Sunday, April 19, 2009

Easter and the Shriners Circus

We had a fun week this past week. Last Sunday was Easter, and the kids had a great day eating a TON of candy. We had our neighbours over for dinner and had a great time visiting. It was fun to hear what the previous owners were like :)

On Thursday the Shriners Circus came into town. I'm NOT a big circus person, but we decided to go to the free meet and greet anyways. I just have a thing about teaching bears and elephants tricks, clowns, and 5 year old kids juggling knives.

The kids had fun on the big bouncy blow up equipment. They also had cotton candy for the first time. Joshua loved it, Whitney didn't. I think it had something to do with the texture.

Oh and by the way, the Red River had its 2nd crest--and it only crested at 33.97 ft. Nothing! Now it's time to REALLY enjoy spring!

Friday, April 03, 2009

Last Flood Update--For Now

Well, this is my last post for our recent Fargo flood. Even though the city is "still cautious" I've decided I need to move on.

I did laundry yesterday--HOORAY!!! I never thought I would say that.

I've been to Target and Walmart again, after almost a 2 week hiatus, and it was wonderful. It's funny the little things you miss.

It's interesting hearing all of the "after flood" news. I didn't realize that the governor AND the federal government strongly suggested/pressured that the mayor evacuate the entire city right before the crest. He kept telling them "we know what we're doing, and we can't evacuate now because we need these people to watch their dikes." I'm glad the mayor was right. I'm glad he didn't evacuate the city.

I saw some more friends out and about. They're still not ready to call this a win. They're also the ones checking their sump pumps round the clock to make sure their dikes hold up. That's the strange thing about this whole experience. I feel like I need a "we won!" or "we lost." We're just coasting for now, and the national news has dropped us, and I just don't know what to think. There's minimal damage in my neighbourhood, and for the most part of Fargo, so it just doesn't look like it was "that big of a deal." (Even though I know it was). I feel like I need some conflict resolution, closure, a denouement in our little flood story.

One thing for sure, I can't believe it was only a week ago when we thought the river was going to crest at 43 ft. That was scary. I was talking to my friends and they were scared too. We're so lucky it only got to 40.8 ft.

School is starting Monday again, and hopefully things will get to normal soon. Some cautionary news though--today, the National Weather Service says there is a 75 percent chance the Red River could crest at 41 feet between April 15-22, surpassing the record crest of 40.82 feet set last Saturday.

If that happens, I'll continue to blog about what's happening with us. It just seems easier to get that information out through the blog than phoning everyone.

But for now, I'm getting caught up on laundry, errands, and taking it one week at a time.