"In our search to obtain relief from the stresses of life, may we earnestly seek ways to simplify our lives. May we comply with the inspired counsel and direction the Lord has given us in the great plan of happiness. May we be worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost and follow the guidance of the Spirit as we navigate this mortal journey. May we prepare ourselves to accomplish the ultimate purpose of this mortal test- to return and live with our Heavenly Father."

-L. Tom Perry

Monday, September 29, 2008

I figured it out...

Thanks Natasha. It was so simple once I knew what to do :)

Sunday, September 28, 2008


okay, I'm trying to change my background and it's not letting me. It's like the background I have now is stacked on top of another (if that makes sense) and I copied and pasted a new background in the right place but it won't change. I can't access the website (The cutest blog on the block) If someone knows what is going on and how to fix it I would appreciate your help!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

And....we have light!

I cannot express how happy I was when I was sitting in my kitchen, the sun was going down and I was not really looking forward to the night ahead of me. I was debating on whether or not to try to bathe the kids in the dark when all of a sudden the microwave beeped, the kitchen light and ceiling fan started going and the fridge started running!! It was seriously one of the happiest moments of my life...LAME i know, but it's true! After two weeks of back and forth from our house to family homes, sharing a room with my children, I was so grateful to know that life would finally be back to normal! I do want to say thanks to Chad's parents and sister for letting us bombard their homes while our home was out of order! HOORAY for electricity!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Still no power...

The calm before the storm
Carly had fun playing in all the rain that fell while the storm was passing. It rained like crazy!!

Just another tree that fell on a car.

Sam was watching the rain fall.

It's been what, 11 days and still no power?? Luckily we have family here who either has a generator or was one of the lucky ones and already has their power restored. So, we have basically been living from a suitcase only we are not on a vacation!! It's amazing how much you depend on something so much, it's kinda sad. There are so many stupid little things I took for granted like....
a cold refrigerator with food in it,

an ice cold drink,


turning a light on at night,

having cold cereal in the morning with milk from my refrigerator,

hearing the AC turn on in our house,

charging my phone in the house,

using the microwave,

using the disposal in the sink,

using the garage door opener,

the pump to our swimming pool so it doesn't look like a mosquito infested pond,

having Carly watch Elmo's World,

using a hair dryer,

turning a light on in my closet so I can see my clothes,

using a real stove and not a camping stove,

having meat in my freezer,

The list could go on...granted we have had other homes to stay in so we don't have to stay in our home and be miserable. They have now put our zip code and the "not sure" area of when power will be restored, they have said that it could be anytime after Thursday the 25th. The stupid part is that people in the subdivision next to us have power!! It is really messed up the way the power lines work. I just have to apologize ahead of time to my parents if the power isn't back on when they come. It's kind of out of my hands :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Here are some pictures. I have more on my camera, these are from a cell phone so they aren't very big. The top picture is of our backyard. A lot of tree limbs fell but no real damage. The next picture is of our street. One of the many pine trees that fell across the road. Like I said, it's amazing what wind can do! THe last picture is of a house in our neighborhood. This poor car had no chance! I really can't explain what this place looks like. It still doesn't feel real. We are in the car right now. We had to drive an hour get groceries and gas!! Let me tell you...it's a scary feeling when all the groceries stores near you are running out of food! Let's hope they can stock their shelves soon! Even an hour away from our house the gas stations are running out of gas and the food on the shelves were emptying by the minute. It is a madhouse here! I don't ever want to go through this again!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

We made it through! (this is a long one!)

Well, for those who are interested...we made it through Hurricane Ike. It wasn't fun or pretty but for my first Hurricane I must say that I did pretty well. I went to my BodyPump class at the YMCA and all everyone was talking about was how huge this storm was and that it was coming straight for Houston. Mind you, the previous day they were saying that Houston would probably dodge this one. Well, that's what I get for not watching the news every morning because overnight they predicted that it was headed straight to Houston so we needed to get prepared. Well, we were prepared, we had water, food, gas in our cars....all the necessities. After hearing everyone talking about it got me really nervous so I decided to take a trip to wal-mart for extra diapers and formula and water. I got to wal-mart, went inside and almost ran out! It was so packed! There were probably 6 people waiting in every line! I got formula and diapers but as for everything else wal-mart was pretty much empty! I have never seen so many empty shelves at wal-mart, gas stations were INSANE!! I never thought a whole city could run out of gas until I moved here. Anyway...Friday night we went to bed. I was nervous having my children in separate bedrooms as me but I figured they would sleep better...the winds started to pick up around mid-night and didn't stop! I have never heard wind so strong before in my life and I really don't ever want to again! I got out of bed around 2:30 and the eye of the storm had already passed Galveston, which meant we were still in for a long ride. I basically did not sleep Friday night. (luckily my kids slept through the whole thing) The wind got so strong our house actually shook. We kept hearing trees breaking and falling and I was just praying that our house wouldn't be crushed by a huge pine tree. Well, my nerves got the better of me so Carly ended up in our closet and Sam in his bouncy chair next to our bed. The power went out around 3:00 a.m. We got out of bed the next morning and the wind was still howling and it was pouring rain! The winds didn't die down till afternoon. We saw that our neighbors across the street had two huge pine trees fall in the yard barely missing their house. We were one of the few homes that didn't have trees fall (which I am still amazed) Our subdivision looks like it was in a war. It looked like a movie to me. We couldn't leave our house because there were numerous trees blocking all the roads out. Today (Sunday) church was cancelled (you can't have church in the dark with no AC in Houston weather) it stormed all night last night which flooded a lot of the roads. It is now 4:30, the sky is clear, there is a light breeze and a cool front is actually coming through. Which is definitely nice for the millions of people without power still (yes, we are one of those millions) They say on the news that it could be 4 weeks or more before power is restored to certain areas! 4 WEEKS!! I would take a vacation but there is a gas shortage and the airport is closed...what can you do! I'll post some pictures as soon as we get back to normal, which hopefully is no 4 weeks away!

Friday, September 12, 2008

4 Months old!

Before we loose power and Internet service I thought I should post today that Sam is 4 months old! Time flies! He is such a smiley baby! He loves to have attention on him and he'll reward you with a great big toothless smile! He laughs a ton! He'll even start to giggle when I'm changing his clothes. He must be very ticklish. It's so cute! He doesn't fuss much anymore except when he's hungry or really tired! He loves to be sitting up so he can watch his crazy sister run all over the house! We sure love him!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What we've been up to...

*Bought Sam a walker off craigs list for $15. Even better...it's a sesame street one so Carly loves it too!

* Drove a little over an hour North to visit my sis-in-law and her little girl for the day. We had a picnic at a park and met my friend and her daughter there, we did some shopping at hobby lobby, made a necklace and earrings and then headed home.
*Started back at the YMCA on tuesday and now I can barely walk up the stairs. It's the good kind of pain!
*Hoping we don't get blown away by Hurricane Ike.
That's pretty much what we've been up to.
ps. Take a look at my friend Natasha's jewelry website. She really does a great job with them!