High Five for Friday #193 | When You Need A Canoe

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Well, on the other side of Hurricane Florence, we’ve managed to come through to the other side. Thank you all for your messages over the weekend. I was truly worried last Friday that we’d be without power, and thankfully we never lost it. Phew!

It’s a hard set of emotions – on the one hand, our family is SO grateful that the hurricane, which was originally forecasted to make a straight shot to us in the Raleigh/Durham area, took a turn and spared us! But, on the other hand, that turn caused so much devastation at our coast. The pictures and stories from the coast are heartbreaking.

Our week last week was so topsy-turvy! We truly went from mass hysteria and hurricane prep to watching some rainfall. I pushed hard to cancel our church services on Saturday last week because I thought we’d lose power. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. Rainfall here was so minimal that we eventually escaped our house Saturday just to go out to eat.

On Sunday, we still had some steady rain… but we went on a puddle search! We walked our neighborhood and found the best puddle!

It took a full day for the kids’ rain boots and coats to dry out. They were properly soaked but oh so happy!!

And then… Monday rolled around.

By Sunday evening, you could tell on all the local Facebook groups that people were getting stir crazy and all were excited to get back to routine on Monday after our non-hurricane weather.

But Monday morning, we got woken up at 6:30am with a hurricane warning! We hauled the kids downstairs to our hall bathroom and watched the radar on the news. Turns out, that tornado rotation was RIGHT by our house! We stayed there for about 30 minutes until all was well, but crazy start to our morning.

Kids got dressed for the day (so excited for everyone to get back to school!!) and we started breakfast. Fast forward 30 more minutes and we were BACK in the bathroom for another tornado warning! Same situation.

Meanwhile, outside, it was POURING buckets! Our several days of hurricane rain didn’t really amount to much rain (maybe 2 inches?) but this was a deluge. My little makeshift rain gauge outside already looked like it was at 4 inches in about an hour.

We started getting “flash flood” warnings on our phones. And online on Facebook I noticed tons of people posting that roads were completely flooded. It was SUCH a heavy rain. It lasted for a few hours, and it flooded out so many roads right around us. The main river right by our house flooded over 20 feet. I’ve never experienced a true “flash flood”, but it was a wild experience.

Our creek in our backyard, which flows to the main river, was the highest we’ve every seen!

Do you see that log in the background? Next to the clump of grass? That’s the edge of our yard, and after the clump of grass is where the bank of our creek starts.

Thankfully, by Friday, all is back to normal here in our area. Obviously, the coast is still struggling. Ugh, I feel so helpless just a few hours away.

OK… I can’t end on that note! So let’s end on my favorite video from the hurricane coverage… the Weather Channel Guy!

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High Five for Friday #192 | From the Eye of the Storm

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Well, I’m writing this on Thursday night, just in case we lose power tomorrow…

Hurricane Florence looks like it will be a doozy! Thankfully, for us here in Durham, the hurricane outlook is much calmer than it was earlier this week. Monday/Tuesday we were all panicked because the storm was coming all the way to us inland.

But now, unfortunately for the NC/SC coast and inland SC, it turned south away from us. We are still expecting some stronger winds and a lot of rain starting Friday afternoon through to Saturday afternoon, so I’m sure at some point we may lose power, have some trees down, etc. But thankfully for us, we won’t get the worst of it.

I’ll try to check in as I can over on Instagram if you’re wanting to see how things are going.

Alright, now to hunker down and try not to eat all of my hurricane snacks!

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High Five for Friday #191 | Back to School

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And here we are! Our family made it around to back to school! Hooray!

Honestly, Elizabeth has been talking about school and asking when it was starting for weeks. I think we were all excited for it to start back up.

Before we got to Wednesday and the first day of school, though, I tried to sneak in a little fun.

Tuesday was our last home/lazy day. We played non-stop. We ran around outside. We had fun! I also managed to sneak in a little project I’ve had on the back burner for weeks. I popped up a little dress up corner in our play room, thanks to a zillion command hooks, and it’s GREAT!

I hung that mirror crooked, but don’t notice that HA! But once this little corner came together, the kids played for an HOUR with all that stuff. Win!

Wednesday was a fantastic day – back to school! Both kids had school on Wednesday, so I was already looking forward to the morning alone. But it was so fun going in, catching up with the other parents and watching the kids say hi to their school buds.

But we had to do the whole “first day of school” picture thing. Surprisingly, it went well!

Both kids were excited to sit down and smile! Although at some point, Elizabeth was just READY to go! HA!

