Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ike Terms

So, while I was at a friends hanging out and sitting around watching the kids play outside around day 7 of the big "power outage" that Ike was, I came up with a list of "Ike terms". Words that suddenly were part of everyone's vocabulary. Words that were being said on a daily basis. Words that we won't soon forget. So, here is what I (we) came up with.

1. PODs- Point of Distribution. I did not visit one. But, my friend Brandi did.
2. M.R.E.s- Meals Ready to Eat. I really would like to see one in person and try one.
3. Look & Leave- My cousin was so glad to be able to go and see her house in Seabrook.
4. Generator- Man, those things are loud. I can't get that sound out of my head.
5. Cone of Uncertainty- That was one big cone.
6. Storm Surge- Phew, that sucker was scary.
7. Hunker Down- Don't know if I will do that again.
8. Safe Room/Safe Spot- Ours was in the master bedroom closet.
9. F.E.M.A.
10. Michael Chertoff- FEMA director.
11. Judge Ed Emmett- He spoke a lot during the storm. I finally saw what he looked like the other day. I had only heard his voice via radio.
12. Bolivar Island- Before Ike it was called Bolivar Peninsula.
13. "Certain Death"- Rick Perry telling people to leave or else.
14. Ice Lines- Oh, the lines to get Ice and gas were crazy.
15. Hurricane Force Winds- spooky.
16. Hurricane Host/ Hostess- The person(s)home that you would congregate to during the storm. Usually to eat and visit.
17. Cat 2- Wow, Ike was only a Category 2. Could have fooled me!
18. Hurricane Curfew- When it was dark I didn't want to be on the roads anyway.
19. Centerpoint (Energy)- The busiest guys in town.
20. Aftermath- I am impressed at how quickly things have come around after Ike. In two weeks things are starting to look back to normal.
21. Got power?- After, Hi, How are you? Everyone wants to know if you have power.
22. Hurri-cation/Evac-cation- Making a vacation out of the 2 weeks off from work or school.
23. I heard...- How many times have we heard that lately? Well, I heard that we were getting power... Or I heard that the schools won't be ready to open until... I heard that H.E.B. is running out of ice.

Crazy! If you think of any more that I can add to the list let me know.

Monday, September 29, 2008

And Now A Matthew Moment

The other day Matthew said, "Mom, look at that dragon fly!" So, I turned to look. Then I said, "That is not a dragon fly. It is a mosquito!!" Lol! After, hurricane IKE the mosquitoes are huge and a plenty. Ugh!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hurricane IKE: Our Aftermath.

Hello everyone! I hope this finds you all doing well. I hope you all have power and are getting your lives back to "normal". If you are like me I am still scratching me head and trying to figure it all out. Like where did Sept. go? We lost two weeks. Huh? Just trying to figure out what day of the week or the actual date is hard. Still. Phew. Also, two days after I got power I was still in survival mode. I took my cooler to the store. Habit? Already? I had power and forgot. Took my cooler to H.E.B. to fill up with ice. Which yes, I bought that, too. Even though our fridge was up and running. Ha.

Speaking of power. We got our power back on day 12, which was Wed. I was at Chuy's for dinner when the calls came in telling me. Yay! I cried. Seriously. I was so relived. Yes! Being without power was tough after about day 9. The heat cranked up. The week after IKE when the weather was nice was OK and I did fine. But add in some heat and forget it.

I am happy to report that everyone in our immediate and extended families are all safe and sound. Our homes all had some debris. We had two HUGE pine trees fall on our fence in two places and into the yards of our neighbors. What a mess! My mom and dad had their fence come down in several places. My parents in-law (Kevin's mom and dad) have some damage to their home. They had a neighbor's tree fall on and come through their roof causing some water and constructional damage. My cousin Diane, from Seabrook, lost her home. It is very sad for me to even say it out loud. Her home is gone. The home that me and all my cousins would congregate to for all our family parties and get togethers, the place where we made a gazillion memories. Its gone. Thankfully we still have each other and our memories!!

So, yes. We hunkered down. Slept in our master bedroom closet. The four of us and our dog. It was scary to me, the storm. I am thankful the boys slept through the whole thing. I was so scared. We lost power at 1:30 a.m. The next day, when it was over. I hated that I could not get a hold of anyone by phone to check on everybody. Ugh. It was not so bad for us. As I know like my cousin, Diane, a lot of people lost so much more than just power. I will continue to pray for those who have lost homes and even loved ones in this horrible hurricane.
*During the days in the dark I started an IKE journal. So, I am going to share all the entries with ya. I was blogging even when I couldn't, ha! So, my next few blogs will probably be all IKE related. Now, here are a few pics of "our aftermath".

The boys thought sleeping in the closet was fun.
Day 1: We have an electric stove top. So, Kevin broke out the propane camping stove. Here he is cooking bacon and eggs.

One of two trees that fell in our yard.

Our yard. What a mess!!

One of two piles of debris we had. Our neighbor, Renae Carr, came and hauled off both our piles. Thanks Renae!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Hurricane Ike

We are home and waiting on Ike to hit. We have our "safe spot" ready. We will be sleeping in my bedroom closet tonight. The boys are kinda confused about it all still. We are ready. We are just hanging out for now. Watching the news. Looking out the windows and watching the wind pick up from time to time. We had 3 trees cut down today. And some major limbs cut also. Most of our family, friends, and neighbors are all in the same boat. We have all decided to just hunker down. My prays are with you all. I pray that we will all be safe. I will keep everyone posted on the outcome of this storm. **Galveston Island is already flooding. The storm surge is like no other they are reporting. The storm is not here yet and we have had no rain but the water is already coming up and over the Galveston Seawall. Wow!! We can only sit and wait to see just how much worse it will be.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Top Ten Reasons Hurricane Season Is Like Christmas

-Number Ten: Decorating the house (with plywood).

-Number Nine: Dragging out boxes that haven't been used since last season.

-Number Eight: Last minute shopping in crowded stores.

-Number Seven: Regular TV shows pre-empted for 'Specials'.

-Number Six: Family coming to stay with you.

-Number Five: Family and friends from out of state calling you.

-Number Four: Buying food you don't normally buy . . . and in large quantities.

-Number Three: Days off from work.

-Number Two: Candles.

-And the Number One reason Hurricane Season is like Christmas: At some point you're probably going to have a tree in your house!

What a great quote!

I got this most excellent quote sent to me this week. It is now one of my faves.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.-Dr. Seuss

Monday, September 08, 2008

This picture makes me smile.

Here is a pic of our friend, Lexi Coker! She celebrated her 3rd birthday on Saturday. Happy Birthday, Lex. We love ya!


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