Friday, September 25, 2009

Ty's bat face

Ty fell asleep on the couch "reading" a book...

Monday, September 21, 2009

I was questioning a decision that I made today. I had to decide whether to stay home and "take care of" my sick 17 year old daughter, or go to take care of a Church responsibility. Well, I decided that the other thing could be done without me there, but no one could take my place taking care of my daughter. Yes, she's 17. But, in 8 months she'll be leaving for college, and when she gets sick, I won't be able to be there. Now, I can. Still, I felt bad "shirking" my other plans. Then I came across this video someone posted on facebook. What comfort it gave me that I'd made the right decision.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

72 hour kit drill

Last night my family did a "72 hour kit drill". We told the kids we needed to evacuate in 10 minutes. We grabbed our kits, sleeping bags, etc. and left for Apollo park to have dinner from our kits. We learned A LOT! First we learned we didn't have utensils in our kit. Oops. Then we learned that much of the food expired a year ago. Oops again! Also, a lot of the food I'd picked for shelf life and for the fact that I thought it would be palatable hot or cold, didn't blend well together when combined as a meal. I guess if we were starving it would be fine. But I think we're going to switch to MRE's. May not taste great, but there will be a longer shelf life at least. If anyone has any suggestions for what the best MRE's are, let me know! Has anyone tried the "bucket o' MRE's" from Costco? Okay, that's not what they call it.
So... what are the pictures all about? Apollo park is located right next to Fox Airfield and we got to watch water dropping helicopters and airplanes take off and land the whole time we were there. Since they're saying it will be 2 weeks before the fire's contained, we may go out another evening and try to get better pictures.

Don't they look thrilled? Actually, we had fun, you just can't tell here...
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Station Fire

Here's an interesting time lapsed video of the Station Fire as seen from LA. We've been getting a lot of the smoke in the AV.