Texas Update

Sorry we haven't posted an update on my sister's situation in Texas, as some serious events occurred that required our attention.

Shortly after I posted the hurricane damage photos, Jim, went into the damaged garage. Details are sketchy, but he ended up getting seriously injured. A metal spring from one of the garage doors hit his face, which crushed his sinuses, gave him a skull fracture, and a brain contusion. He was taken, by ambulance, to the ER and was placed in ICU. He has since received surgery and seemed to do well, although he had fluid on his brain, so he was given a lumbar shunt. The doctors gave some varying information about the length of his hospital stay, but surprisingly he was released today.

My family spent most of the first week after the hurricane talking on the phone trying to extract and piece together whatever information we could. Some cell towers were down, so our calls weren't going through to Houston and we had to wait for my sister to call us. The cell service isn't fully functioning yet. Our calls still aren't going through and service is often dropped mid-conversation.

Apparently the garage is still standing, although leaning precariously toward the house. The power was turned on today and the family is living in the house again (but in an area furthest away from the garage). By the work of some great neighbors, the tree in front of the garage was cut down and removed. Jim's 70 year old mother went into the garage and got both cars out! Kiera is back in kindergarten.

So, despite the injury and damage to the house, they are miraculously putting their lives back together!

Prayers for Texas

Our thoughts and prayers have been with those in Texas the last 24 hours, especially my sister Tricia and her family, who live in the Houston area. Fortunately they are safe, but their house has some damage, particularly the garage. I'm not sure how they are going to move the large tree that uprooted and fell over, partially hitting their garage and is now blocking it. The garage looks like it's going to collapse. We wish we were closer to help them.
They are regularly updating their blog at: http://www.hellokiera.com/

We've Been Busy

We had quite a busy summer. Andrew took swim classes for a part of the summer, Andrew and Eva took music classes, and we've had various playdates and activities in between a little bit of traveling.

In addition to preschool recently starting, the kids are also enrolled in a tumbling class. Oh, they love rolling around and getting their energy out. Although this class is for 3-5 year olds, Eva is keeping up (at the ripe age of 20 months) with everyone. She wasn't originally signed up for it, but the teacher has graciously allowed us to enroll her.

The summer has been filled with water activities and swimming. We don't have a pool of our own, but it seems that the kids have managed to swim during a good part of it; mostly because we spend a lot of time at Gma and Gpa's house. Andrew is getting quite good and can swim about 10 feet on his own, thanks to swim class. At Gma's house he wears a vest that helps him float and he moves about the pool freely and safely.

Since it's soooooo hot here, we are always in search of indoor activities, so we often go to various storytimes. The one at Borders here is excellent, as the host, Ms. Marty is a former teacher and relates so well to the kids. It's always a pleasure to participate there.

Happy Birthday Cousin Mia!

Hoping you're having a wonderful princess, fairy, twirly, flowers, dolly birthday!

Happy Birthday Cousin Lauren

Hope turning 6 is the best!
Sorry for putting this up late!
We Love you!