I had a full house of kids today.  We’re in that awkward couple days when everyone is back from summer-school has started for all the kids EXCEPT the preschoolers.  So I have my regular young kids that range in age from 18 months to 31 months old plus my four preschoolers.  It’s a houseful and I feel much like I am running from fire to fire and extinguishing flames.  It’s a growing pain.  We’ll make it through.  We do every year but is a tough couple of days.  School starts for the preschoolers on Thursday and I am going to happily waving as they board the bus….not because I don’t want them…I just need a new normal.

With this many we need a change up…outside is the change up.  I don’t know what it is about outdoors but it is bliss.  The kids rarely fight.  Everyone is happy.  So on today of all days, it was suppose to storm.  So we ate breakfast and I then immediately went outside.  Typically we go out closer to 10ish but not today.  We were out by 8:45am.

I had checked the radar before we went out and had hoped for an hour of outside time.  That’s about what we had when I got a message from Kalissa with this picture.  That giant red spot was headed our way.

At the first sound of thunder I brought the kids in and a short time later…we had this.  HAIL.

I’ve seen MUCH worse hail but still I was a little concerned.  The kids were mostly doing okay then one got a little panicky and it snowballed and several of them were upset so I turned on some youtube dance/fingerplay songs.

While they were doing that I ran outside and grabbed a couple hail stones…see how big some of them were??

Most were nickel and quarter sized but there were quite a few that were this big.

…and rain. Oh we had heavy rain FAST.

As I turned to come in the house I saw this… hail damage to the siding.

It’s not terrible.  Hubby ended up coming home to check it out as I couldn’t with the kids being here.  We have a couple more places like this on the north side of the house.

We called the insurance agent.  An adjuster will be coming to investigate this…and the roof.  We didn’t get a ladder our and check everything inch by inch but we know for sure there are three spots that need attention.

I sat down to write this post and checked the weather to find this…

We live in the northeast corner….see that spot that says Decorah.  Well we live southwest of there…UGH.  All that is coming this way and they have upgraded up to a Severe Thunderstorm Watch.  It’s going to be a long 8 hours.

I really shouldn’t complain.  I heard overnight that around Lacrosse, WI they had over 5″ of rain in some places and all of this is moving that way.

I’ll keep you posted…for now, we’re all good.

5 thoughts on “Hail…ugh.”

  1. I thought of you this morning when I saw pictures of the big hail in Iowa and the radar map showing the spot where I thought you lived.

  2. Oh My! I hope everyone is ok – and that your house survived without too much damage to the roof and rest of your home!

  3. Glad the kids got some time outside before the nasty weather arrived. Hope your house doesn’t have roof damage, the siding can be a easy fix if you have some spare siding to us. Glad your okay, I know Osage got hit hard also.

  4. Wow, that’s some big hail! Late last summer, my parents had ‘bigger than egg’ sized hail and it completely decimated the tin on all the outbuildings of their farm, as well as the roof on the house. We also noticed it chipped the bricks on the north side of their brick house. How do you fix that?

  5. Yes, all that rain reached La Crosse, and some of it came through the roof vents and down into my kitchen. I will be getting a visit from the insurance adjuster on Friday.
    Luckily, no branches fell off my tree, there must just be a small leak somewhere.
    Today it will be sunny and bright. Yeah!

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