Thursday, September 25, 2008

I was tagged...

6 Random things about me:

Here are the tagging rules:

Post the rules on your blog

Write 6 random things about yourself

Tag 6 people at the end of your post

If you're tagged, DO IT and pass on the tag.

So.. 6 random things (okay, so they're not all about me per say, but random anyway)...

1.  We were awakened at 5:00 this morning by dogs barking in our back yard (most of the neighborhood still has missing fences), and found two dogs tearing up a cat.  :(  The cat did not make it, and Kevin found a phone number on his tags and called the owner this morning.  Sad.

2.  Mallory has informed me that I should withdraw her from school because "there are other ways to learn things."

3.  I have a housekeeper and I am not ashamed.  We LOVE Ms. Debbie and I would not be sane without her!

4.  I am sooooo frustrated with insurance companies right now!

5. We had 170 people at worship services Sunday morning in the Annex with NO POWER.  The singing in the cramped room was great, and I met someone who usually sits on the opposite side of the building who I did not know but who adores and looks for my children every Sunday.  :)  

6.  I fear Lila's passion.  

I have no idea who reads this blog that wasn't already tagged by Erin, but I'll try...  
Amanda, Mim, Melissa, Karyna, Kathy, Debbie

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fun with Friends

To look on the bright side... The aftermath of Ike has brought friends and neighbors closer together.  People are spending lots of time outside cleaning up and helping one another.  Friends who have power are hosting those who don't.  We had several friends over last night for a good game of Rock Band...

Let's just say we are serious about our Rock...

Especially Tracey and Paul... our lead singers...

April & Paul...

Me on drums... laundry aside as it should be.  We must have our priorities!

Derek and Kevin are the "serious" rockers...

Tracey is not... although she was concentrating very hard...

Singing from the bed...

The serious one again...

And don't get me started on the drummer...

April the Rock Star...

All in all a fun time had by all!  We even made it through most of the songs.  :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pictures to go along with our Ike story...

Pictures in random order because I'm having trouble moving them around...

This is a shot Mallory took when on an expedition with Kevin:

The Case's house across the street:

Mallory and Lila in the firetruck following our accident:

Clara's kitty got a fire badge:

Kevin's parent's house:

Another shot of Kevin's parent's house:

Me with a still visibly shaken Clara in the firetruck following our crash: 

The kids playhouse behind our garage, looking into our neighbor's yard.

The nice family that drove us home!

Roof damage:

More roof damage:

Girls in the car.  Thank goodness for portable dvd-players!

Lila in the car:

Mallory and Clara in the car following a DQ stop.

Kevin driving with our two phones on his lap... gps programs pulled up!

Pretty cloud along the way:

Aftermath of Ike...

Our evacuation story... (copied from my Facebook profile).  

We filled up the gas tanks Wednesday evening. There were already lines and several of the tanks had closed. I stayed up until about 3 am preparing for the storm... getting things off the floor, finishing laundry, dishes, packing, etc. Thursday morning I went by the studio to do the same, and Kevin wrapped up a two hour conference call and we were on the road.  

The trip up wasn't bad. When we left we weren't sure where we were going... but we ended up with some friends in a hotel in Plano. We went to visit Kevin's sister and the girls and i played in her pool for about an hour and a half - enough time for me to get a sunburn... we also swang by and saw my cousin and her family and visited with them for a bit. Later we went back to the hotel and watched the storm come in at home via the weather channel. Kevin was on call for work watching their systems and by 4 am the next morning he was working non-stop to get things back up and running. He and a co-worker also in Plano set up camp in the meeting room at the hotel and worked around the clock. I had three stir-crazy girls in a hotel room, so we joined Paul and April for a day at his sister's house nearby and they got to play with new friends and get a little energy out. It was so nice of his sister's family to host us refugees!  

Thankfully, Kevin got his work finished without having to relocate to Huntsville, Alabama like we thought he might have to. So by Sunday we had him back. We attempted to go to church, but ended up getting there about 30 minutes late, so we just decided to forgo. Next we went back to the hotel to check out, then we went to lunch and decided to head back home to assess our damage. We had been told we had some shingles down and possible roof damage, so Kevin was anxious to get back and check it out. We headed home, stopping by a WalMart to stock up on some supplies, but while inside got the call that told us our power was back on. So.. we headed home without stocking up quite so much. We decided to go through Waco because it seemed traffic was already backed up going back to Houston.  

We stopped in Waco to fill up the gas tank. When we got back on the road, I was turned around getting a video ready for the kids when Kevin apparently missed a stoplight and we broadsided a car going across the intersection. The car we hit flipped and rolled over. Kevin lost control of our van, but regained it and pulled over. We were all okay. The girls were all visibly shaken, as were Kevin and I. After seeing we were okay, Kevin ran out of the car to check on the other vehicle and i called 911. My hands were shaking so badly that I had trouble dialing. It was quite an ordeal and the kids were all scared and Mallory was crying. The people in the other vehicle were both okay as well, and walked out of their vehicle with a couple of minor scrapes. I have a bruise on my shoulder from my seat belt and am a little sore around my neck and back, but the kids and Kevin all say they feel fine. Thank God no one was injured!  

The van was undrivable, so the pd's victim service unit came and picked us up. We were afraid we weren't going to be able to find a hotel because we'd heard everyone was booked due to Ike evacuations, but one of the policeman also secured us a hotel room, and the hotel gave us a very good rate. We ran into a couple in the lobby while we were checking in. They had evacuated from Brazoria and we got to chatting. As it turned out, they had two vehicles and plenty of room and offered to give us a ride home. We ended up splitting up and riding home with their family. They were very kind.  

The house has some roof and water damage. We'll probably need a new roof, ceilings replaced in about 4-5 rooms and carpet in two. Our new fence is one of the few standing in the area, although it's leaning. The fence we didn't replace is down completely. We do have power, which most of Pearland still does not have, so we feel pretty blessed.  

The studio doesn't have power yet that I know of. I do know the windows are in tact, but haven't been back to assess any other possible damage. kevin is actually on his way over there now to check it out. Thanks for all your concerns, well-wishes & prayers. We are truly blessed to have our family well & safe and a home to come home to!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Playing around with my point -n- shoot...

All taken with my Canon Power Shot G7 point & shoot camera at the inlaws...

A few rough mornings...

We've had a few rough nights/mornings recently.  This first picture shows the end of a long night that involved crying, coughing, medicine, and children laying on top of us...  That red spot?  That's where I was when I woke up.  And you wonder why my back hurt?  Poor Kevin was completely uprooted from his spot, as you see:

This one was from this morning, which was quite frustrating.  Without going into too many details, we were already running late, and were just about to run out the door as I ran into this:
Pineapple juice all over the Sunday dress is not acceptable, so we had to add some minutes to change, and then of course had to hunt down keys... not a good start to our Sunday morning.

Playground Fun

We went to a birthday party at the park this afternoon and the girls enjoyed playing on the playground.  First, please identify the following:

Yep, that would be Mallory's toes.  Here is the rest of her...
And Clara proved to be our little rock climber.  This is the first time she's done this to my knowledge, by the way:

The child has no fear.

Reward for Good Behavior

In Lila's preschool class they get to pick a reward from the treasure chest after 7 days of "getting green" in conduct.  Lila has gotten green every day and last week came home with her first "TREASURE".... (scroll down)

Lovely, isn't it?

Friday, September 05, 2008