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Life at the Hall

And it’s only TUESDAY

Many firsts this week, and it’s only TUESDAY.

Monday: mom’s first day with both kids, solo. She survives! For practice, we went out after nap time to Target and Central Market. As I was going through the multi-step process of getting both kids out of the car, another mom rolled up with a toddler in the cart and a baby in a Bjorn and I told her, “IT’S OUR FIRST TIME!” and she cheered me on, “YOU GOT THIS!” and we both did our best mom dance moves in the Target parking lot.

Showing off both baby options: take up the whole cart with the car seat OR strap her on with the sling.

An older woman in the CM parking lot told me I was brave to go out with two kids, and I told her it was our first time! She just LAUUUUGGGGHHHHEEEEDDD….

Tuesday: first day of school. Talk about a production.

It’s just a lot of hullabaloo and not enough sleep to endure it all.

And then there was this:

Sadly, this was NOT the first spilled coffee of the morning. Lord, give me strength. And a trip to Starbucks.

After school drop and latte pickup, Little Miss and I made her first Junior League donation for the Hurricane Harvey relief effort….

… and then we rounded out our first “mommy and me morning date” at the new bagel shop just down the street that (finally) opened today. It was bananas busy for a bagel shop at 11:00am.

These bagels were a long time coming–like they started advertising before I even got pregnant. Some things are worth the wait, and extra stress.

Life at the Hall

Man your stations

In DC we had snow and in Hamilton we DEFINITELY had snow and we also had an earthquake my sophomore year–but since we have been here, we have had deadly floods, a tornado, and now, A HURRICANE.

The threat to Corpus Christi is much more significant than here. The latest is that the sheer amount of rain that will accumulate (and flooding) as the storm JUST SITS AND DOESN’T GO ANYWHERE is the greatest risk, rather than wind or tornadoes.

As reported (via six degrees on Facebook), “the people of Corpus have a sense of humor…”

Selena is READY.

Local schools are reiterating their closure policies and procedures through social media.


I am still a disaster rookie and I would say that we are NOT prepared and have NO PLAN.

Please don’t tell Papa John we aren’t ready. He was bent about eclipse viewing precautions–this will send him over the edge.

Nevertheless, price gouging (gas prices alone went up 4% overnight) and stockpiling has begun.

Yesterday Little Miss and I went to Target for nothing important and did not get gas afterwards because the station was so busy. Then when we went to the grocery store (with no list or thought about “non-perishable foods”) there were no carts at the front because it was so busy.

It was so busy we had to get out of there ASAP after getting the basics like produce and meat but before we could get any dairy, like milk or eggs (OR ICE CREAM).

But the only dairy that we really need and won’t spoil in the event of a power outage, is the baby milk which comes forth from my boobs, as the La Leche Leaguers posted, not missing a beat to use this natural disaster as a soapbox…


After the grocery, our final stop was the liquor store. In this case, you could say we pass the preparedness test–we prepare for a storm like our Colgate family friends who lived on the North Carolina coast and for whatever reason NEVER lost power so when a storm was coming and everyone else was buying water and toilet paper, they were at the store getting chips and beer for the party.

Apparently that’s how a lot of people here prepare too–for as busy as the gas station and the grocery store was, the liquor store was JAM. PACKED.

I was there to buy a new bourbon called Bastille for T and when we went to pay, all the people in the very long line let me go ahead of them, “because you have the baby”. It made me feel as ridiculous as Pamela Purse. Ironically, I ended up at the cash register with the French store manager (named PATRICK) and he was saying in his Grandpere way, “I bet your husband has never had a French whiskey before!” And probably for good reason–just because you can make wine does not mean you can make whiskey. It’s too bad–I was hoping this Bastille could become our new house whiskey since Little Miss was born on Bastille Day. But since we are not storm prepared, it might be the only thing left in the house that is not spoiled. Maybe we could use it for gas!

UPDATE FRIDAY 18:00: My husband keeps telling me it’s not a big deal but Little Miss and I just got home from getting gas and milk and eggs and a single box of macaroni and cheese (see above: still a rookie). At the homestead, the pool is empty, the outdoor furniture turned over and both cars under the carport. Stay tuned…

Life at the Hall

The days can be like the nights

Little Miss has a sixth sense–she will be fast and dead asleep until her mother a) gets in bed b) is ready to eat or c) sits down to write a blog post, without fail. So my fingers will type fast or I will learn to type with my left hand.

I am "SO GLAD" we joined the pool this summer because I think we went maybe three times before Little Miss was born. I had the swimsuit to swing it–the bedrest thing kind of killed the effort. Now that she is here, I am banned from swimming until my postpartum check, by which time the pool will already be in "no lifeguards until 4:00pm because they are all at school" mode. Also, little babies are not supposed to go out in weather above 80 degrees, and since it barely gets below 80 at night here, the local pool is definitely not an option before the season is over at Labor Day.

For convenience and family appeal, we had a small inflatable pool from Target earlier this summer, the Intex 88" X 85" X 30" Swim Center Family Lounge Inflatable Pool. Country Club Redneck all the way.

Working the lounge pool so hard–so hard it found a hole and because of the heat, a patch would not hold, so into the trash goes that $40.

Then T decided to get serious. He purchased the INTEX 12' x 30" easy set pool from "AMAZON DOT COM", as OJ says. It arrived this morning.


After ordering the pool and before it arrived, T watched lots of youtube videos about assembling it because this thing is legit–it comes with it's own filter! We also purchased chlorine, a floater, and a cover. Lastly, it's HUGE–it is almost double the size of the lounge pool. We have left the realm of Redneck and officially entered into Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

They say the water is nice, but Little Miss and I are still ineligible to play. I guess it's a good thing the heat doesn't end when summer does so OJ and I should swim laps until at least Halloween…


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