Of course Irma is the title of this post! She has taken over our lives for the last 2 weeks! The first week was the anticipation and anxiety as we watched the cone. She kept changing her path- when and where do we evacuate? Lots of fighting, packing, preparing- trying to figure out what the best thing to do was. And it's not like planning a vacation- I mean, these are big issues if you make a bad call. It was so stressful! And then we had the actual storm. A few hurricane parties to take the edge off. The Suters hosted a few. One at the Yacht club Friday night. A post party at TCC the following Friday. Then lots of pool side parties in the hotel. We evacuated to a hotel in Orange Park, which we were incredibly lucky to get! It turned out to be a good idea, because we had power (except for a bit the night of, along with a tornado warning siren). Phil was able to go the next morning to the house. He could only make it to Ortega Farms Blvd. Then, he saw a neighbor with a boat that took him to our house! Imagine being dropped off to your front door via boat! It's not every day the Weather Channel is on your street! See the clip here. The garage and guest room flooded. We were within inches of having water in the main house. We really got lucky. A few neighbors were a lot less lucky. The tide went up so high the windshield in our boat cracked when it went into the roof of the boat house. We got power back in our house on Tuesday night. Phil checked out of the hotel on Thursday. There are still many residents without power in town. My parent's house was fine but the yard lost a few large trees and the dock and boat are totaled. Phil's car flooded in our garage as well as our washer and dryer. He felt much better after getting a new car on Friday, and even better getting the old car towed out of the garage today. I know we are lucky everyone is safe. But man, this whole hurricane thing sucks! We are trying to get back into the swing of things. I've sorta been in a fog all this week cleaning up. We went to Birthday parties yesterday. Ellie and Marly went to a retreat with the Servant Sisters at the Home of the Mother. It was the perfect thing for them to do that day! Ellie even got to go to Confession. The younger kids and I went to Annie's Birthday at Engine 15. Then, the whole family went to the Deering boys nerf gun war Birthday party. Today, Phil and I celebrated our Godson, Huck's Baptism. That was really special to be there for that! Later we had lunch at Mossfire to celebrate. Then, we went to the Hershorins. Aubree and I snuck away for a cocktail with the liberal ladies happy hour. We ordered pepperoni rolls and said the rosary on the way home. School finally starts back tomorrow! We're so ready to get back into the swing of things!