Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hurricane Irene

In August we experienced our first hurricane. Irene was a strong 1 or a weak 2, depending on who you listened to. She blew in on a Saturday morning and blew out that night. We spent the day together in our house. We had a read-a-thon for much of the afternoon. The kids were too would up to play games or do other bad weather activities. We lost power at about 4:00 in the afternoon and didn't get it back for three days after the hurricane was over. That was definitely the worst part. We were hot and we had to haul all our frozen food to friends' houses who still had electricity. We discovered that we really love electricity.

It was crazy being in the stores in the days leading up to the hurricane. For starters, there was absolutely no bread to be had anywhere. Bottled water was difficult to locate. Propane, the one thing we really should have prepared in advance to have on hand, was also difficult to come by. We finally found some about 20 minutes from our house. The stores were all madhouses. I was grateful that I already had a lot of food and other necessary items stored so I didn't have to run panicking from store to store to try to find the things I needed.

The picture above shows us eating our MREs during the hurricane after we lost power. We made these partly to entertain the kids. They were feeling a bit stir crazy by the time we decided to make these.

We lost a piece of fascia from the top of our house but other than that were blessed to not have damage to our house.

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