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A day in the life of Cindy x 365

Posted by on Oct. 15, 2007 at 8:17 PM
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Emma playing with her balloon from her first birthday party.  She loved tugging the string to make noise.  1/365



Cindy (25), Emma - born 10/05/06

 "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality" - Dante Alighieri

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FidgetCJR00
by on Oct. 18, 2007 at 11:58 AM
2/365

Emma and I went to the park this afternoon with our friends, Erin and Sullivan (Sully). Erin and I met 3 days before I gave birth to Emma, but we met online almost 9 months before that, on a message board for pregnancy. We had fun at the park. Emma and Sully loved running around and Erin and I got a decent workout chasing them. Sully was in love with a cup Erin gave him and Emma tried taking it away several times, only to usually end up pushed to the ground. Whenever Erin would take away the cup he would scream.

Emma having fun:






Emma and Sully (with his cup):


"Come on Emma, let's run away together":


Emma and Erin:







Added on later - So as we were feeding Emma dinner, she decided it was just the funniest thing to put the coasters on her head. So here are some pictures of her (and me, which she just thought was the funniest thing) with coasters on.










Cindy (25), Emma - born 10/05/06

 "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality" - Dante Alighieri

FidgetCJR00
by on Oct. 18, 2007 at 11:59 AM
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Today, in San Diego, it started out rainy and ended sunny. Our friends, Andrea and Ella, Janet and Kayla, and Erin and Sullivan all came over to play and hang out. We had a good time. Here are some pictures of the rainy freeway and the construction that has been going on FOREVER near our house.





Cindy (25), Emma - born 10/05/06

 "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality" - Dante Alighieri

Erinnoel
by Group Admin on Oct. 18, 2007 at 6:22 PM
I LOVE all your pics!  Love Emma in her car seat - too cute!

Erin (32), Wee Man born 10.25.06!!

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FidgetCJR00
by on Oct. 18, 2007 at 11:25 PM

All you need is...



 

The above is what I found as I was picking up Emma's toys from the tub and draining it, Kevin said that Emma wrote it.





And here is the Emma picture for the day:

 

Cindy (25), Emma - born 10/05/06

 "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality" - Dante Alighieri

FidgetCJR00
by on Oct. 19, 2007 at 10:23 PM
5/365

Today we, Kevin, Emma, and I, went to the pumpkin patch. We had fun looking at the giant pumpkins, but decided to get a smaller one.


Emma before she touched the pumpkin:




Emma after touching the pumpkin (haha):



Mom and Emma:




Dad with a BIG Pumpkin:



Dad and Emma picking a pumpkin:


Emma with the pumpkin we picked:

Dad taking our pumpkin to the car:

My favorite picture from the day:




Cindy (25), Emma - born 10/05/06

 "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality" - Dante Alighieri

FidgetCJR00
by on Oct. 21, 2007 at 6:08 PM
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I missed a day, yuck!

Cindy (25), Emma - born 10/05/06

 "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality" - Dante Alighieri

FidgetCJR00
by on Oct. 21, 2007 at 6:09 PM
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We are having really strong winds here (gust above 60mph) called the Santa Ana's, which are very hot and blow from the east (the desert) to the west (the coast), by Tuesday it is predicted to be in the 90s.  These are the same winds that cause major fires all over Southern California every year.  Right now we are covered in thick smoke.  I think it is from a fire burning about 20 miles east of us, unless there is a fire we haven't heard of yet and it is closer as we do live up against a bunch of very dry hills.

Here are some pictures from my patio:






The sun (keep in mind it is only 3pm here right now):



Cindy (25), Emma - born 10/05/06

 "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality" - Dante Alighieri

MamaTabes
by on Oct. 21, 2007 at 7:45 PM

I love the way that you are doing yours!  I need to get mine going!
FidgetCJR00
by on Oct. 30, 2007 at 8:47 PM
Sorry it has been over a week since I posted. Unfortunately, last Monday (10/22/07) at 5:30 am Kevin and I were woken up by a cop car's siren and an announcement we could not hear. With the fires burning in Ramona we were on edge, but figured we would be safe since it was over 30 miles away from us and would have to burn through Escondido (including the Wild Animal Park) to get to us- but we were wrong. We jumped out of bed and turned on the tv only to discover that our satellite dish wasn't working, so we turned on the computer and went to signonsandieo.com where we saw the announcement that the Witch Creek Fire (the same one that was bring less than 12 hours before 30 miles east of us) had jumped the 15 freeway at Lake Hodges and North Rancho Bernardo (US!) was being evacuated. We looked outside and could see the smoke swirling in the lights of the school across the street and then we started to see a huge flood of cars driving down our street. In the next 40 minutes we managed to pack the car with our pictures, computer, artwork, saxophone, Wii, about 3 days of clothes, blankets, food, cats, and Emma. We left our house at about 6:10am. Traffic was so bad leaving our neighborhood, it took about 20 minutes to go 2 blocks, it was crazy!


Kevin and met at Trader Joe's (far enough away from the fire and a place we knew would not be busy yet) and then decided to go over to his work, it the UTC area. We met at his work, left the cats in the car, and the three of us went in. For the next 45 minutes we watched the news via the net at his work with one of his co-workers and his wife who were also evacuated. We were watching homes less than 2 miles from us burning, but figured our apartment would be fine as we were in the middle of the neighborhood and it would have to burn through a ton of homes to get to us. Emma had a doctor's appointment with a specialist at Children's Hospital, so we figured we might as well go since we had nothing else to do. Again, the poor cats waited in the car, luckily it was still cool outside at this point. Thankfully, we received good news at Emma's appointment, her immune system looked fine, so either she just had a run of bad luck with the fevers or else it is a very rare disorder called Periodic Fever Syndrome, which just means a child gets random fevers for no reason.


