Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lock Down

Well, today sure was an interesting day!

This morning I woke up and felt almost back to normal. I decided I should still keep the day low key for one more day before hitting the gym though, so Hudson and I went straight to Trader Joe's after dropping Madison off at school.

Once we were home, Hudson and I did our usual morning routine. We played with his blocks, we read stories, we played with is nesting robots, we danced, we sang songs, and we played with some cars. When Hudson went down for his nap, I threw in a load of laundry and caught up on The Biggest Loser, while waiting to talk to Alex. I threw in a few calisthenics while waiting on my phone call, so that I could get some sort of exercise in today.

After getting to talk to Alex for a little bit, Hudson woke up and it was time to feed him lunch. While Hudson was eating, I noticed some weird postings on one of the neighborhood fb pages, that I'm apart of, talking about certain schools being in lock down. I began trying to call Madison's school to see if they were on lock down too, but the lines were either busy or nobody was answering them. I then shot a quick text to Madison's teacher asking if they were on lock down and he responded letting me know that they were and that everyone was okay, but that the police were looking for someone. I also found out that four other schools were on lock down as well. So, the time came to go pick up Madison and I wasn't exactly sure what I was suppose to do, so I went anyway. When I turned onto the street Madison's school was on, there were police everywhere blocking cars and people from getting through. They were super friendly and very informative, but we had to park down the street and wait. So, as Hudson and I were waiting, several of the parents in Madison's class started arriving (along with the rest of the school). At this point, we had not received any formal notice from the school as to what was going on, so when parents arrived that had no idea what was happening and there was a lot of panic and a lot of tears, at first. But once everyone was able to get a clearer picture of what was going on, everyone was able to just sort of wait it out and talk with each other. The kids were suppose to get out at 2:10 and at 2:30 we were all still standing down the street waiting to hear what was going to happen, but we were receiving mass emails and phone calls about them working as quickly as possible. There was someone from the district standing out with us waiting and keeping us informed as she received new information. The police were constantly coming over and reassuring us that there was no threat on the campus, but that they were searching the surrounding homes and their backyards for the suspect (who was thought to be armed and a homicide fugitive from Anaheim), and they needed to keep everything locked down so that it wasn't an easy out for the fugitive. The school, the police, and the district did a wonderful job of keeping everyone as informed and as calm as possible. Finally, at 2:45 we received a call saying that they were going to bus our kids to the local high school and that we should drive over and meet them there. Then, once we all arrived at the high school, we all received another call saying that they now felt it was safe enough to come back to the school and pick our children up, but that they would only be released to their parents. There was a little bit of chaos as the cars all tried to figure out where to go, where to park (they still had the parking lot all blocked off and several areas that people would normally park blocked), but once we were on campus they went class by class and had parents come forward and get their child from the teacher (it didn't matter what grade, K-5 was all treated the same and had to go through the formal checkout process). By the time I finally had Madison it was about 3:05. She was totally fine and thought it was neat that there were so many police at her school. She said that they were told they had to stay inside because there were some bad guys in the area and the police were looking for them. She was content with those details and left it at that.

Thankfully, I had the forethought to grab Madison's gymnastics things before heading to school "just in case" and so we were able to still get to gymnastics on time, which as always, was the highlight of Madison's day!

After gymnastics, we came home, ate dinner, read stories, put pj's on, got ready for bed, read bedtime stories, said bedtime prayers and then went to bed. It was a busy day. It was a full day! It was a good day, nonetheless.

For those interested, here is an article on the events that took place today. (click on the link to take you to the article)

***Please continue to pray for Tori to wake up. Day 1 in her new place went well. Thank you again for your prayers!***

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