Saturday, October 04, 2008

The Post - Ike Report

A bit overdue for those of you who don't read my other blog. We did make it through the storm minus a few trees and some fencing, but overall, we were fine. So many others are not and will not be for quite some time.

Our tree barely missed out neighbor's home.

Our fence was downed by a tree. It was nice to finally meet this neighbor! Unfortunately, he had just finished building his daughter's play structure the weekend before Ike. Now it is crushed.

We made the best of things while the power was out. Lem and I began to live in the Pioneer Spirit as we hand-washed and hung dry our clothes. Mark wasn't too impressed, but I was so proud! Lem and I were so excited to fold the clothes that we loving washed with our hands and dried in the beautiful, bright sunlight.

Note the tree in the background!

I do admit that I loved being outside so much. God blessed us with some wonderful weather, that which we don't see too often in Houston, especially in September. We were able to sleep with the windows open, and if it weren't for the obnoxious sounds of the generators in the background, we might have even slept!

The kids played outside with the neighbor's kids. All the neighbors were outside enjoying the weather and sharing information on where to get ice, gas, etc. It was reminiscent of 5 years ago when our neighborhood was always like this. I miss those days and I don't know why it took Ike to make me realize that we don't do this anymore.

Boo and Princess Carmen

Kid being kids!

We were very fortunate to get our power on quickly. It was on by late Tuesday afternoon. I had just finished my run when I heard the kids screaming, "HEY THE PORCH LIGHTS JUST CAME ON!!!" They ran into the house, turned all the lights on, and then ran back outside screaming.... "LET'S GET BACK AND FINISH OUR GAME!"

Shortly after the lights came on, we had to start to get ready for our vacation to Colorado. I'll post more pictures from our trip later.

The neighborhood worked together to rake the debris into piles which were just this week picked up. I imagine it will take some time to get all of the debris collected from our town.

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