Friday, December 8, 2017

Hurricane Harvey

A while back I promised a post on Hurricane Harvey.  As usual, things have been busy around here and I've slacked on updating.  However, another weather phenomenon (SNOW IN HOUSTON-more on that later), reminded me of it.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas on August 26th.  We had been following the storm for days and were prepared as we listened to weather reports with increasingly grim news.

Harvey sat over us for 4 days pouring constant amounts of water onto our state.  School was closed for two weeks, Jordans office still hasn't reopened, friends evacuated in the middle of the night and neighbors lost their homes.

It was a terrible time for our community, but it was also a beautiful time.  Strangers came together to help; we gutted houses, donated supplies, organized childcare and offered our homes to those in need.  We waited in lines at the grocery stores for hours while the lights flickered and we proudly waited in lines behind our neighbors waiting for our chance to donate what we could to those who needed it.    

On August 29th we came together to give Harvey a big F-YOU send off.  It was nice to bring back a sense of normalcy and be with each other but it was also hard because we all felt so guilty.  The city of Katy was hit particularly hard, yet our small niche of the neighborhood managed to escape unscathed.

In the weeks and months that followed our city has started to rebuild.  I can finally say that I when I drive around I don't see sheetrock and waterlogged furniture sitting at the end of driveways waiting to be hauled away.  Our district came together and welcomed students from schools that were totally flooded and uninhabitable for at least a year.  We organized fundraisers and donated our time and efforts.  The Astros even brought home a World Series championship for this AMAZING city.

I recently saw a photo of street art on a friends Facebook page that showed the city of Houston with the words "The City that Refused to Sink".  Truer words could not be spoken.  Harvey poured between 40-61 inches of rain over the city of Houston, yet the people refused to give up.  We were Houston Strong.

I couldn't have been more proud of this place that we call home.  Harvey was something that we will never forget.  It will be the storm that we compare all other storms to.  It really is true - EVERYTHING'S bigger in Texas...



we passed the time with Scrabble, practical jokes/pranks (Isla), movies and lots of drinks.  Dad worked from home for two weeks and was able to help out - even if that meant accidentally dressing Holden in Isla's clothes...


the line at Kroger and a donation line at one of the Highs Schools set up as a shelter


Ramen makes everything a little better, even a two hour wait at Target 


F*@? YOU HARVEY!  Going out in style...


Jordan and our friends Mark, Ben and Eric helped gut this special needs teachers house.  She taught Holden in Summer School...

Thursday, October 5, 2017

August One Second Everyday


Summer Part IV

It truly was an amazing Summer.  I've tried to detail the highlights, but I know that theres always stuff I wasn't able to put in here - never fear!  Check back soon for our comprehensive Summer video.

Florida

The last trip of the Summer was a very quick trip to Florida with Isla and I to visit my parents.  We worked it out so that my sister Jessie and her kids would be able to join us at the same time.  

Despite having only a couple days (actually, less than 48 hours) to visit - we fit a lot in and made some great memories visiting together.  



This was the second Dylan's Candy Bar that Isla and I stopped at that day...


The first night we got a cake to celebrate my belated birthday.  




Saturday morning we headed over to the Naples Children's Museum.


I LOVE how Isla still enjoys playing make-believe.  She truly has the best imagination.


Gabe and Isla usually get sick of each other pretty quickly, so he was OVERJOYED when he found a room that was restricted to kids 8 and up.  We basically had to pry him out of there when it was time to leave.  



Sami probably had the most interesting pick at the gift shop...



That evening Poppy took his girls on a golf cart ride, and we ended the trip with hibachi and ice-cream.


Although Isla didn't love the food, she was amazed by the show.  


Jessie made clothes for the kids to look like clothes that their Mimi wears.  Family pictures never go as planned, but we were able to snap some with our iPhones where everyone is at least looking at the camera.  Well at least in one of the snaps!  




We were so grateful for the time to share - however short it ended up being.  The only thing missing was my other sister Mandy and her family, and the rest of Jessie and my family.  Next time for sure!!!


Birthday at the Lake

For the past two years we've celebrated mine and one of my best friend Kathy's birthday up at our lake house.  Its a nice way to get away for some adult fun without going too far from our babies.

This time we headed out to Austin Friday night.  We didn't have the whole group as some could only make the one night, but we had an AWESOME time on South Congress and Rainey Street.




The next day the rest of the crew headed up and we spent the day out at the pool and on the lake.

It was the PERFECT way to ring in 36!!!





Sidewalk Chalk Fun

Well... This was fun for Holden.  He promptly dumped ALL the colors and started body painting, finger painting, foot painting - ALL the painting.  Isla - who wanted to stay somewhat clean and create more of a structured masterpiece quickly abandoned ship...




Summer - Most of what we missed

Like I said earlier, theres no way to fully capture our summer and still be present in it, so of course this isn't all encompassing - but it's a pretty good representation of our awesome, busy, amazing, relaxing, fun, active, wet, wild and perfect Summer of 2017






 Back to School

With such a busy Summer under our belts, the first day of School certainly crept up on us and went about as poorly as planned...  Unbeknownst to us Mother Nature was about to deal us two extra weeks of Summer in the form of a storm named Harvey...  More of that to come soon.









Mom's brunch at Local Table after we drop the kids off for the first day has become a bit of a tradition.  This year I'm pretty sure all of Katy showed up.  We could either wait two hours for a table or head over to the Local Bar for some mimosas (which if we're being honest was what we were there for anyways)...



Love this "Bad Mom's" tradition with some of then best Mom's I know!



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