pneumonia, irma, and new jersey

Sep 19, 2017

Well, we experienced our very first mandatory evacuation thanks to the hurricane known as Irma. I have to admit, there is a lot of confusion when it comes to evacuating, and the decision isn't exactly easy. When we first heard that Savannah might be evacuated we talked to friends and neighbors who told us that they either did or did not evacuate during hurricane Matthew the year before and what they learned from that. 

Since this was our first ever experience with a hurricane, we weren't exactly super prepared. No generator, no plywood, no stock pile of food. I mean, sure we could have gotten those things, but we also had no plan....so ya know, lesson learned there.
The Thursday before our evacuation we took Pierce to the pediatrician because he just wasn't getting over a cold that all the kids had gotten. I knew he was having a tough time with the cough, and we have dealt with pneumonia before with him. Sure enough a chest x-ray agreed. We made sure our pediatrician gave us all he could on the medical front with the evacuation looming. 

With Pierce sick we couldn't take the chance of riding out the storm, even though the path had shifted west and we didn't think we would be hit as bad as expected. So, we thought, why not take these days off work and school cancellations as a time to go visit family? 
Friday morning when we thought we would be packing up and getting everything in order, Pierce was having a really hard time breathing. Pierce has had a long run with breathing issues. It only happens when he is sick, not like asthma. Although we have quite the line up of breathing treatments and devices. So when he could not catch his breath on this morning, and his oxygen was measuring low, I knew we had to call an ambulance and get him to the hospital. At this point one of the hospitals was already shut down for the evacuation, so we rushed to the one that was accepting patients. They acted fast and got everything under control. I was worried that they may not let us go, and if they did whether or not it would be safe to make the drive up north. I was a mess. But the doctors assured us that we would be fine (we had a plug in the car to do his breathing treatments every couple hours).
And we were! We made it to New Jersey to stay with my in-laws, who are just amazing. The kids and the dogs were in evacuation heaven! We all were. The kids spent every waking moment in the beautiful gardens that surround the house. We ate so much good food, that on the last night I had to unbutton my pants while at the table. And we soaked up so much family time. 

All the while, we were anxious about what was going on at home. 

Thankfully, when we arrived home after 16 hours in the car (evacuation traffic is no joke) we had some down trees and a trashed yard, but no damage. The power was back on, and we felt incredibly grateful. 

My heart goes out to all the people affected by these hurricanes. It is devastating. 

We feel fortunate that we could capitalize on our first evacuation and fill it with an amazing four days of family, which meant so very much to me right now. 


blending in with the boys

Sep 18, 2017

Oh these boys! Growing so fast, and keeping me on my toes at every minute. The older they get the funnier they are as well. Not too mention the more questions they have, and they surprise me at how much they comprehend about the world around them. 
tee // camo pants (old, similar here and here) // shoes: zara 

Ace thought it was pretty cool when I pulled out these camo pants. I have had them forever, and I love that over the years they have come and gone as a trend. Ace threw on a camo tee as well, which I thought was so cute. I mean how many more years will I have that he will think it is a-okay to match with mom? Don't answer that. I will just live in this moment. 
This weekend was spent getting back to life after evacuating from Irma (a post all on it's own). The kids only had two days of school last week, and this weekend we were making up soccer practices that were missed. My mom is also in town, so playing tourist downtown was high on the priority list. Even after a tropical storm, Savannah is just as charming and beautiful! 

How was your weekend? 



a party fit for pierce

Sep 5, 2017

Labor Day weekend is always a great weekend in everyone's book right? An extra day off work, no school, and for us....Pierce's birthday!! Six years ago today, on Labor Day, I went into labor with Pierce. He has continued to be the same easy going, happy, go with the flow baby. Or I guess I should say little boy. I have never met a child that is so full of life, and can make an entire room laugh just by being himself. (His teachers may not think it is always funny....he is quite the class comedian. I am convinced they secretly love it, because they do not send notes home, but write me emails telling me the funny things he did/said that day). 
For his birthday he was just so easy to please. He wanted pizza and the pool. Nothing more, and absolutely nothing less. He had a couple friends from his class come, and we rented out our neighborhood pool for a few hours. It was so nice, and just enough excitement for the kids. If you have been around these parts for awhile, then you know we like to keep things low key on the birthdays. No Pinterest all-nighters being had for some decor, no fussy photo booth props, and if we are being honest......this year I didn't even wrap the presents! Ask Pierce if he cared. But, I did make the cake!! Which was a first for me! It disappeared quite fast so I think it was a hit. 
The whole weekend was spent doing what Pierce wanted to do, despite his brother and sisters giving their two cents. It was wonderful! I do wish I had pulled out my camera a few more times, because the pictures were limited. That is the sign of a good time, right? 

And this morning I will send him off to school, treats in hand, as a six year old! 

Time is a real thief, but I am so excited to see Pierce take on this year. His main concern is how his hair looks "for the ladies" as he puts it! 






one on one time

Aug 31, 2017

Lately I have become very aware of just how many different directions I am pulled. This is due to a multitude of things, but no matter where I am pulled, the only place I want to be is with my kids. But even when I am home with them, each of them wants me to watch this....or help with this....or make that....

And let's be honest it is always nice to be wanted. As a mom it is always a wonderful feeling to know that you and only you can fill whatever void. And now more than ever I am setting time aside to give my undivided attention to each of my little babes. Even if it is a boring errand that I could easily do myself, I know there is one out of the four that will want to jump in the car. And we will talk about all the things they want to talk about, and there will be no one to jump in. Just the two of us. 
leather vest // tee // jeans // shoes: tibi 
avalon: shirt // pants // boots: old navy (from last year, love these ones!!)

Avalon is super into some mom time right now. Last week she found a large stash of costume jewelry that I have had boxed up for who knows how long. She took the whole thing into her room and put every single piece on. She came out and said "mom, look how fabulous I look". And indeed.....pretty fabulous! 
"Mom do you have any necklaces' in here? Or a lollipop?" 

I love that a coffee date and a run to Target where she of course had to get some chapstick, is all this girl needs to call it a successful mommy and me date. I little bit of time away from her brothers so she can talk about all the princess stuff she wants. I can remember growing up my parents would set a "date" with us and we would go out to eat or see a movie. As we got older these became so important to us. And I realize that it is so important for me now. 

Chris has requested a date too....so let's see how long that takes for me to make that happen! Ha! You think he wants a coffee and Target date too? 


 

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