William was THRILLED with the idea of school!!

And Elizabeth was over taking pics. All of her solo, sit down pics had bored smiles. She was ready to GO! But I asked her to stand up and give me a pose – done.

Once we were at school, both kids just ran right in, no turning back. William settled right into his room, trying to sit on tiny little cars, hoping to zoom around.

Elizabeth’s room was hopping! SO many kids and parents in there. It was a bit of a zoo – but she quickly settled in with her friends, old and new.

Then what did I do at home??? I CLEANED!  It’s so nice to clean solo!

Our upstairs needed some serious attention. Things had been cleaned but a deep clean was needed. I literally vacuumed for an hour and a half! I vacuumed from the ceilings to the base boards. I pulled all the furniture away from the walls and vacuumed.

Oh it felt SO GOOD! Best morning ever hahahahaha!

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High Five for Friday #190 | The Last Week of Summer

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We’ve made it!! We’ve made it through the last full week of our summer!

Summer started out strong, but mercy, I’ve lost a ton of steam the last few weeks.

The last week called for some fun adventures, though. And we managed to squeeze a few in!

Over the weekend, my husband took Elizabeth on a camping trip! It was originally supposed to be a backpacking trip with a bigger group of friends, but he ended up taking her to another camp ground where they didn’t have to backpack. But they had such a fun time!

I’ll admit, I shed a small tear on Saturday night when I saw Elizabeth’s empty room. It was the first time she wasn’t at home and I was… it was a weird feeling.

One morning this week we braved the hot, sticky weather to head to the Durham Life & Science Museum. *Side note, if you’re ever planning a visit to Durham with kids, this is a MUST see!

The kids had a fun time! And it was our first time there with both kids and without a stroller. It was so nice! As a result, both kids walked everywhere and were pooped when we were done. Win!

The Dinosaur Walk is my favorite spot!

It’s hard having a little brother sometimes…. And I just noticed William’s awful bruised legs… he’s always falling!

One of my other favorite spots in Durham is a hike on the Eno River. We live a quarter mile away from one of the trail heads, and I always enjoy walking the trails to see how the changing seasons affect it.

The kids do better on hikes some days, but this week it was a rough last chunk haha! The parking lot was in sight, through the trees, but I was holding both kids’ hands while they sobbed because they were tired.

But the hike started off well! The river was low enough that we could walk out to the center area to toss in rocks.

At one point on the trail, the trail crosses county lines. Elizabeth was REALLY concerned. She just thought we had walked too far and we’d never make it back to Durham. She was SO relieved when we crossed back into our county haha!

Have you officially transitioned to fall schedule? I’m so jazzed to get back into the regular groove next week!

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High Five for Friday #189 | Is Summer Over Yet?

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I am running out of summer steam, folks. All that wonderful summer energy I had earlier this summer is just about all gone.

Mercy!

But we are trying to sneak in a few more fun summer activities before preschool routines start back up again after Labor Day.

One of our favorite activities this summer has been picking up our CSA veggie bag at the HUB Farm. We’ve had such a fun time walking down the path, checking on the ducks and chickens, looking at the veggies and saying hi to the farmers. This week was our last trip for the summer and we soaked it all up!

Goodbye HUB Farm! Until next year!

Friends, the highlight of the last few weeks was finding the most delicious foods that were simple and easy and OH SO filling!

Is there anything better than fresh summer fruit and yogurt? It’s one of my favorites!

And if you want a meal that fills you up and lasts a surprisingly long time, then you need to toast up some Ezekial bread, slap on some almond butter, and sprinkle on some seeds, cacao nibs and berries. SO GOOD!

We had a spontaneous outside moment yesterday. The weather was beautiful! So I set up a quick mud/washing station. I also threw in some backyard rocks, some jewels and pretend pirate coins.

Elizabeth was more than happy to dig in the mud. She found all the treasures and brought them over to the water table.

William stuck with the water table. It’s clean. He’s really into saying “Eeeewwwww” so for him, soapy water was ideal.

And then, they got clever and started “painting” the deck with wet cloths. Genius, kids! Genius!

Elizabeth has high adventure with her Daddy this weekend! And it all kicked off last night! She went to the Durham Bulls baseball game last night and had a blast! She’s been looking forward to this for weeks. And this weekend she’s going backpacking/camping with friends. My husband has never backpacked OR camped before, and he’s gone all in. So many trips to REI! HA! But they’re going to have a fun time!

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