Friday, October 12, 2018

Five on Friday – Hurricane Michael and Other Stuff

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Well, we made it through Hurricane Michael and came out completely unscathed.  Thankfully for us, the eye wall ended up hitting just slightly south of us so we didn’t get the worst of it as originally predicted.  We just had a lot of rain and some high winds and that was about it.  There were lots of power outages in our area as well as some downed trees and minor damage that comes along with those things, but all in all, our city was very lucky… and we were one of the lucky houses to not lose power at all.  Whew. 

Anyway, it’s Friday even though it feels like Monday (since the kids have been home for a couple of days), so I’m all turned around and way behind on life stuff, but who cares because the weekend is here!

Now for some favorites from the week!

O N E – Hurricane Michael

The kids were released from school and B was told to leave work early on Wednesday since our city asked everyone to be off the streets by 3 PM, so we ended up having a nice, long afternoon and evening at home.  It rained off and on all day so the kids started to get a little antsy after dinner.  By then the rain and wind had started picking up, but conditions weren’t remotely dangerous just yet, so we let the kids put on their rain boots and some jackets and head out to splash around for a bit.  And they ended up having a blast! 

B and I had poured a couple of glasses of wine earlier in the afternoon and several of my friends here in town had decided to ride out the storm the same way because they kept sending pictures to me to toast.  Hey, when you can’t leave the house and need something to calm your nerves – WINE.  Haha.

The worst of the storm hit here from around 10 PM to 12 AM and while the wind sounded pretty scary at times, we never felt unsafe, which I was very thankful for.  We’re just glad it’s over and now we’re looking forward to the one good thing that came from Hurricane Michael (and the reason that this is a favorite from the week) – SOME ACTUAL REAL FALL TEMPS FOR THE NEXT TEN DAYS!!!!  PRAISE!

T W O – Panama City Beach, FL

Speaking of Hurricane Michael, one of our very favorite places took a direct hit, and it’s made me so sad seeing the footage coming out of there.  I took a moment Wednesday afternoon to reflect on our time there in Panama City and the rest of 30A and I wrote this post.  Lots of sweet, sweet memories and lots of old pictures are over in the post if you missed it.

And after reading some of the comments that I already received on the post, it made me realize that you lovely readers never got to see Jacob as a baby since I didn’t blog back then.  There are several pictures of baby Jacob in the post and, gosh, he was just so darn cute.  And HUGE!  Haha.

T H R E E – Mountain Trip

Earlier this week before all of the chaos, I had a chance to recap part one of our mountain trip.  You can see it here if you missed it, and the By the Numbers post is here in case you missed that.  :o)

F O U R – Planner

I’m still slowly working my way through getting my new Simplified Planner set up for 2019 and the more I use it, the more I love it.  It is a whole new world having an entire page for each day and I am so ready to start using this baby on a daily basis!!  Until then I’ll just be over here using an old-school notepad for my to-do lists.  Sigh.

F I V E – To Do Lists

And speaking of to-do lists, have you been following along with me on Instagram stories?   I’ve been posting my daily to-do lists Monday through Friday and then checking everything off that I’ve accomplished at the end of the day.  I’ve found that by posting these lists everyday I’ve been getting every single thing on the lists done almost every single day because putting them out there for everyone to see really holds me accountable.  I’m a very self-motivated person anyway, but like anyone else, I sometimes need that extra push to get certain things done.   Here are a few of the lists from this past week and you can follow along here if you want to follow along daily!

Happy weekend, y’all!

*Linking up with A Liz Adventures and Carolina Charm for Five on Friday, A Little Bit of Everything for Friday FavoritesMeet @ the Barre for Friday Favorites, and Cup of Tea for High Five for Friday.


  1. I am such a LIST GIRL so I have loved your lists on Insta. And I enjoyed your trip recaps, you guys always know how to have fun!! Happy Weekend..Fall temps and rest is what you need girlfriend!

  2. So glad y’all are safe from the Hurricane. Praying for PCB. we have friends that live there and rode out the storm. They are safe and said it’s bad. :(
    You know I love list too!! I have list for everything! HA.

  3. So glad you guys made it out ok with the Hurricane! And I should have sent you a pic, I was having a glass of wine myself, haha! Loved seeing pictures of baby Jacob...he was such a chunk, haha, just so cute! I think I have said this before, but I love your to do makes me want to do the same on weekends to help hold myself accountable. Because my list this weekend is longggg.

  4. I was thinking about y'all when hurricane hit GA! I'm so glad that y'all didn't get the worst of it--always so scary! We watched the weather channel coverage the whole time! Hope y'all have a great weekend!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  5. I am a huge list person- my short-term memory is terrible and making lists help a lot. The footage out of Florida is awful.

    1. My short-term memory is terrible, too. I swear, sometimes I will be trying to remember something to put on my list and I forget before I can ever even write it down. Lol.

  6. I love your lists! I need to get back to list making, since my mind is all over the place these days. And glad that you all stayed safe!

  7. So glad you were ok with the hurricane. I haven't seen a lot of the coverage purposely, it scares me! I love your to do lists! I should really start doing that too!

  8. So glad you guys are good. I love your to do lists everyday. Makes me realize how much I do everyday as well even though i do not write it down. And yes baby Jacob is adorable. I am so sad about 30a and panama city. hoping they rebuild better than ever.

  9. So glad you're all ok with the storm. It's so sad seeing all of the devastation and brings me back to all the feelings of hurricane Sandy that hit the shores here really hard. You have been crushing your lists! I hope you have a great weekend. Sierra Beautifully Candid

  10. I am so glad that you guys missed most of the storm. I have seen the devastation in FL and it is awful.

  11. So happy that you and your loved ones are safe from the hurricane! Side note your daily to do lists on insta are my favorite! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

  12. I'm glad y'all were safe and sound! And yea for fall temperatures!

  13. I always love your lists on instagram. They are the only way to get it all done! I am so glad the hurricane missed y'all. Wine is always in the hurricane prep cart in these parts! Have a fabulous weekend!

  14. So glad you guys made it through safely! It's hard to watch the footage of some of those areas completely devastated. So sad. Some of the stories I've read of people who stayed to ride it out and now they are looking for them is just heartbreaking. I remember that happening when Hurricane Ike hit Galveston.

  15. I'm a girl of many lists, too! I'm glad that you guys survived Michael!

  16. I always love your to do lists - I have one every day and love crossing things off - I'd be lost without it!


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