Hurricane Irma // September 2017

It has been a crazy two weeks since we arrived back in Orlando from Labor Day weekend. I didn’t go into much detail in that post other than we were going to be preparing for a hurricane, and boy did we. When I got to Target on Labor Day, I was a little caught off guard to see the water aisle was almost completely empty. I knew Irma was out there but I didn’t know people were already starting to prepare. She wasn’t supposed to arrive until the next weekend. That night, the governor declared a state of emergency for Florida. The rest of the week was spent preparing, watching, and waiting.

We’ve been in Florida for ten years now (which is crazy in itself), but we really haven’t had to deal with hurricanes much. In October, hurricane Matthew forced us to reschedule our Disney cruise but thankfully, we saw minimal damage in Central Florida due to a quick shift in the storm at the last minute. Irma was much different.

UCF cancelled classes on Thursday and closed campus on Friday. Greg and I were thankful that the kids were going to have school on Friday so we could finish getting the house ready without have to worry about entertaining them. Late Thursday night, the governor decided to close all schools, college, and universities in the entire state of Florida. So much for our free preparation day on Friday. We still were able to pull in all of the furniture and clean up the yard. Greg put up some boards on our front windows over the weekend. After my long run on Saturday, I went out to get some last minute supplies and decided that was the last time we’d be going out. It was crazy! We had plenty of food, water, and gas at this point. We continued to watch the Weather Channel as Irma made her way to Florida.

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It rained most of Sunday as Irma made her way up the state. This storm broke many different records due to her size and duration. She impacted the entire state of Florida for well over two weeks. We spent a lot of time doing indoor activities, including building Legos.

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The worst part of the storm came through in in the late Sunday night and early Monday morning hours. Greg and I laid on the couch most of the night watching the news and the Weather Channel and listening to the wind howl. The sound of the wind will be forever etched in my mind. It was scary. The sounds that came along with the wind made it even worse. Originally, our main concern was the water pooling on our patio, but the bowing sliding glass doors quickly became my main concern. Throughout the night, we could see shingles start piling up in our yard, but we weren’t sure where they were coming from. We made it through the night with power, but we lost it at 6am on Monday morning. Crosby sat in his bed and cried because his room was “pitch black” he said (which is was). We continued to have tropical storm force winds through Monday morning, but we were able to walk around the neighborhood on Monday afternoon to assess the damage.

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We were very lucky that our damage was minimal. We had to have a couple places on our roof re-shingled, but it was far less than some of the other roofs in our neighborhood (mostly the two story homes). There were a ton of trees down, including our neighbors, but our oak tree stayed upright. We also only had one panel of our pool screen rip.

The rest of the week we were in survival mode as we listened to the constant hum of our generator. School was already going to be closed on Monday and Tuesday to assess the damage from the storm. Thankfully, Crosby’s school made the decision to open at 11am on Tuesday, so he got to go to school and enjoy the air conditioning. On Tuesday, the decision was made to continue to close schools on Wednesday and Thursday. Kenley was able to go to gymnastics since the gym had no damage and still had power so that was something fun for her to do. We headed over to dinner at a friend’s house on Tuesday. We were also very lucky to get a hotel room from one of Greg’s coworkers. We stayed in the air conditioned room on Tuesday night, but the kids didn’t go to bed until very late so it was a different kind of miserable.

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On Wednesday, we got word that schools would remain closed through Friday. We also got a portable air conditioner from a friend to put in our bedroom. It was our saving grace! Kenley slept on the air mattress and Crosby slept on his own mattress in our room that night. They loved having a sleepover in our room. Greg and I decided to take Crosby out of school on Thursday and head down to Disney World. If we were going to be hot, we may as well be hot at the happiest place on earth.

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We had so much fun at Disney. There were hardly any lines and there were already Halloween decorations up! The best news was that while we were there, our power came back on! I was very close to crying tears of joy at that moment.

The storm impacted everything. Many businesses were without power, but if they did have power, the delivery trucks weren’t able to get here to deliver food and supplies. Even today, there were a lot of empty spots on the Target shelves.

