Friday, September 15, 2017

Five on Friday - Five Good Things that Came From Hurricane Irma

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Well this was a nice, short work week!  Sure would be nice if every work-week could be this short, minus the reason for said short work-week, of course.  (Irma, I’m looking at you.)

Now that Irma has come and gone, I’m going to focus on a few of the positive things that came out of the storm for our little family of four…

O N E – Lots of Downtime with the Fam

When the city is under a Tropical Storm warning, all schools and businesses shut down, and the mayor begs everyone to stay off the roads, you end up in close quarters with everyone for over 24 hours.  We definitely made the most of it, though.  We knew there was a good chance that we would lose power so we started the day with a hot cinnamon roll breakfast to a) guarantee at least one warm meal, and b) use one of the foods from the fridge that could potentially spoil.  We also let the kids watch aaaallll the TV in case we couldn’t utilize it later, and then B and I got caught up on the latest from the news before the power finally went out at 1:15 PM. 

Once the power was out, Jacob set up shop with his Legos.  He had taken apart the Star Wars Millennium Falcon that he had put together last Christmas and he decided to put the entire thing back together.  It was perfect because it kept him busy literally all day long.  Not one complaint from him!

Olivia was a bit harder to please during the power outage, but we used a good chunk of time doing baths by lantern light (before the hot water in the water heater went cold) and then doing at-home manicures and pedicures for her and for me. 

Lunch and dinner consisted of eating as much fruit, cheese, and deli meat that we could because the less we had to throw out, the better. 

We also promised the kids that they could have a campout in our bedroom at bedtime because a) it would be fun for them since we were without power, and b) because I honestly just didn’t even want them away from us during the storm.

T W O – Reading Time + Nap Time for Mommy

Another great thing that came out of the storm was that I actually got to snuggle up on the couch with a book and I got to take a nap right during the middle of the day… not much else to do when the power’s out and you can’t leave the house!  And let me tell you, I can’t even remember the last time I took a nap… maybe when I was preggo with Olivia??


We were very blessed to have come out of the storm unscathed and that was obviously the very best thing!  The only two things we experienced were a seven-hour power outage and a broken gate, and we are beyond thankful that we were spared, especially after seeing all of the wind damage around our city and, of course, all of the damage in Florida.  Our city had widespread power outages, some of which still haven’t been restored and there were many huge trees down on roads, cars, and even homes.  A huge oak tree fell across both lanes of the street right outside the entrance of our neighborhood and one of our neighbors took these pictures.

And here is one of the houses in town that was badly damaged.  Thankfully nobody was injured, but my heart goes out to the family.  I can’t even imagine what that must be like.  Hopefully I will never have to find out.

F O U R – The Glorious Weather that Followed

The day after the hurricane blew through, school was still canceled, so the kids and I ventured out for lunch.  The weather started out drizzly, but ended like this:

And it was SO cool all day… cool enough for flannel, leggings, and matching Chucks!! 

F I V E – And Let’s Not Forget About Those Memes…

I know I already posted all of these earlier this week, but I just couldn’t resist posting them again because they are so funny.  My favorite one has to be the Moana one just because we’ve seen that movie and listened to that soundtrack 1,232,507 times during the last few months.  And it’s always good to have a bit of comedic relief in times of despair.  

We are so very thankful.

Happy happy weekend!  

*Linking up with A Liz Adventures and Carolina Charm for Five on Friday, A Little Bit of Everything for Friday Favorites,  September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for Oh Hey, Friday, Meet @ the Barre for Friday Favorites, and Cup of Tea for High Five for Friday.


  1. So glad that you guys made it out safe and sound!!! And it sounds like you really made the best of a terrible situation! Let's hope this weekend / upcoming week is much less eventful!

  2. Oh sweetie, prayers answered for you guys with no damage and the memes are hilarious!! I am praying you have a sweet, safe and peaceful weekend!!

  3. I'd be doing a sleepover with my kiddos too! I love how you got some positive things out of the storm. It looks pretty awful with the damage from fallen trees. So glad you were protected from the worst. Hope you have a nice weekend together!

  4. If you had to be stuck inside ya'll made the best of it! Lots of family time is always a good thing..until cabin fever sets in and then the walls begin to close in haha. Happy friday!

  5. Oh that picture of the house with the tree on it breaks my heart. Holy cow. If they were sitting in that room, it could have been so much more devastating. Glad your house is okay and that the power outage was minimal. Have a good weekend, friend xoxo

  6. Love your cute flannel top!
    Glad to hear you and your family are okay. It is sad to think what some families are going through.

  7. Those matching chucks are too much!! So glad you guys were ok and you sure did make the best of it!! Happy Weekend!!

  8. So glad y'all were safe. Thankfully, we never lost post! and we only lost a gutter. But other parts of our little town were not as lucky:(

  9. Glad you all are okay. What an adventure! And good for you, for taking advantage of some time to read. Hope you all have a great weekend!

  10. Sounds like you definitely made the most of it!

  11. Oh man that one house is SO bad :(. I love an optimist. Way to find the bright side girl.

  12. I'm so glad you guys are safe and have no damage!! <3 I'm praying for the family who own that home. So sad. Have a great weekend!

  13. You guys look like you made the most of your time. I'm glad that you didn't have personal damage. That is so, so scary. Looks like the kids stayed busy and didn't get too scared, so that was good too. Happy Friday and here's to good weather!

  14. What a phenomenal attitude you have toward all of this! So happy for your family time and I second the amazing weather!!! :)

  15. I love that you looked at this from a positive perspective. I can completely relate to wanting every work week to be a short one. I'm glad you got to enjoy some extra family time and I hope you have a great weekend! Beautifully Candid

  16. Can't go wrong with extra downtime for sure!
    My goodness, those poor people. So glad nobody was injured. Hope y'all have a good weekend!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  17. I am so sorry that you guys were hit with Irma, but what a great attitude you had. I am also grateful you were only without power for a couple of hours. I am glad you are all safe.

  18. So glad you guys didn't have any big issues from he hurricane. I was thinking of you. So scary. We had rain and wind but not as high winds as you. Love the memes. So funny!


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