Shake, Rattle and Roll

What a day! With the many concerns from so many of you through email I thought I'd write a quick post and let you know the kids and I are doing fine after today's 5.8 Earthquake here in Virginia.  I have to admit that was a pretty scary 10-20 sec of my life!  I'm not sure exactly how long the quake lasted but I can tell you it felt like 2 minutes. A VERY long 2 minutes.  I was cleaning the foyer of my house (should have been stamping) and the kids were out in the front yard.  I had 3 additional kids playing with mine. I started to walk to the kitchen when I heard a rumbling and the house started shaking.  I thought this was the Marine Base, Quantico doing blasts which I hear and feel on a regular basis.  The shaking become really intense and I ran to the door to get the kids.  They ran inside and that's when it really started shaking.  The house literally was swaying.  It was the WEIRDEST feeling ever. Three of the kids were screaming and crying and two were keeping pretty calm.  Alexis was one of the three screaming.  You can imagine my thoughts.  I had all the kids as close to me as possible and just kept telling them it's almost done.  I knew then it was an earthquake.  I kept thinking to myself, "A quake in VA? Really?"  Once everything stopped I calmed the kids down and started to grab my cell phone to call my neighbor to let her know the kids were okay.  None of my phones were working.  That was an awful feeling and I was too dumb to think to text at the time.  DUH! We ran down to my neighbors and I could see other neighbors coming out of their homes with this look of "what just happened?".  I witnessed one of my neighbors having a crazy fit. Luckily the kids didn't see it.  LOL! Everyone was really shaken.  Once I got back to the house with the kids the news had blown up on the TV and reports of the damage was coming.  I did not find any damage in my house.  There are few things tossed around, but nothing broken.  SO GRATEFUL! I did think of our friends in Japan today.  Today our earthquake was only a 5.8. I cannot imagine what a 9.0 would feel like.  I would have to change my underware!

The rest of the day the kids and I were cracking jokes about the day.  I needed to lighten the attitudes in the house because Alexis didn't want to go outside.  By the end of the afternoon she was back out playing.  It helped that Russ Skyped in too.  He was able to tell the kids how great they did.  That brought a smile to their face.  However, as I'm talking to Russ on Skype he is dodging another rocket. Not kidding.  You hear the siren in the background and the "incoming, incoming" announcement.  At that moment I thought to myself, "My day isn't so bad!"  So glad the kids were not around to hear that. 

Now the rest of the week we are going to watch where the hurricane plans to go.  It's just another day in my crazy world. 

Let's pray the hurricane steers away from the East Coast.  It's been a whacky weather week already.

I'll keep you posted. 


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16 thoughts on “Shake, Rattle and Roll”

  1. Good hearing from you and that all is well!  Wow!  What a day, right?!
    Praying for your safety, as well as the entire east coast, from the storm. 
    Thanks for the updates…enjoy hearing from you!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Yikes!  What a day!  For you, the kids, your Prince…and countless more!!  So glad to hear that you and your loved ones are safe.  Keeping you all in our prayers.

  3. Jodi-Danielle Kutz

    Glad to hear that you and your family are safe and sound. Here in Sarnia Ontario we felt the shake too. Thought I was going crazy, I  was at my desk at work and could feel the swaying of the building, it did feel like two minutes here as well. Very scary, I can only imagine how scary it was for you and your children!
    Take care!

  4. Angie Jozefowicz

    So glad to hear you are all okay after yesterday's rumbling and shaking.   Praying for you, the Prince and the kids as you make your way through the "vacation."  Thanks for letting us know you are okay.  Hopefully today will be an easier day for you!  

  5. Glad to hear you are all ok, including Russ.  Let's hope Irene steers out to sea for a day on teh ocean!  Take good care!

  6. Thanks for sharing that you and the kids are alright! I thought about you and a couple other people I know on the east coast.

  7. Wow, we felt the earthquake here in London Ontario and it freaked me out here. I can't imagine what it felt like there!! Great that you remained calm and especially with kids around!! Last week a tornado took out a town near us (Goderich Ontario) and earthquake yesterday and now hurricane Irene is on the way. What is up with Mother Nature??!!

  8. I'm so glad to hear that everyone is ok!  We've only met once at Convention 2 years ago (although I will admit to blog stalking), but you're first person I thought of when I heard of the earthquake!  Take care!

  9. Not sure which made me want to cry more….the vision of the earthquake and panic or Russ' sitting amidst the rocket fire….Love to you!

  10. I read y our blog faithfully, Kim.  I don't know anyone else in VA either but I did think of you and your kids.  I am so relieved you are all okay.  I pray Irene steers clear of the east coast too. I don't know if you've been thru hurricanes but I've seen 3 since moving to Milton, Fl.  (just outside Pensacola)  I can live without more.  ๐Ÿ™‚  You and your family are in my thoughts and I pray the wait for the Prince to come home goes by quickly!

  11. So glad you are all safe & no damage!  I live in CT and we felt it!  I thought I was having a dizzy spell or going crazy until my coworkers started grabbing their purses and evacuating our building.  We are in line for Irene too so I am praying that we will all be spared and it will blow out to sea.  We don't need any more excitement, do we?!  Prayers for Russ & all our service men & women as always.  Blessings – Jacki

  12. Hi Kim,   So glad to hear that you are all okay!  We used to live in Alexandria VA and also DC for 3 1/2 years.  When we were there we actually experienced a Tornado, although they claimed it was just straight line winds.  Still to this day, I'm not buying that one.  So I can't imagine going through an earthquake there!   Keeping the fingers and toes crossed that you manage to miss the huricane.  Stay safe.  Thinking about you !  It was so nice to meet you at convention.  I even posted our pic on my blog.   Sue who was always looking for Dawn B. 

  13. It was good to here that you and the kids are safe and ok.  I HATE earthquakes!  Stay safe and if you need anything call.

  14. Carol Carriveau

    Even here in CA that size quake is a pretty big one and definitely can cause some damage…so happy to hear that everyone is fine!  Must be horrible to actually hear what your Prince has to go through – bad enough imagining it…and I agree that it was good that the kids were not with you at that moment.     You are so good at making everything good for your kids and hubby….and hope our small comments and virtual hugs and caring help you since you are doing all of this alone for a few more months. 

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