Tuesday we went to the National Weather Service Center in Norman, OK. I was planning to not tell Cadence, our little weather addict, about it unti it was time to leave, but it somehow escaped Monday night. Yikes. It took her an hour to fall asleep, then she was up 2 1/2 hours in the night because she was too excited to sleep.
We went with a big group of family, and took Will, Karlea, and Rylea with us. The kids all did a great job being quiet and keeping with the group. Cadence loved it. She paid rapt attention to the tour guide (except for the long, "What did he mean, Mommy?" whispered conversations we kept having).
Afterward we asked everyone in our van what their favorite part was. Cadence said, "The elevators!!!!! No, wait, wait, wait, EVERYTHING!"
So here is your guided tour - The weather trucks and our tour guide. Cadence told me last night when she is big enough to drive, this is the kind of truck she wants. Our tour guide was very nice and even answered Cadence's questions, which she loved.
The group - I think I got everyone in the picture - ish.
The observation room - the 360 view was totally not as cool and the super speedy fast, glass sided elevators we took to get there *eyeroll*.
Jake and Will (who mostly hung out with Uncle Dwight, so I didn't get very many pictures of them) -
Checking our some posters... Cadence is hiding between some of the big kids -
The forecasting center, where Cadence wanted me to explain what every single color on every single moniter meant, which satellites they were recieving images from ("From the ones on the trucks we just saw, or the ones flying around in orbit in the atmosphere Mommy?"), and whether or not we would get to see a storm while we were there. Good thing the tour guide was right there to tell us what all the colors meant - I'm pretty clueless about such things!
Abby, Cadence, and Rylea "Squishing Heads" -
This was Will's favorite part. You can't really see him because the glass is reflecting on his face, but they are looking at a model of the building we toured.
Holding up the world / doing a gymnastics pose - (You can't see it, but her right foot is all bent back and she's grinning like crazy!)
The girls working together to hold up the world - they loved this part, the globe was really neat, it had realtime weather being projected all over it, and gave the appearance of rotating.
And... that's all the pictures I have to share. We also got to see the truck bay, which was neat, and some radar camera shells that had been blasted by lightning and hail - which was Karlea's favorite part.