on our floor. As I was trying to get them to settle down and go to sleep, Parker asked me what time it was. When I told him 12:05am, he got very excited and said, "So I'm officially eight years old?!?!". He was so excited that we were able to wish him "Happy Birthday" before he went to sleep that night!
Since the kids didn't get in bed until after midnight, we let them sleep in the next morning which meant the Parker didn't get to have his traditional birthday pancakes at Granna's. We decided to postpone them until the next morning because it just wouldn't be a birthday without his birthday pancakes!
Parker loved that Cory was able to bring him a special birthday lunch at school. I'm pretty sure that Taco Bueno tastes even better on your birthday!