Hurricane Irene is heading right for us. This will be our 3rd hurricane since J joined the Navy.
We are ready. But, it's sad to say that others are not. People are just now(2 days before it hits) heading out to stock up. Stores have no bread, no water and no batteries. These are things I keep stocked in my home at all times(bread is a little iffy...but I try to always have it). Another crazy thing is people are calling TODAY to try to get renters insurance! TODAY! Of course they are being told that all new policies are on hold until late next week. I know not everyone knows what to do to prepare for a storm so I'm going to give a little run down on supplies to have and "tricks" i know.
Water(they say 1 gallon for each person for every day. I don't have that much. But I do have 3 gallon jugs, a pack of water bottles, every pitcher and bottle filled then ice for the cooler.
Flashlights and Lanterns! I have 3 lanterns and 3 flash lights.
Extra batteries! I can't stress this one enough! Have every kind of battery at all times! You never know when the power will go out and you will need them! I always have AA, AAA and D on hand.
Food. You need food that won't go bad. Soup is a great one! Even if the power is out, soup has pre-cooked meat and veggies(and sometimes grain) in them. Make sure you have a can opener if needed. We also have about 4-5 boxes of granola bars in our kit. We have can veggies and fruits also along with bread, PB&J and dry cereal.
First aid kit. Ours just has the basics: band aids, neosporin, cleaning wipes and gauze.
Plastic cutlery. We keep a bunch of spoons, forks, knives and paper plates in our kit along with a few trash bags.
Whistle. My Dad told me this and I never would have thought about it! Keep a whistle in there so if you happen to get trapped you can make noise.
Blankets & clothes. Our kit sits in the linen closet in the hall so along with the blankets and towels I have a bag of clothes for little and I. Just in case something happens everything comes out of the closet and into our "safe room" AKA the hall bathroom.
Pet supplies. We have 5 days worth of food for both our pets in the kit(I admit I added it last night). But I need to make sure they are taken care of also!
Candles and lighters. Batteries die and you can only have so much of a backup stock.
Have a safe room! Pick a room in your house that is strong and has no windows(or not many windows). Have your supplies in there or close enough to grab quickly. For us, ours is the hall bathroom. It's in the middle of the house, a decent size and has no windows.
Get renters insurance. This can save you in the end! Everything we have is covered! If Little's swing set doesn't make it, that bad boy is covered! It's a huge piece of mind knowing we won't suffer a huge loss.(we do have a fire box that the really important stuff goes into though).
Fill the tub with water. If the power goes out you can't flush the toilet(water pumps won't work)! If you pour water in the back it will flush! It also gives you water to bathe with if needed.
Walkie-talkies. My neighbors and I are all going to have a set just in case we lose cell service, then we will know if everyone is alright.
Have the car packed and ready to go. If you need to evacuate, you will need to go fast. You don't want to take the time trying to get everything together.
Take out cash and fill the car. If the power goes out you won't be able to get either.
Ice. Fill zip-lock bags with water and freeze if you don't have an ice maker. I'm going to have a cooler for ice and one for water(for toilet flushing in the "safe room"(the tub we are filling is the master since we will be in the hall tub if it gets bad.)
Pull blinds and curtains(tape if needed). This will prevent glass from going everywhere(or help it from going everywhere)
Charge all electronics. My cell phone and DVD player are charging as we speak. Little will get bored and I will need my phone, so it's pretty self explanatory.
I hope everyone who is going to be or has been hit stays safe! Keep us in your thoughts! It's times like this that I wish J was home! But at least I know he's safe under the sea.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Hurricane Irene is heading right for us. This will be our 3rd hurricane since J joined the Navy.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Summer is coming to an end. I'm sad. I feel like it went way too fast! Little was in summer camps almost all summer! And while he had the time of his life, I missed him being at home with me! Now with J being gone, I feel even sadder. Little is growing so fast and all I want to do is stop time. I want him to stay this little. I want him to still want to snuggle with me every night on the couch before bed time. I want him to want to kiss me goodnight! I don't know why it's all hitting me right now....
well maybe I kinda do......
