Today is Donnie and I's 11th wedding anniversary. Last night, just after midnight we awoke to our house shaking in the midst of a 7.7 earthquake. I'm not sure if Donnie woke me up or if I woke up because things were falling off shelves and breaking but once I was out of bed I was scared and pretty much the opposite of helpful. Donnie was immediately on his feet grabbing the kids and taking them to the mudroom in case the house came down. Once the shaking stopped we brought the kids back into the house and huddled with blankets and pillows in the living room while getting updates from the local radio station. There was an evacuation call to get to higher ground (at least 1 mile inland or 100 feet in elevation). Our house happens to be at just about 100 feet of elevation so we stayed home, flinching at each aftershock and snuggling the kids until they felt safe enough to go back to sleep. When I say "the kids" I mean all of them except Baby Donnie who, even though he ran downstairs, never really woke up all the way and doesn't remember any of it.
Considering the magnitude of the earthquake we are blessed that the only damage we had was to things that can be replaced and so far have only found a small crack in a wall that we were already planning on replacing since it has had previous water damage. This is the first earthquake I have ever experienced and can confidently say that I don't ever want to experience one again. We have since talked to our kids about what to do in case it happens again and showed them videos of earthquakes and tsunamis so they understand why some people had to evacuate.
Sometime after 2am we got the call from the "CodeRed" system giving us the all clear and we went back to bed, leaving all the kids asleep downstairs. At 5am I woke up because my throat was so sore that I couldn't swallow and sleep at the same time. I gargled, and took some Tylenol and finally fell back asleep after 6 and slept until 10. What a crazy night!
The kids were up sometime around 8 and came up after 10 to wake Donnie and I up with a surprise. When we came downstairs they had fixed us waffles with fresh strawberry syrup for breakfast. They made it all on their own. We have such awesome kids. Not sure what else we are going to do for our anniversary since I can't seem to get over this annoying virus but it sure did start out exciting.
Thanks to my awesome husband for taking care of his family in a time of crisis! Love you Babe!