After the doctor's appointment we decided I would go down to our friend Erin's house so Emma could play there with her son Sully, and Kevin would go to work and keep the cats in his office with him. We went by Walmart and got a cat box and sand, cat food, and some milk for Emma and then went and dropped Kevin and the cats off at his office.


Emma and I spent the rest of the day at Erin's. Around noon I was watching the news to see my apartment complex on fire (again we were wrong, it did burn through the entire neighborhood). Watching what might be your home burning on television is one of the most depressing and hopeless feelings in the world. You are just envisioning all the things that are special and just normal in your life burn to nothing. We couldn't find out more about how many or which apartments burned, so we were left wondering if we had a home or not.


Kevin came to join us at Erin's in the late afternoon. He and Erin's husband, Alan, played Guitar Hero and Erin and I watched tv and hung out. Finally, my friend, Janet, called me and gave me a good idea: call our home phone and if the answering machine picks up, it means our home did not burn, or at least no completely. I made the call and it picked up! That gave me such piece of mind.


That night we stayed at Erin's in her living room.


The next day we decided we would go up to our neighborhood and try and get in, even if just for a moment. We went up there and saw that all the hills around us were burned. There were hundreds of people milling around and trying to get in and all of the entrances to our neighborhood were blocked by police. We even saw one guy trying to jump a wall to get in and the police running after him. Kevin got out and talked to one of the police officers who told him that the apartments that burned were on the back side of the complex - so not ours - but we should expect some, possibly major, smoke and water damage. She also told him they were not sure when they would be letting us back into the neighborhood. Since we didn't know when we would be able to get in, we decided to drive up to Ventura County to stay with my family. We stopped at my mom's first when we got up there and hung out there for the afternoon. We also went to Target that day and got some supplies, like razors, more clothes for Kevin and Emma, baby food, baby dishes, etc. That night the three of us, plus our cats, stayed in one bedroom at my grandparent's.


On Wednesday we were hoping to hear news that they were letting people back into our neighborhood, but did not. We called our insurance company that day to make a claim, they were very nice and informed us that besides the coverage for our possessions in the house, we were also covered for displacement, so things, like our Target trip, should be covered and we would be reimbursed. We spent the rest of that day hanging out at my grandparent's and then my mom's.


Thursday, we decided it would be best to go back down to San Diego so we would be closer whenever they let people back in. We figured we could stay with some friends who were back home after being evacuated if need be. While we were driving down we were hearing reports of them letting people back into our neighborhood, first for just 10 minutes (which is all I wanted) and then to stay. We got down to San Diego and got off the freeway. We drive past our local park where they had set up an evacuation and resource center for fire victims, there her tons of cars and probably about 60 fire trucks there. We drove through the burnt hills and into our neighborhood. When we pulled up to our complex there was a cop outside, we talked to him and he informed us they were fencing off the burned buildings and we would be allowed in within an hour. We could see our apartment and from the outside it looked okay. We decided to spend that hour driving though the neighborhood and the scenes were unbelievable. So many homes burned to the ground, people were out getting the first looks at their homes and there were tons of media and utility trucks and vans all over. Finally we returned to our apartment and waited at the school across the street to be let back in, I fed Emma lunch and Kevin went and wandered around. Around 1:45pm we were let into our complex. We went up the stairs, took a deep breath, and opened our front door to find out apartment in the same condition as we left it!!! We had closed all the windows so thankfully not much smoke got in. We had some ash and soot on the window ledges and anything close to the windows, the house smelled of smoke (but everything around here does), and we had no hot water, but we had a home and everything in it!


Thursday night we finally got to sleep in our own beds again, which was the best feeling in the world. Thursday evening was spent cleaning the house and Kevin went out and bought about 3 Hepa Filters to help clean the air up.


Things in our neighborhood are still not normal. About 10 times a day we have helicopter (presumably news) flying over our heads. There is non-stop traffic of lookie-loos and construction crews all day. It is so depressing to live so close to so much destruction and to know how close we came to losing almost everything (an apartment about 3 buildings over from us burned and we can see areas right off of our patio were small spot fires were). Our hot water came on Saturday and we are still trying to get back into our normal pace of life - which is very hard to do right now.


So here are my pictures cataloging our fire journey:
8/365 (10/22)


Evacuation!:



Ash and smoke:





There is so much smoke it made it dark, this is at about 6:45 am, so the sun was up at this point:





Emma still smiling even though it is 6 am, she is half asleep, and we are evacuating:




9/365 (10/23)



Burnt hillside near our home, taken as we are driving north to Ventura County:






10/365 (10/24)

Didn't take any this day, sorry




11/365 (10/25)


View of burnt palm trees from our kitchen window:




Ash on my pillow:



Ash on Emma's window ledge:



Our ash covered patio and satellite dish that blew over:



The pool across from us is black (and you can see a burnt bush in the lower right):




Various pictures of homes a few blocks over from us that are now gone (these are pictures of only a few on the 50+ homes lost within a mile of us):








Cindy (25), Emma - born 10/05/06

 "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality" - Dante Alighieri

GwenMB
by Group Owner on Oct. 30, 2007 at 9:45 PM
This is an amazing story, Cindy.  Thank you for sharing!  Emma will want to know this story some day, good for you to get it written down!

Gwen (37)  David (50)  DS - Augie - 2/21/2007



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