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We tried to get back into our normal routine this weekend. I ran on Saturday morning and met the fam at Kenley’s soccer game. We celebrated Wyatt’s birthday on Saturday night with a slip-n-slide at his house. We meal prepped today and headed to church tonight at a completely different location, thanks to Irma. It’s been a long week but we’re all very excited to get back at it tomorrow!

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So long, Irma. I’ll be happy if I never have to hear your name again!

my {long} weekend in photos

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saturday morning started early with 16 miles.

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we headed straight to the pool to celebrate sagan’s birthday!

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crosby loved seeing his friends who we haven’t seen in a while.

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after the party, we loaded up to head to grammy’s house.

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gorgeous sunset.

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sandcastles.

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i ran the bridge on my five mile recovery run on sunday.

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greg and i snuck out during nap time for a beer.

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beach day, part two.

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loving life.

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kenley’s pet for a couple of hours before she released it back to its natural habitat.

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labor day boat ride.

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styling.

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back to reality and preparing for a potential hurricane.

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we had a crazy busy day on saturday, followed by a relaxing sunday and a great long weekend.

how was yours?

my weekend in photos

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family game night.

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14 early morning miles with the girls.

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soccer saturdays are back! she’s was ready for her first game of the season.

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crosby and lincoln were twinning.

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sweet boys playing legos.

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cheering for kenley!

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she loves snorkeling in the pool.

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wine and fight night.

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we stayed up way too late, but it sure was fun.

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sunday morning shenanigans.

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playing at the park.

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we had a great weekend. how was yours?

my weekend in photos

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family game night!

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12 miles with the girls on saturday morning.

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followed by piyo at the y!

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oh, just buying halloween books at sam’s club in august.

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3 mile recovery run with my sidekick. i was struggling to keep up with her!

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that outfit.

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i snuck out for some errands and a pedi on sunday afternoon. my feet needed it bad and it felt so good!

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saying hi to our visitors on our way to get ice cream!

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we had a great weekend but it flew by! how was your weekend?

Indiana {August 2017}

The kids and I headed up to Indiana this past weekend. We had an action packed four days in my home state. Brace yourself, there are a lot of pictures!

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We arrived on Saturday just in time to help set up for Maggi and Greg’s wedding shower! I am so thankful that we were able to be there to celebrate the happy couple. The theme was a fiesta in honor of their destination wedding. Everything about the shower was absolutely perfect. Abbi did such a great job with all of the little details that made the day so great. It was so good to see a lot of friends and family in one place too!

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On Sunday, we got to see my grandparents, aunt, and uncle for lunch and fun around the fire. The kids got to spend some quality time with Arie and took turns taking her for walks. I think poor Arie was ready to be home after the long weekend.

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We had a great lunch at BRU Burger on Monday, then headed to the Indianapolis Zoo. It had been so long since I had been there. The weather was absolutely perfect, and we drove by Victory Field so the kids could see where mommy and daddy met!

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For dinner, we had a little pizza party with Celeste, Reese, Meghann, and Harper. It was so good to catch up with the girls, though it was short due to bedtimes for the littles.

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The kids played at the park on Tuesday, we did a little back to school shoe shopping (what my mom and I do best!), and had lunch before heading to the airport.

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I can’t believe how fast four days flew by! We had such a great time, but we were happy to get home to daddy too.

my weekend in photos

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friday night with the girls, tijuana flats, donut king, and wine.

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dessert is served!

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playing headbanz!

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ten miles with the girls on saturday morning.

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a ghost clip in july… why not?

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monkey see, monkey do.

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pool party!

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watermelon and rain break.

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these two have been friends since the infant room and now they’re off to kindergarten.

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it was so great hanging out with these girls this weekend. i definitely miss it!

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these kids had so much fun together. we loved seeing charlie and margot!

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we had a busy weekend full of friends. how was yours?

my weekend in photos

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the kids went to parents night out at the y on friday night while greg and i ran errands and had a sushi date!

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mid-18 mile run with the girls on saturday.

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pool time in the clear blue water.

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starfish!

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how is he so old?

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my little lego lover.

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back to school shopping with my girl.

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so much sass.

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double date at cooper’s hawk.

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5 mile run then a much needed coffee afterwards.

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we had a good rest of our sunday including seeing despicable me 3!

how was your weekend?