But like I said, our household is just about back to normal now. The girls have one day more off of school tomorrow, but head back on Wednesday. They will have missed 8 days total due to the storm and we are waiting to find out how many of those days will have to be made up. Thank you everyone for all of your prayers and good wishes for us. Keep Houston in your thoughts because many people are still without power and the clean up and recovery will be a long term effort.
Here are some of the images we captured to record the memory of Ike:
The next several pictures we took during our first walk through Gleannloch Farms on Saturday after the storm.
These next two pictures were taken on Spring Cypress as you turn right out of Gleannloch Farms. This was the day the storm hit. You can see the power lines down in the first photo.
These next pictures are of our friend's (the Shaws) neighborhood, Memorial Creek. There are many large pines in their neighborhood, and as you'll see, they sustained lots of damage.
This is the root ball of the tree that feel across the Shaw's driveway. It missed their cars by a about yard.
Our girls and Jenna Shaw standing on the trunk that fell across their driveway. (Check out the house across the street.)
The Shaw's neighbor's had 5 trees fall. If you look to the right of Jack in that picture, you will see their two cars were crushed by the tree trunks.
Check out the size of that tree that fell across the street! Thankfully, it missed the house entirely.
This is the Shaw's neighbor's yard again, about 3 days later. I hope you can read that. They spray painted "Yard of the Month" on one of the trunks. You have to have a sense of humor in a situation like this....otherwise you'll just start crying. You can see their cars better in this picture.
This is my pouty face after getting rid of almost everything. We were able to save a few condiments in coolers during the week, but we probably pitched half of what you see there.
I think this was Tuesday. We got together with neighbors and friends at our house and played poker and drank beer. This was still during daylight hours, but we played in the dark by the light of a battery-operated lantern during most of the evening.
Games... we played lots of games! The kids actually had a lot of fun all week playing board games with friends, and together as a family.
Those are the highlights of our week that I captured on film. I think I said it in my last post, but we will always remember Ike. It was surreal. But good things came out of it too, like you see above. We are so busy with our tv's, ipods, and computers that we don't often unplug and just hang out together enjoying each other's company. This really forced us to do that and to not take each other for granted. At least for 6 days it did.