Brace yourself – this is a long post! Here I am 5 or 6 days after Hurricane Irma has passed finally getting around to talking about it. We are back home, in a dry house, with electricity and I am so thankful. Before the storm, we knew early in the week that we would evacuate to Baton Rouge to stay with my family. I had a bachelorette party to attend and with the uncertainty of the storm, I didn’t want the 3 of us separated with Andrew and our sweet boy in Florida and me in Louisiana/Mississippi. We left the Thursday before the storm hit, stayed in Pensacola that night and made it to Baton Rouge Friday afternoon. The drive was easy with no traffic that the news kept talking about. I left soon after arriving to head back to Mississippi to attend my besties bachelorette party. It was so nice to catch up with old friends and not think about the looming threat of the hurricane to damage our new home. After the fun was over, I headed back to Baton Rouge to be with my family and watch Hurricane Irma pound our state with wind, rain, tornados and flooding. The amount of rain that came over our part of the state in 2 days was frightening. I just kept praying for everyone who stayed to ride out the storm in Florida and for our home to still be intact after the storm had passed. That Monday morning, we woke up to wonderful news that our home was untouched, surviving the wind and rain but my husband’s parents home and sister’s home were hit hard by flood waters. With electricity back on in our home by Monday evening, we knew we needed to make the trek home the next day to start helping anyway we could. The Tuesday traveling back was an absolute nightmare. Why did we not think that everyone who evacuated would travel back home the same day? A trip that was supposed to take 9 hours, took us 18 hours! I was emotionally drained after that experience but kept reminding myself we have a home to go to. While the media has stopped talking about Hurricane Irma now that she has passed, there are many people who will never forget her. Many people here and in South Florida are still without power, food and water. Seeing my in-laws home for the first time left me speechless. If anyone has any suggestions on how to make this process easier and smoother for them, I am all ears! Please feel free to leave a comment here, email or private message me on Instagram.
With all of that, I could have never predicted this is how blogging would go for these first few weeks. I have wanted to do this for so long that hopefully in times of trouble, someone will come here and find some happiness, even if just for a minute. Here’s a little bit of what life has been like for the past month!
After a long summer together, this guy started school! As you can see he was super excited! And so were his parents….
My all time favorite grocery store is Trader Joes! He went right over and sat down with the girl to help her put the corn out.
Dinner at the beach! This is one thing, before we moved that Andrew said he wanted to do. Now, he wants to do it once a week.
First dentist appointment and he did soooo good! I may have mentioned he could get a cookie for doing so well in front of the dentist. I don’t think she liked hearing that. Whoops!
Mama finally gets a night out!
Big cheese at the park!
Visit dada at work day!
When guests are in town, the boys take the kids to the pool and the mamas get to go shopping! This floral shirtdress is perfect now and to wear into fall with booties!
I’ve been on a light pink kick lately which is not usually a color I gravitate towards but I picked this sweater up because of the pretty color and it’s so soft too! These super soft leggings that look like jeans are so flattering! The leggings come in 6 different colors and the color that I am wearing is called coastal grey.
Celebrating my bestie becoming #officiallydunn
The pool at the hotel was amazing! And how fun all 4 of us showed up with one-piece black swimsuits. #thisis30 I have been wearing this one-piece swimsuit all summer! I picked it up a few months ago but it’s still in stock in 3 different colors!
This dude is having so much fun without me!
Back to reality and watching this storm! This was taken Sunday evening after a full day of rain and more to come on Monday.
Finally heading home and after 18 hours in the car, this guy was over it! And so was his mama. I pray we never have to experience anything like that ever again!
Back home and the sun is shining!
Have a great weekend!