Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Gone with the wind...

I had all intentions on blogging about how my first appointment with Miss K's counselor went last week. Tuesday was busy so I decided to do it on Wednesday. Well, that obviously didn't happen.

Early last Wednesday we had left the girls with their great-grandparents. We knew the weather was supposed to be bad but figured it wouldn't be THAT bad. L and I went out for lunch but right after getting our food L insisted on leaving and getting the girls. So we went to pick them up around 2:30pm.

It was pouring down already by then. We made it home just in time though we were without power. We headed straight to the bathroom where we spend most of the next 5 hours because of the constant tornado warnings. Three little kids (past bed time for Little K after a while), no power and a tiny bathroom made for a fun evening. By 8pm they lifted the tornado warning and we all headed to bed. Well, L tried to find a grocery store to stock up on some things but by the time he got there was turned away because their generator stopped working. First thing the next morning we got up and went back to hunt for an open grocery store. We found one but they were almost completely sold out of everything.

They were saying at that point that it might be 4-5 days at least before we'd get back power so we went to the coast. Luckily we had gotten gas on Wednesday and still had 3/4 tank of gas. If it hadn't been for that we wouldn't have been able to leave since no gas stations were open anywhere within a 1h radius and those that were open had a wait time of a few hours. We made it quiet a bit past Birmingham before we needed gas and by then we were in an area that hadn't been hit by tornadoes.

We stayed at a hotel so that I could work. Though working and being stuck in a small room with several kids is not all that much fun. It beat the alternative though. L did amazingly well throughout the stress of the tornadoes and the stay at the hotel (more details on that within the next few days). It wasn't until we got home on Sunday when the adrenaline rush wore off and he started feeling the stress of it all. It doesn't help that he and I are both sick now with a bad cold.

But we are thankful that we only lost power for a few days and had to throw away all the food from the fridge/freezer. Too many people here were much less fortunate.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

I was so worried about ya'll when I learned how bad it had gotten there. I was so thankful when you checked in on twitter.

Back when I was a kid, and we lived in Decatur - 1974 I believe - the tornadoes that came through then were so horrible. I remember my mom donating a bunch of our toys, and etc. to families that had lost everything.

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