Showing posts with label Hurricanes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hurricanes. Show all posts

Sunday, October 16

Having a Birthday Party after a Hurricane

Last week we left on Wednesday to avoid the storm. We stayed in a little town named Ozark Alabama. The second town we stayed at was in Tory it's about two hours outside of Florida. It has the busiest traffic I have ever seen.  The good side I found a coffee shop I absolute love. I don't know what they put in the coffee but it's delicious!
When you order a drink they give you a chocolate covered expresso bean. It's because of them I have been drinking coffee all week. I haven't had coffee since May. I would move there just for coffee it's that good.  Once we were able to see our house had no damage it was clean up time. Clean up the branches from the yard plan Popsicle's 6th Birthday party which by the way isn't the best thing to do after a Hurricane. There was No School on Monday we handed out invites Tuesday then I dropped my phone so there was no way I could get calls or text.  I had so much anxiety about no one showing up. It turned out well we had twenty kids show up.
Christopher was having a blast!

It was a Mario Party at the last minute. I swear  he changes his mind like his underwear. I was so happy and excited when I saw the cupcakes the baker now thinks I love him. It might have something to do with the fact that I said it. Publix did an awesome job on short notice. 

 Thor wanted to go on the slide too so he had to stay in the kitchen. He looks sad! I gave him two bacon treats inside. It kept him busy for a minute.

        You never know when Life can change make it great every day you can. Sending lots of prayers for all that were affected by the storm.

Friday, October 7

Hurricane Matthew, Friends and Family

My heart hurts for all my friends and family who decided to stay and wait out the storm. Hubby had to convince me to leave. We talked on Monday about leaving. I wanted to leave then what I didn't want to do was wait till the last minute. He didn't seem to think it was a big thing until Mr. Weather Man said we were looking at a direct hit. We left last night drove all the way to Alabama. Taking turns on driving while our boys slept. With two kids two cats and a dog I think we did pretty good. I have always made a hurricane kit every year with our boys. I think because we planned ahead we weren't the last minute shoppers. It helped on our pocket book considering that we may not be back home for a few weeks. I have never seen the rest stops as packed as they where last night. Parking was a mess we slept in the car for an hour at the rest stop. Going on two days boarding up our house and helping our neighbor and getting ready to stay took a toll on us. My anxiety was hitting the roof. We are now safe  just wishing more people would have left as well. Please pray this storm isn't as bad as it seems to be. Tonight will be a long night.

Stay Safe my friends!!

Wednesday, May 27

Hurricane Survival Guide

This past weekend we went through our survival tote just in case to make sure we are prepared for a hurricane. Since the newscasters keep talking about the ten year storm we might get. Makes my skin crawl. Thank God we have not been in a bad storm yet. I hope we never have one. There is way too much stuff you need to have. You have to have a at home kit which includes:
  1. flashlight
  2.  battery operated radio
  3. 6 extra sets of batteries( Which is well over a hundred dollars just in this)
  4.  Gel freezer packs to keep food cold
  5.  cooler
  6. matches and a lighter
  7. camping stove and grill with fuel tank/charcoal with a fire starter
  8. fire extinguisher (box of baking soda to extinguish a fire)
  9.  medicine if anybody's taking medicine
  10.  supply for at least two weeks of diapers formula bottles pacifier(if you have a baby)
  11.  medicine kit that has aspirin, stomach acid, anti diarrhea medicine, iodide, hydrogen peroxide, bacterial ointment, bandages and tape.
You also have to have an evacuation kit that includes
  1.  map/ compass
  2.  tire sealer in your trunk
  3.  sleeping bags or blankets for each member
  4.  air or foam mattress
  5.  identification for the whole family
  6.  important documents
  7.  extra clothes and shoes
  8.  books, games, playing cards
  9. soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper, feminine products, paper towels and cash.
It is now hurricane season we have completed a first aid kit.

Don't mind my thumb it was a one second slicer accident that almost took part of my thumb off. A Mother's Day gift. Don't worry I didn't bleed in my cucumbers. I was able to save them.  Little by little our tote is almost complete. Our plan is to stay put to wait out the storm. I'm not looking to be stuck on the highway with two kids and two cats. Unless we have time to leave I guess we will need to buy another boat.

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