J and I have "decided" that one child is all we need. We have decided to not have more kids. We've always thrown this around and after 4 years of "trying" we've decided to call it quits. We are perfectly fine with just one child. Our life is easy with just one. Family trips can be made on the fly and at this age Little is very independent and can do most things on his own. BUT sometimes I have this extra burden on me. This is the only shot I've got! I need to soak every minute of every age in because I will never get to do it again......and that scares me. I'm good at being a mom to a "Little". I can do crafts and games all day long.....what if I'm not a good "Big" mom?!?! Not many people I know only have one child, so I don't get much advice. I'm worried he will resent us for him being alone. I know we spend a ton of time with him, we take many family trips and we have tons of friends we hang out with.......I just want him to always be happy. The days of a sticker or toy doing the trick are over and hes a real kid now.
I guess all I can do is try my best. Maybe one day, when he's old enough he will understand the choices we've made and why they were made. It's not always our plan we have to follow and we've come to terms with the fact that a big family just wasn't in the works for us and we are okay with that. So from here on out it's our choice that he is our only even if the "choice" was planned out before we knew it.
Posted by KK at 12:52 AM
Monday, August 15, 2011
I'm 5 followers away from 250! Which means.....it's almost giveaway time! (perfect timing! I need something to keep my mind off of J being gone!)
Once I get to 250 I'm going to be doing a Scentsy giveaway!!!! The lucky winner will get a plug-in warmer and 3 bars!! I'm so excited to do this one! Scentsy has taken over my house! I have a warmer in every room(even Little has one!). I love that I can leave the house with them on and not worry one bit about something(kitties included) catching fire!
Ahhh! I'm so excited! So keep a look out for the post and send anyone who might be interested on over so we can get to it!
Sunday, August 14, 2011
My big girl panties are now on and I'm moving along with the list of things I set out to get done before my sailor returns again. I'm still a little weepy and I cry watching stupid movies, but that's semi-normal in my life. Thank you all so much for being so kind and supportive. I love the friends I've made on here(and my real life ones to!).
We got a piece of good news this week! A while back I wrote a letter to the super attendant of the school district requesting that Little get to stay in the school he was in even though the new house would put him in a different one......it was approved! We are so excited that he will be going to school with all of his friends again this year! They sent out letters to all the the parents telling who the teacher was and I'm pretty sure ours went to the old address! Yikes! But I will get it all figured out. All of the friends got split up so Little will be in class with at least one of his 4 best friends!(thought it's sad they won't all be together again)
I hope all of you are doing well! I hope to be stopping by blogs to give some return love here soon! I feel like I just don't have enough time in my day to get things done! Thank goodness Little has the rest of the summer free of camps!!!!
Posted by KK at 9:49 PM
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
One of the things I really love about living here is all of the different things they have to do(for all ages). Landon is trying so many different things this summer and he is loving it! One of the things hes really taken to is sailing! I never would have thought my kid would sail boats, but he now knows a little on how to do it!
This past week, he spent a few hours each day on a sailboat in the water a few miles from the house. He would come home and tell me all different things he learned. He even told me they practiced capsizing one day! I love it, and I love that he is so open to trying new things!
Monday, August 1, 2011
I love that everything is coming together. I feel much more at home in this house and I think it shows.
With the added paint in the two rooms, the themes we had picked out before seem to "pop" even more. Then with the added bathroom, we gave Little the freedom to pick any theme he wanted!
He picked sea life/submarines! I love it!
Here is the bathroom.
Now on to Little's room!
We really tossed the idea around of letting him pick a new theme(space was on the top of the list). BUT I asked him is he liked the hungry caterpillar still and when he said yes, I decided to milk it until we leave here in a few years. I promised him new paint, decals and a few new things to add to it and he was sold!
Now the living room!
We got these couches in SC when we lived there almost 5 years ago! They are still going strong and are in perfect condition! We've always had the red/brown theme and I haven't wanted to switch it up yet....so it stayed!