Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Jake keeps changing his mind. He has thought about a firefighter, a frog, a football player, and everything else I suggest, but he keeps going back to a bear. He really wants to be a blue bear. I'm not sure if he is going to stick with this idea or not.
I have a feeling Halloween will be lots of fun on our street this year, since it falls on a Friday.
Friday, September 26, 2008
To read the article, go to my sister's blog, "Thoughts of a Stay-at-Home Mom." www.happylaurasthoughts.blogspot.com
Thursday, September 25, 2008
(according to Cody)
Extra pillows on the bed--why do we have to put them on only to take them off before bed?
Towels in the bathroom that are for decorative purposes--you know the ones that match your bathroom, but you don't use them every day--"Why?" he says?
Things Women Don't Understand
(according to Jen)
NASCAR--I just don't understand how watching cars drive around in a circle (FOR HOURS) is interesting.
Watching fishing, hunting, and poker on TV--you might as well watch paint dry.
Another ongoing disagreement...
Cody says, "Why do we have to clean for the cleaning lady?
I say that there is a difference between cleaning and putting things away. I guess it is just as well we don't have a cleaning lady anymore.
"Hey old lady..."
All the other kids at my cone were astonished. I like to think it is because they were suprised anyone would think I was old. Kids are so honest; you never have to wonder where you stand with them.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
*Your child has handed out raw cookie dough from the box in a garage down the street while you were on the phone.
*Your kids refer to the empty lot down the street as "Jack's Dirt."
*You can locate your kids based on which house has the most scooters and bikes thrown in front.
*You have loaded up in a truck with several of your neighbors to go get FEMA ice and water.
*You don't find it unusual to yell, "Slow down!" at passing cars.
*You sit in lawn chairs in your neighbor's driveway to wait for the fire department to come to her house to check out a gas leak. (Looking back, this does not seem too wise.)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Trees down & spoiled food (We have pictures of lots of spoiled food for the golf course's insurance.)
Friday, September 19, 2008
Since we've been at home all week, we have been cooking lots of yummy foods. We have made 2 batches of Special K Bars (my favorite dessert of all time), brownies, Rice Krispie treats, and a heart-shaped, 2-layer cake. Those of you who know that I don't cook a whole lot may be surprised by all of this domesticity. Don't be impressed, the brownies and cake came from a box. The kids have helped with all of these treats and were most proud of the cake. All of this baking has been challenging without water, but at least we can use the oven. At this rate, I'll have to buy bigger clothes before we go back to school.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Jake helping get generators hooked up
Josie not even pretending to help
The news reports this week have titles like, "On the Road to Recovery." After driving around several neighborhoods in Magnolia, I can definitely say it's a long road. Some areas look like what I imagine a war zone to be. We saw homes with trees still sitting on top of them and countless utility lines that are still on the ground or have trees on top of them. Administrators from our school district spent the evening delivering food and water to hard-hit neighborhoods, and a school was opened up for people to take showers. We found out today that we will not be back in school on Monday. No one is sure about the rest of the week.
Our water is back off. Maybe they will hook it back up the generator tomorrow.
Today we have water. :) I don't know if it will last or not. We have been told it is being run temporarily by a generator and will be turned off again. I am about to make Josie take a shower (even though she doesn't think she needs one). School will possibly start back on Monday, but some say that we won't have it. Apparently there are still schools that do not have power and/or water. Lots of people that work at my school are still without power.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
One of Josie's friends is spending the night with us because they still do not have power. Either way we are counting our blessings to be sitting in an air conditioned house.
Water update: We still have water, but are hearing that it is only temporary. I have done all the dishes and am trying to do as much laundry as possible before we lose it again. I am hoping that the rumors are false and our water is back for good. :)
Irrigation controller on the golf course
Monday, September 15, 2008
This trampoline has definitely seen better days!
There is not usually a lake in this fairway.
We still do not have water, but our electricity is up and running. Thank goodness for air conditioning. We all got a good night's sleep--probably since Cody turned the AC down to 68.
Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
1. Air Conditioning
2. WATER--toilet, baths, showers, washing dishes, drinking-- did I say baths?
3. Going to the bathroom and actually being able to see the toilet paper (and flush)
4. TV (Cody would put this much higher on the list!)
5. Air Conditioning
6. Microwave (maybe people who don't have small children wouldn't miss this so much--we need hot dogs, popcorn, spaghetti-o's...)
7. Lights (especially when small children keep accidently breaking flashlights)
8. Internet access--you would think this would be no big deal, but we seem to be very dependant on the Internet for information
9. Hair Dryer & Curling Iron (I know this is a little shallow, but having bad hair puts you in a bad mood. And when it's hot and you have no prospect of bathing, you don't want to wear a cap!)
10. Air Conditioning
*Trying to explain the concept of no electricity to a 3-year old is difficult. Jake kept sitting down with the remote and trying to turn on the TV. At one point, after we had been without electicity for quite a while, he tried unsuccessfully to turn on the TV, and said, "What happened, Mama?" This morning, he triumphantly brought me a bag of microwave popcorn and was crushed when the microwave still didn't work.
We put the kids to bed downstairs thinking that the electricity was gone for good, but it came back on about 10:30 and stayed on until a little after midnight. The sound of the wind was the scariest part of the night. Thankfully the kids slept through the night. We "camped out" in the living room all morning, playing with blocks and coloring.
As it became light, we were able to tell that our yard and fence seemed fine. Our neighbors two doors down had a small tree laid over, but otherwise, our street seemed to fare fine. We found out later that someone a little farther down the street had their fence blow down and then their trampoline flew on top of the next neighbor's house. It wasn't until later in the day that we went out to assess the damage beyond our street. Then we realized how fortunate we were.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Hurricane Ike has us home from school today (yes, I am a little pleased about that). Last night was a fun night on our block. Everyone sat outside and watched all the kids play in the street, since no one had to be up and go to school or work. Right now (8:50 am), Jake and I are watching Diego, and Josie is still sleeping. We're not in the evacuation zones, so we're not going anywhere. Apparently Magnolia was pretty crazy yesterday with people getting gas and stocking up at the grocery store. We didn't have any trouble getting the things we needed. It sounds like Ike has turned and will be east of us; they are saying it will go up I45. We're still bracing for high winds and rains, but they say the west side of the eye is the better place to be. Anyway, we just wanted to let eveyone know that we have plenty of food, water, and supplies.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Josie asked the teacher, "Is there a dictionary in this room?"
Teacher: "I'm sure there is. Why do you need one?"
Josie: "I want to look up how many children are in the world."
I guess we need to discuss what a dictionary is used for.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
The kids on our street had a great time being snowmen today with the help of a little shaving cream. They then proceeded to go on a walk around the block. I hope they didn't scare off any prospective home buyers.
Jake was having none of it, though. He did not want to be a snowman, and he was very upset when his hula hoop got shaving cream on it.