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.