Friday, September 19, 2008

The effects of Hurricane Ike on our neighborhood

A few homes in our neighborhood got really nervous and covered their windows. Oh, and their door!!
Brandon was in Geneva, Switzerland when officials determined Hurricane Ike was expected to hit Galveston Island. His flight was scheduled to arrive in Houston Saturday night after Ike hit. He immediately scheduled another flight arriving in Houston at 1:00pm Friday thinking he would make it to our home in plenty of time. We discovered Thursday night at 7:00pm Swiss time that his flight had been canceled. He immediately scheduled two more flights on separate airlines just to insure he would make it in. Two hours later the mayor of Houston announced he would be closing the George Bush airport at noon canceling B's other two flights.
I was okay with him not making it home but he was determined to be here when Ike hit. His comment was, "I have not lived in Houston for three years to miss a hurricane. I want to be there to experience it." Not, I want to be there to protect you. I guess it's a guy thing.
Anyways, early Friday morning the day before Ike was scheduled to hit I called B's blackberry and it went straight to voicemail. He never has it off so I knew he must be flying somewhere. I checked his email and noticed he had four flights scheduled. Two to Paris, one to Ohio, and one to Georgia. Which one could it be??? None of those. He called me around 11:00am Houston time to say that he was in New York but, his flight had been canceled to Houston. He had immediately booked a flight to San Antonio just to find out the canceled Houston flight was re-routed to San Antonio. He now had two flights scheduled to San Antonio. Anyways after confusing the airlines by scheduling two flights on the same airline at the same time he arrived in San Antonio at 6:45pm and made home at 9:15pm after the Houston curfew set for 7:00pm. The boys and I were ready to celebrate as soon as he walked in the door.
Luckily, the boys thought the party was in our closet where they were going to sleep that night. Our closet is an L shape so we set up their beds on this side of the closet and B and I would sleep on the other side if we needed to. But, B immediately fell asleep in our bed after being awake for over 24 hours. I woke him some time after 12:45am to tell him that the storm sounded different and it sounded like our roof was coming off. Being sleep deprived he told me our house was fine and to go back to sleep.
The next morning as I opened the shudders in our office I noticed that our front yard was covered in shingles. Right after, we realized that our roof did have damage. Right above our bedroom. :)
Even though it was still hurricane force winds we went outside to fix our roof. B folded a tarp in half and hammered it down to the roof. We then collected shingles from the front yard and hammered those on top.
The wind was still blowing about 30-40 miles per hour at this point but, Brandon said that he was not about to have a leak in the roof. A few hours later we discovered the damage to the rest of our neighborhood.
This photo of I think Discount Tires wasn't actually in our neighborhood. It's still in Katy but, about 5 or 10 minutes East from where we live.

Sandra and Cliff two doors down from us took the beating the worst. They also along with about 8 or 10 other homes in our neighborhood had roof damage. Unfortunately, due to the leaks in their roof their ceiling caved in. A few hours after these pictures the ceiling caved in even more requiring them to evacuate their home.

The rest of the day B and I spent our time helping our neighbors cover their roofs and clean up the mess inside. By the end many in our neighborhood thought that B did roofin' for a livin'. I just had to laugh because until today the only time he has been on a roof was to hang Christmas lights. Needless to say it was a great experience. We bonded with our neighbors more than we ever have. We feel very blessed to have been affected as little as we did. We were the only ones on the street without leaking and our cost was much much lower than anyone elses. Yes, first thing Monday morning we had our roof repaired at a cheap $250.00.
I now also realize why it was so important for B to be home for the hurricane. We have a lot of older people or people afraid of heights in our neighborhood. They would have never been able to cover their roofs like B did. It was definitely a blessing. I am so happy he was here to "experience" the hurricane.

Almost a week after Ike things are finally getting or at least I hope getting back to normal. B still hasn't gone back to work. The boys still have not gone back to school. Gas lines are really long and I can't find milk anywhere (luckily I froze a few gallons before Ike hit). Needless to say in Katy, Texas we were very blessed to have such little damage. Most of us regained our power within 24 hours...and as you can see on the news the rest of Houston and Galveston didn't fair so well. Thanks everyone for your calls and emails. We love you and appreciate your concerns. :-)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Kai's First Day of School Ever!!

