Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A terrible loss...

My heart cries tonight for the Hizey family. As most people know, young Sebastian Hizey lost his life last Friday night at the monster truck show at the Tacoma Dome. The six year old was enjoying a fun family outing when a tragic accident took his life. Now the family has to learn how to move on without their boy.

I had the honor of meeting the father this morning. It was only a 20 second meeting, but it broke my heart. I shared my condolences, gave him a hug and told him our family is praying for their family. I walked away almost in tears.

I’ve taken my kids to the monster truck show. It was a fun family event and we expected to walk away with great memories. I cannot begin to understand or comprehend what the Hizey family is going through. The loss of any of my kids would be devastating.

The greatest lesson I will take from this is to hold my kids closer and spend just a little more time with them. Please keep the Hizey family in your prayers and if you feel moved, donate to the Sebastian Hizey memorial fund at any US Bank branch.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

When it rains it pours!

As of now, the Pitts clan is surving the Great Flood of 2009! Fortunately we find ourselves on the right side of the Puyallup river as the west side is starting to flood. It's insane to see how fast the river is flowing and the size of the logs floating down towards Tacoma.

I stopped by the boardwalk under the Puyallup River Bridge to a crowd of other looky-loos and I was shocked at how quickly the river was rising. The apartments in the background of the picture were experiencing a flooded parking lot and were getting ready to evacuate the tenants!

I talked to the folks at the office of our complex and they reassured me that it's never flooded the neighborhood so that was good to hear! The kids have no school on Thursday because of the flooding. So far they've missed four days between the snow and the floods...should be in school until the end of June...ha ha ha!!!

Other then that, we had a good time at home celebrating New Years Eve by eating lots of juke food and playing Rock Band on the Wii. As a family we expect GOOD and big changes this year in almost all aspects of our lives. As the year rolls along, I'll share more of what we know and what you don't ;-)

Stay dry, stay safe and most of all...stay sane!