After years of waking up and drinking my coffee while blog-surfing, I had an accident this morning. I spilled coffee all over my keyboard! Oops. I made my way over to Best Buy this evening and bought a brand-new keyboard and it's even better. So sleek and light to the touch. Alright, I'm sounding a bit obsessive. I just love Apple. :)~
Here are a few pictures of the kids from the past couple of days:
Ella came out of her room dressed like this (accessories and all) all on her own doing! That little 3-year-old sure is into fashion at such a young age. Haha!
Look at those big blue eyes. He melts my heart.
My silly squishy girl! She seriously cracks me up so many times a day.
As I mentioned before, I'm going on a road trip with my girl friend Brandi. We are leaving Friday morning and will be hitting three cities in three days, and will make our way back on the fourth day. I am SO excited about this trip! I am going to miss the kids and Jeromy, but this is a much needed getaway for me. By the way, we will be seeing the same band all three nights (in addition to a few others). A little crazy... I know... but three days of live music? It doesn't get much better than that.
And just because I can not blog without a picture...
Jeromy and Maya watching the last gusts sweep through
For those of you who don't know me personally, I live in South Louisiana, a.k.a. Hurricane Central. We evacuated for Hurricane Gustav, but decided to stay for Ike. As everyone who lives near the Gulf Coast will understand, evacuating can put a strain on your finances and wear on your nerves a bit. After constant monitoring of Weather Channel's website, we decided Friday that we would stay home. We obviously felt that we were safe enough to keep the kids here.
Well, after reading one tornado warning (sighting) after another, I thought it best to stay awake for the night. I kept about five tabs open in my browser the entire night - Weather Channel (frequently updated videos of the storm), KLFY (for local tornado warnings), MapQuest (to see exactly where the tornados were), Acadiana Moms (reading what other Moms in our area were saying), and Hanson.net (reading the setlist as they played a show & chatting to keep my mind off of the storm - thanks girls!) - and constantly refreshing them. Three cups of coffee, an organic chocolate chip granola bar and an orange helped to keep me awake. The girls actually helped, too, since they were awake until 2:30 and 3:30am. Ella and I cracked up laughing a handful times after locking hands and bolting into my bedroom when the wind really started pounding. When a gust of high winds came through, we would hear things blowing around outside, see the front door threaten to bust open and feel the house start trembling. It was a little nerve-racking, but we were having fun at the same time. All of the kids slept in our room for the night since we have no windows in there. In the end, no damage was done to our house or property. Jeromy had put everything into the shed before hand, so all we had were branches strewn around the yard. A couple of the branches were really big and I actually mistook one of them for our orange tree in the dark, but once daybreak came I was happy to see that it wasn't it. We are thanking God for keeping us and all of our family safe, including my Dad & step-mom in Houston. Some family did end having their homes flooded, so keep them in your prayers.
I will leave you with my to-do list for today...
1. Shoot my first boudoir session! 2. Finish catching up on laundry 3. Tan (bad for my skin, but works wonders for my self-esteem) 4. Research which states are the least affected by natural disasters 5. Convince Jeromy to move!!
This is a difficult post for me to write. Less than 8 weeks ago I asked for prayers for my grandmother. We had just found out that she had cancer. Last week this amazing woman, so dear to my heart, went on to heaven. As much as it hurts to know that we won't see her for a long time, I try to remind myself that she is so much happier now. I find joy in knowing that she is no longer in pain. She set such an amazing example for me as to what a real woman of God is like. She was strong, so loving and full of character. I can only pray and strive to be a glimpse of the woman that she was. An incredible mother and wife for sixty years (she passed away the day after their 60th anniversary).
Maw-maw, we love you more than words can express. I miss you so much it hurts. Thank you for everything you have given me. I am thanking God for the gift of you.