First of all, I am not trying in any way to down-play these events. With that said . . .
Trouble seems to be following me around everywhere lately. To start things off, we missed the Orlando tornado by 2 days (read about it here) arriving in Florida on February 4th.
We returned from Florida Sunday February 11th. The following day (Monday), when I should have been completely exhausted from our trip, I packed my kids up in the car and we went to SLC to visit Kako and cousins and return some curtains at the Pottery Barn Kids in Trolley Square. Just hours later (when we were fortunately back home), the shootings occurred right where we had been shopping. You can read more on the Trolley Square shootings here.
Then comes Saturday (2 days ago). At around 10:30 AM, a neighbor called me and said to get my kids in the basement because police officers were outside dealing with a suicide attempt. While the kids watched a movie in our basement, Noah and I watched from our bay window as police officers with sniper rifles used Noah's truck as a shield. About 15 minutes later, an officer came to our door and told us to get our kids and leave the house immediately. So, without contacts, makeup or a comb to brush my hair, we loaded the kids in the car and drove a block away to see what was going on. An hour or so into this, a bomb squad (and their robot--see above picture), a swat team, ambulances, fire trucks and the media arrived. Apparently the man wishing to kill himself wanted to go out with a bang--he claimed to have 7 lbs of C-4 and after finding out that he had a criminal record using explosives, the police were taking this seriously. After about 7 hours, the man surrendered and is now in jail.
We're so glad we moved to a neighborhood so much safer than our last one!
For more information on the bomb scare and to see Noah and Kaila (with out makeup, or combed hair) on the news, go to this link.