I seriously cannot believe my little Kai Bob is starting school. It is so fun to have this experience with him. As you can tell in the pics. with his teachers he is not sure this is going to be as fun as his brother said it would be.
Thankfully, after his first week of school he told me that he made a new best friend. When I asked him what his new best friends name was he said, "Miss. Mary." Miss. Mary loves Kai to pieces. Every time we see her she smothers him with hugs and kisses for his kissable cheeks. I was happy to hear from Miss. Mary that Kai has made another best friend other than herself in his class named Brett. :-)

Miss. Mel, Kai, Miss. Mary

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Jace's First Day of School

Jace started school two weeks ago but, due to Hurricane Ike and not having Internet for several days I am now just getting around to posting this wonderful event. Jace has always done so well going to school. He is very social and does not have a scared bone in his body about being independent. I love that I don't have to worry about him liking school. He tells me every year that this year is better than the last year. It's hard to believe that this is his third year of
school. :-)

Jace next to his new locker

Ms. Teresa, Jace, Ms. Denise

Monday, September 8, 2008

Find Your Classroom Day

This past Friday was "Find Your Classroom Day" at Jace and Kai's school. They had so much fun looking for the "Moose" class and the "Turtle" class.

It took Kai a minute to decide if he liked his class or not. Luckily after about five minutes of holding onto my leg and watching Jace play he decided this class wasn't so bad after all. By the end he was actively playing in Play-Do and had no desire to leave.

Jace is in the Moose class and as soon as we entered the room he found a stash of Moose in the corner. :)

I have decided that it feels so weird to have both boys in school all day and no kids at home. In Texas pre-school (and no it's not Day-care) is longer than Kindergarten in Utah. Jace will go Mon-Thurs from 9:00am to 2:30pm and Kai will go on Wed. and Thurs. from 9:00am to 2:30pm as well. Oh well, I guess if they are going to learn something they will definitely learn it in that amount of time. :-)

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Tetons, Jackson Hole, and of course Colter Bay

Every year for Labor Day we head up to Jackson Hole and a little north to get together with Brandon's family (parents, aunts, uncles, my kids cousins, B's cousins, and a few other family members.) It is one of our favorite trips of the healthy and good for the boys to be outdoors in some of the most beautiful mountains in the world.
We headed up to Jackson a little later than the rest of the family because we were attending the wedding but, we did make it up there at 9:00am Sunday morning and met the family at Signal Mountain Lodge for breakfast. While waiting to be seated like every year the boys ran down to the lake to play a little.

Skipping rocks...

Kai's version of skipping rocks...

Dancing on the dock...

Brandon has always played down at the lake as much as the kids...

best friends...

Cousin Grayson...

My little Jace...

Keep in mind when looking at these photos of Kai we had just driven five hours from Park City. Kai had no desire to change into his clothes before heading into the lodge for breakfast and we didn't fight him on it...but, he sure looks like a ragga muffin messy hair, chocolate lips, black eye, and all.

And, of course the Tetons in the background.

Every morning in Jackson the kids wake up around 6:00 or 7:00am. They have to eat immediately so I always walk them down to the Chuck Wagon for breakfast in their p.j.'s before the rest of the family even knows we are gone.

Jace's favorite part of Jackson Hole is all of the sticks he collects. It is quite the chore at the end of our trip to clean up all of the sticks outside our cabin and disperse them into the forest but, he doesn't mind.

Jace is so funny. One of the mornings he came walking up the dirt road and said look who I found. "It's Aunt Kristin (grandma's sister) she was lost and I found her." Keep in mind many of the cabins in Colter Bay are filled with our extended family so you can be on a walk at any point during the day and run into a cousin, aunt, uncle, or someone that is somehow related.

Jenny Lake

Too tired to enjoy the lake. :-)

A few family photos near the cabin...


Papa and grandma

our family

Our last day in Jackson Hole we met up with my good friend Cortney, her husband Neil, and kids who live just outside of Jackson.

Cort and me

Mason, Kai, Jace

Avery, Mason, Kai, Jace

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